Jan 9, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; A view of the 2015 College Football Championship logo outside the Hilton Anatole hotel, home to the Ohio State University football team. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
There are only nine games in the evening college football FanDuel tournaments on Saturday. That leaves us roughly half of the picks of the afternoon ones. Who are the best bets at the best prices? Let’s take a look!
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To finish in the money, you need to choose the best high priced players, and the best cheap options to let you afford some high priced players. I will give you some of each option at each position and let you choose from there.
Here are my college football FanDuel picks for late games September 26:
Next: Who Will Put Up Big Numbers At QB?
Sep 18, 2015; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Mike Bercovici (2) throws a pass to tight end Kody Kohl (83) during the second half against the New Mexico Lobos at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State ($8,600): His ability to run the ball gives him added value against an Auburn defense that has allowed 254 yards per game on the ground so far this year. Auburn is also 104th in total defense, so no matter how the Bulldogs decide to attack, Prescott will have a big hand in it.
Mike Bercovici, Arizona State ($8,400): Kevin Hogan torched the Trojans last week. Bercovici could do just as much if not more damage than the Cardinal due to all of the offensive weapons at his disposal. USC has given up nearly 240 yards passing per game, and two of those games were against an Arkansas State team that doesn’t throw the ball much, and an Idaho team that has been awful on offense for the most part. Until USC proves they can stop someone, I am confident playing good quarterbacks against them.
Chad Kelly, Mississippi ($8,400): Kelly is a better passer than Bo Wallace, and he still has the same weapons that Bo had last year. Vanderbilt has done pretty well on defense so far this year, but they haven’t really seen anyone with the talent that Ole Miss has.
Kyle Allen, Texas A&M ($8,800): The Hogs gave up over 300 yards through the air to Texas Tech last week. If they Aggies remain committed to the pass, Allen can have a good game.
Travis Wilson, Utah ($7,600): Most reports say Wilson is a go for Saturday. If he is, he is a really good option against an Oregon defense that has been abused this year. The offense is as good as they come, but they give up more than their share of yards on defense. Wilson can exploit them. Hell,backup Kendall Thompson can as well if he gets the start because of Wilson’s ailing shoulder. Monitor this situation if you are looking to go cheap at QB.
My pick: Prescott
Next: Who Are The Best RB's At Night?
Sep 19, 2015; Fresno, CA, USA; Utah Utes running back Devontae Booker (23) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Fresno State Bulldogs in the second quarter at Bulldog Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Devontae Booker, Utah ($9,700): Booker has not been held under 20 FanDuel points yet this year. That makes him a very low-risk option. Add to that the fact that he is facing the beleaguered Ducks defense, and, well, you have the makings of another huge game for Booker.
Demario Richard, Arizona State ($7,900): Richard has been a huge part of the Sun Devils’ offense so far this year. Last week against New Mexico, he set a school record for receiving yards by a tailback with 151. He is so involved in the offense, that he is a low risk option. USC is in the middle of the pack against the pass and the low middle against the run. Richard should be able to get his share in this game.
Dare Ogunbowale, Wisconsin ($6,600): Ogunbowale has been the most productive Wisconsin tailback with Corey Clement out, but he is still in a timeshare with Taiwan Deal. Still, they are exactly the same price, and Ogunbowale has shown more wiggle, though they will both be showcased against Hawaii.
Paul Perkins, UCLA ($9,200): We saw Perkins go from a valuable piece of the offense to a brute who put the Bruins on his back and carried them to a victory by himself against BYU last weekend. Arizona has a solid run defense, that is why he is in the second tier, but I find it hard to bet against him now that we know what he is capable of.
Ashton Shumpert, Mississippi State ($5,500): Shumpert has been a capable part of the Mississippi State offense. If he is ever going to be anything more, it will happen against the awful Auburn run defense. He is a strong bet at a value price.
Damion Jones-Moore, Toledo ($4,500): It is increasingly likely that Kareem Hunt is going to miss the game with the hamstring injury that he suffered last weekend against Iowa State. That leaves Jones-Moore as the lead back against an Arkansas State team that is 84th in run defense. He is primed to be a superb bargain in the night tournaments.
My picks: Booker and Shumpert
Next: Which WRs Can Score Big?
Sep 6, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; Mississippi Rebels receiver Cody Core (88) celebrates with running back Mark Dodson (7) after scoring during the first half against the Vanderbilt Commodores at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Laquon Treadwell, Mississippi ($7,200): Treadwell was the best receiver on the team last year before a terrible leg injury against Auburn. He is working his way towards that again. He caught five balls for 80 yards and a touchdown against Alabama. He should get at least that against Vanderbilt.
Jordan Payton, UCLA ($7,000): UCLA is going against an Arizona pass defense that is allowing 264 passing yards per game. Payton has proven to be the receiver that Josh Rosen is targeting regularly. He has found the end zone in each of the last two games and, is a good bet to do so once again on Saturday night.
Cody Core, Mississippi ($6,700): Core is leading the Rebels with 299 receiving yards, and has caught a touchdown in each of the first three games. He has outperformed Treadwell so far, but Treadwell had more targets against Alabama. Take that for what it’s worth. That said, neither are a bad option against Vanderbilt this weekend.
JuJu Smith, USC ($8,200): Arizona State is 14th in the nation in pass defense, but Smith is matchup-proof at this point. The Trojans are going to get him the ball in some way, shape or form. Just be warned that his numbers won’t be quite as big as they have been to this point.
Alex Erickson, Wisconsin ($6,400): Erickson has been a quiet producer for the Badgers as the go-to receiver. They haven’t had to pass lately, which limits his upside, but in the unlikely event that they get into a shootout with Hawaii, he could have a nice game.
Tim White, Arizona State ($4,500): White was a factor for the Sun Devils last weekend when Devin Lucien left the game with a leg injury. With Lucien listed as questionable, White could have a nice game once again. Just keep an eye on the situation leading up to game time.
My picks: Core, Erickson, White
Next: Who Is The TE To Own?
Nov 22, 2014; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks tight end Hunter Henry (84) runs after a catch in the first half against the Ole Miss Rebels at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
Hunter Henry, Arkansas ($3,500): Henry has caught 14 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown so far on the season, and his targets aren’t gong away any time soon with leading receiver Keon Hatcher still out. He is the only sure thing at TE on Saturday night.
Kody Kohl, Arizona State ($2,900): Kohl is averaging almost three catches per game, and now that Devin Lucien is likely out, he could see an increase on that. His two touchdowns through three games are also a nice boost to his value.
Gus Walley, Mississippi State ($2,000): Walley is the leading receiver on the team so far, and while the Bulldogs likely won’t throw much against Auburn, expect Walley to still see some balls come his way when they try to balance out the offense.
My pick: Henry
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