Dec 6, 2014; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs fans hold up big 12 championship signs after the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
There are only nine games in the late FanDuel tournaments on Saturday. It is a much smaller pool than the afternoon games (17 in that one!), but we still have to make wise choices to finish in the money. Last weekend both of my Saturday lineups won money in the big tournaments. Let’s try to build on that! Who are the best options for the late slate of games? Let’s find out!
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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 late NCAA football FanDuel picks for October 10:
Next: Who Will Put Up Big Numbers At QB?
Sep 19, 2015; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin (2) against the Southern Methodist Mustangs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Trevone Boykin, TCU ($10,000): Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph threw for a career high 437 yards last weekend against the Kansas State defense. Their run defense is good enough to put a slight damper on Boykin’s value, but not enough that he won’t outscore every other quarterback. Jared Goff is going to have a tough time against Utah. Ditto for Brad Kaaya against the Seminoles. If you have the money, Boykin will get you the points.
Travis Wilson, Utah ($7,600): He is a slightly less athletic version of Texas’ Jerrod Heard, who torched the Bears for a Texas school record in total offense. Oh, and he has a better arm than Heard. He won’t run for 150, but he might throw for 400 on this defense.
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State ($7,900): Rudolph carries some risk this weekend against a ball-hawking West Virginia secondary. That said, the Mountaineers gave up plenty of yards to Baker Mayfield last week. With Rennie Childs still out and Chris Carson doubtful, look for a lot of passes thrown by Rudolph once again. He might not reach 400 passing yards for the second straight week, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he got close.
Connor Cook, Michigan State ($7,000): Rutgers is 109th in pass defense, and they have faced teams in Penn State and Kansas who aren’t really passing teams. Cook hasn’t done much this year because the Spartans have ran the ball on inferior opponents. They would be foolish not to throw on Rutgers. They don’t seem like a foolish team, so expect Cook to put up his best numbers of the season.
James Summers, East Carolina ($4,500): Summers has not officially been named the starter yet, even though he has relieved Blake Kemp in each of the last two games and led the Pirates to victory. Even if Kemp does start, he will likely be replaced by the more talented Summers, who is 14-18 for 263 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Summers also has ran for 254 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries. He faces a tougher BYU defense, but even if he only managed to get you 20 points, you are ahead of the game if you get that from a guy with the lowest salary.
My pick: Wilson
Next: Should You Spend At RB?
Sep 18, 2015; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils running back Demario Richard (4) carries the ball after a pass for a 93 yard touchdown during the second half against the New Mexico Lobos at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Devontae Booker, Utah ($9,700): Booker does a little bit of everything for the Utes. He even threw a touchdown pass against Oregon! He is 23rd in the nation in all-purpose yards, and will be on full display against a Cal team that is 84th in total defense. Expect another full stat sheet from Booker.
Demario Richard, Arizona State ($7,300): Colorado has given up more rushing yards per game this year than passing yards (190.4 to 190.0). This bodes well for Richard, who is a key part of the Sun Devil offense in both facets of the game. He has had over 100 all-purpose yards in every game this season. That streak won’t stop here.
LJ Scott, Michigan State ($6,200): This is a tough situation because Madre London still gets at least half the carries. This pick is based on the belief that Scott has moved ahead of London since he has largely outperformed him the last two games. Rutgers has a decent run defense, but the Spartans are still going to run the ball because they can. Right now I see Scott as a slightly safer pick than the $6,700 London.
Wendell Smallwood, West Virginia ($5,800): Smallwood ran for 111 yards against a pretty good Oklahoma front last weekend. The Cowboys aren’t quite as tough up front, so expect to see another game over the century mark for Smallwood. Rushel Shell will continue to get carries, but not enough that it diminishes Smallwood’s prospects at his price.
Algernon Brown, BYU ($6,000): With Adam Hine out against East Carolina, who is giving up 192 rushing yards per game, this leaves the door wide open for Brown to have a big game. Brown will never get a better chance!
My picks: Brown and Richard
Next: Should You Splurge For Josh Doctson?
Sep 26, 2015; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Nelson Spruce (22) before the start of the first quarter against the Nicholls State Colonels at Folsom Field. The Buffaloes defeated the Colonels 48-0. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Josh Doctson, TCU ($8,700): In the last three games, Doctson has 30 catches for 567 yards and seven touchdowns. I don’t care who he is playing or where, as long as Trevone Boykin in under center, Doctson is a good play. He is one of the most dominant receivers in college, and he has the benefit of playing in a conference that isn’t known for strong defense. Or is it just the great offenses? That is an argument for another day. There is no argument here. Doctson is worth paying for.
Nelson Spruce, Colorado ($7,900): It sounds like Sefo Liufau was beat up, but not seriously injured by the Ducks last weekend. That is good news for Spruce, who has a chance for a nice day against a below average Arizona State pass defense.
D.J. Foster, Arizona State ($6,800): Foster is going to get his hands on the ball a lot against Colorado. The Ralphies are 80th in the nation in total defense. Their pass defense has been pretty good, but unfortunately for them, Arizona State is not afraid to let Foster carry the ball out of the backfield. He could have a big impact in this game one way or the other.
Kenny Lawler, California ($6,800): This is a tough matchup for Cal, but Jared Goff isn’t just going to magically stop throwing. In fact, he might even throw more because Utah’s run defense is going to shut down Cal on the ground. Goff may have a bad day because of the high potential for turnovers, but Lawler will still see at least a dozen targets. Maybe more if Cal gets down big early. That alone makes him worth the risk.
Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State ($6,100): Rutgers has a depleted secondary that wasn’t all that good to begin with. Burbridge has been a strong part of a disinterested passing attack for the Spartans all season. He will be a bigger part here, and could outperform the price if Michigan State sticks with it.
Britain Covey, Utah ($5,700): Covey has game-breaking speed, and should have plenty of opportunities to get behind the Cal defense. He is the leading receiver for Utah, which means about as much as being the tallest kid in third grade. But chances are that Wilson will look for him several times against a soft defense.
KaVontae Turpin, TCU ($4,900): Turpin broke out in a big way last weekend against Texas, setting a Big 12(10) freshman record with four touchdown receptions. If Kolby Listenbee is able to return this week, it could hurt Turpin’s value some, but make no mistake about it: he is a mismatch waiting to happen no matter where TCU lines him up. Cash in before his price keeps rising and you can’t afford him.
My picks: Lawler, Doctson, and Turpin
Next: Who Is The Best TE?
Sep 5, 2015; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators tight end Jake McGee (83) works out prior to the game against the New Mexico State Aggies at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jake McGee, Florida ($3,500): McGee had a big game in the upset win over Mississippi. The bigger thing to take away is that DeAndre Goolsby only caught two passes for nine yards. McGee is back as the number one target at TE after a slow start. Missouri has a strong defense in the same vein as Ole Miss. They aren’t quite as fast, but they are going to come after Will Grier. When they do, look for him to look for McGee. Expect another strong showing from McGee in this one.
Hunter Henry, Arkansas ($3,200): With a depleted receiving corps, Henry will be leaned on more. This was shown last week at Tennessee where he caught three passes for 62 yards. Expect him to catch several short ones against a stiff Alabama defense with Brandon Allen running for his life.
Matt Flanagan, Rutgers ($2,000): His value will take a little bit of a hit with the return of Leonte Caroo, but I still expect whomever plays at QB for the Scarlet Knights to look for Flanagan in certain situations. One will be in the red zone. Of course, the caveat is that Rutgers might not even make it into the red zone against Michigan State.
My pick: McGee
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