FanDuel College Football Picks For Early November 21


Jan 12, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Oregon Ducks mascot during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2015 CFP National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium. Ohio State won 42-20. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

There are fourteen games making up the early Saturday tournament this week, meaning there are a few less options than most Saturdays. That still gives us plenty of options to choose from. Who are the best? Let’s go digging!

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My Tuesday-Wednesday and Wednesday-Thursday lineups placed last week. I placed in one of the Saturday lineups, but there were too many duds to actually make much money. Greg Ward and Trevone Boykin leaving with injuries hurt if you spent on them.

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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 FanDuel College Football Picks for early November 21:

Next: Who Will Put Up Big Numbers At QB?

November 14, 2015; Stanford, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (3) celebrates after the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium. The Ducks defeated the Cardinal 38-36. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


Best Bets:

Vernon Adams, Oregon ($7,700): Adams didn’t have a big statistical game against Stanford – he only threw 12 passes – but he led the Ducks to the win. Oregon will likely go with a run-heavy diet against USC as well, but Adams has torn apart shaky secondaries all year long. He put up 36.3 FanDuel points against Cal and 26.1 against Arizona State. He should be in that neighborhood against the Trojans.

Skyler Howard, West Virginia ($6,900): Only Indiana has allowed more passing yards on the season than Kansas has. Despite Howard’s lesser numbers, he should be a strong producer for his price against the Jayhawks.

Honorable Mention:

Paxton Lynch, Memphis ($8,600): Temple’s defense has been knocked around over the last three games by Notre Dame, SMU(!) ,and South Florida. The prospects of Lynch having a good game are looking better and better. He slowed down some against good defenses in Houston and Navy, but we should see him back in the high 20’s for points against a beleaguered Temple defense this week.

Cody Kessler, USC ($7,700): Kessler has struggled mightily lately, but Oregon’s 126th ranked pass defense should cure what ails him. USC’s new-found ground game should only be helping, but it’s not. He needs a receiver besides JuJu Smith to step up. Stay tuned on that front, but at any rate, everything seems aligned for him to have a sold game against the Ducks.

Dark Horses:

C.J. Beathard, Iowa ($6,600): Purdue has allowed nearly as many rushing yards as passing this year, so why is the Iowa quarterback recommended? Well, he can run as well, as he showed with 50 rushing yards against a pretty good Minnesota defense last week. Beathard lacks the huge upside because he isn’t going to throw for 300 yards, but mid 200’s with about five points on the ground is within reach.

Parker Boehme, Duke ($6,100) and Jerrard Randall, Arizona ($6,000): Both of these are only worth a play if the starters sit out. Boehme performed very well last week against Pitt with Thomas Sirk out, and the Blue Devils could elect to let him start again even if Sirk is ready to go. Arizona’s Anu Solomon was knocked out of the game last weekend with a vicious (and illegal) hit. If he can’t go, Randall could be a nice play against an Arizona State defense that has been shredded this year. Just make sure to check pre-game lineups before going with one of these potential game changers.

My pick: Lynch

Next: Who Are The Best RB's?

Nov 7, 2015; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers running back Wendell Smallwood celebrates with fans after beating the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Running Back:

Best Bets:

Travon McMillian, Virginia Tech ($7,800): North Carolina has given up 206 rushing yards per game on the season, and McMillian has only been held under 100 yards as a starter twice. That was in his first two games against North Carolina State (96 on 11 carries) and Miami (99 yards on 16 carries). He has also averaged 28 carries over his last three games. He could have a huge game in Frank Beamer’s last game in Blacksburg.

Wendell Smallwood, West Virginia ($7,600): Kansas is 125th in the country in rush defense, allowing 255.4 yards per game on the ground. Smallwood has posted back-to-back career highs in rushing (163 and 165 yards respectively) against Texas Tech and Texas. Kansas is worse than both of them. Expecting another career high from Smallwood is not too much to ask.

Honorable Mention:

LeShun Daniels, Iowa ($7,300): Daniels set a career high with 195 rushing yards last week against a solid Minnesota defense. Purdue is not solid. They are 113th in run defense, allowing 210.4 rushing yards per game. The only issue here is that Jordan Canzeri and Akrum Wadley, both of whom have performed very well this season, are healthy as well. This will be the first game that Iowa has had all three healthy? How will the carries be split up? Against Purdue, it may not matter, but it will against Nebraska and Ohio State.

Ronald Jones, USC ($6,300): Jones was the leading rusher on Friday against Colorado, but turned in an underwhelming performance. He should find the going much easier this week against an Oregon team that is allowing 174 yards per game on the ground.

Dark Horses:

Rushel Shell, West Virginia ($5,000): There will be plenty of rushing attempts against a pathetic Kansas defense. Shell has carried the ball 26 times as a backup over the last two games, racking up 164 yards and two touchdowns. He is still providing plenty of value for the price.

Joe Williams, Utah ($4,500): With the news that Devontae Booker will be out for the rest of the regular season, that makes Williams a rare bargain. He is now a starting running back against a poor run defense for the lowest price in the game. We don’t know just how the carries will be split, but we do know that Williams is the starter. He is worth using in almost any format.

My picks: McMillian and Williams

Next: Can You Afford To Not Play JuJu Smith?

Nov 7, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (9) carries the ball against the Arizona Wildcats at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Wide Receiver:

Best Bets:

JuJu Smith, USC ($7,500): The regression of Cody Kessler has seriously hurt Smith’s value, but he is highly recommended against Oregon’s awful pass defense. Smith was a beast in September against lesser opponents. On paper, that’s exactly what Oregon’s pass defense is. This also is likely to be a very high scoring game, so Smith’s ceiling is even higher than usual.

Darren Carrington, Oregon ($6,400): Carrington has 16 catches for 398 yards and four touchdowns in four games since his return from suspension. That is an average of 18.5 FanDuel points per game. Those have come against Washington, Arizona State, Cal, and Stanford. USC’s pass defense is worse than all of them

Honorable Mention:

Michael Thomas, Ohio State ($6,000): Thomas may not be the biggest part of the Ohio State offense, but he has scored a touchdown in four straight games. Michigan State’s pass defense in on the low side of average this season, so Thomas should find some openings. With J.T. Barrett throwing him the ball, it also increases his value some.

Jehu Chesson, Michigan ($6,400): Chesson exploded for ten catches against Indiana. While that may have been an aberration considering he only had 23 catches coming into the game, Michigan’s newfound passing attack may be necessary once again against a Penn State defense that is solid against the run. There are worse dart throws than Chesson.

Dark Horses:

Charone Peake, Clemson ($4,900): Wake has a good defense, but Peake adds another dimension to the Clemson offense when he is on the field. He is a big play threat that Deshaun Watson has looked to more and more in November. He is worth using as a flier to fill out your roster if you run out of money.

Britain Covey, Utah ($4,700): The Utes keep looking for ways to get the shifty Covey the ball. He is lethal in space, and if the Utes are willing to use him out of the backfield like they did against Arizona, it just adds another dimension to his game. He is largely dependent on a big play, but he has had at least five touches in four of the last five games. He will at least get you something and has a high ceiling.

My picks: Smith, Carrington, and Thomas

Next: Can You Save Money At TE?

Nov 14, 2015; Bloomington, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines tight end Jake Butt (88) jumps into the end zone for a touchdown during overtime of the game at Memorial Stadium. The Michigan Wolverines defeated The Indiana Hoosiers 48-41 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Tight End:

Best Bet:

Jake Butt, Michigan ($3,700): Michigan has begun to throw the ball around lately, and the results have been great for us fantasy players. Butt in particular has become a huge part of the offense, hauling in 15 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown over his last three games. Look for him to remain a big part against Penn State as well.

Honorable Mention:

Jordan Leggett, Clemson ($3,500): Clemson seems to have remembered that they have a tight end over the last two games. Leggett has caught nine passes for 130 yards in thos games, and is no longer solely dependent on touchdowns. He should be a strong play against Wake.

Dark Horse:

Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin ($2,500): Joel Stave has found it necessary to dump the ball off to Fumagalli when he is under pressure, which is quite often against good defenses. Northwestern fits that bill, so look for Fumagalli to be a solid participant in the passing game.

My pick: Butt

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