Early DraftKings college football picks November 16

Chuba Hubbard of the Oklahoma State Cowboys (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – NOVEMBER 09: Travis Etienne #9 of the Clemson Tigers runs for a touchdown against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during their game at Carter-Finley Stadium on November 09, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

Early DraftKings college football running back picks November 16

Top Tier:

Kansas is allowing 235.3 rushing yards per game on the season. Forget being the best play on the entire slate, Chuba Hubbard might be the best play of the entire season here. He is a must play in all formats.

Houston hasn’t been much better against the run, allowing 173.8 rushing yards per game. This isn’t the NFL. Running backs are still a huge part of the offense in college football. Kenneth Gainwell is one of the better ones out there and could go unnoticed with Hubbard on track for a massive game. Putting both in your lineup is possible with all of the value out there, and it could give you a nice leg up on the competition. You do have to keep an eye on the health of Patrick Taylor. He was practicing this week and stands to steal some carries from Gainwell if he plays.

I do like Travis Etienne, but he doesn’t have more than 17 carries in any game this season. That said, Etienne has at least 35 DraftKings points in four straight games. Even Hubbard can’t claim that! That’s the ACC this year, folks. It is as bad as advertised.

Middle Tier:

If you run Max Borghi out there, you are banking on him catching at least a half dozen passes. This happens more often than not and gives Borghi quite a bit of hidden value. That said, I don’t see Borghi as one of the major targets at running back. If you’re going to spend, Etienne and Hubbard are better options.

I think we can just toss the whole K-State game aside for the Kansas offense. They were dominated and no one on that offense had a good game. Oklahoma State’s run defense is statistically not all that great either. Pooka Williams could be in line for a good game.

I kind of shy away from Breece Hall with his price this high, but he continues to produce. Nothing about this Texas defense really scares me. Hall has at least 21 DraftKings points in all four games since he took the starting job. He’s still worth the price even though it keeps slowly rising.

Bargain Shoppers:

It has been a rough go of it for Darius Anderson in conference play to the point that he has lost a lot of carries to Sewo Olonilua. Anderson is still a good back, but it appears as though Olonilua has taken the lion’s share of the carries. I really like Olonilua for the price against Texas Tech.

I prefer SaRodorick Thompson on the other side, but he is nursing an ankle injury and is sharing carries with Henry and Shyne. I still like the upside on Thompson if he is completely healthy, but with the way college football teams are with injuries, I’m guessing we wont know before kickoff.

I really like Hassan Haskins at his price. I know that Michigan State’s defense is a good unit, but Haskins is getting most of the carries out of the Michigan backfield right now and has topped 15 DraftKings points in three of the four games in which Michigan has given him more than double digit carries. He’s worth the risk here for just $4,500.