DraftKings college football picks December 27: Oh say can U(S)C?

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USC Trojans wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (6) looks on before a college football game between the UCLA Bruins and the USC Trojans (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

DraftKings college football wide receiver picks December 27:

Top Tier:

When I learned that Michael Pittman was playing in his final collegiate game, I went ahead and locked him in. Iowa hasn’t faced a receiver like him all season. Tyler Vaughns and Amon-Ra St. Brown were beasts down the stretch for the Trojans as well. Much as with the Washington State receivers, I will have some exposure to all, but I’ll be heavy on Pittman.

Honestly, I think I like Kendall Hinton and Scotty Washington over either big name Washington State receiver. Borghi led the team in receptions the last two weeks. Wake is going to have to throw to win, so both of them make more sense than playing receiver roulette with Anthony Gordon.

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Middle Tier:

Dillon Stoner is an absolute steal here. Stoner put up 93.6 DraftKings points in the four games with Wallace out. He’s a sure 20 DraftKings points and there are seven receivers priced higher than him. You go right ahead. I’m good with Stoner.

Iowa turned Ihmir Smith-Marsette into a bit of a Swiss army knife down the stretch. Teams started keying on Ihmir, so Iowa started getting him touches out of the backfield as well. USC’s pass defense isn’t as strong as you may think. Iowa’s going to have to throw to keep up, and Smith-Marsette is the guy they’ll look for.

Wake’s pass defense is pretty bad, so even though I have little faith in Lewerke, this is a place where he could have a career game. Even if he doesn’t, Cody White might. If Stewart returns I like this less, but White is still in play regardless. He’s a must-play if Stewart is out though.

Mike Leach is good with you putting all your energy into covering the big name guys. He’ll run three other receivers out there that can make plays. Renard Bell caught 17 passes over the last two games. Gordon will throw to anyone, and Bell has shown the ability to get open. I like him in this price range.

Much has been made over the “struggles” of Kellen Mond, but you would struggle too if you played five teams that are still in the top 15. Such was Mond’s fate this year. I expect a big bowl game from both Mond and Jhamon Ausbon. Maybe Quartney Davis as well. The Cowboys got shredded through the air a few times.

Bargain Shoppers:

Air Force doesn’t throw, huh? How do you explain the nine receptions for 330 yards and five touchdowns that Benjamin Waters piled up in the last three games? If the Falcons throw, it will likely be to Waters, and it has a 50-50 chance of being a touchdown. Maybe even better against Washington State.

The Cowboys are looking for someone to step up beside Stoner. It appears to be Braydon Johnson. Johnson has seven catches for 99 yards over the last two games, but has yet to find the end zone. Still, he could be a nice option at this price no matter who is under center.