DraftKings college football picks January 1: Georgia on my mind

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DraftKings college football wide receiver picks January 1:

Top Tier:

It was Henry Ruggs and Jaylen Waddle that seemed to mesh better with Mac Jones than Devonta Smith or Jerry Jeudy. It’s an embarrassment of riches for Alabama, and we really don’t know who’s going to have the big game. At least one of them will though. Good luck reading the tea leaves. I’m leaning towards Ruggs based on price and more targets against Auburn.

Tyler Johnson is probably the safest option at WR. He had at least seven receptions in each of the last four games once teams started shutting down the run game. Auburn will do the same, so expect Morgan to look Johnson’s way most of the afternoon. He did catch a touchdown pass in each of those four games.

Rashod Bateman was almost as good, catching at least six passes in those final four games and racking up five touchdowns in that four game stretch. Bateman has more upside, but Johnson is the safer play.

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Middle Tier:

This is the final college game for Denzel Mims, and it could be a big one. Many are going to be scared because of his catchless performance in the Big 12(10) Championship, but Georgia did allow some big pass plays. Baylor is likely going to be playing from behind, and they should have Brewer for the entire game this time. That makes a huge difference.

Auburn transfer Juwon Johnson never really worked out for Oregon. If you want an Oregon receiver, Johnny Johnson is the guy to chase after. He is marginally safer than Seth Williams. Auburn spreads the ball around quite a bit, and Nix doesn’t throw a ton to begin with.

Wisconsin should have been looking to Quintez Cephus more over the course of the season. Cephus put up 236 yards on 12 receptions in the last two games against Minnesota and Ohio State. Wisconsin is going to be in the same situation here. I like Cephus a lot at this price. Most of the teams have at least two main receivers that split catches. Cephus doesn’t.

Bargain Shoppers:

Tyquan Thornton was the Baylor receiver that had the most success over the last couple of games. Oklahoma and Kansas decided that they were going to move the earth to cover Mims. The collateral damage was Thornton getting loose for 131 receiving yards and a touchdown in each game. Thornton doesn’t have a ton of upside, but he’s cheap.

Georgia’s receiving corps was a skeleton crew against LSU. Cager is out in this game as well, so George Pickens should be the primary target. Pickens and Robertson have decent upside, but I think Georgia runs more than they throw because they can. I’m not sure Baylor can stop them.