We are right back at it with another week of high-scoring college football DFS action — with the Ohio St./Maryland tilt at the top of the table Saturday and two hotly contested SEC/ACC clashes coming in with totals in the high 60s, we should have plenty of points. We also have some obvious stay-away spots in both the nether regions and the top tier of Big 10 play, and when Georgia is on a slate their opponent is as usual almost immediately removed from DFS consideration.
We’re looking today at some of the key SuperDraft plays for the Saturday slate. For some slate context, let’s consult the chart.
While there are some obvious spots to attack and avoid at top and bottom, we actually have a sizeable amount of closely contested games with middling totals from which we can pick and choose our spots, and the Red River shootout chiefly amongst those always seems to bring fantasy goodness. Let’s get after it!
Malik Cunningham, Louisville (1.05X score multiplier)
Cunningham is going to be an awesome QB to roster on most slates. The matchup against UVA and the fact that he is getting any multiplier at all make him a standout option here. There’s a very good chance he has the highest raw score of any QB on the slate with his combination of rushing ability and a wide-open passing game against a defense that hasn’t been able to stop much of anything this season. If UVA is able to keep up, this could be a shootout for the ages.
Brennan Armstrong, UVA (1.15X)
Playing on the other side of this high-flying matchup, Armstrong is the only QB on the slate whose context allows for as much upside as Cunningham, and it’s because his own defense is so bad that he’ll need to sling it just as much, if not more so, than Cunningham will on the other side of the ball. He hasn’t run quite as much this season and may not here either, but we always know it is possible and frankly he hasn’t needed the rushing upside to put up top of the leaderboard scores this season. I will note that if we want to get particularly creative here, we could think about using Keytaon Thompson
(2X) in a Superflex spot (perhaps even paired with Armstrong), but this is awfully thin on a site that does not have WR eligibility, where it is easier to use the offensive weapon without giving up a premium lineup spot.
Spencer Rattler, OU (1.3X)
If there were ever a stage that could get the preseason Heisman favorite going, the Red River Shootout seems like it would be that stage. While he has less pass-catching talent to work with than previous iterations of Lincoln Riley’s offense have been able to operate with in recent years, if Rattler is able to put it all together, the results could be a top of the slate type performance, and at a respectable multiplier no less.
Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland (1.75X)
I’m well aware that I was all the way out on Baby Tua last week against a top Iowa defense that would punish him for locking on to a single read and generally make things difficult for the Maryland offense to establish any kind of rhythm and have any kind of success. That was in a bad matchup, and we have an opportunity to instead buy the dip here against a much more forgiving defense that, while they were able to handle Rutgers with ease, will likely allow plenty of points (garbage time or otherwise) to a Maryland squad on which the distribution of fantasy points has been greatly condensed due to the injury to Dontay Demus Jr.
Bijan Robinson, Texas (1X)
I don’t need to tell you to play Robinson. If you’re grinding SuperDraft CFB content, you already have more reasons than I have room to type on why you should play him. Yes, he has the minimum multiplier, but what if he scores 50 points and no one else scores over 20? You need him and he needs you. Play the man.
TreVeyon Henderson (1.2X)
Henderson is in an interesting spot — he didn’t play a ton in last week’s blowout and wasn’t needed. This game should be slightly closer, especially if Baby Tua can begin his rapport in earnest with Ricky Jarrett. That means Henderson, despite the potential injury risk removal if the game does get out of hand, is poised for a big week with whatever touches he gets. This kid is special and has already broken out in a big way against Tulsa. Here’s we just him to continue that momentum and the game to stay within 2-3 scores and we’ll be in business, especially with Miyan Williams unavailable in consecutive weeks and potentially out here again.
Kenneth Walker III, Michigan St. (1.3X)
Walker did us proud against DFS darlings Western Kentucky, putting up 24-126-3 and meeting the lofty expectations of any volume back that gets the Hilltoppers. He now gets another matchup in which the Spartans are favored (albeit by less and in a much lower total), and they have seen just how successful he can be when fed. I would not be surprised if we see plenty more of Walker here against a physically outmatched Rutgers squad.
Henry Parrish, Ole Miss (1.65X) Snoop Conner, Ole Miss (1.8X)
This will hinge on the availability of Jerrion Ealy, but if Ole Miss is going to be without its starting back for this clash against Arkansas, then the capable Conner and dynamic Parrish will have quite a few touches to fill between the two of them. At these multipliers, either (or both) could absolutely smash if the offense finds more room against Arkansas than they did against Alabama, which is almost certain to be the case.
Khalil Shakir, Boise St. (1.15X)
We won’t always get BYU/Boise St. on a main slate, but this should be an incredibly fun matchup with Shakir as the best player in it. While Shakir did play second fiddle to Stefan Cobbs in last week’s matchup against Nevada, the breakout game from Cobbs might cause BYU to game plan for him a bit more, allowing Shakir to operate more freely and return to alpha-level production.
Treylon Burks, Arkansas (1.3X)
Another multiplier that I’m shocked is this high, Burks is one of the most physically unguardable and athletic WRs in all of CFB, and get a dream matchup in Ole Miss. While the Hogs couldn’t get anything going against Georgia last weekend, that is far from a shock as the Bulldogs defense is second to none. Ole Miss on the other hand is quite another story, having just allowed 42 points to an Alabama team that took the foot off the gas at halftime if not a little before. Burks is poised for a big one here if he can get even half-decent QB play, and if he gets in space with green grass in front of him, watch out.
Gunner Romney, BYU (1.35X)
Romney is not just “a” top option in the Cougars passing game, he has been “the” top option more often than not. With QB1 Jaren Hall poised to return for this game and the downfield passing game once again a legitimate option as opposed to just pounding Tyler Allgeier, who is a solid option in his own right. Allgeier though, is unlikely to receive quite as much volume if Hall is back and able to connect with Romney on a consistent basis.
Ricky Jarrett, Maryland (1.6X)
As mentioned earlier, with Demus’ injury, someone will absolutely get fed against a more porous than you’d think Buckeye defense, and it would make all the sense in the world if it ended up being Jarrett. If he’s able to break loose for something like 6-120-1 at this multiplier, you’ll need him in your lineup to have a chance at the big money.
This article expresses the personal views of the writer and does not reflect the view(s) of SuperDraft in any way.
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