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Today’s article will be short (which is why I called it “Quick Hits”) because school is busy. I’m writing this in cla… I mean, during my break. So yeah.
I will highlight some of my favorite plays from each position on DraftKings. We have 2 games Thursday and 2 games Friday, which should make for a nice couple of nights.
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Greg Ward ($10,000) — Can you really afford to fade him? He’s clearly the top option on the slate but he’s also a whopping 20% of your overall salary. That’s a big hit on a short slate. Regardless, the junior has averaged 42.1 FPPG and over 49 FPS over his last two games. SMU is DEAD LAST in total defense allowing an average of 44.4 points-per-game, 308.6 passing yards per-game, and 284.8 rushing yards per-game. There is a little bit of a concern of a blowout early, but I think it’s a risk you have to take.
Matt Davis ($8,200) — If you’re looking for the alternative to the option above, Davis isn’t a bad pivot. He wasn’t very efficient last weekend vs. ECU, going 19 for 37 and posting just 16.26 FPS, but in his previous 4 starts he averaged 35.26. The Cougar defense has been solid this season, but Davis should be able to have a productive game in an up-tempo game where they’ll be playing from behind.
Nick Mullens ($6,300) — Mullens is my favorite play at QB and should be in every single one of your lineups. He’s averaged 28.2 FPPG and will be in a contest that’s expected to stay close, and has a nice over/under of 56.5. His price is too good to pass up, and he’s had 26 or more FPS in every game since Week 1.
Matthew Dayes ($7,300) — Dayes is in a prime spot. He’ll face off vs. a VT run defense that ranks 102nd vs. the run, allowing 197.4 yards per-game on the ground. Dayes faces less competition on his own team with the dismissal of Shadrach Thorton last week. Tied for 2nd in FBS with 10 rushing TD’s, Dayes has compiled 522 yards on 95 carries, adding 18 receptions for 158 yards through the air. He’s my top back on the board, without question.
Tony Pittman ($6,800) — No Devon Johnson? No problem. Pittman had 32 carries last week and should see a similar workload this week. At his price, it’s hard to fade a guy receiving that kind of volume. Pittman will face off vs. a USM rush defense that’s allowed 201.8 yards per game, 104th in FBS.
Xavier Jones ($4,100) — We have to save money somewhere, so I’ll go back to the “volume” narrative. Jones has not see any fewer than 12 carries in a single game which isn’t a ton, but is a solid number for a player at his price. He should add a point or two from receptions and is a safe bet for 10-15 FPS. His ceiling is pretty low but his floor is high enough to roster.
Juju Smith-Schuster ($7,300) — JSS is the clear #1 option at WR on the slate. If you can afford him, put him in.
Casey Martin ($4,900) — Martin is the team-leader in receptions (29), yardage (339), and touchdowns (5). Mullens spreads the ball around a good bit, but Martin has a nice floor and is at a affordable price.
Darrell Daniels ($3,500) –The junior switched to TE this season and did nothing until the past two weeks. His past two games, he has 7 receptions for 105 yards. Would I normally recommend an option like Daniels? Not at all. But again, we have to be creative on short slates. If Daniels can reach the end zone, he would presumably reach value.