College Football Daily Fantasy Week 9 Picks – Night Slate
FanDuel prices first. DraftKings prices second
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Paxton Lynch $10,000/$10,100 – To clarify this pick, Lynch would be for all formats on FanDuel and only for GPPs on DraftKings. The difference between the first three quarterbacks should be minimal. For Lynch, he has a great situation in that Memphis is projected for 47 points at home. The bad news is that it comes with a -31.5 line, and Lynch may not play the whole game. Still, Lynch is the safest bet of all quarterbacks and still carries tremendous upside if he plays four quarters. Tulane allows 9.0 yards per pass attempt (T122).
Luke Falk $10,000/$8,500 – While Stanford should win this game and run on the Washington State defense, Falk will be throwing it more than usual even though they already throw it more than 72 percent of the time (most in FBS). I’m expecting close to 70 pass attempts. Quarterback is tough for the night slate, and Falk will do better than most think despite going against a solid Stanford defense.
Greg Ward $10,000/$8,200 – Ward’s price is much lower on DraftKings, and that makes me like him a lot more. Vanderbilt does have a decent defense, but Houston is projected for 31 points with a -11.5 line. He runs more than any quarterback in the nation, and he always has tremendous upside.
Joshua Dobbs $8,200/$8,300 – Dobbs has had a few duds this year, but they’ve all been against stellar defenses. Tennessee (-9) visits Kentucky and is projected for 33 points. Dobbs is a dual-threat quarterback with great upside in this matchup. Kentucky allows 7.6 YPPA (T81). I’d expect 250 yards through the air with 100 yards on the ground for at least three total touchdowns.
Jerrod Heard $6,700/$5,500 – While I understand Tyrone Swoopes is getting a lot of the goal line action, Texas has just faced the toughest defenses in the Big 12 in four-consecutive weeks and Heard could go off. Iowa State has a poor defense overall and does not defend mobile quarterbacks well at all. By no means am I saying Heard will do what he did against Cal, but I think we’ll see Heard’s best game since then.
Jordy Joseph $4,900 (DraftKings) – I can’t emphasize this enough – this is GPP only. Joseph is the third string quarterback on Tulane getting the start because of Tanner Lee’s injury. To put it simply, we are looking for garbage time points, but Memphis does allow 8.9 YPPA (T120). Since he’s this cheap against an atrocious pass defense, it’s certainly worth a shot. Why not FanDuel? He’s not in their database.
Christian McCaffrey $9,400/$9,400 – McCaffrey has been on an absolute terror and Stanford gets the worst defense in the Pac-12. Washington State allows 5.1 yards per carry (T98), and Stanford is projected for 36 points with a -10.5 line.
Devontae Booker $9,000/$8,900 – Staying in the Pac-12, Booker has also been crushing it and has an equally great matchup. Oregon State allows 5.1 YPC (T98), and Utah is projected for 41 points with a -27 line at home.
Miles Gaskin $6,600/$6,200 – Since Gaskin has become the main back, he’s gone over 100 yards in each game. The best part is Arizona will be his easiest matchup yet as they allow 4.4 YPC (T68). Washington is -4.5 and projected for 32 points at home.
Jalen Hurd $6,500/$6,400 – If you decide not to play Hobbs, Hurd has a fantastic matchup too as Kentucky allows 4.4 YPC (T68).
De’Veon Smith $6,100/$5,000 – Smith is back healthy and the primary back. He’s underpriced in general as a result, but he should do well with Michigan having a -13 line and being projected for 26 points.
Johnathan Gray $5,500/$4,700 – While the quarterbacks can vulture touchdowns, Texas just finished playing a tough stretch of defenses and get a much easier task at Iowa State. Iowa State allows 5.1 YPC (T98). Gray should get over 100 yards and his bad luck of no touchdowns since Week 3 should end.
Ryan Jackson $4,800/$3,800 (!) – Kenneth Farrow is questionable for the game in going through the concussion protocol. With no update heading into gameday, my guess is that Farrow doesn’t play. Should this be the case, Jackson could get an increased workload against Vanderbilt. Jackson is very cheap in this scenario. Vandy is decent against the run allowing 4.0 YPC (T43), Houston is -11.5 and projected for 31 points at home.
Gabe Marks $7,900/$6,700 – A little bit on the expensive side for FanDuel, but certainly good on both sites. It’s not the best matchup in the world, but that’s the case with nearly every game in the night slate and Marks is the best receiver of the bunch.
Mose Frazier $6,800 (FanDuel) / Anthony Miller $5,700 (DraftKings) – The Memphis wide receivers have a fantastic matchup at home against Tulane. There is very minimal difference between these wide receivers statistically. Miller is leading in yards slightly while Frazier has caught two more touchdowns. Since Frazier is a little bit cheaper on FanDuel and Miller is the same on DraftKings, I would just go with the cheaper one. It’s very possible both receivers have good games.
River Cracraft $5,700/$5,400 – I’ve been listing Cracraft nearly every week. He’s too cheap, especially on FanDuel, and he’s just running bad in the touchdown department.
Cayleb Jones $5,400/$5,100 – Not the greatest matchup in the world at Washington, but Jones is just too cheap to pass up, especially with slim pickings in the night slate.
Dorian Baker $4,900 (FanDuel) / Garrett Johnson $4,100 (DraftKings) – See reasoning for Frazier and Miller and apply it here. Johnson is more of the big play guy and cheaper on DraftKings. Baker is fairly cheaper than Johnson on FanDuel and shouldn’t have that much of a difference. Tennessee is allowing 7.6 YPPA (T81).
Teddy Veal $4,900/$4,300 – Tulane will be on its third-string quarterback, but they will also be getting a lot of garbage time action, and Memphis does allow 8.9 YPPA (T120).
Trent Sherfield $4,700/$4,800 – Sherfield is the clear No. 1 wide receiver on Vanderbilt. There isn’t a ton of upside here, but the Commodores will be throwing to keep up with Houston. Houston isn’t the perfect matchup, but hey, it’s better than facing Ole Miss and he managed seven catches for 55 yards in that game.
Garrett Brown $3,600 (DraftKings) – I know this sounds crazy or stupid. However, Brown does get looks in the triple option on the ground as well as clearly being the No. 1 wide receiver. Brown has finished in double digits for FPTS in seven of Air Force’s eight games, which is good for his salary. With a tough selection in this slate and not many people thinking to look at Air Force wide receivers, this is a sneaky good punt option.
TE is FanDuel only
There is minimal difference between these tight ends from a FPTS per dollar perspective.
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