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College Football DFS: Week 8 – Late Slate

QUARTERBACKS

  1. J.T. Barrett-Ohio State-$8,300
  2. Brandon Doughty-Western Kentucky-$8,600
  3. Cody Kessler-USC-$7,300
  4. Brett Rypien-Boise State-$6,500
  5. Seth Collins-Oregon State-$6,900

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J.T. Barrett vs Rutgers

Ohio State favored by 21.5 O/U 63.5

J.T. Barrett is finally getting the starting nod as he recaptured it after losing to Cardale Jones last season. Barrett is the type of quarterback that can maneuver with his feet as well as throw well. He hasn’t had many attempts during the season, but that will change against Rutgers who is ranked 118th against the pass. It would not surprise me to see J.T. Barrett to throw and run for a total of four touchdowns and have over 350 yards passing, just be prepared to pay for that kind of production.

Brandon Doughty vs. LSU

LSU favored by 16 O/U 67

Doughty may have his toughest test all season as his Hilltoppers take on #5 LSU. Doughty has lit up every team. He has not thrown for less than four touchdowns in a contest and has gone over 350 yards passing in the last four games. He is averaging 30.7 points on Draft Kings. His numbers are impressive on the season as he has 24 touchdowns with just four interceptions and 2,709 yards passing. Most of these games have been against weaker opponents, but this time around he will face the 44th ranked passing defense of LSU. If Doughty can shine here, this will go a long way for his draft stock.

Cody Kessler vs. Utah

USC favored by 3.5 O/U 60

Somehow Cody Kessler has found a way to bounce his performance each week. One week he is throwing for over 360-yards and the next week he follows up with just 156-yards as it was against Washington. Unfortunately, he had his 365-yard performance against Notre Dame last week, so how will he do against #3 Utah who is ranked 95th against the pass? More than likely Kessler will have to throw a lot to keep pace with Utah, which means big stats. He is averaging 24.2 points per game for Draft Kings and has 17 touchdowns compared to just five interceptions.

Brett Rypien vs. Wyoming

Boise State favored by 35 O/U 56.5

The nephew of professional quarterback Mark Rypien has played well since coming in as a freshman and taking over for injured starter Ryan Finley. In his first three games as a starter he threw for seven touchdowns and just one interception. But he has been slipping as in his last two games he has just one touchdown and four interceptions against Utah State and Colorado State. On DraftKings he is averaging close to 17 points per game, and he will face Wyoming this week. The Cowboys passing defense is tough as they rank 30th in the nation, most of which has come against weaker opponents. Rypien makes an excellent value play.

Seth Collins vs Colorado

Oregon State favored by 2.0 O/U 59.5

Seth Collins isn’t the most accurate passer, as he hovers just over a 50 percent completion rate, which affects his yardage total. The most he has thrown for is 275-yards. On top of that he has had three games this season where he didn’t even reach the century mark. He does find a way to throw for a touchdown in each match, as he only missed one contest. The problem is that his touchdown to interception ratio is 6:4, so expect at least one interception during the game. He does have the athletic ability to gain yards with his feet, and it’s with his steps that he gains most of his yards. He has scored five touchdowns through rushing in the last four games and has had two contests where he has run for more than 100-yards in that time. His DraftKings point average is 23.2, and he will face Colorado who ranks 60th against the pass but 108th against the run.

RUNNING BACKS

  1. Leonard Fournette-LSU-$9,800
  2. Ezekiel Elliott-Ohio State-$8,100
  3. Devontae Booker-Utah-$8,400
  4. Christian McCaffrey-Stanford-$8,000
  5. Dalvin Cook-$9,000

 Leonard Fournette vs Western Kentucky

LSU favored by 16 O/U 67

This game should have the fireworks on full display. Not only does Las Vegas have this as the highest scoring game for the late slate, but you will get to see two solid quarterbacks and Leonard Fournette. Fournette is a beast among little cubbies. He has rushed for 1,202 yards on 150 attempts this season, and if your math isn’t working too good right now, that’s an average of 200.3 yards per contest. He has 14 touchdowns on the season and is averaging 39 points a game for the DraftKings crowd. Three games of 228-yards or more, and his lowest output is 158-yards. He won’t help you in the receiving department, but that really doesn’t matter as his feet do all the talking. Western Kentucky is 74th against the run, but they have never seen anything like Fournette.

Ezekiel Elliott vs. Rutgers

Ohio State favored by 21.5 O/U 63.5

There isn’t much Ezekiel Elliott cannot do in a football uniform. He can catch, and he surely can run. Elliott is averaging 141 yards per game and has 11 touchdowns on the season. With DraftKings, his weekly average is 31 points per contest. He has not run for less than 100-yards rushing and even has a 200-yard game. Elliott has even scored a touchdown in each game except for one and has three games scoring more than one score. The #1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes will face against Rutgers, who has a better defense against the run than most think. The Scarlet Knights have the 29th ranked defense, so Elliott will need to put up some receiving numbers to balance out.

Devontae Booker vs. USC

USC favored by 3.5 O/U 60

Ever since the Fresno State game back in week three, Booker has gained traction. He rushed for 156-yards and two touchdowns while catching five passes for 56-yards. He put up 222-yards against Cal two weeks ago and 118 facing Arizona State. Booker has nine touchdowns with 783 yards rushing on 161 attempts. He is also averaging 31 points per game for DraftKings. USC has the 66th ranked rushing defense in FBS.

Christian McCaffrey vs. Washington

Stanford favored by O/U

Christian McCaffrey has got some buzz going around his name. It started late because he began performing late. His first two games saw small amounts of him. He totaled just 124-yards rushing in those games but caught nine passes and had one touchdown. In week four it all changed. The Cardinal played the Oregon State Beavers and McCaffrey went for over 200-yards rushing and hasn’t looked back. He put up 156 against Arizona and last week 243-yards and four touchdowns on UCLA. The Cardinals have also responded and haven’t lost since week one. McCaffrey has averaged 27.3 points per contest and had 844 yards on 130 attempts. As his carries have increased his receptions have fallen off, but don’t let that bother you, he has good hands out of the backfield. The Huskies defense is stout against the run as they rank 33rd and 32nd in overall defense.

Dalvin Cook vs. Georgia Tech

Florida favored by 7.0 O/U 56.5

Dalvin Cook has been the driving force for Florida State and their success especially in the last two games where he has rushed for 222 against Miami and 163 against Louisville. He has also been involved in the passing game, catching anywhere from one to four balls a contest. Cook is averaging 159.2 yards per game and has 11 touchdowns on the season. Only one game was he shut out of the end zone this season. Draft Kings has him at 32.9 points per game average. With only an over/under of 56.5, it could be a defensive contest. Georgia Tech is no slouch on defense. They are 51st overall and 82nd against the run.

WIDE RECEIVERS

  1. Thomas Sperbeck-BYU-$5,700
  2. Taywan Taylor-Western Kentucky-$6,400
  3. JuJu Smith-Schuster-USC-$6,600
  4. Laquon Treadwell-Ole Miss-$6,100
  5. Leonte Carroo-Rutgers-$6,900

Thomas Sperbeck vs. Wyoming

Boise State favored by 35 points O/U 56.5

Thomas Sperbeck is consistent when it comes to the Boise State offense. He has caught five passes in three of the last five games. He has gone over 100-yards in three of the last four and has scored five times in that span as well. On the season, he has 33 receptions for 682-yards and five touchdowns. He is averaging 20 points with DraftKings this season. He does face a strong defense in Wyoming, as the Cowboys are 30th against the pass, but the Broncos are scheduled to score a lot of points, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Sperbeck on at least one of those.

Taywan Taylor vs. LSU

LSU favored by 16 O/U 67

It’s nice when your quarterback is Brandon Doughty, and you are good enough to be his top receiver. Taylor has 45 receptions this season with 825-yards and ten touchdowns. It is also nice when you have to face the 44th ranked defense against the pass, and be behind for most of the day. Taywan Taylor has 28 receptions and eight touchdowns over the last four games, and I don’t see why that average won’t continue against #5 LSU. He has averaged 28.6 points a week for DraftKings.

JuJu Smith-Schuster vs. Utah

USC favored by 3.5 O/U 60

In his last four games, Smith-Schuster has caught 25 passes and has gone over 100+ yards in three of those games. He also has caught four touchdowns, missing only one game without a score in that span. During the season, JuJu Smith-Schuster has caught 39 passes for 758-yards and seven touchdowns. The Utes struggle in pass defense and that is where USC shines on offense. Utah is ranked 95th against the pass while USC is 12th on offense. Smith-Schuster should get many opportunities to put points on the board and should match his DraftKings points per game of 28, if not go over it.

Laquon Treadwell vs. Texas A&M

Ole Miss favored by 5 O/U 64

Treadwell has seen his receptions climb for the last three weeks. He had five against Florida, then eight against New Mexico State, and then a blowout with 14 when facing Memphis. He has scored three touchdowns in the last two games while going over 100-yards in three of the last four. On the season, he has 49 receptions for 654 yards and five touchdowns. Treadwell may struggle, however, as he faces a tough defense in Texas A&M who rank 23rd against the pass and 57th overall. Treadwell is averaging 22 points a contest for DraftKings.

Leonte Carroo vs Ohio State

Ohio State favored by 21.5 O/U 63.5

The first thing is to make sure Carroo is in the lineup as he is questionable at this time. When Leonte Carroo is in the lineup he is a force to deal with. In the last two weeks he has caught 14 receptions for 291-yards and six touchdowns. In week one he only caught three passes but still went over the century mark and scored three touchdowns. That’s nine scores in the four games he has played. This is the reason why he has averaged 33.3 points on DraftKings. This won’t be an easy road for him however. The Buckeyes defense is fourth against the pass and 19th overall, but Carroo should still get his.

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