College Football Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 11/20/20
Week 12 of college football is here! FanDuel's Friday night college football DFS main slate includes four games.
As for the basics, your roster consists of a quarterback slot, two running back slots, three wide receiver slots (which also includes tight ends), and one super flex slot. In the flex, you can insert one player from any position, including quarterbacks.
Here, our goal is to help you field a roster full of fantasy goodness, and in true numberFire fashion, we'll use our in-house projections as well as betting totals and advanced statistics to tackle as many slates as possible in the lead-up to the College Football Playoff. This week, we are only breaking down Friday's main slate, which locks at 7:00 p.m. EST.
Let's breakdown which players are in great spots as well as identify some players with cheap salaries who will allow you to roster the high dollar players.
Malik Cunningham, Louisville ($10,400) – The dual-threat quarterback has accounted for 20 out of the Cardinals’ 29 offensive touchdowns this season. Cunningham took on a bigger role as a runner with Javian Hawkins sidelined last week. Cunningham ran for 197 yards and 2 touchdowns on 20 carries (season high). With Hawkins deciding to sit out the rest of the season, expect Cunningham to continue to log a ton of carries this week. He’s also tossed at least two touchdown passes in five out of eight games this season.
Aidan O'Connell, Purdue ($8,900)/Jack Plummer, Purdue ($5,900) – O’Connell is questionable for this week’s matchup with Minnesota. The junior is averaging 305.3 passing yards and 2.33 touchdown passes through three games. He’s attempted 50-plus passes in two out of three games. If O’Connell can’t play, then Jack Plummer is severely underpriced in Purdue’s pass happy offense. Plummer made six starts in 2019; he recorded at least two passing touchdowns in four of those games. Despite being a backup, he’s more than capable of lighting up the box score.
Trae Hall, New Mexico ($7,200) – Trae Hall may make his second straight in Friday night’s game against Air Force. Presumed starter Taveka Tuoti missed last week’s game with a concussion and reportedly had not practiced this week. At worst, Hall will split snaps this week with Tuioti (if Tuioti can clear concussion protocol). In limited playing time (parts of five games over the 2019 and 2020 seasons), the dual-threat Hall has completed 34 out of 66 pass attempts for 396 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. The sophomore has also racked up 188 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on 47 carries.
Others to consider: Javion Posey, Haaziq Daniels (if he plays), Tanner Morgan, and Will Koch.
Mo Ibrahim, Minnesota ($11,200) – Ibrahim is the focal point of the Golden Gophers' offense. The junior running back is averaging an eye-popping 35 carries per game. Ibrahim has run for at least 140 yards in all four games this season. He currently ranks 7th in the nation with 10 rushing touchdowns, and he’s only played in four games.
Zander Horvath, Purdue ($9,400) – Horvath encounters a Minnesota run defense that has been steamrolled by opposing ball carriers this season. The Golden Gophers are allowing 238.3 rushing yards per game, and they’ve been flattened for 13 rushing touchdowns in four games. Horvath is the Boilermakers' leading rusher with 252 yards and a touchdown on 53 carries. He’s also the third leading pass catcher with 17 receptions and 155 receiving yards.
Hassan Hall, Louisville ($6,500) – Hall is likely to play this week despite missing last week’s game (non-injury related) against Virginia. Hall should see significant game action with star running back Javian Hawkins announcing his intention to sit out the rest of the season. The junior was Louisville’s second leading rusher with 501 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns on 108 carries a season ago. He’s been Javian Hawkins primary backup since 2019. This week’s opponent, Syracuse, has been decimated by opposing ball carriers. The Orange are allowing 223.5 rushing yards per game, and they’ve surrendered 18 rushing touchdowns in eight games. Syracuse running back Sean Tucker ($6,900) is also a fine cheap alternative at running back.
Others to consider: Malcolm Davidson, Timothy Jackson (if he plays), Kaden Remsberg (if he plays), James Charles, Sean Tucker, Bobby Cole, Elijah Robinson (if Jackson and Rembsberg are out), and BJ Emmons.
David Bell, Purdue ($9,100) – Bell is posting video-game like numbers for the Boilermakers. The sophomore is averaging 10.33 receptions and 107 receiving yards through three games. Per Pro Football Focus, he’s drawn an insane 47 targets (15.7 targets/game). He’s also recorded four touchdown receptions in 2020. He should have no problem posting another monster stat line against the Golden Gophers, which are allowing 35.8 points per game this season. Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman ($9,500) is a solid play, as well, in Bell’s salary range.
Brandon Lewis, Air Force ($7,000) – Lewis is the Falcons second leading rusher and second leading pass catcher. The junior has run for 172 yards and 1 touchdown on 19 carries while also catching 6 passes for 36 yards. Up next is a date with New Mexico’s bottom-barrel pass defense. The Lobos are allowing 410.3 passing yards per game, which ranks dead last amongst FBS teams. Additionally, they’ve been flamed for 12 touchdown passes in only three games. Lewis’ versatility in both the passing and running games is intriguing against New Mexico’s vulnerable defense.
Emmanuel Logan-Greene, New Mexico ($6,100) – Per Pro Football Focus, Logan-Greene has been targeted 23 times over the last two games. The senior is averaging five receptions per game this season. Through three games, he’s racked up 18 receptions and 155 receiving yards. Logan-Greene has carried the ball five times for 18 yards. His salary is too low for his current role in New Mexico’s offense.
Others to consider: Rashod Bateman, Tutu Atwell (if he plays), Milton Wright, Taj Harris, Dez Fitzpatrick, Jordan Kress, TJ Chase, Chris Autman-Bell, Samuel Emilus, LaJohntay Wester, Marshon Ford, Anthony Queeley, and Jackson Anthrop.
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