College Football Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 11/3/22

Chase Brice and the Appalachian State offense should light up the scoreboard on Thursday night. Who else should we consider targeting?

College football is entering Week 10, and FanDuel's college football DFS main slate on Thursday includes two games.

In case you're unfamiliar with how it works, you can check out the rules and scoring on FanDuel, where you can hit the lobby each week to see the full array of slates and contests being offered.

As for the basics, your roster consists of a quarterback slot, two running backs, three wide receivers (which also includes tight ends), and one "Super FLEX". In the Super FLEX spot, 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 DFS projections and game projections to tackle as many slates as possible in the lead-up to the College Football Playoff. In this piece, we are breaking down Thursday's main slate, which locks at 7:00 p.m. EST.

Let's look at which players are in great spots as well as identify some players with low salaries who will allow you to roster the high-salary players. All stats come from PFF unless otherwise noted.


Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina ($11,000) – McCall has made eight starts this season, and he has accounted for at least two touchdowns in seven of those games. Additionally, the dual-threat quarterback has shown a propensity to run the ball more often as of late. Over the last four games, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers' junior quarterback is averaging 10.2 carries per game. That is 3.0 more carries per game than the first four games of the season.

Chase Brice, Appalachian State ($10,200) – Brice ranks sixth nationally with 22 touchdown passes this season. The Appalachian State Mountaineers' quarterback has also recorded three rushing touchdowns. He is in a fantastic spot against Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers are allowing 273.4 passing yards per game (116th nationally). They are allowing an incredible 8.82 yards per pass attempt.

TJ McMahon, Rice ($9,600) - The Rice Owls' signal-caller gets a dream matchup with the Texas-El Paso Miners' struggling defense. The Miners' defense has allowed 32 touchdowns to opposing offenses through nine games. McMahon, a dual threat, has accounted for seven touchdowns over the last two games.

Running Backs

Camerun Peoples, Appalachian State ($9,400) – Peoples operates as the Mountaineers' lead back. He has been in the lineup for two straight games after missing one due to an injury. The powerful running back has the highest ceiling amongst the ball carriers on the Thursday night slate. The senior has 31 rushing touchdowns over the last two-and-a-half-plus seasons.

CJ Beasley, Coastal Carolina ($8,700) – Beasley's backfield mate, Reese White ($8,700), returned to the lineup in the Chanticleers' last game. However, Beasley easily out-snapped Reese 31 to 15 on running plays. Appalachian State's defense has allowed 13 rushing touchdowns, which leads the Thursday night slate.

If the workload between Beasley and White shifts towards a 50/50 split, White makes for a solid contrarian running back option.

Cameron Montgomery, Rice ($6,500) - Montgomery has out-carried backfield mate, Ari Broussard ($7,500), 24-to-16 over the last two games. Rice's opponent, Texas El-Paso, is a good team to attack. The Miners are allowing 152.6 rushing yards per game (80th nationally), including 4.34 yards per carry.

Broussard is a good play, as well. He leads all running backs on the slate with nine rushing touchdowns.

Wide Receivers

Tyrin Smith, Texas El Paso ($9,000) – Smith is one of the nation's most targeted pass catchers. The sophomore has 97 targets through nine games. Additionally, he has had 23 receptions over the last three games. Smith is in a good spot against Rice's porous pass defense. The Owls have allowed 18 touchdown passes through eight games. His teammate, Reynaldo Flores ($7,600), is also viable. He has drawn 78 targets this season.

Bradley Rozner, Rice ($7,700) - Rozner hasn't been as productive as teammate Luke McCaffrey ($9,500). However, Rozner is running nearly the same number of pass routes as McCaffrey. Additionally, Rozner is the Owls' deep threat. He has an intriguing 16.0 aDOT. Meanwhile, Texas El-Paso has given up a ton of explosive pass plays this season. The Miners have been torched for 18 touchdown passes. They are allowing an eye-opening 7.55 yards per pass attempt.

Tyson Mobley, Coastal Carolina ($5,600) - Mobley leads the Chanticleers in pass routes run over the last two games (68). Additionally, his aDOT (11.4) is similar to Coastal Carolina's leading receiver Sam Pinckney ($7,800), who averages 12.0. Most importantly, Mobley provides a ton of salary relief at the wide receiver position.

General Notes

Texas-El Paso quarterback Gavin Hardison ($8,800) is a contrarian option. He does have dual-threat upside against a bad Rice defense that's allowed 30 touchdowns defensively, which is a slate high. Kelly Akharaiyi ($5,200) is a salary relief option at wide receiver. He will fly under the radar. Akharaiyi ran 35 routes in the Miners' last game (Smith ran 41 routes and Flores ran 36).

Appalachian State running back Nate Noel ($8,100) is another way to get unique on Thursday night. Since Camerun Peoples is healthy, I believe most gamers will ignore Noel. Noel's versatility will keep him DFS relevant. Christian Horn ($8,100) is a solid mid-tier option at wide receiver. He leads the Mountaineers with 415 receiving yards and 4 receiving touchdowns (16.3 aDOT). Christian Wells ($5,600) is an option for salary relief. Wells has run the second-most routes of any Mountaineer over the last two games. Meanwhile, Dalton Stroman (5,500) leads Appalachian State with an aDOT of 17.4. He is also a contrarian salary saver at wide receiver.

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