College Football Single-Game Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 11/17/22 (SMU at Tulane)

Tanner Mordecai has been unstoppable in recent games. Will that continue on Thursday night, and who else should we consider targeting?

The college football regular season is winding down as the Southern Methodist Mustangs square off with the Tulane Green Wave on Thursday night.

For those unfamiliar, single-game slates feature five flex spots with identical scoring to the main slate. However, there is an "MVP" roster slot. The MVP receives 1.5 times his total fantasy points, making this spot crucial.

Player Breakdowns

At The Top

Tanner Mordecai, SMU ($16,500) - The senior signal-caller has been unstoppable as the regular season nears completion. Over the last four games, Mordecai has accounted for 17 total touchdowns.

Michael Pratt, Tulane ($15,000) - Pratt has accounted for 56.1% of the Green Wave's offensive touchdowns through 10 games. The sophomore quarterback is ranked third amongst the Tulane ball carriers with 247 rushing yards this season. He could be in for a ceiling game on Thursday night with SMU's defense is allowing 441 total yards per game to opposing offenses (119th nationally). The Mustangs' defense has allowed 41 touchdowns through 10 games.

Rashee Rice, SMU ($14,000) - Rice's ceiling is sky-high as he leads the nation in receiving yards (1,167). The senior is averaging an eye-opening 12.9 targets per game. He'll be very popular, but he makes for a fine MVP option.

In The Middle

Tyler Lavine, SMU ($13,000) - I suspect that Lavine may fly under the radar with Camar Wheaton's emergence. Despite Wheaton's breakout performance, Lavine out-snapped his backfield mate 28-to-25. Lavine has tallied at least 17 carries in each of the last three games.

Jordan Kerley, SMU ($11,500) - Kerley is a viable pivot off his popular teammate Rashee Rice. Kerley is averaging an impressive 3.01 yards per route run this season. He led all Mustangs with 25 pass routes run in last week's game. The junior posted a season-high in receptions (7), receiving yards (156), and targets (9).

Shaadie Clayton, Tulane ($9,500) - Clayton operates as a complement to Tyjae Sharpe ($14,500) in Tulane's backfield. Clayton has seen his role grow over the last two games. The sophomore has tallied 21 carries and 127 rushing yards over the last two games. Additionally, SMU's defense has struggled against the run this season. The Mustangs are allowing 197.6 rushing yards per game (117th nationally), and they've allowed 20 rushing touchdowns through 10 games.

At The Bottom

Shae Wyatt, Tulane ($8,500) - Wyatt enters Thursday night having found recorded a touchdown reception in back-to-back games. The speedster should be able to exploit SMU's vulnerable pass defense. The Mustangs are allowing 7.57 yards per pass attempt. Additionally, they have yielded 21 touchdown passes through 10 games. Meanwhile, Wyatt is averaging 2.14 yards per route run and is posting an aDOT of 12.7 (second-best amongst the regular Tulane pass catchers).

Camar Wheaton, SMU ($7,500) - Wheaton will not fly under the radar after his breakout game against the South Florida Bulls. The SMU running back ran for 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. He is significantly under-salaried and could be rostered as an MVP.

Jha'Quan Jackson, Tulane ($7,500) - Jackson led the Green Wave in pass routes run (29) in last week's game. He also leads Tulane with an average of 2.27 yards per route run. Like Wheaton, Jackson will also be popular.

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