College Football Daily Fantasy Sleepers for Saturday 10/24/15
Last week’s anti-Oregon play yielded mixed results. Jake Browning posted pedestrian numbers and only hooked up with his tight end, Joshua Perkins, four times. On the other hand, freshman Myles Gaskin ran for 155 yards and a score. Gaskin’s salary will be on the rise in coming weeks, so don’t expect his name to pop up again in this column.
This week I’ve spanned seven separate contests to track down the best value plays in the FanDuel universe. If you utilize a handful of these players you will be able to pluck a high end asset out of the player pool.
Early Slate - Joel Stave, Wisconsin ($6600)
Mr. Yips makes the cut this week because this isn’t your father’s Badger team. He’s thrown for 322 yards in back-to-back weeks on 50 and 39 attempts, respectively. Our internal model is calling for Stave to rack up 248 passing yards against the Illini. To add a quarterback that is nearly assured to throw 35 or more passes at this price is a real steal. His salary may be low based upon Illinois’ 23rd ranked pass defense, but their stats are impacted by a cupcake non-conference schedule that included Kent State and Western Illinois.
Late Slate - Brett Rypien, Boise State ($6900)
This is a good time to get in on Rypien. The nephew of former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien is averaging over 300 yards per game through the air since taking over as the full-time starter. Last week’s thermonuclear meltdown against Utah State, that saw Boise turn the ball over eight times, is the reason he’s south of $7000. Five fumbles, however, was a fluke, and he’ll bounce back in a huge way on Homecoming against Wyoming. We’re predicting 52 points and 288 passing yards from Boise against the hapless Cowboys.
Value Running Backs
Early Slate - LJ Scott, Michigan State ($6200)
The 19-year-old has been running the ball like a man the past month. He’s scored two touchdowns in three straight contests and he gets a chance to carve up the laughable Indiana defense on Saturday. The Hoosiers 70th ranked run defense will look like a turnstile, particularly now that the Michigan State offensive line is healthy. We’re calling for the Spartans to rush for 194 yards, but it will be Scott’s red zone touches that will matter the most. While he still shares carries with Delton Williams and Gerald Holmes, he’s the established goal line option.
Late Slate - Derrius Guice, LSU ($4900)
Guice is making his second appearance on my weekly list. The secret is out on the freshman, but his salary remains low enough to consider him a strong value play. Western Kentucky is going to have little success slowing down the Tigers extraordinary running game. Presently we’re calling for the Bayou Bengals to gouge the Hilltoppers to the tune of 235 rushing yards. In garbage time two weeks ago against South Carolina, Guice tore off 161 yards and a score. He’ll have a similar opportunity this week once Les Miles pulls Leonard Fournette off the field.
Value Wide Receivers
Early Slate - Deon Cain, Clemson ($4600)
The parade of freshmen continues. The speedy youngster from Tampa is building a solid rapport with Deshaun Watson. Cain has logged 193 receiving yards in the past two weeks and has emerged as Clemson’s deep ball threat. We’re only calling for 225 passing yards from the Tigers, but this Hurricane defense is susceptible to giving up the big play, just watch the highlights from their game against the Cornhuskers. At this bargain basement price he’s worth a role of the dice.
Late Slate - Braxton Miller, Ohio State ($6000)
In the past two games Urban Meyer has found ways to get the ball into Miller’s hands. Those touches have translated into touchdowns with Miller finding his way into the end zone against Maryland and Penn State. The other reason to like Miller is that J.T. Barrett is now the definitive starter. Barrett is far more accurate than Cardale Jones and as a fellow captain understands the importance of getting Miller going early in games. Our prediction is calling for 40 points from the Buckeyes which could easily mean one or two touchdowns for Miller.
Value Tight End
Early Slate - Mark Andrews, Oklahoma ($2000)
Back-to-back weeks for Mr. Andrews on my watch list. Forget Cris Carter, this is the guy who only catches touchdowns. Four of his nine receptions this season have gone for touchdowns and at this bottom of the barrel salary he’s a value play that’s proven he can pay off.
Late Slate - Jacob Hollister, Wyoming ($2400)
Hollister nabbed three passes for 36 yards and a touchdown last week against Nevada. He’s caught a pass in every one of Wyoming’s games this season and caught three or more in four games. Our model is calling for a Boise blowout, which means Hollister and company will likely see the Broncos defensive reserves in the second half. When you weigh his potential targets against this price tag, it becomes clear he’s worth a shot as your late slate tight end.