Taulia Tagovailoa: Maryland Terrapins ($10,500 vs. Iowa)
If you haven’t been paying much attention to Maryland Terrapin football, you may be missing the emergence of Taulia Tagovailoa as one of the top passers and better players in the Big Ten. Tagovailoa has thrown for over 1,000 yards in three games this season. The Terrapins and Tagovailoa face their toughest challenge to date against Iowa. On this slate, I’m paying up for the Maryland signal-caller.
Davis Brin: Tulsa Golden Hurricane ($8,100 vs. Houston)
Davis Brin has turned it up the last two games for Tulsa. Passing for 783 yards and five passing touchdowns will garner more attention. The Tulsa/Houston game could turn into a shootout with relative ease. I like Brin’s chances of keeping the momentum going and turning in another strong DFS performance.
Jaren Hall: BYU Cougars ($10,000 at Utah State)
Keep an eye on the injury report regarding the BYU Cougars quarterback situation. Jaren Hall did not play this past weekend against South Florida. Latest reports around the BYU program suggest that Hall will be back under center against Utah State on Friday night. If those reports are unfounded, you can pivot at the same price to Baylor Romney, who started this past weekend.
Spencer Petras: Iowa Hawkeyes ($6,700 at Maryland)
The Iowa Hawkeye passing attack is not a place you find much fantasy goodness under normal circumstances. If you are trying to gain leverage against the field, Spencer Petras may be a place to start. Iowa is facing one of the more high-powered offensive-minded teams they will face all season long in Maryland. If Petras is forced into catch-up mode, the passing volume should be more substantial than usual, producing more fantasy points.
Clayton Tune: Houston Cougars ($9,400 at Tulsa)
Clayton Tune has been consistent all season long. With the passing volume that Houston deploys, this could be a blow-up spot against Tulsa. 300-yards passing and two touchdowns should be the expectation.
Logan Bonner: Utah State Aggies ($7,400 vs. BYU)
Utah State has a bit of a quarterback controversy on their hands. Logan Bonner has been the presumed starter, but Andrew Peasley has been getting more involved than DFS players would like. Utah State will have to play their best game to stick with BYU, so expect Logan Bonner to receive the vast majority of the playing time in this one.
Tyler Goodson: Iowa Hawkeyes ($9,200 at Maryland)
Tyler Goodson is the best offensive skill player for the Iowa Hawkeyes, and it is not particularly close. Goodson is the bell cow back for Iowa, carrying the football on average twenty times per contest. Iowa should want to keep Tagovailoa and the Terrapins offense off the field as much as possible. Expect a ground control type of game plan and for Tyler Goodson to be the featured weapon.
Calvin Tyler Jr.: Utah State Aggies ($8,700 vs. BYU)
Calvin Tyler Jr. was very much off the radar at the beginning of the college football season and has made a name for himself with his performance on the football field. Rushing for over 250 yards in the last two games combined, Tyler Jr. has become an anchor for the Utah State offense. Expect Tyler Jr. to be involved early and often against BYU.
Tyler Allgeier: BYU Cougars ($9,600 at Utah State)
Tyler Allgeier averages twenty carries and a rushing touchdown every time he steps on a college football field. Allgeier is the engine of the Cougars offense, and I see no reason to suggest that this game plan will change against Utah State.
Tayon Fleet-Davis: Maryland Terrapins ($8,000 vs. Iowa)
In DFS, we like running backs who can also affect the game as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. Maryland uses Tayon Fleet-Davis as a versatile chess piece–not only as a running back but as a receiver. Fleet-Davis averages four catches per game and could be the ‘X’ factor in their game against Iowa.
Shamari Brooks: Tulsa Golden Hurricane ($8,500 vs. Houston)
Shamari Brooks took a big step forward last week to claim the every-down role as the lead back for Tulsa. Brooks rushed for 155 yards on 22 carries. Tulsa will want to slow down the Houston offense–expect to see a lot of Shamari Brooks in this one.
Dontay Demus Jr.: Maryland Terrapins ($8,800 vs. Iowa)
Coming into the 2021 season, I thought Rakim Jarrett would be the top pass-catcher for the Maryland Terrapins. Jarrett has not been bad, but Dontay Demus Jr. has stolen the show. Demus Jr. has been a big play waiting to happen all season long and deserves top billing in the Maryland offense.
Deven Thompkins: Utah State Aggies ($9,500 vs. BYU)
Deven Thompkins had his worst game of the season last week against Boise State. This is a ‘buy low’ opportunity on Thompkins as he remains the top receiver on this slate and someone who is capable of carrying your DFS lineup.
Josh Johnson: Tulsa Golden Hurricane ($8,300 vs. Houston)
Josh Johnson has taken off the last two games–hauling in seventeen passes for over 270 yards. Johnson has clearly established himself as Davis Brin’s top pass-catcher in the Tulsa offense. If you target one of the sneakier stacks on the slate, Davis Brin to Josh Johnson is the way to go.
Nathaniel Dell: Houston Cougars ($7,500 at Tulsa)
We have mentioned several times in this article how the Houston/Tulsa game aims to be an old-fashioned shootout. Nathaniel Dell was averaging seven receptions per game before last weeks’ Navy game. Dell is another ‘buy low’ target that would make for a leverage play against the field.
Sam LaPorta: Iowa Hawkeyes ($6,700 at Maryland)
I wanted to mention Sam LaPorta in this section if, for nothing else, his consistent performance so far. LaPorta has seen no fewer than six targets in any game this season. LaPorta comes into this tilt with Maryland off of back-to-back touchdown performances. I expect Iowa to attempt to keep up with the Maryland offense, and Sam LaPorta should be one of the primary benefactors.