The 2021 college football season has been a rollercoaster ride already! Stunning upsets and surprising individual performances. We try to make sense of it as we enter week four and provide you with the best DFS advice around.
Adrian Martinez: Nebraska Cornhuskers ($7,300 at Oklahoma)
Oklahoma is over a three-touchdown favorite over Nebraska, and I’m not suggesting that the Cornhuskers can pull off the upset. With a 62.5 O/U, points are going to be scored in this one. Adrian Martinez has the tall task of trying to keep up with Spencer Rattler. Adrian Martinez is a versatile quarterback making a run for 3,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing this season. Martinez can provide a high-ceiling, at a reasonable price.
Spencer Rattler: Oklahoma Sooners ($9,500 vs. Nebraska)
The talent is undeniable when you watch Spencer Rattler. It was child’s play for Rattler a week ago against Western Carolina. Can Rattler do it again against a bitter rival? Nebraska needs to keep the game close enough for the Sooners to remain interested. In the Superflex format, we are always looking for a game where we can double down and get our QB and Superflex positions filled in the same game. This week that match-up may be the Sooners/Cornhuskers.
Bryce Young: Alabama Crimson Tide ($9,200 at Florida)
The Gators defense has proven to be a formidable unit so far, but they haven’t seen anyone quite like Alabama. Bryce Young has been incredible so far this year. Given the cast of characters surrounding Young, the Gators won’t be able to stimy the Crimson Tide for very long.
Desmond Ridder: Cincinnati Bearcats ($8,600 at Indiana)
Desmond Ridder has been a bit inconsistent thus far in 2021. Desmond Ridder vs. Michael Penix Jr. would make for a fun watch. We have seen the ceiling before. In this type of game, I’m banking on a ceiling performance.
Kedon Slovis: USC Trojans ($7,200 at Washington State)
Kedon Slovis and the USC Trojans season has gotten off to a rocky start so far. There is talent all over this roster. There is no excuse for performances like last week’s loss to Stanford. The USC/Washington State game has all the makings of a shootout. Expect Kedon Slovis to have a bounce-back performance in this one.
Jayden De Laura: Washington State Cougars ($7,400 vs. USC)
You will have to monitor the Cougars quarterback situation closely throughout the week to know who the starter will be. Jarrett Guarantano was set to be the quarterback for the Cougars this year, but Guarantano didn’t suit up this weekend, leaving the door open for De Laura to take the job back. We like the back and forth nature of this game. The Washington State starting quarterback is in play.
Kenneth Walker III: Michigan State Spartans ($7,100 at Miami)
Recency bias will help DFS players this week. Kenneth Walker III received only seven carries last week against Youngstown. Michigan State had this game in hand the entire game and didn’t have to lean on Walker. Go back to Walker’s debut for the Spartans where he rushed for 264 yards, four touchdowns on 23 carries. This week against the Miami (FL) Hurricanes should be a much more competitive game. I would expect Walker to be much more involved in the offense and a strong play in DFS.
Trey Potts: Minnesota Golden Gophers ($7,300 at Colorado)
We have said it time and time again–fantasy football is a game of volume. Mohammed Ibraham is out for the season following an injury in the opener against Ohio State, so Trey Potts now has a golden opportunity. Potts was outstanding last weekend against Miami (OH) with two scores, 178 yards on the ground, on 34 carries. The Gophers will continue to stress running the ball, so roll Potts into your DFS starting lineups.
Leddie Brown: West Virginia Mountaineers ($6.900 vs. Virginia Tech)
Leddie Brown is receiving the type of volume that we look for in a DFS back–that’s the good news. The bad news is Brown hasn’t done much with the volume. Virginia Tech is a tough defense, but I like Leddie Brown to have a productive afternoon.
Jerome Ford: Cincinnati Bearcats ($7,000 at Indiana)
Jerome Ford is off to a sensational start to his 2021 season. Ford has rushed for 100 yards in both ball games so far. We like points scored in the Cincinnati/Indiana game. If you wish to stack Desmond Ridder and Jerome Ford, I wouldn’t be against it.
Stephen Carr: Indiana Hoosiers ($5,800 vs. Cincinnati)
We want pieces on the offenses in the Cincinnati/Indiana game–if you haven’t noticed. Stephen Carr has established himself as the dominant force in the Hoosiers backfield. Carr is averaging over 20 carries per game. We like Carr’s odds of eclipsing the 100-yard mark and finding the endzone. Priced at just $5,800–Carr is a steal.
David Bell: Purdue Boilermakers ($7,700 at Notre Dame)
David Bell is the alpha and the omega for the Purdue Boilermakers offense. In his last outing, Bell had six catches, 120 receiving yards, and three touchdowns–IN THE FIRST HALF! Notre Dame isn’t Connecticut, but the Fighting Irish defense has been beaten pretty badly so far in 2021. David Bell may be the best receiver in college football. All-In on this play.
Garrett Wilson: Ohio State Buckeyes ($6,400 vs. Tulsa)
I will continue to go to the well on Garrett Wilson. I have no idea why he is priced so low at $6,400 and will continue to recommend him weekly until his pricetag matches his talent. Wilson was targeted FOURTEEN times last week! In a get-right game for Ohio State, expecting them to pile on the points here against Tulsa.
Jadon Haselwood: Oklahoma Sooners ($5,200 vs. Nebraska)
If you are looking for a more cost-effective option in this Oklahoma/Nebraska game, look no further than Jadon Haselwood. With injuries to other Sooner playmakers, Haselwood should have a more prominent role alongside Marvin Mims.
John Metchie III: Alabama Crimson Tide ($7,100 at Florida)
It is crucial not to overthink things in DFS. John Metchie III has been the most consistent pass catcher for the Crimson Tide so far in 2021. The expectation is that Florida keeps this game somewhat competitive, and Alabama will have to get their ball to their premier playmakers. Metchie is a very sensible buy at just $7,100.
Winston Wright Jr: West Virginia Mountaineers ($5,700 vs. Virginia Tech)
Winston Wright Jr. has quickly established himself as one of the most dynamic playmakers in college football. The speedster is a focal point in the West Virginia offense and can take it to the house on any given play. If you’re looking for a little extra juice for your DFS lineup, Winston Wright Jr. is your guy.