No more pomp and circumstance! The college football season is here upon us. We finally get to dive in on some real action and provide our favorite plays of the week. Without further adieu, let’s get right down to it.
(All prices are listed or DraftKings, 8/28)
Adrian Martinez: Nebraska Cornhuskers ($6800 at Illinois)
Adrian Martinez is the best bang for your buck at the quarterback position for the opening weekend in DFS. In our “Top 10 Tidbits” article, we mentioned the importance of leaning on dual-threat quarterbacks. We know that is who Adrian Martinez is. Expect 220-250 passing yards alongside 60-70 rushing yards, and Martinez provides a high ceiling at a reasonable price.
Chevan Cordeiro: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors ($7500 at UCLA)
Chevan Cordeiro is another dual-threat quarterback. Cordeiro is not just the leading passer but the 2nd leading rusher from a season ago. I believe that this will be the highest-scoring game of the weekend, and with an implied total of 70.5 on this game, Vegas insiders agree.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson: UCLA Bruins ($8500 vs. Hawaii)
Although Dorian Thompson-Robinson has had a rough off-season with the Bruins, word out of UCLA is that he remains the starter (stay tuned). As long as Thompson-Robinson gets the nod, you have to like him in this spot. Hawaii/UCLA will be a track meet, and I love the idea of pairing both quarterbacks in my DFS lineup.
Jake Haener: Fresno State Bulldogs ($9700 vs. Connecticut)
Jake Haener is the most expensive play on the board. Haener is the most accomplished passer in the quarterback group. Haener was on pace for 4,000 yards passing a year ago, his first as a Bulldog. Haener offers you nothing on the ground as a runner. My only knock against him as the most expensive quarterback option.
Ronnie Rivers: Fresno State Bulldogs ($7800 vs. Connecticut)
In DFS, it is a sound investment to select running backs who are good runners and receivers out of the backfield. Ronnie Rivers was on pace for a 1,000 yards rushing a season ago. Perhaps more impressive was that he was also on pace for over 500 yards receiving. Ronnie Rivers is a true workhorse running back. You may have to pay up for Rivers, but it’s worth it.
Markese Stepp: Nebraska Cornhuskers ($4900 at Illinois)
Keep an eye on the Cornhusker backfield situation, a situation worth monitoring. Markese Stepp transferred from USC, and he came to Lincoln to add some life to Nebraska at the running back position. In a conference game, I would anticipate Stepp getting a healthy distribution of touches.
Calvin Turner Jr: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors ($6400 at UCLA)
Hawaii utilizes Calvin Turner Jr. in a myriad of ways. Totaling ten touchdowns in just nine games a season ago is an impressive feat. Turner Jr. gives you that dual-threat capability as he may even be a better receiver than runner. Averaging roughly four catches per game, Calvin Turner Jr. is a big play waiting to happen.
Chase Brown: Illinois Fighting Illini’ ($5000 vs. Nebraska)
Chase Brown is not a sexy pick as he will give you little to nothing in the receiving department. If you are looking for cheap options at the position, you could do worse than a $5000 option that should receive good volume as a pure runner.
Jalen Cropper: Fresno State Bulldogs ($7300 vs. Connecticut)
If there were one stacking option that I would be a proponent of, Jake Haener to Jalen Cropper would be the one. Jalen Cropper was on pace for 1,000 yards receiving and double-digit touchdowns a season ago. Cropper is by far the safest option at the wide receiver position in this field.
Greg Dulcich: UCLA Bruins ($6000 vs. Hawaii)
Greg Dulcich is the tried and true option for the UCLA Bruins. Dulcich comes up with the big plays and is the underneath security blanket for the UCLA quarterbacks. ‘Underneath security blanket’ does not always solicit much confidence in big-game performances, but Dulcich is an anomaly. Slide Dulcich into your DFS lineup and watch him pile on the receptions.
Cameron Ross: Connecticut Huskies ($4800 at Fresno State)
Don’t forget about Cameron Ross! Ross opted out of the 2020 season, so it’s easy to forget about his freshman performance in 2019. Ross led the Huskies in receiving AS A FRESHMAN. 60 receptions for Ross ranked 2nd in the nation for all freshmen. I would anticipate Cameron Ross picking right up where he left off. For just $4800, Ross is one of the best bargains on the slate.