Week 2 of the college football season gets underway on DraftKings with a four-game Friday slate. This $15 slate has a prize pool of $100,000, with $25,000 going to the winner. With only eight teams total on the slate, identifying the best value plays is critical to taking down this GPP, and there are plenty of values at the running back and receiver positions. Here are the best values by position for Friday’s main slate:
Hank Bachmeier, Boise State vs. UTEP ($7,200):
We’re going to be up-front about this slate. As mentioned above, there is so much value at the running back and receiver this week that dropping down for quarterback value is not necessary for terms of the salary cap. Grayson McCall at $8,900 can easily fit under your salary cap this week, and there is room for as many as five top spends across the board. Yes, Jalen Fowler is a viable option at $5,700 for North Carolina A&T, and he’ll likely be less owned than McCall and Bachmeier by a good margin. I’m totally on-board with pivoting off Bachmeier with Fowler, but more for game theory than the need for savings.
Reese White ($4,700), Shermari Jones ($4,000), Coastal Carolina vs. Kansas:
From a name-brand standpoint, it’s hard to see Kansas struggling with Coastal Carolina, and yet, the Jayhawks got scorched pretty good on the ground last week by equally non-scary South Dakota. Both White and Jones scored a pair of touchdowns last week despite splitting carries 9-6. Jones had the nine carries and comes in $700 cheaper, so he’s the preferred option, but a 2-RB stack isn’t out of the question.
Otis Weah, North Dakota at Utah State ($5,400):
Weah is the highest-priced of the value options this week, but he still seems underpriced after carrying the ball 22 times last week for 114 yards and a touchdown and catching three passes. That kind of volume is gold on a short slate like this one and even better when he’s the eighth-highest priced back in the pool. Duke’s Mataeo Durant is only $1,500 more and will garner massive chalk after his monster game last week, so if you’re feeling lucky, Weah is a viable pivot. But it might be better to get them both into your lineups.
Calvin Tyler Jr., Utah State vs. North Dakota ($3,500):
Tyler is the biggest value on the board with his near-minimum salary. Despite splitting carries with John Gentry, Tyler still managed 84 yards and a touchdown. Playing Tyler does allow for a good amount of stud plays, and if he’s going to produce at 5X or 6X his salary, all the better.
Stefan Cobbs, Boise State vs. UTEP ($5,600):
Khalil Shakir is still the No. 1 receiving option on the board, and despite being on a snap count last week, Shakir still put up 26.8 DK points. Cobbs was a decent complementary piece with four grabs for 61 yards. We don’t know what the injury was that kept Shakir limited, but if something like that happens again this week, Cobbs will get solid targets again.
Ron Hunt, North Carolina A&T at Duke ($3,900):
Hunt was sensational last week with five catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns. If we presume that NC A&T is going to have to throw the ball to stay in the game, and we already like the quarterback to be successful here, Hunt is an easy call as part of a stack with Fowler.
Justin Garrett, UTEP at Boise State ($4,000):
Garrett has been solid over his first two games, with four catches for 74 yards in his first game and a 5-45-1 line last week. We always like a bring-back to add to our stacks, so if we’re loading up on the Boise State passing game, Garrett is the natural bring-back in what we hope will be a high-scoring affair.