Week 2 of the college football season continues on DraftKings with a 12-game main Saturday slate. This $15 slate has a prize pool of $200,000, with $50,000 going to the winner. With 24 teams total on the slate, ownership should be fairly spread around, but identifying the best value plays is critical to taking down a GPP this size, and there are plenty of values, especially at receiver. Here are the best values by position for Friday’s main slate:
Anthony Brown, Oregon at Ohio State ($6,900):
Just as we saw with the small Friday slate, the quarterback values are hard to come by here, as DraftKings has appropriately priced the best QB options over 8K. So while $6,900 doesn’t feel like a value, Brown needs to be in the conversation in a matchup that should lead to him throwing and running considerably. Last week, Brown ran the ball 16 times and threw it 15, but was prevented from having a truly big day by fumbling twice, losing one. If he takes care of the ball here in what figures to be a come-from-behind afternoon, he could easily best the 21 points he put up last week. He’s an ideal bring-back on an Ohio State stack.
Tommy DeVito, Syracuse vs. Rutgers ($6,200):
Last week, on the Thursday slate, we recommended the skill players for Temple because of the matchup with a less-than-stout Rutgers defense. The game was wiped out because of the weather, so Rutgers is now another week without having played at actual game speed. DeVito was pedestrian as a passer last week but ran the ball seven times for 45 yards and a score.
Jabari Small, Tennessee vs. Pittsburgh ($5,800):
Definitely check on the status of Tiyon Evans before lock tomorrow. Coach Josh Heupel made it sound this week as though Evans could miss this game, and if that happens, Small becomes the top value play on the entire slate. Both Small and Evans rushed for 120 yards last week, and it seems highly likely Small would absorb a large number of Evans’ carries. The matchup is far more difficult this week, but the volume without Evans cannot be ignored.
Malik Davis, Florida at South Florida ($5,600):
Yes, Florida’s backfield is pretty much a four-headed committee. However, if you’re going to run it 56 times like the Gators did last week, a 25-percent share, as Davis got, can translate into 100 yards, which Davis got. Florida should have no trouble with South Florida, and another 50-plus carries are well within the range of outcomes.
CJ Verdell ($5,400), Travis Dye ($4,800), Oregon at Ohio State:
We know Anthony Brown is going to run in this game, but Verdell and Dye were significant factors last week against Fresno State and will be called up upon often to try and keep Ohio State’s offense off the field. Verdell is the more reliable play, but if the savings are significant, Dye found the end zone last week despite fewer carries.
Garrett Wilson, Ohio State vs. Oregon ($5.900):
Time for a Chalk Talk! Because Wilson is priced down in a tasty matchup after a blow-up game last week for the Buckeyes’ passing attack, Wilson is going to be extremely popular. But on this slate, with the value available, he’s definitely good chalk. Both Wilson and Chris Olave ($7,200) should put up solid numbers here.
Taj Harris, Syracuse vs. Rutgers ($5,100):
As we noted with Tommy DeVito, the Rutgers defense, on paper, looks exploitable. The Orange didn’t do much through the air last week, but Harris did haul in six of DeVito’s 11 completions, so he stands to be the volume receiver in a better game script.
All the Penn State/Ball State value receivers:
What an absolute value goldmine in Happy Valley on Saturday. This game has shootout written all over it, and both teams have wide receivers under 5K who should get in on all the fun. For Penn State, you have Parker Washington at $4,000 and KeAndre Lambert-Smith at $3,900. On the other side, Justin Hall feels underpriced at $6,300 and Yo’Heinz Tyler is a legitimate value at $4,200. You can easily double-stack both quarterbacks in this game and still have salary left over to load up on two 7K running backs. Gold mine.