Week 4 of the college football season continues with a 12-game Saturday main slate on DraftKings. This $18 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 spread around fairly well, but identifying the best value plays is critical to taking down a GPP this size. Here are the best values by position for Saturday’s main slate:
Tyler Shough, Texas Tech at Texas ($6,500):
Shough had a huge breakout game last week against mighty Florida International, throwing for 399 yards and four touchdowns, completing 26 of 35 passes. He now gets a tough matchup against the Longhorns, but it figures to be a game where he will be asked to throw another 35 passes, at least. At his price, he presents a nice opportunity to go big in other spots.
Dennis Grosel, Boston College vs. Missouri ($5,900): Grosel makes his second start for the injured Phil Jurkovec this week, and in a much tougher matchup should have a chance to throw more than the 13 passes he attempted last week in a 28-3 win over Temple. Grosel also rushed for 47 yards, and rushing upside from the QB position is always welcome. Hopefully BC takes off the training wheels this week.
KJ Jefferson, Arkansas vs. Texas A&M ($5,700): After throwing for 266 yards combined in his first two games, Jefferson passed for a whopping 366 yards last week, including three touchdowns. Like Slough, it was a breakout performance against an inferior opponent (Georgia State), but it engenders hope for a similar performance in a much tougher situation against the Aggies.
Will Shipley, Clemson at N.C. State ($5,800): Shipley has taken over as the starting back for the Tigers and he earned the designation last week, rushing 21 times for 88 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It was his second straight game with at least 80 yards rushing, and he is poised to continue his breakout this week.
Jalen Mitchell, Louisville at Florida State ($5,100): Mitchell has seen his DK points output increase each week this season, and he is averaging about 20 touches per game over the past two. Florida State has been a bit of a hot mess on defense this season, so Mitchell should have all sorts of opportunities to put his stamp on this one as a runner and receiver.
Dillon Johnson, Mississippi State vs. LSU ($4,600): Like James White in the NFL, Johnson has made himself DFS relevant as a pass-catcher, compiling 13 receptions over the past two weeks. Like White, Johnson found the end zone last week as a rusher for his best game of the season. This matchup with LSU could turn into a shootout, so Johnson should be busy as a pass-catcher once again.
Mississippi State receivers vs. LSU: Makai Polk ($6,200) put up an 11-136-1 last week in a massive breakout performance, and the second time in three games he hit double figures in receptions. His price has come up significantly over those three weeks, but he still feels like a bargain at $6,200. Polk’s teammate, Malik Heath ($5,900), wasn’t far behind with a 9-88-1 line of his own. If this game shoots out, these two are going to play a big role.
Reggie Roberson Jr., SMU at TCU ($4,500): Roberson had his best game of the season last week, catching six balls for 71 yards and his first touchdown of the season. It’s been a steady progression for Roberson, who had three catches in Week 1 and five in Week 2. His price remains a solid value for the production.