Of course, a week removed from bashing running back options in college football DFS, Week 7 happens.
This week we have 10 games on the early slate, a new norm for DraftKings this SEZN (new spelling of the word season, apparently). And there are about 15 running backs I actually want to use. In previous weeks, it’s been a crap shoot, but we finally have workhorse backs to choose from.
The problem for the Power 5 this week, is there are also a ton of QBs and WRs I really want to recommend and use.
So the Power 5 has turned into the Power 27…well, not that many players, but it was very difficult to narrow down due to the guys below being in great games with great game scripts and matchups.
It was only a matter of time before a slate made me feel like I could play everyone…
So let’s dive in, shall we?
McKenzie Milton – UCF – $10,400
Analysis: This UCF/Memphis game has an O/U of 78….SEVENTY-EIGHT. Even if it goes under, lots of points are likely going to be scored. I don’t want to call the most expensive QB a lock, but his touchdown equity and rushing upside definitely make him the top play on the slate.
Trace McSorley – Penn State – $9,200
Analysis: Penn State can try to run the ball into a brick wall if it wants, but the way to beat Michigan State is through the air. The Spartans have allowed a ridiculously low 33.8 yards per game on the ground, but through the air? 305 YPG, the most per game of the slate. McSorley also has a safer floor with upside due to his rushing ability and is in a game with a 54 over/under.
Justin Herbert – Oregon – $8,100
Analysis: Washington and Oregon’s total feels awfully low. It’s at 57.5, but we have two good offenses battling it out and due to previous opponents, their yards passing and rushing allowed on defense seems a bit skewed. Herbert has been consistent and steady with around 20 fantasy points per game. He has tons of weapons around him and can run when needed. Also, Oregon has been averaging nearly 50 points scored per game, including blowouts.
Brady White – Memphis – $7,800
Analysis: Brady White is the quarterback for Memphis. Has he flashed huge upside this season? Not yet. He’s actually struggled a bit from time to time, but he’s going to have to pull it together against UCF if his team wants a shot at avenging two losses to UCF last season. Based on the potential for this game to shoot, White has to be considered despite lacking talent.
Jake Browning – Washington – $7,100
Analysis: It’s crazy to me that Jake Browning and Jarret Stidham (also on this slate), two prominent quarterbacks coming out of high school, are some of the cheapest QB options on the slate. I already have said I think this game total is low despite both teams averaging at least 275 yards passing per game. Browning and the Huskies have put up nearly 30 points per game.
Charlie Brewer – Baylor – $6,500
Analysis: I feel like the Longhorns are due to a little let down this week against Baylor, coming off their big win against rival Oklahoma. Charlie Brewer has taken the reigns as QB1 for the Baylor Bears, who are averaging 325 passing yards per game compared to Texas allowing 233 yards passing per game. Baylor should be playing behind in this one and without a definite running game, the Bears have nothing to do but throw the ball.