The Lock Button – CFB Main Slate – November 9th, 2019

The Lock Button is an article that highlights my two personal highest exposed players. This article is meant to give you a glimpse of my thought and lineup building process for the Main slate.

Skylar Thompson, QB, KSU

The news of Jayden Daniels being labeled questionable on Friday afternoon is actually going to dictate the two plays I am locking in this week. Skylar Thompson and Jayden Daniels were at a similar price point of $6,200-$6,300. My exposure was split pretty evenly between these two with a slight edge to Thompson, but given the fact that Daniels is questionable with an ankle injury, I am moving all of my exposure to Thompson. I know there is still a window for Daniels to play in this game, but I have no desire to roster a quarterback that may be limited at all with his legs. Thompson is getting the lock button for me this week as he will need another big performance to take down Texas. I expect the ball to be in his hands constantly and he has become a large red zone threat for this offense. The price on DraftKings of $6,300 is just too good.

Eno Benjamin, RB, ASU

There is going to be a point and a counterpoint to this play as if Jayden Daniels is out, the offense will run through Eno Benjamin instead. The argument against this is that another freshman starter, won’t be able to move the ball as much and the USC defense can focus on Benjamin. Sure, there is some validity to that point, but all-in-all this is college athletics and Eno Benjamin is one of the most talented running backs in the nation. This is a quality v. quantity argument here and some people are falling on either side of it when I view it as both. Benjamin with a functioning Daniels was seeing quality carries and quality offense but not necessarily increased quantity as Daniels was using his own legs instead. Benjamin without Daniels is like to see the quantity of carries but maybe not a perceived quality in them. Don’t let the past two weeks of box scores fool you with Benjamin’s place in this offense. If he was over $7,000 on DraftKings, then sure. But this is the cheapest Benjamin has been all year and in a home matchup against a weak USC rush defense.

My projections are now live on FantasyCruncher and will be available for every slate all season for both DraftKings and FanDuel. Though this content is free I encourage you to take your game to the next level by considering a subscription to FC Premium. If you are a lower stakes player, FC Lite gets you all the tools that Premium does, just with a lower lineup crunch cap. I will post the link below for anyone interested. I will be in Discord chat (something that comes with a subscription) before lock of all slates if you have questions. You can also reach out to me on Twitter @iKezims


About James Smizek

James is a daily fantasy sports veteran, dating all the way back to his days of writing content on for contest tickets. James specializes in NCAAF and NFL with a side helping of Tennis and some MLB/NBA. James is from Wisconsin and a die-hard Milwaukee Brewers fan. You can reach out to James on Twitter @iKezims

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