We return to Tuesday/Wednesday MAC action this week with a six-game slate and a fresh season for these teams. This will be a tough slate as we don’t have a lot of data here and there are still some camp battles that are undecided. Ultimately, my general strategy for MAC is to attack running backs a little harder, as it has proved to be a bit more of a rushing league than passing. No receiver in the MAC caught for over 1,000 yards in 2019 – in fact, no receiver broke 900 yards. When it comes to running backs, eight of them eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark. I’ve included my two favorite plays on this slate below, as well as my cheat sheets for both DraftKings and FanDuel. As a note, these Cheat Sheets are generally going to be my entire player pool or at least the highest owned options in my player pool at their pricing tiers.
Bryant Koback, RB, TOL – DK: $8,200 | FD: $9,900
Koback enters this game coming off of a 1,187-yard season in which he averaged 6.1 yards per carry and scored 12 touchdowns. This mirrors his 2018 stats, where he averaged 6 yards per carry and scored 14 touchdowns. In two years as a starter at Toledo, Koback has over 2,000 yards rushing and a total of 28 touchdowns. Toledo finds themselves as 23 point favorites tonight in a COVID shortened season against a Bowling Green defense that allowed 38.6 points per game, which ranked 126th out of a possible 130 teams. Fellow running back Shakif Seymour is only $5,000 and should also see a large chunk of work. The MAC, in general, is not a passing league (though that isn’t saying they don’t pass), but when it comes to roster construction, spending up on running backs is going to take priority over spending up at QB/WR.
Davion Johnson, RB, MIAOH – DK: $5,200 | FD: $7,000
With projected starter Jaylon Bester out for the foreseeable future, it will be Junior running back Davion Johnson getting the first crack at the starting job for the RedHawks. Johnson has seen work as both a freshman and sophomore, with 33 attempts in 2018 and 60 in 2019. It wasn’t a ton of work, but Johnson was more involved in the passing game in 2019, catching 13 total passes for 128 yards. But as you can note by the pricing here, we are getting a backups price for a starter’s workload. Tyre Shelton is also out for the season for the RedHawks, so the running back depth here is pretty thin. Johnson should be leaned on heavily for a team that is a slight favorite and projected for 28 points.
DraftKings Cheat Sheet
$ Tier QB RB WR High Dustin Crum (9.2k / 25.27) Jaret Patterson (9.8k / 25.12) Isaiah McKoy (8k / 18.64) Eli Peters (7.8k / 20.11) Bryant Koback (8.2k / 21.68) Justin Hall (7.1k / 15.50) Medium Kaleb Eleby (7k / 19.71) Kobe Lewis (7.2k / 17.52) Kalil Pimpleton (6.5k / 12.10) Antonio Nunn (5.8k / 13.93) Yo'Heinz Tyler (5.5k / 11.79) Jack Sorenson (5.2k / 13.45) JaCorey Sullivan (5.1k / 12.17) Isiah Cox (4.9k / 8.40) Low De'Montre Tuggle (5.3k / 13.39) D'Wayne Eskridge (4.4k / 12.04) Davion Johnson (5.2k / 11.43) Jovany Ruiz (3.3k / 5.46) Shakif Seymour (5k / 8.13) Kevin Marks Jr. (4.5k / 7.17) Marquez Cooper (3k / 8.77)
FanDuel Cheat Sheet
$ Tier QB RB WR TE High Dustin Crum (10.5k / 24.07) Jaret Patterson (11k / 23.60) Isaiah McKoy (9.4k / 17.27) Eli Peters (9.5k / 20.11) Bryant Koback (9.9k / 21.68) Skyy Moore (8.9k / 14.17) Caleb Huntley (9.1k / 18.86) Kalil Pimpleton (8.6k / 12.10) Justin Hall (8.4k / 15.50) Medium Kaleb Eleby (9k / 19.71) Kobe Lewis (8.8k / 14.93) Antonio Nunn (7.8k / 12.01) Shakif Seymour (7.9k / 8.13) JaCorey Sullivan (7.6k / 12.17) De'Montre Tuggle (7.3k / 10.85) Jack Sorenson (7.5k / 10.76) Davion Johnson (7k / 11.43) Yo'Heinz Tyler (7.1k / 11.79) Low Ross Bowers (6.6k / 13.37) Marquez Cooper (5.8k / 7.69) D'Wayne Eskridge (6.5k / 8.46) Jovany Ruiz (6.1k / 5.46) DaShon Bussell (5.8k / 6.63)