College Football DFS Cheat Sheet for DraftKings & FanDuel – August 28, 2021
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With all that out of the way, below you will find my Cheat Sheets for both DraftKings and FanDuel. On a smaller slate like this, there is going to be a lot of overlap with just three games. Once we start getting some fuller slates, the sites usually have unique enough pricing where the strategy on both will differ. Remember, both DraftKings and FanDuel are SuperFlex sites, meaning we can play two quarterbacks each.
Edit: I meant for this article to just be a Cheat Sheet with Notes but it turns out I tried to type so much in the notes that I over-did it. So I am just going to type out my notes below. I am not including salaries next to their names, as those can be referenced in the Cheat Sheet below the write-up. Though players do go in order of price from highest to lowest per DraftKings salaries.
Jake Haener – I do think the price on Haener is a little high here on DraftKings. That being said, UConn should feature no real defensive threat against Fresno State. My worry is that they just dominate this game on the ground, but then again if we get a Haener to Cropper connection that we got to end 2020 then lookout.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson – DTR offers us a huge dual-threat ceiling here in a soft defensive matchup in the highest projected game on the slate. I feel DTR should be priced where Haener is and he is absolutely the top QB option on this slate.
Chevan Cordeiro – Cordeiro continues the trend of dual-threat QBs on this slate. While Hawaii is an 18 point underdog here, the usage of Cordeiro should remain high factoring in them playing from behind. Despite UCLA being the favorite here, the UCLA defense hasn’t been a top-tier defense for a few years now. I think Hawaii can keep this closer than assumed with a lot of returning offensive weapons.
Adrian Martinez – Martinez carried the ball 12 or more times in each of his last four games last season, including 23 times against Rutgers. The loss of gadget player Wan’Dale Robinson hurts the safety of the Nebraska offense as they will have likely 3-4 new skill position starters. The legs of Martinez though make this price almost silly when you factor in that Nebraska has a 31 point team total.
Ronnie Rivers – Rivers offers us a huge ceiling not only running the ball but receiving it as well. The only worry here is the fact that Fresno State is a 27 point favorite so he could be slowed in the second half if this game gets out of hand.
Calvin Turner – Turner plays a combo RB/WR role, almost like a slotback. He will be heavily involved in the game plan for Hawaii and based on potential touches alone this price feels too low even as an underdog on DraftKings. On FanDuel I may go a little more conservative with this play as if he doesn’t break a touchdown, the value of his receptions are more important on DraftKings.
Brittian Brown – Brown tops the UCLA depth chart and with the departure of Demetric Felton, the starting job is his. Getting a starting running back for a team with a team total of 43.5 is silly for this low of a price on DraftKings.
Zach Charbonnet – The Michigan transfer will compliment Brown this year. There is a world where their carries are pretty even and I can see Charbonnet getting goal-line work.
Jordan Mims – Mims will back up Ronnie Rivers again and if this one gets out of hand it could see a lot of mop-up duty.
Dae Dae Hunter – Hunter tops the Hawaii depth chart as the true running back. Calvin Turner will eat carries, but Hunter will be the guy in traditional schemes. This comes down to how close Hawaii can keep this game as if they have to abandon the run early, Hunter could be looking at a smaller usage.
Sevion Morrison – If you are looking to completely punt this position, Morrison should see some level of work for Nebraska. The Huskers already said they won’t release an early depth chart before Saturday, but Morrison is one of three names frequently named in camp. I personally believe the week one job will fall between Ervin and Morrison as Stepp’s availability/standing has been generally murky.
Jalen Cropper – Over Cropper’s last three games of 2020, he caught 29 passes for 443 yards and four touchdowns. Cropper will be the leading target for the Bulldogs and returning starter Jake Haener.
Kyle Philips -Philips is the safe play in the UCLA wide-out room. He averaged seven receptions a game over the last five games of last season. In his Freshman year of 2019, he hauled in 60 receptions which were the most ever by a UCLA Freshman
Jared Smart – The Hawaii passing attack is a tough one to trust as I felt like there was a different leading receiver every week in 2020. But if you want to channel 2019 energy, Smart had 87 receptions for 1,129 yards.
Greg Dulcich – Dulcich is a 6’4″ tight end who likely has an NFL future. He is the kind of mismatch that can give Hawaii huge fits. That being said, his production was pretty variant last year.
Keric Wheatfall – Wheatfall should be the #2 option for the Bulldogs this season with Zane Pope listed in a backup role. With a high team total, this is a high upside savings spot.
Isaiah Williams – Williams was a quarterback last season who is now converting to a wide receiver. Illinois hasn’t (and won’t) release an early depth chart, but with the speed of Williams and the role he played last year, I could see the ball in his hands a ton. Illinois players are likely to go a little under-owned here but Williams has slate-breaking potential.
Cameron Ross – I don’t see myself being on UConn much, but Ross is a big-play threat who caught 60 passes for 723 yards in 2019. If UConn manages to stay in this game, Ross will likely have a say in it.
Zavier Betts – There are some rumors out of Nebraska that Omar Manning may be a little banged up right now. If so, Betts and Toure should see expanded roles. Regardless, Betts may be used in a similar role to how Wan’Dale Robinson was once used.
Kam Brown – Brown grabs a starting nod for UCLA on Saturday. He is likely the fourth maybe fifth option in the passing game, but the price tag keeps him in play for GPPs.
Aaron Cephus – A darkhorse GPP play, Cephus is a backup on the Hawaii depth chart, but the Rice transfer has 65 career receptions for 1,216 yards and ten touchdowns over three seasons. He saw brief action in 2020, but could see more reps in a new Hawaii wide out corp.
DraftKings/FanDuel Cheat Sheet
$ Tier QB RB WR High Jake Haener (9.7k / 31.86) (11k / 30.06) Ronnie Rivers (7.8k / 24.08) (10.5k / 21.64) Jalen Cropper (7.3k / 16.89) (9.4k / 13.74) Dorian Thompson-Robinson (8.5k / 35.45) (12k / 33.44) Calvin Turner Jr. (6.4k / 16.29) (9.2k / 14.57) Kyle Philips (7k / 13.43) (8.3k / 10.92) Jared Smart (6.2k / 11.87) (7.5k / 9.43) Medium Chevan Cordeiro (7.5k / 23.58) (9.5k / 22.24) Brittain Brown (5.6k / 16.09) (8.6k / 14.47) Greg Dulcich (6k / 13.05) (8.6k / 10.62) Zach Charbonnet (5.3k / 10.32) (6.6k / 9.27) Keric Wheatfall (5.5k / 13.68) (7.9k / 11.12) Jordan Mims (4.7k / 6.80) (6.8k / 6.54) Isaiah Williams (5k / 12.70) (5.5k / 10.30) Cameron Ross (4.8k / 6.20) (7.2k / 6.06) Low Adrian Martinez (6.8k / 23.11) (8.6k / 21.81) Dae Dae Hunter (4.4k / 8.54) (6.2k / 8.31) Zavier Betts (3.7k / 5.74) (5.5k / 4.66) Sevion Morrison (3k / 4.74) (4.4k / 4.32) Kam Brown (3.4k / 6.10) (6.1k / 4.97) Aaron Cephus (3k / 3.78) (5.2k / 3.06)