College Football DFS Cheat Sheet for DraftKings & FanDuel – September 10, 2021
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The biggest takeaway from this slate is the poor pricing on DraftKings when it comes to the running back position of Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers are replacing CJ Marable this year but have strong candidates in Reese White and Shermari Jones. While Coastal Carolina had a cakewalk in week one, I can argue that Kansas is as easy of a test as Citadel was. Against Citadel, Reese White took seven carries for 62 yards and two touchdowns while Shermari Jones took nine carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Coastal Carolina carries a near six touchdown team total here and while we are looking at a timeshare with Jones and White, they should not be priced at $4,700 and $4,000. On FanDuel, we get them at $8,000 and $8,800 – with Jones being priced above White on FanDuel and White above Jones on DraftKings. It seems both sites have their own idea on who the “true” starter is, but even on the CC depth chart, they are just listed as RB-A and RB-B. Due to the matchup with Kansas, I think playing both of these guys on DraftKings is definitely in play.
This is not a great slate for Quarterbacks in general, which makes Grayson McCall probably the chalkiest option on the slate. By saying that, I don’t think we can really get away from him. It isn’t that Bonner/Bachmeier/Holmberg can’t put up big games, but none of them are mobile quarterbacks and they fall more into the “game manager” role for me. I don’t hate taking a GPP shot at Jalen Fowler from NC A&T. It should be noted that this is not a good NCAT team – they lost to Furman in week one. But Fowler did throw for 268 yards and two touchdowns, despite completing under 50% of his passes. But, five of those went to Ron Hunt, who caught five for 146 and two touchdowns. Hunt’s price is low enough to take some cracks at him here as well. I think Duke’s defense is good enough to keep this team well in check, but they did allow 31 points to Charlotte in an upset last week. On the flip-side to NCAT, the Duke running game is the primary target on this slate. Mataeo Durant took 29 carries for 255 yards and three touchdowns last week, while Jordan Waters took five for 65 yards and added two catches for 40 yards and a touchdown. There are no betting odds out for this game yet, but we can assume Duke as a four-touchdown favorite. Durant should get his share, but I think this is a great spot to give Waters an extended look and he makes for a great value on FanDuel.
For Wide Receivers, Jaivon Heiligh is the best play on the slate, but Khalil Shakir is not far behind. Shakier last week against UCF caught five passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns – all while being reported that he was on a snap count all game. The worry is that the snap count carries into this matchup as UTEP shouldn’t pose much of a threat here. As long as the snap count remains similar to last week’s game, Shakir holds an elite ceiling. Heiligh and Shakir are looking to be heavy chalk on this slate, but there are some other interesting targets. Jacob Cowing from UTEP at just $5,200 has a great GPP ceiling as UTEP’s leading receiver in a game that should see them passing alot. Add in the fact that UTEP is missing their top running back and UTEP should be throwing well above average. This also makes Justin Garrett a salary saver at just $4,000.
The last game I haven’t touched on much here is Utah State against North Dakota. There is not a betting line out for this game yet, but I think it is going to be way closer than some think and North Dakota may actually be the better team here. Otis Weah led the North Dakota offense last week with 22 carries for 114 yards and three touchdowns. I do think he can be used on Friday, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t have a great read on Utah State yet. Utah State escaped with a 26-23 win over Washington State, though they did use two quarterbacks which is annoying for DFS purposes. I firmly believe that Logan Bonner is the better option and is the starter here. Calvin Tyler Jr. got the start at running back and had a great game with 84 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. This moved Tyler Jr’s price absolutely nothing, as he is just $3,500 on DraftKings and $7,800 on FanDuel. This is probably our highest ceiling, safest floor value play on the entire slate, at least on DraftKings. In the end, these are two very balanced teams and while Utah State should win this on paper, I think if anything it isn’t as appealing for DFS purposes in the end. That leaves most players outside of Calvin Tyler just 10-20% ownership tournament options. The thing I can see breaking the slate from this game is Logan Bonner to Deven Thompkins as he was the clear preferred option in the passing game last week.
DraftKings Main Slate Cheat Sheet
$ Tier QB RB WR High Grayson McCall (8.9k / 32.82) Mataeo Durant (6.9k / 22.55) Jaivon Heiligh (8k / 19.15) Khalil Shakir (7.5k / 20.56) Deven Thompkins (7k / 13.52) Medium Hank Bachmeier (7.2k / 19.20) Jordan Waters (5.8k / 15.29) Kwamie Lassiter II (6.2k / 6.87) Reese White (4.7k / 15.78) Jacob Cowing (5.2k / 10.64) Jake Bobo (5.1k / 11.24) Isaiah Likely (4.8k / 11.46) Low Jalen Fowler (5.7k / 12.57) Shermari Jones (4k / 12.30) Justin Garrett (4k / 7.53) Calvin Tyler Jr. (3.5k / 12.46) Ron Hunt (3.9k / 9.48) Trevor Wilson (3k / 4.46)
FanDuel Main Slate Cheat Sheet
$ Tier QB RB WR TE High Grayson McCall (11.5k / 30.97) Mataeo Durant (11k / 20.27) Khalil Shakir (10.2k / 16.72) Jaivon Heiligh (9.5k / 15.57) Deven Thompkins (9k / 11.00) Medium Logan Bonner (7.4k / 13.56) Shermari Jones (8.8k / 11.05) Jacob Cowing (8.4k / 8.65) Isaiah Likely (6.6k / 9.42) Reese White (8k / 14.18) Jake Bobo (8k / 9.14) Calvin Tyler Jr. (7.8k / 11.21) Low Jalen Fowler (6.2k / 11.85) Jordan Waters (6.3k / 13.76) Ron Hunt (7.2k / 7.71) Octavius Evans (5.9k / 6.14)