Interesting group of running backs to select from during the Thursday/Friday slate of college football games. I wouldn’t say any of these guys are real ‘studs’ but McNichols is capable of putting up big numbers if the backup QBs can keep Virginia honest in the passing game. There’s some deep value that can be found so I don’t think you’ll have a problem selecting your lineups this week.
Jeremy McNichols – Boise State
Has scored multiple TDs in every game this season. Virginia has given up 5.1 yards per carry this season on 107 rushing attempts so this is a great matchup for McNichols. Also, with two backups playing QB (including one that likes to run) McNichols might see an increased role. Personally I think McNichols could have been priced higher given the limited games to choose from. At less than $1,000 over average on FD, expect high usage rates nearly across the board.
Christian McCaffrey – Stanford
The only real 20+ carry RB on the board this week. Considering you can find value across the board this week McCaffrey should be in some of your lineups despite the somewhat high price tag. Teammate Remound Wright vultured some TDs last game so you hope that doesn’t happen again.
Taquan Mizzell – Virginia
Boise State has been spectacular at stopping the run this season, and the results haven’t been all cupcake teams either with games against BYU and Washington mixed in. Through 3 games, teams are only averaging 1.7 yards per carry and only 45.7 yards per game! That’s good for 2nd best in all of college football. Normally you ignore RBs based on those stats, but Mizzell will be a sneaky play because he’s capable of putting up huge numbers in the passing game, which is how I expect Virginia to utilize him this week. He has 2 100+ yard games this season receiving, making Mizzell someone to drop in lineups selectively.
Tion Green – Cincinnati
$4,800 DraftKings (Good Value)
Cheaper than teammate Mike Boone on DK, so I like his value a bit more on DK this week. Has scored a TD in every game this season and also is usually good for 1-2 receptions per game. A steady, consistent runner makes him a reliable choice in cash games, especially on DK. The downside risk is he faces Memphis this week, who only have yielded 3.3 yards per carry and 116 yards per game to teams.
Storm Barrs-Woods – Oregon State
More of a boom-or-bust type guy, so risky playing him against a fairly solid Stanford defense. However, there’s not much behind Woods, so if he can get into the 15+ touches range, he could provide some upside at these prices.
Doroland Dorceus – Memphis
From the second quarter on Dorceus was the ‘go-to’ guy for Memphis. This is a great matchup against Cincinnati who have given up 4.7 yards per carry and 177 yards per game this season. Memphis will be RB by committe, but if you want to pick one Memphis RB based on last week’s production, Dorceus is the guy.
Sam Craft – Memphis
$5,700 Drafkings (Listed At WR)
Looks like coaches want him to get about 10-12 touches per game. Has 3 total TDs on the season and I would consider him a risky selection but with upside given the matchup. Keep in mind Memphis has a 3-4 headed attack at RB.
Mike Boone – Cincinnati
See Tion Green above for the matchup breakdown. Boone is a boom-or-bust type pick at RB, making him almost exclusively a GPP type selection at RB. His price on DK is a bit high to make him worth selecting nearly across the board, but on FD, he’s just cheap enough that you could squeeze him into a small percentage of your lineups.
Jarvis Cooper – Memphis
Is one of about 3 RBs that will touch the ball for Memphis, so he’ll be a risky selection with likely low usage rates. I think his price is too high on FD, but could be utilized in spots on DK. Is capable of a TD against a weaker Cincinnati defense. See Craft and Dorceus for the other Memphis RBs that will be used in this game.