I think picking Wide Receivers in daily college fantasy football is probably the most difficult – unless you’ve got a 50-pass attempt team on the slate. It’s going to be really tough to nail down a combination, so pairing WRs with the QB(s) that you have in might be an easier way to make some decisions.
New Mexico State @ Minnesota (-17.5)
Central Connecticut @ Ball State No Line
UCF (-23) @ Connecticut 73 O/U
Weber State @ Utah No Line
Missouri State @ Oklahoma State No Line
Wake Forest (-7) @ Tulane 56 O/U
Northwestern @ Purdue (-3) 48.5 O/U
Northwestern State @ Texas A&M No Line
The UCF Stack
So UCF is the most high-powered team on the board, and they are facing off against the best matchup. I think the biggest risk is UCF spreads the ball around so much that it’s hard to get the combination correct. For the most part, we are relying on the depth chart and previous years targets as judging which UCF WR’s are likely to get off on Thursday.
GABRIEL DAVIS (UCF) $6,500 #11 – Really good price for a WR listed #1 on the depth chart at WR. Last season against the same UCONN club – he had a season best 8 receptions for 95 yards.
DREDRICK SNELSON (UCF) $9,600 #1 – The most expensive WR on the board will really have to outperform his much cheaper teammates to make this salary worth it. That might keep him a bit under-owned … so that’s attractive in GPP formats, but if you can get it to work – cash games is cool too. Last season against UCONN, he only had 3 receptions for 27 yards.
TRE NIXON (UCF) $3,000 (UCF) MIN PRICE – Transfer from Ole Miss is listed as a starter at the outside WR position. At min-price he’ll likely have higher usage rates than the average WR.
CAM STEWART – Ke’VON AHMAD – TRISTAN PAYTON -MARLON WILLIAMS – All are listed as second on the depth chart, so they are more risky than anyone listed above, and I certainly wouldn’t start them “naked” (without starting the UCF QB).
JUSTIN HALL (BALL) $8,800 #3
Expect Ball State to run the ball a good portion of the time, but when they go to the air – expect Hall to get many of the targets. If the run game is cooking, that could open things up for Hall. I like him in all formats if you can get his marginally high salary to work.
GREG DORTCH (WAKE) $7,700 #6
Didn’t have a game below 4 catches last season. Is capable of 10 catches. Not the best matchup, but not terrible either. I like him especially in cash games.
TYLER JOHNSON (MINN) $8,300
Kind of a boom-or-bust style player.
JALEN McCLESKEY (OKST) $7,100 #7
Seems like good value at this price. Only real issue is OKST spreads the ball around, and the QB is new.
DILLON STONER (OKST) $9,100 #2
I’ve been known to get a little stoned while watching college football, and what better way to celebrate that than having a stoner in your lineup? With a new QB, his production is somewhat of a question mark – however OK State will likely continue their up-tempo style that creates a lot of touches for all players. The only issue is his salary almost requires a TD and/or 8+ reception game to make it worth it.
JHAMON AUSBON (TA&M) $8,100 #4
Expect A&M to run the ball a bit more this year with a new coach. However, Ausbon has to be the main target on a team that lacks experience at the WR position.
BRITAIN COVEY (UTAH) $6,700
Bit of a mystery after taking 2 years off for a mission. That means he’ll likely be a bit older & wiser than most of the players on the field, which can be a huge advantage. Tough to know how much Utah will turn on the gas against a team they should have no issues destroying. At this price it might not matter too much. Teammates: Demari Simpkins ($5,400), Samson Nacua ($4,900), Siaosi Mariner ($4,400) and probably roster-able if you’ve got the Utah QB in, but risky since Utah tends to spread the ball around.
BENNETT SKOWRONEK (NORTH) $6,200
Reasonable price for a guy that’s likely to get some looks. But Vegas has a fairly low line on the game so I think his upside will be limited a bit.
HERGY MAYALA (UCONN) $6,000
Real solid price for a team that is a 23pt underdog and likely going to be in throw-mode against an uptempo team. He did have one of his worst games of the season against UCF last season, so you hope that changes. Teammates Kyle Buss ($3,000), Tyraiq Beals ($3,400), Keyion Dixon ($4,000) are all listed as starters on the depth chart, but all remain high-risk since no one from this group has really put together an elite game.
DARNELL MOONEY (TUL)$5,000
Teammate Terren Encalade is listed as Questionable. If you can get word that he’s out that could elevate Mooney’s value against a not so great Wake Forest pass defense.