NCAA Thursday Throwdown
It’s here! Opening week of the CFB season! That means food, beer, football, and of course, DFS sweats! With that comes a new set of articles every Thursday that will outline the main slate for Saturday’s games. For today though, since we have nine games tonight, I will be looking at some of the key players that I believe will make an impact. There are a lot of unknowns in the first week because we don’t know exactly what these teams plan to do.
William Stanback-RB (UCF)
Last year, Stanback had 10 rushing touchdowns in limited work. He will get the first crack at a Florida International defense that wasn’t extremely good against rushing attacks last year. With Justin Holeman coming back at QB and a string of unproven WR, UCF will keep a balanced attack for much of the first half. I believe this game has the ability to stay close until halftime, with the much more talented UCF pulling away in the second half. This should allow Stanback to get plenty of work and find the end zone a couple times as a result. With UCF a 16 point favorite tonight, and other RB getting more notoriety, Stanback could go extremely low owned in tournaments.
Marquis Williams-QB (North Carolina)
After a 2014 season that saw Williams score 34 total touchdowns, this is exactly what we are looking for when choosing QB’s for CFB. Williams has the ability to put up good numbers in what is projected to be the second highest scoring game of the evening. With a good receiving core returning and the possibility of a solid rushing attack, Williams will be able to spread the ball around which is great for a QB. North Carolina returns Mack Hollins, Quinshad Davis, and Ryan Switzer as his top pass catchers along with T.J. Logan in the backfield to keep what should be a much better South Carolina defense guessing. With this game having a close spread and a high total, there is a lot of fantasy worthy players on both sides of the ball. The trick will be outside of Pharoh Cooper and Williams, finding those players that go off instead of just having a solid game. Since we also have a couple bigger named QB’s going tonight, Williams could go extremely low owned in tournaments.
Chris Carson-RB (Oklahoma State)
Chris Carson was the prize of Oklahoma State’s recruiting class last year as the top JuCo RB in the country. Mike Gundy and his staff pulled him from his Georgia commitment and are going to rely on him to take the pressure of Sophomore QB Mason Rudolph. For the first time in a long time, the Cowboys don’t have a dual threat QB which puts more pressure on the running game and offensive line. Although Rudolph is very elusive in the pocket, he’s not a legitimate threat to consistently escape the pocket and hurt the defense with his feet. Carson and Childs are simalary priced across the industry which baffles me to be honest. Look for the Cowboys to get Carson a lot of work early in both the run game and passing game to get him used to game action. This game will turn out to be a blowout early in the second half as OSU is a 24 point favorite, so what your hoping for is that Carson is extremely low owned due to him not being well known and that he goes off before the game get’s too much out of hand.
Nic Norris-WR (Western Kentucky) ***Injury Watch***
Rise and shine porcupine! It’s Hilltopper time! This is the premier game of the evening. If you have never seen WKU play, then let me give you a little piece of advice. Eat before the game, make sure you have drinks readily available, and follow the rule of BCW (Bathroom can wait). Brandon Doughty lights up the scoreboard like a video game and is returning four WR’s that all have the ability to go for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Doughty was an absolute monster last year with 49 TD passes. I love him tonight even going against an SEC defense. Doughty will be the highest owned QB in cash games and very close to the highest owned in tournaments as well. For me, I’m fading him in favor of Williams. Not that I don’t think that Doughty isn’t going to have a good game, but if Williams is much lower owned, then it will allow me to get a different lineup construction to hopefully take down a seat to a live final. Jared Dangerfield is still questionable for this game, which will play perfectly if there is not a clear cut word if he will suit up or not for Nic Norris. If we don’t receive word on Dangerfield by the time of lineup lock, then Norris is a great play that could end up paying off in huge ways. I don’t mind Taywan Taylor here either, although I beleive that will be the natural pivot with Dangerfield’s uncertainty.
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