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DraftKings has released their Daily Fantasy college football salaries for the week, and the experts at CollegeFootballGeek.com have hunkered down and scoured all of the data to find the best Value Plays on the docket. These are the guys poised to out-produce their DraftKings salaries this week.
Below, you will find AthlonSports.com contributor and CFG writer Todd DeVries' top picks for Saturday. To see the full in-depth article, be sure to check out CollegeFootballGeek.com.
VALUE PLAYS SATURDAY EARLY SLATE
Perry Hills, Maryland ($5900) vs. Iowa
Hills continues to shock DFS players with the numbers he is putting up against stout defenses. He is averaging 34.35 DK points per game over his last two games against Ohio State and Penn State. Given what he has done against those defenses, a matchup with Iowa should not scare DFS players away from Hills this week. This Terrapin could make more plays with his legs this week and easily reach value for a third straight game. Hills could provide some salary relief and allow DFS players to afford higher-priced players at other positions.
Akrum Wadley, Iowa ($5700) vs. Maryland
Wadley filled in for injured starter Jordan Canzeri in the Hawkeyes’ last game against Northwestern and rolled up 204 yards and four scores. Look for this youngster to run all over a Maryland rush defense that ranks 84th in the country and could yield some big plays this week. Wadley could go north of 150 yards rushing this week and add a score or two against the Terrapins. He could crush value this week and make for an excellent GPP option.
Soso Jamabo, UCLA ($5300) vs. Colorado
This stud freshman may get his chance to shine this week with Paul Perkins likely to miss the game with a knee injury. Jamabo had 98 total yards and a score last week against Cal after Perkins was injured and could trump those numbers versus Colorado Saturday. The matchup is especially enticing with the Buffaloes’ rush defense ranked 111th in the nation this season. This Bruin is a must-start at this price if Perkins sits out.
Xavier Jones, SMU ($4100) vs. Tulsa
This freshman is the leading rusher this season for SMU and has an awesome matchup this week against Tulsa. The Golden Hurricanes’ rush defense is flat-out terrible, allowing 250 yards per game and 21 rushing scores on the year. The SMU running game could be all revved up this week and Jones could top the 100-yard mark for the first time in his college career. This Mustang looks to be a solid punt play this week.
Thomas Duarte, UCLA ($5700) vs. Colorado
Duarte has scored in four consecutive games and has gone over 100 yards receiving in two of those four games. He could be a good bet to find the end zone for the fifth consecutive game against a Colorado defense that struggles to stop anyone. Expect this Bruin to continue his hot streak this week and be an excellent GPP option against the Buffaloes. A Josh Rosen/Duarte stack could be the way to go here.
Alex Erickson, Wisconsin ($5200) vs. Rutgers
All this guy does is produce on a weekly basis and his price never seems to move much. He is averaging 24.33 DK points per game over the past three games and could have a big game against Rutgers this week. The Scarlet Knights’ pass defense is dreadful, ranking 124th in the nation this season. Erickson is targeted often and holds particular value on DK with the full point per reception scoring. Look for this Badger to easily exceed value this week and make a nice punt play at WR. He could go over the 100-yard mark and find his way into the end zone against Rutgers.
Courtland Sutton, SMU ($4900) vs. Tulsa
This freshman has become a touchdown machine with a score in six of seven games this season. There is a very good chance that Sutton will add to his touchdown total against Tulsa this week. Tulsa is an equal-opportunity, fantasy points-provider as the Hurricane cannot stop the run or the pass and rank 124th in total defense in 2015. Sutton comes in at a very attractive price considering his potential in this game that could easily see 80 total points. Look for this Mustang to burn Tulsa on more than one occasion this Saturday.
Chris Godwin, Penn State ($4600) vs. Illinois
Godwin has gone over the 100-yard mark in each of the last two games and appears to have established himself as the top receiving option for Penn State. He could be a solid value play with a low price point against Illinois. This Nittany Lion could be a nice GPP option this week as he will likely be overlooked
VALUE PLAYS SATURDAY LATE SLATE
Thomas Sirk, Duke ($6800) vs. Miami
Sirk went crazy last week against Virginia Tech. He threw four touchdown passes and also ran for 109 yards on 18 carries. He could run wild against a Miami defense that gave up 616 yards rushing and six touchdowns to Clemson last week. This Blue Devil could post a huge stat line this week and make for a sneaky GPP option. Look for Sirk to have his way with the Hurricanes and put up numbers of a much higher-priced player.
Jacobi Owens, Air Force ($4900) vs. Hawaii
Owens is coming off his best game of the year with 137 yards rushing and a score against Fresno. He could see plenty of carries this week with the other Air Force backs banged up and questionable to play. Owens could meet or exceed those numbers this week against a Hawaii rush defense that has struggled to stop opposing backs this season, ranking 116th in the country. Look for this Cadet to go over 100 yards rushing and add a score or two this week. He could be a nice value play on a slate with not many of those.
Johnathan Gray, Texas ($4700) vs. Iowa State
Gray ran for a season-best 103 yards last week against Kansas State and could hit that mark again this week versus Iowa State. He received 18 carries last week and could do some real damage this week against the Cyclones with a similar workload. The Iowa State rush defense has been a sieve this year, ranking 93rd in the country. It would be no surprise to see this Longhorn run all over the Cyclones. A 100-yard day with a score or two seems well within reach for Gray.
Anthony Miller, Memphis ($5700) vs. Tulane
Miller has gone over 100 yards receiving and also scored a touchdown in three of the last four games and is averaging 28.80 DK points per game in those three contests. He could post another big game against a Tulane defense that is not very good against the pass. The Tigers’ passing game could go bonkers this week and Miller will likely be a big part of all the fantasy goodness. Expect Miller to top the 100-yard mark once again this week and likely find the end zone against the Green Wave.
Cayleb Jones, Arizona ($5100) vs. Washington
Don’t look now, but it appears that Jones is finally getting involved in the Arizona offense. He is averaging 23.25 DK points over the past two contests and is finally looking like the fantasy force that many expected to see this year. Jones could put up nice numbers this week against a soft Huskies pass defense that ranks 70th in the country this year. Expect this Wildcat to make a couple of big plays this week and possibly cross the goal line for the second straight game.
— Written by Todd DeVries, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. A pioneer of online college fantasy football strategy and advice, DeVries is the founder of CollegeFootballGeek.com and founder and Director of Writer Development for Football Nation. Follow him on Twitter @CFFGeek.