Our Favorite Plays for Fan Picks Saturday Night Slate
I know for a lot of college football fans, the Maction slate is the favorite of the week, and I get it… something to do in the middle of the week. However, for me, nothing beats a solid late slate like the one Fan Picks has for Saturday.
In addition to primetime matchups like Alabama vs USC, the evening slate is loaded with some of the most uptempo high-octane offenses in the country. This slate features a Rich Rod Arizona team, Mike Leach Washington State, Texas Tech’s Air Raid, TCU, SMU, and Tulsa just to name a few…
With 20 games to break down, I will be updating this article throughout the week as I check/recheck every team’s depth chart as it releases. However, I wanted to get these out early to encourage people to get their entries in.
I have heard/read/received complaints about the number of players on Fan Picks, but can tell you more will be active by Saturday. We have referred just under 200 new users to their website this month alone, so I guarantee contests are going to fill up in a hurry come Saturday.
The faster the current contests fill, the faster new ones open. However, if there is a flood of users on Saturday, there may not be enough time to create new contests, so lock in your entries sooner rather than later. Click here to visit Fan Picks and use the promo code cash110 to lock in their top deposit bonus offer.
One last notes before the picks… Pricing is tighter for this late slate, however, there are still some players that are fairly obvious plays. Keep in mind that these players ownership % are likely to be extremely high. I would use this to your advantage by having at least one lineup where you fade these players.
With a 9 man (3 RB/4 WR) roster there will be enough variance that it won’t matter if a player is over 50% owned, but it still gives you a huge advantage to fade the play and find value elsewhere.
Fan Picks Price – $7,600
While I expect Kenny Hill at $4,000 to be the most popular play at the QB position, I think Matt Davis and Courtland Sutton facing a North Texas team that went 1-11 last season may end up being the night’s top overall stack. Davis threw for 171 yards with 2 touchdowns and ran for another 125 and 2 touchdowns in this matchup last season. The line is only 9.5 points, so you should get a full game from Davis here.
Fan Picks Price – $4,000
Hill looks like a no-brainer play as he has officially been named the TCU starter for this game. He takes over a pass happy offense with an absolutely loaded group of receivers. One thing I like to do in potential blowouts like this is to go back and see how the team handled a similar game the year before. In a 70-7 blowout of Stephen F Austin (I don’t think this gets that ugly), Boykin was 18/27 for 285 yards and 4 touchdowns. I would expect a similar workload and game line from Hill here, as even in a 63 point blowout las season the leading rusher only had 10 carries.
Fan Picks Price – $5,300
We are as excited for Justin Stockton’s debut as the lead back in the Texas Tech offense as anyone on this board. As DeAndre Washington’s primary backup last season, Stockton scored 11 touchdowns on only 83 touches including 6 scores as a pass catcher. He’s currently our 9th rated fantasy running back in the nation and is just $5,300 this week.
Fan Picks Price – $5,100
Brewer is the one player I will have in 100% of my Fan Picks lineups this week. The public opinion that Tulsa is this pass-happy offense simply isn’t true. Philip Montgomery wants an extremely uptempo attack that is slightly more run-heavy. Keep in mind they ran the ball 120 times in the first two games of last season. San Jose State has been extremely tough against the pass recently, and were the #3 team in the nation against the pass last year. Look for Brewer to get 30+ carries for 200+ yards and 2+ touchdowns here.
Fan Picks Price – $4,400
It’s hard for me to not own a ton of Kinner as well this week… He had over 300 yards and 5 touchdowns in the first three weeks before absolutely hitting a wall and eventually losing his job last season. He’s back and supposedly ready to keep his starting job for a full season. You have to like his odds of jumping out to a fast start against a Rhode Island team that let Syracuse run for over 300 yards in the season opener last year.
Fan Picks Price – $4,400
Hicks is somewhat underpriced, but I think his upside is limited by the TCU offense and the matchup. He will likely get his 12-18 carries and give way to Olonilua, Green, Johnson, or Anderson all of whom are listed 2nd on the depth chart. I think he gets 2 touchdowns, but am not sold he racks up enough yardage before this game is out of hand to be a lock.
Fan Picks Price – $8,100
Easy pick… could be in every lineup… Washington State does nothing without Marks being heavily involved. He will be Falk’s first read on nearly every play, and is a lock for 100+ yards and at least one score.
Fan Picks Price – $6,600
Sutton is the 16th rated WR in our preseason fantasy CFB player rankings, and you have to love the matchup against a North Texas team that ranked lower than 100 against most pass defense statistics. He started the season hot last year with 9 touchdowns in his first 8 games. After another offseason in the system, with Davis, we are betting on him taking a big leap forward this season… starting with North Texas.
Fan Picks Price – $5,200
I’m fine with starting Lauderdale or Sadler, but prefer the big play ability of Lauderdale. After a 9 touchdown campaign as a junior in 2014, his 639 yard 4 touchdown Junior season was a bit of a disappointment. However, with Jakeem Grant moving on to the NFL, we expect to see more opportunities in an expanded role for Lauderdale in his Senior season.
Fan Picks Price – $4,400
KaVontae Turpin flashed last season, with 765 yards and 8 touchdowns as a true freshman. Josh Doctson now plays for Washington, Kolby Listenbee plays for the Bills, and Shaun Nixon is out for the year. The receiving corps is still loaded, however it’s clear that Turpin is going to be the focal point of the TCU passing game this season. At $4,400 he should be a popular pick.
Fan Picks Price – $2,800
So many options at tight end, and we are rolling with… Steve Baggett. Forget about Freeman, Leggett, Kohl, Howard, and Njoku. Let’s talk Steve Baggett. He put up 5 receptions for 40 yards last season, nearly doubling the production from his Freshman season. However he is filling a role left empty by Bryce Williams, who put up 58/588/4 in a down passing year for ECU in 2015. At $2,800, we are taking a flier on a cheap tight end, which has been our strategy for this position since the inaugural daily fantasy college football season.