If we take a gander at the projected totals, we find four games pegged at 60 points or more, two in the range of 50 to 59.5 points, and four more under the 50-point benchmark. Here are the four games with high totals for reference.
- Kansas Jayhawks @ West Virginia Mountaineers, -28, 61.5
- Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners, -7.5, 60.5
- Clemson Tigers @ Wake Forest Demon Deacons, +20, 61
- Indiana Hoosiers @ Ohio State Buckeyes, -26.5, 64.5
Please note that The Red River Showdown between Texas and Oklahoma takes place at the neutral location of the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. The first two games on the high scoring list kick off at noon, the third at 3:30, and the final at 4 PM.
To further dig into the odds, half of the ten games feature double digit spreads. That naturally opens up playing time concerns, as big favorites can call the dogs off as the game moves along if things go according to script.
That said, remember that the odds should merely be used as a guide and not the final word on how games will actually play out. Some of these games could play out in closer than expected fashion, while some could be even bigger blowouts than imagined.
Regardless, it’s still wise to dig into each and every game on the docket to find the potential studs, value plays, and under the radar gems which could potentially vault our lineups up the leaderboard. Let’s take a look at some of the players that we really like at each position for Week 6.
QB: Taylor Cornelius – Oklahoma State Cowboys ($8.4k)
While we can easily be talked into one of the higher priced signal callers on the slate, there’s also something to be said for saving some coin to open up even more flexibility for our lineups. Will Grier, Kyler Murray, and Dwayne Haskins bring a ton of upside to the table, but they also cost a pretty penny.
When there’s a week with a bunch of value plays, it’s not too tough to fit one of them in and take it from there. However, the salary cap on DraftKings remains tight and unfriendly, so the majority of value plays amount to dart throws.
That leads our eyes to trend further down the salary cap chart at QB, and this week we find ourselves landing on Tyler Cornelius, the talented senior from Oklahoma State. The Cowboys starter has thrown for 1,541 yards, 12 TDs, and five picks, and he has added on two rushing touchdowns for good measure.
Cornelius has games with five, four, and three total touchdowns on his resume so far this season. This week’s opponent, the Iowa State Cyclones, have had some struggles against the pass this year. A projected total of 55.5 points tells us that there are fantasy points to be found, and Cornelius could be responsible for a healthy amount of them.
Cornelius is a solid salary saver option at QB for Week 6.
RB: Travis Etienne – Clemson Tigers ($8.8k)
Sophomore RB Travis Etienne is currently seventh in the nation in rushing yards. His stellar performance from last week has a lot to do with that. Etienne carried the rock 27 times against the Syracuse Orange, and he produced 203 yards and three scores.
That was his third consecutive game with at least 120+ rushing yards, as well as his second multiple-TD effort in the past three games. On the year, Etienne is averaging a stellar 8.1 yards per carry, and he has found the end zone nine total times.
Syracuse gave Clemson quite the scare last week, especially when QB Trevor Lawrence left the game to injury. Etienne took charge of the game and was nothing short of electric. He’s the most expensive RB on this week’s slate as a result.
While we can’t promise you a repeat performance, Etienne should still deliver a solid return on his salary.
RB: Keaontay Ingram – Texas Longhorns ($4.9k)
Big things are expected from freshman RB Keaontay Ingram, and multiple reports suggest he’s in line to be the lead back for the Longhorns moving forward. As such, he’s potentially an excellent value play to key in on from what could be one of the more entertaining games on Saturday.
Texas faces off with the Oklahoma Sooners in this year’s edition of The Red River Shootout. The Sooners are more than a touchdown favorite as of this writing, but the Longhorns have the talent to keep this one closer than anticipated.
Through five games, Ingram has produced a line of 34/207/2, and he has hauled in 10 passes for 39 yards for good measure. There is some risk here since the Sooners are strong against the run, but Ingram’s low salary and expected bump in workload make him an appealing salary saver option at RB.
He also brings solid upside to the table in a potentially high scoring game to boot.
WR: Marquise Brown – Oklahoma Sooners ($7.7k)
Sticking with the same game, the Sooners offense has been nothing short of explosive this season. On the year, the team is averaging 317 passing yards, 206.2 rushing yards, and 48.6 points per game. Junior QB Kyler Murray has been leading the charge with 21 total touchdowns already, but there are other cogs in this machine worth taking a look at.
One of them would be his favorite target in the passing game, junior wideout Marquise Brown, who has produced an impressive line of 24/544/5 so far. Brown and his tag team partner, sophomore WR CeeDee Lamb, are the clear focal points of the passing attack. Lamn has caught 19 passes for 348 yards and four scores on the year.
Brown has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in three of his four games, and he has scored at least one TD in each of them. He makes for an excellent choice at WR.
WR: Marcus Simms – West Virginia Mountaineers ($7.2k)
Productive pass catchers from prolific offenses are always an attractive option on DraftKings, and there are several appealing wideouts who are reasonably priced this week to choose from. One of them is junior WR Marcus Simms, who leads the high-powered West Virginia Mountaineers in both receptions and yardage.
Simms is one of a prolific trio of receivers that QB Will Grier has at his disposal (along with Gary Jennings Jr. and David Sills V), so it can be challenging to figure out which one may go off on a weekly basis. However, that risk is slightly mitigated by the consistency that Simms has been bringing to the table.
He has exceeded 100 receiving yards for three consecutive weeks, and he also caught touchdowns in two of those games. We’ll look for him to keep the hot streak going in a potentially high scoring game against the Kansas Jayhawks.
WR: Landon Wolf – Oklahoma State Cowboys ($4.2k)
Value plays at wideout can be tough to come by some weeks, and we’ll need to do even more digging as a result. One strategy that can prove to be fruitful is to simply key in on the options from your preferred passing attacks of the week.
While there will almost always be a few expensive options that jump off of the page, you’ll also find cheaper ones that can make sense for a lower priced stack. That’s what we have in Landon Wolf, a sophomore WR that pairs up nicely with our choice of Cornelius at QB.
Wolf is coming in off of a game in which he produced a line of 6/116/1, which was by far his most productive outing of the season. As such, there could be a risk that we’re chasing points here, but there’s also the possibility that was a sign that he’ll be more involved in the Cowboys passing attack moving forward.
We’ll take our chances that the latter is the case and use the salary savings to bulk up our lineup elsewhere.
Flex: Whop Philyor – Indiana Hoosiers ($3.7k)
This is another intriguing salary saver option to consider, but this one requires a word of caution: Hoosiers sophomore wideout Whop Phylor is dealing with an ankle injury, and his status for Saturday’s game against Ohio State is up in the air as a result.
One of the biggest drawbacks of CFB DFS is the lack of a uniform injury report. Situations can come up out of nowhere, and players can be scratched at the last second with nary a whisper beforehand. It’s part of the risk that we have to navigate around.
In this case, we at least know that Philyor is on the fence. Since he has been the top pass catching option for Indiana this season, enough curiosity will abound prior to game time that we should at least have an update on his status prior to kickoff.
In short, keep your eyes on the news with this choice. If Philyor is good to go, he brings solid upside to the table for a Hoosiers squad which will almost certainly be playing catch-up against the Buckeyes.
S-Flex: Carter Stanley – Kansas Jayhawks ($5.1k)
Speaking of playing catch-up, there’s a really good chance that Kansas will be playing from behind against West Virginia. The Mountaineers are 28-point favorites, and the squad is widely expected to put up a plethora of points before reeling the dogs back in.
Junior QB Carter Stanley has been given the starting nod for this week’s game, and he’ll be tasked with attempting to keep pace with the Mountaineers. More than likely, the Jayhawks will be playing from behind, and that opens up additional opportunity for passing stats to accumulate.
Stanley comes in off of a solid performance in which he completed 75 percent of his passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort to Oklahoma State. He’s an intriguing cheap QB to keep in mind for your S-Flex spot this week.
Thanks for reading. We hope we’ve helped you narrow down your list of targets for this week’s featured slate of CFB DFS on DraftKings. Enjoy the games this weekend and best of luck with your lineups!
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