As we are now into the last quarter of the season, baseball is finally over which means one thing, MACtion. For those of you who have not played college football before, MACtion is described as the mid-week games between Mid-American Conference opponents which have a history of being very high scoring and very popular among daily fantasy players due to being fun games to watch.
Below is the first of our weekly slate breakdown on DraftKings, this week starts slow with only two games.
1) Matt Johnson- $8,900 For those of you who have not seen Matt Johnson play this season, he is one of the best quarterbacks in college football this season. He has thrown for 300+ yards in every game this season. The matchup is a difficult one as he is facing an Ohio Bobcats team that only has allowed 198 yards passing so far this season, but he was in a tough matchup last week against Kent State and still managed to throw for 430 yards and 5 touchdowns. He is a must start this week.
2) Phillip Ely- $6,600- The former Alabama quarterback is finally showing some of the talent that he had coming out of high school. Over the last two games, Ely has thrown for 682 yards and 9 touchdowns.
3) Drew Hare- $6,300- Drew Hare has struggled recently and it is primarily due to not running the ball for the touchdown quantity that we saw last season. The primary reason for this is how great Joel Bouagnon and Jordan Huff have been that Hare does not need to be running the ball on the goal line. Hare is a good option this week as he has upside due to his running ability, however we prefer Ely due to being a slightly safer option due to his most consistent game log.
4) Derrius Vick- $5,600- Don't let the last name fool you, Derrius is not related to Michael and is not a running quarterback. He is a quarterback who is a three touchdown underdog on the road which is not a great option for this week.
1) Joel Bouagnon- $6,000 He is the clear-cut number one running back on this slate, as he has run for 100+ yards in four straight games. He is the only running back who is not in a time share situation. Find a way to fit Bouagnon in your lineup
2) Kareem Hunt- $5,600- Kareem Hunt has been dealing with injuries all season and is finally showing signs that he maybe healthy. He has not been as explosive as he has been in the past, but to get a running back who is getting 15-20 carries who has a history of putting up huge games in these mid-week slates dating back to last season. Northern Illinois has allowed three running backs this season to go over 100 yards rushing, and Hunt has an opportunity to be the fourth.
3) Terry Swanson- $4,600- Terry Swanson is a better value than Hunt, as he has been splitting carries and finding the end zone at a better rate than Hunt, but he does have more risk. The reason he is ranked lower is if one of them were to lose carries due to game script it would likely be Swanson.
4) Travis Greene- $5,300- Like Hunt, Travis Greene is another running back who was great last year, but this year has been hobbled by injury. Over the last four games, Greene is averaging 16 carries per game, which is a great sign that his health is improving, the issue is that he is just not finding the end zone at the same rate that he did last year. This is largely due to having Matt Johnson return as their quarterback this year so they have transitioned to a pass heavy offense. Greene is a nice option, but due to the inconsistency in finding the end zone we are likely going to be spending up at other positions.
1) Roger Lewis- $7,800 Lewis might be the best wide receiver in college football. In six of the last seven games, Lewis has gone over 100 yards with a touchdown. He has three games this season with 200+ yards. He is a must start this week.
2) Kenny Golladay-$5,200- While Kenny Golladay isn't the same player now that Tommylee Lewis has come back from injury early in the season, he is still one of the most consistent players on this slate having four straight games of six or more receptions.
3) Corey Jones- $5,400- Corey Jones' recent surge in production has been directly correlated with the improvements that Phillip Ely has had over his last two games. Jones has returned to 2014 form having 15 receptions for 178 yards and two touchdowns over the last two games. While the matchup is not an ideal one this week due to Northern Illinois only allowing 223 yards passing per game, these stats have largely been deflated due to not facing pass heavy offenses so far this season. We expect another good game from Jones and makes for a nice stack with Ely.
4) Ronnie Moore- $5,900- Ronnie Moore is a great GPP option this week but is not a great cash game lineup play. The primary reason for this is that he is the second most expensive wide receiver this week, and he is not consistent enough to be trusted. While the matchup isn't ideal, Bowling Green has proven that they are matchup proof, it is just that there are safer options such as Golladay and Jones which allow you to save more of your salary.
Cheap Flex Plays Under $4,500
1) Jordan Huff- $3,400
2) Tommylee Lewis- $3,600
3) Cody Thompson- $4,000
4) Alonzo Russell- $4,200