Welcome to the Week Three edition of the DraftKings Sneaky Plays. This weekly article will examine the pricing for the Saturday slate of games offered and try to identify some “sneaky” under the radar plays that could pay big dividends in tournament play. The pricing for Week Three is once again very tight with average fantasy players being bumped up in price, so it will be imperative this week to hit on some cheaper priced guys that allow room for the high priced studs. The theme of this week is weather, as many games have been canceled and many will be impacted by Hurricane Florence this weekend. Without any further adieu, let’s get into some of Week Three’s potential gems.
Woody Barrett, QB, Kent State vs. Penn State $4800: Barrett is a JUCO transfer that has been dynamic early in the season and has brought fantasy relevance back to the Kent State offense. This Golden Flash piled up 387 total yards (117 rushing) and three total scores against Illinois in Week One, showing he can play against the Power 5. He is a dynamic player with both his arm and his legs and could make some plays against Penn State this week. The Nittany Lions just destroyed Pitt and will likely do the same to the Golden Flashes. Even in a blowout, Barrett still has the ability to hit 4 or 5X value with 20-25 DK points. Barrett may need to get his points in garbage time, but DFS players don’t care when they come as long as they do.
Kyle Shurmur, QB, Vanderbilt vs. Notre Dame $5600: While Shurmur is not a sexy name in daily college fantasy, he does represent some value this week and allows for some major salary relief. He has thrown two touchdown passes in each of the first two games and has an underrated target in Kalija Lipscomb (you will see him later in this article). This has all the makings of a game that Notre Dame takes a bit lightly and Shurmur and friends could bite the Irish. This Commodore should be able to reach 20 fantasy points and return 4x value. Plug him in some tournament lineups to allow for some upgrades at other positions.
Jordan Mason, RB, Georgia Tech vs. Pittsburgh $5600: Mason will get the start at the B-back position this week against Pitt with KirVonte Benson out for the season with a knee injury. The freshman had 95 yards rushing and a touchdown in relief last week He should see his carries rise significantly this week in a competitive game against South Florida. While Benson will face a step up in competition this week with a road trip to Raymond James Stadium, this bruiser looks to be a good bet to easily outperform his modest price tag. It would not be a shock to see Benson top the 100-yard mark and add a touchdown or two on the ground on the road against this AAC foe.
Qadree Ollison, RB, Pittsburgh vs. Georgia Tech $4700: I think it’s pretty safe to say that Ollison has supplanted Darrin Hall and taken control of the Pittsburgh backfield. Ollison had 21 carries for 119 yards and a score last week against Penn State and could match those numbers this week versus Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets yielded 224 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns to South Florida last week and may find it very difficult to slow down this bruiser. This Panther is just way too cheap this week and savvy DFS players will be all over him this week. Ollison should break the 100-yard mark and add at least one score this week.
Fred Holly III, RB, Hawaii vs. Army $5100: This talented sophomore ran for 100 yards last week against Rice and has crossed the goal line three time in the last two games. He is going largely unnoticed because of the emergence of the Hawaii passing attack and should be a great tournament play this week against Army. Holly should find plenty of running room with the Knights focused on stopping Cole McDonald and his high flying wide receivers. Expect this Rainbow Warrior to find pay dirt for the third consecutive week and pay off nicely on his low price point this week.
Kalija Lipscomb, WR, Vanderbilt vs. Notre Dame $5400: This rising junior has hauled in 14 receptions and three touchdowns in the first two games and is locked in as the focal point of the underrated Vanderbilt passing game. He has developed a strong connection with QB Kyle Shurmur and should see a ton of targets this week versus Notre Dame. The Irish have a tough pass defense and that should help keep Lipscomb’s ownership level down considerably. The Commodores should be able to move the ball through the air against the Golden Domers and Lipscomb should have a nice day.
John Hightower, WR, Boise State vs. Oklahoma State $3900: It appears that Boise State may have found another weapon from the JUCO ranks in Hightower. This Bronco tallied 119 yards receiving and two touchdowns in a drubbing of UCONN last week and could do more damage this week against Oklahoma State. Hightower has speed to burn and actually ran the 400-meter hurdles in Track at Hinds Community College. This game with the Cowboys could see plenty of fireworks and rostering Hightower is a cheap way to get a piece of the action. His near minimum price tag is very attractive for a team that should put up a bunch of points and yards in this potential shootout. Throw a dart with this speed demon and hope he beats the Pokes deep a time or two.
Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State vs. Boise State $6100: This sophomore made quite an impression last week against South Alabama with 166 yards receiving and a score on ten receptions. He has established a nice rapport with QB Taylor Cornelius and looks to be a major contributor in the Oklahoma State passing attack. The matchup this week with Boise State has fantasy fun written all over it with an over/under of 63. The Broncos pass defense is always good, but the Cowboys passing game is much better than most Mountain West opponents that Boise State usually faces. Wallace looks like a good bet to find the end zone for the third consecutive week and pay off on his underestimated price.
AJ Taylor, WR, Wisconsin vs. BYU $6100: Taylor is averaging 109.5 receiving yards per game through the first two contests of 2018 and has clearly established himself as the top option in the Wisconsin passing game. While he doesn’t play in a high octane passing offense, Taylor has been making the most of his opportunities and that should continue this week versus BYU. With the Cougars focused on stopping Jonathan Taylor, look for Taylor to get free and take one to the house at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday afternoon. This junior should carry a low ownership percentage with the very low over/under of 44 points.