Welcome to the Week Five edition of the DraftKings Sneaky Plays. This weekly article will examine the pricing for the Saturday Main slate of games and try to identify some “sneaky” under the radar plays that could pay big dividends in tournament play. Without any further adieu, let’s get into some of the potential Week Five nuggets.
Trevor Lawrence Clemson QB vs. Syracuse ($8500): To the delight of many Clemson fans and daily players, the Trevor Lawrence era is about to begin in Death Valley. The uber-talented true freshman has been more efficient and productive than incumbent starter Kelly Bryant in the early season and has finally been named the starting quarterback this week against Syracuse. Lawrence has a great arm and should inject some much needed life into the Tigers passing attack going forward. The Tigers owe Syracuse big time after losing to them last year 27-24 at the Carrier Dome. I fully expect Lawrence and the Clemson offense to lay the wood to the Orange and put up big stats in the process. This stud freshman is priced far too low for what should be his national coming out party.
David Blough Purdue QB vs. Nebraska $7600: Blough has taken control of the Purdue offense and been a surprise fantasy option in the early part of the season. He is averaging 32 DK points per game over the last two contests and should approach that number this week against Nebraska. The Huskers are simply dreadful on defense right now and can’t seem to stop anyone from putting up big yardage totals. The Blough to Rondale Moore connection should be on full display on Saturday afternoon in Lincoln, which is good news for DFS players. This Boilermaker should top the 300-yard mark and add three to four scores in a high scoring affair with the Huskers.
Adrian Martinez Nebraska QB vs. Purdue $7300: Martinez dropped 36.2 DK points on Colorado in his first collegiate start in Week Two and showed the fantasy potential that has DFS players drooling. He is the perfect fit to run the Scott Frost up-tempo offense and should find more success this week against Purdue. Martinez is a gifted runner and said this week that he will run more if that’s what it takes for the Huskers to get a win, which is music to our ears. This game could be a higher scoring affair than many think and Martinez should find success through the air and on the ground.T his talented Husker could easily post 300 total yards and a few scores and return plenty of value on his minimal price tag. Plug him in some tournament lineups to allow for some upgrades at other positions.
De’Andre Swift Georgia RB vs. Tennessee $5700: To say that Swift has been a disappointment thus far would be an understatement. He was projected to be a Top 10 fantasy running back this season and that has not panned out at all. Swift is basically in a 50/50 timeshare with Elijah Holyfield and just hasn’t looked very explosive in 2018. He recently stated that he has been battling a groin injury and now feels healthy and ready to roll. DFS players are waiting for Swift to have a breakout performance and this could be the perfect spot for exactly that to occur. The Tennessee defense is not very good and will likely struggle to contain the powerful Georgia rushing attack. This explosive sophomore comes in dirt cheap and should be able to return 3X-4X value. Expect this Bulldog hit the 100-yard mark on the ground for the first time this season and find the end zone against the Volunteers this week.
DJ Knox Purdue RB vs. Nebraska $5200: Knox has scored a rushing touchdown in three of four games this season and has established himself as the top dog in the Purdue backfield. Did we mention just how bad the Nebraska defense is? The Huskers have yielded seven rushing scores in three games and was gashed by Michigan last week to the tune of four rushing touchdowns and 285 yards on the ground. Knox should find plenty of running room and turn that into at least 100 yards rushing and a score. His price is beyond tempting given the matchup and he looks like a terrific tournament option.
Rakeem Boyd Arkansas RB vs. Texas A&M $3400: Boyd will likely get to start this week with Devwah Whaley listed as very doubtful due to a concussion and would be starting against his old team. He signed with Texas A&M in 2016 and spent 2017 playing at Independence Community College where he was a star in the Netflix series, Last Chance U. This Razorback should have plenty of motivation this week and comes in dirt cheap at $3400. He doesn’t need to do much to reach value and his price allows players to pay up at other positions. Throw a sneaky dart with Boyd this week and enjoy.
Gary Jennings, Jr West Virginia WR vs. Texas Tech $8000: Jennings is on the list this week for one simple reason: He was terrible last week and the chances of that happening two games in a row are slim to none. This rising senior had 210 yards receiving and four touchdowns in the first two games and is locked in as a focal point of the powerful West Virginia passing game. Wideouts David Sills and Marcus Simms had big games last week against Kansas State and Jennings was the forgotten man. I think that will change this week and Jennings will get back to business against Texas Tech. This game has an over/under of 77 and should be a fantasy party. Jennings makes the perfect tournament play with his expected low ownership percentage and reduced price. Don’t let his awful performance last week scare you off this fantasy stud in Week Five.
Lil’Jordan Humphrey Texas WR vs. Kansas State $6000: It appears that Texas may have found a lead WR and weapon in Humphrey. He has scored a touchdown in the last three games and is averaging 19.8 DK points per game. Lil’Jordan should be licking his chops with Kansas State on tap this week. The Wildcats pass defense allowed West Virginia quarterback Will Grier to toss five touchdown passes last week and could find it difficult to contain this blossoming junior. Fellow Texas wideout Collin Johnson had a breakout game last week and could be the Longhorn wide receiver that DFS players target this week. Humphrey is priced $1600 less than Johnson and makes for a better play in my opinion. Expect to see this playmaker find the end zone for the fourth game in a row and pay off nicely on his bargain price.
Justyn Ross Clemson WR vs. Syracuse $4100: Second verse same as the first. Ross was in this article last week and makes a return appearance this week. This stud true freshman has scored a receiving touchdown in three of four games and appears ready to see an uptick in playing time going forward. Ross should also benefit from the news that Trevor Lawrence has been named the starting QB. His price is still so low that he only needs a few catches and a score to easily return 3X-4X value. Plug Ross into a tournament lineup or two and load up elsewhere.