Week 1 GGG Plays (Thursday 9/3)

College Football is finally here and that also means that the weekly Good, Great, and Gamble (GGG) plays are back. This season, we are tying in DFS pricing on both DraftKings and FanDuel. Our picks will be based mainly around the pricing on both of these sites. Also, just because a player isn’t listed here doesn’t mean he isn’t a good play. There are so many players that it is impossible to highlight them all, so we go through the slates and pick out players that stick out to us. We hope this helps you when you are setting your lineups each week.

9/3 Slate

FIU @ UCF

UNC @ South Carolina

Oklahoma St. @ C. Michigan

W. Kentucky @ Vanderbilt

Michigan @ Utah

Ohio @ Idaho

TCU @ Minnesota

Duke @ Tulane

UTSA @ Arizona

QBs

Good: Matt Linehan, Idaho (vs. Ohio)- I think Linehan could be in store for a very nice fantasy season. Idaho may not win many games but they will be throwing often. The Vandals return their leading WR from 2013 in Dezmon Epps so Linehan can take advantage of that. As far as this matchup goes, the Vandals are an 8 point underdog meaning that Linehan will have to throw late in the game. In 2014, Ohio finished as the 107th ranked pass defense when it comes to yards allowed. Although they should improve slightly in 2015, Linehan and the Vandals can rack up yards against this defense. $4,400 DK   $6,400 FD

Great: Thomas Sirk, Duke (at Tulane)- Many DFS players noticed Sirk’s great price as soon the pricing was up on DraftKings and Fanduel, and there is plenty of reasons why. First of all, Tulane is not very good as a defensive unit. In last season’s matchup, Duke won 47-13 averaging 6.3 yards per play. Sirk was primarily used as a runner last season as he rushed for eight touchdowns. This season, the 6’4, 215 lb. QB is the starter and should be able to show off his arm as well.  ($6,000 DK)   ($5,100 FD)

Gamble: Trevone Boykin, TCU (at Minnesota) – Boykin is obviously priced this high for a reason. He is the QB of arguably the 2nd best team in the nation. He has plenty of weapons at his disposal and could easily put up 3-4 touchdowns. He is also playing on the road against a pretty good team. He is a gamble mainly due to the price because I feel there are better value plays on the board. ($10,300 DK) ($10,500 FD)

RBs

Good: Elijhaa Penny, Idaho (vs. Ohio)- This game has plenty of potential as the Idaho offense will be looking to keep their team in the game as their defense won’t be able to do so. Although Idaho likes to throw it and has the weapons to do so, Penny could have a sneaky good game and is at a great price.          ($3,800 DK) ($6,500 FD)

Good: Aaron Green, TCU (at Minnesota)- Green should get a decent workload in the opening game at Minnesota. If Trevone Boykin struggles to get going early, look for the Horned Frogs to lean on Green to get them going. TCU shouldn’t have a problem scoring points and can do so in a variety of ways. Green averaged an insane 7.15 yards per carry on his 129 carries in 2014. He should be given a larger workload in 2015 making him a potential star. Notice the difference in price between the sites. ($6,900 DK) ($8,300 FD)

Good: Leon Allen, WKU (at Vanderbilt)- Allen is the most expensive player on the board on DraftKings. I am not necessarily a fan of his matchup this week but I love the fact that he should get a heavy workload in this game. His backup Anthony Wales will not play meaning Allen should get plenty of touches in this high-powered offense. I think Allen is a very safe play at his price. ($9,200 DK)   ($9,000 FD)

Great: A.J. Ouellette, Ohio (at Idaho)- This play is all about the matchup. Ouellette should take advantage of the horrendous Idaho defense. They ranked 122nd out of 128 in rushing yards allowed per game in 2014. Ouellette could be in line for a monster game as this may be a back and forth affair. He is an even better play on DraftKings than on FanDuel.  ($6,400 DK)  ($8,900 FD)

Great: Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt (vs. Western Kentucky)- Even though Western Kentucky’s offense is great, their defense, however, is not. In 2014, opponents rushed for a total of 2,870 yards against the Hilltoppers. Webb has an opportunity to thrash this defense especially with the inexperience at quarterback. Look for the Commodores to lean on Webb for much of this game. Like Ouellette, Webb is a much better play on DraftKings than on FanDuel.  ($6,500 DK)  ($8,900 FD)

Gamble: Roderick Williams, Minnesota (vs. TCU)- Williams should get a nice workload against TCU but I’m not sure how effective he will be. Luckily, he is priced well on both sites so he can be worth a play. If he gets the 20-25 carries he is reported to be getting, he can do enough to make it worth the gamble on him. ($5,100 DK)  ($6,000 FD)

 

WRs

Good: Johnell Barnes, Duke (at Tulane)- Barnes is one of the few Duke receivers that have game experience. After losing its top two receivers from 2014, Barnes will be called upon to step up and fill that void. There are over 100 receptions that are up for grabs in this offense and I expect Barnes to factor into many of those. He is priced well on both sites and the matchup is very favorable.  ($4,200 DK)   ($5,200 FD)

Good: T.J. Rahming, Duke (at Tulane)- Rahming is a true freshman that is drawing comparisons to former Blue Devil Jamison Crowder. As you know, Crowder was an elite fantasy receiver so the comparisons are brow raising to say the least. He is listed as a starter on the opening week depth chart so he should definitely be involved. He is too good for Duke to keep him off the field. This matchup is a good one for him to get his feet wet in college football. I wouldn’t expect a massive game from him, but he is listed at minimum price on both sites so the risk is low. ($3,000 DK)  ($4,500 FD)

Good: Jonnu Smith (TE), FIU (at UCF)- Smith has been FIU’s main target for the last two seasons. They don’t have a high-octane offense by any means, but they know who their best player is and target him often. He had 61 receptions in 2014, while the 2nd leading receiver for FIU only had 23.  The only drawback to Smith is that he is a tight end. On DraftKings, he is listed with the wide receivers, but on FanDuel he is the most expensive tight end on the board. This is mainly a DK play. ($4,200 DK)

Good: James Washington, Oklahoma State (at Central Michigan)- This offense can be a tricky one to take a wide receiver from as they generally have a ton of weapons. Washington is priced well this week and should definitely have opportunities to have a good game against the Chippewas. Central Michigan is subpar when it comes to pass defense so the opportunity is there. As a freshman in 2014, Washington led the Cowboys in touchdown receptions with 6. ($4,500 DK)  ($6,000 FD)

Great: Dezmon Epps, Idaho (vs. Ohio)- I know I have written about this game a ton but I think that speaks to the potential of this game. Epps is returning after missing the 2014 season and will be the best player on the field for the Vandals. Combine that with the fact that he is very well priced on both sites, and you have a winning formula. He is an absolute bargain on DraftKings.  ($3,200 DK)  ($5,900 FD)

Great: Pharoah Cooper, South Carolina (vs. UNC)- If you are going to spend on the highest priced player at a position in this slate, Cooper should be the guy. He will be the Gamecocks’ primary target and is set to have a fantastic season. UNC has a below average pass defense (104th in 2014) and Cooper should be a lock to top 100 yards and should find the endzone at least once.  ($8,100 DK)  ($9,100 FD)

Gamble: Terran Encalade, Tulane (vs. Duke)- I normally don’t advocate taking a player from Tulane, especially a wide receiver, but he is listed as Tulane’s WR1 and should be worth at least a look. The Green Wave lost their leading receiver from a year ago so someone needs to fill that role and Encalade can be that guy. The price makes it very easy to take a shot on him. I advise that if you are going to play him, do so in a gpp. ($3,100 DK)  ($4,500 FD)

 

 

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