Week 6 DFS Bargains
In keeping with my colleague Mark Lindquist’s DFS theme, i’ll pick out a Value Play under $7,000, a couple of Bargain Bin candidates under the $6,000 threshold and finally a Super Saver who is $4500 or less that you can try and throw a dart on.
Brennan Armstrong - UVA - $6,800 - Main
Armstrong is clearly the best quarterback available under the $7K threshold, as the Cavaliers’ signal caller recorded showings of 27.5 points against Duke and an impressive 29.7 points against ACC juggernaut Clemson. His passing volume was similar to Bryce Perkins last season when UVA attempted 520 passes, for the fifth most attempts in the FBS. The junior QB threw 45 and 43 passes in his first two appearances and appears to be in complete control of HC Bronco Mendenhall’s prolific passing offense. That he plays NC State this week adds more luster to Armstrong’s thrifty price tag.
Phil Jurkovec - BC - $6,000 - Main
The former highly-touted top-5 QB prospect originally enrolled at Notre Dame and was groomed to take over from current starting senior QB Ian Book when he departs. However this offseason Jurkovec decided he had waited long enough as he elected to transfer to be new OC Frank Cignetti Jr.’s starting quarterback. Jurkovec has proven up to the task as he posted two, 300-yards games along with scoring at least two touchdowns in each of his first three starts. Consistency has been a strength for Jurkovec with weeks of 22.7, 27.1 and 23.5 in the $6K range. His matchup against Pitt is not ideal, but NC State starting QB Devin Leary managed to put up 32.6 points last week against them. Consider the BC field general a solid high-floor, low-cost option this week.
Frank Harris - UTSA - $5100 - Main
This play is wholly health dependent, as Harris produced 33.9 and 39.2 points in his first two games before injuring his knee against MTSU. The Roadrunners dual-threat racked up a fantasy-friendly five rushing touchdowns in those two games as Frank The Tank helped astute CFF managers rack up points and cash thanks to his elite rushing ability. UTSA squares off against a BYU team this week that is absolutely dominating the inferior G5 opponents they’ve been playing, so that takes some shine off Harris’ upside “if” he plays. Dirt cheap QB’s with upside are hard to come by, Harris is the best dice-roll Super Flex QB option in the main slate.
Kylin Hill - Mississippi State - $6,800 - Night
The night DK’s slate is thin with only five games to choose from, so the $6,800 price tag on Hill is a drastic reduction from his $8,100 cost last week before he left their game against Arkansas with concussion-like symptoms. HC Mike Leach indicated he expects Hill to be active this weekend, so a $1,300 savings based off his previous week’s investment is a nice savings on a RB1 considering he caught eight passes for 158 yards for 36,2 points against LSU in MSU’s opening week upset. If Hill can’t play, go immediately to the DK app and add Jo’quavious Marks for $4200.
Tank Bigsby - Auburn - $5,600 - Main
Auburn OC Chad Morris appears resigned to the fact the five-star true freshman Bigsby is clearly the most complete back amongst a four-man committee/quagmire. In the midst of the Tigers’ 27-6 loss, Bigsby was the lone bright spot, rushing 8 times for 31 yards while catching seven passes for 68 yards. The writing is on the wall for Tank to wrest control of that RB room, sooner rather than later. He has a premium matchup this week against the program that OC Morris helmed last season, so you’d think he knows the personnel. Bigsby is a great lower-middle tiered option in a nice spot for him to have a coming out party.
Asim Rose - Kentucky - $5,300 - Night
Both Asim Rose and co-starter Chris Rodriguez Jr. rushed for over 100-yards and a TD against the defensively challenged Ole Miss program led by the infamous Lane Kiffin. Rodriguez had the big day, rushing for 133 yards and two touchdowns, while Rose put up a solid 117 yards and a touchdown. Committee member Kavosiey Smoke is out for the game, leaving the 1-2 punch in-tact for another attractive matchup against Mississippi State. C-Rod is listed at $5,900 as the seventh most expensive RB option while Rose checks-in at an affordable $5,300. Both are fine plays here, but Rose fits the Bargain Bin criteria.
Zach Evans - TCU - $3,200 - Main
With lead RB Emari Demercado questionable to play Saturday against Kansas State, TCU HC Gary Patterson indicated it was time to give sensational five-star true freshman Zach Evans a larger role in the offense. Evans had missed TCU’s first game with contact tracing restrictions, but he was active last week in TCU’s upset over Texas recording two touches for 9 yards. With TCU now in prime position to take home a Big-12 title, and a looming injury to their current starting RB, it could be Zach Evans time for the Horned Frogs. At $3,200, he’s a great hail-mary play for lineups where you want to load up on high-priced options.
Dyami Brown - UNC - $5,600 - Main
The preseason hype train for HC Mack Brown’s offense was staggering. Slot receiver Dazz Newsome and sideline-threat Dyami Brown were both universally considered top-20 CFF WR options. Yet here we stand in the midst of their third game against Virginia Tech with Dyami Brown having performed reasonably well with 10 catches for 154 yards, but no touchdowns. For his part, Newsome has been almost forgotten about in DFS/CFF conversations as sophomore QB Sam Howell has yet to throw for 300-yards. Though still 2-0, UNC feels like it’s on the precipice of an offensive explosion. Brown experienced a $900 price drop from the previous week, so take advantage of this reactionary pricing.
Blake Proehl - ECU - $4,700 - Night
ECU’s defense is a truly pathetic outfit in the mold of previous legendary-CFF friendly defenses like the UCONN Huskies’ epic 2018 D that allowed QB David Pinegar to rack up points against second-stringers and walk-ons for almost every second-half of their season due to their perennial 30-point halftime deficits. There is ample value backing a passing offense behind such a helpless defense, as Blak Proehl proved last week when he received a whopping 18 targets that he turned into 11 receptions for 83 yards. ECU faces another soft defense in USF that should be exploited by the Pirate offense. This game has major shootout potential and Proehl is extremely affordable considering his target volume.
Erik Ezukanma - $4,900 - Afternoon
Texas Tech QB Alan Bowman took a shot to his leg and was knocked out of last week’s game against Kansas State. HC Matt Wells indicated he did not have a fracture so the Red Raiders’ gunslinger is in play for this weekend’s game at Iowa State. Despite Bowman’s departure, Ezukanma caught five-of-six passes for 77 yards in the 31-21 loss. He has caught 16-of-23 passes for a 70 percent catch-rate, 234 yards and two touchdowns in three games for the Red Raiders. Slot receiver KeSean Carter is slicing up opposing defenses between the hashes, but Ezukanma has solidified himself as Tech’s top outside receiving option. His $4,900 price tag this week is $1,900 below his opening week cost of $6,800. EZ-E is a smoking deal at his weekly cost.
Anthony Schwartz - Auburn - $4,100 - Afternoon
Auburn alpha-dog outside WR and surefire second-round NFL Draft Pick Seth Williams and fellow starting wideout Eli Stove both got hurt last week against Georgia, leaving Schwartz to receive eight targets for 57 yards. Schwartz is renowned for his elite speed and playmaking ability. With both Stove and Williams questionable for Saturday’s game against Arkansas, Schwartz could get a substantial workload against the Razorbacks. At $4,100 this versatile weapon could go off against a lower-tiered rebuilding SEC West program like Arkansas.