Dmar’s Daily CFB DraftKings Plays – 8/26/23

DMar's DraftKings CFB Daily Fantasy Plays

Dmar’s CFB Daily Fantasy Intro:

What’s up, 4Deep! We are back for another season and ready to make this the best one yet! Week 0 isn’t the most exciting, but it’s College Football, so I won’t complain. I will be in Discord all day on Saturday, so feel free to ask any questions and hopefully we will be sweating some big takedowns! Good luck everyone!

Quarterbacks:

Top Tier
  • Caleb Williams – Pretty simple one here, reigning Heisman Trophy winner against an undermatched team. Will be first piece in the majority of lineups as it’s easy to make him fit. Very risky fade here.
Mid Tier
  • AJ Swann – Really like this spot for Swann and in this price range he should come in lower owned, as most will go with Williams up top and a cheaper QB. Vandy poured it on against Hawaii last season and it looks like it should be much of the same this time around. A pure pocket passer, but has been motivated this offseason to show he can run when needed. 
  • Diego Pavia – A guy who can get it done with his legs, which is something we really like for our QBs in DFS, and his game logs from last season will catch a lot of attention. I think he is viable, especially on this short slate, but this is a game where both teams want to run and control the clock. So another GPP spot due to rushing upside. 
  • Chevan Cordeiro – While I do think USC’s defense will be improved from last season, I just have a hard time believing a Lincoln Riley defense will shut anyone down with how they operate on offense. If San Jose can make some plays early, Cordeiro could find himself in a good spot in a game they will be trailing and he’ll be making plays with both his arm and legs.
Value Tier
  • Hank Bachmeier – One of the two value QBs who should garner some good ownership. The Boise St. transfer is in a good spot in the second-highest total on the slate and he has a good group of WRs to throw to. Good safe option here. 
  • Kurtis Rourke – I think Rourke is the most mispriced QB on the slate. In a game that should be close, we should see him using both his arm and legs to get it done, and at this price it won’t take much. He was the MAC offensive player of the year in 2021 and then got hurt last season, causing him to miss most of the season. He gets back nearly the entire offense from last season and they should come out firing in this one. Will be a good pivot from Bachmeier.
  • Taisun Phommachanh – Dual threat guy who will be making his first career start. A transfer from Clemson, the talent is there, but not a lot of confidence in what this offense will look like. But at almost min price, pairing him with Pope or Johnson you can get a cheap stack to help fit other big pieces. (GPP only)

Running Backs:

Top Tier
  • Marshawn Lloyd/Austin Jones – Both listed as co-starters, this USC team should have no problem establishing the run. I lean slightly to Jones since he returns from last season, but Lloyd, the transfer from the other USC, is very talented and will have himself a role. If fading Caleb Williams, a double stack of these two would be a great way to hedge the fade. 
  • Sieh Bangura – The freshman had himself a season a year ago and will look to build off the success again this year. I think he will have a RB1 role, but the return of O’shaan Allison, the starter in the ’21 season who missed all of last year and is coming back fully healthy, should make this into more of a rotation.
Mid Tier
  • Kairee Robinson – One of the most talented and productive backs on the slate. Not the best game environment, but talented enough to still get there. 
  • Patrick Smith – Good price for the Vandy back and in a great spot. 
  • Charvis Thornton – Will get the first nod at RB with the starter Crosby out and his backup Shelton is questionable, so Thornton should be looking at a full load in the backfield and in a positive game script as almost two-TD favorites.
Value Tier
  • Tylan Hines – Hawaii has been deploying a hybrid RB/WR role the past few seasons and Hines is set to take that on this year. I think he is a safe play for this price with upside for more if this game stays competitive.

Wide Receivers:

High Tier
  • Dorian Singer – The Arizona transfer looks to be WR1 in this offense and has all the skills to take on that role. 
  • Mario Williams – Battled injuries all last season, but looks like he’s back and ready to show why he was a top high school recruit. 
  • Sam Wiglusz – Top returning WR from last season and a very steady option. The Ohio St. transfer should be in line for a big season.
Mid Tier
  • Smoke Harris – Seems like he has been around forever, but the senior has been raved about in camp and is a solid option in this range. 
  • Tahj Washington – Another USC WR, don’t worry, there will be more. But Washington has all the skills to be a top tier WR and put up some big games this season with Williams.
  • Cyrus Allen – With all the hype Smoke Harris has received, Cyrus might have even more coming into the year. Much more of a big play guy, he has the upside to break the slate.
  • Will Sheppard – WR1 for Vandy and sure not priced as it. Will be very popular Saturday, and I see no reason to not have plenty of Sheppard.
Value Tier
  • Justin Lockhart – Top option for San Jose, and in a trailing game script, he could have plenty of looks coming his way. We need to monitor his status as he’s been banged up in fall camp, but will be a very good option as long as we get confirmation he goes. 
  • Zachariah Branch – The number 1 WR in the country coming out of high school and, oh man, this kid is electric. Listed as third string, but I don’t see how he doesn’t find the field early and will be a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. His spot on the depth chart should keep ownership low. Kyron Hudson is also another guy who arguably had the best fall camp and is listed as a co-starter. If making multiple teams, I will be sprinkling in these two.
  • Mark Pope – Hard to know what this offense will look like, but Pope is a former top 50 recruit and will be WR1 on this Umass team. Very cheap, so won’t take much for him to get there.
  • Tru Edwards – Min price starter for a team who likes to throw the ball around. Volatile play, but could pay off at this price.

Bold Predictions: 

Will be updated by Saturday afternoon.

  • Top High Priced: Caleb Williams/Bangura/Singer
  • Top Value Play: Bachmeier/Charvis Thornton/Will Sheppard
  • Favorite GPP Play: Cyrus Allen
  • Top Game Stack: Not one that stands out, but I will have the most pieces from the USC side. Full game stack that could be sneaky is FIU and LT.

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