This week, college football features a big time matchup (USC vs Texas) but mostly a ton of potential blowouts. However, we are quickly learning about the pretenders & contenders right now. For the DFS DraftKings players though, it is all about individual performances & many guys are putting up possible record-setting stats early in this season. We will look at the top games from a points perspective as well as the players at each position to get ready for Saturday. Check out our DraftKings CFB Picks Week 3 here at DraftKingsMaster.
Games With Highest Totals – DraftKings CFB Picks Week 3
Here are the games to potentially target in DraftKings tournaments for the weekend:
Arkansas State (-2.5) @ Tulsa (71)
Oregon State @ Nevada (-4.5) – (70.5)
North Texas @ Arkansas (-7) – (69)
San Jose State @ Oregon (-41) – (69)
Houston @ Texas Tech (-3) – (67.5)
Alabama (-22) @ Ole Miss – (68)
Louisiana-Monroe @ Texas A&M (-27.5) – (65)
Louisiana-Lafayette @Mississippi State (-30.5) – (64)
Cole McDonald & Kyler Murray Best QB Options – DraftKings CFB Picks Week 3
Hawaii QB Cole McDonald & Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray are the stud quarterbacks in the big CFB contest on DraftKings for the afternoon games. However, there is a reason we are going with McDonald over Murray. Murray should put up major numbers against a weak Iowa State defense, but he may be out of the game in the second half.
To play it safe, McDonald has Hawaii’s run & shoot offense humming the way it was during the years of Timmy Chang & Colt Brennan. He has a completion percentage of over 70% with 13 touchdowns & 0 interceptions. McDonald is also been dominant running the football, having nearly 300 yards on the ground so far this season.
The Hawaii defense has been weak, even though their offense is lights out right now. Hawaii is giving up an average of 34 points per game over their first three games. Even though they are 3-0, their biggest victory is 18 points, so the games are staying close. For the safe play, go with McDonald in the matchup against Army.
Jonathan Taylor, Karan Higdon top RBs – DraftKings CFB Picks Week 3
It is no surprise that the best running backs in the slate of games come out of the physical Big Ten. Jonathan Tayler from Wisconsin is a prototypical running back for the Badgers. Big, physical, and will get tons of carries. The offense definitely moves through Taylor. Last week against New Mexico, Taylor rushed 33 times for 253 yards, leading the Badgers to a top-10 ranking. BYU has allowed 127 & 173 yards to Arizona & Cal respectively in the first two games. Wisconsin’s running attack will be the toughest BYU sees this year, and Taylor should have a field day.
Oh yeah, and Taylor is averaging 37 DraftKings DFS points in his first two games.
Higdon is a great running back to have if the salary for Taylor ($9,700) is a bit too high. The lead back for the Michigan Wolverines is going to be relied upon to take some of the pressure off new QB Shea Patterson. With Tariq Black out of the lineup for another few weeks, Michigan will lean heavily on Higdon, with sprinkles of Chris Evans. Higdon gained 156 yards on only 13 carries in the Wolverines win over Western Michigan. SMU may be a step up in competition, but look for Higdon to be in that 25-30 DraftKings DFS points range yet again.
Best Stack For WRs – Cole McDonald to John Ursua & Cedric Byrd
Right now, most people have no idea who John Ursua & Cedric Byrd are. However, in DraftKings DFS, they will be key names to know this year. Both of these receivers are benefitting from Cole McDonald having a dominant start to the season. Ursua & Byrd are both averaging over 30 DraftKings points per game, and will make a great stack for McDonald.
With the Hawaii defense being weak & could allow Army’s triple option to keep the Knights in the game, look for the three Warriors players to connect often & rack up some serious points.
Another interesting player to look at for receptions is A.J. Taylor from Wisconsin. In the first two games, the team has been very run heavy. That shouldn’t change, but Taylor has five receptions in each of his games, and looks to be the top receiver that Alex Hornibrook likes to throw to consistently. At $6,100, he is a great value play & good compliment to 1-2 top receivers on the slate. A.J. is averaging 20.5 DraftKings points in his first two games.