College Football Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 11/11/22
College football is entering Week 11, and FanDuel's college football DFS main slate on Friday includes three games.
As for the basics, your roster consists of a quarterback slot, two running backs, three wide receivers (which also includes tight ends), and one "Super FLEX". In the Super FLEX spot, you can insert one player from any position, including quarterbacks.
Here, our goal is to help you field a roster full of fantasy goodness, and in true numberFire fashion, we'll use our DFS projections and game projections to tackle as many slates as possible in the lead-up to the College Football Playoff. In this piece, we are breaking down Friday's main slate, which locks at 8:00 p.m. EST.
Let's look at which players are in great spots as well as identify some players with low salaries who will allow you to roster the high-salary players. All stats come from PFF unless otherwise noted.
Caleb Williams, Southern California ($12,500) – Williams will be the most popular player on the slate. The Southern California Trojans' quarterback ranks third nationally with 28 touchdown passes. Williams has also piled up 287 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns through nine games. The matchup with the Colorado Buffaloes is a dream spot. The Buffaloes' defense has struggled this season. They are allowing 250.7 passing yards per game (94th nationally) and have surrendered 21 touchdown passes (slate-high mark by six).
Ben Bryant, Cincinnati ($9,200) – Bryant is in a phenomenal spot on Friday night. The Cincinnati Bearcats' quarterback faces off with East Carolina's atrocious pass defense. The Pirates are allowing 264 passing yards per game (107th nationally) and 8.7 yards per attempt (slate-high). East Carolina has permitted 15 touchdown passes through nine games.
JT Shrout, Colorado ($7,000) - Shrout is the salary-relief play at quarterback. It doesn’t feel comfortable, but he could pay off his salary against USC’s questionable pass defense. The Trojans are giving up 267.0 passing yards per game (109th nationally) and 7.44 yards per pass attempt.
Keaton Mitchell, East Carolina ($9,600) – Mitchell is a bell cow for the Pirates. He has recorded an eye-opening 66 carries over the last three games. He has cleared 100 rushing yards and found pay-dirt at least once in all three of those games.
Charles McClelland, Cincinnati ($8,500) – McClelland may fly under the radar on Friday night. The box scores over the last two games have been ugly. His workload, however, is worth the investment. The senior running back has 11-plus carries in five straight games. McClelland also plays a role in the passing game, being targeted 20 times through nine games.
Raleek Brown Southern California ($5,100) - Brown is an interesting salary-saver at running back. The freshman has been pegged as a potential star. This could be a week to get Raleek extra work since the game is not expected to be competitive. Travis Dye ($10,500) is a fantastic investment if you're spending up at running back.
Tyler Scott, Cincinnati ($10,000) – Scott is my favorite high-salary pick at wide receiver. The junior is back to a full-time role after missing one game with an ankle injury. Scott leads Cincinnati with a 13.1-yard aDOT and an average of 2.59 yards per route run.
Isaiah Winstead, East Carolina ($8,500) - Winstead has drawn 91 targets through nine games. The senior has at least five receptions in all nine games. He offers a significant salary discount from Tyler Scott and Jordan Addison. His role is elite.
Montana Lemonious-Craig, Colorado ($5,800) - Craig ran a team-best 33 pass routes in last week’s game. There is a chance he is becoming the number-one option in the Buffs' passing attack. Leading receiver Jordyn Tyson is out for the season, and second-leading receiver Daniel Arias ($6,100) was limited to five pass routes in Colorado's last game.
Jordan Addison ($9,800) is expected to play after missing two games. He leads all wide receivers on the Friday night slate with an average of 2.88 yards per route run. He will be popular, but I do wonder how much he’ll actually play. The Trojans are 34.5-point favorites, according to the FanDuel Sportsbook. Mario Williams ($8,200) is questionable after missing the last two games. Tahj Washington ($8,100) is still viable despite the return of Addison. Washington has been quarterback Caleb Williams’ top option in the passing game with Addison and Mario sidelined. Michael Jackson III ($7,800) is also emerging as a threat in the Trojans pass game. He ran 33 routes in last week’s game, which lead USC. The young pass-catcher posted 115 receiving yards and two touchdowns in that game.
CJ Johnson ($8,700) is a boom-or-bust play on a weekly basis. He has eight touchdown receptions this season.
Kyle Williams ($7,300) has played two games since returning from injury. He has drawn nine targets in both games. Ricky White ($7,200) leads the UNLV Rebels with an average of 1.83 yards per route run. Running back Aidan Robbins ($9,200) returned from injury in last week's game, tallying 21 carries.
Jalen Moreno-Cropper ($8,100) and Nikko Remigio ($7,500) have been productive in the Fresno State Bulldogs' offense. Moreno-Cropper has 27 receptions over the last four games. Remigio has recorded five-plus receptions in four straight games. Both guys are in play with quarterback Jake Haener ($10,800) back in the lineup.
Tre Tucker ($6,500) and Nick Mardner ($5,800) are contrarian salary-relief plays. Tucker has drawn 64 targets this season. He is averaging 2.36 yards per route run. Meanwhile, Mardner's 17.1-yard aDOT is appealing on a short slate.
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