The SEC returns to play this Saturday, but for DFS purposes on the day slate, I’ll mostly focus on the Big 12. Oddsmakers predict big scores from teams like Oklahoma and Texas, so we want to draft several players from these squads.
Sam Ehlinger, Texas ($8,900 on DK, $10,800 on FD) – The gunslinger threw for an eye-popping 426 yards against UTEP in the opener, completing 25 of 33 passes for five TDs. The Longhorns should see another shootout this week in what’s predicted to be a semi-competitive game against Texas Tech.
Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma ($8,200 on DraftKings, $10,100 on FanDuel) – Rattler cruised to 290 yards passing and four touchdowns on just 17 attempts against Missouri State in the opener. Oddsmakers predict the Sooners to be one of the highest-scoring teams on the slate, so he should be worth his salary on Saturday, especially with questions about the effectiveness of the Sooners’ rushing attack.
Shaun Shivers, Auburn ($4,400 on DK, $8,200 on FD) – You don’t often get to draft a starting running back this cheaply. Coach Gus Malzahn named Shivers the starter over D.J. Williams. While Williams and freshman Tank Bigsby may also share carries, expect Shivers to easily pay off his salary in a competitive game against Kentucky.
Seth McGowan, Oklahoma ($4,000 on DK, $7,300 on FD) – Here’s another cheap running back we can draft so we can afford our expensive quarterbacks, but the situation could prove to be a little dicey. McGowan was effective last week against Missouri State with nine carries for 61 yards and a reception for 37 yards. He also scored two touchdowns. T.J. Pledger sat out due to a positive COVID-19 test, but it’s unclear if he will return this Saturday. Marcus Major is officially the starter, but was ineffective last week. McGowan could get the bulk of the work, or he could sit third on the depth chart. It will pay to keep an eye out for news before kickoff.
Charleston Rambo, Oklahoma ($7,800 on DK, $9,500 on FD) – At less than $8K on DraftKings, Rambo seems like a bargain. He’s the number one receiver on one of the best offenses in the country. Last week, he caught four balls for 80 yards and two TDs.
Dillon Stoner, Oklahoma State ($5,000 on DK, $7,100 on FD) – Stoner corralled just three catches for 14 yards against Tulsa, but that resulted largely from the ankle injury to quarterback Spencer Sanders. The entire Cowboys team proved ineffective after Sanders left, managing just 16 points on the day. Sanders will return this Saturday against West Virginia, and Stoner should be much more productive.