The day slate on DraftKings this week has plenty of SEC games, and many in the classic low-scoring style, as the over/unders on these matchups are pretty low. You’ve still got your share of firepower at the top, with teams like Alabama and LSU expected to put on offensive shows. Let’s look at some selections this week, including the Texas A&M wide receiver who may very well put you over the top in Saturday’s DFS contests.
Joe Burrow, LSU ($8,500 on DraftKings, $10,200 on FanDuel) – Go put Burrow in your lineup now. Yes, right now. I’ll wait. Done? Good, we will proceed. Burrow has been a revelation for the Tigers, completing 83 percent of his passes for 11 touchdowns, against just two interceptions. He’s put up 30+ points all three weeks on DK, and this Saturday, he faces the Vanderbilt Commodores and their 286th ranked pass defense. Juicy.
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama ($8,700 on DK, $10,400 on FD) – Given that my poker nickname is “Tuscaloosa” Johnny, I will undoubtedly be dubbed a homer for suggesting you play Tagovailoa again this week, but with ‘Bama expected to put up about 50 on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, you definitely want some of this offense. And Tua is mighty consistent. Like Burrow, he’s put up 30+ points every week so far. The trick is to squeeze both Burrow and Tagovailoa into your lineups. It’s possible, using some of the players I’ve listed below.
Elijah Collins, Michigan State ($4,600 on DK, Game not on FD) – Oddsmakers don’t expect a lot of points in the Spartans’ game against Northwestern as the over/under is an unheard of – at least, these days – 39. However, Collins will probably continue to be the starter, and get most of the carries in a grind-it-out game Saturday, especially after Connor Heyward and La’Darius Jefferson didn’t impress – and dropped some balls – in limited action last week. At Collins’ salary level, 80 yards rushing and a touchdown are easily satisfactory, and both should be manageable against the Wildcats’ weak run defense.
Greg McCrae, Central Florida ($6,100 on DK, $7,900 on FD) – UCF likes to divvy out the carries to multiple runners, but McCrae seems to be the top man, garnering 11 rushes for 109 yards and a TD against Stanford on Saturday. The Golden Knights are expected to be one of the top-scoring teams on the slate this weekend, so we want some of their action.
Ainias Smith, Texas A&M ($3,400 on DK, $5,000 on FD) – The highly regarded freshman finally got in the lineup last week, and shined with six receptions for 66 yards and a TD. Aggies Coach Jimbo Fisher said this week that Smith will see the field a lot going forward, and I suspect he will give us the advantage of both being low-priced and low-owned, as I haven’t heard the DFS sharps tout him this week. (FanDuel doesn’t have last week’s stats on its site, indicating Smith hasn’t even played.)
Justin Jefferson ($7,600 on DK, $10,000 on FD) – LSU will score big on Saturday, and you’ll want a receiver to pair with Burrows. Jefferson is the best available, with 19 receptions, 374 yards, and four TDs through the first three games. For salary relief, try Jaylen Waddle for Alabama, whose salary has dropped to $4,800 after two subpar games. He’s an explosive player, and capable of putting up big numbers.