Week 5 is here, and the schedule continues to pick up with good games scattered throughout the slate. There are 13 games kicking off between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET with some really good matchups all over the board.
A ton of conference matchups this week with Purdue traveling to Minnesota to take on the undefeated Golden Gophers, Alabama heading to Fayetteville for a matchup with Arkansas, Baylor hosting Oklahoma State in a rematch of last year’s Big 12 title game and 4-0 Kansas hosting Iowa State, amongst plenty of others. The only non-conference game is no slouch itself as Navy travels to Air Force in a battle for the Commander-in-Chief trophy in a game that should feature plenty of rushing.
With so many games in play and some teams still playing against inferior competition, there are plenty of strong CBB DFS picks at all positions and some potentially lopsided scores across the board. This article will provide NCAAF DFS picks and lineup advice for the DraftKings slate on Oct. 1 that locks at 12 p.m. ET.
College Football DFS: Week 5 Saturday CFB Picks
Jordan Travis, Florida State ($8,800)
Hosting Sam Hartman and Wake Forest’s potent offense, Florida State will need to score points on Saturday, and Travis is projected right behind Adrian Martinez as the top quarterback on the board. Coming off a thrashing of Boston College in which Travis completed 16-of-26 passes for 321 yards and a touchdown, he finds himself in a dream spot against a Wake Forest defense that just made DJ Uiagalelei look like Aaron Rodgers. A bunch of good signal callers on this slate but Travis and Martinez stand out above the rest at their affordable price points.
Adrian Martinez, Kansas State ($7,800)
Martinez was sensational last week as Kansas State upset Oklahoma, and there’s a lot to like about him again this week as he’s the only quarterback on the slate projected higher than Travis. With 21-for-34 passing for 234 yards and one touchdown through the air and 148 yards rushing with four touchdowns on the ground, Martinez put up an absurd 55.2 DraftKings points against the Sooners. While we can’t expect anything close to that this week, he’s another really good spot against a soft Texas Tech defense. Lock in with confidence in all formats.
Other Quarterbacks: Bryce Young, Alabama ($9,900); Sam Hartman, Wake Forest ($8,500); Jalon Daniels, Kansas ($7,000); Max Duggan, TCU ($6,700); Aidan O’Connell, Purdue ($5,700)
Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State ($7,200)
Vaughn has been a feature for us for weeks now. Projected as the top running back on the slate, he’s a slam dunk in all formats at $7,200. One of the elite running backs in college football, Vaughn is averaging 22.7 DraftKings points with at least 17 in all four of Kansas State’s games. Even with Martinez dominating the stat sheet last week, Vaughn still rushed for 116 yards on 25 carries. Facing a Swiss cheese Texas Tech defense, he’s a must-start everywhere. He’s way, way too cheap at $7,200, so if you’re fading him, good luck.
Devon Achane, Texas A&M ($6,400)
There are tons of good running backs in play on Saturday and while it’s hard to skip over the likes of some of the names up top, Vaughn and Achane are the two best dollar-for-dollar running backs on the slate, and it’s not particularly close. Projected as the fourth-highest scoring running back for the entire weekend, Achane has been spectacular for the Aggies so far this season, averaging 21.2 DraftKings points per game with at least 20 in each of the past three. With star wide receiver Ainias Smith lost for the season, look for Texas A&M to run even more of their offense through Achane, and at $6,400 we can’t lock him in fast enough.
Other Running Backs: Mohamed Ibrahim, Minnesota ($9,500); Braelon Allen, Wisconsin ($8,700); Chase Brown, Illinois ($7,500); Blake Corum, Michigan ($6,500); Roman Hembry, Maryland ($5,300); Richard Reese, Baylor ($4,900)
Xavier Hutchinson, Iowa State ($7,800)
Projected as the second highest scoring receiver of the weekend behind only Purdue’s Charlie Jones, Hutchinson looks like a cog in our machine in all formats even at an increased $7,800 price tag. Averaging 27.3 DraftKings points per game, Hutchinson was held to just eight catches for 84 yards last week in a tough matchup against Baylor, and he’s in a great spot to bounce back this week against a Kansas team that has given up at least 27 points in three straight games. One of the biggest target monsters in all of college football, Hutchinson is a must-play in all formats.
Charlie Jones, Purdue ($6,400)
Even with Purdue’s quarterback situation still in limbo, Jones projects as the top wide receiver on the board and one of the best value plays on the entire slate at $6,400. Despite catching passes from backup quarterback Austin Burton last week, Jones hauled in at least nine receptions for the fourth game in a row, and quite simply it just doesn’t matter who’s behind center for the Boilermakers right now with Jones dominating, regardless of who’s throwing him the ball. Averaging a robust 36.1 DraftKings points per game, the Iowa transfer hasn’t dropped below 25 in any game so far and at this price point, it’s hard to imagine fading him in any format.
Other Wide Receivers: Marvin Mims, Oklahoma ($8,500); A.T. Perry, Wake Forest ($7,200); Tayvion Robinson, Kentucky ($5,800); Jaylin Noel, Iowa State ($4,500); Evan Stewart, Texas A&M ($3,600)
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