Nothing better than some Friday night football under the lights, and we’ve got three games this evening to get us ready for a typical monster slate on Saturday.
Virginia heads to Syracuse to take on the surprising 3-0 Orange, Air Force plays host to a stumbling Nevada squad and Boise State heads to UTEP to take on the Miners as 16.5 point road favorites. Not the greatest slate of games from a real-life perspective, but for daily fantasy sports purposes there’s a ton to like.
With only three games in play, there aren’t going to be nearly as many strong plays as there would be on a main slate, so be prepared to roster players that are generally skippable on a Saturday afternoon. This article will provide NCAAF DFS picks and lineup advice for the DraftKings slate on Sept. 23 that locks at 7:00 p.m. ET.
College Football DFS: Week 4 Friday Night CFB Picks
Garrett Shrader, Syracuse ($7,800) — Projected as one of the top quarterbacks for the entire weekend, Shrader is the clear top signal caller on Friday night. Shrader massively struggled last year after transferring from Mississippi State, but he’s looked like a different quarterback this year leading the Orange to its first 3-0 record since 2018. With 29+ DraftKings points in each of Syracuse’s first three games, Shrader has been one of the best players in all of college football so far, and facing a middling Virginia defense he’s a plug-and-play type in all formats.
Other Quarterbacks: Hank Bachmeier, Boise State ($7,300); Brennan Armstrong, Virginia ($6,600); Haaziq Daniels, Air Force ($6,200); Nate Cox, Nevada ($5,400)
Sean Tucker, Syracuse ($9,100) — Projected as the top overall player for the entire weekend, Tucker is in a great spot on Friday night facing a Virginia team that has allowed 152 rushing yards per game so far this season. Shut down last week as Shrader carried the load against Purdue, expect a big bounce-back game from Tucker with a monster ceiling as evidenced by the 39.4 DraftKings points he put up in Week 1 against Louisville. One of the top overall running backs in all of college football, this feels a lot like Chase Brown last night where we just lock him in and move along.
George Holani, Boise State ($6,600) — There’s also a lot to like about Brad Roberts from Air Force here, but projected for more DraftKings points at an even cheaper price tag, Holani looks like the guy at $6,600. Averaging just over 20 DraftKings points through three games, Holani was dominant last week rushing for 110 yards and two total scores in Boise State’s dominant 30-7 victory over Tennesee-Martin. With the Broncos settling in as 16.5 favorites tonight in UTEP, expect another heavy dose of Holani, and without that many options to choose from, he’s hard to get away from at this more than affordable price point.
Other Running Backs: Brad Roberts, Air Force ($8,400); Toa Taua, Nevada ($6,200); John Lee Eldridge III, Air Force ($5,700); Reynaldo Flores, UTEP ($3,200)
Tyrin Smith, UTEP ($5,400) — Really slim picking at wide receiver on Friday night, with Stefan Cobbs being the most expensive option at $6,500. In steps Smith, and at $5,400 he’s one of the top overall plays on the entire slate. With 15+ DraftKings points in each of UTEP’s first three games, Smith has been one of the lone bright spots for the Miners’ offense. Hosting Boise State as 16.5 point underdogs, he should see plenty of targets on Friday night. With no less than five catches in each game so far, Smith has been extremely reliable and on a slate without many enticing options, we can’t lock him in fast enough.
Lavel Davis Jr., Virginia ($4,600) — Again, really limited options on Friday at wide receiver so while Davis probably wouldn’t be in play on Saturday’s main slate, he’s one of Friday night’s top options at a very affordable $4,600 price tag. With Billy Kemp IV out for the Cavaliers, Davis has seen his snap and target shares both rise dramatically. In a game where Virginia will need to be throwing, he’s just a solid look at this price point. Davis projects in a similar range to the $5,000-$6,000 wideouts on this slate, and with Shrader and Tucker being expensive priorities at both quarterback and running back, spending down at wide receiver makes a lot of sense. Plug in with confidence everywhere.
Other Wide Receivers: Stefan Cobbs, Boise State ($6,500); Oronde Gadsden II, Syracuse ($6,400); Dontayvion Wicks, Virginia ($6,000); Keytaon Thompson, Virginia ($5,800); Latrell Caples, Boise State ($5,200); Dalevon Campbell, Nevada ($4,800); Billy Bowens, Boise State ($3,800)
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