The party that is college football begins again on Thursday night, with DraftKings offering a three-game slate for those who can’t stomach watching Jacoby Brissett and Mitch Trubisky on NFL Thursday Night Football.
West Virginia heads down to Blacksburg to take on the suddenly reeling Hokies of Virginia Tech; Georgia State hosts Coastal Carolina in a battle for Sun Belt bragging rights; and the slate closes out as Illinois welcomes Chattanooga, with the Illini far and away the biggest favorite of the night.
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. 22 that locks at 7:30 p.m. ET.
College Football DFS: Week 4 Thursday Night CFB Picks
Darren Grainger, Georgia State ($5,800) — With Grainger projecting only slightly behind Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall, he looks like the clear top option in all formats at a cheap $5,800 price tag. Grainger threw for over 300 yards last week against Charlotte, and in Week 1 against South Carolina he put up 17.74 DraftKings points despite completing just seven passes. Simply put, Grainger can get it done in a lot of ways; expect to see him at his best Thursday night as the Panthers look for their first win of the season.
Other Quarterbacks: Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina ($8,000); J.T. Daniels, West Virginia ($7,000); Grant Wells, Virginia Tech ($6,800)
Chase Brown, Illinois ($6,900) — Easily the top running back on the slate, Brown can’t be plugged in fast enough at his $6,900 price tag. He is projected as the top overall scorer at any position, and this year he is averaging 27.7 DraftKings points thanks to 496 total yards rushing through three games against decent opponents. Now he faces a weak Chattanooga team at home as an 18.5-point favorite.
Reese White, Coastal Carolina ($5,300) — The pickings are a bit slim after Brown, but with DraftKings requiring more than one running back, others will have to suffice here. In steps White, who put up 38.3 DraftKings points in Week 1 but has been held in check recently, with only 13.3 DraftKings points combined over the past two games. Stokastic’s CFB DFS projections like him again tonight, however, as he projects as the second-best running back on the slate, behind only Brown. This game merits a lot of exposure, and after locking in Grainger at quarterback, running it back with White makes a ton of sense.
Other Running Backs: Keshawn King, Virginia Tech ($6,000); Tony Mathis Jr., West Virginia ($5,800); Jalen Holston, Virginia Tech ($5,600); C.J. Beasley, Coastal Carolina ($4,200)
Bryce Ford-Wheaton, West Virginia ($7,100) — Ford-Wheaton has become quarterback J.T. Daniels’ bona fide top target, with 10 more receptions than any other Mountaineer. He has as many receiving touchdowns as all of his teammates have combined and is the clear star of this West Virginia offense. Despite a lackluster performance last week against Towson, Stokastic’s CFB DFS projections have him as the top wideout on Thursday in all formats.
Jamari Thrash, Georgia State ($5,000) — Thrash had 10 catches for 213 yards and a touchdown last week against Charlotte, and he has established himself as one of Grainger’s top targets. His $5,000 price tag is downright laughable, especially when comparing him to other receivers in this price range. As previously mentioned, it is important to get a lot of exposure to this game, and at this price point, Thrash is perhaps the top overall play from either side. While he will not get the 40.3 DraftKings points he dropped last week, he doesn’t need anything close to that to be viable. He projects just slightly behind Ford-Wheaton, making him a steal in all formats.
Other Wide Receivers: Isaiah Williams, Illinois ($7,000); Sam Pinckney, Coastal Carolina ($6,500); Sam James, West Virginia ($5,900); Tyson Mobley, Robert Lewis, Georgia State ($4,600)
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