Our week 6 college football main slate on DraftKings is a 10 game slate that features some fairly lopsided totals with 5 of the top 6 teams from most of the power rankings used by Vegas casinos active. Before we talk the players, here is a look at the highest implied team totals from Vegas for this slate:
DraftKings CFB Week 6 QB Picks
DraftKings Salary: $8,400
I think a realistic upside for every QB at the top of this slate: Grier, Murray, Haskins, Tagovailoa, Lawrence, and Cornelius is 4x value. Not only is Cornelius the cheapest option of the group, but he possibly has the best matchup (1-3 ISU), at home, and has hit 4x value for his current salary in 3 of 5 games this season. Coming off from his best performance of the season, Cornelius will look to replicate the success Rudolph had in this game last season (400 yards and 3 touchdowns).
DraftKings Salary: $4,900
Indiana is not afraid to air it out to keep pace in these games where they are a massive underdog. Clearly they will be playing from behind for most of the game, and this isn’t the Ohio State defense that we have seen in recent years. Lagow threw it 60+ times in this game last season, and Ramsey will likely have to throw it a ton as well. Through the first five weeks of the season Ramsey has a floor of 3x+ his $4,900 salary and is coming off of a 5x+ performance last week.
DraftKings CFB Week 6 RB Picks
DraftKings Salary: $8,800
I have already received a few questions about the RB position in this slate. There really isn’t value that you can truly love here. The guys priced low are either in a nightmare time share or have a nightmare matchup. We are going to pay up for talent and volume at the position, then lock in value where it’s available at other spots. We wrote in last week’s article that Etienne would likely see an increase in volume given the lack of depth at quarterback. Given that we gave out Lawrence as a pick as well, we clearly didn’t foresee how soon the lack of depth would effect the game plan. The Bryant transfer means the QB run is gone from the Clemson offense, which creates opportunities for Etienne and Feastor to rack up some extra carries. Etienne has arguably the best RB matchup in the slate as Wake allows 220+ rushing YPG and over 5.2 YPC.
DraftKings Salary: $7,700
Higdon is a solid start if Chris Evans is out again this week. Maryland will not be able to move the ball on this Michigan defense at all, which allow Harbaugh to call his kind of game. Michigan will run, run, run, play field position, then run some more. This matchup may not look great on paper, but is considerably better than the NW matchup that Higdon put up 28.4 in last week.
DraftKings CFB Week 6 WR Picks
DraftKings Salary: $7,200
I’m the biggest David Sills fan you will find, but it might be time to admit that Simms is the number one receiver in West Virginia. He has closed the target gap, has 140 more yards, a better catch rate, better yards per catch, better yards per target, a better efficiency rating, a better explosiveness rating, and has reached 3x+ value on DraftKings in three straight games. Kansas will not be able to run on the WVU defense, which is a recipe for disaster for them here as they really need to control the pace of the game to have any chance of staying in it. If they can’t keep Grier off the field he will make short work of this secondary which gave up a QBR of 262 to Cornelius last week.
DraftKings Salary: $5,600
For the second straight season, the Spartans are struggling to run the football. They are averaging 3.3 YPC and the longest run from an RB is just 17 yards. Lewerke has also been disappointing this season, but is still averaging 250 YPG. If he hits that number this week, Davis is going to be a busy boy. MSU is without their number 2,3, and 4 receivers, meaning Davis is in line for a ton of targets here. After putting up 55/776/9 last season, most assumed Davis would be one the better (if not the best) receivers in the Big 10. If that is going to happen this should be a huge week given the matchup and his target share.
DraftKings Salary: $4,700
I know what you are thinking, what the hell is a Flynn Nagel and why would I start a NW receiver against Sparty? Well Sparty can’t stop the pass, and Clayton Thorson is going to pick them apart on Saturday. Despite playing a joke of a schedule, MSU is giving up 288 passing YPG on the season. Outside of one massive game from Cameron Green, this passing attack has revolved around Nagel this season. He leads the team in every statistical category, including fantasy PPG despite not scoring yet this year.
DraftKings Salary: $4,200
Did you have Wolf in your DraftKings lineups last week? While the Stoner injury and McCleskey transfer put him on our radar, we certainly didn’t project him to put up 6/116/1 in a game that his QB completed just 15 passes. There is no way he repeats that success, but will get another favorable matchup lining up in the slot against one of the weaker Iowa State defensive backs.