McKenzie Milton, QB, UCF ($10,300)
It’s tough to avoid Milton at this point, as he’s producing, even in games that are projected to be blowouts. He has caught fire recently, scoring 46.22 and 50.34 fantasy points in his last two games. In those games, he’s averaging 317 passing yards and 3.5 passing touchdowns with 66 rushing yards and 2.5 rushing touchdowns per game. He gets a good matchup against SMU, who has struggled to contain quarterbacks at times this season. UCF is also a -24 favorite in a game set at 74 points, meaning they should find the end zone quite a bit this week.
Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma ($10,000)
Brown has been Mr. Consistent this season, and he makes an outstanding option this week. He has recorded at least four receptions, 88 yards, and one touchdown in each of his four games this season. Overall, he’s averaging a 6/136/1.3 line (24.1 fantasy points) per game this season. He gets a matchup against Texas, which seems difficult on paper, but they have been one of the worst teams in the NCAA against wide receivers this season. Brown is a safe option for cash games, but he also features more than enough upside to be considered in tournaments.
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson ($8,600)
Lawrence was injured last week, but he’s expected to be ready for this game. He now gets an elite matchup against Wake Forest, who is allowing 271.6 passing yards per game this season. Lawrence only threw for 93 yards in a plus matchup last week, although his day was cut short by injury. His price tag has dropped this week, and his ownership could, as well, as he burned roughly 50% of fantasy teams against Syracuse. He’s still arguably the most talented freshman quarterback in the nation, and there’s very little reason to avoid him at his current price tag.
Marcus Simms, WR, West Virginia ($9,000)
You can play any of the three top receivers for West Virginia, but I’m opting to go with the cheapest of the trio. Simms has been heating up a bit recently, scoring 24.3 and 22.1 fantasy points in his last two games. In those games, he has totaled 14 receptions for 274 yards and two touchdowns. He’s a deep threat, who can score from anywhere on the field, adding to his value, as well. The only major concern in this game is that West Virginia gets up early and doesn’t throw as much, as they are -27.5 point favorites. Still, they are expected to score plenty of points, and it would be wise to get a part of their passing attack this weekend.
Ty Johnson, RB, Maryland ($6,700)
Johnson is in an extremely frustrating situation. He’s likely the most talented player on Maryland’s team, but he’s so small that he only gets a few touches per game. He comes with tremendous speed, allowing him to score from anywhere on the field. He has been a bit of a boom or bust option, as he has scored 18+ fantasy points twice this season, while scoring seven or fewer in his other two games. He gets a tough matchup against Michigan this week, but for his price, Johnson can always be considered. Maryland may try to get him a few more touches if they want to keep this game competitive, as well. Johnson shouldn’t be used in cash games, but he can be considered in tournaments.
Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame ($7,400)
Notre Dame has featured a dominant passing attack since Ian Book has taken over, but it has been far from consistent. In Book’s first game, Alize Jones was the top target, recording six receptions for 61 yards. Last week, Miles Boykin took over, posting an 11/144/1 line. It’s a bit difficult to predict who will step up, but Claypool has been somewhat of the consistent option. He has posted lines of 3/23/1 and 4/51/1 in his two games with Book, displaying his touchdown potential. He may not be the sexy option, but he’s a bit more consistent for a low price tag.