With Week 6 about to kick off, here are my favorite options to target and fill up your daily fantasy rosters across college football for the first weekend of October.
QUARTERBACK: Josh Love
$8,700 FanDuel; $6,900 DraftKings
New Mexico @ San Jose State: Friday October 4: 10 PM EST (San Jose State -6.5; 67)
The New Mexico passing defense this year have been horrible ranking 128th in the nation allowing an average of 358.3 passing yards per game. Opponents are attempting an average of 36.7 passes per game, and completing 23.7.
San Jose State are a team that have centered their offense around a passing attack. They rank 19th in the nation in passing yards per game averaging 305. Quarterback Josh Love is coming off a tougher game versus Air Force where he only completed 54 percent of his passes, but two weeks prior dazzled versus Arkansas (97th ranked pass defense), completing 32 of 49 attempts for 402 yards. Look for big numbers today.
RUNNING BACK: Chuba Hubbard
$10,600 FanDuel ; $8,900 DraftKings
Oklahoma State @ Texas Tech: Saturday October 5: 12 PM EST (Okahoma State -9.5; 63)
Hubbard is an expensive option but should be a popular play based on his recent success. Last game he logged his third 220+ yard rushing game putting up 296 yards on 25 carries versus Kansas State. Through five games he has found the end zone 10 times and flaunts runs of 53, 75, and 84 yards.
Look for monster numbers again for Hubbard versus a Texas Tech defense ranked 102nd in rushing yards per game surrendering an average of 198. Tech gives up an average of 4.6 yards a rushing attempt and Hubbard is averaging 7.3 thus far. This appears to be a mismatch.
WIDE RECEIVER: Ja’Marr Chase
$9,900 FanDuel; $7,000 DraftKings
Utah State @ LSU: Saturday October 5: 12 PM EST (LSU -27.5; 73)
Utah State have struggled versus the pass surrendering an average of 299.7 passing yards per game. They have also allowed a quarterback to throw for 401 earlier in the season as Jamie Newman of Wake Forest lit up their defense.
Wide receiver Justin Jefferson is probable for Saturday’s contest, but may be limited if he plays. He has been a deep threat option with 5 receptions for 124 yards, 9 for 163 and 5 for 87. If he is not at 100 percent, look for another option like Chase to play a heavier role offensively. In his two most recent starts he has 8 receptions for 147 yards and is coming off a monster 229 yards on 10 receptions and four touchdown game. While it it unlikely to see stats like that once again, he should get a bulk of the receptions especially with Jefferson’s health a question mark.
FLEX/RUNNING BACK: Xavier Jones
$9,700 FanDuel; $7,400 DraftKings
Tulsa @ SMU: Saturday October 5: 7:30 PM EST (Tulsa -20; 64)
Jones is averaging 6 yards a carry this season and already has accumulated 10 touchdowns on the year. While he has not had some of the rushing attempts like his contemporaries, he is averaging around 17 per game with his longest rush being 51 yards.
Tulsa have struggled defending the run this season ranking 86th surrendering 175.8 yards a game on the ground. Although Tulsa are big favorites in this contest, expect SMU to implement a heavy dose of their run game as that has been an integral part for their success moving the chains.