College Football DFS Picks – 12/23/16 – 12/24/16

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve had any CFB DFS to talk about, but now that bowl season has started, we’ve got plenty to discuss. There are two slates this week, but this breakdown will only cover the 12/23-12/24 slate. I will cover more of the slates for each game set next week and the remainder of bowl season.

QUARTERBACK: 

Ryan Higgins– I have to admit that I love a lot of the early bowl games because they feature the conferences that I really like to watch. I think there were a lot of question marks on this Louisiana Tech program with both Kenneth Dixon and Jeff Driskel leaving, but those questions where answered by Ryan Higgins. He’s the top quarterback play on this slate, and it’s not even close. Navy was actually susceptible to the pass this year, and I think in a bowl game they could get fully exposed.

David Washington – Behind Higgins, I do like Brent Stockstill, but I think that could end up being a game where the running game takes over. As a result, I’ll take a look at David Washington, who has finally come around after some struggles in the early part of the year. He’s got a ton of weapons, and I think he’s someone I feel comfortable using in my lineups, regardless of the format tonight.

RUNNING BACK: 

ITavius Mathers – Much like the quarterback position, the running back position starts and stops with the top price option. Mathers has been an animal all year, and Hawaii is a joke at defending the run. He is just like Anthony Wales, in that he’s likely to put up a big score that it will make hard to catch up on. It’s going to be tough to fit him in, but I think he’ll be worth it.

Papi White– Papi White has been a fun athlete this year, and fits the Tyreek Hill mold of being one play away from scoring a touchdown. This is exactly what we want out of our players, and the price is very fair this week. He should have a good showing, and gets involved in the running, receiving and returning portions of the game, making it highly likely he’ll get into the end zone in this game.

Ian Eriksen– Eriksen is a punt option here, but has been in good form lately, and gets a positive matchup against Old Dominion. He makes a good option in tournaments if you can’t afford Mathers and want to fit in some of the top receivers. I think there is a good chance he’ll come close to the 25-30 point mark this week.

WIDE RECEIVER:

Richie James – Geez, I feel like a broken record here, as the top options have all been the highest priced as well. One look through James’ game logs will show you all you need to know: he is an extremely consistent player, with a ton of upside, even at this gaudy price. I’m going to be doing what I can to try to get him in as many lineups as possible this week.

Carlos Henderson– Henderson has been a touchdown machine this year, and it is going to be quite the debate about whether to stick him or teammate Trent Taylor into our lineups as we build them. I think he’s a better playmaker of the two, which is what I look for in bowl games. I think this Louisiana Tech team will try to keep scoring, so he should be able to finish the day with a nice score.

Jamir Tillman – If you are looking for a risky option at the position, Jamir Tillman fits that description to a tee. He isn’t priced like someone who won’t do anything, as he is priced in the low $4k’s. The upside here is that I think Navy will fall behind without Will Worth, and will have to focus on passing the ball, which could certainly benefit a guy like Tillman. He can post big games, but it just doesn’t happen too often.

TIGHT ENDS:

Nigel Kilby – The tight end options this week are very tough to come by, so I will go with Kilby who I see as being most likely to actually accumulate stats. His price is fair, and I think he will give you a good shot at a touchdown. It is very hard to predict tight end production, but I think we are fairly safe here.