FanDuel College Football: Week 13 Saturday Main Slate

FanDuel College Football: Week 13 Saturday Main Slate

This article is part of our FanDuel College Football series.

A huge 14-game slate rounds out the main slates of Thanksgiving Week, and we're thankful for it! Topping the chart this week in most categories is Ohio State, who sports an expected score of 49.5 and an expected game total of 71.5, three points clear of the next game on the slate in the Egg Bowl (68.5). There's a significant gap to the next game on the slate, so those may be a pair of options to look to load up on. 

Florida (43.5) and Alabama (43.5) are the only two other teams with expected cores surpassing the 40-point mark, so they are another pair of teams who could be worth inserting a player or two in your lineups.

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Week 13 Plays

Quarterback

Justin Fields, Ohio State ($11,200) at Illinois

Fields is fairly immune to matchup problems, but it doesn't hurt when the matchup falls favorably as it does in this instance. As the junior signal-caller continues pursuing a Heisman Trophy en route to his entrance in the NFL Draft, look for the coaching staff to allow him to stuff the box score against what will be an overmatched Illini secondary. Illinois is a much better team with Brendan Peters under center, evidence by the team's season-high 41 points scored last week versus Nebraska. That could allow the game to remain close enough to keep the starters out into the second half and provide Fields with the reps to rack up fantasy points versus an Illinois defense surrendering 32 points per game.

Cade McNamara, Michigan ($8,100) vs Penn State

McNamara hasn't seen the field much yet this season but impressed briefly against Wisconsin and followed that up with another strong showing in relief last week versus Rutgers in a comeback win. He's expected to make his first career start under center Saturday and gets a Penn State defense yielding 36 points per contest through the first five games, including 41 to an Iowa offense that basically was basically run-only last week. Opposing passers have fared well too, including some huge efforts from Justin Fields and Taulia Tagovailoa. McNamara seems to have the chops to take advantage of the Nittany Lions' secondary.

Will Rogers, Mississippi State ($7,500) at Ole Miss

Rogers hasn't posted any major fantasy lines to date, but that's primarily the result of the Bulldogs finishing their drives on the ground. The Rebels allow 1.9 passing touchdowns per contest but nearly 300 passing yards per contest through the air, so there's reason to believe there is some upside for him from a fantasy standpoint. Rogers is coming off his best career game under center versus a stingy Georgia defense, completing 78.8 percent of his pass attempts for 336 yards and a touchdown. Look for the air raid to be much more effective this week in a game that could turn into a shootout. The fact that the Bulldogs are 9.5-point underdogs should also lead game-script to a pass-happy approach, not that a Mike Leach-led squad needs any incentive to throw the ball.

Another to consider: Jack Plummer, Purdue ($9,500) vs. Rutgers

Running Back

Najee Harris, Alabama ($10,700) vs. Auburn

Harris is the most trustworthy option on this slate, having failed to tally 20 points in a game just once while topping 30 a pair of times. It wouldn't be a shock if the Crimson Tide look to pour it on against their in-state rivals and Harris would likely be fed to make that happen. Auburn has been somewhat vulnerable against the run this season, yielding four yards per carry, 165.1 rushing yards and 1.6 rushing touchdowns per game. However, the defense was torched by Eric Gray last week to the tune of 22 carries for 173 yards and a touchdown, and Harris and Crimson Tide figure to enjoy a lead with the ability to pound the rock in the second half.

Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State ($8,400) vs. Texas Tech

Hubbard topped daily slates on nearly a weekly basis last season but has had a tough go of it recently. This should present an opportunity for the junior back to have a bounceback effort against a Red Raiders defense letting up 179.4 rushing yards and 2.4 rushing touchdowns per contest along with 4.5 yards per carry. With Shane Illingworth out and Spencer Sanders questionable at best, look for the Cowboys to lean on the running game in a major way Saturday. Hubbard is still the top dog in that ground game and should see plenty of work at a reasonable salary.

Ainias Smith, Texas A&M ($8,200) vs. LSU

Smith fits the mold of the type of back who could have a sizable day versus the Tigers. As a pass-catching specialist, he takes on a defense allowing 4.5 receptions and 6.3 targets per contest to opposing backs, while surrendering just over 50 receiving yards per contest and a pair of touchdowns. Smith primarily features in that facet of the game, averaging 4.3 receptions and 6.8 targets per tilt. That could make him a particularly intriguing option in Saturday's contest versus an LSU defense that has had its struggles throughout the year, and his salary sits in a manageable range to allow for plenty of inclusion at higher salaries elsewhere.

Stevie Scott, Indiana ($8,000) vs. Maryland

Similar to Hubbard, it's been much more of a grind for Scott running the football this season compared to the success he enjoyed on the ground in 2019. The workload remains intact for the sophomore back, who has topped 20 rushing attempts in every game but last Saturday versus Ohio State. Look for him to get back on track in that regard Saturday with the Hoosiers 12.5-point favorites over Maryland. Scott goes up versus a Terps defense giving up 4.9 yards per rush attempt, 227 rushing yards per game and a whopping three rushing scores per contest. If there was ever a time for Scott to have a breakout showing Saturday is it.

Wide Receiver

Elijah Moore, Mississippi ($10,500) vs. Mississippi State

Moore not only ranks first on the slate in receptions (74) and receiving yards (1,054), but he also tops the charts nationally in those categories as well. Only Devonta Smith (10) and Terrace Marshall (nine) can claim more touchdown receptions than the junior wideout, who has eight. Missississippi State has fared reasonably well against the run this year but has really struggled to cover opposing wideouts, allowing 37.5 FanDuel points (sixth-most on slate) to opposing wide receivers. Considering Moore has accounted for the majority of the Rebels' passing stats this season and the Ole Miss defense still has its own major struggles, there's reason to believe he's in line for another huge effort.

Rondale Moore, Purdue ($9,800) vs. Rutgers

Moore put on a show in his 2020 debut last Saturday, reeling in 15 passes for 116 yards and adding a rushing score on another three totes. He led the Boilermakers with 18 targets in Saturday's tilt and could have had an even bigger contest had he found his way to pay dirt on any of his 15 grabs. Moore scored two touchdowns in four games last year and 12 over 13 contests as a freshman in 2018, so there's plenty of reason to anticipate he will cross the goal line as a pass catcher again Saturday versus a Rutgers defense allowing three passing touchdowns and 264.8 passing yards per game to go along with 8.1 yards per attempt.

Georgia Wide Receivers vs. South Carolina

Georgia's wideouts hadn't gotten much of anything going, on the whole, this season but that changed last week when JT Daniels took over under center for the first time as a Bulldog. He finished his debut with north of 400 passing yards and could fire early and often against Saturday against a Gamecocks defensive backfield allowing 9.0 yards per pass attempt and 2.4 passing touchdowns per tilt. The Bulldog wide receivers' salaries haven't been adjusted accordingly quite yet, with Kearis Jackson ($7,400), who leads the group in average fantasy points, George Pickens ($7,000), who topped the team in targets in Daniels' first start, and Jermaine Burton ($6,700), who topped led the way with eight receptions for 197 yards and two touchdowns last week, all sitting at extremely affordable salaries. It may not necessarily be fruitful for the entire group again Saturday, but each makes for an intriguing option for GPP purposes.

Mike Sainristil, Michigan ($5,900) vs. Penn State

Sainrisitil has been silent for most of his sophomore season, but he's tallied a pair of receiving touchdowns between the last two games. What's more important to note here is that both of his touchdown receptions came after Cade McNamara entered the game in relief in each of the tilts. He was also the primary target of McNamara last Saturday, accounting for six targets in 2.5 quarters with McNamara at the helm. This connection could pay dividends Saturday, especially if he can connect again near around the goal line.

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