This article is part of our DraftKings College Football series.
Welcome to the main slate breakdown for Saturday's four-game bowl offering that features early contests with NC State versus Kentucky and Mississippi versus Indiana followed by a fantastic finish with Oregon versus Iowa State and Texas A&M versus North Carolina. This will be a fun one as there are numerous ways to build a line-up with these teams.
Below, you'll find our suite of DFS tools along with matchup info and a position-by-position breakdown of the best plays and values on the board for Saturday's action.
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- Team Rankings
Kellen Mond, Texas A&M ($7,800) vs. North Carolina
This price is far too cheap for the signal caller on perhaps the most talented team playing on this Saturday. A&M has an implied total of 36.5 in a game against the Tar Heels which could be a back-and-forth affair if everything goes right. If not for a dreadful game against LSU (6.9 DK points), Mond would be on a four-game streak with at least 25 DK points. He's hit that mark in six of nine games this year, so there's definitely great upside. Mond also provides a bit more production with his legs than other quarterbacks on the board with 258 rushing yards and three scores on the ground this season. With high profile names for some of the other schools, he may not be as highly owned as she should either which is a bonus.
Jack Tuttle, Indiana ($6,800) vs. Mississippi
This is a match-up play with sneaky slate-breaking potential as Ole Miss has the worst pass defense of the teams playing on Saturday. They give up 324.4 passing yards per game and rank 125th in the nation while allowing 69.3 percent of passes to be completed. Tuttle is economical to say the least as the ninth highest priced QB and lower priced than three back-up quarterbacks. The reason for this is because the redshirt sophomore has just one start under his belt. While the start was nothing to be excited about, he did lead the Hoosiers to a rare win at Camp Randall against the Badgers with two touchdown passes. He'll be going up against a much worse defense this time around and has a set of stud receivers.
I don't dislike Mississippi's Matt Corral ($9,500), UNC's Sam Howell ($8,200) or even Iowa State's Brock Purdy ($7,400), but I love the savings you can obtain from the plays above, so that you can get some studs in the line-up at other positions.
Breece Hall, Iowa State ($8,700) vs. Oregon
If I learned anything in 2020, it was that Hall is the best running back in college football. Opposing defenses knew he was the focal point of the Cyclones' offense and he was still able to average 30.1 fantasy points while rushing for 1,436 yards and 19 touchdowns on the season. The sophomore reached the end-zone in all 11 games this season. He was also respectable in the passing game with 21 catches for 170 yards and two touchdowns on 25 targets which is just a bonus in DK's PPR format. The Ducks have been mediocre in their rush defense while giving up 4.21 YPA (60th in the nation) which is all Hall needs to have yet another huge game.
Zonovan Knight, NC State ($5,900) vs. Kentucky
Knight was a trendy play for many weeks during the year and ended the season on a nice run with double-digit DK points in six straight games. While the Wolfpack are going up against an SEC defense, Kentucky hasn't looked much like one while giving up 166.7 rushing yards and 1.6 rushing scores per game. This game has the lowest over/under (48.5) and the lowest spread (UK -2.5), so that's why I like getting a running back in this game. It shouldn't be that difficult for Knight to get enough volume to return on this price.
Snoop Conner, Mississippi ($3,500) vs. Indiana
Conner could be a steal at this price and many players are going to migrate over to Henry Parrish ($5,700) since he was the one to receive the bulk of the carries after Jerrion Ealy (undisclosed) left the LSU game with an injury. Ealy is doubtful, so the carries will be left to Conner and Parrish. If Parrish ends up with high ownership and Conner ends ups with the touchdowns, it would be an easy way to differentiate line-ups in tournaments. Conner had seven touchdowns in nine games and that was with Ealy leading the way most weeks.
If you roll with Tuttle at quarterback, there's no reason to not get both Philyor and Fryfogle in the line-up as both senior receivers have a dream match-up against an Ole Miss team that's not interested in playing defense. Philyor was targeted eight times with four catches for 47 yards and a touchdown in Tuttle's only start. Meanwhile, Fryfogle had just one catch for 35 yards on four targets. While those production numbers are nothing to brag about, they should easily surpass that against the Rebels and have the potential to be the top receivers on the day.
Dazz Newsome, North Carolina ($5,700) vs. Texas A&M
Newsome underperformed for most of the regular season, but did have a four-game stretch starting in Week 10 where he averaged roughly 24 fantasy points per game. With Dyami Brown skipping the bowl game to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft and Beau Corrales (lower body) shut down for the season, Newsome has an excellent opportunity to be Sam Howell's top target in the passing game. North Carolina is also without their star running backs Javonte Williams and Michael Carter in a game where they are the underdogs, so double-digit targets on the night is likely. I also like Emery Simmons ($3,800) when projecting how this game script will go.
More GPP Plays
Josh Ali, Kentucky ($4,800) vs. NC State
Mycah Pittman, Oregon ($3,400) vs. Iowa State
Tarique Milton, Iowa State ($3,400) vs. Oregon