It's easy to look at TCU's week 11 matchup with lowly Kansas and salivate, but I went away from Trevone Boykin for the second Saturday in a row after riding that hot hand on an almost weekly basis earlier in the season. Instead, I opted for a couple upside passers that provide a little value and gave me the opportunity to land some surprising names in the Fantasy Aces head-to-head lineup below.
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (at Baylor) - $6,100
I love Oklahoma in this potential shootout with the Bears. Mayfield is surprisingly underpriced in a game with a 77 over/under and his level of production in 2015. The Sooners will need their quarterback to score a ton against a Baylor squad that doesn't look any slower offensively with backup Jarrett Stidham at the helm. It's hard to pass on Trevone Boykin, but I'm worried TCU will blow out Kansas, leading to a run-heavy gameplan. I also want to see Boykin succeed without his security blanket, injured wideout Josh Doctson.
Jarrett Stidham, Baylor (vs Oklahoma) - $5,650
OK, I'm going all-in on this Oklahoma-Baylor game. The Bears didn't miss a beat when Stidham stepped in for the injured Seth Russell. The freshman was stellar in his first start, passing for 419 yards and three touchdowns versus a pretty stout Kansas State defense. He added another score on the ground, as well. Buy low on Stidham while you can.
Others to consider: Trevone Boykin, Luke Falk, Gunner Kiel, Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch
Leonard Fournette, LSU (vs Arkansas) - $6,050
Fournette's price dropped slightly after Alabama did what nobody has been able to this season -- stop No. 7. Don't expect that to happen in back-to-back games. Fournette is just too good, and while Arkansas has a solid defensive unit, they aren't on Alabama's level. I'm excited to see an angry Fournette out prove last week was a fluke.
Christian McCaffrey, Stanford (vs Oregon) - $5,750
It's criminal to get two of the nation's leading running backs for these prices. McCaffrey and Fournette likely will be sitting next to each other at the Heisman ceremony in New York next month, and for the first time I'm happy to say they will both grace my DFS lineup on the same day.
Others to consider: Dalvin Cook, Aaron Green, Zeke Elliot
Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma (at Baylor) - $5,300
The Sooners should go to the air early and often in an effort to take down unbeaten Baylor. If that is indeed the case Saturday, this stack will pay huge dividends. Shepard has been pretty consistent in 2015, scoring seven times in nine games, but he's only surpassed 100 yards twice. I'm betting on week 11 being the third time he goes for triple digits.
KaVontae Turpin, TCU (vs Kansas) - $4,200
With star receiver Josh Doctson ailing, TCU is a nice place to target bargain receivers. I'm hoping Turpin will pay off after burning me earlier in the season when I chose another slot receiver for the Horned Frogs while the fleet-footed freshman went for four touchdowns. His targets have steadily climbed this season and he's seeing more passes than Kolby Listenbee, who is also a solid play.
Others to consider: Shaq Washington, Gabe Marks, William Fuller, Kolby Listenbee, Michael Thomas
Hunter Henry, Arkansas (at LSU) - $3,700
North Carolina's Jaylen Samuels is the most expensive tight end, and for good reason. He is a fine play at $4,550. Since this is a position I look to save cap space on, Henry jumps out with his target consistency of seven or eight per game. I would feel comfortable with any of the usual suspects at tight end below.
Others to consider: Jaylen Samuels, Stephen Anderson, Mark Andrews, Austin Hooper
Keyarris Garrett, Tulsa (at Cincinnati) - $4,650
Garrett has been feast or famine this season. The 6-foot-4 senior can cause matchup problems, but has also been shut down in consecutive weeks since going off to the tune of 268 yards and three touchdown against Memphis. This game has the second-highest over/under on the slate at 76.5, so Garrett should see plenty of opportunities as the Golden Hurricane will most likely be playing catch-up.
Ian Sadler, Texas Tech (vs Kansas State) - $3,600
Sadler was disappointing last week at West Virginia, as was the entire Red Raiders offense. I'm giving Sadler a second chance, because he's still the starting slot receiver on one of the highest volume passing schemes in college football. He doesn't need to match the 8/122/1 line from two weeks ago, but I expect enough targets to be a screaming value at $3,600.