Bryce Ford-Wheaton’s High Ceiling Summons

With Thursday night college football returning, fans can now get back into their DFS picks for three straight days of action. Despite a three-game slate, only two matchups feature players available in standard DFS entries, so here’s who to target in your lineups on FanDuel.

Thursday college football DFS: Top FanDuel DFS picks to target

Superflex: Bryce Ford-Wheaton, WR, West Virginia ($10,500)

At some points, it’s fine to go chalk. West Virginia’s Bryce Ford-Wheaton is the most targeted receiver in action on Thursday night and certainly has the highest ceiling of anyone on the field. Despite Virginia Tech’s hiring of Brent Pry as head coach, their defense hasn’t been as awe-inspiring in terms of stopping the pass just yet. They should stymie the run just fine but pass defense hasn’t been their strongest suit in terms of overmatching their opponents.

Ford-Wheaton has four touchdowns and just under 300 yards this season and is his quarterback’s favorite target. With pressure likely getting home from Tech’s front, Ford-Wheaton should factor into the hot read and his routes should shorten against the Hokies. It sets up for a big night from BFW.

QB: Darren Grainger, Georgia State ($10,600)

While the other quarterbacks are interesting plays, no one has a more favorable matchup than Darren Grainger. The Georgia State quarterback is a threat with his legs, but his arm has proven formidable for defenses this year.

Also, and perhaps more important, Coastal Carolina’s defense is allowing nearly 300 yards through the air, per game, and that includes a game against triple-option Army. Grainger is likely in for a big-time performance that indicates a potential shift in Sun Belt powers.

RB: Keshawn King, Virginia Tech ($7,600)

Moving to the top of Virginia Tech’s depth chart this week, Keshawn King lands at the top of the Hokies’ backfield options and for a lower price than anticipated. He’s played just two games this season but leads the team in rushing yards. Combine that with the fact that he has a touchdown through the air and the WVU defense has had trouble stopping backfield pass-catchers this season, and you got yourself a DFS dream.

West Virginia’s defense has allowed four receiving touchdowns in two games against Power Five opponents. Only one of those touchdowns has come to a wide receiver while half of them have been to running backs out of the backfield.

RB: CJ Beasley, Coastal Carolina ($8,800)

With Reese White nowhere to be found on the Coastal Carolina depth chart, the top RB spot belongs to CJ Beasley. Given their multiple offense, Beasley is a factor in both the run and pass game on Thursday. He’s recorded a receiving and a rushing touchdown this year, averaging nearly six yards per run and over 20 yards per reception. With an expanded role without White, Beasley is a must-start.

WR: Robert Lewis, Georgia State ($8,200)

Third to only Ford-Wheaton and Jamari Thrash on Thursday, Robert Lewis is in line for a large uptick in production due to his productivity this season. Lewis has a huge catch radius despite standing just 5’11” and has been dominant when given the chance to make plays in space.

Coastal has allowed a bevy of yards over the middle of the field and two receivers in the slot where Lewis thrives. As intriguing as it is to play Thrash — who draws a hard assignment with D’Jordan Strong covering him — Lewis is the man to go with on Thursday.

WR: Kaden Prather, West Virginia ($5,600)

Saving money for your top-end lineup is Kaden Prather, the massive Mountaineers receiver who’s topped just 150 yards and a single touchdown so far this season.

That being said, the chances have been there. Playing savvy with your money but finding the second-most targeted receiver in the pass-happy WVU offense is a win-win. In fact, Prather is the fourth-most targeted receiver in the Thursday slate despite having scored just the 10th-most points of all pass catchers.

WR: Sam Pinckney, Coastal Carolina ($8,400)

Making the most of seemingly every reception, Sam Pinckney is a dominant receiver for the Chants. At 6’4″ and 215 pounds, he simply overpowers his defenders and has been doing so for five seasons now.

With Coastal’s game against Georgia State essentially a revenge game for Pinckney, the writing is on the wall for him to have a huge outing. Pinckney played four seasons for the Panthers and hauled in 13 touchdowns over his career at Georgia State before transferring to Coastal this offseason.

Other potential lineup options at each position:

QB: Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina ($11,000)

RB: CJ Donaldson, West Virginia ($8,300)

RB: Jalen Holston, Virginia Tech ($6,500)

WR: Kaleb Smith, Virginia Tech ($7,000)

WR: Nick Gallo (TE), Virginia Tech ($6,000)

WR: Jamari Thrash, Georgia State ($8,700)

Superflex: Darren Grainger, QB, Georgia State ($10,600)

Cam Mellor is the Senior Director of the College Football/NFL Draft vertical for Pro Football Network. You can find his writing here and ffollow him on Twitter: @CamMellor.

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