This article is part of our FanDuel College Football series.
We had some big hits and a couple big misses last week on the GPP offerings, though Tanner Morgan did provide some major value as a GPP play against Purdue. This week's slate features a trio of ranked versus ranked games. Of those three games, Las Vegas only likes Ohio State to top the 30-point mark. Oklahoma holds both the highest implied point total (51.3) and largest spread (-35.5) on the slate, with that contest expected to be the second-highest of the 16 games, checking in behind LSU-Utah State (73.0). LSU is the only other team expected to top 50 points (50.3), with Penn State rounding out the team's expected to top 40 points (42.3). Oklahoma State-Texas Tech (62.5) and West Virginia-Texas (61.0) round out the 60-plus over-under contests.
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Week 6 Plays
Joe Burrow, LSU ($10,800) vs. Utah State
As far as consistency goes in the fantasy season, Burrow is among the best of the best at the quarterback position. The Tigers' gunslinger tossed at least 27 passes against every FBS opponent he jas faced. LSU's defense has also proven somewhat vulnerable in its two games against power-five opponents, allowing 38 points to both Texas and Vanderbilt. While Utah State doesn't fit the bill of a power-five squad, opposing quarterback Jordan Love tossed 32 touchdown passes last season. If the defense is also allowing some points, this game could be close enought to keep Burrow and the passing game in play into the second half despite the 27.5-point spread.
Sean Clifford, Penn State ($10,200) vs. Purdue
It's worth forking up for at least one of your quarterbacks this week, and Clifford seems like an obvious option. He has tossed at least 30 passes in his two games versus power-five opponents and has topped 30 points twice. He seems like a sure bet to top that total again versus a Purdue defense allowing a slate-high 2.5 touchdown passes per game to go along with 8.1 passing yards per attempt and 296.5 passing yards per game. The only question is if Clifford will do enough before this game gets out of hand, but he did just that last week in a stomping of Maryland.
Value Play: Hendon Hooker, Virginia Tech ($4,000) at Miami
The price tag says it all here. Hooker will take over the starting job from Ryan Willis this Saturday against Miami. While the matchup isn't particularly favorable, Miami does allow 6.7 yards per pass attempt. Hooker's $4,000 price tag means he would only need total eight points to reach 2x value and just 12 to go 3x. Those numbers certainly seem attainable and the salary relief will allow you to spend up at the primary quarterback position and elsewhere.
Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State ($10,600) at Texas Tech
Hubbard has surpassed the century mark in four of the last five games and 200 yards in three of them, falling just short of 300 yards last week against Kansas State. While the matchup isn't quite as favorable versus Texas Tech, the Red Raiders' defense still allows the fourth-most rushing yards per game (179.8), 4.4 yards per carry and 1.8 rushing touchdowns per game. Hubbard is the clear class of the slate at running and worth spending your money on this week. Texas Tech has allowed seven 20-plus yard rushes through four games, which fits perfectly into Hubbard's electric running style. Through five contests, Hubbard has 22 rushes of 10-plus yards and 11 that have gone for more than 20.
DeeJay Dallas, Miami ($8,100) vs. Virginia Tech
Dallas has notched five touchdowns over four games and is averaging 6.7 yards per carry on the season. His yards per carry actually increase when we are discussing just power-five opponents. Between the games against North Carolina and Florida, Dallas has rushed for 201 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries (8.04 YPC). Sophomore Hendon Hooker will be making his first career start for the Hokies on Saturday, and the Hokies' offensive struggles this season could put Miami in a good position to be ahead ,allowing them to rely on the running game.
GPP Play: John Lovett, Baylor ($7,100) at Kansas State
This pick is more an indictment of the Kansas State defense than anything else. Lovett hasn't toted the rock more than 12 times in a game this season, which came last week versus Iowa State. Still, he posted solid numbers on a low carry count early in the season and Kansas State has proven to sport one of the worst rush defenses in college football, allowing 6.0 yards per carry thus far. That number inflated last after Chuba Hubbard ran for nearly 300 yards against them in a season-high effort. Lovett won't see nearly as much volume as Hubbard, but he should attain solid value if he finds the end zone Saturday.
KJ Hamler, Penn State ($9,000) vs. Purdue
While Hamler's 23.9 percent target share doesn't rank extremely high nationally, it is the largest portion on Penn State's offense and he averages seven of them. Of players with at least seven targets per tilt, Hamler ranks ninth in the country in terms of receiving yards per target (12.6). Goven that Purdue has allowed 27 pass plays of 15-plus yards and 10 that have gone 25-plus through four games, they should be susceptible to the big play that Hamler can provide as an explosive receiver.
Ja'Marr Chase, LSU ($9,900) vs. Utah State
If there's a position to go with two of the top-tier candidates this week, wide receiver seems like the most obvious choice. Chase is coming off a mammoth 10-catch, 229-yard game, during which he added four touchdowns for a 51.9-point output. His price is a reflection of that and an injury to Terrrace Marshall Jr. that will likely keep Marshall out for at least a few weeks. Justin Jefferson is also coming off of an ankle injury, so it's possible Jefferson won't be 100 percent either, making Chase the clear choice in my mind.
Taysir Mack, Pittsburgh ($7,500) vs. Duke
Mack has hit double-digit targets in four of the five games and has piled up 23 catches for 336 yards and a touchdown in the last three games. He's only reached pay dirt once, but that figures to change at some point given his increased involvement in the passing game from seasons past. Duke has been sliced up for 7.4 yards per pass attempt through four games and Mack's price tag remains at an extremely reasonable rate entering the contest. The Blue Devils have also allowed 1.8 passing touchdowns per contest, though Alabama accounted for four of them, so there's a chance Mack will find pay dirt for a second straight week.
Sullivan hasn't produced a ton in the early going as a tight end, but he has moved back to receiver following the Terrace Marshall Jr. injury and should be in line for an expanded role Saturday as part of LSU's prolific pass offense. McMath stepped in for the injured wideouts prior to the bye and posted five grabs for 48 yards and a score against Vanderbilt as the Tigers continued to rack up points. Unfortunately, he was also called for targeting during the second half of the contest, meaning he will be unavailable for the first half of Saturday's. The $5,000 price tag is enticing if the game remains at a reasonable difference.