With College Football making its return, here is a breakdown of all the CFB DFS-relevant players on the DraftKings main slate.
CFB DFS Breakdown: BYU vs Navy
BYU – (23.75 Team Total)
Offense – Kalani Sitake returns as BYU’s head coach along with Jeff Grimes as his offensive coordinator. Last year, BYU ran 72.9 plays per game (48th) and threw 52.3% of the time (33rd). These were both sharp improvements from 2018, when they threw 46.1% of the time (69th) and ran 67.6 plays per game (102nd). This offense also returns a lot of capable play makers, including seven offensive linemen with starts under their belt. In total, this group has 115 starts.
Zach Wilson ($16,800) – Wilson has played nine games for BYU in each of the past two seasons. Last year he took a step forward, throwing for 2,382 yards and 11 scores on 319 pass attempts. He completed 62.4% of his passes as well. He does offer some dual-threat ability, rushing for 221 and 167 yards in each of the past two seasons.
Lopini Katoa ($11,100) – Katoa is 6-foot-1, 210 pounds and finished as BYU’s second-leading rusher with 358 yards last year on 85 carries. Katoa is an excellent pass catcher, with 24 receptions last year. He will form a committee with Tyler Allgeier, but this team historically rides the hot hand. He should get the first crack at this job. He never eclipsed 12 carries in a game last year.
Tyler Allgeier ($10,500) – Allgeier also brings solid size at 5-foot-11, 220 pounds. He finished with 17 carries for 119 yards last year after moving over from linebacker mid-season. He jumped a few notable names on this depth chart, speaking to his athleticism. He should complement Katoa against Navy.
Jackson McChesney ($2,400) – Going into the season, I pegged McChesney as the No. 2 o back for BYU. However, he dropped all the way to fourth on the depth chart. He is 6 feet, 205 pounds. He had a 15-carry, 228-yard game against UMass last year. However, that seems to speak for to the talent on UMass than McChesney’s individual talent. Hinckley Ropati went down earlier in camp, leaving McChensey to function as the team’s third back.
Sione Finau – Finau is also on the roster, but he isn’t expected to play against Navy after tearing his ACL last year. He hadn’t resumed practicing as of mid-August.
Receiver Note – BYU lost talented future NFL tight end Matt Bushman to a season-ending injury. They also lost their top three receivers in Micah Simon, Talon Shumway and Aleva Hifo this offseason. With that said, BYU rotates receivers, and the top five or six will see snaps.
Gunner Romney ($12,600) – Romney finished as the team’s fifth-leading receiver with 377 yards on 31 catches. He is 6-foot-3, 195 pounds and is expected to play the X receiver role for BYU this fall.
Neil Pau’u ($9,600) – After missing 2019 for disciplinary reasons, Pau’u is back for BYU. Back in 2018, Pau’u caught 18 balls for 216 yards. He is 6-foot-4, 215 and is expected to take on the “big slot” role. BYU rotates receivers constantly, but Pau’u will give some nickel corners trouble.
Dax Milne ($12,000) – Milne finished as the team’s seventh-leading receiver with 285 yards on 21 catches. He is 6-foot-1, 190 pounds and projects to play on the outside opposite Romney.
Kody Epps ($1,800) – Epps is an incoming freshman,who is 5-foot-10, 165 pounds. He was a high school all-American from Mater Dei. He currently backs up Pau’u in the slot.
Christopher Jackson ($1,500) – Another incoming freshman expected to play an immediate role, Jackson is 6 feet, 185 pounds. He is currently listed behind Dax Milne on the depth chart.
Keanu Hill ($6,000) – Hill recorded three catches for 40 yards last year. He is 6-foot-4, 210 pounds and expects to split time with Brayden Cosper as the backup X-receiver to Gunner Romney.
Isaac Rex ($6,300) – BYU runs a lot of 12-personnell and most expected Rex to play a lot prior to Bushan’s injury. With Bushman out of the picture, BYU probably runs less 12-personnel, but Rex now becomes the undisputed starter. He is 6-foot-6, 250 pounds and moves well for a big man.
Mason Wake ($3,000) – Wake is a 6-foot-1, 250-pound tight end now expected to play more with Bushman out of the picture. He still isn’t usable for DFS.
Defense – BYU returns seven starters on defense, including Khyiris Tonga and Bracken El-Bakri on the defensive line. That should help them quite a bit defending Navy’s triple option attack.
Navy – (24.75 Team Total)
Offense – Ken Niumatalolo is the head coach here and Ivin Jasper in the offensive coordinator. They run the infamous triple option attack. This offense will be rebuilding a bit with a new quarterback and only two returning offensive line starters. However, the three replacements are seniors. All of them played a bit last year, but we are still looking at an inexperienced unit.
Dalen Morris ($21,000) – Navy lost stud Malcolm Perry and Dalen Morris should step up at QB. Morris is 6-foot-1, 206 pounds, so he is quite a bit bigger than Malcolm Perry. This is an extremely productive position in Navy’s offense.
Jamale Carothers ($15,600) – Carothers is 5-foot-9, 203 pounds. He took over for Nelson Smith midway through 2019. He accounted for 734 yard and 11 touchdowns on just 111 attempts. He did so in nine games. He is expensive, but the favorite for touches here outside of Morris.
C.J. Williams ($8,700) – Williams carried 56 times for 298 yards last year as Navy’s primary slot back. Williams is 5-foot-8, 175 pounds and should play the same role this year. He was banged up throughout camp, so Navy also moved Chance Warrant to slot back. They were labeled with the dreaded or on Navy’s depth chart. Watch the broadcast before lock to check on Williams’ status.
Chance Warren ($5,100) – After dabbling at wide receiver and quarterback for Navy, Chance Warren has settled in at slot back. Warren is 5-foot-10, 190 pounds. Last year he caught six balls and rushed five times. With Navy dealing with multiple opt outs and injures, he should play an increased role.
Myles Fells ($2,700) – Fells will start at the other slot back position opposite Williams/Warren. He is 5-foot-11, 180 pounds and carried 18 times last year for 130 yards. He also caught three balls for 11 yards.
Nelson Smith ($7,200) – Smith started 2019 as Navy’s starting fullback, but he eventually lost the job to Jamale Carothers. He is 5-foot-9, 213 pounds and carried 116 times for 571 yards last year. He will mix in for a few carries, but he is a touchdown-or-bust player.
Mychal Cooper ($7,800) – Navy never throws, but when they do Mychal Cooper is probably on the receiving end. He is 6-foot-5, 221 pounds and caught 18 balls for 380 yards last year. This led the team.
Ryan Mitchell ($6,900) – Mitchell only played in five games last year, but he reeled in eight catches for 183 yards. He is 6-foot-3, 200 pounds and will play receiver opposite Cooper.
Defense – Navy’s defense improved significantly last year under new defensive coordinator Brian Newberry. They were number ten in rushing defense and number 38 in passing defense. He now enters his second season with six returning starters.
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