Buckle up college football fans! It’s hard to beat the slate of games on tap this weekend. Along with conference play ramping up across the country, Week 5 has several matchups between ranked teams to offer. Needless to say, should be another thrilling College Football Saturday! Of course, having a little skin in the game will only add to the excitement, and the extensive menu of college football DFS picks and player props available on PrizePicks offers a great way to do just that.
The following article provides a brief overview of the fantastic PrizePicks platform before highlighting the best player props and college football DFS picks spanning across the Week 5 Saturday slate.
PrizePicks Payout Breakdown
At PrizePicks, users string together college football DFS player props into a parlay ranging between three and five legs. PrizePicks offers college football player props from a whole host of categories. Among them are yardage props, scoring props, receptions, completions and even fantasy points! After forming a parlay, users can select to play it using Flex Play or Power Play.
Flex Play Payout
For Flex Play, users can build a parlay up to five legs and still be paid out if one or more of their picks is incorrect. Of course, less risk means less reward, so the payout is lower:
- 3 Leg Parlay: 3 Correct = 2.25x, 2 Correct = 1.25x
- 4 Leg Parlay: 4 Correct = 5x, 3 Correct = 1.5x
- 5 Leg Parlay: 5 Correct = 10x, 4 Correct = 2x, 3 Correct = 0.4x
Power Play Payout
Power Play is much like a parlay at a sportsbook, where it is all or nothing. Since the risk is higher, the payout is as well.
- 2 Leg Parlay: 3x Entry Fee
- 3 Leg Parlay: 5x Entry Fee
- 4 Leg Parlay: 10x Entry Fee
Best College Football DFS Picks and Player Props for Week 5
Much like betting odds at a sportsbook move and update over the course of a day or week leading up to a game, the same is true of prop lines at PrizePicks. Case in point, the lines for some of the featured college football DFS picks below are prone to moving between now and kickoff. Thus, it’s important to act quickly when you find a prop you like.
Xavier Hutchinson OVER 99.5 Receiving Yards
Senior wideout Xavier Hutchinson has been a target hog for Iowa State. Through four games, he has amassed 403 receiving yards on a whopping 36 receptions as the clear go-to target for quarterback Hunter Dekkers. Although Hutchinson has only topped the college football DFS picks line of 99.5 yards in one game to date, the Cyclones have faced a couple of strong defensive teams in Iowa and Baylor.
Needless to say, the Kansas defense that Hutchinson will be working against this week is not nearly as impressive. The Jayhawks may be off to a 4-0 start, but they have been putrid when it comes to defending the pass. In three games against FBS opponents this season, KU has given up an average of 317.0 yards through the air. That tally ranks 119th out of 131 FBS teams. In all three of those games, the opposition had a receiver sail over 100 yards. Expect Hutchinson to be the next to do so on Saturday.
A.T. Perry UNDER 81.5 Receiving Yards
Based on how the Wake Forest passing attack looked last week against Clemson, the surface-level approach would be to take the Over on college football DFS picks. The problem with doing this lies in the form of a stout Florida State defensive secondary. So far this season, the Seminoles have held FBS opponents to just 197.3 passing yards per game, good for a top-30 national ranking. The secondary is without a doubt the strength of FSU’s defense.
Last year, A.T. Perry had a huge game against FSU, finishing with seven receptions for 155 yards and a score. While Perry had seven 100-yard games last season, he has only managed one thus far in 2022. In the Demon Deacons’ other three games, he has been held to 51 yards or less. The Seminoles are bound to pay extra attention to Perry in Saturday’s matchup given how he burned them in last year’s meeting.
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Max Johnson UNDER 195.5 Passing Yards
Texas A&M may be undefeated since opting to go with LSU transfer Max Johnson at quarterback, but it is hardly a result of a prolific passing attack. In his first two starts, Johnson has only managed to complete 51% of his pass attempts. He finished with 140 yards against Miami and only had 151 against a very mediocre Arkansas defensive secondary last week. Both of those outputs fall well short of the college football DFS line of 195.5 at PrizePicks.
Making matters even worse for the struggling Aggies’ offense is the fact that star wideout Ainias Smith was lost to a season-ending injury last week. Mississippi State comes into Saturday’s matchup allowing just over 205 passing yards per game to opponents. With the Aggies expected to prioritize running the football with Devin Achane, it’s also fair to question how many passes Johnson will even attempt.
Tank Bigsby UNDER 64.5 Rushing Yards
Auburn tailback Tank Bigsby has not had much success running the football. The junior had a very disappointing effort against a less-than-spectacular Missouri run defense last week. Despite garnering 19 carries, Bigsby finished with only 44 yards. Regardless of who has started at quarterback, the Tigers have no passing attack to speak of. As a result, opposing defenses are able to continuously stack the box in an effort to shut down the run game.
Further complicating things for Bigsby this week is the fact that he will be running against an extremely talented LSU defensive front. The Tigers from Baton Rouge are ranked ninth in the country in run defense, having allowed an average of just 82.7 yards in three games against FBS opponents. While Bigsby is a workhorse running back, the difficult matchup may require him to rip off a big play or two in order to surpass the college football player props total.
Jeff Simms OVER 160.5 Passing Yards
Last week, Georgia Tech actually outgained UCF by over 100 yards but still lost the game by 17 points. In each of the Yellow Jackets’ three games against FBS-level competition so far this season, quarterback Jeff Simms has had at least 32 pass attempts. Similar volume can be expected on Saturday night as Georgia Tech figures to be playing from behind against Pittsburgh. This will go a long way in helping Simms eclipse the college football DFS picks line of 160.5 yards.
Although Pittsburgh’s defense is widely regarded as one of the best in the nation, the Panthers have allowed 223.0 passing yards per game to opponents. While that average only accounts for games against FBS schools, even FCS-level Rhode Island was able to have a solid passing day against Pitt last week. Tech’s receivers aren’t great, but Simms has the ability to evade pass rushers and extend plays with his legs.