Daily Fantasy College Football Week 1 Picks, Tips And Contests

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the first college football game week of 2014! Even the “kid on Christmas morning” analogy doesn’t accurately reflect the excitement level for FantasyAces daily fantasy college football kickoff party. There’s a plethora of guaranteed CFB contests in the lobby right now, including:

  • Thursday 8/28: Top 5 Tournament – $11 Entry – $300 in payouts ($135 to 1st)
  • Saturday 8/30: CFB Kickoff – $22 Entry – $2,400 in payouts ($588 to 1st)
  • Saturday 8/30: CFB FREEROLL – Free to Join – $1,000 in payouts ($150 to 1st)

Wait, what?!? FantasyAces is giving away $1,000 risk free in their CFB Freeroll? I stand corrected. Maybe the “Christmas morning analogy” is appropriate given Aces is playing the role of cash-dispersing Santa.

If you were ever apprehensive about playing daily fantasy college football, now is the time to at least dip your toe in the water. FantasyAces has a multitude of head-to-head contests, 50/50 leagues, and large tournaments for buy-in levels from free games, $1, up to $100-$200+. The aforementioned freeroll is a great way to get acclimated with the site, and possibly win a “bankroll kick-starter” in the process.

Now, onto how to win a piece of that guaranteed money this weekend:

The following player picks outline the top fantasy plays to consider clicking into your lineup. The recommendations are divided up by position and date, with the players’ respective salary listed next to their name. CFB contests at FantasyAces are split between Thu/Fri games and Saturday games, which is reflected in the write-ups below.

For more general CFB DFS strategy advice on how to get started, check out my “5 Winning Tips” article. Otherwise, enjoy your competitive advantage over other FantasyAces players by reading this week’s recommendations.

Don’t forget to check out the daily fantasy NFL action at FantasyAces as well. Another $1,000 Freeroll is up for grabs, along with a chance to win a spot in this years $100,000 live final in NewPort Beach, CA. Get the details here.

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QUARTERBACK

Thursday/Friday: Matt Johnson – BGN – $5,200

Johnson is coming off a fantastic sophomore campaign, and he will lead a Bowling Green offense loaded with playmakers to help him out. We have all seen what he is capable of, displayed by his dazzling 393 yard 5 TD performance in the MAC Championship last year. While it’s unrealistic to expect those video game-like numbers, 250+ yards 2 TD’s and one on the ground is a reasonable baseline.

Also Consider: Connor Halliday – WSU, John O’Korn – HOU

Halliday is a little more expensive than Johnson, but the matchup is ideal against a Rutgers pass defense that ranked 124th (of 125) last season … O’Korn and Johnson are similar players with identical projections this week. I trust Johnson a little more, but O’Korn is still a viable play for a cheaper salary.

Saturday: Dak Prescott – MSST – $5,700

Aside from being relatively unknown amongst casual NCAAFB observers, Prescott is one of the best dual-threat QB’s in the country. He surpassed 100+ yards rushing or scored 2 rushing TD’s in 7 games last year, on top of his usual 200+ passing yards and 1-2 TD’s through the air. The Bulldogs easily overmatch Southern Miss in this game, so look for Prescott to cash in and subsequently help you do the same.

Also Consider: JT Barrett – OSU, Rakeem Cato – MSH, Trevor Knight – OKL

Even though Barrett doesn’t have any playing experience, he can still be considered a viable option as the starting QB for Ohio State’s fantasy friendly offense. His bare minimum price tag is certainly appealing … Cato is the premium pick of the day, poised to carve up a Miami (OH) defense that ranked 111th overall last year … Knight is a sneaky mid-range pick, serving as a dual-threat option against a subpar Louisiana Tech squad.

RUNNING BACK

Thursday/Friday: Mike Davis – South Carolina – $5,600

WARNING: This pick is contingent on Davis’ injury situation, as he is considered questionable for Thursday’s contest. If Davis is a “full go”, he’s worth a roster spot as one of the most talented RB’s in the country lining up against a Texas A&M squad that ranked 106th in rushing defense last year.

Also Consider: Jay Ajayi – BOISE, Travis Greene – BGN

Ajayi has a tricky matchup against a stout Ole Miss defense, but you can take comfort in knowing that he’ll receive 20-25+ touches a game and plenty of red zone looks … Speaking of 20-25 carries, that’s the workload we can expect from Travis Greene, who averaged 128 yards in the last ten games of 2013.

Saturday: Todd Gurley – UGA – $6,000

Simply put, he’s arguably the best running back in NCAA football right now. His combination of 20+ expected carries, goal-line responsibilities, and pass catching ability syndicates a fantasy friendly game. He should receive plenty of work in this primetime matchup vs Clemson.

Also Consider: Ameer Abdullah – NEB, Ezekiel Elliott – OSU, Treyvon Green – NW 4200

Abdullah only had two games under 100 yards rushing last year: 85 & 98. Anything short of 100+ yards and 1-2 TD’s would be a disappointment for Nebraska’s workhorse RB … Elliott will be taking over the starting RB gig for Ohio State, which should supply him with plenty of opportunities to put up a serviceable stat line. The run game could be called upon quite a bit to help out an inexperienced QB … With Venric Mark out of the picture, Treyvon Green emerges as Northwestern’s bell cow. California’s defense was abysmal last season, and the Wildcats should be in a position to milk the clock in the 4th quarter.

WIDE RECEIVER

Thursday/Friday: Vince Mayle – WSU – $3,500

Remember earlier when I mentioned Rutgers’ awful pass defense? Well, Mayle is the receiving beneficiary of that ineptitude, as he has been the most impressive Cougar WR in fall camp. Wazzu’s receiving leader from last season, Gabe Marks, may not even play this season, opening the door for Mayle to have a breakout campaign. You can’t beat his bare minimum price tag either.

Also Consider: Deontay Greenberry – HOU, Matt Miller – BOISE, Ronnie Moore – BGN

Greenberry doesn’t require much explanation, as he is a 10 catch 100 yard 2 TD threat every time he takes the field. If you can squeeze him into your roster, don’t think twice about it … Matt Miller gets a ton of targets as Boise’s #1 WR, and Thursday night shouldn’t be an exception as the Broncos try to hang with Ole Miss … Ronnie Moore rounds out the trifecta of Bowling Green players mentioned in this article. He’s more (no pun intended) of a “boom or bust” player with elite speed, but there’s a good chance he’ll get into the open field vs WKU.

Saturday: Rashad Greene – FSU – $5,400

With Kelvin Benjamin now in the NFL, Greene emerges as Jameis Winston’s favorite receiving option. He should be targeted early and often on Saturday night, facing a mediocre Oklahoma State pass defense in one of the higher projected scoring games of the day.

Also Consider: Nelson Agholor – USC, Tommy Shuler – MSH, Jamarcus Nelson – UAB

Agholor is a big play receiver serving as USC’s primary pass catching option. He should bode well against Fresno’s porous pass defense (119th in 2013) … Rakeem Cato’s favorite WR, Shuler, could have a field day against a bad Miami (OH) defense … Jamarcus Nelson is a sneaky, big play type of WR. Even though a new QB will be throwing to him, I still think the Blazers will find a way to get him the ball regularly vs Troy.

TIGHT END

Thursday/Friday: Mitchell Henry – WKY – $3,400

Tight End is usually the position to save some cap space, so an All-Conference player like Henry for a near-minimum price emerges as an attractive option.

Also Consider: Tyler Kroft – RUT, Evan Engram – MISS

Kroft is the premium pick, as the Rutgers offense should give him plenty of looks trying to keep pace with Washington State … Evan Engram proved himself as a legitimate red zone option before succumbing to injury last season.

Saturday: Devin Funchess – MICH – $5,150

This is the part of the article where I contradict myself. I know that I mentioned the TE position as one to shave off some salary, but Funchess is almost too good to pass up in this situation. He’s actually a WR and the best one on the Michigan roster. If you can afford him, plug him into your lineup, as he is head and shoulders above the other TE’s listed.

Also Consider: Nick O’Leary – FSU, Ben Koyack – ND

O’Leary is a great red zone threat for the Seminoles, and he could receive more targets without Kelvin Benjamin competing for Winston’s attention … Notre Dame has a way of producing solid fantasy friendly tight ends, and Koyack is next in line to benefit from the Irish’s conventional offense.

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