As I mentioned last week, in order to have success in daily fantasy college football, you must be able to pinpoint which games will be high-scoring. Luckily, the guys in Vegas have already done some of the work for us by releasing over/unders on all of the relevant games. According to Vegas, the key games to focus your fantasy attention on are:
- TCU @ West Virginia: 73.5 total points
- W. Kentucky @ Louisiana Tech: 71 total points
- N. Carolina @ Miami: 70 total points
- Arizona @ UCLA: 70 total points
- USC @ Washington State: 65 total points
- Arkansas @ Mississippi State: 64 total points
Now, all we have to do is sift through matchups, recent performances, and price points to determine the best fantasy options. Easy enough, right? Don’t worry, the following player picks should make that process a lot more stress-free.
The usual featured FantasyAces daily fantasy college football contest is on tap for this weekend, including $1,500 in payouts, with $375 going to 1st, and only $22 to join (75 entries, top 10 paid). On top of that FantasyAces is hosting a smaller version of that “top 10 contest” with a modest $5.50 buy-in. As always, the lobby is chalk-full of traditional head-to-heads and 50/50 leagues for a fun and lucrative opportunity.
Note: Don’t forget about FantasyAces‘ one-week NFL leagues either. Along with a wide-array of tournaments throughout all buy-in levels ($1, $11, $22+), qualifiers for FantasyAces live $100,000 championship in NewPort Beach, CA have also been posted. Full details on the live event can be found here.
For more general CFB DFS strategy advice, check out the 5 Winning Tips article. It includes an introduction to the daily fantasy concept, along with general hints on how to get started playing daily fantasy college football.
Otherwise, head over to FantasyAces.com, click on one of their CFB Contests, and follow along as I outline the top plays to inspire a cash-inducing lineup:
Top Play: Dak Prescott – MSST – $6,100
I’m not sure what more is left to say. Prescott piled up another 34 fantasy points last week, which is actually less than his season average of 38. Despite owning the highest fppg average of any collegiate QB, his price remains unchanged at $6,100. For reference, Marcus Mariota is the most expensive QB option at $7,150. Prescott’s salary should probably be right around that level, but instead he’s still a semi-bargain and terrific play vs. Arkansas this weekend.
Also Consider: Tyrone Swoopes – TEX – $4,700 & Jake Waters – KST – $5,300
After two straight quality outings, Swoopes and the Longhorns had a rough go against Kansas State last week. I’m expecting a huge bounce-back performance against a miserable Texas Tech defense that just surrendered 82 points to TCU … Jake Waters was locked into that low-scoring battle with Texas last week, but he is also primed for a bounce-back effort vs. Oklahoma State’s 112th-ranked pass defense.
Top Play: Javorius Allen – USC – $6,200
Ameer Abdullah and Melvin Gordon represent the cream of the running back crop, but Allen could replicate their production for a cheaper price point this weekend. USC is expected to marginally win a close, high-scoring game against Washington State, and I’d be very surprised if their workhorse RB didn’t reach the end zone at least a couple of times (if not more).
Also Consider: Kenneth Dixon – LT – $4,850 & Aaron Jones – UTEP – $5,100
Western Kentucky ranks 117th against the run this season, and Dixon has 15 total TD’s – breaking 100+ yards four separate times … Aaron Jones is another sneaky RB pick from a mid-major team. Early in the season, Jones showcased his 150-200+ yard upside, and he could replicate that production at home vs. a soft Southern Miss defense.
Top Play: Tyler Lockett – KSU – $5,350
As I mentioned earlier, Oklahoma State’s pass defense ranks 112th, which puts KSU’s primary receiver in a position to succeed on Saturday. A hamstring injury slowed Lockett at the beginning of the season, but he’s 100% healthy now, exemplified by 26 rec, 314 yards, 3 TD’s in the past three games. This is one of his better matchups to date.
Also Consider: John Harris – TEX – $4,950 & River Cracraft – WST – $5,050
Like his quarterback, Swoopes, Harris also underperformed last week. A discombobulated Texas Tech pass defense will help the Longhorns’ top receiver get back on track … Cracraft’s numbers were uncharacteristically limited last outing, as he sat out a good portion of the game with an injury. He later returned, and is not listed on the injury report this week. I’m expecting him to get back to his regular workload of 10+ catches 100+ yards and 1+ TD on Saturday.
Top Play: Jimmay Mundine – KU – $3,950
Mundine has come alive in the past two games, totaling 12 receptions, 170 yards, and 1 TD. Those are quality numbers for a mid-level TE, and he should be targeted frequently as the Jayhawks try to keep pace with Baylor.
Also Consider: Jake Duzey – IOW – $3,950
Speaking of targeted frequently, Duzey had 11 passes thrown his way last game (more than some high-end WR’s), making 8 receptions for 80 yards. He appears to be a safety valve fixture for Iowa, which creates an appealing fantasy situation.