Use these college fantasy football picks and gain a huge edge!
College Fantasy Football Quarterbacks
Marquise Williams, North Carolina, $15,850
I love going after dual-threat quarterbacks because they provide an element of safety in the form of fantasy points on the ground. In two games thus far, Williams has averaged about 12 fantasy points per game on the ground alone. The best part about this game is the sky high Vegas total coupled with the low point spread. That indicates this is going to be a high-scoring contest in which both teams will have their first string on the field all night. Williams has the ability to win daily contests by himself due to his incredibly high ceiling.
Shane Carden, East Carolina, $13,950
Carden struggled against South Carolina two weeks ago, but bounced back admirably against a vicious Hokie defense in Blacksburg. As I mentioned above, the battle of the Carolinas is projected to be an extremely close shootout. Carden should be slinging the ball from start to finish as they try to keep pace with the Tar Heels. After watching Carden make Virginia Tech look like a high school team on their home field in the first half, I have faith he can do the same this weekend against North Carolina.
Kenny Hill, Texas A&M, $15,200
Hill is a bona fide stud. He continues to turn in flawless performances no matter the caliber of opponent. Yet, DraftDay continues to low ball him. In my opinion, he should be the top salary on DD this week, but he’s listed as the 9th most expensive quarterback. TAMU has shown a commitment to airing it out, despite all other game flow factors. This week Hill gets a beauty of a matchup in SMU. The matchup isn’t amazing, but SMU is no defensive powerhouse either. Hill is a very safe play at QB this week.
Tanner McEvoy, Wisconsin, $10,250
McEvoy is in play only because his Badgers face the absolute worst defense against the pass through three weeks. Bowling Green loaded the box and sold out to stop Tevin Coleman last week, which resulted in Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld needing to throw the ball more than expected. I presume Bowling Green will also make stopping Melvin Gordon a priority, making it fairly simple for McEvoy to take advantage of single coverage.
Other Value Plays: Sean Mannion, Oregon State and Wes Lunt, Illinois
College Fantasy Football Running Backs
Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, $10,700
Gordon underwhelmed big time in Wisconsin’s last game against a cupcake opponent in Western Illinois. His price has come down considerably for a juicy matchup with Bowling Green, one of the worst defenses in the country. Even if Wisconsin throws the ball due to a stacked box, Gordon will be involved in the passing game. I love to put ultra-talented players on my squads right after a poor outing as their price dips and the production usually increases. For 10K, I’m going with the preseason Heisman hopeful here.
Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams, Arkansas, $11,950 and $9,150
Arkansas cannot be any more committed to the run game than they are right now. Last week, Collins and Williams ran amuck for 70 combined fantasy points. Old Bret B is pounding the rock just as he did at Wisconsin. The only issue is it’s difficult to determine which of the two to choose from each week. Many weeks you can play both and this is certainly one of them, however I would rather have Collins. Williams scored more touchdowns last week, but Collins seemed to be the guy they wanted to grind it out with. It just so happened Williams got more carries near the goalline. If Williams fits into your budget, but Collins doesn’t I would advise playing him as well, but would feel safer with Collins.
Nick Wilson, Arizona, $12,300
With Arizona’s initial starting back to open the season sidelined, Wilson has stepped in beautifully with two consecutive 170 yard, multiple touchdown games. Even if Jones-Grigsby returns, they can’t ignore the success Wilson has had, and he should see a similar workload or perhaps slightly fewer carries. You absolutely NEED a piece of this game as well. Arizona is projected to score 40 points and the game as a whole has a 70 point total. Wilson is a safe bet to be a part of Arizona’s point total.
Other (every week) Top Plays: Todd Gurley, Georgia and Tevin Coleman, Indiana
Matt Dayes, NC State, $11,500
The Wolfpack get the mighty squad of Presbyterian this week, which means Dayes will most likely get a few more carries than normal. His main strength, even when playing in a competitive game, is hauling in receptions. He has set a high floor for himself with his work out of the backfield. This week, he’ll rack up his usual work through the air, but also add some points on the ground.
College Fantasy Football Wide Receivers
Nelson Spruce, Colorado, $16,250
Spruce cannot be contained. He’s averaging 31.5 fantasy points a game this year. And unlike some other FP averages, this one isn’t skewed by a monster game. He’s gotten about 30FP every time he steps foot on the field. This week, Hawaii makes a trek to the mainland for what should be an easy matchup for Spruce. He is the priciest wide receiver on the board, but he’s well worth it in my opinion.
Amari Cooper, Alabama, $15,800
I’d take Cooper even if he was playing the Seahawks. The bottom line is they feed him the rock. Since this week’s tilt with Florida is projected to be closer than some of the other snooze fests Alabama has taken part in, he should be targeted all game. If you don’t have enough cap space for Spruce, Amari Cooper is the top play.
Penn State Receivers Geno Lewis and DaeSean Hamilton
Both Lewis and Hamilton have seen volume targets in each game this season. Against UMass, Hackenberg should sling the ball early and often to both of his big gun receivers. For the price, I’d rather Hamilton as he’s about $2,000 cheaper. Lewis has yet to drop under the six reception mark on the season and Hamilton has a low of seven grabs. Feel confident if you have one of these guys on your roster.
Kenny Lawler, California, $11,350
As mentioned previously, this game is going to be a scorefest. With the 70 point total on the board in Vegas, my rosters will most likely feature a few Golden Bears and Wildcats. Lawler has outplayed Chris Harper and Bryce Treggs, the receivers thought to be the top options for Cal this season. His success should continue in this high-scoring affair.
College Fantasy Football Tight Ends
Connor Hamlett, Oregon State, $10,550
Hamlett will most likely be the top tight end play every time he’s on the board. He’s an integral part of the Beavers’ offense and a trusted target of Sean Mannion. Oregon State is home this week after an open date against a middle of the pack pass defense in San Diego State. Look for Hamlett to at least hit his floor of about 10 fantasy points, with the potential to double that number.
Jesse James, Penn State, $9,500
James is the play if you don’t have enough money to pay up for Hamlett, but still don’t want to entirely punt the position. He’s heavily involved in PSU’s game plan. He kind of disappeared last week, but that’s the perfect time to roster him because his salary is depressed from one poor outing. Prior to the Rutgers game, he averaged 16 fantasy points in the first two games of the season. Look for James to bounce back this week against UMASS.
Cam Serigne, Wake Forest, $8,200
Serigne has improved each of the last three weeks going from four fantasy points in Week 1 to 16 fantasy points last week. It seems as though Wake has discovered a reliable check down option as Serigne hauled in seven receptions for 91 yards against Utah State last week.
Other TE Value Plays: Dan Vitale, Northwestern