These college fantasy football picks are what you need to succeed this weekend!
College Fantasy Football Quarterbacks
JT Barrett, Ohio State, $17,850
Barrett ended his streak of monster games this past week as he had a little difficulty with the Penn State defense in Happy Valley. This week the Buckeyes host Illinois. Not only is Illinois a terrible defense that the Buckeyes should pass and run all over, but I expect Barrett and his teammates come out and make a statement after struggling at Penn State. Even in a “down” week against the Nittany Lions, he ran for 75 yards and two touchdowns. I love the fact that his salary has come down a tad due to the poor showing. I’m going to have a good bit of him in cash and gpp.
Everett Golson, Notre Dame, $16,400
I think Golson is in a prime spot to go off this week. We all watched as Notre Dame scored the go ahead touchdown to beat Florida State, but had it called back on penalty. The Irish have had two weeks off to stew over the defeat. This week they travel to FedEx field in Maryland to play Navy. Navy is ranked fairly low in both run and pass defense, so it should be easy for Golson to have a nice day through the air and on the ground. The only issue could be Navy chewing up the clock with their ball control option offense. However, Notre Dame’s defense has been pretty good this year, especially against the run. I think there will be a lot of 3 and outs. Notre Dame will take the Midshipmen to the woodshed in this one, with Golson being the major beneficiary. Even if Navy keeps it close, that’s not a bad thing for Golson.
Tyrone Swoopes, Texas, $11,050
Probably my top play at the quarterback position per dollar. His price undoubtedly took a huge dip because Kansas State really put a beating on Texas defensively. Let’s not forget the Swoopes had back to back 30 point fantasy days against Iowa State and Oklahoma before struggling against the Wildcats. This week Swoopes gets to face one of the worst college football defenses I’ve ever watched. Texas Tech is surrendering gobs and gobs of yards and points to it’s opponents. TCU was the latest beneficiary of this horrid defense, scoring over 80 points! Swoopes is a good bet to exceed his low price this week.
Additional QB Plays: Brett Hundley, UCLA and Connor Halliday, Washington State
College Fantasy Football Running Back
Duke Johnson, Miami, $13,850
The Duke is going to be loose on Saturday. North Carolina has issues on defense, not to mention other places, but Johnson and the Canes should run all over them. I wouldn’t be surprised if Duke busts two 50+ yard touchdown runs against the Heels. Since starting conference play, Duke has had an average of 28 fantasy points per game. He is also averaging a touchdown a game. The Tar Heels are wearing down as well. In their last three games they are giving up 5.5 yards per carry. Johnson should get his normal workload, which would put him in line for multiple scores. He’s my top play per dollar at RB this week.
Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, $17,400
Speaking of giving up a ton of yards per carry. Rutgers allows 6.7 yards per carry to opposing rushing attacks. With the state of the Badgers passing attack coupled with the fact the Scarlet Knights can’t stop anyone on the ground, I expect Gordon to have an absolute monster of a game. I wouldn’t be surprised if he turns in his 4th game of the year with 3+ touchdowns. In his last five games, he has 15 touchdowns. Gordon will be anchoring many of the teams that don’t have Duke Johnson this week.
Devontae Booker, Utah, $11,850
Booker faces the 81st ranked defense in the Sun Devils this week. The bodes well for Booker who has been used as a workhorse the past few weeks. Booker has gone from averaging 10 carries a game in his first three to a whopping 24 carries a game over his last four. In fact, as the season has gone on, every statistical category has spiked for Booker. One of the key reasons I’m taking book however is the fact that the Utes top receiver Dres Anderson will miss the rest of the season. I think this is going to force Utah to focus more on the run game, especially since Booker has been on fire as of late and it’s translating into wins. This week look for Booker to rack up another 25 carry game that results in a solid fantasy football day.
Mike Davis, South Carolina, $11,750
Davis comprises the bulk of the Gamecocks rushing attack. In his last three games, Davis has scored 39, 27, and 29 fantasy points. This week he faces a middle of the road Tennessee team that isn’t very scary defensively. The good thing about Davis is it looks as though South Carolina is trying to involve him a little more in the passing game. Last week he hauled in 6 receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown. Davis should have a good fantasy week for his price point.
Additional RB Plays: Jamal Morrow, WSU and Nick Chubb, UGa
College Fantasy Football Wide Receivers
Antwan Goodley, Baylor, $13,100
Goodley has put up 33 fantasy points over his last two games. He isn’t on everyone’s radar either. Goodley got off to a slow start due to nagging injuries, but has since come on like an animal. The Baylor Bears face the hapless Kansas Jayhawks this week and should destroy them easily. Goodley may not even play the 4th quarter, but three quarters of work should be good enough for him to put up a great fantasy day. Kansas’ pass defense looks decent overall based on their ranking in the top half of FBS teams, but they had a terribly easy out of conference schedule and many teams have chosen to run on them this year. Goodley and the Bears will throw early and often, so I wouldn’t hesitate to get him in your lineup.
Vince Mayle, Washington State, $15,750
Mayle has emerged as the top receiver in the Cougars pass-heavy offense. Last week he caught 14 passes on his way to a monster day. Throughout the season, Mayle has an average of 9 catches and 1 touchdown per game. Matchups really don’t matter with Washington State because Halliday throws so often that Mayle is bound to catch a bunch of passes. In addition, he’s really stepped it up over his last four games, averaging 32 fantasy points per game. Last week, another trusty receiver, River Cracraft, was knocked out of the game which resulted in Mayle stepping up big time. If Cracraft is out for this week, Mayle turns into a virtual must-play.
Tyler Lockett, Kansas State, $11,800
Lockett got off to a rocky start to begin the year, but has been great in all but one game. Lockett is Jake Waters’ go to receiver, scoring 25 fantasy points a game over his last three games. The Wildcats get to face the nations 112th ranked pass defense in the OK State Cowboys. The Cowboys have had issues containing receivers this year, although they didn’t let Kevin White have his usual monster day last week. Nonetheless, for 11.8K, Lockett should be considered for both cash and GPP, with more of an emphasis on GPP.
Additional WR Plays: Sterling Shepard, Okla — Justin Hardy, ECU — Vic Bolden, OrSt — Nelson Agholor, USC
College Fantasy Football Tight Ends
Jimmay Mundine, Kansas $7,500
Mundine was listed as my tight end play two weeks ago and he went 7/82/1. The week before he hauled in five passes for 82 yards. The Jayhawks are looking more to Mundine as the season goes on, but the common thread between all of these games that has me liking Mundine is that Kansas is playing from behind in all of the game Mundine does well in. This week Baylor should whack the KU pretty hard, so Mundine should be hauling in a bunch of passes right up until the final gun.
Additional TE Plays: Steven Scheu, Vandy — EJ Bibbs Iowa St. — Connor Hamlett, OrSt