Use these college fantasy football picks to destroy your opponents.
College Fantasy Football Quarterbacks
Jared Goff, California, $19,450
This one is simple. Cal has been on fire in the passing game. Goff was a top play of ours last week along with his opponent Connor Halliday and they combined for over 100 fantasy points. This week, Goff gets to face another poor defense. The Huskies of UW have given up the a bunch of yards through the air and rank in the bottom fifth of FBS in pass defense. Goff is averaging 4+ touchdowns per game and has thrown 12 in his last two contests. It may be difficult to spend ⅕ of your salary on one player, but he’s worth it if you can fit him in.
Everett Golson, Notre Dame, $16,850
Golson gets to face the hapless North Carolina secondary that recently gave up 70 points to Shane Carden and East Carolina. North Carolina ranks fifth from last in yards allowed and hasn’t been able to stop anyone from throwing on them. Golson has accounted for 17 touchdowns in five games, an average of more than 3 per game. Notre Dame’s run game hasn’t taken off this season, so they rely on Golson to both throw and scramble to get points on the board. This week in South Bend, the Irish should light up the scoreboard with Golson contributing a bunch of those points.
Nick Marshall, Auburn, $16,050
Auburn gets to face a Mississippi State team that is giving up the third most yards to quarterbacks this season. After a monster game that vaulted them to Top 5 in the rankings, I think MSU may have somewhat of a let down. It’s very possible that they emerge with a victory, but Auburn’s offense is too dynamic for them to hold Marshall to a low total. Since struggling a few weeks ago on the road at Kansas State, Marshall has looked incredible under center, averaging 38 fantasy points.
Additional Top Plays: Anu Solomon, Arizona and Shane Carden, ECU
Cyler Miles, Washington, $12,700
Miles hasn’t exactly taken the college football world by storm, but if he’s going to this is the week. Miles is facing the absolute worst defense in the league passing wise. Cal has been absolutely manhandled through the air. Last week, Connor Halliday set all kinds of records throwing for 734 yards. The week before they gave up 7 touchdown passes to an average Colorado quarterback. If you’re looking to save money, Miles is the way to go. Especially since Cal can put points on the board and this game should be very high-scoring.
Additional QB Values: PJ Walker, Temple
College Fantasy Football Running Backs
Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, $17,850
Of the top backs that are perrenially scoring monster fantasy numbers, Gordon has the best matchup this week. Gordon is averaging 38 points per game over his last three contests. To add to the appeal, his opponent Illinois is giving up a wild 250 yards per game on the ground. Gordon has been dominant on few carries, so you don’t even have to worry about the blowout factor. He can meet value with 12 touches. However the good news is Wisconsin is struggling right now, so he should have to run the rock all game.
Javorius Allen, USC, $15,600
Allen has accumulated at least 140 combined yards in every game this season. He also has at least 1 touchdown in all but one game. He has become a focal point for the Trojan offense in both the running and passing game. In addition to his work on the ground, Allen has been getting more work in the passing game catching an average of 6 passes in his last three contests. This week’s matchup with Arizona isn’t very scary and the game has a monster total, so you know that Allen will be put to work and most likely find pay dirt.
Duke Johnson, Miami, $13,150
Miami has an inexperienced quarterback in Brad Kaaya. He’s improving, but the Canes still want to rely on their dynamic running back. This week the Canes are home and play host to the 120th ranked rush defense in the country. I’m guessing Miami will establish Johnson early and often in an attempt to keep Cincy’s fast-paced passing attack off the field. Johnson could be in for a monster day.
Additional Top Plays: Todd Gurley, Georgia
Jon Hillman, Boston College, $6,500
There’s always someone who slips through the cracks of the algorithm with a head-scratching salary. Hillman has scored two touchdowns for the Eagles in their last three games. One may look at their opponent this week, North Carolina St. and see decent defensive numbers. However, if you remove the dominance over non-FBS teams, the picture becomes more clear. North Carolina State has given up an average of 2+ rushing touchdowns per game to FBS teams while being eaten up on the ground. Hillman should find the end zone again this week.
Additional Value Plays: Russell Shell, WVU and Terris Jones-Grigsby, Arizona
College Fantasy Football Wide Receivers
Kevin White, West Virginia, $17,100
White is basically averaging 10/150/1 through five games this season. He’s the main target of quarterback Clint Trickett and a solid bet to find the end zone. Vegas projects the Mountaineers game against Texas Tech to be a high-scoring close contest, something that you always target when setting a DFS lineup. White has a very high floor, meaning he won’t lay an egg. He’s my top play at WR this week.
Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech, $14,000
As mentioned previously, the West Virginia/Texas Tech tilt has a very high over/under total. It also projects to be a close game, therefore we should see both offenses throwing the ball from start to finish. In Grant’s last three games, his floor has been 20 fantasy points. He has at least a touchdown in those games as well. In an air-raid offense that should be throwing the ball a ton this week, I love Grant to push for 30 fantasy points.
Amari Cooper, Alabama, $17,600
It’s not a secret why Cooper is a top wide receiver play week-in and week-out. He dominates corners and gets the targets. This week should be no different as Bama faces off against the Arkansas Razorbacks, who have been average at best on defense this year. Cooper and White pretty much have the same average stat line (10/150/1) through five games. I’m going to try to work one of them into every lineup I make.
Additional Top WR Plays: Tony Lippett, MSU and Cayleb Jones, Arizona
LaQuan Treadwell, Ole Miss, $11,700
The Rebels are on fire and fresh off a victory over the mighty Crimson Tide. Treadwell had a decent showing in the game with 17 fantasy points. In the previous game, he went for 28 fantasy points. This week he has an Aggie defense that should allow Bo Wallace to put up some fairly high numbers. Despite the fact Wallace spreads the rock around, Treadwell is the go to receiver. In a game I assume will have plenty of points and plenty of pass attempts, Treadwell should meet value on Saturday.
Additional WR Values: Jordan Payton, UCLA and Jesus Wilson, FSU
College Fantasy Football Tight Ends
EJ Bibbs, Iowa State, $9,200
After a slow start to the season, Bibbs had a monster game last week and could continue the trend against Northwestern on Saturday. Bibbs has averaged 14 points over the past three games, which is nice for a tight end in college fantasy, but to be honest I’d rather punt the position on a weekly basis.
Additional Tight End Plays: Dan Vitale, Northwestern - Maxx Williams, Minnesota - Steven Scheu, Vandy - Ben Koyack, Notre Dame