Dominate Week 8 with these college fantasy football picks!
College Fantasy Football Quarterbacks
JT Barrett, Ohio State, $18,200
Barrett brings the unusual combination of high-floor and high-ceiling. He scores fantasy points with his arm and his legs every week, which makes his floor very high. Ohio State has let him run and throw in the red zone as well. In his last three games his worst outing has been a 45-point fantasy day against Cincinnati. He’s accounted for 5 touchdowns per game over that span with just one turnover. This week he’s home against Rutgers, who have not been able to contain good teams at all. There is a hint of worry due to the blowout factor, but when it gets to blowout status, Barrett will have been a big reason for all the points scored.
Brett Hundley, UCLA, $15,400
Hundley hasn’t dazzled the college football world as the Heisman hopeful many thought he’d be coming into the season. However, he has had fantasy success, scoring 55 fantasy points against Arizona State and 34 last week against Oregon. The odds are ever in his favor this week as he faces the worst passing defense in the FBS. The Cal Golden Bears go into every game knowing it’s going to be a shootout and basically neglect to stop any team from scoring, or so it seems. The bonus for this match up is that Cal’s offense can usually hang with or even outscore some opponents, so Hundley should be needed for the entire game.
Clint Trickett, West Virgina, $13,300
Trickett has been stellar for the Mountaineers in real life while being fairly good as a fantasy option. Trickett is averaging 25 fantasy points per game on the year, however it’s a bit of a statistical rollercoaster from week to week. He’s hit the 40 mark, but he’s also been in the teens. This week he gets a good Baylor defense (despite having 58 hung on them last week) at home. This game has one of the highest totals I’ve seen on a football game, meaning you need a piece of it. Trickett and the Mountaineers should have to throw all game to keep pace with Baylor. The wild card is how they score. If they allow Trickett to throw touchdown passes, you’re golden, but they’ve been giving Russell Shell red zone carries which he’s been converting on. Honestly, I like Bryce Petty more than Trickett, but he’s much more expensive. Trickett should be able to exceed value for his price, but if you can fit Petty in, he’s also a great play.
Additional Top Plays: Gunner Kiel, Cincinnati and Bryce Petty, Baylor
Garrett Krstich, SMU, $9,000
Who? Krstich is a 4th-string walk-on that didn’t start the season for the SMU Mustangs. Just who you want to entrust your bank roll to, right? This week seems like it may be the perfect storm for him and it’s a huge salary relief play if you find high-priced running backs and wide receivers you like. Two weeks ago, Krstich got the start at East Carolina. He threw the rock 67 times! He netted over 300 yards and a couple of scores ending up with about 25 fantasy points. This week I expect more of the same, except he has a few extra advantages. The Cincy Bearcats are on the schedule this week and if you know anything about them, you know they’ve struggled mightily on defense. SMU is also home this week and coming off a much needed bye week to regroup. At minimum salary, He doesn’t need to have a huge day to meet value.
College Fantasy Football Running Backs
Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska, $16,800
Abdullah’s price should be higher. He didn’t have his usual monster game against Michigan State last week, then the Cornhuskers had a bye week. He’s been off the radar for week or so which makes him a great play at Northwestern. Abdullah is averaging 2 total touchdowns per game. He should at least hit that mark on Saturday. Since Big Ten play began, Abdullah’s production has increased. He has scored 8 touchdowns in his last three games compared to 4 touchdowns during his non-conference slate. Abdullah is a high-floor player, if you plug him in your lineup you can rest assured he’ll get you something.
Devon Johnson, Marshall, $13,850
Marshall has committed to the run game much more than expected this year. Devon Johnson has played extremely well this year. In his last three games he’s averaged about 29 fantasy points on 19 carries. No matter what way you slice it, 1.5 fantasy points per touch is a great average, especially when you have that large of a sample size. Florida International is middle of the pack against the run, but that’s because they’ve played teams like Bethune-Cookman and UTSA. When they’ve played good running backs, (Conner, Howard) they’ve given up nice fantasy days. Johnson has scored a touchdown in every game and has only missed the 100 yard mark once. Also in his favor, his away splits are better than his home splits.
Daniel Lasco, Cal, $12,900
Lasco isn’t your traditional runner, he doesn’t pound the ball over and over at four yards a clip for an entire game. Lasco gets about a dozen carries a game, but also works as a pass-catcher out of the back field. He’s averaged 25 points per game over his last three games with 14 of those 25 points coming from the passing game. Their game this week has a monster total (74) and a low spread (7). That projects to a shootout that will keep Lasco active in the game as both a runner and receiver. He is trending up in receiving production catching eleven passes in his last two games. Lasco is fairly inexpensive for the consistency he brings to the table.
Additional Top RB Plays: Russell Shell, WVU - Javorius Allen, USC - Akeem Hunt, Purdue
Jon Hilliman, Boston College, $6,500
Hillman doesn’t particularly appeal to me this week as Clemson has a fairly stingy defense. However, as we did with Keevan Lucas for the first 5 weeks of the season, you can take advantage of salary mistakes to clear cap room for other players. Hillman has gotten over 20 carries in his last three games which bodes well for his bottom line. Even if he manages 12-15 fantasy points, it will be a successful punt at that salary
Additional RB Values: TJ Yeldon, Alabama - Mike Davis, South Carolina - Nick Chubb, Georgia
College Fantasy Football Wide Receivers
Kevin White, West Virginia, $16,800
White has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in every single game so far this season. He’s also caught 10 receptions in four out of six games. When looking for a safe option in fantasy, receptions and yards trump touchdowns. Touchdowns have a high variance rate, so I prefer to target players who rack up receptions and yards. Fortunately, White also racks up the touchdowns. Baylor, the Mountaineers opponent this week, is fresh off a crazy win against TCU in which they surrendered 58 points. I don’t necessarily project this week’s game to total 120 points, but the Mountaineers will definitely have to throw the ball a ton. White will be the focal point once again. I’m going to try to fit him most of my lineups as another shootout is most likely on the horizon.
Antwan Goodley, Baylor, $13,050
Goodley had a rough start to the season mainly due to lingering injuries. Over the last three games he’s become more involved in the offense. Last week he finally went off as we expected he would all season. Goodley gets West Virginia this week who have been decent against the pass, but it really doesn’t matter when we’re talking about Baylor receivers. Unless they are facing a dominating pass defense, they are going to get theirs. In a game that’s projected for 80 total points, you need a piece of it and you should probably have multiple. The issue with Baylor comes in the fact that they have about five receivers that could go off at any time, but I’m confident Goodley has finally entrenched himself as the top option in the offense.
Tony Lippett, Michigan State, $15,400
Lippett has yet to disappoint this season. His lowest game is 17 fantasy points. He’s scored a touchdown in every game this season and that should continue this week against a terrible Indiana defense. This game could get out of hand quick with Indiana going to a backup quarterback, but Lippett will be able to rack up some fantasy points in the first half. He can meet value with three receptions with his playmaking ability. If the game happens to be in doubt in the second half, he could have a monster day like he did last week when Purdue gave the Spartans a run for their money.
Additional Top WR Plays: Jordan Payton, UCLA and Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech
Danny Anthrop, $9,950, Purdue
Anthrop has averaged 17 fantasy points over the last four games. DraftDay has really shored up their pricing and made it sharper, so there are no more Keevan Lucas-type value on the board. That is, there are no more 25ppg studs at minimum salary. Purdue has momentum coming into this week’s game against the Golden Gophers. Anthrop provides a little bit of salary relief at the wide receiver position so you can fit a Kevin White or Ameer Abdullah in your lineup.
College Fantasy Football Tight Ends
Cam Serigne, $9,500
Serigne didn’t have a great showing last week with only 5 fantasy points, but prior to last week’s game he’d been as steady as it comes. If you find yourself with extra salary this week, he has a nice match up with a Syracuse defense that struggles against the pass. Serigne is averaging 10.5 fantasy points per game this year and has a great shot to surpass that total this week.
Additional TE Plays: Jimmay Mundine, Kansas - Pharoh Brown, Oregon - EJ Bibbs, Iowa State