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Week 1 college DFS plays on DraftKings

By Curtis Patrick
Aug 31, 2018

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Nov 4, 2017; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver David Sills V (13) and West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Will Grier (7) celebrate after beating the Iowa State Cyclones at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

College football is back – and thanks to the availability of daily fantasy games, it’s better than ever! Well, at least better than it’s been in a few years. The game is a little different than it was several years ago when it was last available. In case you’re playing catch-up, here’s an overview of what college football games look like on DraftKings:

Salary Cap – $50,000

Lineup Construction – QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, Flex, Super Flex

Important notes: In flex spot one, we can play a running back or a wide receiver. In the Super Flex spot, we can use any player in the pool. If you’re looking for Tight Ends, they are all listed at Wide Receiver.

With 16 games on this Saturday’s slate, there are plenty of options at every position and since it’s Week 1 (last week’s mini-slate is being referred to a Week 0 across the industry) the pricing is very soft on some extremely attractive plays. Here’s a snapshot of the games on the slate:

Games

Favorite Spread Underdog O/U
@Ohio State -38.5 Oregon State 63.5
Texas -13.5 @Maryland 53.5
@South Carolina -29.5 Coastal Carolina 57
@Texas Tech -2.5 Ole Miss 67
@Oklahoma -21 Florida Atlantic 72
@Texas Christian N/A Southern N/A
@Clemson N/A Furman N/A
@Penn State -24.5 Appalachian State 54.5
@Georgia N/A Austin Peay N/A
@Auburn -2 Washington 49
West Virginia -9.5 @Tennessee 61.5
@Iowa -10 Northern Illinois 48.5
Washington State -1 @Wyoming 45
@California -7 North Carolina 59.5
@Southern Cal -26.5 Nevada-Las Vegas 63.5
@Missouri N/A Tennessee Martin N/A

Here are some of my favorite plays this week:

Quarterback

Jordan Ta’amu – Ole Miss, $9,900 

Ta’aumu has perhaps one of the best wide receiver groups in the country at his disposal in a game with the second-highest over/under on the slate. The passing game is the clear strength of the Rebels offense in 2018 and should be responsible for generating the majority of the team’s 32-plus implied points. Although he was not the opening day starter last season, Ta’amu saw plenty of action in late 2017 and finished conference play on a high note with 13 total touchdowns over his final four starts. I’m expecting over 300 passing yards and three touchdowns for the senior signal-caller in this shootout.

Will Grier – West Virginia, $10,500 

West Virginia will be a favorite team of mine all season for DFS purposes, thanks to an offense that returns all of its most important skill players. Grier posted at least 300 passing yards and three total touchdowns in all four of West Virginia’s road games last year. He is somewhat turnover-prone, but if he does lose a point or two to interceptions, it will be covered by his three-point bonus for posting over 300 passing yards.

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