Welcome back to the weekly DFS CFB FanDuel review. This edition is focused on the Main Slate for Saturday afternoon and evening. We’ll discuss top DFS CFB options by position for your FanDuel DFS CFB slates.
With the Early Slate getting underway, we’re now turning our attention to the Main slate, which includes some of the best games of the day. The Main slate locks at 3:30pm EDT, and carries into the evening with prime time games starting between 7pm and 8:30pm EDT.
Like the early Early Only slate, there is a theme to our DFS CFB picks. Considering the spreads, as well as over/under in each game, we may want to fade some of the obvious blowouts, or grab some second and third string players on top teams to take advantage of value.
However, there are some key players we’ll also want to consider in games more likely to be close in scoring.
Before we get there, a reminder to never take a DFS CFB optimal lineup as ‘bible’ for your personal lineup each day. Use the suggestions as guidance. Also, make sure you follow final lineup thoughts throughout the day on our twitter account @FantasyCPR or me @MattyMcMatt17 look for late breaking lineup news.
Here’s a look at the schedule for the Main DFS CFB FanDuel slate:
Georgia at South Carolina 3:30pm EDT
Rutgers at Ohio State 3:30pm EDT
Ball State at Notre Dame 3:30pm EDT
Arkansas State at Alabama 3:30pm EDT
South Carolina State at Central Florida 6pm EDT
Youngstown State at West Virginia 6pm EDT
Clemson at Texas A&M 7pm EDT
Kentucky at Florida 7:30pm
Penn State at Pittsburgh 8pm EDT
Tulsa at Texas 8pm EDT
USC at Stanford 8:30pm EDT
Another quick reminder topic. You can find the Scoring for FanDuel DFS CFB in the ‘Account’ section of your app, under Rules and Scoring. A player scoring a touchdown are the highest points you can earn, six.
A passing touchdown is four points, and we get incremental yardage with passing, receiving, and rushing attempts throughout the game. Since DFS CFB FanDuel is new, it may be helpful to school yourself on scoring to understand who the best plays are each week.
DFS CFB FanDuel Week 2: Early Only Quarterbacks
With top-ranked Alabama playing within the Main DFS CFB FanDuel slate, Tua Tagovailoa ($11,300) is the most expensive quarterback and likely popular pick for the slate. However, Will Grier ($11,100) is likely to put up more points than Tagovailoa.
That being said, the reason I’m not willing to pay up for Tua or Will is the match up. Yes, they’re both set up to stomp their opponent. But that’s exactly the problem.
Teams like Alabama and West Virginia often use these opportunities to play second string quarterbacks at some point in the second half. While they may pile up points with touchdowns in the first half, their points will be capped by low yardage due to limited play. Unless either of these games are close, you’re wasting salary on the picks.
You may need to find a cheaper option depending on who you go with at Running Back and Wide Receiver, or your Super Flex. But, as you’ll see later, we end up having enough cash to grab quarterbacks in the $10K range, and there are several great options.
UCF’s McKenzie Milton ($10,700) is likely the most talented of the $10K QB bunch, but the matchup against South Carolina State presents a similar issue to picking Tagovailoa or Grier. Instead, I’m looking for a more competitive match up with a quarterback still likely to pile up touchdowns with high yardage and passing volume.
The two quarterbacks who stick out the most are Trace McSorley ($10,900) and Kelly Bryant ($10,500). Bryant is facing a tough situation today. The Clemson Tigers are in College Station, Texas against the Aggies and 12th man. Bryant should have a solid game, but compared to McSorley’s match up against the Pitt Panthers, he’s less attractive.
McSorley and Penn State struggled to beat Appalachian State last week, but that was mostly related to their defense. Yes, the Nittany Lions offense isn’t the same now that Sequon Barkley is in the NFL. But that makes Trace their most dynamic playmaker, and he’s likely to pile up 30 to 40 DFS CFB FanDuel points against the Panthers tonight. McSorley is an exciting QB pick for all formats.
DFS CFB FanDuel Week 2: Early Only Running Backs
I found running back to be one of the more challenging positions for Main slate. We have numerous top options at the position, but many are very expensive and challenge your ability to get a high-scoring QB and set of receivers.
Georgia’s D’Andre Swift ($10,400) and Clemson’s Travis Etienne ($10,300) are likely to be on the field all day today and should pile up around 20 DFS CFB FanDuel points. But we can likely get double-digit points from cheaper options.
Ohio Stat’s Mike Weber ($9,800) put on a show already this season and is averaging over 40 DFS CFB FanDuel points this year (only one game). But Weber likely won’t see the ball as much with a blowout likely by the 3rd quarter.
Heisman candidate Bryce Love ($9,900) could be a popular pick for Stanford, hosting USC tonight. But Love has been disappointing, and we’re not sure what a potentially talented USC defense has to offer yet.
So I’m continuing to scroll down the RB list, looking for more risk but greater value. And we’re landing on two value picks at the running back position.
While South Carolina should be a tougher opponent for Georgia, the Bulldogs are still open to Holyfield getting snaps and carries. I suspect Georgia handles South Carolina well, early, and Elijah gets decent time on the field, along with another shot into the end zone for great value.
In a similar situation, Damien Harris ($10,200) currently seems like the top back for Bama. But the Crimson Tide is hosting Arkansas State today, and should win easily. With that in mind, Josh Jacobs ($7,800) is a very attractive value pick. Jacobs already saw six carries last week and turned that into 45 yards and a touchdown for 16.5 DFS CFB FanDuel points. I could see Jacobs hitting the 20 point mark today, and is one of my top picks at Running Back.
DFS CFB FanDuel Week 2: Early Only Wide Receivers
We spent some big money on the quarterback pick, but dug for value at the running back position. So, we now have plenty of cash to spread around the the three wide receiver picks. There are several expensive options we like, above the $10K mark, at this position like David Sills V ($10,500). In fact, in the first half, we could see Sills piling up 30 points.
We love the Grier to Sills connection, but that would make grabbing a decent second and third wide out difficult. And keep in mind, Trace McSorley is one of our favorite quarterback options. We expect McSorley to look Juwan Johnson‘s ($9,000) way often today.
Trace and Juwan connected last week for for six receptions averaging over 10 yards per catch. Johnson didn’t score a touchdown, but should see the end zone today for nearly 20 points.
We want to grab a more expensive big pick in the Flex Spot later, so we’re going to look for more value in our second and third Wide Receiver picks. I can’t shake the idea that Will Grier will put up a lot of points in the air, early, today. And we can’t afford David Sills V.
An intriguing pick from the Mountaineers receiving corps is Marcus Simms ($8,000). If Will is able to spread the ball around against Youngstown State today, Simms should continue to see a few more targets, like last week, and could get another 40+ yards. Also, I like that WV is handing the ball off to Marcus within their playbook. Marcus is a decent shot at around 10 DFS CFB FanDuel points.
In a similar situation to Simms but for the Crimson Tide is Jaylen Waddle ($7,400). He had over eight points last week thanks to a couple of big plays giving him 66 yards on just three receptions. But it’s a good sign Bama is already going to Jaylen for big plays, and we could see Waddle getting even more action in a blowout today.
Before we jump into the summary, we’re trying something different with the Super FLEX position in the Main DFS CFB FanDuel slate today. We were able to develop some value in our running back and two wide out positions. That allows us to essentially pick anyone at the Flex spot, including a quarterback.
So for this slate, we’re going to go with a two-quarterback lineup. The Bulldogs signal caller, Jake Fromm ($9,500), just happened to be only $100 cheaper than our remaining salary. Fromm had limited opportunity in a blowout of Austin Peay last week. With only 16 attempts, From was able to complete 12 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns.
Fromm had even better stats against South Carolina last year, and we should see 20 to 30 points out of Fromm this week. So we’re able to get another big play out of the Super FLEX with Jake in that spot.
We now have two quarterbacks, with McSorley being our favorite pick at the QB position. For today’s Main slate, we’re going to dig for value and grab two backs on the heels of their starters in games were they’ll likely get more time than last week.
At the Wide Receiver position, we’re going with Trace’s main squeeze in the passing game, along with some West Virginia Grier exposure, and Crimson Tide big play ability with another value pick.
With that summary in mind, here’s a look at a sample lineup for the DFS CFB FanDuel Main slate:
QB Trace McSorley ($10,900)
RB Elijah Holyfield ($7,300)
RB Josh Jacobs ($7,800)
WR Juwan Johnson ($9,000)
WR Marcus Simms ($8,000)
WR Jaylen Waddle ($7,400)
Flex Jake Fromm ($9,500)
Remaining Salary: $100
Note: This is a recommended lineup after discussing our top options for the slate. You should use this as a guide, and provide your own input when building DFS CFB FanDuel lineups. We are not telling you, or selling you, to use this lineup.
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