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DFS College Football: Tap In To Mac’s Daily Fantasy CFB Player Picks for Sept. 26
As we have seen this season, college football success is often found by doing your game research first. Each week has seen one or two contest full of fantasy points, and the savvy player who can identify those contests and stack their rosters is two steps ahead of the competition. There are a few games on the slate this week that fit the bill, and most of my top plays come from those contests.
TOP GAME TOTALS
There are not as many totals over 60 this week as we have seen the past couple Saturdays, but there are two games that more than make up for it. The TCU-Texas Tech game has a total over 80, so you definitely should have some exposure to players from that game. Here are the top three games of the week in terms of Vegas points:
TCU-Texas Tech (TCU -7, O/U 81)
Bowling Green-Purdue (Indiana -5, O/U 75)
Southern Miss-Nebraska (Nebraska -22, O/U 68)
BOTTOM GAME TOTALS
San Diego St.-Penn St. (Penn St. -14, O/U 39)
Missouri-Kentucky (Kentucky -2, O/U 44)
BYU-Michigan (Michigan -7, 45)
QUARTERBACK TOP PLAYS
Trevone Boykin, TCU (Fantasy Aces $7,000)
Boykin’s Heisman campaign kicked into high gear last week, as he accounted for over 500 yards of total offense and six scores against SMU. I think he can approach those numbers again this week against Texas Tech in a game with a projected total of over 80 points. You are going to want some exposure to players in that game, and who better to start with than Boykin. Texas Tech is vulnerable defensively, but the Red Raiders offensive attack is strong enough to keep this game close, which should allow Boykin to keep his foot on the gas for four full quarters.
Skyler Howard, West Virginia (Fantasy Aces $5,950)
Skyler Howard has gone under the radar in the early stages of this season, as the Mountaineers have feasted on some less than stellar competition. Nonetheless, Howard has been right at home running the fast-paced offense, throwing for over 60 yards and five scores in the two blowouts. He has also shown the ability to tuck the ball and run on occasion. With a better opponent on the docket in Maryland, Howard should be firing on all cylinders for the full game, and I look for him to exceed value in his first significant test of the season.
QUARTERBACK VALUE PLAY
David Blough, Purdue (Fantasy Aces $3,250)
This is quite simply an opportunity pick. Blough is nearly minimum price and playing in a game where his team is projected to score nearly 40 points. Blough will see his first career start this Saturday against Bowling Green, and it couldn’t come against a better opponent from a DFS perspective. Blough does have some athletic ability and may produce some points with his legs as well as his arm. Plugging him in allows you to fill out your roster with studs at the other positions and possibly take down a GPP.
RUNNING BACK TOP PLAYS
Leonard Fournette, LSU (Fantasy Aces $7,000)
Yes, I am willing to pay top dollar for Fournette this week, even though LSU is a large favorite against Syracuse. There is no questioning his dominance in the run game, as he has torched two solid SEC defenses in the past two weeks, racking up 398 yards and six touchdowns against Mississippi State and Auburn. While Les Miles historically has spread carries around to different backs, he has never quite had a back like Fournette. LSU’s passing attack is so nondescript that even while splitting carries, Fournette should get 15-20 touches in this game, and that is more than enough for him to lead you to victory.
Terrell Newby, Nebraska (Fantasy Aces $5,350)
Newby appears to have taken the reins as the lead back for Nebraska, and two weeks ago he exploded onto the scene with a monster game against South Alabama. The Huskers fell way behind Miami (FL) last week and had to abandon the running game, but Newby still averaged nearly six yards per carry. Against Southern Mississippi this week, I look for Nebraska to get the ball in Newby’s hands more often. I also like his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
RUNNING BACK VALUE PLAY
Vic Enwere, Cal (Fantasy Aces $4,450)
Enwere’s value this week is directly tied to the health of Daniel Lasco. If Lasco is available for the Golden Bears, Enwere’s touches will suffer, and he becomes much less likely to return value. However, if Lasco sits out again, Enwere becomes a great play. He saw most of the Bears goal line carries last week against Texas, scoring twice. Monitor the situation as it gets closer to game day, and plug Enwere into your lineups if Lasco is unable to go.
WIDE RECEIVER TOP PLAYS
Josh Doctson, TCU (Fantasy Aces $6,400)
Pairing the high priced Doctson with Boykin will leave you searching for value in other places on Saturday, but this week it just might be worth it. Doctson averaged over 30 yards per catch last week, finding the end zone twice. He is Boykin’s top target, and this game will feature tons of offense. If you want to save money and still get some exposure to TCU’s receiving corps, Kolby Listenbee (Fantasy Aces $5,200) checks in at a much more affordable price point.
Jakeem Grant, TCU (Fantasy Aces $4,850)
You don’t have to travel far from the TCU sideline to find my other favorite wide receiver this week, as Texas Tech’s Jakeem Grant will be standing right across the field. Grant is the top receiver for the Red Raiders, whose Air Raid attack will be out in full force to try and keep up with TCU. Grant has 21 catches for nearly 300 yards on the season, and he will need to have a big game to keep Texas Tech in this one.
WIDE RECEIVER VALUE PLAY
KJ Brent, Wake Forest (Fantasy Aces $4,200)
Let’s face it – you don’t make much of a profit in college football DFS by rostering skill players from Wake Forest. However, KJ Brent has emerged as a viable receiver for the Demon Deacons this season, with 15 catches for over 200 yards. Going against an Indiana defense that is susceptible to the pass, those numbers should go up significantly this week.
TIGHT END TOP PLAY
Hunter Henry, Arkansas (Fantasy Aces $4,700)
Henry is the last man standing in the Razorbacks’ passing attack, as just about every key wide received has gone down to injury. Henry scored once last week and had a second touchdown taken away by a penalty. When Arkansas takes to the air this weekend, Henry will be one of the only options.
TIGHT END VALUE PLAY
Sean Culkin, Missouri (Fantasy Aces $3,750)
Tight end ownership should be spread out quite a bit this week. Culkin is not one of the biggest name tight ends in college football and should go a little under the radar this week. He has caught at least three balls in each of the Tigers’ contests this season and has 11 grabs on the year. If he can find his way into the end zone this week, he will more than pay off his price tag.
TAP IN TO MAC’S MONEY PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Trevone Boykin, TCU (Fantasy Aces $7,000)
You are going to want some exposure to players in that game, and who better to start with than Boykin. Texas Tech is vulnerable defensively, but the Red Raiders offensive attack is strong enough to keep this game close, which should allow Boykin to keep his foot on the gas for four full quarters. Boykin against the Red Raiders? MONEY!
If I failed to mention your favorite CFB daily fantasy player, or if you have a question related to DFS college football, follow me on Twitter (@tapintomacdfs) and don’t hesitate to ask.
Tomac has been playing DFS for nearly five years, after 20 years of playing season-long fantasy across all sports. Primarily a cash game player, he has numerous high cashes in college football GPP on a variety of sites over the past few seasons.
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