FanDuel College Football Week 9 Early Picks
Saturday’s early college football slate is loaded with some of the top offenses from 7 different conferences. The name of the game for us this week is balance. The majority of our targets are in the $6,500-$7,500 range, with one minimum player, a $3,500 tight end, and a top of the line $8,000/$8,100 stack. You should have no problem making a wide variety of FanDuel lineups using these week 9 targets.
As you could expect, we have some fairly high team totals in the early slate with 10 teams having a total over 35. Oklahoma is the top dog at 51 and the Ok State/Texas Tech game has the highest total at 75.5.
|Western Kentucky||Old Dominion||45|
|Oklahoma State||Texas Tech||41|
|Texas Tech||Oklahoma State||38|
|Texas A&M||South Carolina||37|
FanDuel Week 9 Early CFB Quarterbacks
FanDuel Salary – $8,000
Outside of three or four Stave or Doughty lineups, we are all in on Kessler this week. Cal’s secondary has consistently been shredded by Pac 12 opponents, and Kessler looks like he’s back to his usual self after playing a stretch of really tough pass defenses. I think the Kessler/Smith stack is clearly the top on the board, and at $16,100 is actually about $2,000 cheaper than I expected to pay coming into this week.
FanDuel Salary – $6,300
I mentioned both Doughty and Stave (and I would throw C.J. Beathard into the conversation as well) but if I had to pick one of the three, it would be Stave at an affordable $6,300 and ridiculous matchup agains the worst pass defense in the Big 10 and 3rd worst in the country. He loses Wheelwright, and may get Clement back, but Stave should still throw it 25+ times, which against this defense should mean 300+ yards and 2-3 touchdowns.
FanDuel Week 9 Early CFB Running Backs
FanDuel Salary – $7,500
Ace Wales is a guy that we expected to push Leon Allen for carries early this season… Both players were injured early on this season, and D’Andre Ferby was fantasy-relevant for about a month. Now Wales is back, he’s the bell cow in this explosive offense, and is on track to have a massive game against an ODU defense that is currently giving up 215 rushing YPG this season.
FanDuel Salary – $7,200
All it took was us giving out Perine in last week’s article to get him back on track, so let’s keep it rolling this week. This is the most obvious play on the board this week, as Perine set the all time rushing record in this game last season. Given the carries the Sooners are giving to Mixon, he’s not likely to push those numbers again this week, but he will go for 100+ yards and at least 2 touchdowns.
FanDuel Salary – $6,800
The numnber one running back has been money all season long, so you are essentially starting the Hawkeyes offensive line here… Maryland is a terrible defense, but watching their game film, they are much weaker run d than pass d so this is a dream matchup for a Big 10 RB. It’s worth mentioning that Wadley is a guy that has had fumbling issues and Iowa has a ton of depth at the position. Consider Barkley a safer start, but I think Wadley has a higher upside this week.
Not listed are two guys that we will also have in several lineups on Saturday: Ray Lawry and Saquon Barkley
FanDuel Week 9 Early CFB Wide Receivers
FanDuel Salary – $8,000
Stack him with Kessler and stack your winnings… both guys can’t miss against the nation’s 107th ranked pass defense. Cal gave up 10/141/1 to Duarte last week, and I would consider that JuJu’s floor this week.
FanDuel Salary – $6,800
Danger had a quiet game against LSU last week and his price dipped a little this week. The biggest thing is that he’s healthy after dealing with a lingering hamstring for the better part of this season, and should return to his multi-touchdown, top 10 fantasy receiver ways this week. As good as Taylor has been, Dangerfield is still the #1 option in the passing game, and is undoubtedly the #1 red zone target… especially with Higbee out again this week.
FanDuel Salary – $6,600
With Robert Wheelwright emerging, we haven’t given Erickson out as a target for weeks. That being said, he’s still being targeted on 29.5% of Wisconsin passes and will face the nation’s 126th ranked pass defense in Rutgers… without having to split targets with the injured Wheelwright.
FanDuel Salary – $5,900
This is the best matchup Whitfield and Golson have had all season, and I’m expecting a big game for both players at home against Syracuse. The Orange have the nation’s 113th pass defense, giving up 280+ passing yards per game, and Whitfield is clearly the Seminole go-to receiver with a 19% (and climbing) target rate and an absolutely stupid 90% catch rate.
FanDuel Salary – $4,500
In Mike Riley’s defense, he’s trying to get the ball to Pierson-El more, but I think this is the week he actually does and the uber-talented sophomore has his first big game of the season. He needs 5+ targets in the passing game and 5+ carries on Nebraska’s jet sweeps, because he’s the type of guy that will break big plays given a volume of touches. This is this week’s R.J. Shelton… a minimum priced athlete, in a great matchup, that could get you 20+ points.
FanDuel Week 9 Early CFB Tight Ends
FanDuel Salary – $3,500
Yeah, I know… Fumagalli again? He’s fairly cheap, and you get guaranteed tight end usage in the Wisconsin offense. With Wheelwright now out, he should see even more targets in the passing game, and Rutgers has the third-worst pass defense in the country… So, yeah, Fumagalli again.