FanDuel Early Week 8 College Football Picks
We were actually surprised to be able to find quite a bit of value with FanDuel’s week 8 college football pricing. There are certainly a number of players that are priced way too high, but just enough guys with low prices and solid matchups to keep high dollar players like Russell, Mayfield, and Coleman in play.
FanDuel Week 8 College Football Quarterbacks
FanDuel Price – $10,800
Once a player starts to get up into the $10,800 stratosphere, it gets really difficult to play them and generally we try and stay away. However, even at $10,800 Russell has reached 4x+ value in 3 of his last 5 games and this Baylor offense looks unstoppable. Even if you can’t stack him with Coleman, I think paying up at the QB spot and specifically for Seth Russell makes sense this week.
FanDuel Price – $9,400
Mayfield isn’t the lock that Russell is, but you love this matchup as Texas Tech should be able to put up points on the strong but inconsistent Oklahoma defense. My only concern with Mayfield is Semaje Perine… He’s a sleeping giant in a matchup with one of the nation’s bottom-5 ranked run defenses. If he goes for 100 yards and 3 touchdowns in the first half, it will be hard for Mayfield to get to 40 points.
FanDuel Price – $7,000
Michigan State’s secondary is an absolute dumpster fire, and if this game were in Indiana, I would say the Hoosiers have a legit shot to win with Sudfeld and this passing game. Sudfeld comes in extremely hot after putting up 460 yards and 5 touchdowns against Rutgers last week, and even dating back to last season, he’s averaging 25 FanDuel PPG when he plays a full game.
FanDuel Week 8 College Football Running Backs
FanDuel Price – $8,000
Coming off of a bye week and facing a defense that gives up over 200 rushing yards per game, I expect the Hogs to pound Collins 30 times behind the biggest offensive line in all of football (including the NFL). Look for 30/170/3 from Collins and a big win for Arkansas.
FanDuel Price – $6,300
It’s tough to back Perine at this point. Prior to this season and the new air raid offense, Perine looked like a lock to be an early NFL pick. However, whether it’s his role in the offense or lingering knee problems, he just hasn’t had even half the production we expected to see. A matchup with Texas Tech who gives up 255 rushing YPG is just what Oklahoma needs to get him going again.
FanDuel Price – $6,000
Given the fact that Hood is their starting RB and is averaging 7 YPC, one would think that North Carolina would want to give him the ball 20+ times per game, but that is yet to happen this season. None the less, he’s put up 3x+ in 4 out of his last five gaems, and seems like a safe bet to reach that number again this week when he faces the 2-4 Cavs.
FanDuel Price – $5,400
We are taking a shot on Northwestern getting back to what made them successful early this season, and that’s running Jackson 30 times per game and controlling time of possession. In fact Jackson has averaged 27 carries per game in Northwestern’s 5 wins and just 11 carries per game in their 2 losses. Nebraska’s rushing defense numbers look impressive, but anytime they have faced a team that is even somewhat capable of running the ball, they have given up respectable numbers to the opposing RB1.
FanDuel Price – $5,400
Obviously you want to target some OKState players with Kansas on the schedule this week, and I think Carson, Rudolph, and Ateman are really the three players you should be looking at. Carson has carried the ball 27 more times than fellow RB, Rennie Childs, and has caught 100% of his targets as a receiver this season. The matchups have been tough over the past few weeks, but Kansas allows 270 rushing YPG so that certainly isn’t the case here.
FanDuel Week 8 College Football Wide Receivers
FanDuel Price – $9,600
Yes, again this week. I don’t think you can pay $9,600 for him unless you fee really good about two punt plays. We happen to, so we do have one Russell/Coleman stack.
FanDuel Price – $6,800
Has been on fire the last two weeks and looked especially great last week with 9/132 against what could be the nation’s best cornerback in Jourdan Lewis. Cook and Burbridge obviously have a great repore and I expect a ton of passing yards and scoring between Indiana and Michigan State.
FanDuel Price – $5,300
UNC’s reworked pass defense under Chizik has looked much improved, but hasn’t been tested yet this season. Seriously, if we are considering Virginia a test, then you haven’t played anyone (Ga Tech, South Carolina, Wake, Delaware, NCAT…). Severin has been targeted 15 more times than the next closest Virginia receiver, and has caught an impressive 72% of those targets. At $5,300 he could be the top value at receiver this week.
FanDuel Price – $4,500
Nebraska still has the third-worst pass defense in the country, and Christian Jones is due. Jones is an extremely talented receiver playing with a struggling freshman quarterback. They have played a tough schedule, facing several of the nation’s top pass defenses, but are due and this is the week. To give you an idea of his upside, in his final game heading into this season, Jones put up 13/182/2. I think he’s a safe bet to have his best game of the season and score his first touchdown of the year.
FanDuel Price – $4,500
I have touched on it several times, but I like the offenses for both teams in this game, and in particular, the passing games. Both defenses stop the run, but can’t stop the pass, which should result in a bunch of plays, yards, and scoring. R.J. Shelton is one of the most underrated weapons in the country. He’s a small possession type receiver that is a pain to tackle and a constant threat to break a big play. He’s another Big 10 receiver that I’m betting on having a breakout performance this week.
FanDuel Week 8 College Football Tight Ends
FanDuel Price – $2,000
He probably would have been my suggested tight end play at $3,000, but at $2,000 I find it hard not to play Fumagalli in just about every lineup this week. He has no competition at the position and last week was the first game all season the Badgers didn’t have a tight end score.