FanDuel Week 7 Early College Football Picks
Week 7 looks like the best slate we have had so far this season. With the typical explosive offensive on the schedule: Baylor, Texas Tech, ECU, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Washington State… You will likely want to spend big on some high dollar stacks, but to make that possible you need to be able to find some bargain players to fill your rosters. For that reason, our picks this week feature 7 players under $5,700.
FanDuel Week 7 CFB Quarterbacks
FanDuel Price – $9,800
I’m going to say it once more… Seth Russell is the best fantasy college football player ever. He has an absolutely loaded group of receivers, and plays in a brilliant system that perfectly utilizes his skills as both a passer and runner. If WVU stays in the game and Russell plays 4 quarters, I think he’s all but a lock for 450 total yards and 5 touchdowns.
FanDuel Price – $9,300
Mahomes has shredded defenses this season, and will get Lauderdale back this week which opens things up for Grant and Austin underneath. I expect Mahomes and the Texas Tech offense to be clicking on all cylinders as they go into Kansas to face the nation’s 127th ranked defense. I wouldn’t try to choose between Russell/Coleman and Mahomes/Grant, use both and mix in some of he value guys on this page.
FanDuel Price – $6,900
He was awful last week and we gave him out as a target. He completed 8 of 24 passes for just 56 yards with 0 touchdowns and 1 interception, and also managed to miss a few series with a leg injury. However, he still ran for 56 yards and a touchdown and was out of his element for almost the entire game. The Oregon State offense isn’t meant to come from behind. They don’t throw it a ton, and rarely take shots down field. This week they should find more success within their system, and against one the weaker defenses they have faced this season. WSU is allowing opposing QB’s to average over 23 PPG this season, but Collins will be the first dual-threat quarterback they have had to face.
If you are looking to go really cheap at quarterback, James Summers is only $4,500. While he is in a committee, Summers has averaged just under 30 PPG over ECU’s past three contests and there will be plenty of opportunities to go around against Tulsa.
FanDuel Week 7 CFB Running Backs
FanDuel Price – $7,100
I won’t be overexposed to any Texas Tech player, but you want to start a guy that scored 48 points three weeks ago and is facing the nation’s 4th worst run defense. Kansas is giving up 50 PPG to opposing running backs and Washington doesn’t have a ton of competition in the Red Raider offense.
FanDuel Price – $6,800
If Taiwan Deal is out, Dare Ogunbowale is an absolute must-start. First off, he’s a Wisonsin running back not in a committee… so were Melvin Gordon, Montee Ball, James White, Anthony Davis, Michael Bennett, Ron Dayne… Secondly, he’s playing the 109th ranked run defense in the country in Purdue, who are currently allowing opponents to run for over 225 yards per game.
FanDuel Price – $5,300
Webb’s FanDuel salary is tough to understand. Coming off from a 5x performance, he’s averaging just under 4x value for his $5,300 salary on the season. I could see dropping his salary if he was facing Alabama, but South Carolina has the nation’s 100th ranked run defense, giving up over 200 yards per game on the ground. Thanks to his consistent 25 carries per game, and increasing role in the pass game, Webb looks like an extremely safe value play in your Saturday lineups.
FanDuel Price – $5,300
Tulsa, like Kansas, is one of those defenses that you can target in both the passing and running game. They are bottom 10 nationally in both categories, mostly because their defense is bad, but also because their offense plays insanely fast… 100 plays per game fast. This just means Hairston, who has zero competition at the position and has been improving every week, should see his season high in touches in what is also his most favorable matchup of the season. He doesn’t have a crazy high season, but at $5,300 25 points is all we need from him.
FanDuel Price – $4,500
Brewer is probably the best running back Tulsa has. He was the week 1 starter and while he didn’t lose his job, Langer took it with a big 2nd half against FAU. After about a month of watching Langer average 2.5 YPC, Brewer finally got his shot again last week and was the player of the game for Tulsa. He averages just under 6 YPC and is much better threat in the passing game than Langer. He isn’t listed as the starter, but I do think he’s going to get a bunch of playing time in a very favorable matchup with ECU who gives up 190 rushing yards per game.
FanDuel Week 7 CFB Wide Receivers
FanDuel Price – $8,600
The top scoring positional player in the slate, Coleman’s numbers are even more shocking when you take into account just how little playing time it’s taken him to put them up. He’s had to play so little in the second half of games that 10 of his 13 touchdowns have come in the first half, with only one touchdwon coming in the fourth quarter of a game… If West Virginia is fortunate to hang around for four quarters, Coleman may hang 5 TD’s on them.
FanDuel Price – $5,700
Prior to his injury against Baylor, Lauderdale had 10 touchdown receptions in his last 10 games, with three multi-touchdown performances. He tends to be a boom-or-bust type pick, but generally feasts on weaker pass defenses. Kansas has the worst defense in college football, and I expect Lauderdale to burn them for at least one touchdown on Saturday.
FanDuel Price – $5,600
Sherfield is averaging over 9 receptions per game over his last three games, and we expect Vandy to find plenty of success against the Gamecocks pass defense. South Carolina is in the bottom 10 nationally in opponent QB Rating and completion percentage. As a smaller, quick, possession receiver, both stats have a big impact on Sherfield’s projections for Saturday.
FanDuel Price – $4,800
We wrote in our DraftKings week 7 college football picks that out of all ECU receivers, Trevon Brown really jumps out when you watch their film. He’s big, athletic, fast, has scored in three straight games, and is averaging over 15 YPC this season. Tulsa plays faster than anyone in college football, meaning ECU will run a ton of plays and likely top the 284+ passing yards per game Tulsa is currently giving up.
FanDuel Price – $4,500
Anytime you have an injury to a major player in college football, it’s crucial to take a look at who is going to step into his role in the offense. Two weeks ago, Tony Brown stepped into Devin Lauderdale’s role at Texas Tech, last week Fumagalli stepped up for Austin Traylor, and this week I think Conner Floyd could have a big game stepping in for Keevan Lucas. We know Atkinson and Garrett are better plays on the outside, but at the minimum salary, Floyd could end up being the better value. The role already exists in the offense, let’s see if the senior Floyd can fill it this week.
FanDuel Week 7 CFB Tight Ends
FanDuel Price – $3,000
Bucky Hodges has not had the 2015 season that the Hokies expected he would. He struggled with injuries earlier in the season, and is now struggling to find chemistry with quarterback Brenden Motely. Even so, on a slate that FanDuel seemingly made every tight end $3,000, he is the most talented and the matchup with Miami is favorable as they are currently giving up over 260 passing YPG.
FanDuel Price – $3,000
With 6 catches for 65 yards and a touchdown, Fumagalli had a monster performance in his first game as Wisconsin’s starting tight end. We have to pay up for him a little this week, but the matchup is solid and Wisconsin tight ends have caught a touchdown in every game this season.
Additional bargain players worth considering for week 7: Steven Sims Jr, Simmie Cobbs, KJ Maye, Jordan Villamin,