FanPicks CFB Week 4 Early Slate Picks

TDA returns to college football with picks for the week 4 early slate on FanPicks.

This is our first college football lineup article since November, 2015. While I covered CFB for the Fantasy Football Freaks last season, The Daily Audible shut down it’s college football section when FanDuel and DraftKings announced they would no longer be offering contests.

TeamOpponentDraftKings Salary
Ohio StateUNLV52.5
LouisvilleKent State50
West VirginiaKansas46
HoustonTexas Tech39
TennesseeUMass35
Georgia TechPittsburgh33
Texas TechHouston33
Florida StateNC State32

Week 4 CFB QB Picks

PlayerOpponentDraftKings Salary
Lamar JacksonKent State$10,000
Ahmad BradshawTulane$6,500
Kyle AllenTexas Tech$5,700

As usual when he is available in a slate, the question at QB position is if you can afford to, or afford not to, pay up for Lamar Jackson. Generally speaking, I’m an advocate for paying up for guys like Jackson, he has 6x+ upside for 20% of your total team salary, you have to lock that in if possible.

That being said, with the current FanPicks pricing, you can’t find a ton of value under the average salary per roster position of $5,556. Looking at the QB position at all, there are really only two starting QB’s priced under the average salary per roster spot.

If you decide to roll the dice with two of the lower-mid tier quarterbacks, I really like Kyle Allen and Ahmad Bradshaw. Allen is starting to settle into this Houston system, and is one of the best pro-style quarterbacks in college football. Bradshaw is the leading rusher on a potent option offense in Army, and faces a Tulane team that comes into this week as the 82nd ranked run defense in the country, allowing 156 rushing YPG.

All that being said, Jackson faces an extremely soft Kent State defense, and we know that Petrino will continue to run up scores to keep Jackson as the front runner for the Heisman this season.

Week 4 CFB RB Picks

PlayerOpponentDraftKings Salary
Trayveon WilliamsArkansas$6,900
Duke CatalonHouston$5,800
Malik WilliamsLouisville$5,000

There are several names above $6,000 worth a look in this slate: John Kelly is the focal point of everything Tennessee does and their team total is 35. J.K. Dobbins has flashed as a true freshman and will find plenty of running room against UNLV. Justin Crawford is averaging nearly 8 YPC and has 5 touchdowns in three games. Darnell Woolfolk will get 18+ carries against that weak Tulane run defense. Justin Stockton may be one of the best receiving backs in the nation.

All that being said, I think Trayveon Williams is the most gifted back in this slate, and should play the full game in what could be one of the closer games in this slate. Williams’ stat line through the first two games of this season is video game-esque: 33 carries for 256 yards and 3 touchdowns. Arkansas gave up 195 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns to TCU last week.

Duke Catalon should be busy this Saturday. Texas Tech can score on just about any defense, but can’t play a lick of defense. After opening with two soft games against ASU and Eastern Washington, the Red Raiders are a prime candidate to take a kick in the teeth from a more physical team. All that being said, Allen will be able to throw the ball all over them, leaving the door open for a typical 12/60/1 line out of Catalon.

I hate starting Louisville running backs, but this matchup with Kent State is just too juicy to resist owning at least some shares of Malik Williams. Nothing is more frustrating than watching Jackson pull the ball as the RB enters the end zone and then follow him in to pad his Heisman numbers, but I’ll take the bait and assume he allows Malik to get at least one in a game where Louisville will likely score 150 points.

Week 4 CFB WR Picks

PlayerOpponentDraftKings Salary
Linell BonnerHouston$7,100
Marquez CallawayUMass$5,800
Steven DunbarHouston$5,100
K.J. HillUNLV$4,500
Jared CorneliusArkansas$3,300

We have already expressed our love for Kyle Allen’s golden god right arm, and will naturally have a share of his two leading receivers. The numbers through two weeks aren’t what we expected out of veterans like Bonner and Dunbar, but expect to see that change this week against Tech.

Callaway is a boom or bust pick with Tennessee. He only has 7 catches on 14 targets this season, but 4 of them went for touchdowns. In a matchup that has Tennessee projected to score 5 touchdowns, we are betting the Vols try to get Dormady going by taking a couple shots to Callaway over the top of the UMass defense.

Finding value under $5,000 in this slate is a real numbers game. I like K.J. Hill because he leads the Buckeyes in targets, which should translate to fantasy points against UNLV.

We all know what Jared Cornelius is capable of, it’s just a matter of time before he and this Arkansas offense gets rolling. He isn’t going to blow the lid off of the A&M defense, but is certainly better than a $3,300 receiver.

Other names worth a look under $5,000 include Jester Weah and Jhamon Ausbon.

Week 4 CFB TE Picks

PlayerOpponentDraftKings Salary
Marcus BaughUNLV$3,700

The numbers game leads us to another Buckeye at tight end. Marcus Baugh has 15 targets through the first three weeks, which is certainly amongst the top at the TE position in this slate. Similar to the QB spot, I think you either pay up for the top name, Jaylen Samuels, or look for a bargain to load up at other positions.

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Written by Chris Lollis

Chris is the lead researcher and writer for The Daily Audible. He has a decade of experience in sports gambling, handicapping, daily fantasy sports, scouting, and analysis.

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