DFS College Football 10/3 (12 PM)

Written By PlayPicks Staff on October 2, 2015 - Last Updated on June 27, 2018

Welcome back for a big weekend of college football. The main (early) slate on DraftKings offers a 19-game slate with over $525K in guaranteed prizes. It is a huge weekend for College Football DFS action with loads of GPP options still to be filled.



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Houston (-7) @ Tulsa — O/U: 81.5


Well, at least we start off with a bang, right? Houston will look to stay undefeated as they travel to Tulsa to take on the Golden Hurricanes.




QB:  Greg Ward Jr. ($8,900) has been nothing short of spectacular to start the season. He’s 3rd in the nation in completion percentage (75.3%) and has tossed 8 touchdowns. He’s used his legs to rack up 290 yards and 4 TD’s and has averaged 39.5 FPPG. He’s not cheap, but he’s a safe bet for a floor of 30 FPS and an unlimited ceiling.




WR: Ward Jr. clearly has a favorite target in fellow junior Demarcus Ayers ($6,200) who has the most receptions with 26 (11 is the next closest) and 3 TD’s. He’s also added 96 yards on the ground on 8 rushes and is a near-must play if you’re thinking about rolling with Ward. The duo should be extremely productive and Ayers is more than affordable. He’s caught no fewer than 8 passes per-game.




QB: I’m not a huge Dane Evans ($7,900) fan for GPP’s because I don’t think he offers enough upside, but I can justify uses of him in cash games. He has a solid floor of 25 FPS.


RB: I’d rather target the Tulsa passing game, but Zack Langer ($6,100) has 88 carries this season (5th most in FBS) and 5 TD’s, averaging 27.8 FPPG. He does lose some carries to Brewer, but should be in for another nice game. His price is great for a back of his production and I expect him to go under-the-radar for Saturday.


WR: There are three options to look at here: Keevan Lucas ($6,900) leads the team in TD’s and fantasy production with 30.1 FPPG. Keyarris Garrett ($6,400) is not far behind with 28.8 FPPG, leading the team in receptions and yardage, albeit just 1 TD. Joshua Atkinson ($4,400) is a “boom-or-bust” option with more chance to “bust” than “boom.” On the surface, he’s averaged 26.7 FPPG, but he’s definitely the #3 option in the Golden Hurricanes’ passing game. If you’re looking for a GPP punt, he’s not a bad option as he will see some volume.



Iowa @ Wisconsin (-6.5) — O/U: 44.5


After already knocking off rival Iowa State and then Pittsburgh, the Hawkeyes head to Wisconsin to take on the 3-1 Badgers.






RB: Jordan Canzeri ($6,300) is tied for 2nd in FBS with 8 rushing TD’s on the season. The craziest part of this stat is that he’s given 48 carries away to backup Leshun Daniels Jr ($4,100). Daniels is dealing with an ankle injury but should play on Saturday. Wisconsin has been stingy against the run, allowing just 3 yards per carry and 4 TD’s. Canzeri is in for a tough match-up and can most likely be avoided despite his recent success.








RB: With Corey Clement out with a sports hernia injury, Dare Ogunbowale ($5,000) and Taiwan Deal ($5,800) have been asked to carry the load and have done well. The duo has combined for 571 yards and 7 TD’s on 110 attempts. Over the past 3 games, Deal has seen 11 more carries than Ogunbowale but has done very little in the passing game, compared to Ogunbowale’s 10 receptions. In terms of fantasy production, it’s a pretty even split. Iowa ranks 18th vs. the run and you’d be taking a risk to roster either back this Saturday.


WR: Alex Erickson ($4,700) is the clear go-to option for QB Joel Stave, leading the team in yardage (320) and receptions (23) but has yet to catch a TD. Wisconsin is a run-first offense, but I still believe Erickson could be a deep GPP play vs. a below-average Hawkeye secondary.


Kansas @ Iowa State (-17) — O/U: 59.5


Combined, these two teams are 1-5 but again, we don’t discriminate in DFS, and the over/under is respectable.



QB: Montell Cozart ($5,000) will return to the starters role this week after suffering from flu-like symptoms last weekend. Cozart is a solid athlete, with the ability to make plays with his legs. He’s dirt-cheap in a game with a relatively high over/under and could be a real nice sleeper in GPP’s. It’d be a risk, but would certainly free up a ton of salary.


RB: Ke’aun Kinner ($4,900) is another low-priced solid talent, averaging just under 20 carries per game. The junior has 5 TD’s through 3 games, averaging 24.5 FPPG. Iowa State has a middle of the road run defense, and I love Kinner as a punt play at RB this weekend.




Iowa State


NO OPTIONS TO CONSIDER across the board. No individuals stand out here for DFS.


Minnesota @ Northwestern (-4.5) — O/U: 39.5


Yikes, 39.5? No sense diving too much into this one. A couple of options to take a peek at:


Justin Jackson ($6,500) leads the nation with 115 rushing attempts


Rodney Smith ($4,400) is 12th in the nation with 83 attempts, and extremely cheap for someone who gets that type of volume.


Pittsburgh @ Virginia Tech (-4.5) — O/U: 45


Another low over/under, but there are more viable options here than in the last game. The ACC Coastal can be anyone’s and this game could be a big part in deciding it.






RB: If you’ve been living under a rock (or just don’t follow PITT football), James Conner is lost for the season. Co-starter Darrin Hall ($3,700) has been ruled out for the game due to a leg injury, which is great news for Qadree Ollison ($4,900) who’s done excellent work thus far, carrying the ball 41 times for 305 yards (7.4 YPC). VT has been awful vs. the run this season, ranking 109 out of 128 teams. I am very excited to see what Ollison can do this weekend and will be taking a chance on him in at least one GPP lineup.


WR: Tyler Boyd ($6,900) is back after serving a 1-game suspension for a DUI charge, and looks as if he hasn’t missed a beat. He’s caught 21 passes for 226 yards and a TD in his only two games. His price does not reflect his talent level and I’ll be rolling with him in GPP’s even with a tough match-up.


Virginia Tech


I’m not too excited about VT this weekend, but I wouldn’t mind using the QB/WR combo of Brenden Motley ($5,700) (9 total TD, 164 rushing yards) and Isaiah Ford ($4,500) (20.2 FPPG, 361 receiving yards, 3 TD). It’s not an ideal match-up for the Hokies but there is enough upside to warrant consideration.


Purdue @ Michigan State (-21.5) — O/U: 55


The Boilermakers limp into East Lansing with a 1-3 record. I’m surprised the Spartans are favored by a little more than 3 TD’s and wouldn’t be surprised to see them cover.




No options to consider here. Purdue is in trouble in this one.


Michigan State


QB: Purdue has allowed 1,063 yards through the air in four games and even though Connor Cook ($7,200) hasn’t produced fantasy wise, he’s got a great match-up. Cook threw for 238 yards and 3 TD’s last season VS. the Boilermakers.


RB: Madre London ($5,100) and LJ Scott ($4,300) have combined for 505 yards on the season with 5 TD’s. Unfortunately, they limit each other’s upside, but they both are at a prime price, particularly London who is the lowest we’ve seen him at all season. Purdue has allowed 176.5 yards per game, on average.


WR: Aaron Burbridge ($6,400) is having an excellent season, averaging 24.4 FPPG, with 24 receptions for 405 yards and 4 TD’s. He should be in for another great game is one of the top options on the slate. I expect him to slip under the cracks with so many other high-profile games on Saturday. Fire him up in GPP’s.


South Carolina @ Missouri (-2.5) — O/U: 41.5


The Gamecocks have a chance to redeem themselves (to an extent) if they can come out of Missouri with a win.


South Carolina


QB: Lorenzo Nunez ($6,900) is seemingly the clear starter for the Gamecocks and while I do love his rushing ability, I believe his price is a bit too high for this match-up. I’ll be looking elsewhere.




WR: Pharoh Cooper ($6,300) is another player who’s at the lowest price we’ve seen him all season. He’s still heavily involved in the offense and even with the lack of a passer at the helm, his price is too good to ignore. I’ll be rolling with Cooper in at least one lineup Saturday



QB: Drew Lock ($4,300) will get the start for the suspended Maty Mauk. I’m not recommending him, but the 4-star recruit is an option at near minimum salary. He’s got a strong arm and a couple of deep TD’s could have him reach value at this price.






Texas @ TCU (-15) — O/U: 73.5


Josh Doctson exploded last weekend and the Horned Frogs escaped Lubbock with a win. It will be important to not sleep on Texas, despite their struggles this season.




QB: If Texas is to win, Jerrod Heard ($7,000) will need to have the game of his life. Since taking over as starter, he’s averaged 27.94 FPPG, with a low of 8.56 last week and high of 52.86 the week before. He’s a risk, but should have a productive day in a high-scoring game.




WR: This is tough. If you use Heard, I’d suggest pairing him with one of the Texas WR’s to differentiate yourself even more. Your two options here would be: Malcom Johnson ($3,500) who saw his first action since departing the ND game with an ankle injury. The other would be Daje Johnson ($4,200) who leads the team in receptions with 13. This is a completely “outside of the box” strategy, but it’s an option.




QB: No need to explain, but Trevone Boykin ($9,200) has averaged 37.7 FPPG and should be in for yet another big game on Saturday. His last two games, he’s averaged 47.88 over his last two contests.


RB: Aaron Green ($7,300) is shining. He’s amassed 434 yards on 73 carries and 6 TD’s while added a TD through the air last week on a miraculous catch off of a tipped pass. Texas has been shredded on the ground this season and Green should continue that trend.


WR: Kolby Listenbee ($4,000) is expected to miss this one once again according to TCU sports writer Carlos Mendez. In other words, fire up Josh Doctson ($7,600).


West Virginia @ Oklahoma (-6.5) — O/U: 59.5


West Virginia


QB: Skylar Howard ($6,500) came through with 28 points last week and has remained consistent throughout the early part of this season. He’ll need to be at his best as the Mountaineers travel to Norman to take on the Sooners. I like Howard again this week for a 30-35 FP performance.


RB: Wendell Smallwood ($4,900) has averaged 23.7 FPPG and is too cheap for that type of production. He’s a great value play, even if he does give away some carries


WR: Shelton Gibson ($4,600) makes a perfect pair with Howard. The two connected 6 times for 2 TD’s last week. Gibson leads the Mountaineer receivers in all major stat categories and should lead them once again on Saturday. He’s an excellent play at his price.




QB: Baker Mayfield ($8,300) exploded last weekend for nearly 60 FPS but faces the 7th ranked passing defense in the nation. Mayfield is a little too pricey for my liking and I’ll be avoiding him in this one.


RB: Samaje Perine ($7,800) is another Sooner who is too pricey for my liking, averaging just 18 FPPG. He’s got incredible talent but I’ll take the pass.


WR: Mayfield has done a great job of spreading the ball around this season making it difficult for any individual player to stand out. Sterling Shepard ($6,900) is still my favorite option in the passing game but will need to distinguish himself a bit more before I invest in him.





For the remaining games, I will go over some top options. Sorry to do this every week, seemingly. Moving forward, I expect to ensure this article gets completed as I intend it to. Thank you for your support and understanding. It is much appreciated.




Seth Russell ($9,300) — Russell is more than capable of 45-50 FPS and I wouldn’t be surprised if he hit it vs. the Red Raiders. Russell leads the nation in yards per completion at 12.4 by a whopping 1.5 yards. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but it is in comparison. Russell is an elite option even at his price.


Luke Falk ($8,900) — Washington State is a 17.5 point underdog with an over/under total of 73.5. Falk has averaged just over 50 passing attempts per game. He’s a bit risky as he’s topped 25 fantasy points just once, but he’s still an option in a pass-heavy offense.


Patrick Mahomes II ($8,500) — Mahomes is questionable for Saturday’s game but I fully expect him to play. He’s averaged 38.3 FPPG and very well could be the highest scoring QB on the slate. He’s one of my favorite plays on the slate and it’s even better that his injury could lower his ownership percentage.


Cardale Jones ($7,900) — Jones is risky but has the upside to be an excellent GPP play. Ohio State should win this one big, and I expect Jones to have a big part of it.


Lamar Jackson ($5,700) — Jackson put up 44.88 points last week, albeit vs. Samford, but it showed his true upside. He’s in for a tougher task this week in a game with a 46.5 O/U.


Running Backs


Dalvin Cook ($8,800) — Cook is priced a bit high for my liking but put up 32.9 FPS followed by 47.6 FPS in his first 2 games, averaging 8.6 YPC. He’s going to be in for yet another big game after getting an extra week to rest with the bye week.


Nick Chubb ($8,600) — Chubb’s previous lowest price was $9,800. Sure, he’s giving up some carries to Sony Michel, and will be in for a tough match-up vs. Alabama, but…he’s Nick Chubb, arguably the best back in the nation. Would you pay less money for a product that’s the same quality as it’s always been? Point made. 🙂


Ezekiel Elliot ($8,400) — Indiana ranks 54th vs. the run this season and was 81st last season. Elliot averaged 8.2 YPC last season vs. the Hoosiers rushing for 107 yards and a TD on 13 carries.


Terrell Newby ($6,000) — Newby is in a pass-oriented offense, but has still accumulated 70 carries racking up 399 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s also been active in the passing game, catching 7 passes for 58 yards and a TD. Illinois was 5th to last, last season vs. the run and although they’ve improved to 39th to start 2015, don’t expect it to last. I love Newby this weekend.


Patrick Skov ($5,700) — Skov leads the Jackets in carries (60) and rushing TD’s (5) and should be in for another big game vs. a weak UNC front line that is 120th thus far in 2014.


Deandre Washington ($5,500) — I’m not sure why Washington is so cheap after putting up 51.9 FPS last season. He’s shown that if he can get the number of carries, he can be successful. His first three games, he averaged 12 carries per game, but still averaged just under 8 yards per carry. He’s set up to be successful once again this week and is a near must-play.


Elijah Hood ($5,300) — I love Hood’s talent, but he’s yet to be overly successful for DFS. Tech is middle of the road in rushing defense and will more than likely control the time of possession but I wanted to at least mention hood. He’s averaging 6.5 YPC this season.


Wide Receivers


Corey Coleman ($7,900) — You remember the stat from above with Seth Russell? Coleman averages 27.1 YPC. Not bad, huh? He’s the highest priced option on the slate but is worth paying up for.


Jakeem Grant ($7,100) — Grant won’t match Coleman’s numbers, but he may come close. He’s Mahomes’ top option with 29 receptions for 413 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s seen his receptions increase each week (6, 7, 8, 8) and could very well see double digits this weekend.


Gabe Marks ($6,700) / River Cracraft ($6,500) — Marks and Cracraft are the top receiving options for the Cougars, in receptions and yardage. Dom Williams ($5,500) leads the team in TD’s with 3. All three are in play on Saturday.


Kenny Lawler ($6,300) — Cal spreads the ball around a good bit, yet 6 of Lawler’s 21 receptions have been good for TD’s. It’s hard to ignore that stat. He’s still risky, but should get his fair share of production in a high scoring affair.


KD Cannon ($6,000) — Cannon has been disappointing this season but in this game, he should bounce back big. I love the Baylor mini-stack. Although, if you’re trying to use someone alongside Coleman, Jay Lee ($5,500) is a much better bet, averaging 22.2 FPPG compared to Cannon’s 11.6.


Jordan Westerkamp ($5,500) — The junior leads the Corn Huskers with 26 receptions for 351 yards and 4 TD’s and should lead the way again in a close game with a 56.5 over/under.


Devon Lauderdale ($4,800) — Risky, but he’s my #2 guy at TT, averaging 22.6 FPPG.


Malcom Mitchell ($4,500) — Mitchell is Greyson Lambert’s favorite target, catching 20 passes for 306 yards and 3 TD’s. The next closest in receptions is backup RB Sony Michel with 8. If Alabama decides to load the box and try to stop the UGA running game, Lambert could hit Mitchell deep a few times.


And on that note? GO DAWGS!!!


Thanks for reading everyone. Enjoy your Saturday and good luck!


Note: I will be unavailable for questions beginning at 7:30a EST up until lock. 


Take care,





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