After a hectic first week of the College Football regular season which included multiple days of action, a sense of normalcy returns in Week 2. While there’s a single marquee matchup on Friday night, the rest of the games are packed into a huge Saturday of wall-to-wall action.
For DFS purposes, Draftkings has broken the schedule down into a few digestible bites, including the featured slate which kicks off at noon EST. That slate alone includes 15 games, so we certainly have our work cut out for us.
As always, we can start by taking a gander at what the oddsmakers have to say. The games with the highest-projected totals deserve to get circled right away so we can probe for opportunities. Next up, we can take a look at obvious mismatches on paper.
Of those tilts, we need to determine which ones are worth investing in, and which ones would be best to take a pass on. To make that determination, it all comes down to projecting the game script.
If we see such a mismatch that the dogs will be called off quickly, we need to think long and hard on whether or not there will be enough production from the starters to justify rostering them. In addition, we also need to consider if the backups deserve a whirl on the chance they do some damage in garbage time.
Last but not least, we want to get a good handle on the rest of the week’s potential studs and value plays. Due to the relatively tight pricing on DraftKings, a mix of both is needed to have a chance of building out a competitive lineup.
Let’s take a look at some players to consider at each roster spot, starting with a quarterback whose salary doesn’t jibe with his potential output for the week.
QB: Justin Herbert – Oregon Ducks ($9.9k)
Last week, all Justin Herbert did was throw for 281 yards, 5 scores, and 2 picks, all while adding on 41 yards and another trip to the end zone on the ground. That translated to 39.34 points on DraftKings as Oregon decimated Bowling Green by a score of 58-24.
Herbert and company are in a similar smash spot this week against the Portland State Vikings, a school that just gave up a staggering 72 points to Nevada. In that tilt, Nevada signal caller Ty Gangi threw for 342 yards and 3 scores, and he added on 23 rushing yards and another TD on the ground for good measure.
Gangi’s performance was good enough for 36 points. Based on his own productivity and the opportunity at hand, we can safely say that Herbert at least has the potential to be in the neighborhood of the high-30’s in fantasy points this week.
Herbert is just the fifth-most expensive QB on the slate, which makes him a relative bargain in comparison to potential output. He’s a solid anchor to consider for your lineups on Saturday.
RB: Damien Harris – Alabama Crimson Tide ($7.8k)
Damien Harris didn’t see too much work last week against the Louisville Cardinals. He had just 69 total yards on the day, as he briefly left the game with what appeared to be a cramping issue. Harris was fine and ready to go after a breather, but the Crimson Tide really didn’t need him as they cruised to a 51-14 victory.
Alabama has another cupcake on the menu this Saturday when Arkansas State comes to town. The Crimson Tide are a 36-point favorite, so this is one of the aforementioned spots in which we have to consider whether or not Harris can produce before the dogs are called off.
Here’s a vote that says that he will. Harris remains atop the depth chart, and there’s nothing to suggest he’ll be supplanted. However, the schedule starts getting tougher in the coming weeks, so we can safely assume that Nick Saban and company would like to see a little confirmation of his capabilities moving forward.
We’ll pencil in Harris for a solid day that could be even bigger if this game turns out to be closer than expected.
RB: Mike Weber – Ohio State Buckeyes ($7.9k)
Productivity was not an issue at all for Mike Weber and the rest of the Ohio State Buckeyes last Saturday. Ohio State poured on the points against Oregon State in Week 1, exiting the game with a 77-31 victory.
Weber had a big hand in the festivities, as he toted the rock 20 times for 186 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also added on a single 3-yard reception that went for a score.
Ohio State is widely expected to pour on the points once again. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are coming to town on Saturday as a 35-point underdog in a game with a projected total of 63 points.
Once again, there’s a risk the dogs will be called off and hamper what could be an epic day of fantasy points for Weber and company. However, it looks like a risk worth taking, as the Buckeyes appear to be very interested in padding point totals before the schedule gets tougher down the road.
WR: Terry McLaurin – Ohio State Buckeyes ($4.4k)
We can go right back to the same game and find an equal chance of productivity out of the passing game. Sophomore signal caller Dwayne Haskins was electric last week, as he tossed for 313 yards and 5 touchdowns.
While we can certainly consider him for our lineups as well, he’s one of the more pricey quarterbacks of the week at $10,800. However, we can still get some exposure by looking to his top targets.
Terry McLaurin was the most productive of them all last week, as he hauled in 4 balls for 121 yards and 2 TD’s, one of which was an epic 75-yard score. The salary makers aren’t showing him any love in spite of the fact that he delivered 31.1 points last week, but we’ll happily take advantage of the pricing inefficiency.
There’s certainly a risk to chasing points, but McLaurin’s salary makes it one worth taking. He may not drop a 30-spot once again, but there’s no reason he can’t return excellent value at an affordable price point.
WR: Chris Taumoepeau – Portland State Vikings ($5.1k)
We’re going back to the well with a pick that was kind to our lineups last week. We recommended Portland State Vikings TE Charlie Taumoepeau in Week 1, and he didn’t disappoint in a points fest against Nevada.
As mentioned earlier, Nevada torched Portland State to the tune of 72-19. However, Taumoepeau delivered by posting a line of 3/130/2, which was good enough for 31 points on DraftKings.
He’s in a similar spot this week, as the Vikings are expected to get crushed by the Oregon Ducks. While we can’t promise he’ll deliver 30+ points again, Taumoepeau has a chance for a productive day since his squad will likely be playing catch-up on Saturday.
Taumoepeau is not quite as good of a value in Week 2 since his salary crept up off a solid fantasy performance, but he has a great chance to pay back his salary and then some.
WR: Jaylon Redd – Oregon Ducks ($5.6k)
Sticking with the same contest, Oregon Ducks wideout Jaylon Redd is in a good spot to deliver an encore performance for his solid Week 1. The sophomore WR hauled in just two balls last week, but they were good for 81 yards and 2 TD’s.
While we certainly can’t expect Redd to be so productive on limited opportunities every week, we can safely assume his performance captured the attention of Ducks coaches. The Ducks spread it around in Week 1, as 7 receivers caught balls in total.
Redd’s 2 receptions was good enough for second on the team, behind only Junior Dillon Mitchell’s 3 catches, which went for 26 yards and a score. Mitchell is certainly an option to stack with Herbert as well, but he’s a lot more pricey at $7,000.
By looking in Redd’s direction, we find both opportunity and value. That can be a winning combination if his connection with Herbert bears fruit yet again.
Flex: Osirus Mitchell – team ($3.8k)
This is another pricing inefficiency that we’re looking to exploit, but there’s also some risk attached. Sophomore WR Osirus Mitchell had himself a heck of a day last week against Stephen F. Austin, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be able to rinse and repeat this week.
Mitchell snagged just 2 balls on the day, but they went for 114 yards and 2 TD’s, which included an electrifying 84-yard game breaker. He looks to be well-positioned on the depth chart, but the offense may look different last week.
Sophomore Keytaon Thompson filled in for suspended redshirt senior Nick Fitzgerald at QB last week, but the latter will be given the keys once again this week. Thompson filled in more than admirably, as he produced 7 total touchdowns on his way to 63.5 fantasy points.
Mitchell could be a top target for Fitzgerald in the wake of his stellar performance, but there’s also a chance the signal caller will be looking elsewhere. Regardless, we’ll expect Mitchell to get at least a few looks after proving himself so well in Week 1.
Since it doesn’t take all that much to pay off his bargain basement salary, it’s a risk worth taking.
S-Flex: Davis Alexander – Portland State ($5.5k)
We’re going back to the Oregon-Portland State game to do a little discount shopping for our S-flex spot. Vikings signal caller Davis Alexander had a decent day while his team was getting obliterated last week by Nevada, and we’ll look to see if he can turn the same trick this week.
Alexander threw for 224 yards, 2 scores, and two picks in a game that wasn’t even close, and he added on 20 rushing yards to boot. That translated into 20.66 points on DraftKings, which is none too shabby for a low-priced QB.
As always, we can go in a number of different directions at S-flex. However, a cheap QB with a solid chance to produce is the preferred option for this slot more often than not, and Alexander checks off the boxes in Week 2.
Thanks for reading. We hope we’ve helped you narrow down your list of targets for this week’s featured slate of CFB DFS on DraftKings. Enjoy the games this weekend and best of luck with your lineups!
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