Week 2 is upon us and while the schedule is a bit toned down from last week, there is still plenty to get excited about from a daily fantasy sports perspective. There are 14 games kicking off between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET including some real bangers with Texas hosting Alabama, Tennessee traveling to Pittsburgh in what will be the Panthers’ first ever home game against an SEC foe and the battle for the CyHawk trophy as Iowa State and Iowa meet at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. With so many games in play and a bunch of teams still playing against inferior competition, there are plenty of strong CFB DFS picks at all positions and some potentially lopsided scores across the board. This article will provide college football DFS picks and lineup advice for the DraftKings slate on Sept. 10 that locks at 12 p.m. ET.
College Football DFS: Week 2 Saturday CFB Picks
Bryce Young, Alabama ($10,200) — There’s a ton to like about Young this week. With a bunch of good, cheap signal-callers in play, spending all the way up at quarterback is definitely not a necessity, but Young is the clear top option if you are doing so and his upside always makes him a risky fade in any format. Young was phenomenal last week, throwing five touchdowns in a blowout win against Utah State and while Texas might be better this year, the Longhorns are still 20-point underdogs at home to Young and the Crimson Tide. Again, Young is not a must play but his upside is second to none on this slate so if you are fading him do so at your own peril.
Tyler Van Dyke, Miami (FL.) ($6,400) –– With 14 games and 28 quarterbacks in play, there are likely going to be good options at almost every price range. That is especially true in the $6,000-8,000 range with Van Dyke leading the way as one of the top overall plays on the board this week. Van Dyke was not needed much as the Hurricanes routed Bethune-Cookman 70-13 in Week 1, but with Miami again a big favorite at home against Southern Mississippi, expect to see him much more involved in this offense this week. Entering his second season as the Hurricanes starter, Van Dyke threw for almost 3,000 yards last year and there’s a reason his name was mentioned in Heisman talk all offseason. Simply put, his $6,400 price tag is just way too cheap here and Van Dyke looks like a solid cog in the machine type in all formats.
Other Quarterbacks: Haynes King, Texas A&M ($8,700); Sam Hartman, Wake Forest ($8,000); Hendon Hooker, Tennessee ($7,800); Donovan Smith, Texas Tech ($7,700); KJ Jefferson, Arkansas ($7,400); Sean Clifford, Penn State ($7,300); Adrian Martinez, Kansas State ($6,700); Clayton Tune, Houston ($6,500); Mike Wright, Vanderbilt ($5,400)
Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State ($7,600) — Seven straight 100-yard rushing games and counting, Vaughn has established himself as one of the top tailbacks in the country and there is quite a bit to like about him this week as Kansas State hosts Missouri. With Nebraska transfer and dual-threat quarterback Adrian Martinez now the Wildcats’ signal-caller, it was very encouraging to see Vaughn be the most productive Wildcat player last week as Kansas State rolled South Dakota 34-0. Martinez is interesting in his own right on this slate, but Vaughn is the backbone of the Wildcats’ offense. As the top-projected scorer in our CFB DFS projections and 7.5-point home favorites in a game with a 56.5-point total, he should find the end zone and extend his 100-yard rushing streak to eight games.
Chase Brown, Illinois ($6,400) — Perhaps the top overall play at any position, Brown looks like a lock in all formats at an inexpensive $6,400 price tag. After rushing for 151 yards and two touchdowns in Illinois’ Week 0 win over Wyoming, Brown proceeded to tote the rock 36 more times for 199 yards in Illinois’ Week 1 loss to Indiana. It’s hard to find a better game log for a running back than Brown’s over the first two weeks. The clear bell cow in this Illinois offense, Brown is averaging 32+ DraftKings points per game over the first two weeks. In another good spot at home this week against Virginia, his $6,400 price stands out as one of the better values across the board.
Other Running Backs: Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama ($8,700); Raheim Sanders, Arkansas ($7,900); Bijan Robinson, Texas ($7,300); Christian Turner, Wake Forest ($7,200); Braelon Allen, Wisconsin ($7,000); Tahj Brooks, Texas Tech ($6,900); Brad Roberts, Air Force ($6,500); Frank Gore Jr., Southern Mississippi ($6,200); Perris Jones, Virginia ($5,600); Jirehl Brock, Iowa State ($4,300); Cody Schrader, Missouri ($4,200)
Nathaniel Dell, Houston ($6,000) — Living in the midrange at wide receiver again this week, and hopefully it works out just a little bit better than last week, as both Ronnie Bell and Dontay Demus Jr. were huge duds at similar price points. C’est la vie, however, and it will feel that much sweeter when the bounce back happens this week. Simply put, Dell’s $6,000 price tag is at least $1,000 too cheap as he is not only Houston’s unquestioned number one wideout, but he also returns kicks and almost took one to the house last week against UTSA. Dell was $7,800 in Week 1 and despite putting up 24 fantasy points with five catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns, DraftKings dropped his price all the way down to $6,000. Lock him in everywhere and quickly move along.
Mitchell Tinsley, Penn State ($5,700) — Tinsley’s price didn’t drop like Dell’s but it also didn’t get raised at all, and after his impressive performance in Week 1 against Purdue, he looks like another cog in our machine in all formats at $5,700. With seven catches (11 targets) for 84 yards and one touchdown in Penn State’s season-opening win against Purdue, Tinsley established himself as the top target for quarterback Sean Clifford and there’s no reason not to expect more of the same this week in a cake matchup against Ohio. Parker Washington is worth a look in tournaments as a potential pivot but on paper Tinsley is the guy we want and much like Dell, his $5,700 price tag is just far too cheap.
Other Wide Receivers: Jermaine Burton, Alabama ($8,100); Cedric Tillman, Tennessee ($7,300); Ainias Smith, Texas A&M ($7,200); Isaiah Williams, Illinois ($7,100); A.T. Perry, Wake Forest ($6,900); Xavier Restrepo, Miami (FL.) ($6,800); Donavan Green, Wake Forest ($6,200); Luther Burden III, Missouri ($5,900); Bru McCoy, Tennessee ($5,300); James Bostic, Ohio ($4,900); Cameron Latu, Alabama ($4,300); Chimere Dike, Wisconsin ($4,200); Matt Landers, Arkansas ($3,900); Michael Mayer, Notre Dame ($3,900)
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