Week 3 of the college football season is just hours away. For the first time this year, DraftKings and FanDuel will stagger the start times of their main slates, beginning at noon ET on DraftKings (12 games) and 3:30 p.m. ET on FanDuel (14 games).
There are six games in common between the main slates on the two sites:
Games in Common
- Stanford at Central Floria (-9), Over/Under: 59 – 3:30 p.m. ET
- Oklahoma State (-14) at Tulsa, Over/Under: 64 – 3:30 p.m. ET
- Alabama (-25) at South Carolina, Over/Under: 61.5 – 3:30 p.m. ET
- USC (-4) at BYU, Over/Under: 56.5 – 3:30 p.m. ET
- Arizona State at Michigan State (-14.5), Over/Under: 42 – 4:00 p.m. ET
- Iowa (-1.5) at Iowa State, Over/Under: 42.5 – 4:00 p.m. ET
- Kansas State at Mississippi State (-7), Over/Under: 51.5 – noon ET
- NC State (-7) at West Virginia, Over/Under: 46.5 – noon ET
- Pittsburgh at Penn State (-17.5), Over/Under: 53 – noon ET
- Ohio State (-17.5) at Indiana, Over/Under: 60 – noon ET
- Maryland (-6.5) at Temple, Over/Under: 66.5 – noon ET
- UNLV at Northwestern (-17.5), Over/Under: 52.5 – 3:30 p.m. ET
- Florida (-9) at Kentucky, Over/Under: 48 – 7:30 p.m. ET
- Hawaii at Washington (-21.5), Over/Under: 59 – 7:30 p.m. ET
- FSU at Virginia (-7.5), Over/Under: 56.5 – 7:30 p.m. ET
- Clemson (-28) at Syracuse, Over/Under: 64.5 – 7:30 p.m. ET
- TCU (-2) at Purdue, Over/Under: 52.5 – 7:30 p.m. ET
- Oklahoma (-23.5) at UCLA, Over/Under: 72 – 8:00 p.m. ET
- Texas (-32) at Rice, Over/Under: 56 – 8:00 p.m. ET
- Northern Illinois at Nebraska (-14), Over/Under: 54.5 – 8:00 p.m. ET
Let’s run through a few players to consider at each position as you’re putting together your lineups.
Spencer Sanders (Oklahoma State): $9,300 DraftKings; $9,100 FanDuel
A dangerous dual-threat, Sanders ranks fifth independent Quarterback Rating (IQR) and is tied for second in quarterback rushing with 12 broken tackles and 11 first downs.
Tulsa’s defense allowed 5.9 yards per carry on quarterback runs in 2018, 130th among 137 qualifying defenses.
Sanders has more than 60 fantasy points in limited action over two games and has yet to get a rushing touchdown; that should change against Tulsa.
Justin Fields (BYU): $9,200 DraftKings Only
Fields ranks third in IQR, and Indiana’s defense ranked 103rd out of 130 qualifying defenses (min. 100 attempts) in QBR allowed in 2018.
Nine of his 13 throws beyond 15 air yards have been on-target, connecting six times for 167 yards and three touchdowns.
Fields also has 21 carries for more than 100 yards with three rushing touchdowns and should have a high usage rate again. Ohio State has an implied team total of more than five touchdowns in what could prove to be a decent road test against a conference foe.
Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma): $10,600 FanDuel
Hurts ranks eighth in IQR, and leads his position with 233 rushing yards. Hurts ranked seventh in IQR in 2017 and finished ninth amongst quarterbacks with 855 rushing yards, but his ability as a passer is underrated.
His poise and rushing ability provide him a high weekly floor in this system; Oklahoma ranked second in QBR in 2018 and first in 2017, and virtually any quarterback who Lincoln Riley plugs into this system should have success.
Kedon Slovis (USC): $6,600 DraftKings; $9,500 FanDuel
Of the freshman’s first 41 career pass attempts, 37 have been on-target (90.2%, fifth in NCAA). Slovis will have ample opportunities in this Air-Raid offense with an implied team total of more than four touchdowns.
He’s only a tournament option for me on DraftKings; BYU’s defense limits explosive plays, and Provo is a rough environment for a true freshman to take his first road snaps at this level.
Chuba Hubbard (Oklahoma State): $8,300 DraftKings; $10,000 FanDuel
Ranks eighth in NCAA in rushing yards, and 15th in yards gained after contact.
Hubbard has yet to record a passing target after averaging more than two catches per game in 2018, as the Cowboys need to replace the 158 carries and 13 receptions that Justice Hill recorded last season.
Tulsa ranked 108th of 137 qualifying run defenses in 2018, allowing exactly five yards per rushing attempt
Cam Akers (Florida State): $9,900 FanDuel Only
Akers leads the nation with 23 broken tackles and 20 runs for a first down, ranking second in carries (51 attempts) and sixth in yards after contact. He has also caught seven of his eight passing targets.
Virginia allowed nearly 4.5 yards per rush in 2018 — a middle-of-the-pack run defense — and they ranked 92nd among 127 qualifying defense in QBR allowed to running backs in the passing game.
Kylin Hill (Mississippi State): $7,500 DraftKings Only
Ranks second in rushing yards and leads all backs in yards after contact, while breaking 14 tackles (tied for sixth).
Broken tackle rate (34%) is on par with 2018 (30.5%, 17th), when he also ranked as a top-30 back in yards after contact per attempt.
Additionally, Hill averaged two catches per game last season.
Drake Anderson (Northwestern): $3,700 DraftKings Only
Top running back on Northwestern’s depth chart following an injury to its starter. Should split carries with John Moten IV ($4,000 DraftKings Only), but Anderson beat out Moten for the backup job in camp.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Tylan Wallace (Oklahoma State): $8,600 DraftKings, $9,800 FanDuel
Tied for the NCAA lead in red-zone targets, while hauling in five touchdowns.
Ranked fifth with 150 passing targets in 2018, finishing second in receiving yards (1,491) and 14th in yards per catch.
Jerry Jeudy (Alabama): $8,300 DraftKings, $10,300 FanDuel
Led Alabama with 103 targets (33 more than the next-closest receiver) and ranked third in NCAA with 12.77 yards per target in 2018.
Ranks sixth with 25 passing targets in 2019, and this sublime talent looks set to be a top-10 selection in the next NFL draft.
Ihmir Smith-Marsette (Iowa): $8,700 FanDuel Only
Lead target on an offense that is replacing more than 209 targets from its top pass catchers last season. Smith-Marsette led the receiving group (min. 50 targets) in yards per reception in 2018, and ranked seventh in the Big Ten.
Iowa State’s defense excels against the run but ranks middle of the pack in passing defense with a QBR allowed of around 85 since the start of last season.
Amon-Ra St. Brown (USC): $5,000 DraftKings, $8,200 FanDuel
Slot receiver has snared 12 of his 13 passing targets (92%) after leading the Trojans with 52 slot targets in 2018.
He has a high on-target catch rate (88.2% in 2018) due to his ability to settle into open space — and should excel in the Air Raid system. High floor in PPR format.
Data courtesy of the SIS DataHub.
Photo credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
Pictured: Oklahoma State WR Tylan Wallace (2) and QB Spencer Sanders (3).