College Football DFS Picks – 2016 Week 8
Lamar Jackson (Early) – Lamar Jackson had probably his worst game of the year last week, and it still wasn’t that bad. He rebounds this week with a home matchup against a defensively weak NC State team coming off a disappointing loss to Clemson in overtime. I suspect that Jackson will put up his next monster game of the year here, and is worth the high cost that he commands to put into your lineups.
Jake Browning (Primetime) – Browning and Washington get no respect, but something tells me after this weekend, we’ll see Washington as a top 4 team and Browning firmly in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy. He’s still not priced where he should be, and thus makes for a very attractive play on this slate. Don’t sleep on him here.
Greg Ward Jr. (Evening) – SMU is an awful defense, and you can stream against them all year with great success. Ward is on fire right now, and I fully expect this to be one of his biggest games of the year. He’s a no brainer to run out this weekend, and should see very high ownership. I would look to be contrarian elsewhere, as this is a dream matchup.
Justin Jackson (Early) – Jackson reminds me a lot of Jeremy Langford, in that he tends to be quiet at the beginning of the year, but once Big Ten play starts, he eats. This Indiana team is improving on defense, but something tells me that Jackson should be able to have his way with them this weekend. His upside can be huge, as he is often the only offense the team has.
Justin Crawford (Afternoon/Primetime) – Crawford left the game against Texas Tech last week with an ankle injury, so make sure he looks good to go this week. Crawford is definitely the better runner and play maker in the backfield, and this TCU defense is just as bad as Texas Tech. I would expect that Crawford should be able to put up a big game.
Joe Mixon (Evening/Late) – Speaking of Texas Tech, Oklahoma will be the welcome beneficiary of a matchup with a pathetic defense. Mixon also get the benefit of being the sole proprietor of the Oklahoma backfield due to an injury to Samaje Perine. This is a dream matchup and there is no way I won’t have Mixon in my lineups this week.
D’Angelo Brewer (Afternoon/Primetime) – Brewer is another guy who left his game against Houston at the end due to injury, but it didn’t look too severe, so I expect him to be good to go here. Brewer has been very good this year, and I think he should be able to knock Tulane around quite a bit. I’d expect him to get into the end zone at least once this week, and should be well worth the cost.
James Washington (Early) – Washington is in a dream matchup against Kansas this week, and I expect him to absolutely dominate the Jayhawks. In the process, he should rack up a ton of yards and a few scores before the backups come in for mop up duty. There is some risk, as the defense or running backs could eat away at his production, but I think he’ll get it done this weekend.
Keevan Lucas (Afternoon/Primetime) – Lucas is always in play because this is one offense that is extremely potent. Tulane most likely will not be able to contain this offense, and I would expect Lucas to be able to run a few routes that will end with him getting into the end zone and he deserves a look today. He is priced well for his upside.
J’Mon Moore (Primetime) – Moore makes for a very attractive option against Middle Tennessee in what should be a higher scoring game than many might think. This Middle Tennessee offense can score, and though I like the Missouri defense, I think they will still give up points. Moore should still have plenty of chances to catch and score, making him a great play this weekend.
Dede Westbrook (Evening/Late) – There is no doubt about it: Westbrook is here and he is going to be a very highly owned play this weekend. I think he should be well worth it, as this Texas Tech defense is a joke and will not be able to do anything to keep him from scoring this week. I don’t mind running him with Mixon and Mayfield this weekend.
Gabe Marks (Late) – Washington State is the next team up against this Arizona State defense that is having a very tough time on the defensive side of the ball. Luke Falk has been very good throughout his career, and his favorite target without question is Gabe Marks. This means that Marks should be in for a pretty good workload this weekend, which should translate into many fantasy points for us.
Josiah Price (Evening) – Maryland isn’t going to be able to put up much of a fight defensively this weekend, and Price should be able to get his regardless of whoever takes the quarterback position for Michigan State. He is the top option on the evening slate, and will also likely be pretty highly owned, but I think you should ride with the consensus and use him.
Evan Engram (Late) – I know that LSU is pretty good on the defensive side of the ball, but this Ole Miss offense is very, very good. I think they should be able to drive the ball down the field, and Engram is likely to be one of the main guys involved in the process.