We are slowly inching closer & closer to the NCAA football season beginning. The most important thing you can do as a daily fantasy player is to keep up to date with some of the players/schools so you can hit the ground running week 1. Every season, the daily fantasy sites like Draft Kings, FanDuel … ect have salaries that can be taken advantage of because the knowledge about college football is less than virtually any other professional sport. Additionally, you have more lopsided matchups early in the college football season as lesser teams play big-time schools for a paycheck. Here’s just a summary of some of the players/schools I’ve been keeping tabs on. Deeper and more complete NCAA preview articles will come in the coming weeks leading up to the start of the season.
Baylor – QB Seth Russell should be an early sleeper QB pick among daily leagues as long as he stays under the radar a bit. He will likely be the Bears starting QB this season after Bryce Petty departed to the NFL. Baylor really loves to throw the ball downfield and against cupcake teams, Russell could be a viable option all year.
Cal – QB Jared Goff was sometimes replaced in favor of a under-sized backup last season, but I think the QB job will be 100% his this season. Cal was a bit more balanced last season running the ball, but should air it out more than most teams, making Goff an attractive daily fantasy candidate nearly every week.
Georgia – RB Todd Gurley was good last year, but to be honest … just about anyone could have ran through the holes he was running through, especially against weaker teams. This year RB Nick Chubb will likely be the starter, but expect Georgia to mix it up a bit in the backfield again.
LSU – QB Anthony Jennings was arrested & suspended for an unspecified period of time by coach Les Miles. It appears that Jennings had things stolen from his residence and this incident revolves around him trying to get the items back. Wait until further notice, but this likely won’t have much effect on daily leagues. RB Leonard Fornette is expected to be the star in the LSU offense attack this season.
Michigan State – QB Connor Cook should get plenty of attention heading into this season after a solid 2014. He will be without a few of his key playmakers on offense, so daily league owners might be cautious to overpay for his services.
Mississippi State – QB Dak Prescott will be one of the early Heisman Trophy candidates that everyone will be following, so I don’t see him as a value QB pick in daily leagues. Some of his surrounding cast including WR De’Runna Wilson should get plenty of opportunities again this season.
Ohio State – There’s lots of questions still to be answered about the Buckeyes including if they can go back-to-back and who the starting QB will be. One certainty seems to be RB Ezekiel Elliott should take the reigns early & often.
Oklahoma – The Sooners are moving to more of a passing-attack offense, but still should focus on the run against weak run-defense teams. RB Samaje Perine wasn’t a household name last season but blew up when he broke the single game rushing record. He’ll be one to keep an eye on this season.
Oregon – I’ve seen some articles saying RB Royce Freeman could end up with 300+ carries this season. Honestly, I think that’s very unlikely even with the team focusing more on the ground game with Marcus Mariota now taking snaps in the NFL. The Ducks have 3 or 4 running backs, including some that were very highly recruited behind Freeman, so I’m expecting more of a RB by committee approach, which is tough on daily fantasy players. I’d take a wait & see approach before going all-in with Royce Freeman … he’s going to be an effective player this season, but the 300+ carry assumptions are way off.
Pitt – WR Tyler Boyd, who was playable in daily leagues nearly every week last season was stopped & charged with multiple driving infractions – including DUI.
TCU – QB Trevone Boykin really came on late last season and put up some spectacular numbers. He’s likely heading into this season as one of the most expensive QB’s in daily leagues, so he might not provide much upside compared to cheaper options.
USC – The opinions on USC’s season range from National Champions to bust of the PAC-12 …. but daily fantasy owners will be more worried about the stats than the wins. It’s likely that QB Cody Kessler will be a top QB all season long, especially against weaker teams.
Wisconsin – RB Corey Clement will be getting lots of attention from daily league players this season. Last season he was behind Melvin Gordon most of the season, but was still productive in games where he go 10+ touches. He’s listed as one of the most exciting players to watch this season and will likely have the starting RB job to himself.