Daily College Fantasy football is back! On Thursday 8/30 we’ve got a real solid 8 game slate with most games not making the book in Las Vegas.
One of the challenges with early season daily college fantasy football, is that the Vegas lines are often non-existent. That shows you – that Vegas isn’t even willing to take a suckers money betting some games – so it’s very difficult to predict what might happen.
New Mexico State @ Minnesota (-17.5)
Central Connecticut @ Ball State No Line
UCF (-23) @ Connecticut 73 O/U
Weber State @ Utah No Line
Missouri State @ Oklahoma State No Line
Wake Forest (-7) @ Tulane 56 O/U
Northwestern @ Purdue (-3) 48.5 O/U
Northwestern State @ Texas A&M No Line
Note: If you are reading this early in the week – I will usually update the plays closer to game time. Check back with us later in the week if you can. I’m waiting on NWST to play on Saturday to evaluate that situation, also with Texas A&M splitting duties at QB, that makes that situation a bit cloudy.
MCKENZIE MILTON $11,700 Draftkings (#1)
UCONN was literally last in all of college football in pass defense in 2017. I’m going to assume Deion Sanders isn’t going to walk through the door at UCONN and make them a lot better in 2018. This is about as juicy of matchup as you can get. The only real issue is UCF is favored by 23 – so the team might let the foot off the gas in the 3rd Quarter, but by then Milton could easily have 3+ TDs.
TYLER HUNTLEY (UTAH) $10,000 Draftkings (#6)
He’s one of the highest price QBs for a reason. Utah has a track record of lighting up the scoreboard on Weber State, and I have to assume they are such a massive favorite – Vegas doesn’t want to take one on the chin – so there’s no line.
TAYLOR CORNELIUS (OKST) $10,800 Draftkings (#3)
Looks like DraftKings took what Mason Rudolph would have cost and gave it to Cornelius. He’s a red-shirt senior who has stuck around for several years sitting behind Rudolph. Got to expect the OKST coach to let him air it out in a cupcake-like matchup. I think the lack of track-record for Cornelius might keep him lower-owned than the matchup indicates (plus there’s other solid QB’s in this price range) so he’s a decent QB pick in GPPs hoping he goes overlooked for Huntley or Milton.
DAVID PINDELL (UCONN) $6,300 Draftkings (CHEAP)
Against this same UCF squad in 2017 Pindell was 24-49 for 201 yards and 2 TDs. He also added 21 rushing attempts and 96 yards on the ground + 1 TD for a total of 3 TDs. I would LOVE that same stat line for $6,300. I would reckon his odds are good for a repeat performance, only because the team is a 23 point underdog, meaning he’ll be throwing & scrambling the entire game.
PEYTON HUSLIG (MISS ST) $5,100 Draftkings (CHEAP)
The matchup is actually one of the better one’s of the Thursday slate. You’ve got OK State which runs a high-tempo offense – and a pass defense that gave up 268.5 yards per game last season. Huslig lost over 80% of the teams receptions due to graduation, so he’s working with an entire new group, but at this price (and his mobility) this is a solid low-priced (Draftkings SuperFlex) QB option for Thursday.
JONATHAN BANKS (TUL) $8,000 Draftkings
Faces off against a Wake Forest defense which was sub-par in both pass defense and rushing defense. Banks upside will rely on how many passing TDs he can get – as he’s a little more consistent scoring with his feet. At $8,000 – I think he’s an interesting play at SuperFlex if you can get it to work.
RILEY NEAL (BALL) $8,400 Draftkings (#10)
Got hurt last season, played in only 3 games. Dual threat type player. Central Connecticut is a respectable program, I don’t think this will be a Ball State romp – and they’ll have to play well to not get upset. That plays into Neal’s favor given he’ll be asked to throw/run the entire game.
CLAYTON THORSON (NWEST) $7,400
Last year against Purdue he was 26-46 with a passing & throwing TD. DK has him listed as Questionable, so he’ll likely be avoided by most. That makes him a sneaky GPP play if you like to gamble.