Here are my daily college fantasy football picks for RB for Thursday 9/10 and Friday 9/11. There’s actually more value at this position than I was expecting given we’re only choosing from 3 games … so I think this is where you can cut some cost and not lose too much ground on competitors. Dixon and Booker are the two clear studs, but Leon Allen is fairly consistent and Howell, Watson and Yearby are are wild-card type picks with upside potential.
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Kenneth Dixon – LA Tech
Last week Dixon looked like a Heisman trophy candidate on 11 touches. This week, he’s going to face more of a challenge against WKU who were able to keep Vanderbilt’s run game in check (for the most part) most of the time. However, Jeff Driskel’s threat to throw should loosen up WKU’s defense a bit more than what Vanderbitlt’s passing game did. Last season against WKU, Dixon had 2 TDs and I think he’s capable of doing it again this week simply because he’s likely going to get more touches than he did last week. He’s one of the most consistent RBs in college football at getting rushing TDs … so I view him as a solid #1 RB this week.
Devontae Booker – Utah
Is the most expensive RB this week. I think it’s safe to assume the coaches in Utah are trying to get him 25 – 30 touches per game. Booker had a solid game against a fairly good defense in Michigan. Rushed for 69 yards on 22 carries with 1 TD. Booker’s value is higher in 1pt PPR leagues where he had 7 receptions for 55 yards. I honestly think you can assume similar production this week against a worthy Utah State defense. In-state rival games are often battles, and I believe the Utah team will rely on Booker for carries well into the 4th quarter of this game.
Greg Howell – FLATL
He’s under average salary on FD, which bumps up his ranking quite a bit considering his matchup is difficult against Miami. Last week, Howell was sensational with 138 yards, 22 carries and 2 TDs. That was against a really easy defense, so I’m not expecting anywhere close to that. However, as noted, he’s under average salary – I think in that case if he can get you 80 yards + 1 TD, you’d be really happy.
Leon Allen – WKU
Leon was all around fairly solid last week, but not spectacular. He had 56 yards rushing on 15 carries with 1 TD. He added value in PPR with 4 catches for 19 yards. Last season against LA Tech, Allen had 76 yards on 14 carries with 0 TDs. I honestly can see a similar stat line this season for Allen. He’d be the perfect play at RB if he was a bit cheaper …. but Allen is the same price as Ezekiel Elliott on FanDuel this week, so he’ll need to deliver a solid effort in order to get much value from selecting him at that price.
Mark Walton – Miami
Joseph Yearby – Miami
I think these are the two that will get the bulk of the carries in a normal game. I like this matchup, as Tulsa could have put up more yards on the ground against Florida Atlantic last week. If you’re looking to cut cost at RB, I think both of these guys have plenty of upside given the matchup … just wish there was a clearer picture on playing time at this point. On DraftKings, the roles are reversed, Yearby is one of the most expensive RBs, whereas Walton is pretty cheap. On DK, I’d lean toward rolling with Walton and just hope the game gets to blowout status real quick.
LaJuan Hunt – UTAH St
I hate this matchup since the Utah defense just held Michigan in check for an entire game rushing. However, with the limited games to choose from on Thursday/Friday … you have to take some shots. Hunt had 23 carries for 80 yards, so it shows the coaches were comfortable handing him the rock. Backup Devante Mays is a threat to steal some carries, limiting Hunt’s upside somewhat.
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