Daily College Fantasy Football RB Picks – Week 3 9/19 (Early Saturday)

Here are the week 3 (early games) for daily college fantasy football on Saturday 9/19 running back selections. Honestly, there’s some value pick here, but there’s lots of mid-high end options that are going to be hard to pass up. If you read my WR Picks, there’s more value at that position so I think you can build some lineups where you have strength at RB and pick up value at RB and possibly QB.

Here are the games I’m selecting from:

Air Force @ Michigan State (-27) 60.5 o/u
Illinois @ North Carolina (-9.5) 64 o/u
Nevada @ Texas A&M (-34) 64.5 o/u
Tulsa @ Oklahoma (-30) 71.5 o/u
UNLV @ Michigan (-34) 49.5 o/u
Northwestern @ Duke (-3.5) 49 o/u
Georgia State @ Oregon (-45.5) 73 o/u
Memphis (-6.5) @ Bowling Green 79 o/u (DK Only)
Temple (-10.5) @ Mass 54.5 o/u
Auburn @ LSU (-6.5) 49.5 o/u
Georgia Tech (-2.5) @ Notre Dame 55 o/u
Nebraska @ Miami (-3.5) 57 o/u (Rain possible)
Northern Illinois @ Ohio State (-34.5) 66.5 o/u
Virginia Tech (-6) @ Purdue 46.5 o/u
Western Kentucky @ Indiana (-1.5) 68 o/u
Cincinnati (-19) @ Miami (OH) 60.5 o/u (FD Only)

Take a look at our other picks for this weekend

Daily CFB (Early Saturday) – QB Picks
Daily CFB (Early Saturday) – WR Picks

Daily CFB (Late Saturday) – QB Picks
Daily CFB (Late Saturday) – RB Picks (comings soon)
Daily CFB (Late Saturday) – WR Picks (comings soon)

Top Shelf

Jahad Thomas – Temple
$9,500 DraftKings
$7,700 FanDuel (good value)
Colorado put up nearly 400 rushing yards week 2 vs Massachusetts!! Thomas had 29 touches week 1 and 28 touches week 2. Expect high usage rates on FD.

Leonard Fournette – LSU
$9,500 DraftKings
$8,400 FanDuel
Faces off against Auburn which has given up an average of 199 yards per game and 4.2 yards per carry through 2 weeks. I shied away from Fournette last week because his matchup wasn’t super favorable and he got 3 TDs and 159 rushing yards. This guy is a Heisman trophy type player for sure.

Ezekiel Elliott – Ohio State
$9,900 – DraftKings
$9,500 – FanDuel
The gameplan last week was to give him the ball. Might not get 28 total touches this week, but unless it’s a quick blowout he should get 20+. Upside at these prices would require multiple TDs.

Royce Freeman – Oregon
$10,400 – DraftKings
$8,900 – FanDuel
Super expensive on DK. Looks like coaches are scripting in about 25 touches per game. He had a decent week last week against a stiff Michigan State defense. With the starting QB Adams having a broken finger, it might be that Oregon keeps the ball on the ground a bit more than usual.

Samaje Perine – Oklahoma
$9,300 DraftKings
$8,300 FanDuel
My only worry with Perine this week is the game goes similar to week 1 when Oklahoma blew out Akron and Perine only got 11 carries. Other than that, this is a great matchup and Perine can be utilized in all lineups.

Jordan Howard – Indiana
$9,100 DraftKings
$8,300 FanDuel
Good matchup at home. Should be no real blowout risk in this one. Indiana will want to control the ball in this game to give their defense a breather against up-tempo WKU. Howard appears to step right into the role of Tevin Coleman (Atlanta Falcons) and I consider him a very good start again this week.

Mid Grade

Terrell Newby – Nebraska
$6,600 DraftKings
$7,700 FanDuel
Blew up on 28 carries last week for 198 yards and 2 TDs after only 10 carries last week. It appears that coaches plan on a similar heavy workload again this week. One thing I’d do before gametime is a weather check … having it rain actually might benefit Newby, but you just don’t want the game cancelled or anything like that.

De’Veon Smith
$7,400 DraftKings
$7,700 FanDuel
Great matchup against UNLV who’s rush defense has given up 5.1 yards per carry through 2 weeks this season. Smith’s salary is fairly low compared to other RBs …. maybe the worry is Michigan will blowout UNLV so quick that Smith doesn’t get much. I don’t think Michigan is high powered enough to run up the score in a hurry, so I think Smith is a good option.

C.J. Prosise – Notre Dame
$7,400 DraftKings
$7,800 FanDuel
Clearly the guy in ND now that the QB is hurt. He still provides good value from a salary perspective despite this not being an A-1 type matchup.

Cheap Sleeper RBs

Joe Mixon – Oklahoma
$4,700 DraftKings
$6,100 FanDuel
Decent option as a cheap FLEX in GPP’s considering his usage rate should be low and he has the ability to hit home runs anywhere on the field. You hope that Oklahoma takes a huge lead and gets him involved late.

D.J. Knox – Purdue
$5,800 DraftKings
$6,200 FanDuel
Last week Furman got 136 rushing yards off VTech, who were ripped up week 1 as well. Knox is the starter, Markell Jones is the #2. Both are fairly cheap. While not high-end type starts – not a terrible option if you need a cheap option at RB.

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