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CFB DFS Lineups: Week 2

Friday, September 7, 2018


This weekend we’re rolling out a pair of Saturday lineups, one for the early FanDuel slate (12:00 EST) and one for the late FanDuel slate (3:30 EST).


The format: $60,000 budget; 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 Super-Flex


Early Saturday Lineup (12:00 EST)


Houston QB D’Eriq King vs. Arizona ($10,400) -- King and the rest of the Houston offense was slow to start against a Rice team which took the air out of the ball -- TOP = 40 minutes! -- in Week 1, but even so they still ended up scoring 14 points in each of the final three quarters. And that was with both Mulbah Car ($6,600) and Terence Williams ($7,700) giving them essentially nothing on the ground. Houston is going to score some unholy number of points this year.


You’ll have to pay an extra $500 for opposing quarterback Khalil Tate, but we like King to finish with a better fantasy day, and we say that pretty confidently. Tate rushed just eight times for 14 yards against BYU in a flat opening weekend loss. And it’s not like Wildcats HC Kevin Sumlin has some aversity to his quarterbacks tucking and trucking. Trevor Knight had five games of double-digit rushing attempts in 2016 with Sumlin’s Aggies, same as Kellen Mond in 2017. Regardless, even if you’re a Tate fan -- and aren’t we all? -- it’s not a bad idea to fade him for DFS purposes until he finds his footing in Sumlin’s offense. You don’t want to be stuck paying for a name.


Oklahoma RB Trey Sermon vs. UCLA ($9,000)  -- Full disclosure, we were actually going to roll with Rodney Anderson ($11,000) in this spot, but then we had a realization, subbed in Sermon and did something cool later in the lineup. You’ll like it, we swear! Sermon’s no slouch in Anderson’s spot, anyway. He actually out-carried him 9-5 against FAU in Week 1, and finished off with 69 yards and a touchdown (Anderson finished with 100 yards and two scores). The benefit of rolling with Sermon over Anderson -- beyond saving that sweet, sweet cash -- is that he might receive additional opportunity in blowouts, whereas Anderson, essentially is giving you just one half.


Anderson, Sermon, it doesn’t really matter. UCLA can’t stop the run regardless. Michael Warren II of Cincinnati rolled over the Bruins with 142 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday and that’s not some aberrant performance by this run defense. That’s just the unit’s being. Really, it’s just a matter of taste and price when it comes to the Sooners this week. We’ll just say, Sermon is by far the biggest bargain when priced against Anderson, Kyler Murray ($10,300) and Marquise Brown ($10,400). CeeDee Lamb is also a $9,000 bet, but we view Sermon as far more reliable.


Kansas State RB Alex Barnes vs. Mississippi State ($7,800) -- It might make you feel kind of clammy to lock in Barnes, but what are the Wildcats going to do, throw it? They certainly weren’t capable of that against South Dakota in Week 1, when Skylar Thompson and Alex Delton went a combined 13-of-28. Barnes was actually productive in a workman-like way, dragging the Wildcats along with 103 yards on 21 carries. If he could also find the end zone this weekend, that would be spectacular. Word to the wise, while we like Barnes at this price, Mississippi State did boast a strong run defense (28th in the FBS on avearge in 2017), so at least in terms of the opponent, this isn’t the best spot. In terms of the situation, we love it.


Michigan WR Donovan Peoples-Jones vs. Western Michigan ($7,600) -- Sigh, Wolverines. Just sigh. Not the best of opening week showings by the boys from Ann Arbor, but they’ve got a fine get right opponent for their home opener in the form of Western Michigan. The Broncos were lit on fire by Eric Dungey and the Syracuse opener in Week 1, with Orange WR Jamal Custis dropping 6-168-2 on WMU. Of course, all of that is with Dino Babers running point. We trust Babers every day of the week over Jim Harbaugh when it comes to moving the fantasy ship, but even so, People-Jones is a comfortable pick. DPJ caught six passes in that forgettable opener and we expect the team to look much, much more crisp on Saturday.


Portland State WR Charlie Taumoepeau at Oregon ($6,000) -- Gimme gimme gimme. One of our favorite targets in early slate pool, Taumoepeau was part of that terrifying 72-19 loss to Nevada this past weekend. Thing is, even in that obliteration -- like whoa Nevada -- the wideout still went off for 3-130-2 receiving line. The Ducks engineered a blowout of their own in Week 1, when they eradicated Bowling Green by a 58-24 final, but Scott Miller shredded them with 13 catches for 166 yards and two touchdowns in the process. Now, Bowling Green is better than Portland State and we are talking about just three catches for Taumoepeau versus the Wolfpack, but at $6,000 we’ll gladly take the risk. Low-priced upside is not easy to find.


Houston WR Keith Corbin vs. Arizona ($8,700) -- We dipped our toes in with Houston when we grabbed D’Eriq King as our quarterback. Now we’ll dive in outright by doubling up on the Cougars against Arizona this weekend. Corbin -- who caught three passes for 93 yards against Rice over the weekend -- hits our sweet price of value and talent. You’ll be paying more for Marquez Stevenson ($10,300) or Courtney Lark ($9,500), but both are a little too rich for our blood, especially considering all three players were within two catches and 20 yards of each other in the opener. There wasn’t any clear favorite in the lot, at least against Rice. The only position we would not target from the Cougars is running back. Patrick Carr led the team with 74 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, but he has no sustained history of consistent yardage.


SUPER FLEX: Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor vs. New Mexico ($11,400) -- Here’s where saving on Trey Sermon over Rodney Anderson pays dividends, as the $2,000 price difference allowed us to strike for Taylor. He began his Heisman campaign rushing for 145 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 8.1 YPC in Wisconsin’s Week 1 win over Western Kentucky. We’ll leave you with one last fun stat: New Mexico surrendered 244 yards rushing a game last season, 117th in the FBS. In their opener, the Lobos allowed Incarnate Word’s Ra’Quanne Dickens to rush for 110 yards and a score on just seven carries. Taylor is going to romp.



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Mark Lindquist holds a master's degree from the University of Iowa and writes baseball and college football for Rotoworld.com. He's currently working on a memoir about life, death, rock 'n' roll and his year teaching at a Chinese university. You can reach him on Twitter @markrlindquist.
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