Below are our preferred lineups for the college football main and night slates of Saturday, Sept. 26. If you’re looking to go value shopping, drop by on Friday for our weekly DFS bargain bin rundown. Values drawn from DraftKings.
Saturday, Main Slate ($50,000 budget for QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, Flex, S-flex)
Quarterback: Texas QB Sam Ehlinger ($8,900) at Texas Tech -- The highest-priced name on the main slate for Saturday, Ehlinger tuned up for this contest before the bye week by tossing five touchdown passes against lowly UTEP. When the Longhorns played the Red Raiders last season, Ehlinger accounted for three scores while passing for 348 yards.
Running back: West Virginia RB Alec Sinkfield ($5,300) at Oklahoma State -- Sinkfield somewhat inexplicably is priced a full $2,000 less than fellow Mountaineers back Leddie Brown. And we have no idea why. Both Sinkfield and Brown rushed for an identical 123 yards and two touchdowns against Eastern Kentucky last time out, with Sinkfield receiving 15 carries to Brown’s 10. Sure, Brown tacked on a short receiving touchdown to finish with the better technical fantasy day. But tangibly, the two players were identical. Sinkfield’s the play, here.
Running back: Georgia RB Zamir White ($6,300) at Arkansas -- You might not get White at this price again this season. He has the talent and opportunity for a monster fall. That should start against the Razorbacks on Saturday. Arkansas put forth a bottom-10 rushing defense last season. White entered preseason camp fresh, now fully recovered from the torn ACL he suffered two years back.
Wide receiver: Oklahoma State WR Tylan Wallace ($6,900) vs. West Virginia -- Wallace was largely a non-factor in the Cowboys’ opener against Tulsa, partly due to apparent injury, but seemingly even without trying, he managed four catches for 94 yards. You’re getting him on discount, too. Against the Golden Hurricane, Wallace would have cost you $7,700. Giddyup.
Wide receiver: Texas WR Tarik Black ($6,200) at Texas Tech -- Making his Longhorns debut against UTEP two weekends ago, Black caught five passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. We’re already invested in Ehlinger and we love doubling down on that investment with Texas wideout Black, here.
Wide receiver: Syracuse WR Taj Harris ($6,000) vs Georgia Tech -- The Orange have been among the bigger disappointments in the early going this season, but that doesn’t mean the roster is utterly barren. Harris has shown out respectably in each of Syracuse’s first two stinkers/games of the campaign, posting five catches for 64 yards against North Carolina and three catches for 72 yards and a touchdown against Pitt. Georgia Tech is coming off a loss to UCF in which they allowed two receivers over 100 yards and three receivers over 90 yards. Syracuse isn’t UCF, but they won’t have to be for Harris to ding this Yellow Jackets secondary.
Flex: Louisville WR Dez Fitzpatrick ($5,400) at Pitt -- Once again, Louisville’s wily vet Fitzpatrick going for quite the appealing price. The wideout has amassed an 11-184-1 receiving line through the first two contests of the young campaign. Our only slight hesitation on this one is that Pitt is really, really good defensively. But Louisville should be up to the task offensively to balance that ledger.
S-Flex: Oklahoma WR Marvin Mims ($4,900) vs. Kansas State -- You’re just taking a shot in the dark looking for a touchdown popper at this price. Working in a crowded position room, Mims caught three passes for 80 yards and a score against Missouri State prior to the bye. No guarantee that he cashes in the same against a higher level of opponent, but again, just looking for a boom/bust name at this stage in our lineup.
Saturday night slate ($50,000 budget for QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, Flex, S-Flex)
Quarterback: Miami QB D’Eriq King ($8,700) vs. Florida State -- While King only rushed for eight yards against Louisville this past Saturday night, we know he’s a fantastic threat on the ground. What really stood out in that win over the Cardinals was King’s precision passing, something he did not show against UAB in this year’s opener, nor in his truncated 2019 season. King passed for 325 yards and three touchdowns versus Louisville. Just a matter of time, now, before he puts it together both through the air and on the ground. Against a mediocre Florida State team which will be missing its head coach because of rampaging disease is a good place to start.
Running back: Kansas RB Pooka Williams ($6,000) at Baylor -- That’s assuming this game gets played one week after Baylor pulled the rug out from under Houston with a late postponement. Pooka saw 12 carries for 67 yards against Coastal Carolina prior to the bye week. He came out of that game dealing with a minor undisclosed injury concern, but again, a bye week to heal up, here. While rolling with any KU player can feel a little dicey, Pooka offers terrific upside both as a rusher and as a receiver out of the backfield. Especially at his current value.
Running back: NC State RB Zonovan Knight ($5,800) at Virginia Tech -- A weird, weird game, here, as both teams have been hit by COVID-19 in the early going. And on the NC State side, we’re somewhat annoyed that Ricky Person was sucking up carries and touchdowns that could have gone Knight’s way versus Wake Forest last weekend. All that said, Knight’s still our play between the two. Person will run you $900 more than Knight this week for starters. And Knight, even if given just 11 carries, still managed to run for 97 yards and a touchdown last time out.
Wide receiver: Miami TE Brevin Jordan ($5,900) vs. Florida State -- We’ve been pounding the Jordan drum early on this season and it’s come off sounding like Keith Moon at his best. Jordan caught three passes for 51 yards and a score against UAB in Miami’s opener, but that was just the opening flourish ahead of last weekend’s dynamic 7-120-1 showing against Louisville. We’re going to keep riding this hot hand until it cools.
Wide receiver: Missouri WR Damon Hazelton ($5,300) vs. Alabama -- Throwing in against the Crimson Tide always kind of comes with a nerve-wracking feeling. Especially in this spot, where you’re talking a transfer wideout like Hazelton. But in the same breath, Hazelton is all kinds of experienced and doesn’t figure to be shaken up too much by the moment. He’s posted three seasons over 500 yards receiving in his career, with eight touchdowns scored each of the past two campaigns. At $5,300, you can bite the bullet even despite seeing the Crimson Tide on the other side.
Wide receiver: Troy WR Khalil McClain ($4,800) at BYU -- BYU played fantastic defense in its opener against Navy, but we’ll be honest, we just don’t get this price point for McClain. Because BYU’s defense is not so established as awesome that opposing wideouts might be found at a discount. And it’s not like McClain is an unknown quantity. Far from it. He posted a 45-562-7 receiving line last year. And in Troy’s opener against MTSU this past weekend, McClain showed out quite fine with six passes for 75 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Play this one cheap and with confidence.
Flex: Alabama RB Najee Harris ($8,600) at Missouri -- Harris decided not to declare for the draft over the winter, because he had some unfinished work to do in Tuscaloosa. Last season, Harris finished on fire, notching 12 of his season-long 13 touchdown runs over the final seven contests of the campaign. He also topped 100 yards rushing in six contests while showing off respectable receiving mitts with seven scoring grabs. We’re expecting Heisman-caliber things out of the back this fall. You’re never going to get Harris at any real kind of a value barring a very, very, very slow start to the season, but he’s plenty trustworthy at the higher price tag, if you’re looking to class up the joint.
S-Flex: Kansas WR Andrew Parchment ($4,700) at Baylor -- Just as was to be expected, two Kansas players in this weekend’s lineup. Stellar. Parchment caught six passes for 54 yards and a touchdown against Coastal Carolina two weekends back, prior to the team’s bye week. Baylor’s a significant step up in competition as compared to CCU, but Parchment is the kind of low-priced flier that allows us to take larger sticker prices elsewhere in the lineup. If he can score again, all the more sweet.