The Week 8 college football main slate on DraftKings is a 12 game slate and FanDuel’s main slate features a painstaking 16 games. We have done a ridiculous amount of research so that you don’t have to. As always make sure you check your lineups on gameday as it seems like we have had a significant 11 am scratch almost every week.
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Before we jump straight into our picks, here is a look at the top team implied totals for this week 9 slate. As we always say, it is important to understand player fantasy PPG averages are already adjusted to just how potent their team’s offense is. The average PPG column gives you an idea of how a team’s implied total compares to their year-to-date scoring average. Oklahoma has the top team implied total for the slate, but it is still 15% lower than their season average. Our Week 9 CFB podcast will be out tomorrow afternoon, subscribe on YouTube if you haven’t already!
|Team||Opponent||Implied Total||Avg PPG|
|Iowa State||OK State||37||39|
Our Favorite CFB Week 9 Fantasy Picks
This slate feels like it is set up to be one of the tougher and lower scoring slates of 2019 college football season. With that in mind, we lowered our target value number to 4x on DraftKings and came up with these picks.
DraftKings Salary – $9,200 | FanDuel Salary – $11,800
I love targeting the best player in these tough slates. For me that is clearly Jalen Hurts. While the matchup doesn’t look great on paper, Kansas State really hasn’t faced an offense like Oklahoma’s yet this season. I think it’s business as usual for Hurts and he puts up yet another 40 point game.
DraftKings Salary – $7,100 | FanDuel Salary – $9,400
Howell has been on an absolute burner over the past month. He averaged 34 DraftKings PPG against Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and App State, and was even solid against Clemson three weeks ago. Duke’s defense is struggling right now, and this game was a shootout last season. UNC has been airing it out over the past few weeks and I think that gives Howell an extremely high floor in this matchup.
Also worth a look: Tanner Morgan, James Blackman, Garrett Shrader
DraftKings Salary – $6,500 | FanDuel Salary – $9,000
Finally a Cyclone RB has stepped up to fill the hole left by David Montgomery. Hall has broke several big plays over the past two weeks as both a runner and receiver. This game has shootout written all over it, and we believe Hall scores at least two touchdowns for a third straight week.
DraftKings Salary – $5,700 | FanDuel Salary – $–
As far as fantasy busts go this college football season, Scarlett has to be up towards the top of any list. The Stanford RB position has been one of the most consistent in the country for years, and despite getting the majority of carries in this backfield this season Scarlett simply hasn’t produced. We think he has a chance to change the story here in a very favorable matchup with a bad Arizona run defense.
DraftKings Salary – $5,500 | FanDuel Salary – $8,400
After reaching the value in three straight games, Jackson fell victim to an awful game script against Virginia last week. Duke fell way behind early and had to get away from the run early. We think he gets back on track this week against a UNC defense that comes into this week giving up 175 rushing YPG.
DraftKings Salary – $5,800 | FanDuel Salary – $7,700
Jones gets a ton of targets in this Iowa State offense, which has provided him with one of the highest floors in this slate. He hasn’t scored under 12 DraftKings points yet in 2019 and has gone over 20 points in 3 of his 6 starts. As we mentioned above, this game with Oklahoma State has shootout written all over it. OK State is allowing 276 passing YPG on the year and 285 passing YPG in Big 12 play.
DraftKings Salary – $5,900 | FanDuel Salary – $8,500
Coming off of his best game of the season, Newsome is clearly the UNC receiver to stack with Howell in your week 9 DFS lineups. Newsome has gone over 20 in 3 of his last 4 and put up 35.5 against Virginia Tech in week 8. Like Jones, he has a relatively high floor, with his only sub-11 point game coming against Clemson three weeks ago.