We’re expanding our college football DFS picks for Week 3. So far, this has been limited to one lineup. However, given that FanDuel allows various timeslots, it’s hard to pick one lineup that fits them all. That being said, here are our top college football DFS picks for Week 3.
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Some big mismatches create great value for our Week 3 college football DFS picks. Multiple explosive offenses go against questionable defenses. Other teams feature one aspect of their attack against some of the worst defensive counterparts. It just comes down to making sure the money works.
QB: Tanner Mordecai, SMU ($10,400)
Quarterbacks took up a big chunk of money in our college football DFS picks, but they’re worth the money. Tanner Mordecai’s currently averaging 25.88 fantasy points per game and goes against a relatively pedestrian Maryland pass defense. His average would be higher too, but he didn’t play the entire game last week against Lamar.
Maryland won its first two games by a combined score of 87-31 against two struggling offenses. Now, they face Mordecai and the Mustangs, a group looking to take control of the AAC and prove that they can compete with anyone. If this game goes how many think it will, Mordecai will put up some eye-popping numbers.
Others to consider:
Caleb Williams, USC ($11,700)
Anthony Richardson, Florida ($10,700)
Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland ($10,600)
Clayton Tune, Houston ($10,600)
Dillon Gabriel, Oklahoma ($10,500)
John Rhys Plumlee, UCF ($10,500)
RB1: Mohamed Ibrahim, Minnesota ($11,500)
It’s worth spending the money to make Mohamed Ibrahim your top college football DFS pick this week. He’s facing the worst rush defense in the country in Colorado. While it’s a small sample size of two games, a trend is already emerging. TCU rushed for 275 yards in Week 1 against the Buffs, while Air Force dominated so much on the ground (435 yards) that they only attempted five passes.
Fade Minnesota QB Tanner Morgan for that reason alone, and pump the Ibrahim stock as much as possible. If you don’t want to spend the money on Ibrahim, his backup is a good option, too. Trey Potts ($7,600) currently averages 6.2 yards per carry and scored an average of 18.4 fantasy points per game as a backup. Ibrahim sits at 26.3, which makes him worth the money this week.
RB2: Trevor Etienne, Florida ($5,400)
Before diving into Trevor Etienne, another great option for big money is Braelon Allen ($11,000) from Wisconsin. There aren’t many better options for DFS picks than Allen and any Gopher RB in Week 3 of college football.
New Mexico State’s allowed a 100-yard rusher every game, and Allen could have the best performance of them all. Unfortunately, you can only afford one of them. For value, look at a big riser that brings good value.
Etienne currently sits in a crowded backfield, but he’s making a name for himself despite that. Currently averaging 7.9 yards per carry, that success will give Etienne the starting job before we know it. They face a USF defense that’s allowing 241 yards per game on the ground. For this cheap, it’s hard to find better college football DFS value for someone that has the potential to be the go-to guy for an offense.
Others to consider:
Sean Tucker, Syracuse ($10,800)
Bijan Robinson, Texas ($10,800)
Will Shipley, Clemson ($8,700)
Blake Corum, Michigan ($8,600)
Zach Evans, Ole Miss ($8,500)
Johnny Richardson, UCF ($6,300)
WR1: Rashee Rice, SMU ($9,800)
More than every other route, Rashee Rice sees the football. It’s a reason he’s been so successful in the fantasy realm (28.2 ppg), and he’s facing a defense that struggles to cover guys like him.
SMU’s offense continues its explosive play under Rhett Lashlee, and the passing attack thrives because of Rice and Mordecai. With the AAC favorite uncertain, the Mustangs have a chance to take control and insert their name in the conversation with a huge win over a Power Five opponent.
WR2: Parker Washington, Penn State ($6,100)
Again, some college DFS picks must provide great value. You can’t pick all of the top players. Which is where Parker Washington fits. Based off of last year’s game, along with the struggles for both teams offensively, Penn State and Auburn figure to play a low-scoring contest. That appears to be the projection for this year, but it doesn’t mean you won’t find fantasy points.
In last year’s 28-20 win for the Nittany Lions, Jahan Dotson scored 18.8 points. While Washington hasn’t been the favorite target, this is a game he can break out and remind everyone why he’s so talented. Plus, the secondary for the Tigers is still ushering in new talent, so he could take advantage of that inexperience.
WR3: Trey Palmer, Nebraska ($7,100)
I’ll admit this is a risky college football DFS pick, but there’s some exciting potential with it. Taking a player on a team that just fired its coach could go extremely well or horribly wrong. However, Trey Palmer is a talented player that just needs more opportunities to show it. Casey Thompson’s been trying to get him the football as much as possible, and they’ve thrived when they connect.
No one knows what the Cornhuskers will look like on Saturday against Oklahoma. Then again, no one thought they could play within one score of the Sooners last year either. So if they’re able to hang with the Sooners again, it will be because Palmer and the offense are giving Oklahoma’s defense fits.
Others to consider:
Charlie Jones, Purdue ($10,400)
Jordan Addison, USC ($10,000)
A.T. Perry, Wake Forest ($9,500)
Marvin Mims ($8,900)
Caleb Ducking, Mississippi State ($8,200)
Jeshaun Jones ($8,100)
Javon Baker, UCF ($7,800)
Puka Nacua, BYU ($7,500)
Jordan Kerley, SMU ($7,400)
Ricky Pearsall, Florida ($6,800)
Superflex: Jalon Daniels, QB, Kansas ($9,700)
Thanks to his dual-threat abilities, Jalon Daniels currently averages 23.86 fantasy points per game. He’s improved immensely as a passer and continues to give defenses fits running the ball. It’s a testament to Lance Leipold’s coaching abilities. They face a Houston team coming off a disappointing loss and one that’s struggled with guys like Daniels.
Quarterbacks scored 60.68 fantasy points on the Cougars’ defense so far this season, and that makes Daniels an extremely valuable college football DFS pick this week. If Kansas can find a way to keep Houston’s defensive line off of him, he’ll see the success that Texas Tech’s Donovan Smith and UTSA’s Frank Harris did.
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