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Daily Fantasy College Football: Week 8 Value Plays and Lineup

Josh Collacchi breaks down his top daily fantasy college football value plays and his DraftKings lineup for Week 8.

Gunner Kiel

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Without further ado, here are your values on DraftKings for Week 8 in college football. In addition, our lineup is posted as well.

Value Plays

Quarterback

Gunner Kiel, Cincinnati, $7,500

This week has been highly thought of by those in the daily fantasy industry for quarterbacks in college football. Bryce Petty faces West Virginia, Brett Hundley faces the worst passing defense in the NCAA, J.T. Barrett faces Rutgers, Marcus Mariota faces Washington. But, the best value of the week could be Kiel, Cincinatti’s super-sophomore quarterback. So far this season, Kiel has thrown for over 1600 yards and 18 touchdowns, and will face one of the worst passing defenses in college football this week in SMU. The Mustangs have allowed 1575 yards through the air in five games. Opposing quarterbacks are averaging 8.5 yards per attempt against the Mustangs secondary, and have allowed a touchdown pass every 12 passes on average. Last week, Kiel threw the ball 57 times against Miami last weekend. If he approaches that number again this week, he may approach some record-breaking numbers. Get him into your lineups for this week.

Running Back

William Stanback, Central Florida, $4,800

Stanback is averaging 3.4 yards per carry this season. He has just three touchdowns on the ground. He is running behind an offensive line that has averaged just 2.6 yards per carry. Why would we want to start him in a weekly league? UCF faces Tulane this week, who has allowed 176 yards per game on the ground, and has allowed opponents to rush for nine touchdowns in six games. UCF has seen some of the best rush defenses in the country to this point in Penn State and BYU, and Stanback scored two total touchdowns against BYU last week. With an easier matchup against Tulane, he’s a good option and will not be highly owned as others will look for the “studs” like Ameer Abdullah and David Cobb. But, with Stanback being the feature back with a good matchup, $4,800 is a bargain.

Malcolm Brown, Texas, $4,400

Brown is another value running back, but he is “splitting” carries with fellow Longhorn Johnathan Gray. In the last game, Brown carried the ball 19 times against Oklahoma, where Gray only carried the ball nine times. Brown is a former five-star recruit that has battled injuries in his career (like Gray), but may have the opportunity to show his talent this week against a porous Iowa State rushing defense. Iowa State has allowed 20 rushing touchdowns in six games, which is the third most in the NCAA. In addition, the Cyclones are allowing 4.91 yards per carry for 212 yards per game on the ground. Even if Brown splits carries, he should see enough production to validate his price of $4,400.

Wide Receiver

Chris Moore, Cincinnati, $4,800

Moore has become the go-to target for the Cincinnati passing offense, and as mentioned above with Kiel, the Bearcats have an excellent matchup against Southern Methodist this weekend, who has allowed 15 passing touchdowns on just 185 attempts this season. With the Bearcats throwing over 40 times per game, that can produce an excellent day for Moore. Moore has caught 11 passes for 158 yards in the last two games, but is a serious touchdown threat with five already this season.

DeVante Parker, Louisville, $4,400 (Injury, Check status on Saturday)

Keep an eye on Parker’s injury, as there has been good news during practice this week. If Parker is good to go, consider adding him to your lineups at a very cheap price of $4,400. Parker is one of the better receivers in college football after catching 22 touchdowns and accrued over 1600 receiving yards in his last two seasons.

Lineup

QB – Gunner Kiel, $7,500

QB – J.T. Barrett, $7,700

RB – Malcolm Brown, $4,400

RB – William Stanback, $4,800

WR – Rashard Higgins, $8,800

WR – Chris Moore, $4,800

WR – *DeVante Parker, $4,400* (check injury status)

TE – Gerald Christian, Louisville, $2,500

FLEX – T.J. Yeldon, $4,400

*Remainder: $700. If Parker does not play, you can use the $700 to upgrade to either Stefon Diggs ($4,800) or you can use it to upgrade tight end (Maxx Williams or Pharaoh Brown, $3,200)*

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