Daily College Fantasy Football RB Picks – Week 1 9/4 (Friday)

Interesting group of RBs with the Friday 9/4 daily college fantasy football matchups. I tried to include some of the value picks, along with guys I’m really confident will have a solid game.

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Below are the games I’m selecting from for the Friday games:

Michigan State (-23) at Western Michigan 58.5 O/U
Baylor
(-20) at SMU 74 O/U
Kent State at Illinois
(-16) 51.5 O/U
Washington at Boise State
(-11) 63.5 O/U
Rhode Island at Syracuse
Weber State at Oregon State

SHOCK LINWOOD – Baylor
Most expensive RB on DraftKings and 2nd most on FanDuel. With a young QB, I think Baylor will rely on Linwood a bit early in this game. Your only real risk with Linwood is Baylor is a heavy favorite, so Linwood will need to get his work done early.
JOSH FERGUSON – Illinois
I like the matchup against Kent State. I like Ferguson’s situation with a JuCo transfer and freshman behind him likely won’t steal too many carries. The only real issue with Ferguson is the team usually only gives him 10-12 rushing attempts per game. However, he does have value in the passing game, often getting 2-4 passes. He’s only slightly above average salary on DK, so I like his value more in that situation. Overall, I think he’s a fairly safe pick at RB, with upside given the matchup.
JARVION FRANKLIN – WMU
I really don’t like the matchup against Michigan State, but with such a limited number of games to choose from, you really can’t be too picky. Franklin is probably the best RB playing on Friday. The MSU coach expects him to get 25-30 touches, which should be enough to produce even against a tough defense. I think if you understand the risk going against a (traditionally) tough defense, Franklin can be used today.

MADRE LONDON – GERALD HOLMES – Michigan State
Listed as 1/2 on the depth chart. The coach has said it will be a “two or three pronged” attack at RB, and I’d lean more toward two. Given that MSU is a 20+ point favorite, the Spartans are going to be running late.

STORM BARRS-WOODS – Oregon State
Woods is the most expensive RB on DraftKings, which I guess I can see because Woods can get you some PPR stats. However, word is Woods will be part of a “one-two” punch at RB along with Chris Brown. Brown is listed as Probable, so a quick status check will be needed before the kickoff … however I like his value a bit more as a cheap/sleeper FLEX play against a weak team.

DEVANTE MCFARLANE – Syracuse
Kind of a mystery here since he doesn’t have a huge track record, but the matchup against cupcake Rhode Island should be favorable. He’s listed as #1 on the depth chart ahead of RB George Morris. Given that McFarlane is below average salary on DK, I think he’s worth a start in some FLEX spots given the chance at upside.

DWAYNE WASHINGTON – Washington
Boise State is pretty solid upfront, so be cautious about this matchup. However, Washington will likely get plenty of looks in this one given the QB situation in Washington is questionable, so I’m assuming the team will rely on the run. Also, Washington is a mid-priced option with I think leaves a little room for upside despite the somewhat tough matchup.

NICK HOLLEY – MYLES WASHINGTON – Kent State
It’s easy picking the top RBs, but you’re likely going to need some value plays. I don’t love the RB situation at Kent State since the coach is quoted as saying “We’re not going to beat those guys up. They’re going to share the wealth.” However, Illinois was one of the worst run defenses in college football last season. I wouldn’t expect either of these two to tear it up, but are listed 1/2 on the depth chart. Risky, but likely usage rates will be low and if you need a really cheap RB, one of these two could find you some points.

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