Daily College Fantasy Football WR Picks – Week 1 9/3 (Thursday)

There’s not a ton of elite WR’s going in the college football matchups during the Thursday games … but plenty of value WRs you can use in your lineups. I think the strategy most daily fantasy football grinders are going to employ is getting one of the top two WRS (Jones and Cooper) and then filling out the rest of the lineup with value type players. Dezmon Epps is probably the best value if he can play up to his 2013 standard, but he’s a risk because he didn’t play in 2014.

As with all my daily fantasy selections, I monitor events through the week and may add/subtract names as we move closer to gameday. Be sure to check back on Thursday for the most up to date rankings.

Week 1 CFB (Thursday) – QB Picks
Week 1 CFB (Thursday) – RB Picks
Week 1 CFB (Thursday) – TE Picks

CAYLEB JONES – Arizona
Last season against UTSA Jones had 4 catches for 143 yards and 1 TD. He’s a big-play type WR, somewhat boom-or-bust but can give you some production even if he doesn’t catch some long passes. I think the only real risk is Arizona goes up by a bunch of points early and rarely throw in the 2nd half. However, Jones is capable of having big numbers with just a couple of completions. 9/3 Update: Two players in the UTSA secondary are doubtful tonight.
PHAROH COOPER – South Carolina
Is the concensous #1 WR for the Thursday college football matchups. Going against North Carolina should mean he gets plenty of opportunities, but there’s some question marks at QB for the Gamecocks. Cooper often gets a rushing attempt or two per game as well. Overall I think Cooper should have a nice game, but how much upside you get at this price remains to be seen. However, I think Cooper is a fairly safe play at WR if you can cut cost on your other positions.
DEZMON EPPS – Idaho
I remember Epps was a regular pick during 2013, but he missed all of last season after getting in trouble off the field. He’s well below average salary on DraftKings, which makes him an ideal cheap WR #3/FLEX starter in your lineups. When he last played in 2013, he wasn’t a huge TD guy, but often got 5+ catches. The matchup is really good and Idaho runs an up-tempo offense leading to lots of opportunities.Please follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Subscribe to our posts via e-mail. All of our daily college fantasy football picks are archived here.
SAMAJIE GRANT – Arizona
He’s under minimum price on both DraftKings and FanDuel this week. While Cayleb Jones is the teams #1 WR, that also means he’ll get most of the attention, double teams … ect. I think Grant is a pretty solid #3 WR you can insert in lineups on Thursday given his price and potential given he has a soft matchup against UTSA. The only real risk is Arizona goes up big early and stop throwing the back half of the game. You just hope Grant can get some touches before then.
JARED DANGERFIELD – Western Kentucky
Only had 2 games over 100+ yards receiving, so I’d likely only target him in 1pt PPR leagues since he’s more of a possession guy. Had 8 games with 5+ receptions and found the end-zone 11 times in 2014. Dangerfield is just slightly over the minimum price on DraftKings, whereas he’s the 3rd highest priced WR on FanDuel. The matchup against Vanderbilt should be a good one. It should be noted that Dangerfield has been sidelined (from practice) for about 2 weeks with an unknown ailment. The coach is quoted as saying “we’ve got to make sure we try to get him back” before Vanderbilt.” I think if we read between the lines the coach is implying he’s resting Dangerfield so he’s back for this game. We should know more this week (if Dangerfield practices) so stay tuned. WKU has a stable of WRs but Taywan Taylor and Antwane Grant are the incumbents that would likely see a boost if Dangerfield is ruled out. 8/31 Update: Dangerfield’s name appears #1 on a depth chart posted today. Taylor & Grant have the dreaded “OR” between them. Nicholas Norris is listed as the starter at 1 WR spot. The risk with WKU WR’s is the team spreads the ball around quite a bit and one guy rarely goes off for huge yardage. I’ll continue to monitor the situation, but for now Dangerfield is the only guy I’d feel really comfortable starting. 9/3 Update: Dangerfield is listed as Questionable, which should drive his usage rate down and make him a risky play unless you can sit there before kickoff and swap him out. Remember, this is college – NOT THE NFL – you may not know if Dangerfield is playing until after the game starts.
RYAN SWITZER – North Carolina
He’s a fairly steady WR who likely won’t put up a massive line, but will get you some production at a pretty cheap price tag. Target Switzer in a few of your lineups where you need a cheap FLEX WR who has a chance to provide some updise if he gets 5+ catches.
KOLBY LISTENBEE – TCU
I don’t love this matchup against Minnesota, but TCU obviously has a quality QB, so it might not matter too much. Fellow WR Josh Doctson has been limited most of camp and Deante’ Gray is likely going to miss the first game. Listenbee is a boom-or-bust type selection (he’s a track star) so just be aware of that. However I think as a cheaper FLEX WR option you can roll with him and hope he catches a deep ball.
QUINSHAD DAVIS – North Carolina
I think Davis is overpriced on FanDuel – he’s simply too inconsistent to pay over average salary. On DraftKings he’s under average salary, so I could see using him as one of your FLEX options, but just know he’s not a big-time playmaker so I wouldn’t stack him across multiple lineups.Did You Know??? PokerStars just bought this daily fantasy site. Sign Up Now – as I fully expect this to become one of the leading sites to play on over the next year.

JESSE KROLL – CMU
Oklahoma State wasn’t great at stopping the pass last year, and are likely going to be ahead most of the game … so Kroll could make for a deep sleeper type selection that you could plug in your lineups. He’s listed on the teams’ depth chart as the the #1 X WR. Teammate Anthony Rice is the other starter and could be used as a sleeper FLEX as well. Just don’t expect too much.

LATEVIUS RAYFORD – Vanderbilt
I’m not in love with this selection, however if you’re looking for a cheap/sleeper FLEX type option, Rayford might not be a bad selection. This is a very good matchup against a weaker WKU defense, and Rayford is in line for a boost as starting WR C.J. Duncan has been ruled out for the season.

BRANDON SHEPERD – OSU
Just returned to practice after being out with a dislocated finger. I think he’s a little over priced on most of the daily sites eventhough this is a good matchup against a fairly poor team. If you decide to roll with Sheperd, just make sure he’s playing on Thursday.

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