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College Fantasy Football: Week 1 DFS Picks for Friday (Aug. 31) Games

Steven Montez, Colorado Buffaloes Football

Steven Montez, Colorado Buffaloes Football

Week 1 of the 2018 college football season continues on Friday night. That means it’s time to pick your optimal DraftKings college football fantasy lineup. Fortunately, our college football fantasy experts are ready to help. Players from six matchups are available to be selected on DraftKings for the first Friday of action.

Here’s what our best Week 1 college fantasy football DFS lineup looks like for Friday night's matchups:

QB: Steven Montez, Colorado ($9,500)

Of the six matchups available on DraftKings for Friday night games, Colorado-Colorado State has the highest over/under total at 65. Needless to say, points should be easy to come by for both teams. Montez had an uneven 2017 campaign but seems poised to take a step forward in 2018. He’s going up against a Colorado State secondary that gave up 43 points and 418 passing yards in its Week 0 loss to Hawaii.

RB: Brittain Brown, Duke ($6,900)

With Shaun Wilson expiring his eligibility, Brown is set to become the No. 1 back for Duke in 2018. He had a promising freshman campaign, recording 701 yards and seven touchdowns on just 130 carries. Brown also chipped in 14 receptions for 161 yards last fall. Of the running backs available for Friday night’s matchups, Brown has one of the more favorable paths to 20-25 carries in a competitive game. Army finished No. 75 nationally against the run last season and has to replace standout linebacker Alex Aukerman. Possessions in this game will be limited, but Brown should get his share of touches.

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RB: Juwan Washington, San Diego State ($7,900)

After working as the backup to Rashaad Penny last year, Washington is the next standout running back at San Diego State. And in the Aztecs’ run-first approach, he’s going to see plenty of carries against Stanford on Friday night. The Cardinal ranked seventh in the Pac-12 in rush defense last season and has to replace standout lineman Harrison Phillips. With a rebuilding front seven on tap for Stanford, along with a full load of carries, Washington is an excellent play in Week 1.

WR: Kaden Smith, Stanford ($4,000)

With only six matchups to choose from and some tough games to decipher playing time for the starters and backups, we have to take a gamble here and maximize the other spots. Smith is a big-time target in the red zone for quarterback K.J. Costello and should get plenty of playing time in a close game.

WR: Laviska Shenault, Colorado ($4,600)

Picking Shenault here comes with some risk. In 12 appearances as a true freshman last fall, Shenault caught seven passes for 168 yards but averaged a healthy 24 yards a catch. The Texas native garnered buzz as a breakout candidate this offseason and is primed for extended playing time against Colorado State. The Rams had major issues in last week’s game against Hawaii versus the pass, as they gave up 418 yards and three scores to quarterback Cole McDonald. Shenault’s big-play ability should allow him to be targeted a couple of times downfield in a favorable matchup.  

WR: Olabisi Johnson, Colorado State ($6,400)

Preston Williams is the No. 1 target in Colorado State’s passing game, but Johnson also offers plenty of value on Friday night. In last week’s game against Hawaii, Johnson caught six passes for 157 yards and two scores – compared to nine receptions for 188 yards and two touchdowns for Williams. Colorado allowed only 17 passing scores in 2017 but has to replace standout cornerback Isaiah Oliver. With a high-scoring game anticipated between these two rivals, Johnson seems likely to push for 100 receiving yards and a touchdown once again.

Flex: Izzy Matthews, Colorado State ($6,200)

With Marvin Kinsey and Rashaad Boddie out of the lineup again, Matthews has a clear path to 20-25 carries against Colorado. The Buffaloes gave up over 200 rushing yards a game last season and question marks surround this group once again.

S-Flex: Trevion Armstrong, Nevada ($4,200)

At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Armstrong is really a wide receiver listed at tight end. As a freshman last fall, he grabbed 12 passes for 120 yards and four touchdowns but is primed for more playing time in 2018. Against Portland State and at a price of $4,200, he’s worth a look to help bolster the dollars available at running back.