Week 1 of the 2019 college football season begins place on Thursday, Aug. 29. 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 Thursday games, including Georgia Tech-Clemson, FIU-Tulane, Texas State-Texas A&M, UCLA-Cincinnati, Kent State-Arizona State and Utah-BYU.
Here’s what our best Week 1 (Aug. 29) college fantasy football DFS lineup looks like for Thursday night matchups:
College Fantasy Football DFS Picks
Thursday DFS Slate (6 games)
QB: Jayden Daniels, Arizona State (vs. Kent State - $5,600)
Picking a true freshman in his first start is a bit risky, but the price ($5,600) and matchup are right. Kent State allowed 36.7 points a game last season and returns just five starters for 2019. Daniels should have a solid debut for the Sun Devils.
RB: Jashaun Corbin, Texas A&M (vs. Texas State - $7,700)
Corbin is slated to become the No. 1 running back in College Station with Trayveon Williams off to the NFL. He flashed potential as a freshman last season, recording 346 yards (5.7 ypc) over 61 attempts. Corbin is a breakout candidate for 2019 and should thrive against a Texas State defense that allowed over 180 yards (182.3) on the ground last fall.
RB: Darius Bradwell, Tulane (vs. FIU - $6,200)
FIU vs. Tulane is an under-the-radar matchup for Week 1. The Panthers allowed 192.2 rushing yards a game last fall, so there should be plenty of running lanes for Bradwell. The Florida native paced the Green Wave ground attack with 1,134 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.
WR: Justyn Ross, Clemson (vs. Georgia Tech - $7,900)
Georgia Tech’s long-term stock is on the rise with Geoff Collins at the helm. However, the Yellow Jackets will have their hands full trying to stop quarterback Trevor Lawrence and big plays from Ross or Tee Higgins at receiver on Thursday night.
WR: Austin Maloney, FIU (at Tulane - $4,800)
With the over/under for FIU-Tulane right around 60, there should be some points scored in this matchup. With CJ Worton leaving, Maloney could be poised to emerge as the go-to option for quarterback James Morgan. Tulane finished sixth in the AAC in pass efficiency defense last fall and enters 2019 looking to replace cornerback Donnie Lewis.
WR: Bryan Thompson, Utah (at BYU - $3,400)
This pick carries some risk. Thompson has just six career receptions coming into 2019 but generated a lot of buzz for his play this spring. The California native could have a breakout season, and I’ll take a chance in the opener at $3,400.
Flex: Michael Warren II, Cincinnati (vs. UCLA - $7,800)
With Gerrid Doaks coming back from injury, Warren may not see an increased workload (244 carries last fall), but he should still see 20-25 touches a week. UCLA brings back a lot of experience on defense (seven starters), but this unit struggled to stop the run (199.4 ypg allowed), and the linebacker unit has been hit by suspensions and injuries this offseason.
S-Flex: Tyler Huntley, Utah (at BYU - $6,200)
The return of Andy Ludwig as Utah’s offensive coordinator should help Huntley take a step forward in his development. BYU’s defense isn’t an easy matchup in a rivalry setting, especially as this unit held teams to 21.4 points a game last fall. However, a quarterback likely to play the entire game at a reasonable price ($6,200) is worth the investment.