Week 1 of the 2018 college football season continues on Saturday. 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 16 matchups are available to be selected on DraftKings for the first Saturday of action.
Here’s what our best Week 1 college fantasy football DFS lineup looks like for the first wave of Saturday matchups:
QB: Jordan Ta’amu, Ole Miss ($9,900)
Ta’amu will cost a heavy price ($9,900), but he’s worth it in the Week 1 matchup against Texas Tech. The Red Raiders showed some improvement on defense last year, but this unit will have its hands full against Ta’amu and receiver A.J. Brown. Texas Tech could also be without standout safety Jah’Shawn Johnson due to injury.
RB: Mike Weber, Ohio State ($6,600)
J.K. Dobbins is one of the nation’s most-talented running backs but taking him for a DFS spot in Week 1 comes at a hefty price ($10,300). Weber costs significantly less ($6,600) and nearly matched Dobbins (194 to 165) in carries last year. With a thin Oregon State defensive line on tap this Saturday, Weber shouldn’t have any trouble maximizing his carries.
RB: Antonio Williams, North Carolina ($4,600)
Williams was ruled immediate eligible after transferring from Ohio State this offseason. With Michael Carter sidelined due to injury, Williams and Jordon Brown will handle the bulk of the work for North Carolina’s ground attack against California this Saturday. The Golden Bears improved on defense last fall but are breaking in some new faces up front. In last year’s matchup, the Tar Heels averaged 4.9 yards a rush versus the Golden Bears. I’ll take a chance on Williams getting 15-20 touches in a favorable matchup.
WR: D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss ($6,200)
Metcalf could be the No. 3 receiver for quarterback Jordan Ta’amu, but he’s still going to see his share of looks. After all, as a freshman last season, Metcalf recorded 39 catches for 646 yards and seven touchdowns. His 16.6 yards per catch ranked second on the team to standout A.J. Brown (16.7). Metcalf had a steady rapport with Ta’amu over the second half of 2017 and should build on that in the opener.
WR: Parris Campbell, Ohio State ($5,800)
New Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins is considered a better passer than former starter J.T. Barrett, so there should be more opportunities for Campbell in 2018. The speedy senior is taking on an Oregon State secondary that gave up 29 touchdown passes in 2017, is already dealing with an injury to safety David Morris and will start a freshman at one cornerback spot.
WR: Vic Wharton, California ($5,800)
With an over/under of 60, the good folks in Vegas expect California-North Carolina to see its share of points. The Golden Bears lost receiver Demetris Robertson to a transfer earlier this offseason, so Wharton and Kanawai Noa should see even more opportunities in 2018. Wharton gashed the Tar Heels for 156 yards and a touchdown on five receptions last year. He’s a good play once again this Saturday.
Flex: Ty Chandler, Tennessee ($6,100)
Tennessee’s path to victory against West Virginia revolves around a heavy dose of its ground game. Chandler, Madre London and Tim Jordan are listed atop the depth chart, so it’s tough to gauge how the carries will play out on Saturday. However, Chandler has the edge in talent over London and Jordan and should end up with the bulk of carries.
S-Flex: Grant Calcaterra, Oklahoma ($4,800)
Calcaterra is a rising star for coach Lincoln Riley and is slated to replace Mark Andrews as Oklahoma’s tight end. In limited action last fall, Calcaterra grabbed 10 receptions for 162 yards and three scores. He should see an increase in targets against FAU this Saturday and is available at a good price ($4,800).