Week 2 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 a 15 matchups are available to be selected on DraftKings for the first Saturday Noon ET games, followed by 10 games headlining the 7 p.m. ET slate.
Here’s what our best Week 2 college fantasy football DFS lineup looks like for Saturday matchups:
Saturday Noon ET DFS Slate (15 games)
QB: Steven Montez, Colorado ($8,500)
Montez was sharp in last week’s win over Colorado State, connecting on 22 of 25 passes for 338 yards and four scores. He also added 34 rushing yards and a touchdown on three carries in the 45-13 victory over the Rams. Nebraska’s defense will provide more resistance this week, but the junior looks poised for another solid outing in what could be a high-scoring game. Michigan’s Shea Patterson is also another interesting value play.
RB: Kylin Hill, Mississippi State ($5,600)
Aeris Williams is still going to see his share of carries, but Hill appears to be the starter for coach Joe Moorhead’s high-powered offense. Hill only had nine rushes against Stephen F. Austin but made the most of his opportunities. The sophomore rushed for 50 yards and a score and also added a 53-yard touchdown reception. Kansas State’s defense has some new faces stepping into starting roles this year, and in a competitive game, Hill is set to get at least 20-25 touches.
RB: Antonio Williams, North Carolina ($6,400)
Michael Carter is sidelined due to injury, which means Williams and Jordon Brown are slated to handle the bulk of the workload for coach Larry Fedora. But if last week’s game is any indication, Williams is the go-to back after recording 17 carries to nine for Brown. East Carolina’s defense struggled to stop the run last season and will have its hands full against Williams on Saturday.
WR: Bryan Edwards, South Carolina ($5,200)
Georgia’s defense doesn’t have many holes, but the secondary – especially at cornerback – is inexperienced. Assuming standout Deandre Baker spends most of his afternoon following Deebo Samuel, Edwards should see plenty of looks from quarterback Jake Bentley. The junior caught four passes for 53 yards and a score last week and is a good value play at $5,200.
WR: Laviska Shenault, Colorado ($5,900)
Shenault was mentioned in this column last week and delivered a breakout performance against Colorado State by catching 11 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown. Nebraska’s secondary is better than the one Shenault faced last week, but the sophomore is going to see plenty of targets from quarterback Steven Montez. At $5,900, let’s bank on him delivering another big play.
WR: Marquez Stevenson, Houston ($6,600)
The good folks in Vegas list the over/under for Saturday’s Arizona-Houston game at 71. Needless to say, this is a good contest to target in DFS plays. Stevenson led Houston’s receiving corps with five catches for 107 yards and a touchdown and also contributed 60 rushing yards and a score on two carries in last week’s win over Rice.
Flex: Kalija Lipscomb, Vanderbilt ($7,000)
A thin secondary was a concern for Nevada going into the 2018 season, and this unit will be tested on Saturday against Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur. Lipscomb is Shurmur’s go-to target and caught four passes for 60 yards and a touchdown in the opener. Dating back to last season, Lipscomb has caught a score in five out of his last seven games.
S-Flex: Caleb Wilson, UCLA ($4,800)
In order to spread the wealth and get a few big-time values at other positions, we have to dip to Wilson at $4,800 for the S-Flex position. With Wilton Speight injured, UCLA is expected to start true freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson against Oklahoma this Saturday. Thompson-Robinson showcased his talent in his first opportunity for snaps at the FBS level, but a road test won’t be easy. Even though the matchup isn’t ideal, the Bruins are going to be playing from behind and could throw at least 40 (if not more) passes. Wilson seems like a good value to catch at least a touchdown in that scenario.
Saturday Night DFS Contest (10 games, 7 p.m. ET)
QB: Joe Burrow, LSU ($8,400)
There are only 10 matchups on the DraftKings Saturday night DFS slate, and the pickings at quarterback are a little slim. Burrow ($8,400) comes with a favorable price and is due to throw more than he did in last week’s opener against Miami. After all, coach Ed Orgeron promised to upgrade the passing game all offseason. The opener against Southeastern Louisiana is a good opportunity to open it up and let Burrow and his receivers get on the same page before next week’s trip to Auburn.
RB: Rodney Smith, Minnesota ($7,500)
Fresno State has one of the Mountain West’s top linebacker units, but coach Jeff Tedford is breaking in all new starters up front. Smith should be able to take advantage of this matchup, as he’s likely to see 25-30 overall touches. In the opener against New Mexico State, Smith rushed for 153 yards on 24 carries.
RB: JaTarvious Whitlow, Auburn ($5,500)
Whitlow scored the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter for Auburn in last week’s win over Washington, and there’s no doubt he’s in for more opportunities going forward. The freshman notched 28 yards and a score on just eight attempts in Week 1 but will see an increase in touches against Alabama State.
WR: Tyler Johnson, Minnesota ($7,600)
Freshman quarterback Zack Annexstad played well in last week’s opener against New Mexico State, giving the offense plenty of confidence for the Week 2 matchup against Fresno State. Annexstad and Johnson already have a nice rapport going, as these two connected five times for 100 yards and two touchdowns last week. The volume of catches may not be there, but we like Johnson’s ability to find the end zone once again.
WR: Juwan Johnson, Penn State ($6,500)
Pitt held Johnson to just one catch last season, but he’s moved up the pecking order for targets from quarterback Trace McSorley. Johnson caught six passes for 67 yards in the opener against Appalachian State and was projected to be the top receiver for Penn State in 2018. Look for Johnson to be targeted early and often in Saturday’s Keystone State showdown.
WR: La’Michael Pettway, Arkansas ($5,600)
Opposing quarterbacks have passed for seven touchdowns and 756 yards and completed 77.4 percent of their passes against Colorado State this season. That’s good news for Arkansas’ offense, especially after the passing attack showed signs of life with Ty Storey at the helm against Eastern Illinois. Pettway and Storey had a nice connection in the opener, as these two connected for two touchdowns in the first half. Pettway finished Week 1 with five catches for 93 yards and two scores. He’s an intriguing value at $5,600 this week.
Flex: Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M ($4,400)
New coach Jimbo Fisher promised he would get the tight ends more involved this season. And as Thursday night’s win over Northwestern State indicated, Sternberger is going to be a primary target for quarterback Kellen Mond all season. Sternberger caught five passes for 56 yards and two touchdowns last week and is available at a good price ($4,400). The matchup (Clemson) is tough. However, Sternberger is a nice safety valve for Mond and figures to see a decent share of targets.
S-Flex: Keaontay Ingram, RB, Texas ($4,500)
After rushing for 37 yards and a touchdown on six attempts in the opener against Maryland, Texas needs to get Ingram more involved. The workload isn’t clear, but Ingram will certainly see more than six touches against Tulsa. At $4,500, I’m willing to take a gamble on the freshman in a favorable matchup.