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College Fantasy Football: Week 3 DFS Picks Saturday (Sept 15) Games

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Week 3 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 10 matchups are available to be selected on DraftKings for the first Saturday Noon ET games, followed by seven games headlining the 7 p.m. ET slate. 

Here’s what our best Week 3 college fantasy football DFS lineup looks like for Saturday matchups:

Saturday Noon ET DFS Slate (10 games)

QB: Eric Dungey, Syracuse ($9,300)

This is a hefty price tag ($9,300) on Dungey, but we think it’s worth it. The senior has passed for 402 yards and seven touchdowns and added 244 yards and a score on the ground through the first two games of 2018. Those totals amounted to 44.4 fantasy points in Week 1 and 32.1 last Saturday. Florida State gave up 475 passing yards and two scores to Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges last week, and this defense figures to have its hands full with Dungey on Saturday. Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien is also worth a look at $8,500.

RB: David Montgomery, Iowa State ($5,900)

Montgomery is off to a slow start (44 yards), but Iowa State faced a tough Iowa defensive front last week and the opener against South Dakota State was canceled due to weather. The senior is due for a full workload in Week 3, as the Cyclones need a big day out of their ground attack to keep Oklahoma’s high-powered offense on the sidelines. In last year’s matchup, Montgomery recorded seven catches for 89 yards and 55 rushing yards versus the Sooners. Improvement on those totals should be attainable this Saturday.

RB: Cam Akers, Florida State ($6,900)

Florida State’s offensive line is still trying to find the right mix entering Saturday’s game at Syracuse. However, the Orange are giving up an average of 141.5 rushing yards a game in 2018. Additionally, this run defense has allowed two runs of 40 yards or more this season. That recipe is a good formula for Akers to have success on Saturday. The sophomore torched Syracuse for 199 rushing yards and two touchdowns last year and seems primed for a big play or two in a high-scoring game.

WR: Sean Modster, Boise State ($7,000)

Boise State’s receiving corps is deep, so there’s some risk in this selection. Modster has been the go-to target for the Broncos’ passing game so far, catching 13 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns. The good folks in Vegas peg the over/under for Boise State-Oklahoma State at 64, so there should be plenty of yards and points to go around for both offenses.

WR: Tre' McKitty, Florida State ($4,600)

Since we are going with Dungey and the hefty salary at quarterback, we have to bargain shop a bit at the other positions. McKitty is a low-risk, high-reward selection for Saturday. The sophomore tight end has caught five passes in back-to-back games and grabbed a touchdown against Samford. Don’t expect huge yardage, but a handful of catches and a score seems reasonable versus Syracuse.

WR: Juwan Johnson, Penn State ($5,800)

KJ Hamler leads Penn State in yards and touchdown catches, but Johnson paces the offense in catches (eight) and isn’t far behind in yardage (107 to 90). The senior was projected to be the go-to target for quarterback Trace McSorley in 2018, and after catching six passes in the opener, was held to just two catches for 23 yards versus Pitt. Let’s chalk that up to the weather and bank on Johnson getting back on track this week.

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Flex: Qadree Ollison, Pitt ($4,700)

Possessions will be limited in the Pitt-Georgia Tech game, but Ollison is a good risk to take at $4,700. The senior leads all Pitt players with 28 carries in 2018 and is coming off a strong performance (119 and a touchdown) against Penn State. Georgia Tech’s rush defense gave up 219 rushing yards and three scores to USF last week, and Ollison seems to be primed for 20-25 carries in a favorable matchup.

S-Flex: Jordan Mason, Georgia Tech ($5,600)

As we mentioned above, possessions are going to be limited in this game. However, Mason has been impressive in limited work and is now a starting B-back with KirVonte Benson out for the year. Mason has accumulated 180 yards and one touchdown on just 24 attempts and faces a Pitt defense that surrendered 211 yards and three touchdowns to Penn State last Saturday.

Saturday Night DFS Contest (7 games, 7 p.m. ET)

QB: Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama ($8,900)

Ole Miss gave up 41 points to Southern Illinois last week, and it’s hard to envision this defense providing much resistance to Alabama’s high-powered attack. Tagovailoa has been razor sharp through the first two games, completing 25 of 35 throws for 228 yards and six touchdowns. Considering the Rebels were torched for nearly 400 yards (388) through the air last week, Tagovailoa could put some huge numbers on the board in Oxford.

RB: Damarea Crockett, Missouri ($5,500)

The Saturday night DFS slate only features seven games, but a couple matchups have potential to be high-scoring affairs. Missouri at Purdue certainly fits that mold. The Boilermakers gave up 166 yards and four rushing scores in the opener against Northwestern but allowed just 69 versus Eastern Michigan in Week 2. Crockett has been steady so far, accumulating 115 yards and a touchdown on just 31 attempts. If you want to load up at quarterback and take a high-priced running back, a $5,500 budget on Crockett is a nice gamble.

RB: Jermar Jefferson, Oregon State ($7,400)

Artavis Pierce is sidelined indefinitely due to an elbow injury suffered in last week’s win over Southern Utah. Jefferson took advantage of Pierce’s absence by gashing Southern Utah for 238 yards and four touchdowns on just 22 attempts. Nevada’s rush defense was a concern coming into 2018 and gave up 198 yards and three scores in last week’s loss to Vanderbilt. Jefferson should see a heavy workload against the Wolf Pack.

WR: DeVonta Smith, Alabama ($5,700)

Any of Alabama’s top three receivers – DeVonta Smith, Jerry Jeudy or Henry Ruggs – are a good play this week. Jeudy (four) has been the top target in the end zone, but Smith has the edge in yardage (176) and ranks second on the team with seven receptions. The sophomore may not catch 10 passes against a porous Ole Miss defense, but one or two big plays would make it worth the $5,700 price.

WR: Rondale Moore, Purdue ($5,200)

A week after recording 313 all-purpose yards against Northwestern, Moore was held in check (63) by Eastern Michigan. Don’t give up on the freshman after just one subpar performance. Simply, he’s the team’s best playmaker and should see more opportunities with better weather expected on Saturday night.

WR: McLane Mannix, Nevada ($7,000)

The over/under for Nevada-Oregon State hovered around 70 points on Wednesday. This should be a prime matchup for DFS plays, including Mannix at receiver. After a breakout freshman campaign in 2017, Mannix is off to a fast start this fall by catching 10 passes for 218 yards and three scores. Stopping the pass has been problematic for the Beavers in 2018. Oregon State gave up over 300 yards in games against Ohio State and Southern Utah, with opposing quarterbacks completing 68.3 percent of their passes. Mannix should find plenty of room for receptions and yards against a questionable secondary on Saturday.

Flex: D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss ($5,200)

Admittedly, we aren’t crazy about picking players versus Alabama’s defense. However, with a rebuilt secondary, it seems reasonable to expect Ole Miss to have some success through the air on Saturday. Metcalf caught four passes for 81 yards and a score versus Texas Tech and posted seven catches for 93 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 against Southern Illinois. It’s risky, but the consistency and talent is there to expect enough production to justify the $5,200 risk.

S-Flex: Elijah Holyfield, Georgia ($5,000)

D’Andre Swift is Georgia’s No. 1 running back, but as indicated through the first two games of the season, Holyfield, James Cook and Brian Herrien are going to see plenty of opportunities. Holyfield has rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries this year. With a one-sided matchup anticipated versus MTSU, Holyfield is likely to see around 10 carries and should have an opportunity for a score.