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College Fantasy Football: Week 4 DFS Picks Saturday (Sept. 22) Games

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Week 4 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 10 matchups are available to be selected on DraftKings for the first Saturday Noon ET games, followed by five games on the 3:30 p.m. ET slate and seven contests for the 7 p.m. ET matchups.

Here’s what our best Week 4 college fantasy football DFS lineup looks like for Saturday matchups:

Saturday Noon ET DFS Slate (10 games)

QB: Will Grier, West Virginia ($10,500)

Grier comes at a hefty price ($10,500), but he’s worth it for Week 4. The senior is off to a fast start, throwing for 761 yards and nine touchdowns through the first two games. He posted 372 yards and four passing scores versus Kansas State last year and faces a secondary that is expected to be without safety Denzel Goolsby.

RB: Qadree Ollison, Pitt ($6,500)

We picked Ollison in this space last week, and the senior delivered with a solid outing (91 yards and two scores) versus Georgia Tech. Another big week of production seems to be on tap against North Carolina. The Tar Heels gave up 160 rushing yards to California in the opener and surrendered 220 against East Carolina in Week 2. And in last year’s matchup versus the Tar Heels, Pitt rushed for 267 yards and four scores.

RB: Elijah Holyfield, Georgia ($5,200)

D’Andre Swift is Georgia’s No. 1 running back, but Holyfield is just two carries behind (24 to 22) on the stat sheet through three games. Of course, easy matchups against Austin Peay and MTSU played a role in the distribution of carries. While Holyfield isn’t likely to see 20-25 carries versus Missouri, it’s no secret Georgia wants to establish the run and keep Drew Lock and the high-powered passing game on the sideline. With that in mind, 10-15 carries and a touchdown run seems like a reasonable expectation for Holyfield.

WR: Mecole Hardman, Georgia ($5,900)

Hardman is our second Georgia selection in this week’s DFS picks. The junior has emerged as the go-to target for quarterbacks Jake Fromm and Justin Fields this fall, catching 12 passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns. Additionally, Hardman is averaging 31.7 yards a punt return and took one back for a touchdown against MTSU. Missouri gave up 572 passing yards to Purdue in last week’s win, so there should be ample opportunities for Hardman to add to his impressive start to the 2018 season.

WR: Isaiah Zuber, Kansas State ($5,700)

Kansas State’s offense is coming off its best outing of the season, which is timely with the start of Big 12 play in Week 4. The Wildcats scored 41 points and averaged 7.1 yards a play against UTSA last Saturday. Zuber has been the main weapon for K-State quarterbacks this year, but he’s developing a good rapport with Skylar Thompson. In the win over the Roadrunners, Zuber caught seven passes for 144 yards and two scores. West Virginia is going to score its share of points on Saturday, and at $5,700, Zuber is worth a look in a high-scoring matchup.

WR: Jeff Smith, Boston College ($5,000)

Considering Boston College opened with UMass and Holy Cross, it’s hard to read too much into the stats from the first three games. But if last week was any indication, Smith is going to be a favorite of quarterback Anthony Brown. Smith caught six passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns and added 42 rushing yards in the win over Wake Forest. Purdue’s secondary ranks 12th in the Big Ten in pass efficiency defense, so there should be ample opportunities for Brown to connect with Smith on a few play-action bombs this Saturday.

Flex: Pooka Williams, Kansas ($5,700)

Williams is a big reason why Kansas is riding a two-game winning streak in the Big 12 opener versus Baylor. The freshman has provided a spark for the Jayhawks’ offense, rushing for 288 yards and three touchdowns on just 33 carries over two contests. Baylor’s defense is giving up 181 rushing yards a game so far in 2018, so Williams should have a good opportunity to earn his third consecutive 100-yard game.

S-Flex: Skylar Thompson, Kansas State ($5,500)

Thompson seems to have a clear edge over Alex Delton for the starting job at Kansas State. And with a high-scoring matchup against West Virginia on tap, why not take a gamble on him at $5,500 for the S-Flex? Thompson threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns and added 66 yards and a score versus UTSA in Week 3.

Saturday 3:30 p.m. ET DFS Slate (5 games)

QB: Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama ($9,900)

Tagovailoa has been flawless in 2018. He’s passed for 646 yards and eight touchdowns and only misfired on just 14 passes on 50 attempts. Texas A&M is the best defense Alabama has faced this year, but the Aggies rank 11th in the SEC in pass efficiency defense. Look for Tagovailoa to continue his hot start to the 2018 season.

RB: Mike Weber, Ohio State ($7,800)

J.K. Dobbins is Ohio State’s No. 1 running back, but Weber actually has more carries (46 to 45) through the first three games. The junior has rushed for 281 yards and three touchdowns and recorded five receptions for 31 yards and a score so far in 2018. With a matchup against Tulane on tap this Saturday, look for Weber (and Dobbins) to see their share of opportunities in a favorable matchup.

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RB: Pooka Williams, Kansas ($5,700)

Williams’ career in Lawrence is off to a fast start with back-to-back 100-yard games. Look for Kansas to feed Williams 20-25 touches in Saturday’s matchup against Baylor.

WR: Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M ($3,900)

Picking a player against Alabama’s defense isn’t usually the best strategy, but we need a couple of bargains to round out the lineup this week. Sternberger has recorded at least 42 receiving yards in each of the last three games and has three touchdown grabs this year. Don’t expect big numbers, but Texas A&M is likely to be behind and throwing early. Sternberger could benefit with a handful of catches and over 50 receiving yards.

WR: Isaiah Zuber, Kansas State ($5,700)

We selected Zuber in the early lineup, and let’s stick with him for this contest. West Virginia-Kansas State will see its share of points, and the Wildcats will need to throw to keep up with the Mountaineers. Zuber should see plenty of targets from quarterback Skylar Thompson.

WR: Austin Mack, Ohio State ($4,900)

Mack struggled with dropped passes against TCU, but he’s still one of the top targets for quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Through three games, Mack has caught 12 passes for 173 yards. The junior could rebound in a big way versus Tulane this Saturday.

Flex: Amari Rodgers, Clemson ($5,400)

Rodgers leads the Clemson offense with 11 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown through the first three games of the 2018 season. At $5,400, I’ll take a chance on Rodgers as a flex option in Saturday’s matchup against Georgia Tech.   

S-Flex: Damien Harris, Alabama ($6,700)

Alabama has been involved in three consecutive blowout victories, so it’s hard to read too much into the rushing totals. Harris might not see a ton of work versus Texas A&M, but the senior will certainly maximize his opportunities. He’s rushed for 178 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries and added six receptions for 51 yards so far in 2018. The Aggies are likely to put up more of a fight than Ole Miss did last week, which should give Harris more opportunities as Alabama’s No. 1 running back.

Saturday 7 p.m. ET DFS Slate (7 games)

QB: Alan Bowman, Texas Tech ($10,000)

A trip to Stillwater against one of the Big 12’s top defensive fronts is no easy matchup for Bowman. However, Bowman is still one of the top fantasy plays at quarterback for Week 4. The good folks in Vegas projected the over/under for this game at 76, so points should be plentiful. After torching Houston for 605 yards and five scores last week, Bowman should put up big numbers once again in Week 4.

RB: Justice Hill, Oklahoma State ($9,100)

As mentioned above, we are expecting a lot of points in the Texas Tech-Oklahoma State matchup. Hill leads the ground game for the Cowboys, recording 277 yards and four rushing scores on just 34 carries. The Red Raiders are giving up 161.7 rushing yards a contest, and Hill should find plenty of running room on Saturday.

RB: Tony Brooks-James, Oregon ($5,200)

The seven matchups available for DFS selections in the night slate contain some tough decisions at running back, but we think Brooks-James is worth a look. Yes, Stanford is third in the Pac-12 against the run, but San Diego State and USC both eclipsed over 100 yards. Oregon is in better shape at the quarterback position than both of those teams, so the Cardinal won’t be able to stack the box on Saturday night. Brooks-James has only 36 carries through the first three contests and will have a couple of other backs rotating into the gameplan. However, he’s still expected to be the No. 1 back on Saturday night.

WR: Justin Jefferson, LSU ($5,400)

Jefferson has emerged as the go-to target for quarterback Joe Burrow. He leads the team with 11 receptions for 183 yards through LSU’s first three games this year. Jefferson has yet to reach the end zone, but that could change on Saturday night versus Louisiana Tech. At $5,400, it’s an affordable gamble to take.

WR: Anthony Schwartz, Auburn ($4,300)

If we are going to pay up to get Alan Bowman and Justice Hill, we have to find a few bargains to round out the lineup this week. Schwartz did not catch a pass in the opener versus Washington but has grabbed five receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown over the last two games. With his role in the offense likely to increase, I’ll take a chance at $4,300 this week in a favorable matchup versus Auburn.

WR: Danny Davis, Wisconsin ($4,300)

Davis returned from a two-game suspension to catch four passes for 40 yards in last week’s loss to BYU. With a full game of action to knock off the rust under his belt, Davis seems poised to emerge as the favorite target for quarterback Alex Hornibrook. The matchup against Iowa isn’t too favorable, but an uptick in receptions and yardage (and potentially a touchdown) seems like a reasonable expectation. 

Flex: Tyrin Wallace, Oklahoma State ($7,800)

Wallace seems to be the No. 1 receiver in a deep group of options for Oklahoma State quarterback Taylor Cornelius. The sophomore has grabbed 19 receptions for 319 yards and two touchdowns through the first three games of the year. With a high-scoring game anticipated versus Texas Tech, we like Wallace to only build off his strong start to the 2018 season.

S-Flex: Ty Chandler, Tennessee ($3,900)

As we have already mentioned, some bargain shopping his necessary with high-value picks in Alan Bowman, Justice Hill and Tyrin Wallace. The Florida-Tennessee game isn’t likely to have too many points scored, but Chandler is an intriguing