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College Fantasy Football: Week 5 DFS Picks Saturday (Sept. 29) Games

Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State Buckeyes Football

Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State Buckeyes Football

Week 5 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, seven for the 7 p.m. ET window and four from the 10:30 p.m. ET contests.

Here’s what our best Week 5 college fantasy football DFS lineup looks like for Saturday matchups:

Saturday Noon ET DFS Slate (10 games)

QB: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson ($8,500)

Coach Dabo Swinney is handing the reins of the Clemson offense to Lawrence, and the freshman has an excellent matchup for his first career start. Syracuse ranks seventh in the ACC in pass efficiency defense and is going to have its hands full trying to contain the Tigers’ deep receiving corps. Lawrence has been impressive in all four of his appearances in 2018, completing 65 percent of his passes for 600 yards and nine scores. Baylor has rotated Charlie Brewer and Jalan McClendon at quarterback this year, but if you think Brewer handles a bulk of the snaps against Oklahoma, he’s a good value at $5,900.

RB: Qadree Ollison, Pitt ($6,600)

Pitt’s best hope of pulling off an upset against UCF likely rests with a run-first approach. That’s good news for Ollison, as the senior enters Week 5 averaging a healthy 6.2 yards per rush. For the season, Ollison has 355 yards on 57 carries and has reached the end zone four times. The Knights are allowing 239 rushing yards a game, so this is a prime opportunity for Ollison to see 20-30 carries. 

RB: D’Andre Swift, Georgia ($5,700)

Swift hasn’t had the breakout season most anticipated, but it’s too early to give up on the sophomore, especially since it was revealed he was dealing with a minor injury this fall. Swift has 190 yards and two touchdowns on just 40 carries in 2018 and faces a Tennessee defense giving up 134.8 yards a game on the ground. In last week’s loss to Florida, the Volunteers gave up 201 rushing yards and three scores.

WR: David Sills, West Virginia ($8,800)

The over/under for this matchup is hovering around 75, so this is definitely a game to target for fantasy options. Sills carries a hefty price tag ($8,800) but is worth the cost against the Red Raiders. The senior has 19 receptions for 246 yards and five touchdowns this year and caught six passes for 89 yards and three scores against Texas Tech in last season’s matchup.

WR: Ja’Deion High, Texas Tech ($6,700)

As mentioned above, West Virginia-Texas Tech is going to see its share of points, yards and fantasy options this Saturday. With T.J. Vasher dealing with an injury, the Red Raiders may have to shuffle their starting lineup at receiver. Regardless of who starts, it seems High and Antoine Wesley are the top targets for quarterback Alan Bowman this week. High has 15 receptions for 199 yards over the last two contests and has two touchdown grabs on 22 overall catches so far in 2018. 

WR: Brycen Hopkins, Purdue ($4,000)

Hopkins and quarterback David Blough seem to have a nice rapport, as this duo has connected eight times for 166 yards and a touchdown over the last two contests. Blough is slated to start once again this week, and he’s got a favorable matchup against Nebraska. The Cornhuskers rank 11th in the Big Ten in pass efficiency defense, providing plenty of chances for Hopkins and Blough to connect. At $4,000, Hopkins is a good bargain pick. Syracuse’s Sean Riley ($4,000) is also a sleeper to watch at receiver.

Flex: Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M ($5,200)

Sternberger has been a favorite of quarterback Kellen Mond this season and delivered a solid fantasy performance (three catches for 59 yards and a score) against Alabama last week. For the season, Sternberger has 13 grabs for 205 yards and four touchdowns. Arkansas ranks 10th in the SEC in pass efficiency defense, and there should be plenty of opportunities for Sternberger and Mond to connect on Saturday in Arlington.

S-Flex: Josh Jacobs, Alabama ($4,500)

With Alabama expected to cruise over Louisiana this Saturday, coach Nick Saban should have an opportunity to get his reserves plenty of work. Jacobs has posted double-digit fantasy points in three out of the first four games, including 16.5 in the opener against Louisville. He should make the most of his 10-15 touches against the Ragin’ Cajuns this Saturday.

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

QB: David Blough, Purdue ($7,600)

Coach Jeff Brohm handed Blough the keys to the offense after the 20-19 loss to Eastern Michigan, and the senior has responded by throwing for 868 yards and six touchdowns over the last two contests. Nebraska’s secondary ranks 11th in the Big Ten in pass efficiency defense, so Blough will have a chance to add to those totals on Saturday.

RB: Qadree Ollison, Pitt ($6,600)

As mentioned previously, Pitt’s best shot at an upset win over UCF rests with a run-heavy approach. The Knights have struggled to stop the run in 2018, which means Ollison and Darrin Hall are likely to see plenty of opportunities on Saturday.

RB: Greg Bell, Nebraska ($4,600)

Nebraska was simply dominated in last week’s game against Michigan, but the matchup is more favorable in Week 5 against Purdue. Bell only managed three yards on six carries against the Wolverines but accumulated 104 yards in the opener against Colorado and 64 versus Troy in Week 3. With Maurice Washington dealing with an injury, Bell could be in line for even more work against a defense giving up 138.3 rushing yards a game.

WR: Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Texas ($6,000)

Humphrey was picked as a breakout candidate for 2018, and the junior is off to a fast start with 21 catches for 352 yards and three touchdowns over the first four games. He’s caught at least four passes in every contest and has a touchdown catch in three consecutive games. Against a Kansas State secondary that allowed 356 yards and five passing scores to West Virginia last week, Humphrey should see plenty of targets from quarterback Sam Ehlinger.

WR: Denzel Mims, Baylor ($5,000)

Mims entered 2018 as one of the Big 12’s top receivers but is off to a quiet start. The junior was slowed by a hamstring injury and has 13 catches for 245 yards and a touchdown through the first three contests of 2018. In last year’s game versus the Sooners, Mims grabbed 11 receptions for 192 yards and three scores. The Sooners rank ninth in the Big 12 in pass efficiency defense, so it’s a good time for Mims to have his best performance of the 2018 season.

WR: Marquise Brown, Oklahoma ($7,700)

For the first time in his Oklahoma career, Brown played in a game but did not record a catch. The junior was held out of the stat sheet by Army in Week 4 and enters Saturday’s matchup against Baylor with 19 catches for 412 yards and three touchdowns this year. Don’t expect Brown to be held without a catch in a matchup against a Baylor secondary that has allowed seven passing scores so far in 2018.

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Flex: Mecole Hardman, Georgia ($6,500)

Hardman has been a big-play weapon for coach Kirby Smart’s offense in 2018. The sophomore is averaging 17.6 yards per catch and scored on a punt return in the win over MTSU. Hardman also has a touchdown catch in all four contests this season and should have a good shot at extending that streak to five.

S-Flex: Charlie Brewer, Baylor ($5,900)

This is risky play considering Brewer and Jalan McClendon have shared snaps this season. However, Brewer is coming off a solid performance (221 yards and three scores) against Kansas and will be needed to keep pace with Oklahoma on Saturday.

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

QB: Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State ($10,200)

With only seven games to choose from, the pickings are slim at quarterback for the night DFS slate. With that in mind, we decided to go all in on Haskins at $10,200. Sure, the environment and matchup is a tough one, but Penn State gave up 292 passing yards and two touchdowns to Appalachian State in the opener. Haskins has accounted for 17 touchdowns and passed for at least 300 yards in three out of Ohio State’s four matchups so far.

RB: Mike Weber, Ohio State ($6,100)

Weber has been a popular pick in this space in 2018, and we like him again on Saturday night. The senior is dealing with a minor foot injury but is expected to be at full strength for Week 5. Weber has rushed for 299 yards and three scores over the first four games and is a good play against a Penn State defense that’s giving up 172.5 rushing yards a contest.

RB: Benny Snell, Kentucky ($8,800)

As we mentioned under Haskins, it’s a seven-game slate and the limited options present some tough choices. As we did with Haskins, let’s go in on Snell. The junior has accumulated 540 yards and seven touchdowns in 2018 and has already gashed two (Florida and Mississippi State) of the SEC’s top defensive lines. South Carolina’s run defense ranks 11th in the SEC, allowing 163 yards a game.

WR: Hakeem Butler, Iowa State ($6,300)

TCU’s defense and secondary present a tough matchup for Butler, but it’s safe to assume he’s going to see a good chunk of targets from quarterback Zeb Noland. The junior is second to Deshaunte Jones (16 to 14) in catches but leads the Cyclones in yardage (297) and touchdown catches (three). Butler is a safe play in a thin slate of games for Saturday night.

WR: T.J. Rahming, Duke ($5,700)

Virginia Tech’s secondary had its share of issues in last week’s loss to Old Dominion. The Hokies gave up 495 yards and four passing scores on 30 completions and had trouble stopping the deep ball. Despite quarterback Daniel Jones out the last two games due to injury, Duke’s offense has posted at least 40 points in back-to-back contests. Rahming has caught at least four passes in every game and has 17 overall catches on the season. Against a struggling secondary, Rahming is a nice value pick at $5,700.

WR: Deebo Samuel, South Carolina ($5,900)

Kentucky’s defense quietly ranks third in the SEC by holding opponents to just 13.3 points a contest in 2018. So why is Samuel on our selections this week? We aren’t expecting a 200-yard performance against the Wildcats, but coach Mark Stoops’ defense has yet to see a passing game like the one South Carolina can utilize on Saturday night. Samuel leads all Gamecock receivers with 20 catches so far and caught a touchdown in the opener against Coastal Carolina. Is this the week Samuel breaks out with a big play? I’ll take a chance at $5,900.

Flex: Alize Mack, Notre Dame ($3,200)

With high-dollar picks in Haskins and Snell, we’ve got to bargain shop to fill out our lineup this week. Mack benefited from the switch to Ian Book at quarterback, as he caught six passes for 61 yards against Wake Forest. In the first three games of 2018, Mack had just six receptions overall. Don’t expect a high-scoring matchup against Stanford, but Mack could be a nice safety valve for Book once again.

S-Flex: Colby Parkinson, Stanford ($3,800)

Another bargain pick for Week 5. Kaden Smith is also worth a look in DFS lineups, but let’s take Parkinson at $3,800. The sophomore posted a season-high 50 receiving yards in the win over Oregon and also caught a touchdown pass for the third time this year. Parkinson has reached the end zone in three out of the first four games in 2018, prompting us to roll the dice at $3,800.

Saturday 10 p.m. ET DFS Slate (4 games)

QB: Mitchell Guadagni, Toledo ($6,200)

Replacing quarterback Logan Woodside was the top priority for coach Jason Candle prior to the 2018 season. While the Rockets have played only three games, it’s clear Guadagni is the right answer under center. The junior has passed for 698 yards and nine touchdowns and added 198 yards and two scores on the ground in 2018. Look for Guadagni to continue his hot start on Saturday night versus Fresno State.

RB: Eno Benjamin, Arizona State ($8,000)

Arizona State coach Herm Edwards wanted to establish the run in last week’s game against Washington, and Benjamin responded by rushing for 104 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. The going should be a little easier this Saturday versus Oregon State. The Beavers are giving up 280.3 rushing yards a game this fall, allowing Benjamin an opportunity to easily surpass last Saturday’s totals.

RB: Jordan Mims, Fresno State ($5,700)

After a solid freshman campaign, Mims is off to a good start in 2018. The sophomore has rushed for 162 yards and three touchdowns and caught six passes for 81 yards through three contests. Mims takes on a Toledo defense that has struggled to stop the run this fall, giving up 192.7 yards a game.

WR: Diontae Johnson, Toledo ($5,200)

Toledo’s receiving corps ranks among the best in college football, with Johnson the headliner for coach Jason Candle. After catching 74 passes for 1,278 yards and 13 touchdowns last fall, Johnson has 12 grabs for 246 yards and four scores through three games in 2018. Fresno State has one of the top defensive backfields in the Mountain West, but Johnson should be the top target for Guadagni in a game that should feature plenty of offense.

WR: KeeSean Johnson, Fresno State ($7,200)

Johnson has been a reliable fantasy play in all three contests in 2018. The senior enters Week 5 with 20 catches for 292 yards and a touchdown and has grabbed at least six receptions in every game. Johnson has a favorable matchup in Week 5, as he takes on a Toledo secondary that gave up 320 passing yards to Nevada last week.

WR: N’Keal Harry, Arizona State ($8,500)

Harry was held in check by Washington’s standout secondary last Saturday. Don’t expect a repeat of that performance (five catches for 20 yards) in Week 5. Harry faces off against an Oregon State secondary that ranks last in the Pac-12 in pass efficiency defense and has surrendered 11 passing touchdowns in 2018.

Flex: Shakif Seymour, Toledo ($4,000)

Let’s roll the dice on Seymour against Fresno State. Seymour was projected as a breakout candidate this year but ranks third on the team with 93 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. However, the sophomore is still the No. 1 back for the Rockets and should see double-digit carries against Fresno State this Saturday.

S-Flex: Vavae Malepeai, USC ($5,200)

Malepeai comes with some risk, as there’s no guarantee about a full workload. Stephen Carr is going to see time, and the status of Aca’Cedric Ware is uncertain due to injury. However, Malepeai rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s win over Washington State and has scored in three out of USC’s four contests in 2018.