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College Fantasy Football: Week 6 DFS Picks Saturday (Oct. 6) Games

Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin Badgers Football

Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin Badgers Football

Week 6 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 for the 7 p.m. ET window.

Here’s what our best Week 6 college fantasy football DFS lineup looks like for Saturday matchups:

Saturday Noon ET DFS Slate (10 games)

QB: Will Grier, West Virginia ($10,400)

Grier has tossed 17 touchdowns through West Virginia’s first four games and faces off against a Kansas secondary that allowed 312 yards and four touchdowns to Oklahoma State last Saturday. Grier is arguably the top fantasy play among Power 5 quarterback for Week 6.

RB: Karan Higdon, Michigan ($7,700)

Higdon enters Week 6 with three consecutive 100-yard efforts and ranks sixth among Big Ten running backs with a 6.3 per-carry average. Overall, the senior has rushed for 479 yards and five touchdowns through four appearances. Higdon faces a Maryland defense that ranks fourth in the Big Ten in rush defense but allowed over 100 yards against Texas and Temple. With Chris Evans questionable, Higdon is poised for another hefty workload in Week 6.

RB: J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State ($7,500)

In his first game in an Ohio State uniform, Dobbins ran for 181 yards on 29 carries against the Hoosiers in last year’s season opener. Despite sharing carries with Mike Weber, Dobbins still has 380 yards and a touchdown through five games, including 121 in the win over TCU. There’s a good chance the sophomore comes close to matching his total in last year’s game against Indiana, as the Hoosiers rank ninth in the Big Ten versus the run, giving up 158.2 yards on the ground per contest. 

WR: Steven Sims, Kansas ($4,900)

One thing is for certain in Saturday’s Kansas-West Virginia game: The Jayhawks will have to throw a lot to keep pace with Will Grier and his standout group of receivers. That’s good news for Sims, as he’s coming off a season-high 10 catches for 89 yards and a touchdown against Oklahoma State. Look for the senior to be Carter Stanley’s top target this Saturday.

WR: Jeff Thomas, Miami ($5,300)

Stopping the pass has been problematic at times for Florida State’s defense in 2018. The Seminoles are tied for 121st nationally in passing plays of 40 yards or more allowed (seven) and rank seventh in the ACC in pass efficiency defense. Thomas has been quiet on the stat sheet the last two weeks (two catches for 16 yards) but leads all Miami receivers with 20 targets and yardage (320). Saturday’s matchup against Florida State is a good opportunity for Thomas to get back on track.

WR: Tamorrion Terry, Florida State ($4,200)

Terry is dependent on big plays, but he’s caught a touchdown pass in three out of the last four games and has back-to-back contests of at least 70 receiving yards. While the matchup against Miami is tough, Florida State’s offense has hoisted at least 32 attempts in four of the five games this year. I’ll take a chance on Terry connecting on a big play with quarterback Deondre Francois.

Flex: Keaontay Ingram, Texas ($4,900)

If Texas is going to beat Oklahoma, it has to establish the run and keep Kyler Murray and the high-powered Sooners’ offense on the sideline. Tre Watson is likely to start versus Oklahoma, but Ingram is going to see his share of carries. The true freshman is off to a promising start, recording 207 yards and two touchdowns on just 34 carries. Against an Oklahoma defense that ranks seventh in the Big 12 in rush defense, Saturday’s game in Dallas would be a good opportunity for Ingram to record more than 10 carries in a contest for the first time in 2018.

S-Flex: Amari Rodgers, Clemson ($4,700)

With Trevor Lawrence expected to return from injury, along with a struggling Wake Forest secondary on tap, Week 6 is a good opportunity to tap into Clemson’s standout receiving corps for fantasy options. Rodgers paces the offense with 21 receptions and ranks second among Clemson receivers with 218 receiving yards. The Demon Deacons have allowed 14 passing scores and rank 13th in the ACC in pass efficiency defense through five contests this year.

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

QB: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson ($8,700)

Lawrence’s first start for Clemson was derailed by an injury in the first half. However, all signs point to the freshman returning under center for Week 6. Lawrence has an excellent matchup this Saturday, as he takes on a Wake Forest secondary that has allowed 14 passing scores over five contests. Additionally, the Demon Deacons rank 13th in the ACC in pass efficiency defense and have allowed four passes of 50 yards or more. Lawrence seems primed for a huge afternoon against Wake Forest’s secondary.

RB: Mike Weber, Ohio State ($5,900)

We took Weber’s teammate J.K. Dobbins for our other lineup, but we’ve got to spread the wealth a little bit to get quality options at running back and receiver for the afternoon slate. Weber has rushed for 350 yards and three touchdowns through Ohio State’s first five games and faces an Indiana defense ranked ninth in the Big Ten against the run.

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RB: David Montgomery, Iowa State ($6,600)

Montgomery is dealing with an injury but returned to practice for Saturday’s game against Oklahoma State. Be sure to check the latest injury reports on Saturday for Montgomery’s status, but if he’s in the lineup, the junior is worth a spot on your DFS lineup. In last week’s game against TCU, Montgomery recorded 101 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. The 101-yard effort marked his second consecutive 100-yard performance this season. The Cowboys lead the Big 12 in rush defense but surrendered 224 yards on the ground to Texas Tech. As the focal point of Iowa State’s offense, Montgomery should see plenty of work – assuming he’s able to go.

WR: Tee Higgins, Clemson ($5,700)

As mentioned previously, we like Clemson’s matchup at Wake Forest this Saturday. Higgins is a physically gifted receiver poised to deliver a breakout season in 2018. He’s off to a good start, averaging 19.4 yards per reception on 13 catches (and two touchdowns) through five games. Look for Higgins to see plenty of targets in his direction versus the Demon Deacons.

WR: Jeff Thomas, Miami ($5,300)

We liked Thomas in the first DFS lineup for Saturday and let’s stick with him for the five-game afternoon slate. The sophomore leads all Miami receivers with 320 receiving yards and averages 24.6 yards per catch. Against a Florida State secondary prone to give up big plays, Thomas is one to watch this Saturday.

WR: Landon Wolf, Oklahoma State ($4,200)

Scratch Wolf out of your DFS lineups if Dillon Stoner is back for Oklahoma State. As of Friday morning, there was no update on Stoner’s status after he missed last week’s game against Kansas. With Stoner sidelined last Saturday, Wolf stepped up to catch six passes for 116 yards and a touchdown versus the Jayhawks. Iowa State has one of the Big 12’s top defensive backfields, but there should be plenty of opportunities for Wolf if Stoner is out once again.

Flex: Justice Hill, Oklahoma State ($8,500)

Iowa State’s defense ranks third against the run in the Big 12, but Hill remains a must-start option in DFS lineups. The junior has eclipsed at least 111 rushing yards in four out of Oklahoma State’s five games this season and has reached the end zone six times on the ground. In last year’s matchup with the Cyclones, Hill rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns. He’s a must-start in every format.

S-Flex: Peyton Ramsey, Indiana ($4,900)

This is risky, but let’s go with Ramsey at Ohio State. With just five games to make selections from in the afternoon, the choices are limited for our S-Flex spot. While Ramsey and Indiana have a tough matchup, the odds favor the sophomore quarterback producing some fantasy points for your lineup. After all, the Hoosiers are likely to be playing from behind, and the Buckeyes have allowed a few big plays this season. Again, it’s a risky play. However, I’m willing to roll the dice on a quarterback at $4,900.

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

QB: Adrian Martinez, Nebraska ($6,300)

Outside of UCF’s McKenzie Milton, there’s not an elite quarterback play in the seven matchups available for DFS selections in the night slate. It’s a little risky to go with Martinez here, but the freshman has two efforts of at least 30 points in his three appearances. In last week’s loss to Purdue, Martinez accounted for 32.02 fantasy points and threw for two touchdowns and accumulated over 400 yards of total offense. Wisconsin’s 2018 defense isn’t quite as dominant as its 2017 version, and Martinez’s rushing ability should allow him to make the $6,300 price tag an intriguing gamble on Saturday night.

RB: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin ($9,900)

Nebraska’s run defense ranks 12th in the Big Ten, allowing 165 yards a game on the ground this season. That’s bad news with Taylor up next, as the sophomore has rushed for 628 yards and five touchdowns through four games and is one of the top running backs in college football. The price tag is hefty ($9,900), but Taylor is primed for a monster performance

RB: Elijah Holyfield, Georgia ($5,800)

Holyfield has recorded more carries than D’Andre Swift in two out of Georgia’s last three games. Even though the Bulldogs plan to rotate both players and freshman James Cook into the mix, Holyfield is a safe bet to see 15 carries on Saturday night. Against a Vanderbilt defense giving up 154.4 rushing yards a game, Holyfield should make the most of his opportunities.

WR: James Proche, SMU ($6,300)

There will be no shortage of points in Saturday’s UCF-SMU game. If you can grab one of the skill players for UCF or Proche from SMU, be sure to get them in your lineup. Proche has 31 receptions for 426 yards and five touchdowns through five games and should see plenty of targets in a game the Mustangs will be trailing and needing to throw a lot to keep pace with the Knights.

WR: Damon Hazelton, Virginia Tech ($5,800)

Notre Dame’s secondary has been tough all year, but Hazelton developed a nice rapport with new quarterback Ryan Willis last week (four catches for 65 yards) and has posted double-digit fantasy points all four games in 2018.

WR: Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M ($5,900)

Sternberger has been a reliable and consistent weapon for quarterback Kellen Mond. And with Jhamon Ausbon out indefinitely, Mond could look even more Sternberger’s direction, starting on Saturday night against Kentucky. Sternberger has caught 17 passes for 256 yards and four touchdowns this fall and has three games of double-digit fantasy points.

Flex: JD Spielman, Nebraska ($5,000)

Spielman is our second Nebraska player from the night slate. The sophomore holds a 23-to-17 edge in catches over teammate Stanley Morgan and has grabbed four touchdown catches through four contests. Additionally, in last week’s loss to Purdue, Spielman caught 10 passes for 135 yards and two scores. Look for Martinez to look for Spielman early and often against a Wisconsin secondary ranked eighth in the Big Ten in pass efficiency defense.

S-Flex: Kendric Pryor, Wisconsin ($4,900)

A.J. Taylor is the top Wisconsin receiver to own for DFS purposes, but Pryor should have plenty of fantasy value against a Nebraska secondary ranked 11th in the Big Ten in pass efficiency defense. In addition to Pryor, Wisconsin tight end Jake Ferguson is a good bargain at $3,800 this week.