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College Fantasy Football: Week 7 DFS Picks Saturday (Oct. 13) Games

Karan Higdon, Michigan Wolverines Football

Karan Higdon, Michigan Wolverines Football

Week 7 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 six games on the 3:30 p.m. ET slate and seven for the 7 p.m. ET window.

Here’s what our best Week 7 college fantasy football DFS lineup looks like for Saturday matchups:

Saturday Noon ET DFS Slate (10 games)

QB: Charlie Brewer, Baylor ($6,500)

Texas has one of the Big 12’s better defenses, but Brewer is still worth a spot in DFS this week. The sophomore is listed at a reasonable price ($6,500) and has accounted for eight total touchdowns over the last three games. Brewer has eclipsed at least 22 fantasy points in each of the last five contests and gets a Texas defense that has surrendered seven plays of 40 or more yards in 2018.

RB: Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M ($7,900)

Williams leads the SEC by averaging 142.2 all-purpose yards and faces a South Carolina defense that allowed 286 rushing yards to Missouri last week. The Gamecocks have surrendered 4.5 yards per rush and have allowed at least three rushing touchdowns in three out of their last four games. Williams is due for 25-30 touches in this matchup.

RB: Darrell Henderson, Memphis ($9,500)

If you like offense and high-scoring affairs, then Saturday’s Memphis-UCF game is a must-see matchup. And if you are looking for DFS options, Henderson might be the top college fantasy running back play for Week 7. The junior has rushed for 934 yards and 12 touchdowns and added nine catches for 178 yards and two scores. Additionally, Henderson has recorded seven runs of 50 yards or more. That’s bad news for a UCF defense that ranks eighth in the American Athletic Conference against the run.

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

Texas A&M’s secondary ranks last in the SEC in pass efficiency defense, providing an opportunity for Samuel to continue his string of games with double-digit points in DFS. The senior has eclipsed at least 12.6 fantasy points in all five games this year, including 19.1 in last week’s win over Missouri. 

WR: Collin Johnson, Texas ($6,500)

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger is coming off a standout performance against Oklahoma, and there’s little reason to believe the sophomore will slow down against Baylor this Saturday. Johnson should be one of the benefactors of Ehlinger's play, as the Bears rank ninth in the Big 12 in pass efficiency defense, and the junior receiver has caught a touchdown pass in four consecutive games. Johnson has 30 receptions for 431 yards and four scores this fall.

WR: Binjimen Victor, Ohio State ($3,900)

Ohio State has a deep group of receivers, so the fantasy value could jump from player-to-player each week. However, Victor has quietly pieced together three consecutive games of double-digit fantasy points. In that stretch, Victor has caught a touchdown in each contest and provided quarterback Dwayne Haskins with a big play downfield. I’ll take a chance at $3,900.

Flex: Ty Jones, Washington ($4,800)

If we are going to spend big money at the running back spot this week, we need to shop in the bargain bin to fill out our lineup. Jones is a nice buy-low option this week as the No. 2 receiver for the Huskies. For the season, Jones has caught 14 passes for 267 yards and four touchdowns. Oregon’s secondary ranks 10th in the Pac-12 in pass efficiency defense, which should give Jones opportunities to get open and connect with quarterback Jake Browning.

S-Flex: Ryan Davis, Auburn ($4,700)

It’s no secret Auburn’s offense has been struggling in SEC play this season. However, while the passing game isn’t firing on all cylinders, Davis is still catching his share of passes from quarterback Jarrett Stidham. In last week’s loss to Mississippi State, Davis caught eight passes for 91 yards, giving him 29 receptions for the year. He may not post huge yardage totals, but Davis should see a handful of receptions against Tennessee this Saturday.

Saturday 3:30 p.m. ET DFS Slate (6 games)

QB: Jake Browning, Washington ($7,100)

Let’s switch it up a bit from our Noon ET lineup and go with Browning at quarterback. The trip to Autzen won’t be easy, but Oregon is 10th in the Pac-12 in pass efficiency defense. Additionally, Browning has recorded over 20 fantasy points in back-to-back games. With Justin Herbert on the other sideline, Browning and the Huskies will need some points in order to leave Eugene with the victory.

RB: Keaontay Ingram, Texas ($5,500)

It’s only a matter of time before Ingram becomes the clear No. 1 option for coach Tom Herman in the backfield. The true freshman rushed for 86 yards on 10 carries against Oklahoma last week, giving him 293 yards and two touchdowns for the season. Baylor is giving up 193.2 rushing yards a contest, which should allow Ingram an opportunity to push for 100 yards for the first time in his career for the Longhorns.

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RB: Elijah Holyfield, Georgia ($5,400)

The matchup against LSU isn’t particularly friendly for fantasy value, but Florida ran for 215 yards in last week’s game. Holyfield has emerged as the top running back for coach Kirby Smart, edging D’Andre Swift in yardage (432 to 290) through six games. Don’t expect monster production, but Holyfield should make the most of his opportunities.

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

Sternberger is a favorite target of quarterback Kellen Mond, catching at least two passes in every contest this season. The tight end has grabbed 22 receptions for 351 yards and five scores through six games and posted 95 yards in last week’s win over Kentucky.

WR: Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Texas ($6,700)

Baylor enters Saturday’s matchup against Texas ranked ninth in the Big 12 in pass efficiency defense and has allowed 14 passing scores through six contests. Humphrey should add to that total, as the junior has caught 35 passes for 535 yards and four touchdowns so far in 2018. Humphrey posted 133 yards on nine catches in the win over Oklahoma last Saturday.

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

Just like the noon ET lineup, let’s take Samuel in the 3:30 p.m. ET edition against the SEC’s No. 14 ranked secondary in pass efficiency defense.

Flex: Darrell Henderson, Memphis ($9,500)

As mentioned in our Noon ET lineup, Henderson is arguably the top fantasy play at running back for Week 7. He’s scored a touchdown in all six contests and has not posted lower than 23 fantasy points in a game this year.

S-Flex: Patrick Taylor, Memphis ($4,000)

As mentioned in our text with Darrell Henderson, we really like the matchup of Memphis’ ground game against UCF this weekend. There’s not a ton of options in the $4,000 range for fantasy value, but Taylor is an intriguing pickup in a game where the Tigers figure to run to keep McKenzie Milton and UCF’s offense on the sidelines. Taylor rushed for 161 yards and three touchdowns versus UConn last Saturday.

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

QB: Ryan Willis, Virginia Tech ($7,900)

Willis has stepped up with Josh Jackson sidelined due to an ankle injury. The Kansas transfer accounted for three passing touchdowns and 332 yards in a win over Duke and threw for 309 yards and two scores versus Notre Dame last week. Another 20-plus points in the fantasy column should be attainable against a North Carolina defense that ranks seventh in the ACC in pass efficiency defense and 13th in scoring.

RB: Scottie Phillips, Ole Miss ($7,300)

Phillips has been a standout performer for coach Matt Luke in his first year out of the junior college ranks. The junior has rushed for 637 yards and eight touchdowns and eclipsed 100 yards in three out of Ole Miss’ six contests. Arkansas ranks seventh in the SEC against the run and has allowed 12 scores on the ground through six games.

RB: Rakeem Boyd, Arkansas ($5,800)

Devwah Whaley is set to return from injury this week, but coach Chad Morris seems primed to let Boyd retain the No. 1 role in the backfield. The junior college (and former Texas A&M) product recorded 102 rushing yards on 15 carries versus Alabama last Saturday. The matchup is more favorable for Boyd this week, as he faces off against an Ole Miss defense ranked last in the SEC versus the run.

WR: Henry Ruggs III, Alabama ($5,900)

Any of the Alabama receivers are a threat to reach 100 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s matchup against Missouri. While Ruggs has only one game of more than three receptions (Louisiana), he has caught a touchdown in five consecutive contests. I’ll take a chance he connects with Tua Tagovailoa against Missouri’s struggling secondary.

WR: Damon Hazelton, Virginia Tech ($7,300)

Hazelton and quarterback Ryan Willis have developed a nice rapport over the last two weeks. The Ball State transfer caught four passes for 65 yards against Duke in Week 5 and torched Notre Dame for 12 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown last Saturday. Look for Hazelton to continue his hot streak against North Carolina in Week 7.

WR: Zach Gentry, Michigan ($4,000)

Gentry has developed into a nice safety valve for Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson, collecting 20 catches for 306 yards and a touchdown in 2018. Gentry has caught at least three passes in each of the last four games, including a 102-yard performance against Maryland last week. Against a Wisconsin defense dealing with injuries in the secondary, Gentry could be a sneaky play at $4,000.

Flex: D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss ($6,400)

Arkansas ranks 12th in the SEC in pass efficiency defense, so there should be plenty of chances for Metcalf, A.J. Brown and DaMarkus Lodge to have value in DFS lineups. Metcalf has two 100-yard performances over his last three games and has reached the end zone five times in 2018.

S-Flex: Shea Patterson, Michigan ($5,400)

Patterson is getting more comfortable within coach Jim Harbaugh’s offense and gets a Wisconsin secondary that is dealing with a couple of injuries at cornerback. Patterson accounted for 23.3 fantasy points against Maryland last week and has an opportunity for a favorable matchup versus the Badgers’ defensive backfield.