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College Fantasy Football: Week 8 DFS Picks Saturday (Oct. 20) Games

David Blough, Purdue Boilermakers Football

David Blough, Purdue Boilermakers Football

Week 8 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 and seven for the 7 p.m. ET window.

Here’s what our best Week 8 college fantasy football DFS lineup looks like for Saturday matchups:

Saturday Noon ET DFS Slate (10 games)

QB: Trace McSorley, Penn State ($8,900)

McSorley passed for 315 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing score in Penn State’s win over Indiana last season. While the price is hefty ($8,900), the senior should be one of the top Power 5 fantasy quarterbacks for Week 8, as Indiana’s defense is giving up 28.1 points a game and 5.6 yards a play.

RB: Travis Etienne, Clemson ($9,400)

Clemson is coming off an off week, but Etienne shouldn’t take long to regain the form that watched him post 37.7 fantasy points against Wake Forest and 42 in the win over Syracuse. The sophomore has posted at least 28 fantasy points in each of his last four games and enters Week 8 with 761 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns this season. NC State’s revamped defensive front is holding opponents to 3.7 yards a play, but Clemson and Etienne are the toughest rushing attack this unit has faced in 2018.

RB: Miles Sanders, Penn State ($7,100)

Sanders was limited to just 43 rushing yards in Penn State’s loss to Ohio State, but the junior rebounded in a big way by recording 162 yards and a touchdown versus Michigan State last Saturday. Sanders has rushed for 700 yards (6.7 ypc) and seven touchdowns on only 104 carries this year. Indiana’s defense is giving up 157.7 rushing yards a game this fall, allowing Sanders another excellent opportunity to add to his impressive yardage and touchdown totals.

WR: Jaylen Waddle, Alabama ($4,400)

With DeVonta Smith injured and questionable to play, more targets (and catches) are likely in order for Waddle against Tennessee this Saturday. Waddle has 17 receptions for 340 yards and two touchdowns and a punt return for a score this season. The freshman hasn’t found the end zone since the win over Louisiana on Sept. 29, but he’s got a favorable matchup and an opportunity for more snaps this Saturday.

WR: Justyn Ross, Clemson ($5,000)

Clemson’s receiving corps is loaded with talented playmakers, but Ross is developing a nice rapport with fellow true freshman Trevor Lawrence. Ross grabbed five receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown against Wake Forest on Oct. 6, giving him 14 catches for 286 yards and four scores this season. NC State ranks eighth in the ACC in pass efficiency defense this year, so there should be plenty of opportunities for Lawrence and Ross to connect on Saturday.

WR: Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri ($5,100)

There should be no shortage of points in Saturday’s matchup between Missouri and Memphis. Quarterback Drew Lock is not expected to have standout receiver Emanuel Hall, and Nate Brown’s status is also uncertain. With injuries taking a toll on two of Lock’s go-to receivers Okwuegbunam and freshman receiver Jalen Knox are intriguing picks in DFS this week. Okwuegbunam paces all Missouri players with 31 catches and has 241 yards and two scores through six contests. The sophomore tight end should have a prominent role in Saturday’s matchup.

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Flex: Larry Rountree, Missouri ($5,200)

Rountree recorded more rushing attempts (17 to 7) over Damarea Crockett in last week’s loss to Alabama and leads the Missouri offense in carries (85), yards (431) and rushing touchdowns (four to three). While Crockett is going to see a chunk of the workload, Rountree is still a good bargain at $5,200 in a matchup versus a Memphis defense giving up over 170 rushing yards a game.

S-Flex: Reggie Corbin, Illinois ($4,400)

Wisconsin’s defense finished second in the Big Ten against the run last season. However, personnel losses and injuries have taken a toll on this unit in 2018, and the Badgers enter Week 8 ranked 11th in the conference in rush defense. Illinois is still in rebuild mode under coach Lovie Smith, but this program is making small strides. The offense has showed signs of progress under first-year coordinator Rod Smith, including a ground game that ranks fourth in the Big Ten in rush offense. Corbin has rushed for 484 yards (7.5 ypc) and five scores this season and should be a key cog in the Fighting Illini gameplan this Saturday.

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

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

It’s no secret Ohio State’s defense isn’t up to its usual elite standard. The Buckeyes are giving up 5.6 yards a play and have surrendered six plays of 50 or more yards. Expect Purdue’s offense to give Ohio State all it can handle on Saturday night, as coach Jeff Brohm’s group has scored at least 30 points in four consecutive games. Blough has been on a roll recently, tossing at least three touchdowns in three out of his last four contests. Considering the issues Ohio State has showed in its back seven this year, Blough has a good chance to toss three more touchdowns and eclipse 300 yards on Saturday.

RB: Benny Snell, Kentucky ($8,100)

Vanderbilt’s defense ranks 13th in the SEC versus the run and has allowed over 200 rushing yards in four out of the last five contests this year. That’s bad news with Kentucky and Benny Snell up next. Snell was one of the nation’s top running backs in the first half of the season, accumulating 699 yards and eight rushing scores on 128 attempts. Look for Snell to eclipse the 100-yard mark for the fourth time this year on Saturday night.

RB: Travis Dye, Oregon ($4,800)

CJ Verdell is slated to be the No. 1 back for Oregon, but Dye has accumulated 35 carries over the last two weeks. In last Saturday’s win over Washington, the freshman rushed for 67 yards on 15 carries. While Dye may not see 25 rushing attempts, the Ducks clearly want to get him involved against a Washington State defense giving up 148.2 rushing yards a game.

WR: Mitchell Wilcox, USF ($4,800)

Stacking your DFS lineup with players from USF is probably a good idea this week. After all, UConn’s defense is historically bad, giving up a whopping 53.7 points a game and 9.2 yards a play. Wilcox has reached the end zone only one time this year but ranks second on the offense with 22 catches and has 311 yards over six contests. At $4,800, Wilcox is a bargain price in a favorable matchup.

WR: Tay Martin, Washington State ($7,000)

The over/under for Saturday’s Washington State-Oregon matchup hovered just under 70 points by Thursday night. Needless to say, there should be plenty of points and yards to go around for DFS players. Martin leads coach Mike Leach’s passing attack with 40 receptions for 440 yards and six touchdowns this year. Oregon’s secondary ranks 10th in the Pac-12 in pass efficiency defense, so Martin should have another productive outing.

WR: Isaac Zico, Purdue ($5,600)

As mentioned above, we like the matchup of Purdue’s passing game against Ohio State’s secondary on Saturday night. Zico has been a steady performer over the last four games, grabbing 18 receptions and posting two 100-yard efforts in that span. Rondale Moore is Purdue’s top playmaker outside, but at $5,600, Zico is a nice buy-low option that’s likely to see a handful of targets.

Flex: Parris Campbell, Ohio State ($6,900)

Ohio State’s deep receiving corps makes it difficult to project the distribution of catches from week-to-week, but Campbell has been the favorite target of quarterback Dwayne Haskins. The senior holds a lead over K.J. Hill in catches (43 to 40), yardage (557 to 551) and touchdown receptions (seven to four). Purdue’s secondary ranks sixth in the Big Ten in pass efficiency defense, but Haskins, Campbell and Hill will have no trouble finding passing lanes and opportunities on Saturday night.

S-Flex: Justin Jefferson, LSU ($5,100)

Points are expected to be at a premium in Saturday night’s Mississippi State-LSU showdown in Baton Rouge. While the matchup isn’t particularly friendly for fantasy purposes, Jefferson is worth a look if you need a bargain to fill out your lineup. The sophomore is clearly the No. 1 target of quarterback Joe Burrow, catching 27 passes for 453 yards and two scores. Additionally, he’s coming off his first 100-yard effort of the year (six catches for 108 yards). Jefferson doesn’t have a ton of upside but hoping another five-catch performance for 100 yards is a reasonable gamble at $5,100.