Week 9 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 Saturday Noon ET games and seven for the 7 p.m. ET window.
Here’s what our best Week 9 college fantasy football DFS lineup looks like for Saturday matchups:
Saturday Noon ET DFS Slate (10 games)
QB: Clayton Thorson, Northwestern ($6,100)
Thorson only scored 4.3 fantasy points in last week’s win over Rutgers but had back-to-back 30-point performances in the two games prior to last Saturday. Wisconsin’s secondary has been dealing with a couple of key injuries in recent weeks, with safety Scott Nelson and cornerbacks Deron Harrell and Travian Blaylock ruled out for the Week 9 matchup. Additionally, standout safety D’Cota Dixon is listed as questionable. Northwestern’s ground game has struggled this season, so Saturday’s game should ride on Thorson’s right arm, giving him an opportunity to hit the 30-point mark once again.
RB: David Montgomery, Iowa State ($7,200)
Texas Tech ranks third in the Big 12 against the run, but it’s tough to sit Montgomery in DFS lineups. He’s accumulated over 20 fantasy points in three consecutive games, including 28.9 in the Week 7 victory over West Virginia.
RB: Benny Snell, Kentucky ($9,200)
The formula for Kentucky is pretty simple: Give the ball to Benny Snell on offense and play solid defense. In order for the Wildcats to slow down Missouri this week, they will need a heavy dose of Snell to keep the Tigers off the field. The junior rushed for 169 yards in last Saturday’s win over Vanderbilt and has scored at least 20 or more fantasy points in four out of Kentucky’s seven contests in 2018. The price is hefty ($9,200), but the volume and opportunities will be there for the SEC’s top running back against Missouri.
WR: Tee Higgins, Clemson ($6,100)
Trevor Lawrence and Clemson’s passing game seems to be peaking at the right time. After Lawrence threw for 308 against NC State last week, the Tigers have another opportunity to pile up the yardage in Week 9. Florida State’s secondary ranks seventh in the ACC in pass efficiency defense but has allowed 15 passing scores (second-most in the league) and eight plays of 40 or more yards. After catching eight passes for 119 yards in last week’s win, the arrow on Higgins’ fantasy value is pointing up going into Week 9.
WR: Flynn Nagel, Northwestern ($6,500)
Let’s double down on Northwestern’s passing game this week. Nagel has been a machine in PPR leagues, catching at least six passes in each of his last four contests. Additionally, Nagel posted double-digit reception totals in wins over Michigan State and Nebraska. For the season, he’s caught 56 passes for 693 yards and two scores. With a banged up Wisconsin secondary up next, Nagel should once again be targeted early and often by quarterback Clayton Thorson.
WR: Tyre McCants, USF ($6,000)
Saturday’s Houston-USF is likely to be one of the highest-scoring games of Week 9, so this matchup should be one to target for fantasy owners. The Bulls have three players with 24 or more catches this year, so there’s no shortage of targets for quarterback Blake Barnett. McCants has been the go-to receiver though, grabbing 40 receptions for 440 yards and two touchdowns. Against a Houston secondary ranked 66th nationally in pass efficiency defense, McCants should have no trouble adding to his season totals.
Flex: Lamical Perine, Florida ($4,600)
Considering we spent a healthy chunk of the dollars at running back, we have to bargain shop a little for the flex spots. I wouldn’t expect a ton of scoring in the Florida-Georgia matchup, but the Bulldogs have been vulnerable against the run. Perine’s usage has increased for three consecutive games (10 to 17 to 23 carries) and rushed for 121 yards in the win over Vanderbilt on Oct. 13. I’ll take a chance on Perine to get 12-15 carries against a defense that allowed 275 rushing yards in its last game.
S-Flex: T.J. Hockenson, Iowa ($4,100)
Iowa only completed 11 passes in last week’s win over Maryland, but the passing attack will be more involved against Penn State this Saturday. Hockenson caught three of quarterback Nate Stanley’s throws for 30 yards, giving him at least three receptions in six out of the Hawkeyes’ seven contests. Hockenson isn’t likely to post monster totals, but he’s a safe pick for a couple of receptions and likely a few targets in the red zone.
Saturday 7 p.m. ET DFS Slate (7 games)
QB: Ryan Finley, NC State ($8,500)
There should be no shortage of points between NC State and Syracuse on Saturday night. Finley passed for 156 yards and zero touchdowns against Clemson last week, but a game against a defense giving up 26.9 points a game and 5.7 yards a play is a much better matchup. Expect Finley to rebound in Week 9.
RB: Dexter Williams, Notre Dame ($7,600)
With only seven matchups on the night DFS slate, it’s tough to find running backs with a clear path to 20-25 carries. Even though Jafar Armstrong is slated to return, Williams should maintain his hold on the No. 1 role in the Fighting Irish backfield. Against a Navy defense ranked 74th nationally against the run, Williams should have no trouble producing on Saturday night.
RB: Max Borghi, Washington State ($5,000)
Borghi isn’t going to see a massive uptick in touches this week, but he’s coming off a solid performance (seven catches for 51 yards and a touchdown and 40 rushing yards) versus Oregon last week. At $5,000, Borghi is a good bargain to catch a handful of passes in a favorable matchup versus Stanford.
WR: Collin Johnson, Texas ($6,600)
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger seems to be on track to return Saturday night, and that’s bad news for an Oklahoma State secondary ranked last in the Big 12 in pass efficiency defense. We picked Johnson in this space, but teammate Lil’Jordan Humphrey is also a strong play this week. Johnson has 41 catches for 563 yards and five touchdowns and has scored at least 13 fantasy points in each of his last five games.
WR: Jamal Custis, Syracuse ($6,400)
As we mentioned above, there should be plenty of offensive fireworks when Syracuse and NC State meet on Saturday night. The starting quarterback job between Eric Dungey and Tommy DeVito is unsettled, but regardless of who takes the most snaps, Custis is going to see a hefty share of targets. He caught seven passes for 162 yards and a touchdown in last week’s win over North Carolina and has a favorable matchup against a NC State secondary ranked ninth in the ACC in pass efficiency defense.
WR: Trenton Irwin, Stanford ($5,100)
With Stanford struggling to establish the run, coach David Shaw could lean a little more on quarterback K.J. Costello over the final month of the season. And with Washington State coming to the Farm this Saturday, the Cardinal are going to need to score points to keep up with coach Mike Leach’s team. Irwin has posted three consecutive games of double-digit fantasy points and caught seven passes in back-to-back contests.
Flex: Ty Chandler, Tennessee ($5,400)
Tennessee’s offensive line suffered a setback this week when standout tackle Trey Smith was ruled out for the remainder of 2018. However, South Carolina ranks 12th in the SEC versus the run, so there should be opportunities for the Volunteers to move the ball on the ground. Chandler has posted double-digit fantasy points in four out of the last five games, including 15 points against Alabama last week. Don’t expect huge rushing totals, but Chandler has fantasy value thanks to his receptions and big-play ability.
S-Flex: Bryan Edwards, South Carolina ($5,200)
With just seven matchups to choose from, it’s crucial to find players who are guaranteed to get a handful of touches every week. Edwards is one of those options, as he’s posted 37.5 fantasy points over his last two contests and has at least three receptions in every matchup in 2018. Tennessee ranks ninth in the SEC in pass efficiency defense, so this is a favorable opportunity for Edwards at a decent price ($5,200).