Daily Fantasy College Football Picks – Week 9
Welcome to the Week 9 edition of Matt Gajewski’s “Daily Fantasy College Football Picks.”
For the first time in weeks, the college football DFS main slate on DraftKings does not contain Alabama, Oklahoma, or LSU.
Without most of the country’s stud quarterbacks, DFS grinders naturally come across different roster constructions.
However, plenty of talent remains on the slate with a number of key conference games this weekend.
Here are six daily fantasy college football picks worth considering in Week 10.
Adrian Martinez ($6,900)
QB – Nebraska
With Jamie Newman entering Week 10 questionable to play, Adrian Martinez is a solid pivot.
Martinez missed Nebraska’s last two games with an undisclosed leg injury, but reportedly practiced in full during the week.
Martinez currently ranks second on the slate in rushing yards (341), behind only Spencer Sanders. He averages another 207 yards through the air.
Purdue currently allows 244.2 passing yards per game, which ranks 87th in the country. This number would likely come in higher, but Illinois defeated Purdue 24-6 with only 7 pass attempts and 26 passing yards.
Providing true dual-threat ability, Martinez warrants consideration on a slate lacking elite quarterback options.
AJ Dillon ($7,800)
RB – Boston College
Everyone knows to play Chuba Hubbard and Cam Akers at this point, but AJ Dillon provides GPP-winning upside in a similar price range.
Currently, Dillon ranks fourth in the country with 1,044 rushing yards.
With Anthony Brown suffering a season-ending injury, Boston College has fully embraced the run. In his last four games, Dillon averaged 24.5 carries per game.
Syracuse struggles mightily in run defense. So far this season, they have allowed 180.3 rushing yards per game.
A solid pivot off the slate’s other top running backs, Dillon is a good GPP target this week.
JJ Taylor ($5,700)
RB – Arizona
Fully healthy from his mid-season injury, JJ Taylor returned to handle most of Arizona’s backfield work. In his last three games, Taylor averaged 16.7 carries per game with another 5 targets. He recorded at least 89 total yards and 3 catches in each of these contests.
This week, Taylor faces a porous Oregon State defense in the slate’s highest-totaled game.
So far this season, Oregon State allowed 189.7 rushing yards per game. With Arizona favored by 5.5-points at home, Taylor looks like a solid value play for his price tag.
Wan’Dale Robinson ($5,900)
WR – Nebraska
A stacking option with Adrian Martinez, Wan’Dale Robinson enters Week 10 as one of the most versatile athletes on the slate. Listed as a wide receiver, Robinson actually carried the ball 22 times for Nebraska in their last game.
On top of leading Nebraska in targets, Robinson has at least 6 carries in each of his last four games.
Purdue currently ranks 70th in total yardage allowed (412.1), opening both the run and pass game for Robinson in this spot. Potentially soaking up most of Nebraska’s production, Robinson is a solid target at $5,900.
Trevon Bradford ($5,200)
WR – Oregon State
Projected to make his season debut after a multi-week foot injury, Trevon Bradford comes in severely underpriced for his projected role in Oregon State’s offense.
Last year, Bradford recorded 56 receptions for 649 yards and 6 touchdowns.
This week, he faces an Arizona defense allowing 302 passing yards per game.
Oregon State currently throws the ball 53% of the time, creating immediate opportunities for Bradford. While the injury makes him risky, Bradford provides a solid salary-saving option at a reduced price in Week 10.
Taye Barber ($4,300)
WR – TCU
Another player returning to action mid-season, Taye Barber now has two games under his belt.
In those games, Barber recorded 9 receptions for 131 yards on 14 targets. Importantly, Barber received a consistent 7 targets in both of his starts.
This week, Barber and the TCU passing attack faces a weak Oklahoma State secondary.
This year, Oklahoma State ranks 118th in passing yards allowed (290.9), creating an exploitable matchup for Barber here.
At just $4,300, Barber offers enough salary relief to allow multiple studs into a lineup.