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Daily Fantasy College Football Picks for Week 9

Daily Fantasy College Football Picks for Week 9

by Matt Gajewski

Welcome to the Week 9 edition of Matt Gajewski’s “Daily Fantasy College Football Picks.”

Unlike previous weeks, stacking was ineffective in Week 8. Instead, running Jalen Hurts and Joe Burrow individually resulted in the magic recipe. With Hurts getting it done on the ground and Burrow spreading the ball around in the air, neither signal caller required a go-to WR to take down tournaments.

With that said, Hurts and Burrow find themselves on the main slate again in Week 9. Navigating around a few key studs, here are the best daily fantasy college football picks for Week 9.

Garrett Shrader ($6,200)

QB – Mississippi State

Jalen Hurts remains a must-play QB on all DraftKings’ slates. Even last week, only 50% of the field rostered Hurts.

However, for those fantasy owners looking for a cheap super flex, Mississippi State’s Garrett Shrader brings immense value. Only starting two full games this season, Shrader already notched 440 rushing yards. He averages 209 passing yards per game with over 20 passing attempts.

Shrader’s dual-threat ability makes sense in tournaments at $6,200. He draws a matchup against a Texas A&M defense that allowed Alabama and Ole Miss to rush for 155 and 168 yards respectively. With rushing totals behind only Spencer Sanders and Jalen Hurts on this slate, Shrader is a great super flex option.

Breece Hall ($6,500)

RB – Iowa State

After playing a committee of running backs early in the season, Breece Hall emerged as Iowa State’s lead rusher in recent weeks. In his last two games, Hall accumulated 315 rushing yards, while earning 4 targets in the passing game.

More importantly, Hall led the Cyclones with 26 and 19 rushing attempts in those two games. This week, he faces an Oklahoma State team allowing 175.7 rushing yards per game. Hall should get another chance to rack up 20 touches.

Iowa State comes into this game favored by 10.5-points, boding well for Hall’s rushing outlook.

Cam Akers ($7,500)

RB – Florida State

While Jonathan Taylor and Chuba Hubbard are DraftKings’ top priced RBs, Cam Akers provides similar volume at a discounted price. Averaging 22 carries per game with 22 total targets, Akers provides one of the highest floors in DFS.

Akers should benefit from a matchup against a porous Syracuse defense. The Orange currently allow 170.2 rushing yards per game to opposing offenses, and Florida State enters this contest as 10-point favorites. Akers is a value on the Week 9 slate.

Jhamon Ausbon ($5,200)

WR – Texas A&M

Jhamon Ausbon leads Texas A&M in both receiving yards (553) and receptions (42) this season. More importantly, he has out-targeted Quartney Davis 61 to 50, but remains $200 cheaper.

Texas A&M continues to throw the ball just over 58% of the time, allowing Ausbon to average 8.7 targets per game.

This week, Aubson faces a Mississippi State defense allowing 244.4 passing yards per game to opposing offenses. However, Joe Burrow and Bo Nix each eclipsed 300 passing yards in recent weeks, potentially creating an advantage for Aubson in this spot.

Darrell Stewart ($5,600)

WR – Michigan State

Darrell Stewart stands out as the slate’s target leader with 76. While Michigan State’s offense has struggled as a whole, Stewart is the team’s only reliable fantasy option. He averages just under 100 receiving yards per game and leads the team with 4 receiving touchdowns.

This week, the Spartans face a Penn State defense allowing 228.3 passing yards per game. However, Penn State allowed at least 275 passing yards to Nate Stanley and Shea Patterson in back-to-back weeks. With Michigan State throwing the ball 53-percent of the time, Stewart is a lock for 10+ targets.

Sean Riley ($4,500)

WR – Syracuse

Sean Riley has quietly received consistent target volume in recent weeks. In Syracuse’s last two games, Riley has target counts of 7 and 9.

This week, Riley faces a Florida State defense that struggles to defend opposing passing attacks. So far this season, Florida State has allowed 293 passing yards per game. With Syracuse throwing the ball just over 52% of the time, Riley is a solid salary-saving option at $4,500.

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