Week 1 DFS Recap: What We Learned

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Sep 01, 2014

The first week of the 2014 college football season is in the books and there were plenty of questions answered and lessons learned for DFS players. Here is a wrap up of the week that was and the knowledge that we gained.


Tulane: RB Sherman Badie scored on a 90-yard run and amassed 215 yards on the ground. He could be an excellent play going forward. WR Justin Shackleford went over 100 yards and appears to be the main target in the passing game.

Tulsa: WR Keevan Lucas was unstoppable with 233 yards receiving and three touchdowns. He appears to be a great play with huge upside. QB Dane Evans threw for 438 yards and looks like a decent option against weaker defenses.

UCONN: The Huskies offense is brutal and the only DFS option appears to be WR Geremy Davis.

Houston: QB John O’Korn was awful against UTSA, throwing four interceptions. He should improve, but it could be a long year for the Cougars.

UCF: William Stanback was a late scratch due to an apparent foot injury and his future is unknown. Check his status for Week Two before plugging him into a lineup.

USF: Freshman RB Marlon Mack ran wild with 275 yards and four scores on the ground. This could be fools gold, so proceed with caution.

East Carolina: The Pirates passing game is in good hands with Shane Carden, Justin Hardy, & Isaiah Jones. The RB situation is muddled with four backs getting at least five carries.


Florida State: QB Jameis Winston and WR Rashad Greene played pitch and catch and may be the best tandem in college football. RB Karlos Williams received 23 carries, but only posted 66 yards on the ground.

UNC: QB’s Marquise Williams and Mitch Trubisky both played this week. Williams appears to have a bit of an edge with his running ability. The RB situation is a mess and should probably be avoided.

Duke: WR Jamison Crowder had another big game and should be a top WR option all year long.

Clemson: The Tigers offense did not look good and there are probably no reliable options for DFS players early in the season. Wait to see who emerges before playing many Clemson players.

Boston College: QB Tyler Murphy ran for over 100 yards and could be a decent punt option with a good match up. The backfield looks to be a 50/50 split between Myles Willis and Tyler Rouse.

NC State: QB Jacoby Brissett struggled early, but turned it around to post a nice stat line. He could be a nice punt option going forward. WR Bryan Underwood recorded zero catches and looks to be a bust.

Georgia Tech: QB Justin Thomas threw for 282 yards and two scores and appears to be a perfect fit to run the offense. WR DeAndre Smelter had a big day, but don’t expect that to be the norm.

Pittsburgh: RB James Connor exploded for 153 yards and four rushing touchdowns. He runs very hard and could have a big season.

BIG 10

Rutgers: RB Paul James plowed through Washington State for 173 yards and three scores. WR Leonte Carroo had a big day receiving and is the go to guy in the passing game.

Penn State: It appears the Nittany Lions will be chucking the ball all around the field this year. The WR duo of Geno Lewis and DaeSean Hamilton could put up nice numbers all year long.

Illinois: QB Wes Lunt had a solid debut throwing for 285 yards and four scores. He could be a plug and play depending on the match up.

Michigan: It appears Devin Funchess has made the transformation to WR quite smoothly. He could be an appealing DFS option every week.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes offense could be in for some struggles this year without Braxton Miller. Nobody stood out against Navy and it could be tough finding many DFS options from Ohio State this year.

Northwestern: The Trayvon Green bandwagon lost its wheels with 37 yards rushing against Cal. He doesn’t appear to have much fantasy value going forward.

Maryland: QB CJ Brown scored three times on the ground and appears to be a solid DFS option most weeks.

BIG 12

Iowa State: There is nothing to see here….move on.

West Virginia: QB Clint Trickett torched the Alabama D and could be a DFS surprise this year. WR Kevin White looked good and could be a nice punt option this fall.

TCU: Trevone Boykin threw for over 300 yards and appears to be the starting QB for TCU.

Texas Tech: The Air Raid is back! David Webb, Jakeem Grant, & Bradley Marquez all should be in DFS lineups on a regular basis.

Oklahoma State: RB/WR appears to be the real deal. He should make plenty of big plays for DFS owners this year.


Washington State: QB Connor Halliday could easily throw for 5000 yards this season and Vince Mayle appears to be his top option.

Colorado: Nelson Spruce topped 100 yards receiving and scored twice. He could be a bargain priced option most weeks.

Arizona: QB Anu Solomon looked amazing with 425 yards passing and four scores. He could have a big year in Rich Rodriguez’s offense. RB Terris Jones-Grisgby topped the 100-yard mark and looks to be a nice punt option.

UCLA: The Bruins offensive line isn’t very good and Brett Hundley is paying the price. He may not be worth his high price tag.

CAL: The fantasy value of QB Jared Goff could be limited with the Bears insistence on using Luke Rubenzer in the Wildcat package near the goal line. WR Chris Harper was MIA and could be a very inconsistent option.

USC: QB Cody Kessler racked up 394 passing yards and five total scores. He looks much more comfortable this year and could put up big numbers.

Oregon: The Ducks appear to be in a full blown RBBC. They used Byron Marshall, Thomas Tyner, and Royce Freeman all with the first string offense. It might be like picking the winning lottery ticket each week with this mess.



South Carolina: QB Dylan Thompson threw for 366 yards and four scores. The running game was non-existent and Mike Davis left with a rib injury.

Texas A&M: Johnny who? QB Kenny Hill was incredible with 511 passing yards and three scores. He could be a top option even with his increased price tag. WR’s Malcome Kennedy, Ricky Seals-Jones, & Josh Reynolds all had nice outings. RB Tre Carson appears to be the short yardage back with three TD plunges.

Ole Miss: QB Bo Wallace threw for 387 yards and four scores, but also added three interceptions.

Vanderbilt: The Commodores offense is putrid and DFS owners should look elsewhere.

Auburn: RB Cameron Artis-Payne received 26 carries and appears to be the lead back for the Tigers. JUCO stud wide out D’haquile Williams is a beast and posted 154 yards and a score. Play him now before his price skyrockets.

Georgia: You don’t need me to tell you that Todd Gurley is a stud, but I can tell you that he may be worth whatever price the DFS sites set for him. He ran for 198 yards and added four total scores against Clemson.

Mississippi State: QB Dak Prescott turned in an outstanding performance and should be a top tier QB option all year long.

LSU: The much ballyhooed debut of Leonard Fournette was a major disappointment. He totaled 18 rushing yards and appears to be playing second fiddle to Kenny Hilliard.

C-USA (Fanduel Only)

Western Kentucky: QB Brandon Doughty lit up Bowling Green to the tune of 569 yards passing and six touchdowns. He could be huge for DFS owners with the renewed emphasis on the pass. WR’s Taywan Taylor and Jared Dangerfield both had impressive performances.

UAB: RB Jordan Howard ran for 179 yards and two scores. He makes a nice punt option going forward.

Marshall: RB Devon Johnson rumbled for 151 yards and two scores. TE Eric Frohnapfel scored two touchdowns and could be an elite option at a weak TE position.

UTEP: RB Aaron Jones put up a monster stat line with 237 yards rushing and three touchdowns. He could be a nice option in conference play.



Notre Dame
: QB Everett Golson was magnificent with 336 total yards and five total scores against a horrid Rice defense. He could post big time numbers this fall when the matchup is right.

BYU: QB Taysom Hill accounted for 405 total yards and five total scores against UCONN. He will likely be in line for huge stats on a weekly basis.


Quenton Bundrage WR Iowa State: Questionable knee injury

Tyler Lockett WR Kansas State: Probable hamstring injury

Connor Cook QB Michigan State: Probable knee injury

Tyler Boyd WR Pitt: Probable finger injury

Mike Davis RB South Carolina: Questionable rib injury

Terrel Hunt QB Syracuse: Questionable disciplinary

Tre Madden RB USC: Questionable toe injury

Jerron Seymour RB Vanderbilt: Questionable undisclosed

Cyler Miles QB Washington: Probable suspension

William Stanback RB UCF: Questionable, foot injury

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