Week 1 was a strange week for these games. A lot of the premiere college fantasy producing games really let people down. Even with things going down the way they did last week, these games we will discuss will be great starting places to set your lineups.
High point totals to target
Hawaii vs Oregon St. O/U 78
Last week I missed on the Oregon St game pretty bad. I will not make that mistake again. Roll ‘em all out from both teams. This week, QB Cole McDonald has the start, but temper expectations, if he throws a few early interceptions, he could get pulled early again. Hawaii is three to four wideouts deep in Byrd, Ward, Sharsh, and Smart. They can be all started, there is plenty to go around. For Oregon St QB Jake Luton, RB Jamar Jefferson, RB Artavious Pierce, WR Isaiah Hodgins, and TE Noah Togiai are all startable in leagues.
UCF vs FAU O/U 68
FAU had a rough week last week against Ohio St. Hopefully they can bounce back this week. UCF is one of the better teams they will face this year. Keep an eye on the injury report for FAU because I think RB BJ Ammons will miss this week at least. I feel confident in rolling out all UCF starters in your lineups. FAU RB James Charles is someone I have my eye on closely.
North Texas vs SMU O/U 72.5
I want all the smoke in this game. SMU moved the ball great last week with Buchele at QB. I have zero issues with starting any of the SMU wide receivers and running backs along with Buchele. There will be plenty to go around. The same goes for North Texas. Take a look at whatever platform you’re using for fantasy and target these guys for North Texas. Roll them all out.
Liberty vs Louisiana Lafayette O/U 66
This one makes me a bit nervous to be totally honest. Liberty struggled big-time last week in what was supposed to be one of the highest-scoring games of the week. Louisana Lafayette looks to run a three-headed running back attack they did last week. Liberty, on the other hand, has a better-known group of players, but most disappointed last week. Wideout Antonio Gandy-Golden played well, but just didn’t get into the endzone. I would temper expectations with this game if you can afford to.
UNLV vs Arkansas St O/U 64
Now, this is a game I’m really looking forward to following this past weekend. UNLV has a fun team to watch from a fantasy perspective. Quarterback Armani Rogers is an elite runner and will torch Arkansas St. At running back, they have Charles Williams, who was one of the most added players from the week. UNLV wants to run the ball early and often. Throwing it is just a bonus for Rogers, don’t expect a lot from the wide receivers. Arkansas St. had a great week last week. QB Logan Bonner killed it in his first start with 50 passing attempts for 324 yards and 4 touchdowns. Arkansas St. has two receivers with 10+ receptions in Bayless and Bowling. Keep an eye for number one target Kirk Merritt. RB Marcell Murray can be started with confidence as well.
Low point totals to avoid
Northern Illinois vs Utah O/U 43
I can be quick here, I’m avoiding Northern Illinois players at all costs. The only player I’m starting no matter what for Utah is running back Zach Moss. That’s it, nothing else to see here.
California vs Washington O/U 44.5
This is a tough one. Last week Cal had running back Chris Brown play great with 197 rushing yards. I’m not sure I’m starting any player from Cal against Washington. On the other side of the ball, we had Washington play great as well. Here’s the thing though, Cal has a decent defense and Vegas doesn’t think there will be many points scored in this game and let’s face it, they kinda know what they are doing. I’m passing on this game if I can.
Stanford vs USC O/U 45
Another gross, low-scoring, defensive game that sucks all the joy out of fantasy football. Stanford struggled to move the ball last week and I don’t see much changing this week. USC lost starting QB JT Daniels last week for the season so you assume they will try and run the ball more to ease in the new starter. Start any player from this game at your own risk.