Oh college football, how we’ve missed you. Week 1 of college football is already off to a hot start, and now it’s time for some DFS picks. With multiple big-time matchups, it’s tougher this week to pick a lineup on FanDuel. However, it’s harder to go wrong with the talent on the schedule.
Week 1 college football DFS picks
Oregon and Georgia square off in a top 25 battle. Notre Dame meets Ohio State for a top-five matchup. Houston and UTSA bring the most underrated game to the table. With so many options, how do you pick? It’s all about matchups and new beginnings.
QB: Clayton Tune, Houston ($9,500)
Clayton Tune enters a big year, one that already has him in the top five of PFN’s top college football quarterbacks. Dana Holgorsen has a history of elevating his multi-year starters to new heights in their final seasons, and Tune can be the next in that trend. After a 3,546-yard, 30-touchdown season, he’s ready to get off to a hot start.
UTSA finished 105th in passing yards allowed per game last year and only return two starters in the secondary. That bodes well for a Houston passing attack that’s looking to take things to another level. Nathaniel “Tank” Dell returns, and freshman Matthew Golden is expected to take a big leap in his first year, so the Coogs should be feasting on bird meat this weekend.
RB1: Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama ($9,200)
In his time at Georgia Tech, Jahmyr Gibbs was the only hope for consistency. The fact that he produced nearly 2,000 total yards and 13 touchdowns is a feat we’re not talking about enough. Now he goes to a Crimson Tide offense that should provide him more space to operate and a matchup that screams success this week.
Alabama should crush Utah State this week, but it’s Gibbs’ DFS value that makes him a top pick in college football this week. UConn running back Nathan Carter torched the Utah State defense for 190 yards (averaging 9.5 yards per carry) last week, so Gibbs should be able to do the same. Maybe even in a single half.
RB2: Donovan Edwards, Michigan ($6,600)
With Hassan Haskins gone, Michigan’s backfield opens up quite a bit. Blake Corum and Edwards will share the backfield this year, but we’ve seen how Michigan wants to utilize the backup. Edwards rushed 35 times for 174 yards and three touchdowns along with 20 catches for 265 yards and one touchdown receiving.
They’re going to get the ball in Edwards’ hands, and many believe his ceiling is higher than Corum’s. He’s a value pick at $6,600.
WR1: Thayer Thomas ($8,300)
Emeka Emezie’s 60 catches are gone, meaning someone new must be the go-to pass catcher for Devin Leary. Thayer Thomas has been getting a lot of attention this offseason, and he’s one of a couple of candidates to see an increase in his production. Against an ECU secondary that was very average last season, Thomas could torch the Pirates in the slot.
WR2: Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State ($7,500)
If you’re new to DFS, finding out the right strategy is key. And since it changes every week, you can learn how the strategy of DFS works and who to pick. So when everyone is picking Jaxon Smith-Njigba for Ohio State, you might decide to look elsewhere. Even on his own team.
C.J. Stroud and the Buckeyes passing attack are going to shred so many teams this year, but someone outside of Smith-Njigba must step up. The most obvious candidate to do that is Marvin Harrison Jr., who comes into 2022 after a breakout Rose Bowl performance. Stroud and Harrison appeared to have good chemistry, and they can keep that going against Notre Dame this weekend.
WR3: Marvin Mims, Oklahoma ($7,400)
Jeff Lebby might give Oklahoma an even more explosive offense than Lincoln Riley. He returns to Oklahoma and reunites with quarterback Dillon Gabriel.
Top target Marvin Mims returns and has proven his playmaking ability over the last two years. For his career, he’s averaging 19.1 yards per catch and has 14 total touchdowns. That average should increase against a UTEP defense that allowed 14.8 yards per catch against North Texas last week.
SuperFlex: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama ($11,000)
Utah State is in for a world of hurt this weekend, and Bryce Young will most likely be the primary distributor of the pain. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner takes the stage for the first time in 2022 and should get off to a fast start. Even with new weapons needed at wide receiver (over 75% of his reception production is gone), Young should shred the Aggies’ defense with relative ease.