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Fan Picks College Football Week 4 Primer

As we close out the first month of college football contests on Fan Picks, we are making a few changes to the way we are going to cover the games moving forward. We received several requests from players to condense our 3-5 weekly articles into one all-inclusive article that covers each slate. This will also make our job easier, so it’s a win-win and will be our format moving forward.

For now, we are calling this weekly article our College Football primer. You can receive this weekly article via email by subscribing in the top right corner of this page, or find it by following us on Twitter, or just bookmarking the page.

This change couldn’t have come at a better time, as Fan Picks rolled out five slates of college football games this week. We love this change, as it allows you to skip the slates you don’t have a great read on, and focus on the games you feel best about. Here is a quick breakdown for each slate, including Vegas totals, players we like, and more.

In an effort to keep these articles under 20,000 words, we are just going to share our favorite plays for each slate without the explanations we used to provide. If you do have a question about a player we list, or don’t list, don’t hesitate to post a comment and we will provide the strategy behind the pick.

To make it up for those of you that enjoyed to explanations, here is a tool that you may not be using, but will find extremely helpful when researching your lineups. Football study hall provides a complete statistical breakdown for every college football team. This includes stats like targets, target %, yards per target, projected team totals, run/pass tendencies, adjusted pace, and more. It’s our goto resource when researching each Fan Picks slate.

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Fan Picks CFB Week 4 Early Slate

We are officially in conference play, which guarantees that you are going to have quality matchups in just about every weekend slate for the remainder of the college football season. That being said, this is arguably the least entertaining of the five slates. As a Big 10 fan, I’m interested to see how Michigan State’s offense will look against a legitimate defense. As a Tampa Bay resident, the FSU at USF game is one I will be at and should give us a good idea of just how real the young, undefeated Bulls  are. The game with perhaps the biggest impact on the College Football Playoff is Georgia at Ole Miss. We like Ole Miss here, as they have proven they can score plenty of points and we aren’t convinced Eason can keep pace. Here is a look at the Vegas totals for the early slate:

TeamProjected Total
Alabama47
Temple40
Minnesota37
Ole Miss35
Iowa35
Virginia Tech34

Our Favorite Plays

Jerod Evans
David Blough
Jahad Thomas
Dalvin Cook
Markell Jones
Mike Warren
Isaiah Ford
Domonique Young
Allen Lazard
Keith Kirkwood
Evan Engram


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Fan Picks CFB Week 4 Afternoon Slate

We are going to learn a lot about a few teams in this afternoon slate. Florida, Tennessee, and West Virginia are undefeated, but which of these three are real national title contenders? We know Tennessee is more talented and experienced than Florida, but we also know they will get outcoached here. BYU’s defense has looked great, but offense has looked anemic under Detmer, can they keep pace with the Mountaineers on Saturday? This should be an entertaining slate, and will arguably be the lowest scoring of the five with several elite defenses in action (BC, Pitt, Mich, Fla, Tenn, Miss St, and Boise). Here are the Vegas totals for the afternoon slate:

TeamProjected Total
Notre Dame41
Boise State38
Michigan38
North Carolina38
Cincinnati37
Mississippi State34

Our Favorite Plays

Hayden Moore
Patrick Towles
Jeremy McNichols
James Conner
Devine Redding
Thomas Sperbeck
Nate Cole
Fred Ross
Jehu Chesson
Jake Butt


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Fan Picks CFB Week 4 Primetime Slate

The primetime slate this week is essentially just the afternoon slate, extended to include several games that kickoff between 3:30 and 6:00. Obviously all eyes will be on LSU at Auburn during that time slot, but for fantasy purposes, I think it’s clear the Tulsa @ Fresno and Colorado @ Oregon games provide more value. Who knows what Derek Mason is doing with Vandy’s offense, but their defense continues to impress, making it tough to be all in on the pricey group of position players at WKU. Here is who Vegas has scoring the most points in this slate:

TeamProjected Total
Tulsa41
Notre Dame41
Oregon40
Boise State38
Michigan38
North Carolina38
Cincinnati37

Our Favorite Plays

Hayden Moore
Dane Evans
Jeremy McNichols
James Conner
Royce Freeman
D’Angelo Brewer
Thomas Sperbeck
Taywan Taylor
Nate Cole
Keevan Lucas
Jake Butt


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Fan Picks CFB Week 4 Eve Slate

We generally see a plethora of high scoring offenses once you move into the evening slate, but with Northwestern, South Carolina, Stanford, and Tulane all active, this isn’t 100% the case here. You obviously have to love starting with a Memphis stack, but that is also the chalk play here as their Vegas total is off the charts:

TeamProjected Total
Louisville52
Houston50
Memphis43
Baylor42
Ok State38
Kansas State37

Our Favorite Plays

Lamar Jackson
Riley Ferguson
Christian McCaffrey
Elijah McGuire
Brandon Radcliff
James Washington
Tre’Quan Smith
Anthony Miller
Blake Lynch
Dominique Heath
Jonnu Smith


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Fan Picks CFB Week 4 Late Slate

This is more like what we expect to see out of late night college football. Memphis, Cal, Arizona State, and Washington all have realistic shots at hitting 50 in this slate. We suggest you build your teams around skill players on those four rosters. Here is a look at which of the 14 teams on this slate Vegas sees putting up the most points:

TeamProjected Total
Louisville51
Washington47
Arizona State44
Memphis43
California40

Our Favorite Plays

Davis Webb
Riley Ferguson
Myles Gaskin
Demario Richard
Chad Hansen
Anthony Miller
John Ross
Tim White
Jeremy Sprinkle

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. OK Cowboy

    September 22, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Definitely like this format better, makes it easier to find all of the slates, but will miss reading the strategy behind each pick. Thankful that someone is still offering fantasy cfb resources.

  2. OK INDIAN

    September 22, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    I agree with OK COWBOY, bring back the breakdown for each pick! Sell me on these.

  3. Bill

    September 23, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I don’t mind the new format at all. Only suggestion I’d make is adding a sort-of key or legend and IDing things like ‘lock’ or ‘boom or bust’ or ‘injury replacement’. Don’t need a lengthy explanation but might be nice to be able to separate guys in that fashion. Just a thought.

  4. Jimmy Five-Times

    September 24, 2016 at 7:25 am

    I like everything on one page, but will definitely miss reading the blurbs on the players. A lot times, a couple passionate words or phrases in those writeups either sell me on a team or player or cause me to research other players to round out my rosters. Maybe just a few writeups on the locks would be enough. Also, while not essential, it would be nice to separate out players by position and add their team in parentheses. But I’ll take what I can get. You seem to be one of only a couple sites that put some real thought behind college fantasy football.

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