Fantasy Football Freaks – Daily College Football Strategy
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Regardless of whether you’re an absolute newbie, a seasoned pro, or somewhere in the middle when it comes to DFS college football, there are always ways for you to improve your game. The DFS world is constantly evolving and growing, with players identifying exciting new techniques and strategies every week.
If you want to be successful and walk away with some cash from the contests you enter, you need to keep up with the rest of the pack. College football is an infamously tricky sport to deal with, especially when compared to the NFL, as player and team news is a lot harder to find.
It takes a lot of work and effort to be good at this thing, but the rewards are there for all to see. Today, we’ll be going through some of our top tips to give you a better shot of scoring some big cash prizes in DFS college football contests.
Using Vegas Odds to Find Explosive Offenses
Our number one tip concerns Vegas odds. Some readers will already be very familiar with this concept, but if you’re not checking out those Vegas lines on a regular basis then you are going to struggle to win any DFS games at all. The great thing about these odds is that it doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to analyze them.
Within just a few minutes, you can identify the games that are set to be high-scoring and the teams that are going into the week as big favorites. You can then use this information to narrow down your roster selections and make educated picks. Remember to tell yourself that everyone else is using Vegas odds, so you’d be giving your rivals a big head-start if you chose to ignore this valuable resource.
CFB DFS QB Strategy
Checking out Vegas odds is a good strategy for any DFS sport, but one thing that is very important for college football in particular is to put a lot of focus on your signal callers. In the college game, QBs can run rampant and put up enormous amounts of fantasy points week in, week out. If you’re used to playing NFL DFS contests, you’ve probably gotten into the habit of choosing one star player and then a “value” option in the second QB slot. This works fine in the big leagues, but is not a smart play when it comes to college football.
Instead, you should be putting a lot of your salary cap into finding two players who can dominate matches with both yards and touchdowns. Pick the right players, and you’ll soon see that your signal callers can virtually win you contests on their own.
Researching College Football
Next, let’s talk about research. As we mentioned earlier, it’s notoriously hard to find player news related to college teams. In fact, a lot of DFS fans simply give up on college football when they see how much time and effort they need to put into research. Still, as hard as it might be, finding the latest updates about players and injuries isn’t impossible. Our tip? Local newspapers.
It might seem old-fashioned, but it’s the best way to get the lowdown on everything that is happening with a certain team. These papers are the first to know about the teams they cover and go into much more detail that most websites ever could.
How to Play Non-QB Positions
Now let’s think about some other positions in your roster. First, forget about tight ends. In the college game, tight ends just don’t tend to do enough to be worth your time. DraftKings even recently ditched the TE position for its college games and other sites might do the same. Expect FanDuel to follow suit soon, and simply add tight ends to the receiver pool. The issue is that tight ends don’t have enough usage, and the ones that do get a little usage end up being 50%+ owned.
After the QB, the positions that matter the most are the RBs and WRs. For these players, check out those Vegas lines again and analyze the matchups. It’s not always the best thing to pick the best players. If a star RB has an easy matchup, the coach might decide to give him a break for a big chunk of the game. The RBs and WRs you want in your roster are the guys who are expected to touch the ball as often as possible. Make use of stats and predictions to identify these high upside players, rather than banking it all on big names.
Statistical Rankings in Fantasy College Football
And so we come to our final tip of the day, which is all about statistical rankings. It might be hard to find player news online, but a lot of websites at least offer stat ranks for college teams. You can learn so much from these rankings, so don’t ignore them.
For example, if you spot that a team near the top of the passing table is going up against a team that ranks near the bottom when it comes to defending against the pass, stack some receivers from that first team in your roster. It’s a simple idea but it works wonders in practice. There really is a wealth of information right there at your fingertips, so don’t let it go to waste and start improving your college football strategy today.