College Football Daily Fantasy Helper: Saturday 10/19/19 Afternoon-Only Slate

Week 8 of college football is here! FanDuel's Saturday college football DFS afternoon only slate includes ten games.

In case you're unfamiliar with how it works, you can check out the rules and scoring on FanDuel, where you can hit the lobby each week to see the full array of slates and contests being offered.

As for the basics, your roster consists of a quarterback slot, two running back slots, three wide receiver slots (which also includes tight ends) and one super flex slot. In the flex, you can insert one player from any position, including quarterbacks.

Here, our goal is to help you field a roster full of fantasy goodness, and in true numberFire fashion, we'll use our in-house projections as well as betting totals and advanced statistics to tackle as many slates as possible in the lead-up to the College Football Playoff. This week, we are only breaking down Saturday's afternoon only slate, which locks at 3:30 p.m. EST.

Let's breakdown which players are in great spots as well as identify some players with cheap price tags that will allow you to roster the high dollar players.


Joe Burrow, LSU (11,000) – Burrow is putting up video-game numbers in the LSU Tigers’ up-tempo offense. The senior signal caller’s 25 touchdown passes rank second nationally. He’s averaging nearly 360 yards passing per game. Additionally, Burrow provides a high floor as he’s racked up at least 28 FanDuel fantasy points in every game this season. Look for the LSU signal caller to take advantage of Mississippi State’s porous defense (allowing nearly 395 yards of total offense per game).

Tyrrell Pigrome, Maryland (8,000) – The junior quarterback will make his second straight start with Josh Jackson out with an injury. Pigrome completed 21 of 39 passes for 218 yards while also running for 107 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries in his first start of the season last week in a loss to Purdue. Known for improvising and speed, Pigrome should have plenty of opportunities to make plays in this projected shootout.

Garrett Shrader, Mississippi State (7,400) – In Shrader’s only start this season, he threw for 180 yards and ran for 125 yards in a 28-13 win over the Kentucky Wildcats. The freshman quarterback has been tabbed to start this week’s game against LSU. On the surface, the matchup with the second-ranked Tigers appears daunting for the dual-threat quarterback. However, in LSU’s three games versus Power 5 schools, they’ve allowed 104 points (38 to Texas, 38 to Vanderbilt, and 28 to Florida). Fire up Shrader while he’s cheap.

Others to consider: Charlie Brewer, Kelly Bryant, Michael Penix Jr., Sam Howell, Spencer Sanders, Shane Buechele, Hendon Hooker, Tanner Morgan, Justin Herbert, and Bryce Perkins

Running Backs

Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State (10,500) – Hubbard is posting eye-popping rushing numbers for the Oklahoma State Cowboys this season. The sophomore has run for 1,094 yards (leads the nation) and 13 touchdowns (ranks second nationally) on 162 carries in only six games. He’s carried the ball at least 25 times in five games. The workhorse running back has rushed for at least 220 yards in three games.

Michael Warren II, Cincinnati (8,700) – Warren is averaging 100.5 yards rushing on 20 carries in the Cincinnati Bearcats' first two American Athletic conference games. This week’s matchup with conference foe Tulsa is a phenomenal one. The Golden Hurricane have surrendered at least two rushing touchdowns to four different ball carriers in their last four games. Look for Warren, who rushed for 19 touchdowns in 2018, to take advantage of Tulsa’s non-existent run defense.

Larry Rountree III, Missouri (8,600) – The Missouri Tigers’ leading rusher has amassed 557 yards rushing and seven touchdowns on 103 carries in six games this season. The junior ball carrier has run the ball at least 15 times and scored at least one touchdown in five games. This week’s matchup with Vanderbilt is an ideal spot to fire up ‘Tree. The Commodores have been demolished on the ground this season as they’re allowing 210.3 rushing yards per game.

Others to consider: Xavier Jones, Rodney Smith, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Javon Leake (if Anthony McFarland is out), Javonte Williams, and John Lovett

Wide Receivers

Denzel Mims, Baylor (8,600) – Mims spearheads the Baylor Bears’ aerial attack. The senior wide receiver has 32 receptions for 503 yards and four touchdowns this season. The pass catcher has at least five receptions in all but one game. Look for Mims to take advantage of a Oklahoma State defense that ranks 94th in the country in passing yards allowed. Additionally, the Cowboys have coughed up 94 points in three Big 12 conference games.

Jadan Blue, Temple (7,900) – The sophomore wide receiver leads the Temple Owls' pass happy offense in receptions and receiving yards. The pass catcher has amassed 39 receptions for 479 yards and two touchdown receptions. Blue has at least four receptions and 50 yards in every game this season. With a matchup with the Southern Methodist Mustangs on tap, Blue makes for a solid play at middling price tag this week. SMU is allowing an average of three touchdowns per game via the passing game.

Johnathon Johnson, Missouri (7,200) - Johnson has been on the receiving end of 25 of Missouri's 124 pass completions this season. The senior wide receiver leads the Tigers with 275 yards receiving. Primarily relegated to the slot receiver spot, the Missouri coaches decided to move Johnson all around the field in last week's win over Mississippi. That game plan produced Johnson's best game of the season; he caught eight passes for 110 yards. This week's matchup with Vanderbilt's crumbling defense is a superb one as the Commodores are allowing nearly 275 yards passing per game. Look for Johnson to be heavily involved in Missouri's passing attack this week.

Others to consider: Ja’Marr Chase, Justin Jefferson, James Proche, Whop Philyor, Tyler Johnson, Rashod Bateman, Tylan Wallace, Dynami Brown, Isaiah Wright, Jadon Blue, Tyquan Thornton, Albert Okwuegbunam, Joe Reed, Dillon Stoner, and Mycah Pittman

Matthew Hiatt is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Matthew Hiatt also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username easternmh. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his/her personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.