College Football Daily Fantasy Helper: Saturday 10/26/19 Afternoon Only Slate

Week 9 of college football is here! FanDuel's Saturday college football DFS afternoon only slate includes 11 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.


Sam Ehlinger, Texas ($11,000) – Ehlinger is averaging 293.3 passing yards, 45.4 rushing yards, and 3.7 total touchdowns per game. The prolific quarterback ranks sixth in the country in points responsible for per game (22.6). The Texas Longhorns' signal caller has been a model of consistency as he's scored at least 30 FanDuel points in five out of seven games. The Texas Christian Horned Frogs, this week's opponent, have had trouble with dual-threat quarterbacks in recent weeks. Two weeks ago, Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy threw 247 yards and 2 touchdowns while rushing for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns. Last week, Kansas State quarterback Skyler Thompson threw for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns while rushing for 68 yards and a touchdown.

Brock Purdy, Iowa State ($10,000) - Purdy has accounted for 20 of Iowa State's 32 offensive touchdowns this season. The dual-threat quarterback is averaging 312.1 passing yards, 27.9 rushing yards, and nearly 3 total touchdowns per game. This week's matchup with the Oklahoma State Cowboys is exceptional. The Cowboys rank 99th in total defense; they're allowing 432.3 total yards to opposing offenses this season. With an implied team total of 37.00, expect Purdy to stuff the stat sheet.

Max Duggan, TCU ($7,500) - This is a matchup and price tag play. While Duggan's passing game remains a work in progress, the dual-threat quarterback is known for his legs. The freshman has started the Texas Christian Horned Frogs' last four games, accounting for eight touchdowns in those starts. This week's matchup with Texas has been fantasy friendly to opposing quarterbacks. In the Longhorns' last three games, opposing quarterbacks are averaging 304 yards passing and 3.33 touchdown passes.

Others to consider: Joe Burrow, Sam Howell, Bryce Perkins, Michael Penix (if he plays), Spencer Sanders, Adrian Martinez (if he plays), Quentin Harris, Bo Nix, Tanner Morgan, James Blackman, Khalil Tate, Ryan Hilinski, and Luke McCaffrey (if BOTH Martinez and Vedral are out)

Running Backs

Cam Akers, Florida State ($9,800) - Akers has had a productive season despite the Florida State Seminoles' disappointing record. The junior running back is averaging 110.4 rushing yards per game, which ranks 11th nationally. He also contributes in the passing game as Akers has recorded 19 receptions, 150 yards receiving, and 3 touchdown receptions this season. Look for the Seminoles to lean on Akers this week after he complied 199 total yards (157 yards rushing and 42 yards receiving) and 2 touchdowns in last week's game.

Stevie Scott III, Indiana ($8,800) - Scott III leads the Indiana Hoosiers with 553 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns on 106 carries. He's also caught 18 passes for 146 yards. The versatile running back has topped 108 yards rushing in back-to-back games. With quarterback Michael Penix's availability in question, look for the Hoosiers to ride their talented ball carrier. The sophomore should have no problem exploiting the Nebraska Cornhuskers' run defense, which has surrendered 15 rushing touchdowns in only seven games.

Tavien Feaster, South Carolina ($7,900) - Feaster will start and operate as the South Carolina Gamecocks' lead running back Saturday afternoon with Rico Dowdle out with an injury. Dowdle was injured on the first play of the game in last week's loss to Florida Gators. Feaster proceeded to run for 175 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries (a career high). He ranks 10th in the SEC with an average of 6.0 rush yards per carry. This week's matchup with the Tennessee Volunteers is solid. The Volunteers rank 11th in the SEC in rushing yards allowed per game (156.9 rush yards allowed per game).

Others to consider: Chuba Hubbard, Rodney Smith, Breece Hall, Darius Anderson, Dedrick Mills, Anthony McFarland Jr., Cameron Scarlett, Keaontay Ingram, Javian Hawkins, Wayne Taulapapa,

Wide Receivers

Tyler Johnson, Minnesota ($9,100) - Johnson leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers with 39 receptions and 6 touchdown receptions. He has 589 yards receiving in seven games this season. The senior wide receiver has either scored at least one touchdown or topped 100 yards receiving in five straight games. That should bode well for the talented pass catcher as the Gophers have a matchup with the Maryland Terrapins' 118th ranked passing defense (allowing 287.4 passing yards per game).

Collin Johnson, Texas ($7,900) – Johnson was the Longhorns' top returning wide receiver after recording 68 receptions, 985 receiving yards and 7 touchdown receptions a season ago. After returning from a three-game injury absence, Johnson has managed to catch 14 passes for 178 yards in the Longhorns' last two games. The senior pass catcher should be excited about the matchup with TCU this week. Johnson torched the Horned Frogs with 7 receptions, 124 yards receiving, and a touchdown in the two teams' 2018 matchup.

Jalen Reagor, TCU ($7,200) – Reagor burst onto the national stage in 2018 by recording 72 receptions, 1,061 yards receiving, and 11 total touchdowns. The future pro has had a quiet season in 2019, which can be attributed to inconsistent quarterback play. However, there are a few reasons to be optimistic about Reagor this week. It appears that the talented pass catcher may have finally found a rhythm with quarterback Max Duggan after catching 12 passes for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns in TCU's last two games. Additionally, Reagor takes his turn against Texas' porous pass defense, which is allowing 310 yards passing per game.

Others to consider: Justin Jefferson, Ja’Marr Chase, Devin Duvernay, KJ Hamler, Tylan Wallace, Jauan Jennings, Seth Williams, Trishton Jackson, Whop Philyor, Rashod Bateman, Tamorrion Terry, Joe Reed, Dyami Brown, Hasise Dubois, Deshaunte Jones, Anthony Schwartz, Wandale Robinson (if he plays), JD Spielman, Aaron Young, and Taye Barber

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.