Welcome back to another CFB DFS Playbook as we dive into Saturday's college football Week 2 slate. Again, we'll focus on top CFB DFS picks on the DraftKings main slate for Saturday's afternoon games. Some of the games overlap on FanDuel, but that slate also includes night matchups for college football DFS lineups. Some of the top players and teams in action for this Saturday afternoon CFB Week 2 slate include Quinshon Judkins and Ole Miss taking on Michael Pratt and Tulane. The Colorado vs Nebraska matchup is also a headliner and will surely be popular for CFB DFS lineups. All the CFB Week 2 odds below are via DraftKings Sportsbook at the time of this writing. Let's now get into the top CFB DFS picks for Saturday's college football Week 2 slate on September 9th.


College Football Week 2 Schedule – CFB DFS Saturday Main Slate 

  • 12 pm ET – Notre Dame (-7.5) at NC State – 50.5 O/U
  • 12 pm ET – James Madison (-6.5) at Virginia – 40.5 O/U
  • 12 pm ET – Purdue at Virginia Tech (-2.5) – 48 O/U
  • 12 pm ET – Troy at Kansas State (-16.5) – 51.5 O/U
  • 12 pm ET – Utah (-7.5) at Baylor – 47 O/U
  • 12 pm ET – Nebraska at Colorado (-3) – 59 O/U
  • 3 pm ET – Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky (-35.5) – 59.5 O/U
  • 3:30 pm ET – Texas A&M (-3.5) at Miami FL – 51 O/U
  • 3:30 pm ET – Iowa (-4) at Iowa State – 36.5 O/U
  • 3:30 pm ET – Ole Miss (-7) at Tulane – 66.5 O/U
  • 3:30 pm ET – UTEP (-2) at Northwestern – 40 O/U
  • 3:30 pm ET – UNLV at Michigan (-37) – 57 O/U
  • 4 pm ET – Marshall (-3) at East Carolina – 43.5 O/U


College Football Week 2 CFB DFS Picks

Top CFB DFS Quarterbacks

Jaxson DartMISSTUL970035.961040018.87
Dart took full advantage of last week’s easy matchup as he threw for 336 yards and 4 TDs with nearly 36 DK points. Although he’s very expensive on both sites this time around, Dart still has the ceiling to post 40+ DK in a high-total matchup with Tulane. Expect him to go overlooked on the DK slate when you consider the elevated price tag and Shedeur Sanders being slightly cheaper. The public will surely go to Sanders over Dart, which makes the latter a high-ceiling contrarian GPP option.
Shedeur SandersCOLNEB940036.2970033.20
The hype for Shedeur Sanders and this Colorado team has reached insane levels after last week’s upset over TCU. That fact alone will make Sanders a popular DFS play this week at home in a high-total matchup. It’s hard to ignore the gaudy numbers of 510 passing yards, 4 TDs, and 36 DK in the season opener. Even still, things should be tougher this week as Nebraska’s defense will gameplan better to slow down Sanders and the Buffs offense. Plus, he took full advantage of facing a soft TCU defense. It’s risky, but fading Sanders this week might be the winning move. He’s viable in GPPs for the ceiling he just showed, but look elsewhere in cash lineups.
Will HowardKSUTROY890033.18  
Dart and Sanders are the flashier names among expensive QBs, but Will Howard could easily put up the same DFS production at a cheaper DK salary. Plus, he could go overlooked even more with Michael Pratt basically the same price. It makes Howard a nice contrarian play among high-end QBs. He had a solid season debut for Kansas St in a blowout win, putting up 33 DK with 297 passing yards, 2 pass TDs, a rush TD, and even a receiving score. We may see a similar or better stat line against another easy opponent at home vs Troy. It also helps that this likely won’t be a huge blowout win, so Howard should be out there for a full game.
Michael PrattTULMISS880030.661000029.66

UPDATE: Pratt is reportedly a game-time decision after suffering a knee injury last week. He'll be a gametime decision, so plan your lineups accordingly if he's out.

Pratt was nearly flawless in Week 1, going 14-for-15 with 294 yards and 4 TDs through the air and adding 39 rushing yards for a 30.7 DK performance. He did lose a fumble, if you want to knock him for anything. Pratt is a top QB play for us this week in a high-scoring matchup with Ole Miss where he’ll need to post big numbers for Tulane to pull off the upset. Pratt being cheaper than Jaxson Dart on both sites is a gift and it should make him a popular QB play in cash games.

Jeff SimsNEBCOL720014.66800014.66
Sims wasn’t at his best passing-wise in his Nebraska debut last week. He was just 11-for-19 with 114 yards through the air and had three picks. However, Sims did rack up 91 rushing yards on 19 carries. That’s what we like for DFS. He was a dual-threat guy at Georgia Tech and even when he’s not posting good passing stats, the rushing is usually there. Now he gets a much easier matchup than Minnesota with this weak Colorado defense on deck. It’s a high-total game with Nebraska as small underdogs. We could see Sims put up 20-25 DK or more in this spot, making him an excellent Super-Flex QB play.
Hudson CardPURVT600021.06770021.06
Hudson Card had a solid debut for Purdue in Week 1 with 254 passing yards, 2 pass TDs, and 21 DK. He also added 29 rushing yards in the high-scoring loss to Fresno State. Although this week’s matchup vs Virginia Tech is tougher on paper, Card can still provide value as a decent Super-Flex play. The Purdue offense is pass-friendly with Graham Harrell as the new OC and Card transferred in from Texas to be the guy. There really aren’t many cheap QBs to consider on the main slate, so Card is an attractive value.
Jordan McCloudJMUUV500014.76  
After being the backup in Week 1, Jordan McCloud has now been named JMU’s starter for Week 2. Once he came into last week’s game, McCloud sparked the offense and was much more efficient than former starter Alonza Barnett. He led three TD drives in his four series, throwing for two scores himself. Even though this is a low-scoring matchup vs Virginia, McCloud can do enough to return value at just 5k on the DK slate. He put up about 15 DK last week in limited action.

Top CFB DFS Running Backs

Blake CorumMICHUNLV840016.8  
Blake Corum will be a top RB play for us most of the season, but we may have to wait another week or two to fully trust the workload and production in non-blowout scenarios. Corum was plenty productive last week with 73 yards and a TD on 10 carries – but that’s all the rushing work he got. The blowout factor is real with Michigan and we have to worry how much Corum does in another easy win this week. The GPP ceiling is always there for a guy with his talent, but it’s tough to pay up for Corum until we get closer matchups.
Quinshon JudkinsMISSTUL810021.11050023.05
Depite “only” getting 15 touches last week in a blowout win, Quinshon Judkins didn’t disappoint from a DFS perspective. The Ole Miss lead back had 71 total yards, 2 TDs, and 21 DK. He also did that in a 73-7 win for the Rebels, which limited Judkins’ usage and production. Expect a larger workload this week in a closer matchup with Tulane, whose rush defense is very exploitable. We should see 20-25 touches for Judkins this week with the potential for 30+ DK at his best. He’s the clear top RB to pay up for in cash lineups.
Ray DavisUKEKU770030.2  
Ray Davis showed out in his Kentucky debut, running for 112 yards and two TDs with 30 DK last week. The Vanderbilt transfer ran for over 1,000 yards last season and he looks to be well on his way to another productive campaign. Plus, Davis put up those numbers last week in a blowout win. That’s a good sign for what we could do in another huge win over EKU on Saturday. As always, temper expectations because Kentucky is a large favorite and may not give Davis a full workload. Still, we could see another 100+ yards and multiple scores for Davis again.
Kimani VidalTROYKSU590034.2  
In terms of overall volume, Kimani Vidal may get the most touches of any RB on this main slate. Troy’s lead back got 27 total touches last week (25 carries, 2 catches) and put up over 300 total yards (248 rushing, 54 receiving). This continues a trend from last year when Vidal saw 20+ carries in four of the last five games. Of course, last week’s performance was against Stephen F. Austin and he’ll have to face Kansas State on the road now. Plus, Troy will likely play from behind and throw it more. Still, Vidal figures to get a healthy workload and shouldn’t go overlooked from a pure volume standpoint.
DJ GiddensKSUTROY580015.8  
Kansas State’s backfield production was split pretty evenly between Treshaun Ward and DJ Giddens in the Week 1 blowout win. Giddens put up 128 rushing yards on 15 carries while Ward had 56 yards and a TD on 11 carries. We’ll likely see these two splitting carries and snaps most of the season as they were listed as co-starters on the preseason depth chart. On DK, Giddens is the better play if he’s cheaper than Ward – especially because he had a better rushing day and averaged 8.5 ypc in Week 1. Both are GPP plays in this matchup vs Troy, but there’s likely enough production to go around with K-State as three-score favorites.
Gabe Ervin Jr.NEBCOL54005.564005.50
Like most of the Nebraska offense, Gabe Ervin’s Week 1 stats are underwhelming. He only ran for 55 yards, but he also saw just seven carries. The 7.9 ypc average is very attractive, though. The Nebraska run game was a lone bright spot last week and we could see the offense lean on Ervin and Jeff Sims’ rushing ability in Week 2. The Colorado defense did give up 262 rushing yards and 4 rush TDs last game with TCU lead back Emani Bailey racking up 164 yards on his own. If Ervin gets 10-15 carries or more, then we could be looking at a smash value on both sites in this favorable matchup. He’ll certainly go overlooked, but the value is clear at his ceiling.
Rasheen AliMRSHLECU480029.9  
Simply put, Rasheen Ali is massively underpriced on DK and should be pretty chalky in all formats. This is a flat-out miss as Ali just put up 137 yards, two TDs, and 30 DK last week with 18 carries. He only played in three games last year, but Ali racked up 1,401 yards and 23 rush TDs two seasons ago as Marshal’s workhorse. He’s going to get lead back volume in a tight matchup this week against ECU. Don’t overthink it in cash and lock in Ali as one of your RBs.
Michael AllenNCSTND47008.755007.20
The NC State backfield depth chart now lists Michael Allen as a co-starter with Jordan Houston. That’s a change from last week when Houston was the lone starting RB. Now it puts Allen as an interesting value RB and one who will likely go overlooked in a matchup vs Notre Dame. The Wolfpack offense may want to go run-heavy to keep the ball out of Sam Hartman’s hands, so Allen can play a key role there. Last week, he put up 57 total yards on seven touches (4 carries, 3 receptions). With a bigger workload, Allen can give us value and he was more efficient than Houston in Week 1.
Kaelon BlackJMUUV420015.5  
In Week 1, Kaelon Black ran for 125 yards on just 12 carries for an impressive 10.4 ypc average. Yes, it came against Bucknell. Still, it’s an impressive showing and we get Black at only $4200 on the DK slate now. Tennessee just lit up UVA for 287 rushing yards last week and Black could find success on the ground in this matchup. Even with the low total, Black can be a solid value RB in all formats.

Top CFB DFS Wide Receivers

Tre HarrisMISSTUL780046.3970015.97
Tre Harris broke the slate last week with his six catches, 133 yards, 4 TDs, and 46 DK points. Even though he gets a price increase, Harris is again a top WR play. The Louisiana Tech transfer is clearly a top target in the Ole Miss passing attack. The Rebels are likely without Zakhari Franklin again this week, so Harris should be the WR1 for Jaxson Dart. The high-total matchup against Tulane with a tighter spread puts him firmly on our radars in all formats.
Jimmy Horn Jr.COLNEB740031.7880023.20
Colorado’s offense just produced four different 100-yard receivers in Week 1. As a result, we’re now seeing some elevated price tags for guys like Jimmy Horn Jr., Travis Hunter, and Xavier Weaver. In a high-total matchup against Nebraska with plenty of offensive production to go around in this Buffs offense, all are in play once again. The best option, though, is Horn. The USF transfer finished last week with 11 catches, 117 yards, and a TD. He’s the better bet for consistent receptions and yards while manning the slot. If you’re playing Sanders, then Horn is the top WR pairing. You can also consider him as a one-off, though limit to GPP.
Evan StewartTA&MMIA710034.5940027.50
Evan Stewart dominated in Week 1 with eight catches, 115 yards, a TD, and 34 DK points. Things do get tougher this week against Miami on the road, though. Still, Stewart’s talent and role in the Texas A&M offense will always put him in play to put up big stat lines. He’s more of a GPP play on this main slate, but he’s a contrarian pivot away from Tre Harris and Jimmy Horn as a top WR option.
Lawrence Keys IIITULMISS600020.8700018.80
We want to get exposure to this high-scoring Ole Miss-Tulane matchup. One popular WR pairing with Michael Pratt will be Lawrence Keys. He had four catches for 96 yards, a TD, and 20.8 DK last week as one of Pratt’s top targets. At 6k on DK and just 7k on FD, he’s actually a bargain when you consider he’s one of the best receivers in this high-total game. The former Miami transfer is set for a bigger workload in the Tulane offense after taking a backseat to other Green Wave receivers last season. You can also look at Jha’Quan Jackson or Chris Brazzell from Tulane’s WR corps, but Keys is the better play.
Roman WilsonMICHUNLV540031.8  
Roman Wilson is coming of a slate-busting Week 1 stat line of six catches, 78 yards, 3 TDs, and 31 DK at just 5k on DK. He was a favorite red-zone target for J.J. McCarthy and was still productive despite the big win. The blowout factor is in play for all of Michigan’s players, but at least Wilson showed he can return value even if the game is over at halftime. He’s still cheap enough to consider in all formats in the mid-range of wideouts.
Billy Kemp IVNEBCOL5000055000.00
If you rostered Billy Kemp last week, then you’re fully aware that he was held catchless in the season opener. Even so, the Virginia transfer is still expected to be a key playmaker in the Nebraska offense this year. We should bank on the bounceback this week against a soft Colorado defense and in a high-scoring matchup. Head coach Matt Rhule also said this week that Kemp needs to be more involved. At just 5k on DK, we can go back to him as a potential smash value.
Deion BurksPURVT480034.2850029.20
Burks is one of a few pass-catchers who’s mispriced on the DK slate. At sub-5k, we’re getting Purdue’s top receiver who just went off for 152 yards, 2 TDs, and 34 DK last week. He’s appropriately priced on FD and more of a GPP play on that site. Though this road matchup vs Virginia Tech is tougher than Fresno State’s defense last week, Burks shouldn’t be priced below 5k at this point. He’s Hudson Card’s clear top target in a pass-centric offense under new OC Graham Harrell. The PPR floor and big-play ability are both there to return value.
Ben SinnottKSUTROY450018  
Sinnott went off in Week 1 with five catches for 100 yards and 18 DK. The K-State offense didn’t have to throw it much in the blowout win, but it’s good to see the junior tight end start the season strong as one of the Wildcats’ top receivers. He was only 4k last week on DK and is now just $500 more. It’s still a bargain if you need a cheap pass-catcher. Temper expectations, though, because this is a lower-total game and a tougher defense than last week.
Marcus WashingtonNEBCOL45006.162004.60
Marcus Washington sat out the first half of last week’s game due to a suspension. When he came back in the second half, Washington had three catches for 31 yards and was a bright spot in the Nebraska offense. He’s the Huskers’ leading returning receiver from last year and is expected to be one of their top playmakers this year. The cheap DK price is definitely a result of subpar numbers last week. But, again, he only played in the second half and also competed in a low-scoring game. Things get much easier against Colorado’s poor defense, so we have to raise expectations for Washington and the Nebraska attack. Don’t overlook him in all formats a solid value.
Xavier RestrepoMIATA&M410013.8640011.30
After being $6900 last week, Restrepo is mispriced on the DK slate at just $4100. The weird discount should make him a popular value play despite the tougher matchup against Texas A&M. He’s Miami’s top receiver and had a solid Week 1 stat line of five catches for 68 yards. We’ll take that all day at just over 4k. The FD price tag is more of a decision, though. In cash on DK, expect Restrepo to be a chalky value.
Luke LacheyIOWAISU400014.3560010.80
Sam LaPorta is gone and Luke Lachey is here to step up. By now, you probably know that Iowa tight ends are legit when it comes to DFS plays and NFL prospects. LaPorta was Iowa’s top pass-catcher last season and it looks like Lachey might be that in 2023. The tight end had seven catches for 73 yards in the season opener while emerging as a favorite target for Cade McNamara. Even in low-scoring games, Iowa tight ends have been solid DFS options. Lachey is a solid value play in cash lineups for a decent floor.
Drake DabneyBAYUTAH400031.1650025.10
Although he has to face a stout Utah defense and is in a lower-scoring matchup, it’s impossible to ignore what Drake Dabney did last week. The Baylor tight end had six catches, 101 yards, 2 TDs, and 31 DK. Of course, it came against Texas State and things will be tougher against Utah. Still, it looks like Dabney is a top receiving weapon right now for Baylor and he’s worth a GPP dart for another big performance. At the very least, the targets should be there as Baylor has to start backup QB Sawyer Robertson, who may look for easy completions to his tight end.
Michael TriggMISSTUL37007.453003.76
Trigg didn’t dress in the first half of last week’s game, potentially for disciplinary reasons, but did play in the second half. He ended with three catches for 44 yards in the blowout win. We could see Trigg be much more involved in the Ole Miss offense this week, especially since it’s a closer matchup with Tulane. Trigg was expected to play a larger role coming into the season. The opportunity at tight end is there now with Caden Prieskorn out and Hudson Wolfe getting hurt last week. This could be a great salary-saver in all formats.


CFB DFS Week 2 Core Plays 

DraftKings Cash

  • Quinshon Judkins – Ole Miss
  • Michael Pratt – Tulane
  • Rasheen Ali – Marshall

DraftKings GPP

  • Will Howard – Kansas State
  • Billy Kemp – Nebraska
  • Kaelon Black – JMU

FanDuel Cash (Early Games)

  • Quinshon Judkins – Ole Miss
  • Lawrence Keys – Tulane
  • Luke Lachey – Iowa

FanDuel GPP (Early Games)

  • Michael Trigg – Ole Miss
  • Marcus Washington – Nebraska
  • Shedeur Sanders – Colorado

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