College Football Showdown Playbook TCU vs Georgia: Top DraftKings & FanDuel CFB DFS Picks
Published: Jan 09, 2023
Updated: Jan 09, 2023
The College Football Playoff National Championship game takes center stage on Monday night as TCU takes on Georgia for all the marbles! You can build CFB DFS Showdown lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel for tonight's game that kicks off at 7:30 pm ET. We have Georgia as a 13-point favorite over TCU with an over/under at 63 as of this writing. Check out all of the CFB DFS top picks for Captain/MVP spots, value plays, and FLEX options as you enjoy the CFP National Championship. Remember, you can access all of our College Football DFS coverage with a Fantasy Alarm All-Pro Subscription. If you have any questions about CFB daily fantasy lineup strategy, ask away in the Fantasy Alarm Discord chat. Plus, check out our college football daily projections and the CFB DFS lineup generator for more winning picks. Now, let's jump into the CFB DFS top plays and lineup picks for the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, January 9th.
TCU vs Georgia CFB DFS Showdown Top Picks
Max Duggan, TCU QB ($17,400 DK / $15,000 FD)
If TCU wants to pull off the upset, it’ll need Duggan to be at his best as both a passer and runner. The dual-threat QB ran for two scores against Michigan in the semifinal win and he had 110 rushing yards and a TD in the Big 12 title game. We should see Duggan be plenty involved in the running game for this one with Kendre Miller questionable and possibly out – not to mention scrambling to make plays with his legs. There’s always risk against Georgia’s ferocious defense, but Duggan will be a popular Captain.
Stetson Bennett, Georgia QB ($16,800 DK / $16,00 FD)
Bennett could easily be the slate’s top scorer if this game turns into a shootout like the semifinal. Last week, the Georgia quarterback put up 36 DK thanks to his 398 passing yards, three pass TDs, and a rushing score while pulling the Bulldogs from behind. It’s more likely that Georgia plays with a lead and Bennett doesn’t need to throw as much – so consider him more for GPPs. Still, the upside is there.
Kenny McIntosh, Georgia RB ($12,900 DK / $14,000 FD)
Georgia has a three-headed backfield, but McIntosh is the guy who’s been the top DFS option all season. He doesn’t usually get the workhorse volume like other top college RBs, but he’s churned out 20+ DK in four straight games and in six of the last eight contests coming into this one. TCU has been weaker against the run than the pass this season, so we could see Georgia lean on the ground game early and often – especially to keep the ball out of the hands of Duggan and the Horned Frogs’ offense.
Brock Bowers, Georgia WR/TE ($12,000 DK / $12,000 FD)
Bowers is arguably the best offensive skill player in this game and he’s the big X-factor for Georgia. The sophomore tight end stepped up in the semifinals and title game last year for UGA and he should be a main part of the game plan here. Bowers presents a mismatch against most defenses, but TCU doesn’t have a linebacker or safety who can guard him one-on-one effectively. Bowers had four catches for 64 yards in the semis and six catches for 81 yards in the SEC title game these past two outings. Expect him to be plenty involved, especially in the red zone, for this matchup.
Top FLEX Plays
Quentin Johnston, TCU WR ($9,600 DK / $11,500 FD)
Johnston is TCU’s top playmaker on offense and he’ll need to be involved plenty if the Horned Frogs want to pull off the upset. The wideout had six catches for 163 yards and a TD in the semifinal vs Michigan and he had four receptions for 139 yards in the Big 12 title game. Johnston will have a tough head-to-head matchup here against Georgia cornerback Kelee Ringo, so temper expectations for cash lineups. The GPP upside is there to smash the slate, though, if he has a performance like last week’s.
Emari Demercado, TCU RB ($7,000 DK / $10,000 FD)
TCU lead back Kendre Miller is questionable to play with a knee injury that knocked him out of the semifinal early. With Miller sidelined, Demercado stepped into the workhorse role for TCU last weekend and racked up 150 rushing yards and a TD on 17 carries. The fifth-year senior is more than capable of filling in for Miller as the lead back. Though Georgia’s rush defense is arguably the best in the country, TCU may lean on Demercado and the ground game at times like it did vs Michigan.
Adonai Mitchell, Georgia WR ($4,000 DK / $9,500 FD)
Mitchell missed the majority of this season with an ankle injury but he returned in a big way last week. The stud receiver was involved right away with two receptions on Georgia’s first drive of the game and then he caught the game-winning TD late in the fourth vs Ohio State. Now that he’s healthy, Mitchell can step into a big role for this title game as Georgia’s most talented wideout. He’s even more important with Ladd McConkey limited with a knee injury. Remember, Mitchell caught a TD in both the semifinal and title game last year for UGA.
Taye Barber, TCU WR ($5,600 DK / $7,000 FD)
If you buy into the game script that the Horned Frogs will be trailing by double-digits and chucking it more, then the TCU pass-catchers are worth considering for the possible increase in targets. Outside of Quentin Johnston, both of TCU’s secondary receivers Derius Davis and Taye Barber are in play and they both could see additional targets if Johnston is a focus of the Georgia defense. Barber has been more consistently involved in the TCU offense recently and he’s scored a TD in back-to-back games coming in.
Kendall Milton, Georgia RB ($3,000 DK / $8,500 FD)
While McIntosh is the top Georgia back to roster, Milton is worth a look as a cheap way to get exposure to the Bulldogs’ rushing attack. The change-of-pace RB scored last week and now has eight TDs on the season while averaging nearly 10 DK per game. He does just enough on his limited touches (7.5 yards per carry) to be relevant for DFS.
Arian Smith, Georgia WR ($3,400 DK / $7,500 FD)
Mitchell is one cheap Georgia receiver to consider, but Smith is also a good value who can pop off in this title game. We just saw the speedy wideout catch a long TD and put up 129 receiving yards in the semifinal last week. The track star has the speed to turn any reception into a TD and he can be a lethal target for Bennett in play-action situations. Smith hasn’t been involved on offense really at all this year for Georgia, but he’s more important now with Ladd McConkey and Darnell Washington banged up.
Jared Wiley, TCU WR/TE ($2,800 DK / $7,000 FD)
If TCU is trailing in the second half and Duggan is throwing it more, then Wiley is a potential pass-catcher to consider on the cheap. The tight end hasn’t done a ton this season, but he is one of TCU’s bigger-bodied receivers who may see an uptick in targets if Georgia is focusing on shutting down Quentin Johnston. There aren’t many cheap Horned Frogs to consider on this showdown slate, but Wiley at least has some track record – like his four receptions in the Big 12 title game.
Jack Podlesny, Georgia K ($3,600 DK)
On DraftKings, we have the option of rostering kickers in Showdown lineups. If choosing between them, Georgia’s kicker is a better DFS play than TCU’s. Podlesny has 10+ DK points in three of the last four games and he’s made 25-of-30 field goals this season. Plus, chances are that UGA could be kicking more field goals and/or extra points as double-digit favorites while TCU may be going for it on fourth downs in the red zone at times.
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