Back to School: College Football DFS is Back!
Mark Taylor returns to bring you the joyous news – College Football DFS is back! Here he explains the refurbished format, what sites are offering it, and a sneak-peek of the first slate of the season.
Welcome Back College Football DFS!
Oh, how you have been missed. When DraftKings and FanDuel each pulled out of college football contests back in 2016, I went into a deep depression. Sure, the game never fully left us - there are other options - and season-long college football sure got a lot of attention from myself and the hardcore group of Saturday football fans, but it was a punch in the gut.
I’m going to state a fact. College Fantasy Football is alive and well. It is just such a fun format with 130 FBS teams, deep rosters, hidden injuries/suspensions and less fantasy coverage than the professional (NFL) version. With that, comes an opportunity. If you are plugged in to the right sources, you can win. Period.
And plugged in we are here at Fantasy Alarm. We first saw Yahoo! announce that they are bringing the season-long game to their fantasy platform. Awesome. Then, Rick Wolf, our esteemed President here at FA alerted me to the possibility (and then the fact) that DraftKings is coming back to CFB DFS, well, let’s just say I had a Billy Madison moment.
Now, you may not be eligible to play - some states specifically outlaw the college game. In fact, only 27 states allow it. Here is the list: AK, CA, CT, DC, FL, GA, IL, KS, MI, MN, NE, NJ, NM, NC, ND, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TX, UT, VA, WV, WI, WY.
If you find yourself in a merciful part of the country that allows you to partake in this grand game - rejoice! Then, load up your account and let’s start winning money together. Throughout the season, we’ll cover the slates with our DFS Playbook PRO for College Football on DraftKings. We will have some season-long content sprinkled in as well and always, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter at @MTayCFB with any questions.
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Let’s start with a quick primer on the college game and the new lineup requirements for the 2018 season. What is a bit different, you’ll notice right away, is that there is a “Super-Flex” position included. No Kickers. No Defenses. Here is the starting roster requirement:
1 Quarterback (QB)
2 Running Backs (RB)
3 Wide Receivers (WR)
1 Flex (RB/WR)
1 Super-Flex (QB/RB/WR)
My initial reaction to this was one of, “Why the hell would we not start two QB’s?” And, that may end up being the case, though, I haven’t had a chance to fully run the numbers against my projections quite yet. Sure, QB’s will cost more and will force you to use cheaper options elsewhere, but they tend to pile up the fantasy points quicker - especially those dual-threat guys. We’ll go more in depth on roster structure in our individual weeks’ Playbooks.
You’ll still have $50,000 to construct your roster of eight (8) and the scoring mirrors that of its NFL counterpart. It is PPR and there are bonuses for 300+ passing and 100+ rushing/receiving yard performances.
The first slate is for Saturday’s three-game slate, featuring two FBS matchups (Colorado State vs. Hawai’i / Wyoming vs. New Mexico State) and one FBS/FCS tilt (Rice vs. Prairie View A&M). Stay tuned for our first Playbook of 2018 and our official return to full coverage of College Fantasy Football at Fantasy Alarm!