It’s the first full weekend of college football action, and pretty soon those who play on Sunday will be starting (to play real games) soon. It’s the best time of the year if you’re a fan of the pigskin. And, it is the best time of the year if you love Daily Fantasy, too. In addition to baseball, golf and even soccer, you have college football on Saturday to keep you busy.
In Daily Fantasy, some providers will only make available games featuring two FBS teams, so if a team such as Indiana is opening up against Indiana State, an FCS foe, that game will not be available for selection. That makes things a little more challenging, but there are still plenty of options available.
TV SCHEDULE (top games)
Ohio State at Navy (12N, CBSSN)
Alabama vs West Virginia (3:30pm, ABC/ESPN2)
California at Northwestern (3:30pm, ABC/ESPN2)
Arkansas at Auburn (3:30pm, SEC Network)
Clemson at Georgia (5:30pm, ESPN)
Fresno State at USC (7:30pm, FOX)
Florida State vs Oklahoma State (8:00pm, ABC)
LSU vs Wisconsin (9:00pm, ESPN)
(StatClash.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)
Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State ($34.00 vs Southern Mississippi): The Bulldogs are more than a 30-point favorite to roll the Golden Eagles, and that will mean plenty of offense from Prescott. The Mississippi State signal caller leads all returning SEC quarterbacks with 17 career rushing touchdowns and 947 yards. He is a dual-threat who will give USM’s defense fits. When Prescott isn’t running the ball, he’ll be looking for big-play WR Jameon Lewis ($30.50). If you can squeeze that QB-WR combo in under the salary cap, it could mean plenty of Fantasy points.
Jordon James, RB, UCLA ($27.00 at Virginia): A lot of talk about UCLA and their national championship aspirations center around QB Brett Hundley ($30.50), and rightly so. He elected to return to UCLA for unfinished business. Out of the spotlight is James, a top-flight running back who figures to have a giant role at Scott Stadium this weekend, especially if UCLA does what Vegas thinks and can cover a 20-point number. That will mean the Bruins are ahead, comfortably, and they will rely upon the run game more. That’s good news for James.
Adam Humphries, WR, Clemson ($23.00 at Georgia): The Tigers lost DeAndre Hopkins to the NFL in 2013, Sammy Watkins stepped in as No. 1 receiver and shined. Watkins left for the NFL in April, so is it Humphries’ time to star? Offensive coordinator Chad Morris still has a talented group, and Humphries is the biggest potential playmaker.
D’haquille Williams, WR, Auburn ($22.50 vs Arkansas): The Tigers made a huge splash landing Williams, the top JUCO transfer in the nation. He is expected to step right into the starting lineup, and Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema specifically mentioned Williams when speaking about Auburn this week. He comes with a lower price tag, for now, but that could change if he lives up to his immense hype.
BARGAIN BIN PICKS
Alex DeLeon, TE, Florida Atlantic ($17.50 at Nebraska): DeLeon is a huge target at 6-foot-4 and 246 pounds, and he expects to have a huge role in the offense in 2014. It all starts in Lincoln Saturday, when the Owls figure to be playing from behind early and often. He is the best bet for a Fantasy breakout in Boca Raton this season, and an NFL job could be in his future. It wouldn’t be the first time and FAU tight end landed an NFL roster spot, as Arizona Cardinals TE Rob Housler is an Owl alum.
Blake Frohnapefel, QB, Massachusetts ($21.50 at Boston College): The Marshall transfer arrives in Amherst to give the Minutemen a much-needed upgrade. It is believed that UMass will find themselves behind early and often against their Bay State rivals, and that will likely mean more opportunities to pass. Frohnapfel could be a sneaky Fantasy sleeper hoisting the ball up plenty in the second half.
Curtis Samuel, RB, Ohio State ($16.50 at Navy): The Buckeyes were hammered by the injury bug in preseason practices, losing QB Braxton Miller (shoulder) for the season, and RB Ezekiel Elliott (wrist) to left wrist surgery in early August. While Elliott is expected back, since it is his non-ball carrying hand, it is hard to believe he’ll be put in a situation to carry the mail alone. Enter the freshman Samuel, who has been praised during the offseason. He could see more work than expected, and he comes with a cheap salary.
We’re into the third round of English Premier League matches this weekend, and starting to get a better idea of which teams are going to be upper level teams, and which teams will be buried in the standings table. There have been a few surprises so far, but plenty of matches have been going according to plan. Why not enhance your viewing pleasure, especially for those in the United States, by playing a little Daily Fantasy each week. StatClash.com has you covered for EPL.
7:45am – * Burnley at Manchester United (NBCSN)
12:30pm – Everton at Chelsea (NBC)
(StatClash.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET) (* – not included in DFS games)
CRYSTAL PALACE at NEWCASTLE UNITED – 10am ET
Last season, Newcastle won 1-0 against Crystal Palace, and a similar low-scoring game can be expected in this one. Crystal Palace M Joe Ledley (groin) is OUT with a groin, while D Scott Dann (hip), D Damien Delaney (groin), F Dwight Gayle (groin) and M Stuart O’Keefe (ankle) are each doubtful to play. Your best bet for DFS purposes is CP forward Marquane Chamakh ($17.00), who posted a goal and foul won in his last match. He and D Brede Hangeland ($15.50) are tied with one goal apiece. Be careful with Chamakh, though, as he had 11 fouls committed in the opening round. He’s feisty, and FC equals negative Fantasy points.
WEST HAM at SOUTHAMPTON – 10am ET
West Ham has been bitten by the injury bug already, and six first-teamers could be looking on for Saturday’s match at Upton Park. D James Collins, M Matthew Jarvis and D Carl Jenkinson have each been ruled OUT due to injury, joining M Kevin Nolan (out six more weeks) on the sidelines. It might be a good spot to use Southampton G Fraser Forster ($22.50), as a clean sheet might be in his future against the banged up Hammers.
STOKE CITY at MANCHESTER CITY – 10am ET
Stoke will be stoked to have M Victor Moses ($14.50) suited up for this game. He might feature, most likely off the bench. While it is an exciting signing, DFS owners might want to wait one game to see how he fits in. D Geoff Cameron (thigh) and M Stephen Ireland (ribs) are each OUT. A nice one-two DFS punch might be Man City Fs Edin Dzeko ($23.00) and F Sergio Agüero ($22.00), with each fit and ready to roll. Agüero has netted goals in each of his first two matches.
SUNDERLAND at QUEENS PARK RANGERS – 10am ET
QPR has been horrid so far this season, so Sunderland G Vito Mannone ($22.00) could be a nice fit for Fantasy owners. He has yet to post a win or clean sheet, but allowing three goals total in two games. However, he has earned a pair of ties while making five saves. QPR hasn’t shown much offensively, so a clean sheet and win could be in the offing. F Charlie Austin (thigh) could be back for QPR, and that would help, but really there aren’t any good picks from the QPR side for DFS purposes. M Lee Cattermole ($15.50), M Sebastian Larsson ($20.00) and M Jack Rodwell ($16.50) have each found the back of the net for Sunderland this season, with Larsson being the better of the trio for DFS purposes. He has 11 crosses, six corner kicks and two fouls won while also assisting on a goal.
WEST BROM at SWANSEA CITY – 10am ET
The Swans are off to a great start, and they look to keep it going in the third round against West Bromwich Albion. Swansea will again be without M Leon Britton (knee), F Rory Donnelly (ankle), F Marvin Emnes (knee) and M Jay Fulton (knee), but that hasn’t mattered yet. West Brom will be without D Sebastien Pocognoli (thigh), while D Joeleon Lescott and F Georgios Samaras have not yet been deemed fit, and might be two weeks away from contributing. Don’t forget West Brom M Saido Berahino ($17.00) when setting your lineup, even though the Swans should win. He buried two goals in the opening match, and has five crosses and three shots on target through the first two rounds. Swansea M Gylfi Sigurdsson ($19.75) would help you in a Scrabble match, and in DFS. He has a goal, two assists, two crosses and two corners with two fouls won through two rounds.
CHELSEA at EVERTON – 12:30pm ET
Everton, Everton, Everton. They leave so many points on the table. Through 83 minutes last week, Everton was up 2-0 on Arsenal, and all looked right in their world. Then they folded, hanging G Tim Howard ($22.50) out to dry with shoddy defense and turnovers in the area. Now, Howard is a must-sit against Chelsea, who will be gunning for its third straight win, outscoring the opposition 5-1 through two. To make matters worse for Everton, F Romelu Lukaku (toe) is nursing a toe injury and might not play. DFS owners will want to avoid him. F Samuel Eto’o ($16.00) might make his debut, but his fitness is in question and DFS owners will want to wait one more week to see. For Chelsea, F Diego Costa ($23.50) (hamstring) is also a question mark due to a nagging hamstring injury, so he is just too expensive to start. Everton M Steven Naismith ($17.50) has potted goals in each of the first two matches and is a good bet for a third. Chelsea M Eden Hazard ($22.50) connected for a marker last week, and he has four crosses and four fouls won through the first two rounds.
There is a full slate of NFL preseason games Thursday, Aug. 28, the final day of the exhibition schedule. It is a challenging time, because few, if any stars, play. However, there is still money to be made playing Daily Fantasy, especially if you choose the right players who are jockeying for roster spots and still will be playing at a high level. There will be plenty of quarterbacks seeing action, too, perhaps even playing an entire game. Get on board! Rather than just give you a handful of starters or suggestions, we’ll check out a few select games with important roster battles or lesser players who are expected to play significantly.
7:00pm – N.Y. Jets at Philadelphia (NFL Network)
10:00pm – Seattle at Oakland (NFL Network)
(DraftKings.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)
KANSAS CITY AT GREEN BAY – 7pm ET
Both Packers QBs Matt Flynn ($6000) and QB Scott Tolzien ($6000) are likely to play significantly in this one. The battle for the No. 2 job rages on. However, unlikely in other games where the backup could be valuable from a Fantasy perspective, if the reps are potentially split, so are the Fantasy points. A few others on this board should play longer, possibly the entire game. Avoid these two QBs despite the absence of starter QB Aaron Rodgers. … Packers WR Jarrett Boykin ($5500) appears in control of the No. 3 job, but another big performance wouldn’t hurt.
ST. LOUIS AT MIAMI – 7pm ET
With Rams QB Sam Bradford (knee) out for the year, it’s hard to believe the team will risk losing QB Shaun Hill to injury, too. While he needs game-time to acclimate to his receivers, it is risky business tossing your new starter out there. That being said, QB Austin Davis ($6000) could potentially rack up some big-time minutes and accumulating statistics.
N.Y. JETS AT PHILADELPHIA – 7pm ET
For those who were hoping to see Eagles QB Mark Sanchez against his former team, well, he won’t be playing. It appears QB Matt Barkley ($6000) will play at a significant amount of this game, if not the entire way. … The Eagles could take a long look at RB Kenjon Barner ($5500), a player they just acquired from Carolina last week.
NEW ENGLAND AT N.Y. GIANTS – 7:30pm ET
Patriots WR Brian Tyms ($5500) might be suspended to start the season, but the team probably will want to get a good look at him before he heads out for a month. … Giants WR Mario Manningham ($5500) is fighting for his roster spot, and a strong showing could help him. The veteran could see a decent amount of targets as the team decides if he is worth keeping. … Patriots WR Aaron Dobson ($5500) (foot) could make his preseason debut. He needs to make up for lost time, and could do big things with significant playing time.
CAROLINA AT PITTSBURGH – 7:30pm ET
This game looks to be a battle between Panthers QB Joe Webb ($6000) and Steelers QB Landry Jones ($6000), both of whom appear to have played their way into the No. 3 job. Webb looks like he will be staying, but Jones is still trying to prove to the team that they need a third signal caller. … Panthers WR Brenton Bersin ($5500) has been impressive, but still is likely playing for a job. He scored a touchdown last week.
WASHINGTON AT TAMPA BAY – 7:30pm ET
Redskins RB Chris Thompson ($5500) (ankle) missed the past two preseason games, but he could play and have a significant role in this one as the team tries to see what it has in him. … Buccaneers WR Robert Herron ($5500) started in the slot last week, and could see more targets in the fourth preseason game, trying to secure a big-time role for the regular season.
BALTIMORE AT NEW ORLEANS – 8pm ET
Ravens rookie WR Michael Campanaro ($5500) is in a fight for a roster spot, or else he will likely end up as a practice squad guy. The rookie out of Wake Forest could surprise in NOLA Thursday.
SEATTLE AT OAKLAND – 10pm ET
This game actually has some interesting storylines, and Daily Fantasy owners might pluck their starting QB from this game. Raiders rookie QB Derek Carr ($6000) stands to play a significant amount of time in this one, and Seahawks QB Terrelle Pryor ($6000) will also get extended playing time, and he faces his former team. Raiders TE Brian Leonhardt ($5000) is also a player who could end up being surprisingly useful.
ARIZONA AT SAN DIEGO – 10pm ET
Chargers RB Branden Oliver ($5500), the rookie out of Buffalo, might carry a significant load in this game. … Cardinals RB Jalen Parmele ($5500) has been mentioned as potentially having a meaningful role at times, and he could cement a spot with a good performance.
There are 13 evening games in Major League Baseball Wednesday, Aug. 27.
7:05pm – N.Y. Yankees at Detroit (ESPN)
The weather looks great in every Major League Baseball city Tuesday except for Detroit. Enjoy!
7:10pm – Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati – 40 percent chance of scattered t-storms
7:10pm – Atlanta at N.Y. Mets – 40 percent chance of scattered t-storms (arriving 7th inning or later)
8:10pm – Minnesota at Kansas City – 40 percent chance of scattered t-storms
10:15pm – Colorado at San Francisco – 0 percent chance of precipitation, 11 to 14 mph wind to straightaway CF)
(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)
Doug Fister, SP, Washington ($17800 at PHI): The Nationals are a healthy favorite on the road, and there is good reason. First off, Fister is 12-3 with a 2.38 ERA. However, he has a great chance at a win because of a weak counterpart on the hill for Philly. Kyle Kendrick is 0-2 with a 6.39 ERA in two starts against the Nationals this season, and 5-10 with a 5.00 ERA in 24 appearances against Washington in his career.
David Price, SP, Detroit ($21700 vs NYY): Price squares off against a very familiar foe, and win or lose, he will rack up plenty of strikeouts and innings pitched. He has 1-1 record with a 3.58 ERA in four outings against the Pinstripers this season, posting 33 strikeouts in just 27 2/3 innings. And at Comerica Park this season, he has won each of his two outings with a 2.16 ERA while the opponent is hitting just .175 against him.
Ian Desmond, SS, Washington ($9450 at PHI): If you plan to start Fister (see above), and perhaps stack against the Phillies, then starting Desmond is necessary. Over his career against Kendrick, Desmond is hitting .385 (15-for-39) with two doubles, a triple, two homers, eight RBI and a 1.031 OPS. That’s great power potential at a position that is short on pop, and he comes with a mid-level price.
Bryce Harper, OF, Washington ($8750 at PHI): Again, if you’re stacking Nats, Harper is essential. He is 9-fior-25 (.360) lifetime against Kendrick with three doubles, a triple, a homer, two RBI, three walks and a 1.109 OPS. More importantly, though, Harper is finally healthy and looking like his old self for the first time in 2014. He has four homers and 12 RBI in the month of August.
Wilson Ramos, C, Washington ($8950 at PHI): Yeah, I’m going to be the All-In Kid (sorry, Jake Ciely!) on the Nationals. Ramos has rolled up six hits in 11 career at-bats against Kendrick with a pair of bombs and three steaks while posting a 1.636 OPS. Sure, 11 at-bats isn’t much of a history, but given the fact Ramos is also hitting .292 (21-for-72) with three doubles, four homers and 12 RBI in the month of August, I love his chances of big-time production.
Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, Chicago Cubs ($7200 at CIN): Alcantara has been ridiculous over the past three games, posting six total hits (two of them homers) with four runs scored and three RBI. In DraftDay.com DFS leagues he is averaging 33.33 Fantasy points per game. You can’t get that at elite-level prices, especially at second base.
Jean Segura, SS, Milwaukee ($7300 at SD): If you don’t like Desmond for some reason, or simply like to start late-night guys, whatever…Segura is a decent play at a low price. In addition to his six hits over the past seven games, he has drawn seven walks while posting a pair of RBI and three runs scored. He doesn’t have the power potential that Desmond does, but he does provide salary relief.
Yangervis Solarte, 2B-3B, San Diego ($7050 vs MIL): I keep rolling with Solarte as one of my low-priced guys, and he keeps producing. Last night he had just one hit, but he has hit safely in five straight, and nine of the past 11. He has three multi-hit games during the span, and a total of four RBI. He isn’t ultra-productive, but he is positional versatile and he comes with a low price to help load up at other positions.
There are 15 games in Major League Baseball Tuesday, Aug. 26.
8:10pm – Minnesota at Kansas City (FOX Sports 1)
The weather looks great in every Major League Baseball city Tuesday except for Detroit. Enjoy!
7:08pm – N.Y. Yankees at Detroit (70 percent chance of thunderstorms)
(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)
Danny Duffy, SP, Minnesota ($11950 vs MIN): Duffy is a tremendous Daily Fantasy value, as he is 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA in five appearances (three starts) against the Twins this season, and Minnesota is hitting just .192 against him in 21 innings. He has been fabulous at home this season, too, posting a 3.00 ERA in 11 appearances (nine starts) at home with a .182 batting average against.
Matt Shoemaker, SP, L.A. Angels ($14950 vs MIA): The Angels will be on the rebound, looking to square their interleague home series against the Marlins after being embarrassed in the opener. Shoemaker is 6-3 with a 2.72 ERA in 13 appearances (eight starts) at home this season, and he has rolled up 62 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings at the Big A. Vegas has the Angels installed as a heavy favorite, so Shoemaker has a very nice chance at a victory for a reasonable price for a pitcher.
Jason Heyward, OF, Atlanta ($9550 at NYM): Heyward has hit right-handed pitching well this season, posting a .309 average with 18 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 40 RBI and an .836 OPS with 10 stolen bases and 50 runs scored. And the good time should continue against New York Mets SP Dillon Gee, as he is hitting .333 (8-for-24) with a home run, two RBI, six walks and a .942 OPS against the Mets right-hander.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, Washington ($9450 at PHI): Normally, LaRoche is not a recommended Daily Fantasy play against left-handed pitching, as he is hitting just .198 with a .595 OPS in 116 at-bats against southpaws this season. However, he is 10-for-39 (.256) with a double, four home runs and seven RBI with an .899 OPS against Philadelphia Phillies LHP Cole Hamels. For whatever reason, he sees the ball well out of Hamels’ hand, and he has shown a lot of power in the past.
Ben Zobrist, 2B-OF, Tampa Bay ($9150 at BAL): Zobrist has posted some huge numbers against Baltimore Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen in his career, going 11-for-30 (.367) with a double, homer, three RBI and a .906 OPS against the O’s lefty. He has hit all lefties well this season, hitting .355 with 10 doubles, two home runs, 12 RBI and a .907 OPS vs LHP, while hitting just .250 with a .734 OPS vs RHP.
Yangervis Solarte, 2B-3B, San Diego ($7050 vs MIL): Solarte has been a DFS favorite this season due to his positional versatility, low salary and ability to pick up hits in bunches. He has hit safely in four straight games, reaching three times (two hits and a walk) in Monday’s series opener with Milwaukee. He is 6-for-15 (.400) with a run scored, two RBI and a pair of runs scored over the past four outings.