TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT IN DAILY FANTASY SATURDAY
It is a very busy Saturday, and it is only going to get better as we head into the fall. College Football is enjoying the sixth week of action, and the National Hockey League is ramping up. Major League Baseball is also in the best part of the season -- the MLB playoffs, and soon we'll have the National Basketball Association getting underway, too. Busy time, but fun time. If you play Daily Fantasy, there are all kinds of choices.
I've enjoyed playing the Rapid Fire Daily Fantasy Game at DraftDay.com, cashing three of the past four days in NHL. I've decided to try my hand at both college football today, and encourage you to do so, too. While there isn't as much strategy as your general salary cap league, or even tiered pick 'em league, if you're up against it time-wise, and don't have time to study, it will still give you your daily Fantasy fix.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL RAPID FIRE
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota (38.4 ppg at COLO) vs. Clemson QB Tajh Boyd (33.4 ppg at SYR)
I think both of these games will be extremely high scoring. Over the course of the season, Mariota has been slightly better, and I give the edge to Mariota here. I think both will be highly productive, but Oregon is more likely to put up 50-plus points in their matchup.
Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah (20.8 ppg vs ILL) vs. South Carolina RB Mike Davis (26.6 ppg vs KY)
I'll be honest. Out of spite I nearly took Abdullah, as Davis fumbled inside the 5-yard line with South Carolina ahead 28-18 at UCF in the closing moments in their last game, failing to salt away a win and a cover. The Knights then drove the field for the score, costing me money. However, cooler heads prevailed, and I realized Davis has the much more favorable matchup for Fantasy.
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater (33.5 ppg at TEM) vs. Ohio State QB Braxton Miller (22.2 ppg at NW)
This is a slam dunk in favor of Bridgewater. The scoreboard operator will get blisters on his finger flipping the switch for every Louisville score, while Ohio State faces a difficult matchup on the road in Evanston. Plus, Miller is just a couple of weeks removed from that knee.
Auburn RB Tre Mason (17.1 ppg vs MISS) vs. Miami, Fla. RB Duke Johnson (16.7 ppg vs GATECH)
I went back and forth about this one for a while. Both face tough matchups on their home field. While Mason has been explosive this season, and has slightly more Fantasy points per game, I like Johnson simply because he is on the better team. If the Canes grab an early lead, Johnson will be used to help pound the ball, work the clock and protect a lead. I see Auburn struggling against Ole Miss.
Penn State WR Allen Robinson (21.7 ppg at IND) vs. LSU WR Odell Beckham (20.4 ppg at MISS ST)
It is still shocking to me that Penn State slings the ball all over the field. Perhaps I am old, but Penn State football should be more of a grind it out, hit 'em in the mouth style. I guess this isn't the 1990's anymore, and all jokes aside, that's probably a good thing at Penn State. This style of football is much more entertaining to today's fans, I guess. And kudos to Penn State for not changing their uniforms to a different style every other week like some teams out there.