The Faculty Soccer season is formally underway and we now have a enjoyable Thursday every day fantasy slate on each FanDuel and DraftKings. There’s a strong distinction between the 2 slates, and a distinct technique is required relying on the place you’re enjoying. Let’s dive into the highest school soccer DFS performs for Thursday, Sept. 1. 

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Thursday CFB DFS FanDuel Slate

  • Central Michigan @ Oklahoma Slate (-21.5) – 59.5
  • West Virginia @ Pittsburgh (-7.5) – 50.5
  • Ball State @ Tennessee (-35.5) – 68.5
  • South Carolina State @ UCF – N/A
  • Louisiana Tech @ Missouri (-19.5) – 60.5
  • Penn State (-3.5) @ Purdue – 53.5
  • New Mexico State @ Minnesota (-36.5) – 52.5

Thursday CFB DFS DraftKings Slate

  • Ball State @ Tennessee (-35.5) – 68.5
  • Central Michigan @ Oklahoma Slate (-21.5) – 59.5
  • West Virginia @ Pittsburgh (-7.5) – 50.5
  • South Carolina State @ UCF – N/A
  • Virginia Navy Institute @ Wake Forest – N/A
  • Louisiana Tech @ Missouri (-19.5) – 60.5
  • Penn State (-3.5) @ Purdue – 53.5
  • Japanese Illinois @ Northern Illinois – N/A
  • New Mexico State @ Minnesota (-36.5) – 52.5
  • Northern Arizona @ Arizona State – N/A
  • Cal Poly @ Fresno State – N/A

CFB DFS Week 1 Quarterbacks

Hendon Hooker – Tennessee – FD $11,500 DK $8,900

Relying on whether or not you’re enjoying CFB DFS on FanDuel or DraftKings, the slate is way completely different this Thursday. FanDuel has a much more predictable slate, with 4-5 groups on DraftKings being full unknowns heading into Week 1.

Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker is the highest QB accessible, and his value is indicative. In 2021, Hooker posted 30+ fantasy factors in 5 of his first seven begins. The 2 below-average video games got here in opposition to Florida and Pittsburgh, who may at the very least compete defensively. 

Tennessee opens up the season in opposition to a Ball State Cardinals crew they’re favored over by 35.5 factors. It’s unlikely we see Hooker for a full 4 quarters, nevertheless, I don’t assume he will get pulled till Tennessee is round 50 factors. That provides Hooker loads of time to safe QB1 and probably the greatest CFB DFS picks on the slate.

Spencer Sanders – Oklahoma State – FD $10,000 DK $7,800

In the event you performed CFB DFS final season, you could be scared away from OKST QB Spencer Sanders. He entered the 2021 season as one of many Heisman favorites, and the nation knew by week 2 that was a mistake. With that being stated, the upside Sanders has is immense. 

Sanders has regarded like a distinct QB in camp, in keeping with coaches. If true, we’re taking a look at a man who can throw for 400 and run for 150 in opposition to Central Michigan. CMU is a strong crew, however they’re constructed to decelerate the run and have a below-average protection. 

In tournaments, Sanders is my favourite QB on the slate. He brings a ton of upside and the built-in decrease possession % with what number of he harm final season. Count on Sanders to be left within the recreation if he has discovered a rhythm, because the teaching workers will need him to get an enormous recreation beneath his belt for confidence. I’ll have far more Sanders than the sphere on each FanDuel and DraftKings. 

Brady Prepare dinner – Missouri – FD $9,000 DK $7,900

Don’t count on something flashy from Mizzou QB Brady Prepare dinner. He doesn’t have a celebrity set of weapons and the Tigers teaching workers will run the ball 20 or so instances in a recreation they maintain the lead. Nevertheless, Prepare dinner is a strong QB and the Tigers are implied to attain 40 factors in opposition to a porous Louisiana Tech protection. 

In money video games, I don’t thoughts spending down at QB with Prepare dinner. I count on him to throw/run for 3+ touchdowns and the upside for extra is there. In school soccer DFS, you want cash to spend on weapons and Prepare dinner offers you simply that. Nice choice at S-Flex in GPP’s as effectively. At QB, Prepare dinner is without doubt one of the safer CFB DFS picks for Thursday evening.

DK Solely – Jake Haener (FRES), Emory Jones (ASU)

Additionally Contemplate – John Rhys Plumlee (UCF), Tanner Morgan (MINN), Kedon Slovis (PITT)

CFB DFS Week 1 Operating Backs

Trey Potts – Minnesota – FD $8,500 DK $5,400

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have probably the greatest RBs within the nation in Mohamed Ibrahim, however he’s extraordinarily costly and there’s no purpose to put on him down in week 1 when favored by 38 factors. As a substitute, I’ll pivot my Gophers backfield possession to Trey Potts. Whereas Ibrahim is the man with data and the status, that is going to be extra of a tandem than individuals count on. 

Potts is explosive and he confirmed that with 120+ yards in three straight video games with a mixed 5 touchdowns in 2021. Potts goes to attain at the very least as soon as on this recreation and I might not be shocked if he has a monster outing whereas Ibrahim rests after his 1 or 2 scores. In the event you assume Minnesota lets each backs relaxation after the primary half, Zach Evans is price taking a flier on. He would be the starter in two years after Ibrahim and Potts depart. 

Lew Nichols III – CMU – FD $10,200 DK $7,000

Whereas Central Michigan will doubtless get handily beat by Oklahoma State, the road is 21.5 factors and Lew Nichols is the whole CMU offense. The Oklahoma State protection was barely above common in 2021, however they misplaced a lot of their returning starters and Nichols will discover some holes to take advantage of. 

Nichols didn’t fall beneath 29 fantasy factors in any of his final seven video games in 2021, eclipsing 40 twice. He’s not solely one of many extra explosive and leaned-on backs in CFB, however he’s additionally a wonderful receiving again. I count on the possession on Nichols to be decrease than traditional as most don’t wish to goal an RB on a crew anticipated to get blown out. That thought course of is usually right, however Nichols may contact the ball 35+ instances on this recreation if issues go completely. 

Elijah Younger – Missouri – FD $5,800 DK $5,800

I might keep away from enjoying each Brady Prepare dinner and Elijah Younger, however I might play one or the opposite. The Missouri Tigers are going to have a strong recreation offensively and we now have an concept of the place that manufacturing will come from. On the bottom, it appears like Younger ought to see at the very least 75% of the amount. 

I anticipate 15 or so carries at a minimal for Younger, and he’s priced pretty on each FanDuel and DraftKings. In the event you’re going elsewhere at QB, Younger is a rock-solid choice at RB on a slate with out too many straightforward performs on the place.

Daniyel Ngata – Arizona State – DK $4,900

The Arizona State backfield is dynamic, providing two explosive backs in Xazavian Valladay and Daniyel Ngata. If the costs had been equivalent, Valladay can be my again of selection. With that stated, the costs are nowhere close to shut with Ngata practically $2k cheaper on DraftKings. The share is predicted to be cut up round 50/50, and Ngata has the power to attain any time he touches the ball. 

Ngata is just too low cost. The Solar Devils may have little interest in banging up Zalladay, who’s handled leg accidents up to now. As a substitute, count on Ngata to place up 15+ fantasy factors with ease in opposition to a Northern Arizona protection that received’t have the ability to cease a lot. 

DK Solely – Jordan Mims (FRES), Harrison Waylee (NIU)

Additionally Contemplate – Isaiah Bowser (UCF), Jabari Small (TENN), Dominic Richardson (CMU), Keyvone Lee (PSU), Vincent Davis (PITT)

CFB DFS Week 1 Vast Receivers

Cedric Tillman – Tennessee – FD $9,800 DK $8,500

Whereas we doubtless received’t get the total potential of the Hooker/Tillman mini-stack, we should always get sufficient of 1 to suffice for a smaller slate right here on this recreation. The Vols ought to rating at will and Tillman will discover the top zone at the very least as soon as, if not two or thrice. Tillman put up practically 600 yards and 7 touchdowns within the final 4 video games of 2021. 

And not using a ton of super-expensive vast receivers on the slate, Tillman is a gem in money video games. We all know what we are going to get, although I’m not positive the upside is there for 4 quarters of dominance. In GPP’s, let’s look elsewhere. 

Ryan O’Keefe – UCF – FD $8,700 DK $7,600

We didn’t contact on John Rhys Plumlee at QB, however he’s a great choice. He’s a flexible monster of a sign caller that may realistically run for 200 or throw for 300 yards. He may not have an correct arm, however he’s nice at passing quick and utilizing his dashing menace to maintain holes open within the passing recreation. 

O’Keefe is the only real WR1 on this offense this season and he suits the play model of JR Plumlee completely. Count on tons of quick routes that allow O’Keefe use his finest instrument – YAC. Like Tillman, we’d not get 4 quarters right here, however the manufacturing might be large whereas it lasts. I choose O’Keefe to Tillman in tournaments. 

Smoke Harris – Louisiana Tech – FD $7,800 DK $5,500

Smoke Harris might be enjoying at most faculties within the nation, and there’s a purpose he held near a 40% goal share a season in the past. I count on that quantity to sit down round 40% this season as he’s solely a 12 months higher and the offense misplaced a pair weapons. 

Search for Harris to see 12+ targets on this recreation because the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs play from behind. I’m a fan in all codecs on each FanDuel and DraftKings. 

DK Solely – Jalen Cropper (FRES), A.T. Perry (WF), Cole Tucker (NIU)

Additionally Contemplate – Luther Burden (MIZZ), Brennan Presley (OKST), Sam James (WVU)