DFS College Football 101: How To Play on DraftKings

DFS College Football 101: How To Play on DraftKings

This article is part of our DFS College Football 101 series.

College football's reintroduction to DraftKings last season was monumental for public interest in the sport from a fantasy perspective and gave us all a little extra incentive to pay attention on Saturdays. And Thursdays. And Fridays. And sometimes on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

A lot changed in the two years that college football left the daily fantasy landscape. The fantasy community got sharper. The data got better. The information became more accessible. All of those positive developments made for a better overall DFS game with sharper fields. 

My goal here is to help get you started down the right path with another season just around the corner. I'll talk about contest selection and lineup construction, along with other strategic pillars to get you better prepared for when toe meets rubber. 

Lineup Construction

Following Vegas

When analyzing a slate, the first step I take is to look at the implied totals and the spreads. This is the quickest way to get Vegas' scoring expectation for each team on a given slate. Below is a sample from Week 4 of last season.

TeamOpponentH/AO/USpreadImplied Points
Ohio StateTulaneH68.5-3752.75
AlabamaTexas A&MH61-2643.50
West VirginiaKansas StateH60.5-1638.25
Boston CollegePurdueA65-736.00
Notre DameWake ForestA60-733.50
ClemsonGeorgia TechA51-15.533.25
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John McKechnie
John is the 2016 FSWA College Writer of the Year winner. He is a Maryland native and graduate of the University of Georgia. He's been writing for RotoWire since 2014.
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