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Down Goes Russell

How many of you had Seth Russell in your DFS lineups only to find out the once superman of college quarterbacking statistics was human like the rest of us?  Count me as one.  Every DFS week that Baylor played, even at the $10K price tag he was playing with, I had to start him in at least one of my lineups.  I would get in my comfortable chair on Saturday afternoons and enjoy watching him carve up defenses and rack up fantasy points in video game fashion.  Sadly to say after taking a blow to the neck and shoulder during last week’s Iowa State game, Russell was removed in the 4th quarter with severe neck pain.  A few days later we discovered the neck injury is definitely season ending.  Say it isn’t so?  But unfortunately it is.  Your heart breaks for the young man who was having a Heisman worthy season going 119 out of 200, for 2,104 yards, 29 touchdowns and only six interceptions in not quite seven full games.  In addition, he had 49 carries for 402 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.  Fantasy Gold I call it.  While Russell’s pain and suffering is far greater than that of DFS players who count on him week in and week out during the college football season, we too have to make some adjustments.

While there are many other college quarterbacks to choose from with ample production, Paxton Lynch, Greg Ward, Brandon Doughty, and Luke Falk come immediately to mind,  for the purposes of this exercise, I would like to focus on what Seth Russell’s absence means for the rest of Baylor’s skill players.  So let’s start with his replacement.

Bowl Game Confidence Picks

Hey guys, pretty busy at the moment so I apologize for the brevity/lateness of this post, but here are the confidence picks I’m going with in our own RotoWire pool for the bowl game slate this year. Feel free to message me on Twitter at the RotoWire NFL Draft account (@NFLDraft_RW)if you have any questions about the picks.

Also, be sure to check out how me and our other college football writers are picking against the spreads:

Thanks for reading!

(Higher the number, more confident the pick)

38. Stanford over Maryland

37 Auburn over Wisconsin

36. Arizona State over Duke

College Football TUE/WED MACtion Rankings

Hey guys, here are the rankings I’m going with this week for the Tuesday/Wednesday MAC slate. This week we have Buffalo vs Akron, Northern Illinois vs Toledo, Bowling Green vs Kent State, and Massachusetts vs Ball State. The first two games are Tuesday, the second pair Wednesday.

NOTE: There are a couple high-impact injury situations to monitor. One is the lower leg injury suffered by Bowling Green RB Travis Greene, the other a leg injury suffered by Toledo QB Logan Woodside. If Greene is out, it greatly heightens the value of RB Fred Coppet. If Woodside plays, you can raise Toledo WRs Corey Jones and Alonzo Russell on the list, because Woodside looks significantly better than backup Michael Julian.

Feel free to shoot over questions on Twitter to @NFLDraft_RW. Good luck this week!


College Football TUE/WED MAC Rankings

Hey guys, here are the rankings I’d go with for the Tuesday/Wednesday slate of MAC games for college football this week. Today we have Akron vs Bowling Green and Kent State vs Toledo, with tomorrow’s slate being Ohio vs Buffalo and Ball State vs Northern Illinois.

Feel free to shoot any questions on Twitter to @NFLDraft_RW if you had any questions about the slate.



1. Drew Hare – Northern Illinois at Ball State
2. Kyle Pohl – Akron vs Bowling Green
3. Jack Milas – Ball State vs Northern Illinois

FantasyElite $8,000 CFB Kickoff Tournament

Fanium’s games are some of the most unique DFS formats out there, as the game combines the salary cap aspect of traditional DFS with a twist: the games are head-to-head and players are acquired through a draft, meaning no two teams in a single contest can own a given player at the same time. There’s never overlap, and it’s not as simple as picking the ‘best’ player at each pick – you need to consider how any given player’s salary might limit your selection options at the subsequent picks. You can play either on the web or through the site’s iPad/iPhone app.

On Wednesday night I drafted a team in FantasyElite’s $8,000 College Kickoff tournament, a 32-entry bracket with a $250 entry fee and big payouts ($625-$2,000) for the players that manage to make it into the Elite Eight. As you might expect with a relatively high-stakes contest like this, this bracket is nothing less than a shark tank. The first round’s player pool drew from the four FBS games in Thursday’s slate – South Carolina/Texas A&M, Mississippi/Boise State, Washington State/Rutgers, and Vanderbilt/Temple.

The game starts QB/QB/RB/RB/WR/WR/FLEX/FLEX/FLEX, with the flex spots allowing the use of RB, WR, or TE-designated players. The scoring system is somewhat unorthodox – it’s 2PPR, awards 0.1 points per carry, and all touchdowns are worth six points. This puts a premium on high-level passing quarterbacks and reception-heavy players at RB/WR/TE.