CFB Week 0 DFS Picks: Best lineup advice for Saturday’s five-game main slate

College football DFS returns with a five-game main slate for Week 0, so it’s only fitting to build out of our favorite SuperDraft lineup for Saturday’s action on the gridiron. The main slate’s highlighted by Heisman winner Caleb Williams and USC hosting San Jose State, but don’t sleep on what should be a closely contested matchup between the reigning MAC Player Kurtis Rourke and Ohio traveling to Snapdragon Stadium to face Brady Hoke’s San Diego State Aztecs.

For those unfamiliar, SuperDraft’s DFS strategy involves points multipliers, unlike traditional salary-capped or tiered contests. A winning lineup likely features a strong mix of stud fantasy contributors with 1x-1.6x boosts, as well as matchup-based sleepers with larger multipliers. Each player is assigned a scoring multiplier based on their value as determined by SuperDraft. Users can roster any player in their lineup with no restrictions.

Before we break down all of our picks, here are the most notable scoring rules for SuperDraft CFB contests: Half-point PPRfour-point passing TDstwo-point bonuses for 100 rushing yards100 receiving yardsand 300 passing yards.

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CFB Week 0 DFS Picks: Best lineup advice for Saturday’s five-game main slate

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QB Hank Bachmeier, Louisiana Tech (Multiplier: 1.45x)

While most DFS players will opt to start Williams or Rourke at QB, we’ll take a more contrarian approach by rolling with Boise State transfer Hank Bachmeier. Bachmeier’s final season in Boise was one to forget, as he completed just 54.3 percent of his passes with a subpar QBR of 17.5 in four games.

A change in scenery and a step down in competition should result in Bachmeier posting solid counting stats in 2023, starting with a strong performance against an exploitable FIU defense. Louisiana Tech’s priced as a double-digit favorite in a game with the second-highest over/under (57.5) of Saturday’s slate, as the Bulldogs are expected to put up plenty of points.

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RB Austin Jones, USC (Multiplier: 1.25x)

You can’t go wrong rostering anyone from USC, so the Trojans’ RB1 is a safe play despite his multiplier sitting at 1.25x. After assuming the lead back duties following Travis Dye’s season-ending ankle injury in ’22, Jones averaged 20.75 carries per game over USC’s final four games.

Over that stretch, Jones compiled 370 yards and two TDs on the ground while securing 13 passes for 133 yards through the air. With the Trojans offense remaining one of the nation’s most prolific units, look for Jones to pick up where he left off in ’22.

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RB Patrick Smith, Vanderbilt (Multiplier: 1.55x)

Although he wasn’t efficient last season, totaling just 2.7 yards per attempt of 56 carries, Vanderbilt RB Patrick Smith draws a plus matchup against a Hawaii defense that allowed a lackluster 0.166 EPA/rush last season (120th in FBS. Yes, Timmy Chang’s crew will be an improved bunch this season, but Vanderbilt did whatever it wanted on the ground in last season’s Week 0 meeting, rushing for 404 yards in the Commodores’ 63-10 beatdown. Rostering the team’s RB1 in DFS is a beneficial move in what’s likely another one-sided contest.

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WR Cyrus Allen, Louisiana Tech (Multiplier: 1.45x)

We’re stacking Allen with Bachmeier, thinking the Bulldogs’ offense does its part against an FIU defense that ranked near the bottom of the FBS in EPA/pass last season (115th). In his freshman season in 2022, Allen averaged 22.73 yards per catch, which ranked second in the nation. His big-play ability warrants his addition to Week 0 DFS lineups, as he could easily top the century mark in receiving yards on Saturday. 

WR Smoke Harris, Louisiana Tech (Multiplier: 1.35x)

Harris completes our three-player Louisiana Tech stack, as the First Team All-Conference USA WR led the Bulldogs with 635 receiving yards on 65 receptions a season ago. Look for Harris to assume a high target share catching passes from Bachmeier, culminating in a strong showing in the Bulldogs’ season opener.

WR Dorian Singer, USC (Multiplier: 1.25x)

Singer transfers in from Arizona and is expected to be one of Williams’ go-to options out wide. USC’s priced with the highest team total on the board in Week 0 (48.5 points), as there’s enough to go around for each of their starters to post respectable stat lines in game one. Singer averaged 92 receiving yards per game, catching passes from Jayden de Laura in 2022, as we could see that number tick up with the future No. 1 overall pick as his new QB1.

SUPER FLEX AJ Swann, Vanderbilt (Multiplier: 1.15x)

With SuperDraft’s CFB main slate contests having one super flex spot, filling it with a QB is the best move. Swann started the 2022 season behind fellow QB Mike Wright on the depth chart but was elevated to QB1 in the early portion of the season after Wright got benched. Swann and the Commodores’ offense shouldn’t have much trouble sustaining drives against a subpar Rainbow Warriors defense, therefore he’s a safe super flex play.

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