Top Sleepers to Select in College Football DFS for Week 3 – September 18, 2021

By Dan Vasta in DFS
| September 17, 2021 9:11 am PDT

We are officially three weeks into the college football season, and finding the perfect lineup full of DFS sleepers will win you your week.

Study those point totals and find the games that will feature the most opportunities for your players. The higher scoring games will then lead to more success for your teams.

Be sure to set your lineups this weekend before the week is underway. You can use the top college football sites to decide who to play based on game totals and spreads, but you might need some extra help to nail the right value plays.

Here are your top DFS sleepers for college football’s Week 3 slate.

Michael Penix Jr., QB, Indiana ($5,400)

Good luck finding a better sleeper at quarterback than this southpaw. The number of memories he provided Indiana with last season was remarkable. Before he went down with an injury, he was ready to give Indiana their first nine-win season since 1967.

Penix has not threaded the needle often through two games, but that is by design. They have leaned heavily on Stephen Carr. IU is hopeful that Penix will carry the offense in crunch time against a Top 10 foe in Cincinnati.

The Bearcats have a fierce defense, but this game should combine for 50 points or so. Penix has a bevy of options to throw to. Peyton Hendershot is an exceptionally talented tight end, but Ty Fryfogle and D.J. Matthews have explosive plays ready for the Bearcats defense.

Penix has been prone to finding the end zone as a runner. So, there is the potential for additional bonus points from the Hoosier quarterback.

Eric Gray, RB, Oklahoma ($5,200)

The Sooners are going to score at will on Nebraska. The Huskers defense has been lacking for years, and Lincoln Riley has had the most productive offense in the country.

The Sooners aren’t afraid to have a balanced attack, and the former Tennessee Volunteer is ready to flourish. Gray has been a steady one-two punch with Kennedy Brooks. Gray may technically be the backup, but the production doesn’t indicate that.

Here’s what he’s done so far.

  • 18 rushing attempts
  • 101 rushing yards
  • 5.6 YPC

The kid just needs more work.

Being the cheaper of the two certainly makes for an intriguing play in a favorable matchup against Nebraska. The Sooners would love to climb the polls and eventual CFP rankings when they get released later this season.

The Big 12 suffered a few losses last weekend, with Texas and Iowa State going down. TCU survived against Cal. Oklahoma needs all the style points they can get. Gray will be featured and have plenty of opportunities to produce winning numbers for your team this weekend.

Isaiah Likely, WR, Coastal Carolina ($4,400)

Isaiah Likely is a beast of a tight end and can wreak havoc on opposing defensive backfields this season.

Likely is a horse that can run like a stallion across the middle of the field. He has hauled in clutch passes to move the chains on an offense that was one of the more productive units last year.

The Chanticleers defense has had some issues defending the pass thus far, allowing for games to go four-plus hours.

That gives Coastal Carolina the chance to shine this season on offense since there could be some games where they are playing from behind.

There is a chance that happens this week against Buffalo, but the value on Likely is there. CCU has plenty of options on offense. Likely though has the most upside due to his price.

Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati ($4,200)

The Bearcats offense may not have scouts drooling with their production or talent level, but Alec Pierce is a stud option for Desmond Ridder.

Ridder and the ground game earn most of the accolades, but their offense has evolved. They nearly upset Georgia in the Peach Bowl last season until they gagged that game away in the closing moments by not managing the clock well.

Pierce is capable of finding success against a Hoosiers secondary that made great strides last season in its epic 2020 year. Indiana is far from an elite defense, and Ridder is looking to have his best year as a pocket passer.

This game has a chance to have plenty of points in a non-conference showdown that has CFP implications.

When Ridder was in trouble last season, Pierce was his guy. There are a few other options on this offense, but there is a strong shot for the top Cincy wideout to end up in the end zone this weekend.

Kevin Austin Jr., WR, Notre Dame ($5,100)

The Notre Dame-Purdue matchup could be the one to watch this weekend. Points will be flowing, so be sure to take advantage of this matchup.

Austin has been one of the lone consistent players on the Irish passing attack. Michael Mayer at tight end has been a machine, but Austin has flashed his brilliance on the gridiron thus far.

The upside is evident. Check out his 2021 numbers.

  • 8 catches
  • 154 receiving yards
  • 1 TD
  • 19.3 YPC

Purdue is good enough to upset the Irish, making ND more prone to throwing. Jack Coan was able to pull out the win in the past two weeks against Florida State and Toledo.

Even if the Irish come up short, they will be airing it out in a highly entertaining non-conference tilt.

Week 3 College Football DFS Advice

There are plenty of opportunities in the Week 3 slate for sleepers. A few of the prices are from players that have yet to break out due to the unbalanced schedules.

Many teams have yet to play Power Five foes. Study the stats, tendencies, and point totals for the weekend.

Always get the lineups going Friday night or early Saturday morning, so you don’t get locked out of any contests. They fill up fast, so be sure to save those winning lineups.

Cheers towards finding your sleepers and winning weekly leagues. Check back here throughout the season for more winning information across your DFS college leagues.

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