Top Picks for 2021 College Football DFS – Week 9

By Dan Vasta in DFS
| October 28, 2021 10:36 am PDT

The college football season has been remarkable as November is nearly upon us. The season has been oddly familiar to the year in 2007 where we saw consistent upsets.

There was no dominant team that season, and Georgia certainly has looked the part. Still, the amount of chaos has been surreal, and the entertainment has been flawless.

The DFS leagues have been heating up, and the stars have been shining on the elite offenses. A few teams are posting staggering numbers that many did not see coming.

A few of those teams made my list for Halloween weekend. Here is your top college football DFS picks for the Week 9 slate of games.

Sam Hartman, QB, Wake Forest ($9,000)

Dave Clawson has been clicking all the right buttons for Wake Forest. The offense alone has made them become a Top 15 squad. Currently 7-0, the Demon Deacons have been unstoppable thus far in the season.

Clemson and NC State are on the slate still, but the best is yet to come. An ACC title game against Pitt could be looming in December, and many are hopeful to witness a game that may feature 60 points.

Sam Hartman is the signal-caller you want in daily leagues due to his ability to tuck it and run near the end zone. He has already thrown for over 2,000 yards with 23 total touchdowns and three interceptions.

Taking care of the ball is vital, but playing the matchups is what makes fantasy sports enjoyable. Going against Duke this weekend, the offense for Wake Forest should feast and have a happy Halloween.

Duke is No. 118 in the FBS, allowing 277.9 yards per game. The Blue Devil defense is one of the worst in the ACC and beyond.

The Blue Devils are allowing 31.6 points per game. That is T-No. 104th in the country, and there are only three Power Five defenses allowing more points than Duke. What a laughable list.

  • Kansas: No. 127
  • Missouri: No. 123
  • Vanderbilt: No. 120)

Bank on a solid performance of Hartman that should include several touchdowns with 300 yards of offense in a game that will feature over 40 points scored.

Kennedy Brooks, RB, Oklahoma ($8,400)

The top ball-carrier for the Sooner offense has been Kennedy Brooks. Oklahoma has been one of the better offenses in the country when they are clicking on all cylinders, but the musical chairs at quarterback have been challenging for Lincoln Riley.

Brooks has toted the rock 123 times for 767 yards with nine touchdown runs. He has dominated in vital spots that the team has needed him. Brooks handled Texas and looked impressive, but he has run for over 200 yards with three scores since.

The OU starter is not letting up, and he has quietly been the most valuable player on the entire offense. No wide receiver has been consistent in terms of stealing the show. When Spencer Rattler got benched in favor of Caleb Williams, Brooks was the mainstay on the offense.

Oklahoma has plenty of weapons, but their top bruiser has the athletic skills to reach paydirt a few times against Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are No. 73 in the FBS defending the run.

Allowing 151.6 yards per game is pedestrian when understanding the Sooners possess one of the better offensive lines in the country. Fire away with the top option in the Oklahoma backfield. They will be playing with the lead for four quarters and should lean on the run game to chew out the clock.

Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State ($9,100)

Another Big 12 back that can dominate the game is ready to flourish in a position game script matchup. The Cyclones are a hot team in the Big 12, especially after their latest victory over Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys were in the Top 10 and hung in there. However, Iowa State won the battle at the line of scrimmage. Hall was the preseason favorite to win the Doak Walker, which is given to the top back in the country.

The Iowa State back is heating up and has been getting the ball at will against defenses. So many of them are getting tired after each drive. Iowa State lacks an overly explosive offense, so they rely on Hall to dominate. The last two weeks have shown the rest of the conference that he can single-handedly carry the team to the finish line.

  • 51 carries
  • 267 yards rushing
  • Three rushing touchdowns
  • Seven receptions for 72 yards

West Virginia is only No. 95 against the run. This matchup is too good to pass up. The Mountaineers are allowing 125.6 yards per game, and Big 12 backs often leave with exceptional performance.

Feel confident in selecting Hall. There may not be another back touching the ball more on a more capable offense.

A.T. Perry, WR, Wake Forest ($7,500)

This selection is double-dipping on Wake Forest players, and I would roll with Jaquarii Roberson as well. Take every offensive start on the Demon Deacons if you can.

The Duke defense is struggling these days, and they could give up 50-plus points due to their porous defense. Head coach Dave Clawson has been dialing up points for breakfast, lunch, and dinner these days.

The Wake offense has been surging. There may only be a handful of squads at a better spot on offense. An ACC title is well within reach thanks to an array of talent that will be a challenge to limit.

Perry has the size at 6-5 to come down with plenty of jump balls and dominate with Hartman spinning the magic bean.

David Bell, WR, Purdue ($7,100)

I have used Bell before in fantasy leagues/DFS, and he has dominated thus far. He is coming off a disappointing game, but the defense of Wisconsin’s has been impressive in spurts this year.

The top Boilermaker option cooked against the Iowa secondary two weeks ago, but he has bounced back well after a few mediocre performances. The expectations are lofty and expensive, but Bell has hauled in six-plus receptions in every game this season.

The offense of Purdue under Jeff Brohm has been heavily reliant upon the play of Bell. Nebraska has been solid against the pass, but they have failed to go up against stellar passing offense. Purdue can throw the ball at will when they have time to dissect a defense in the pocket.

The Cornhuskers have been reeling and could lose out this season, finishing 3-9. That is a pathetic record, and their program has been in the dumps lately. Bell is a nightmare to prepare for, and he is overdue for a touchdown and a few huge catches in the secondary.

Quentin Johnson, WR, TCU ($7,000)

The Horned Frogs have been one of the biggest disappointments in the Big 12 and beyond this season, but their top option in the passing game has been a pleasant surprise.

Quentin Johnson has hauled in 24 passes for 468 yards thus far in the season, but his five touchdowns have made him a solid play in the Big 12 matchups. We have seen two consecutive 100-plus yard games for the top TCU wideout against Oklahoma and West Virginia.

If TCU wants to get a bowl berth, they will need to outscore teams in the Big 12. Going with the top option on a team that is likely to throw it 40 times is a blessing.

Week 9 College Football Advice

There are several other wideouts to take a look at for your Week 9 lineup. Xavier Hutchinson of Iowa State is coming off an impressive performance over Oklahoma State. He had a touchdown called back and still managed to dominate in a pivotal Big 12 matchup.

Going against West Virginia is a favorable matchup, but there are other players to target. Kenny Pickett at quarterback has Miami on the docket, which will likely continue his torrid pace in the 2021 campaign. Pickett has been performing like a first-rounder, and there is a chance he becomes one of the top scorers for the season in DFS.

Caleb Williams of Oklahoma is a stud due to his running ability and the ability to throw several touchdowns against a questionable Texas Tech squad. The Sooners look like a solid bet to reach the College Football Playoff if their signal-caller performs well.

The one running back I would target is Jerome Ford of Cincinnati. Tulane has been struggling to stop the run. The Bearcats have an offense that has been conservative once they get up two scores.

Be sure to double-check your starting lineups for DFS. Check the latest trends and injury reports, but do whatever it takes to win your leagues. Win some cash, but most be sure to have some fun. For more information outside of DFS leagues, check out more free predictions and picks this season.

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