Top Selections for 2021 College Football DFS – Week 8

By Dan Vasta in Football
| October 21, 2021 10:28 am PDT

The week will surely bring a lot of fun and excitement. Halloween is nearly upon us, which means the season is flying by. Don’t miss out on winning lineups for your DFS leagues and tournaments.

There are a few stellar matchups on paper that will feature the most points of the weekend. Being aware of the games that will feature shootouts and which ones will be defensive slugfests often dictates how successful your lineup will be.

Always check the injury reports to make sure you are not grabbing a player that is questionable to play. Be sure to check back for more college football predictions and picks for the rest of the season.

Here are your top DFS selections for the Week 8 slate of college football.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson, QB, UCLA ($8,100)

The Bruins have a showdown in the Pac-12 against Oregon, and Chip Kelly will put his quarterback in the best position to shine. UCLA needs a victory if they expect to contend in the Pac-12 South after already suffering a loss to Arizona State.

DTR is a dual-threat passer that can run a few touchdowns. Plus, the Ducks defense in yards allowed per game is No. 91 in the FBS (410.3).

Oregon has lost some key pieces in their front seven. UCLA has plenty of talent in their backfield to open up the passing attack.

The Bruins are beginning to thrive in a conference that is a huge question mark. They will only get one from the Pac-12 in the New Year’s Six, but DTR is one of the rare offensive players that can carry a team.

Deuce Vaughn, RB, Kansas State ($7,700)

The Wildcats have a solid offense that is heavily reliant on their star running back. Vaughn may not be the most talented player in the nation, but he certainly is one of the more valuable ones.

He carries the team on his back in all facets of the game. He is the type of player you want on your side to help you past the finish line and into the winning circle. Vaughn has a high floor due to his receiving skills. The Wildcat passing attack isn’t flawless, but he can take them to the postseason with his strong play.

Plus, Texas Tech does not have one of the better defenses in the country. They rank No. 74 in yards allowed per game (386.4) and will be no match for the Wildcats star performer. The health of quarterback Skylar Thompson has also been vital.

Thompson is an added runner on offense, but he has a solid rapport with the running back. The struggles offensively were there when he was out with an injury. The production of Vaughn has been best when the signal-caller has been in charge.

Bank on another stellar performance from the Wildcat back. This matchup will increase his chances of reaching paydirt and making your lineup a winning one for the Week 8 slate.

Blake Corum, RB, Michigan ($7,100)

The Wolverines are clicking on all cylinders thanks to a steady offensive attack. It has relied on its running backs, and that is where Corum comes into play. Take the player that brings the most upside in a game that should feature a potential blowout.

Corum gets used like a satellite, where Michigan wants to get him in open space against slower defenders that cannot tackle him. The Wolverine back is tremendous when he gets the ball in his hands with some steam he picks up if the quarterback can properly lead him.

After a few carries, Corum is due to break loose into the secondary for a huge pickup. He is likely to eclipse 100 yards with a few trips to pay dirt also. Northwestern knocked off Rutgers at home and could play in a bowl again, but anything more than six victories would be a surprise at this point.

Michigan is one of the more complete teams in the country, and they have relied upon their stud backs all season. They won’t need to pass much, but Corum provides that out of the flats when he is in the game on third down and medium to long-range situations.

This Big Ten matchup will be a challenge for Northwestern since they are among the worst run defenses in the country. Only Kansas, TCU, and Missouri have allowed more yards against the run for Power Five programs.

Allowing 205.7 yards per game is abysmal for a defense that was remarkable last season. After losing some linebackers, they also lost their defensive coordinator from last season with a retirement. Michigan should be licking their chops in Ann Arbor.

Jaquarii Roberson, WR, Wake Forest ($6,400)

The Wake Forest passing attack has been tremendous thus far in the season, with Sam Hartman threading the needle. He has developed a rapport with his top target due to hitting the home run ball regularly. ​

Robertson has been the star on the team the past few weeks. We have seen the top Demon Deacon wideout haul in a pass of at least 40-plus yards over the last three games. The importance of this offense has been their ability to throw short percentage throws. That has allowed the offense to stay in all their games. ​

Currently 6-0, Wake could end up winning the ACC. They have a challenging non-conference game at Army, which will allow them to see where they are at on the defensive side of the ball. Army will attempt to play keep away and run the clock out. ​

However, the red zone defense is a weakness for the Black Knights. Robertson has the speed and elusiveness to get by defenders in the secondary. He has had at least 90 yards receiving in all but one game this season. ​

Dave Clawson has been an exceptional offensive coach, and it is crazy to think that this team may rattle off ten victories this year. Many weren’t sure if they were going to appear in the postseason. They have a stud with Robertson. He is No. 35 in the FBS in receiving yards (515).​

Wake Forest could go down on the road here, but Robertson won’t be the reason why. He will likely haul in a few critical passes to keep your fantasy squad in the running for making money.

Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State ($7,200)

The Big Ten has options that could become stars in the NFL, but there may not be another more consistent performer than Mr. Dotson.

The leading Penn State receiver has snagged at least seven catches in his past four ball games. Coming off a bye week and a challenging loss to Iowa, Penn State should be ready. Their stretch run includes games against Ohio State and Michigan.

James Franklin could be coaching in his final season in Happy Valley with other big-name programs becoming available. The Nittany Lions will continue to ride with their big guns. Dotson is a remarkable athlete that should shine against Illinois.

The Fighting Illini are abysmal at defending the pass. Bret Bielema will continue to stay on his soapbox after the losses continue to pile on. Dotson is a future NFL star, and he is going to make highlight-reel a few times in a lopsided victory that could get decided in the first half. ​

He may not see a ton of time in the fourth quarter, but no need to fret. One of the top wideouts in the nation will be posting gaudy numbers. I am looking at eight grabs for over 140 yards and at least one touchdown in this one.

Week 8 College Football DFS Advice

Playing the matchups is pivotal towards success in fantasy football and DFS. Northwestern has had issues all year slowing rushing attacks, and they now take on Michigan. That couldn’t be a worse matchup for the Wildcats.

Illinois has been getting torched through the air against opposing Big Ten passers. Penn State will likely expose them with their bevy of passing attack weapons. Take advantage and lean with the stars on these highly-regarded teams.

There are other matchups where top players will need to perform well, or their team could lose. This week does not have as many closely contested games on paper, but take a look at the point totals.

Ole Miss and LSU have 75.5 points this weekend. Alabama against Tennessee isn’t too far behind. Take advantage of the premier matchups, and that is where you can afford to roll with some sleepers.

Be sure to check the injury reports and double-check your teams. Have a great weekend, enjoy the games, and win some cash with your winning lineups. If you have the craving to win more wagers outside of DFS, be sure to check out more free predictions and picks.

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