Top Sleepers for 2021 College Football DFS – Week 8

By Dan Vasta in College Football
| October 21, 2021 1:32 pm PDT

The college football season is past the halfway point as there are only seven weeks left before the postseason will be approaching.

The trends and ability to pick up sleepers are a gift when selecting your DFS lineup. Deciding which studs will go off isn’t a challenge. Finding the perfect sleepers is where skill and luck are often involved.

There are backups on premier teams that have continued to thrive in the second half of lopsided games. The Power Five has had a bevy of running backs picking up garbage time scoring.

Here are your top DFS sleepers for the college football slate in Week 8.

Tanner Morgan, QB, Minnesota ($5,500)

The Golden Gophers have been a challenging team to figure out. After losing to Bowling Green and knocking off Purdue and Nebraska, what will happen next?

They should start to toss the pigskin around a bit more. Minnesota prefers to keep the ball on the ground behind their massive offensive line.

Morgan has not yet attempted 25-plus passes in a game this season, but that likely will change against Maryland. The game could feature plenty of points and has a total of 55. Morgan has been able to connect with Chris Autman-Bell these days.

CAB hauled in 11 for 103 yards and a score against Nebraska and found a way to reach paydirt against Purdue. Morgan will throw a bunch when their defense gives up some yards and points to Maryland.

Morgan was an outstanding passer in 2019 when he had Rashod Bateman and Tyler Johnson. That squad was remarkable and even flirted in the Top 10 before suffering some losses late in the season. They knocked off a talented Auburn squad in the Outback Bowl thanks to Morgan’s stellar production.

He is a solid pocket passer that is remarkable when he takes care of the ball. Going against the No. 104 pass defense of Maryland should be a tasty matchup. They are No. 88 in points allowed per game (29.0).

MD-MIN is a matchup most Big Ten passers drool over, so feel free to take a shot at a quarterback that is overdue to post a three-plus touchdown performance.

Keyvone Lee, RB, Penn State ($3,300)

Fire up a few Nittany Lions for this favorable matchup against the worst team in the Big Ten these days. Illinois has issues defending the pass, and they can’t stop the run well, either.

The Illini are No. 87 against the run, allowing 163.1 yards per game. That is second to last in the Big Ten, and the Nittany Lions will be looking to get their confidence back after their recent loss to Iowa.

Coming off a bye, Penn State will need to step on the accelerator before Ohio State and Michigan arrive on the schedule.

Lee was the lead back against Iowa, and the Nittany Lions should be looking to punish the Illini on the ground. PSU needs to be more balanced of an offensive attack if they expect to win the Big Ten and compete for a spot in the CFP.

PSU has failed to post a 100-yard rushing game from any player this season, and Lee has been splitting the work with Noah Cain.

Cain has been a disappointment thus far, and the bruising ball-carrier in the backfield has been Lee. Fire him up and expect close to 100 yards and a touchdown, which brings great value for such a low price.

Israel Abanikanda, RB, Pittsburgh ($5,800)

The Clemson Tigers are an underdog for the first time in an ACC game since 2016, a season in which they won the national championship. Louisville and Lamar Jackson were the favorites at Clemson, a game in which the Tigers ended up winning in a classic.

Lamar won the Heisman, and Pitt would be the only team to knock off Clemson that season. Plenty has changed since, but the Panthers all of a sudden are the team to beat in the ACC.

Their high-octane offense has been a balanced attack thanks to quarterback Kenny Pickett. The pocket passer has been one of the best in the game, but Abanikanda will feast with short fields against Clemson. The Tiger offense has been abysmal, and Pitt has been the best thus far.

The ground and pound rushing attack should tire the Clemson defense for the fourth quarter. That is where this Panther bruiser should find daylight and reservations for six.

The price isn’t a deep sleeper caliber of a performer, but Vincent Davis has not been getting many touches as of late. Davis is more of the change of pace back that will occasionally see third and longs.

Have confidence in Abanikanda toting the rock 15-plus times with close to 100 yards and a score in a vital ACC win for Pitt.

Charlie Kolar, WR, Iowa State ($4,400)

It is time to fire up the preseason All-American tight end that is fully capable of hauling in a touchdown against an exceptional Oklahoma State defense.

The Big 12 does not feature many low-scoring affairs, but this should have 50-plus points scored. Kolar has the size to reach the end zone in a pivotal Big 12 showdown.

The Cowboys have their eyes set on a Big 12 title trip, but the Cyclones have plenty of heavyweight battles ahead of them to stay in the hunt. Quarterback Brock Purdy has favored his tight end on third downs, especially when near the goal-line.

The Cyclones will need to score at least 25 points to feel comfortable winning this weekend’s clash over Oklahoma State. Feel free to fire up Kolar by taking advantage of tremendous value for a cog in the Clones passing attack.

Greg Dulcich, WR, UCLA ($4,800)

When in doubt, continue to take more tight ends on solid offenses this weekend. This storyline is one to watch out for, but the Bruins and Ducks are ready for this Pac-12 showdown.

Greg Dulcich leads the team in receiving yards, which is unheard of for most FBS squads to have a tight end leading the way. The Bruin junior has hauled in 21 passes for 374 yards and three scores thus far.

Keep in mind that the Oregon defense has not been nearly as good as they once were. They are currently No. 110 against the pass while allowing 270.5 yards per game on the season.

Oregon has not been healthy, and the amount of linebackers they have lost has been costly. Justin Flowe was one of their best players on the roster, and he is out for the season (leg).

UCLA needs this game badly if they want to challenge for the Pac-12 South crown. Another loss in the conference would eliminate them from getting to a solid bowl game as well.

Dulcich is a stud pass-catcher and has been the guy. Being the favorite target for Dorian Thompson-Robinson has made him valuable on this roster, especially in clutch situations. For a solid complementary role player at a salary under $5,000, this is good value.

Henry Parrish, RB, Ole Miss ($5,700)

The Rebels can run the ball as well as any team in the country these days. There is a solid matchup against LSU’s defense.

The Bayou Bengals are coming off a win over Florida, but they have not been consistent. Matt Corral may run less after being roughed up against Tennessee. The trio of backs allows Ole Miss to stay healthy at the line of scrimmage, but Parrish has flashed the most lately.

While you have to pay up a little bit, there is solid sleeper value for a performer that can have multiple carries on the goal-line. The yards could be there in the passing game, and he is worthy of a Week 8 selection.

Week 8 College Football DFS Advice

The entertainment value has been remarkable in the college football season thus far. We are getting consistent production from backups in the season from the top-ranked squads that will likely be playing on New Year’s Day.

Georgia has used up to four different running backs, and Ohio State has had a bevy of playmakers reaching paydirt thus far in the season.

Premier programs like Alabama, Oklahoma, Cincinnati, Penn State, and Michigan have had their stars shine, but the backups could be studs on lower-tier teams.

Finding the perfect sleepers is often a challenge, but aiming towards players that can earn increased opportunities is often the game plan. If you have the craving to win more wagers outside of DFS, be sure to check out more free predictions and picks. Make winning selections and have the best of luck finding sleepers for your Week 8 lineups.

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