QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
Matchup: vs. Portland State
Herbert was just a few tenths of a point shy of dropping a 40 piece on DraftKings last week. The Oregon quarterback threw for 281 yards and five touchdowns in a plus matchup against Bowling Green. He also scored some fantasy points with his legs by rushing for 41 yards and a touchdown. Herbert gets an even better matchup this week against Portland State, so I am going to pay the $9,900 price tag which is not exactly cheap.
Mario Cristobal took over as head coach for the Ducks as Willie Taggart departed for Florida State. Herbert may have a new head coach, but the team essentially is running the same offense as Cristobal was the offensive coordinator for the Ducks last season. Herbert not only has a chance to be the No. 1 quarterback selected in the 2019 NFL draft, but it looks like he is going to be one of the top fantasy producers this season as well. Prior to the season, SB Nation's Ian Boyd broke down Cristobal's offense, and how it takes advantage of Herbert's athleticism.
The Ducks will probably expand their arsenal of play-action schemes and dropback route combos for 2018, but it’s also likely that RPOs from the pistol will comprise a fair chunk of Herbert’s passing attempts. The pistol makes the RPO life a bit easier, because the QB can make a read and pull the ball to throw before the mesh point with the RB, instead of having to master the art of pulling the ball from the RB’s belly before delivering a quick throw to the perimeter. The pistol makes the footwork on option plays trickier but it’s a fair guess that Oregon isn’t terribly interested in running Herbert often.
From a fantasy perspective, we can expect more rushing yards from Herbert as we saw last week. If you are looking for a few more options at quarterback for the main slate of CFB DraftKings games for Week 2, here are a few more names to consider. After Nebraska's initial opener was canceled, Adrian Martinez will make his debut in Scott Frost's offense against Colorado. Martinez is the kind of quarterback we prefer in college fantasy thanks to his mobility.
Alabama takes on Arkansas State making Tua Tagovailoa a good play at $8,700. Bama's receivers are as good as we have seen, and Tagovailoa can also make plays with his legs. Shea Patterson had about as dreadful of a Michigan debut as possible but faces a Western Michigan defense ranked 207th on DraftKings. If you are willing to take the risk, it could be a nice "get right" spot for Patterson.