Weekly College Football Preview Part 1: Where to Play

Growing up in Chicago I can honestly say college football was never much a priority of mine. It wasn’t until I went to college in Ohio and got my first sports talk radio job in Alabama before I became a huge fan of the college game. Now I like to think of myself as a certified college football geek, whose favorite day is when the Phil Steele College Preview Magazine hits stores, and the yokels on the Paul Finebaum radio show start calling in and talking trash about their respective teams. Unlike most people, I don’t have a team for whom I root passionately for (unless you count the Ohio Bobcats from the Mid American Conference), so for me Saturday is all about watching my fantasy teams.

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In 2011, Daily Fantasy College Football hit the scene and that was basically the equivalent of a pot head going to their first Phish concert….complete and utter bliss. It was great to be able to use some of this knowledge and make some money in the process. College football is interesting because unlike baseball, basketball, and NFL football, there have never been many people who partake in season long leagues. Reasons for it are relatively obvious with highly unbalanced schedules, a constant influx of new players every season, and the fact there are a limited number of places online to even host such a league. Luckily, many of those factors that make season long college football not particularly fun to play make weekly games an absolute blast. Nobody really wants to have to draft the running back from Marshall and follow Thundering Herd football for an entire season. But for one Saturday….not a big deal.

There are few things that make Daily Fantasy College Football a great game, but in my eyes it is one of the few daily games where people who follow it very close are at a HUGE advantage. In the NFL, one can pretty much find relevant weekly fantasy information on ESPN, Yahoo and every fantasy site under the sun. For college football, there are a limited number of fantasy resources and people who put in the time to research are going to be at a huge advantage over most of their competition.

If you have not given Daily College Football a shot yet, I can honestly say that kicking back on a Saturday and watching your games unfold is a great way to spend the day. Surprisingly, there are still only a limited number of sites that carry college football and they all have their merits. Here is a quick rundown of the set ups at each respective sites.

Daily Joust Scoring System

Roster: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, K, DST
Offensive statistics (QB/RB/WR/TE):

Passing TD = 4 pts
Every 25 passing yards = 1 pt
Interception thrown = -2 pts
Rushing TD = 6 pts
Every 10 rushing yards = 1 pt
Receiving TD = 6 pts
Every 10 receiving yards = 1 pt
Receptions=.25 (New for 2012)
Return TD = 6 pts
Offensive Fumble TD = 6 pts
2 pt conversion pass, run, or conversion = 2 pts
Fumble lost = -2 pts

Positives

- Ability to customize games by Conference, Time (Day/Night), and (or) Salary Cap

- Top Notch Live Scoring

- Quality Player Chat

- “Solo” game action

Negatives

- Using Kicker as a roster spot

- Some players missing from player pool as year went on

- Not hiding roster from opponents until that player has started playing

Scoring Bias

Joust has a pretty balanced scoring system, but if there is a bias it is with the dual threat QB. The extra two points for a rushing TD certainly makes QB’s with the ability to run it in the endzone a nice play most weeks. The team defense can really make a difference in the outcome, so don’t just pick the cheapest defense every week.

Draftstreet

Roster: QB, QB, WR, WR, RB, RB, RB, TE, Flex, Flex
Scoring System:
Passing TD = 6 pts
Passing Yard = .04 pts
Rushing TD = 6 pts
Rushing Yard = .1 pts
Receiving Yard = .1 pts
Receiving TD = 6 pts
Reception = 1 pt
2pt = 2 pts
INT = -1 pt
Fumble Lost = -1 pt

Positives

- No Kicker Position

- Multiple Buy-In Level GPP’s

- Hidden rosters until player game starts

- Limited overlap with salary calculation and utility spots

Negatives

- No Team Defense

- No league or salary cap customization

- Limited player pool

Scoring Bias

Draftstreet definitely has a bias with WR getting a full point for a reception. The offenses that like to spread it out and throw it 50-60 times are definitely the ones to target on Saturdays.

Profanity Sports

Roster: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, TE, Flex Flex DST K
Scoring System:
Passing TD = 5 pts
Passing Yard = .05 pts
Rushing TD = 7 pts
Rushing Yard = .1 pts
Receiving Yard = .1 pts
Receiving TD = 7 pts
Reception = .5 pts
2pt = 2 pts
INT = -1.5 pts
Fumble Lost = -1 pt
Bonus TD: Passing, Rushing, Receiving
25-44= 1 pts
45-64= 2 pts
65+= 3pts

Positives

- Expanded Rosters

- Huge player pool

- Fun Scoring System

- Hidden rosters until player game starts

Negatives

- Too many conferences

- Questionable player pricing

- Kicker as roster spot

Scoring Bias

Profanity has a fun scoring system with a bonus feature on TD’s depending on the length of the scoring play. These can add upwards of 3 points per player for every score, so taking a QB/WR combo that likes to take shots down the field can yield huge benefits for you.

About the Author

  • Dan Back (db730)

  • One of the most respected and preeminent voices in all of daily fantasy, Dan Back (db730) is the host of numerous RotoGrinders shows, including the RotoGrinders Daily Fantasy Fix podcast and GrindersLive shows. As RotoGrinders’ Media Director, Dan can also be found on SiriusXM radio and has received numerous accolades in the industry for his work, including winning the 2014 FSWA award for “Best Podcast”. He has over a decade of fantasy sports experience and is consistently one of the top-ranked Grinders. Dan is a multiple-time live finalist who routinely ranks near the top of the RotoGrinders standings in all major sports.

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Comments

  • bowens1984

    • 2014 StarStreet MLB Playboy Mansion Finalist

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    You HATE kickers

  • rotokevin

    2014 RG Bowling Co-Champion, CPA & DFS Tax Guru

    • 2014 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Kickers are people, too, Dan. Well, kinda.

  • db730

    RotoGrinders Media Director

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    • 2016 DraftKings FBBWC Finalist

    Affirmative. I hate kickers with a passion for fantasy sports. Totally impossible to predict and who would rather select a kicker over flex position?

  • bobbybaby

    hey whabout ff cfb pls give a slant

  • db730

    RotoGrinders Media Director

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    • 2016 DraftKings FFWC Finalist

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    Just heard from Fantasy Feud today and it sounds like that they will be carrying CFB. Likely won’t be ready until week two (so they can test everything out week 1….which makes perfect sense), but from what I’m hearing it will pretty solid. NO KICKERS!

    Assuming they use their NFL scoring, everything looks pretty standard. I am hearing they may have 3 QB spots which will be a fun little difference from the other games out there.

  • agendaman

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    very thorough DB nice

  • agendaman

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    statistical fact around 30 percent of nfl. games are decided by 3 pts. or less dont have to like kickers just cash w/them

  • Cameron

    RG Co-Founder

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    • 2016 RG Season Long Champion: NFL

    ^ that’s a new record for least backslashes in an agendaman post :)

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