DFS College Football: Lineup Construction
by Chris Kay and Chris Pacheco
Understanding lineup construction is essential when beginning a new sport and I firmly believe it’s the first thing to know when playing DFS college football. In most sports there are multiple strategies to constructing your lineup. While college football certainly has its nuances, the keys are to focus on upside and your scoring rules.
If you’ve come this far, it’s probably because you’re a DFS NFL player trying to learn a new sport. Welcome to what I consider the most wild and entertaining sport that you can play on FanDuel and DraftKings. This is because of the high amount of scoring, the 128 FBS teams, and the wild offensive systems.
In the NFL this past season, the highest scoring offense was the Green Bay Packers and their 30.4 points per game. Quite an impressive number if you ask me, but not as impressive as college football’s team scoring leader, the Baylor Bears at 48.2 points. In fact, 30.4 points per game would rank the Packers just 56th in the NCAA. The best rushing team in the NFL in 2014 was the Seattle Seahawks, as they rushed for 172.6 yards per game. In the NCAA, the leader was Georgia Southern and their 380 rushing yards per game. The best passing team in the NFL was the Colts with 306 passing yards per contest. In the NCAA, the leader was Washington State (477), a team that averaged 103 passing yards more than the second best team in the NCAA.
I’m sure you get the point by now, but it’s important I stress to you the difference between the NFL and college football. Scoring is high and the offenses are wacky. While there are option attacks, air raids and many more unique offenses in the NCAA, it all comes down to what scores points. This point translates directly to CFB DFS in that to win big, you must find the guys who put the ball in the end zone.