|Daily Blog • October 3rd|
By Phil Steele
My QB's of the Week:
Kevin Hogan, Stanford • Taylor Kelly, Arizona St • Shane Carden, East Carolina
QB Kevin Hogan (Stanford) – While he hasn’t been asked to run the ball nearly as much as he did a season ago, Kevin Hogan is becoming quite the passer with a 10-3 ratio on the year including a 286 yard, 3 td performance last week vs Wash St. While Washington is improved on the defensive side of the ball, they are on the road for just the 2nd time this season and clearly match up better against finesse offenses, not the smash mouth style that Stanford brings to the table. Look for Hogan to surpass his season-high single game total of 6 rushes while enjoying another solid outing through the air.
QB Taylor Kelly (Arizona St) – Four consecutive games of 300+ pass yards has us giddy on the selection of Taylor Kelly here against Notre Dame. Now in the midst of his 2nd year of the Todd Graham offense, Kelly appears comfortable in every asset of the play-calling and once again proved that a week ago against USC as he threw for 351 yds while rushing for another 79 (3 td passes). The Irish struggled a week ago against dual-threat QB Blake Bell from Oklahoma allowing him to total 291 total yards and 2 td’s. We expect an even bigger game out of Kelly and he gets the call here.
QB Shane Carden (East Carolina) – A favorite on this blog a season ago, Shane Carden returns this week for the Pirates matchup against a Middle Tenn squad that has already given up 480+ yards in 3 games this season. Carden meanwhile has surpassed the 375 yard passing mark twice this year with an 11-4 ratio. Throw in the fact that he rushed for an additional 3 TD’s in last week’s win over UNC and you get a solid choice here.
My RB's of the Week:
Rajion Neal, tennessee • Andre Williams, Boston College • Branden Oliver, Buffalo
RB Rajion Neal (Tennessee) – Rajion Neal is a good selection this week after he more than doubled his rush attempts a week ago vs South Alabama toting the ball 25 times for 169 yds, his 2nd game this year surpassing the century mark. Georgia has played arguably the toughest schedule this season so far and it doesn’t get much easier with their trip to Knoxville, especially with the fact that their defense has allowed 404 ypg thus far. Look for Neal to get some early carries to get the game under the Vols control and potentially reach the 100-yard plateau for the 3rd time this season.
RB Andre Williams (Boston College) – A week after posting just 38 rush yds on 17 carries vs USC, Andre Williams reached the 100 yard mark once again last week against Florida St. Up next is a home meeting with Army who allowed 203 and 228 rush yards to Stanford and Wake Forest. Williams gets his 4th 100-yard rushing game in 5 weeks here!
RB Branden Oliver (Buffalo) – Injuries this season have limited the playmaking ability of Branden Oliver but judging by his 90 yard performance a week ago vs Conn, we believe he’s ready to break out here against an Eastern Michigan squad that has allowed 209 ypg (6.0) on the ground through 4 games. Over the past 2 seasons Oliver has rushed for 2,216 yards so it’s clear that Buffalo’s offense is built around him and he’ll take off here.
My WR's of the Week:
Titus Davis, Central Mich • Antwan Goodley, Baylor • Jeremy Johnson, SMU
WR Titus Davis (Central Mich) – Titus Davis has been the primary target in the CMU passing game TY with 4 games of 5+ receptions and 75+ rec yards. On the docket for the Chips this week is a Miami (OH) squad that has allowed 600+ yards in 3 of their 4 games this season!! Look for Davis to get his share of touches here and possibly surpass his yearly high of 184 yards that he posted week 2 against New Hampshire.
WR Antwan Goodley (Baylor) – While Goodley has just 14 receptions through 3 games, he’s made the most of them averaging 26.4 per catch with 4 td’s (123 ypg). Up next is a WVU squad that was carved up in the air by Oklahoma St for 322 yds. Baylor comes in well rested off a bye and we feel pretty good about the chances of Goodley here.
WR Jeremy Johnson (SMU) – It’s never a bad idea to use a WR in June Jones’ offense. Jeremy Johnson gets the call here. While he isn’t leading the team in receptions this year, he is in yards as he’s been the deep threat all season for the Mustangs with 3 catches of 50+ yards through the first 4 games. Rutgers can be vulnerable in the air as they were torched in the opener by Fresno St for 456 yards and again vs Eastern Mich for 335 yards. We expect Johnson to deliver here in this premium AAC matchup.
My Defenses of the Week:
South Carolina • Virginia Tech • Baylor
South Carolina Defense – While SC has allowed 482 yds on the road TY, they have surrendered just 281 in home games vs UNC and Vandy. This week they host a Kentucky squad that was held to just 7 pts and 173 yards in their loss to Florida while allowing 5 sacks. Look for the Gamecock defense to get at them here led by AA DE Clowney.
Virginia Tech Defense – 361 yards is the most this Va Tech defense has allowed this season and that was in a 3OT victory vs Marshall. If you take away that game, VT has given up just 211 ypg in their other 4 contests while allowing just 16 ppg on the year. UNC’s offense has struggled on the road this year averaging just 15 ppg and 306 ypg making the Hokie defense an easy pick here.
Baylor Defense – In years past Baylor has boasted a dominating offense with a poor defense. That is certainly not the case so far in 2013 as they have allowed just 8 ppg and 297 ypg. Big test this week for the Bears as they host WVU. The Mountaineers offense isn’t as high-powered as in previous seasons however as they have failed to surpass the 400 yard mark in 3 of their 5 games so far this year. We expect that to continue here as Baylor gets the call as one of our surprise defenses for week 6.
A very interesting Week Five is in the books and it is now time to look ahead to the sixth week of the college football season and the “sneaky” plays it has in store for fantasy owners. Here is a look at some guys who might fill in nicely for owners in need of a potential diamond in the rough.
QB Gary Nova, Rutgers (vs. SMU): In Rutgers two non-cupcake games this season, Nova is averaging 347 yards passing and four touchdowns. The Scarlet Knights will likely need to throw the ball often and could find good success against the 113th ranked SMU pass defense. Look for Nova to roll up big numbers against a defensively challenged SMU squad. Expect some fireworks in this AAC contest. Look for Nova to go over the 300-yard mark and toss a few scores against the Mustangs. Nova could make for a nice starting option in BCS only leagues in Week Five.
QB Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois (vs. Nebraska): Scheelhaase has been teasing fantasy owners for what seems like 20 years now and may finally be delivering the goods in his senior season. He has feasted on weaker defenses so far in 2013, averaging 335 yards passing and almost four passing touchdowns per game in those three contests. This week he will be facing the pathetically weak Nebraska defense. The “Black Shirts” have morphed into the “Pink Shirts” right before our eyes and are getting torched on a weekly basis. Look for Scheelhaase to roll up the yardage and scores this week against the Huskers.
RB Byron Marshall & Thomas Tyner, Oregon (vs. Colorado): The stars seem to be aligning for both Marshall and Tyner to have big games against Colorado in Week Six. Super stud DeAnthony Thomas hurt his ankle last week against Cal and his availability for this week is very much in question. Even if Thomas is able to give it a go, there will likely be more than enough carries to go around against the Buffs. It would be very conceivable for both Marshall and Thomas to rush for over 100 yards and score a couple of touchdown a piece. If Tyner is still available on the waiver wire, drop everything to pick him up. He and Marshall both hold huge value in keeper leagues.
RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio State (vs. Northwestern): He’s back! Hyde logged 17 carries against Wisconsin last week and appears to have reclaimed the starting job after being suspended for the first three games of 2013. He could see a steady diet of carries against Northwestern in this Big 10 showdown. Look for this bruiser to approach the 100-yard mark and plow into the end zone at least once on Saturday night. Hyde could be a solid #2 RB option in most leagues this week.
RB Vintavious Cooper, East Carolina (vs. Middle Tennessee State): Cooper in coming off a huge performance against North Carolina last week in which he racked up 256 total yards and snared eight receptions. He is especially valuable in PPR leagues as he is averaging five receptions per game out of the backfield. Look for a heavy dose of Cooper this week against a Middle Tennessee defense that ranks 101st in the country in total defense. Cooper and the ECU offense could light up the scoreboard against the Blue Raiders this week.
WIDE RECEIVERS & TIGHT ENDS
WR Kenny Shaw, Florida State (vs. Maryland): Shaw has been remarkably consistent in 2013. He is averaging 92 yards receiving per game and has scored a touchdown in two of his four games. Shaw is being targeted often by Jameis Winston and has become a steady playmaker for the Seminoles. He could have a really big week against Maryland in what could be a very fantasy friendly contest. Shaw appears to be a viable starting option this week in BCS only leagues.
WR Cody Latimer, Indiana (vs. Penn State): After a shaky start to the season, Latimer appears to have righted the ship and is delivering the way fantasy owners had expected entering 2013. He is averaging 136.5 yards receiving and a score over the past two games and is leading the high-powered Hoosiers passing attack. Expect more of the same this week as Latimer takes on Penn State. While the Nittany Lions have been pretty good at defending the pass this season, it would not be a shock to see Latimer get behind the defense for a deep pass or two. Expect this Hoosier to go over 100 yards receiving for the third straight game in Week Six.
WR Antwan Goodley, Baylor (vs. West Virginia): The Baylor offense is scoring tons of points and Goodley is reaping the rewards. He is averaging 123 yards receiving per game and has four receiving touchdowns in three games. Goodley could see plenty of scoring chances this week against a Mountaineers defense that may not know what hit them. This Bear looks to be a great starting option in most league formats this week. Expect some big plays from Goodley on Saturday night.
South Carolina vs. Kentucky
Cincinnati vs. South Florida
UCF vs. Memphis
Bowling Green vs. UMASS
Ohio vs. Akron
Texas Tech vs. Kansas
Louisville vs. Temple
There you have it everyone, enjoy this week’s action and always remember to have fun playing college fantasy football. Good luck this week!
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|QUARTERBACKS||RUNNING BACKS||WIDE RECEIVERS|
|1||Jordan Lynch||NIU||1||Antonio Andrews||WKU||1||Davante Adams||FRES|
|2||Marcus Mariota||ORE||2||David Fluellen||TOLE||2||Jordan Matthews||VAND|
|3||Derek Carr||FRES||3||Kasey Carrier||NMEX||3||Tommy Shuler||MARS|
|4||Cody Fajardo||NEV||4||Lache Seastrunk||BAY||4||Paul Richardson||COLO|
|5||Teddy Bridgewater||LOUI||5||Mike Davis||SCAR||5||DeVante Parker||LOUI|
|6||Tajh Boyd||CLEM||6||Bishop Sankey||WASH||6||Allen Robinson||PSU|
|7||Braxton Miller||OHST||7||Travis Greene||BG||7||Stefon Diggs||MARY|
|8||Brett Hundley||UCLA||8||Byron Marshall||ORE||8||Justin Hardy||ECAR|
|9||Bryce Petty||BAY||9||Duke Johnson||MIAF||9||Chandler Jones||SJOS|
|10||Shane Carden||ECAR||10||Jeremy Hill||LSU||10||Michael Campanaro||WAKE|
|11||Chuckie Keeton||UTST||11||Marion Grice||AZST||11||Alex Neutz||BUFF|
|12||Rakeem Cato||MARS||12||Zach Zwinak||PSU||12||Ryan Grant||TULN|
|13||J.W. Walsh||OKST||13||Andre Williams||BC||13||Alex Amidon||BC|
|14||David Fales||SJOS||14||Storm Johnson||UCF||14||Sammy Watkins||CLEM|
|15||Jameis Winston||FSU||15||Jahwan Edwards||BALL||15||Jarvis Landry||LSU|
|16||Travis Wilson||UTAH||16||Kenneth Dixon||LTEC||16||Willie Snead||BALL|
|17||Blake Bell||OKLA||17||Darrin Reaves||UAB||17||Tevin Reese||BAY|
|18||Devin Gardner||MICH||18||Jordon James||UCLA||18||Antwan Goodley||BAY|
|19||Taylor Kelly||AZST||19||Tyler Gaffney||STAN||19||Gabriel Marks||WAZZ|
|20||Blake Bortles||UCF||20||Tre Mason||AUB||20||Josh Harper||FRES|
|21||Terrance Broadway||LALA||21||Branden Oliver||BUFF||21||Jaelen Strong||AZST|
|22||James Franklin||MIZZ||22||Carlos Hyde||OHST||22||Dorial Green-Beckham||MIZZ|
|23||Tyler Tettleton||OHIO||23||Matt Jones||FLOR||23||Isaiah Burse||FRES|
|24||Baker Mayfield||TTCH||24||Charles Sims||WVU||24||Darius Joseph||SMU|
|25||Logan Thomas||VTEC||25||Keith Marshall||GEOR||25||Titus Davis||CMIC|
|26||Aaron Murray||GEOR||26||Jeff Scott||MISS||26||Devin Smith||OHST|
|27||Jared Goff||CAL||27||Dri Archer||KENS||27||Bernard Reedy||TOLE|
|28||Keenan Reynolds||NAVY||28||Johnathan Gray||TEX||28||Corey Brown||OHST|
|29||Zach Mettenberger||LSU||29||Trayion Durham||KENS||29||Josh Stewart||OKST|
|30||A.J. McCarron||ALAB||30||Trey Watts||TULS||30||Jamill Smith||BALL|
|31||Connor Halliday||WAZZ||31||Ameer Abdullah||NEB||31||Jamal Robinson||LALA|
|32||Keith Wenning||BALL||32||Trey Edmunds||VTEC||32||Odell Beckham Jr||LSU|
|33||Tyler Murphy||FLOR||33||Vintavious Cooper||ECAR||33||Bryce Treggs||CAL|
|34||Ross Metheny||SALB||34||Jonathan Williams||ARK||34||Quinshad Davis||UNC|
|35||Taysom Hill||BYU||35||Thomas Tyner||ORE||35||Josh Huff||ORE|
|36||Kain Colter||NW||36||Mark Weisman||IOWA||36||DaVaris Daniels||ND|
|37||Bo Wallace||MISS||37||Jeremy Smith||OKST||37||Tony Jones||NW|
|38||C.J. Brown||MARY||38||Alex Collins||ARK||38||Eric Ward||TTCH|
|39||Keith Price||WASH||39||Orleans Darkwa||TULN||39||Bryan Underwood||NCST|
|40||Taylor Martinez||NEB||40||Charles Ross||RICE||40||Chris Harper||CAL|
|41||Nathan Scheelhaase||ILLI||41||Fitzgerald Toussaint||MICH||41||Sterling Shepard||OKLA|
|42||Garrett Gilbert||SMU||42||Rajion Neal||TENN||42||Jeremy Johnson||SMU|
|43||Chad Chalich||IDAH||43||Venric Mark||NW||43||Brandon Coleman||RUTG|
|44||Trevor Siemian||NW||44||Tevin Coleman||IND||44||Amari Cooper||ALAB|
|45||Corey Robinson||TROY||45||Todd Gurley||GEOR||45||Ty Montgomery||STAN|
|46||Christian Hackenberg||PSU||46||T.J. Yeldon||ALAB||46||Colin Lockett||SDST|
|47||Terrance Owens||TOLE||47||Donnel Pumphrey||SDST||47||Alonzo Russell||TOLE|
|48||Taylor McHargue||RICE||48||Saylor Lavallii||CMIC||48||Cody Hoffman||BYU|
|49||Nate Sudfeld||IND||49||James Sims||KAN||49||Albert Wilson||GEOS|
|50||Clint Trickett||WVU||50||Kevin Parks||VIRG||50||Bruce Ellington||SCAR|
|1||Jace Amaro||TTCH||1||Roberto Aguayo||FSU||1||Alabama Crimson Tide|
|2||Austin Seferian-Jenkins||WASH||2||Chandler Catanzaro||CLEM||2||LSU Tigers|
|3||Gator Hoskins||MARS||3||Colby Delahoussay||LSU||3||Louisville Cardinals|
|4||Gerald Christian||LOUI||4||Vincenzo D'Amato||CAL||4||Oregon Ducks|
|5||Evan Engram||MISS||5||John Wallace||LOUI||5||Virginia Tech Hokies|
|6||Eric Ebron||UNC||6||Jordan Williamson||STAN||6||Florida State Seminoles|
|7||Christopher Coyle||AZST||7||Mathew Sims||NIU||7||Clemson Tigers|
|8||Troy Niklas||ND||8||Ryan Bustin||TTCH||8||South Carolina Gamecocks|
|9||Jordan Leggett||CLEM||9||Carey Spear||VAND||9||Bowling Green Falcons|
|10||Kolby Arendse||NEV||10||Marshall Morgan||GEOR||10||UCF Knights|
|11||Ted Bolser||IND||11||Ka'imi Fairbairn||UCLA||11||Florida Gators|
|12||Hunter Henry||ARK||12||Sam Ficken||PSU||12||Georgia Bulldogs|
|13||A.C. Leonard||FLOR||13||Brendan Gibbons||MICH||13||Michigan State Spartans|
|14||Clive Walford||MIAF||14||Mitch Ewald||IND||14||Texas Longhorns|
|15||Tyreese Russell||EMIC||15||Michael Hunnicutt||OKLA||15||Miami Hurricanes|
|16||Alex Bayer||BG||16||Jeremiah Detmer||TOLE||16||Northern Illinois Huskies|
|17||Jake McGee||VIRG||17||Mike Meyer||IOWA||17||Michigan Wolverines|
|18||Devin Funchess||MICH||18||Nate Freese||BC||18||Iowa Hawkeyes|
|19||Steve Marck||MIAO||19||Austin Lopez||SJOS||19||Texas Tech Red Raiders|
|20||Dan Vitale||NW||20||Justin Haig||MARS||20||Oklahoma Sooners|
Scoring System Used for CFG Rankings:
4 points per passing touchdown
6 points per rushing/receiving touchdown
25 passing yards = 1 point
10 rushing/receiving yard = 1 point
1 interception = -2 points
1 reception = 0.5 points
Phil Steele is a college football analyst who has been publishing his annual College Football Preview since 1995. His magazine is regarded as one of the best in the business.