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Week 4 Fantasy Picks: Why The Gurus Love Mississippi State

Which players and teams are  hot in college football fantasy?  Here are the consensus Week 4 picks we found.


One quarterback stands out this week – Rakeem Cato of Marshall. Here’s what the experts are saying. “He has been throwing the ball all over the field and that trend should continue this week against a horrific Rice defense.”

Will Harris at ESPN:  (He) draws a Rice defense that has allowed 43 points per outing.

Athlon Sports expects the game to be shootout and likes both Cato and Rice QB Taylor McHargue: “This game has the second-highest Vegas total on the board.”

Running Backs

We found four running backs where consensus opinion exists.

Cody Getz of Air Force: Phil Steele says ”take a shot here with this upperclassman and you will be thanking us on Sunday morning.”  Athlon adds, “don’t get caught sleeping on a guy that has rushed for 348 yards and six touchdowns.”

 Stefphon Jefferson of Nevada:  ”Anyone know who the 2nd leading rusher in all of the FBS is? Stefphon Jefferson would be the answer,” says Phil Steele.  Will Harris adds, “Chris Ault’s team won’t slow down this week on the road versus rebuilding Hawaii.”

LaDarius Perkins of Mississippi State:  ”Look for Perkins to find his way into the end zone on Saturday night and likely add at least 100 total yards,” predicts Kevin Mount at College Football Geek while Athlon mentions “Perkins has had a nice start to the 2012 season, averaging over 100 yards rushing per game and scoring four touchdowns.”

Antonio Andrews of Western Kentucky: “We’re not expecting him to duplicate his 34-125-3 numbers from a week ago, but he should come close,” is the prediction from Athlon.  College Football Geek frames it this way – “There is some risk here, but the ceiling is very high against a weak Southern Miss defense.”

Wide Receivers

Not a consensus pick here but there is a consensus team – North Carolina.  The big reason is the matchup.

Wide Receiver Erik Highsmith: “He scored for the first time last week against Louisville and could build upon that this week versus East Carolina. The Pirates pass defense is atrocious, yielding 310 yards per game,” notes College Football Geek.

Tight End Eric Ebron: “Ebron’s eleven receptions are second-best on the team and his three receiving touchdowns lead the team.”


Both ESPN and College Football Geek like Mississippi State this weekend.  As Will Harris says, the Bulldogs are facing “a visit from punchless South Alabama.”  Two other SEC defenses get attention this week.  Phil Steele like Georgia against Vanderbilt – “you should see Georgia hold Vandy under 300 yds of offense and dominate here.” At ESPN, Will Harris likes Alabama against Florida Atlantic: “Florida Atlantic surprised us last week with a 150-yard first quarter in Athens. We’ll see if the Crimson Tide can deliver the shutout that the Bulldogs could not.”

Team of the Week

Has to be the aforementioned Mississippi State.  In addition to their defense and running back LaDarius Perkins,  Athlon expects wide receiver Chad Bumphis to shine. “Bumphis only has ten receptions on the season, but five of those have been for touchdowns and he is averaging 23 yards per catch.” When fantasy gurus like your running back, wide receiver and defense against a “punchless” team, it’s easy to see why the spread on this game is closing in on five touchdowns.

Honorable Mention: Ole Miss. No consensus picks here but the fantasy gurus are showing some love for the Rebels offense.  Phil Steele likes wide receiver Donte Moncrief. “With a favorable matchup against Tulane this weekend, take a stab at this up-and-coming wideout.” College Football Geeks’s Kevin Mount likes the guy that will throw the ball to Moncrief – quarterback Bo Wallace: “He could be in line for his best fantasy game to date against a Tulane defense that ranks 107th in the nation in total defense.”

Consensus Player To Avoid

Mizzou quarterback James Franklin. Coming off an injury and going on the road to a very good South Carolina defense, fantasy gurus aren’t expecting much from the Missouri quarterback.  As Will Harris notes:” He’ll probably play against South Carolina, but you don’t want to use him against a quality defense in his current state of health,” while Athlon mentions that “the Gamecocks are seventh-best against the run nationally (53.0 ypg) and are only allowing 9.7 points per game.”

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