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Five For 5: Trendy & Surprising Week 6 College Fantasy Picks

Which players are surprisingly trendy  in college football fantasy?  Here are five  Week 6 picks we found.

Quarterbacks

Two quarterbacks expected to put up great numbers this weekend are David Ash of Texas vs. West Virginia and Terrance Broadway of Louisiana vs. Tulane

1. David Ash: “Ash should have no problem reaching the 300 yd plateau for a 3rd consecutive contest,” says Phil Steele.  ”The West Virginia defense is in shambles and is likely to stay that way,” adds Will Harris at ESPN.

2. Terrance Broadway: Athlon Sports says his ” confidence should continue to grow as he faces a Tulane defense allowing 42.8 points per game.” Phil Steele agrees: “If our projections are right, Broadway will be a big addition to many fantasy teams in the next few weeks.”

Running Backs

3. Trayion Durham of Kent State vs. Eastern Michigan is the consensus pick here with Athlon liking both Durham and teammate Dri Archer.  ”Expect another 2-3 scores this week against an Eastern Michigan defense that gives up 36.3 points per game.” Kevin Mount at College Football Geek focuses just on Durham. “He is a load to bring down and has surprisingly good speed for such a big back.”

Defenses

4. Rutgers vs. Connecticut is the pick here with with Will Harris liking the Scarlet Knights chances against a Huskies offense that “hasn’t been able to move the ball consistently all season, even against weaker defenses.” Phil Steele adds that “our projections have Rutgers potentially keeping the Huskies from reaching double digits here in an expected low scoring affair.” (Total on that game is 40 points.)

Passing Combination

5. The Marshall duo of quarterback Rakeem Cato and wide receiver Tommy Shuler vs. Tulsa. ESPN’s Will Harris like Cato. “Tulsa’s defense is one of the league’s best, but is gassed after two tight games versus Fresno State and UAB.” Kevin Mount at College Football Geek isn’t nearly as impressed with Tulsa’s defense and likes Shuler’s chances- coming off a 19-catch performance against Purdue. “The Tulsa defense is soft like butter and will probably struggle to slow down the Marshall passing game.”

Extra – Fantasy Disagreement Of The Week

This one will have interest in SEC country with fantasy gurus divided on the Vanderbilt-Missouri game. Phil Steele likes the Missouri defense. “We project the Tigers defense to hold the Commodores to just 15 pts and 304 total yards.”  Athlon disagrees, saying to bench Missouri quarterback James Franklin - “you can’t convince us that Franklin is the same quarterback since his shoulder injury” – and to start Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy – “we’re expecting the Vandy offense to rely heavily on its senior tailback this week…”

A few other SEC fantasy notes. Athlon recommends benching Florida running back Mike Gillislee against LSU noting that the Tigers defense is only giving up 85 yards a game on the ground. College Football Geek recommends Mississippi State’s defense against Kentucky.

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UF Releases Depth Chart… But Two-Headed Monster At QB Remains

There’s an old adage in football and I happen to be a big believer in it:

 

“Show me a team with two good quarterbacks and I’ll show you a team without a great quarterback.” 

 

For the sake of Florida’s fans, I hope that’s not the case in Gainesville this season.  But it sure seems to be.

Today, Will Muschamp unveiled his depth chart heading into Saturday’s opener with Bowling Green.  The quarterbacks, however, were listed with a great big “OR” between their names.  Oh, sure, there’s an element of gamesmanship involved in this.  But make no mistake, Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett have been splitting reps from spring onward.  Even with Driskel suffering a bruised scapula, Brissett was apparently not able to grab the starting job and run with it.

And these aren’t drastically different types of quarterback.  This isn’t a change-of-pace kind of deal.  Show me a Leak/Tebow or Greene/Shockley dynamic and I’ll buy forget about that old adage above.  But Florida’s QBs are similar.  One’s 6-6, 237.  The other is 6-6, 229.

In 2012, Driskel was 16-of-34 for 148 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.  He had 16 rushes for 18 yards.  Brissett was 18-of-39 for 206 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.  He had 13 rushes for seven yards.

Sim-i-lar.

Perhaps one or the other will prove himself be a gamer come Saturday.  For now, though, it appears that Florida will have to lean pretty heavily on Mike Gillislee and the new Gator ground game in 2012.

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SEC Headlines – 4/3/12 Part Two

1.  Mike Gillislee is ready to be the running back at Florida this year.

2.  Recently arrested and charged tight end AC Leonard is back at practice with UF, but Will Muschamp isn’t sure about his spring game status.

3.  Georgia O-line coach Will Friend says his unit has be more physical.

4.  South Carolina has found a top receiver, but what about a backup quarterback?

5.  Derek Dooley said his Tennessee team had the “Monday morning blues” yesterday.

6.  Vanderbilt is looking for more help at the receiver position.

7.  As we suggested this morning, it seems a lot of Missouri faithful enjoyed Kentucky’s win over Kansas last night.

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Gillislee And Moody Healthy Again

Heading into last week’s Georgia game, it was believed late in the week that Florida’s running back corps was healthy and ready to go.  When gametime came ’round, however, Mike Gillislee and Emmanuel Moody weren’t on the field.

For that reason, you might want to take the following news with a grain of salt: Urban Meyer says that both Gillislee and Moody will be ready for action Saturday at Vanderbilt.

“Both are 100% for the first time in quite a while.  They had a really good practice (yesterday).”

Jeff Demps will also play — though he still has pain in his sprained left foot — as will running back/receiver Chris Rainey who returned to the team from suspension last week.

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UF’s Rainey Will Definitely Play Vs Georgia

The t’s have been crossed and the i’s have been dotted.  The p’s and q’s have been minded as well.

Urban Meyer announced yesterday that Chris Rainey — suspended for five games after being arrested for aggravated stalking — will be back in the Florida line-up tomorrow against Georgia.

“Chris is going to play.  He had a good week,” Meyer said.

Rainey split practice time this week between receiver and running back.  Fellow runnings Jeff Demps and Mike Gillislee are back from injury.  Gillislee is 100%.  Demps is “the best he’s been in five weeks.”

Anybody else get the feeling Captain Meyer is about to right his ship tomorrow?

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