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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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5 For Week 5: Trendy And Surprising Fantasy Picks

Which players are surprisingly trendy  in college football fantasy?  Here are 5 Week 5 picks we found.

Quarterbacks

1. We found one standout quarterback that more than one fantasy guru is talking about – Fresno State’s Derek Carr who’s up against San Diego State.

Kevin Mount of College Football Geeks: “Look for Carr to find plenty of open throwing lanes and toss two or three touchdown passes against the Aztecs.”

Phil Steele: “Carr and the highly productive FSU offense now face a San Diego St pass defense that has allowed 434 pass yds to FCS foe North Dakota and 290 to San Jose St. Bank on Carr delivering a solid showing here!”

Running Backs

Two backs caught the eyes of multiple gurus – Lyle McCombs of Connecticut vs Buffalo and Mark Weisman of Iowa facing Minnesota.

2. Weisman: Athlon Sports says “fellow running back Damon Bullock will most likely miss this week’s game against the Gophers, so expect the bruising sophomore to carry the ball another 20-25 times,” while College Football Geek adds that “he appears to be the last man standing in the Iowa backfield and will likely see a ton of carries for the foreseeable future.”

3. McCombs: “You can almost bank on McCombs to reach the 100 yard plateau here,” notes Phil Steele and College Football Geek concurs: “A game of 100 yards rushing and a score seem like the floor for McCombs this week.”

Wide Receivers

Two consensus picks here – a player and a team. Texas A&M’s Mike Evans (playing Arkansas) is the player.  Oregon State is the team (facing Arizona)

4. Evans: Kevin Mount says “Evans could easily top the 100-yard mark this week and also find the end zone for the first time in 2012,” while Athlon’s Joe DiSalvo adds “we’re expecting the 6-5 freshman to have one of his biggest games of the season against an Arkansas defense giving up over 312 passing yards per game.”

5. Oregon State receivers Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks.  Phil Steele likes Wheaton: “Wheaton is a solid option in both short and long passes as well as a dangerous weapon on the always productive fly sweep.”  College Football Geeks Kevin Mount prefers Cooks: “The Oregon State passing game could really exploit an Arizona defense that comes in ranked 87th in the country against the pass.” Take your pick.

Of course, if both Oregon State receivers have big games- it makes sense for quarterback Sean Mannion to have one as well.

Finally, a few comments of note on SEC players:

Phil Steele likes Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel noting that the Arkansas pass defense has averaged giving up 312 yards a game.

Athlon likes Georgia running back Todd Gurley facing Tennessee’s defense.

Conversely, Will Harris at ESPN is not optimistic about Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray going up against the Bulldogs, saying “he needs to sit this week on the road against a very tough Georgia defense…”

 

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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.

Quarterbacks

One quarterback stands out this week – Rakeem Cato of Marshall. Here’s what the experts are saying.

Collegefootballgeek.com: “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.”

Defenses

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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Trending Now – College Football Fantasy Week 3

Looking for some last minutes strategy for your college football fantasy team?  We scoured the Internet to find some consensus picks.  Here’s what we found.

Quarterbacks

Four standouts here – UCLA’s Brett Hundley, TCU’s Casey Pachall, Ryan Nassib of Syracuse and Colby Cameron of Louisiana Tech

Hundley: “He could post another huge stat line against a lousy Houston defense that ranks 93rd in the country versus the pass,” says CollegeFootballGeek.com.  Meanwhile Athlon Sports says, “The dual-threat freshman quarterback should be a must-start in what figures to be a fantasy-rich contest between the Bruins and Cougars.”

Pachall: “Look for Pachall to throw at least two scores on Saturday and a mess of yards,” predicts CollegeFootball Geek.   ”He should get a lot more playing time this week on the road at Kansas…” notes Athlon

Nassib: Athlon says, “This week, the competition gets much easier when Stony Brook comes into the Carrier Dome.” While CollegeFootballGeek says, “look for Nassib to go over 300 yards passing once again in Week Three.”

Cameron: He “was 34 of 52 for 353 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s track meet at Houston,” says Athlon. ”Next on the docket is a Rice defense that was torched for 646 yds in their season opener against UCLA,” says Phil Steele.  

Running Backs

Only one running back that all three of these sites like for Week 3 – Northwestern’s Venric Mark. 

Phil Steele: “Venric Mark has been a flat out beast the first 2 weeks of the season for the 2-0 Wildcats.”

CollegeFootballGeek:  ”He has been a pleasant surprise to fantasy owners and could continue to shine against an average BC defense.”

Athlon: “Mark has become a must-start in deeper leagues.”

Wide Receivers

Phil Steele and CollegeFootballGeek like Western Michigan’s Jaime Wilson and Penn State’s Allen Robinson.

Steele on Wilson: “On the year Wilson has already pulled in 19 catches thru 2 games and now they face a Minnesota squad that may be a bit overconfident…”

CFG on Wilson: “Neither team plays much defense so this match up with Minnesota could turn into an old fashioned shoot-out.”

Steele on Robinson: “Robinson has already recorded 19 receptions and 186 yds and could find himself in a situation to shine again this weekend against a Navy D that was torched in their opener against Notre Dame.”

CFG on Robinson: “The days of being a running team appear over for the Nittany Lions under new headman, Bill O’Brien.”

Looking for some non-consensus picks?  Look no further than ESPN’s Will Harris.  We couldn’t find a single one of his picks that matched any of the other fantasy football gurus.

Defenses

Finally, some SEC defenses of note to watch this weekend.

CollegeFootballGeek likes Vanderbilt (playing tiny Presbyterian) while Phil Steele likes Mississippi State vs. Troy:  ”Look for the Bulldog D to dominate the line here and slow down this overrated Troy offense.”

ESPN’s Will Harris likes one SEC defense and wants to avoid another.

His pick is Georgia: “Florida Atlantic has managed just 24 points in two games against Wagner and Middle Tennessee State. A sub-100 yard game could be in the offing here, as well as multiple non-offensive touchdowns for the homestanding Dawgs.”

Defense to avoid?  Florida.  ”Look elsewhere for a week as the shorthanded Gators tackle a Tennessee team that throws and catches well, plus will deal with the “College GameDay” crowd for the second consecutive week.”

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As Usual, Expect A Lot Of SEC Names To Be Called At The NFL Draft

The National Football League will kick off its annual “player selection meeting” tonight in New York and you can once again expect to hear a number of ex-SEC names called out by commissioner Roger Goodell.  A quick check of the mock drafts all over the web will tell you that Mike Slive’s league will likely lead the way in draft picks once again.

The last time the SEC didn’t lead the way in NFL draft picks was way back in 2006 when the ACC and Big Ten both produced more talent.  But every year since then, the SEC has been the riverbed in which NFL prospectors have most often gone panning — 41 picks in 2007, 35 in 2008, 37 in 2009, 49 in 2010, and 38 last April.

For those outside the South who wonder why the SEC gets so much respect, that should put things in context for you.

But there are other ways of looking at the numbers, too.

NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock has listed his top five players — in his view — at each position.  Here’s how the SEC stacks up slot by slot:

 

Quarterbacks: 1 out of 5 (Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M)

Running Backs: 1 out of 5 (Trent Richardson, Alabama)

Wide Receivers: 1 out of 5 (Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina)

Tight Ends: 1 out of 5 (Orson Charles, Georgia)

Offensive Tackles: 2 out of 5 (Cordy Glenn and Jeff Allen, Georgia)

Offensive Guards: 0 out of 5

Centers: 2 out of 5 (Ben Jones, Georgia and Quentin Saulsberry, Mississippi State)

Defensive Ends: 1 out of 5 (Courtney Upshaw, Alabama)

Defensive Tackles: 2 out of 5 (Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State and Michael Brockers, LSU)

Outside Linebackers: 1 out of 5 (Melvin Ingram, South Carolina)

Inside Linebackers: 1 out of 5 (Dont’a Hightower, Alabama)

Cornerbacks: 4 out of 5 (Morris Claiborne, LSU and Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina and Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama and Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt)

Safeties: 3 out of 5 (Mark Barron and DeQuan Menzie, Alabama and Brandon Taylor, LSU)

 

Not counting special teamers, Mayock has SEC players listed among the top five players at every position but offensive guard.  A full seven of his top 10 defensive backs are SEC products.

As for a school-by-school projection of what we may see over the next three days, NFL.com has listed a number of potential draft picks from each school.  Granted, some very longshots are included on their lists, but you still get a taste for the amount of quality players who emerge from the Southeastern Conference each spring.  Those numbers are as follows:

 

Alabama: 13 players listed

Arkansas: 9 players listed

Auburn: 3 players listed

Florida: 4 players listed

Georgia: 9 players listed

Kentucky: 4 players listed

LSU: 11 players listed

Miss. State: 6 players listed

Missouri: 4 players listed

Ole Miss: 4 players listed

South Carolina: 7 players listed

Tennessee: 4 players listed

Texas A&M: 9 players listed

Vanderbilt: 4 players listed

 

Get ready.  It’s gonna be a busy three days, SEC fans.

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