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Stanzi has been excellent of late. And look to the SEC for QB help this week.
Each week, Athlon will take a deeper look at the fantasy matchups that affect your lineup. Some players will deserve a second look from managers, while others could create some concern. Check out Athlon's College Fantasy Start or Sit for Week 10:
QB — Deserves A Second Look
Ricky Stanzi, Iowa (@ Indiana)
The Hawkeye quarterback is very quietly having an excellent season. He has curtailed the turnovers and has thrown at least one TD in 15 straight games. Recently, though, he has taken it to a new level. He has thrown three touchdowns passes in five of his last six contests. With the talent at receiver to work with, Stanzi is an excellent play this weekend.
Aaron Murray, Georgia (Idaho State)
In only his first season in college football, Murray has thrown for at least 220 yards in six of nine starts (and six of his last seven). And prior to last weekend, he had only three INTs (the Gators will do it to most QBs). Against lowly Idaho State, Murray should have a decent shot at 250-2. The emergence (finally) of Orson Charles, his high school teammate, should help for the rest of the season.
Mike Hartline, Kentucky (Charleston Southern)
Much like Stanzi, Hartline has transformed himself from game manager to legitimate fantasy option. He has topped the 300-yard mark in three of his last five games and has 10 TD tosses in his last three. Charleston Southern should offer plenty of fantasy opportunities.
Tyler Bray, Tennessee (@ Memphis)
Are we beginning to see a theme in the SEC? Bray, in his first career start, actually has a chance to succeed in the fantasy world. He rallied the Vols on the road against South Carolina (albeit coming up short) and finished with 159 yards and 2 TDs in roughly one half of action. Against a Memphis team that has allowed no fewer than 41 points four weeks in a row, Bray should be able to excel — especially with the emergence of Denarius Moore, Luke Stocker and Da'Rick Rogers.
Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois (@ Michigan)
The Illini quarterback is changing from a fun freshman to watch into a relevant fantasy starting option. Over his last two games, Scheelhaase has six TDs and 163 yards rushing. The Wolverines defense just allowed Matt McGloin to throw for 250 yards and Evan Royster to rush 150 yards. Most Illini are solid options this weekend.
Austyn Carta-Samuels, Wyoming (@ New Mexico)
After a monster first weekend, ACS, in his second season, has turned into a fantasy bust. But he showed signs of life last weekend when he threw for 186 yards and 3 TDs while adding 51 yards rushing and another trip to paydirt on the ground. If you know anything about fantasy, it's play those who are playing the Lobos. They rank 118th in total defense, 119th in scoring defense, and Carta-Samuels posted a tidy 232-3 passing line with 54 yards rushing last season against New Mexico.
QB — Better Think Twice
Andy Dalton vs. Jordan Wynn (TCU @ Utah)
These are two of the top six defenses in the nation, and TCU boasts the country's best scoring and total defense. The last time these two hooked up in Salt Lake City, they combined for a total of 23 points. Dalton, as only a sophomore, threw for 251 yards, no scores and two INTs. Brian Johnson was the hero that night, and I do not expect Wynn to be able to replicate that performance.
Taylor Potts, Texas Tech (Missouri)
It finally appears the Red Raider quarterback pendulum has swung away from Potts. He has averaged less than 15 total fantasy points over his last three contests — two of which were losses. Expect Steven Sheffield to get a look at some point, so Potts is not worth starting against the Big 12's No. 1 total defense.
Dan Persa, Northwestern (@ Penn State)
The Nittany Lions are surprisingly stingy against the pass. They are allowing less than 190 yards per game through the air, and Northwestern has not proven that it can run the ball consistently. Yes, Persa is the entire offense and has been incredibly efficient, but expect a line similar to that of last year's match-up. Persa and Mike Kafka, who was knocked out of the game, combined for 243 yards and no scores.
Ben Chappell, Indiana (@ Iowa)
Despite throwing the ball 102 times over the last two weeks, Chappell has managed only two TDs (and less than 600 yards). He has also thrown four INTs over that span, and Iowa made Kirk Cousins look bad last week. Chappell posted a middling 227-2-3 line last season against Iowa. Don't expect him to match even that modest output this season.
Christian Ponder, Florida State (North Carolina)
Ponder really has not been consistent enough to be fantasy starter this season. But he is on this list just in case anyone out there was fooled by his 23.94 TFP performance last weekend or his 395-3 line against the Heels last fall. He has not topped 200 yards passing since Week 4 against Wake Forest, and UNC is giving up a measly 189 yards passing per game.
RB — Deserves A Second Look
Jarred Hassin, Army (Air Force)
Playing an Army running back will always be risky, but Hassin has delivered three weeks in a row in a big way. He has topped 100 yards and scored in all three while getting 18.3 carries per game over that span. To top it off, he has also added some receiving production with six catches for 98 yards as well. Now, there may only be a dozen pass attempts in the game between two option attacks, so that could bode very well for the runners. And Hassin looks to be the go-to guy for Army. The Falcons, by the way, rank 109th against the run this season at over 205 ypg.
J.J. Di Luigi, BYU (UNLV)
Di Luigi has been a solid and relatively consistent play all season. But there hasn't been much upside — his single game high is 23.2 TFP, but he has been below 14.4 TPF only once. He has offered plenty of value as a receiver when he does not get it done on the ground as his 33 receptions and 318 yards indicate. UNLV has allowed no fewer than 43 points in four straight games and ranks 118th against the run and 113th in scoring defense.
Tauren Poole, Tennessee (@ Memphis)
The Vols tailback has been up and down this season — 19 TPF three times and 7 TFP or less three times. But against Memphis, he is almost a lock for a big game. Interestingly, Poole has posted some solid numbers against the best of competition — 109 yards and a TD against LSU, 117 yards and a TD against Bama and 162 yards and a TD against Oregon. If he can do that against those defenses, the 100th-rated (195 ypg) rush defense should be no problem.
Keith Payne, Virginia (@ Duke)
The big fella is starting to prove very useful on the fantasy gridiron. He has scored in four straight, including three multiple touchdown games. His size makes him an ideal goalline back, but he has been getting the carries all over the field as well — 67 attempts over the last four to be exact. While Payne does not put up huge yardage totals, he does reach paydirt, so the 103rd-rated rush defense (196 ypg) of Duke should prove to be a juicy fantasy match-up.
Rodney Stewart, Colorado (@ Kansas)
The Buffs back hasn't always delivered this fall, but he definitely gets the football. He has 69 carries over his last three and against the 112th-rated rush defense (210 ypg), owners can expect a healthy dose of Mr. Stewart. And in conference play, the Jayhawks are allowing an absurd 46.8 points per game.
Robbie Rouse vs. Lennon Creer (Louisiana Tech @ Fresno State)
Rouse has been a disappointment this fall, but he has exploded over the last two games. His lines of 150-2 and 116-2 gave him back-to-back 27 TFP games. Creer is on his own little roll as well. He has games of 24.5, 29.4 and 32.5 TFP over his last three. With Rouse rested after a bye week and Creer at home, both these backs should be in your line-up. Both rush defenses are allowing around 155 yards per game on the ground.
Edwin Baker, Michigan State (Minnesota)
It is hard to trust a running back who has not topped 10 carries in three straight games. But this match-up is different. Expect the Spartans to be steaming after the poor showing last weekend against the Hawkeyes, and they will take out their frustrations on the Gophers. Expect a very heavy dose of Baker, Bell and Caper this weekend.