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QB — Deserves A Second Look
Adam Froman, Louisville (Memphis)
Never in all of my life did I think that Mr. Froman would be making his third appearance in the Second Look portion of this article. But after 596 passing yards, 6 total TDs, 2 INTs and 40 rush yards in the last two weeks, I had to do it. Memphis ranks 110th in scoring defense and 100th in pass defense. Froman is a solid play again this week.
Larry Smith, Vanderbilt (Eastern Michigan)
The Dores could quickly become a developing theme on Think Twice this week. Vandy executed better on offense last week — at least in the first half — than they have in quite some time, and Smith was a big part of it. He finished the game with 157 yards, 2 TDs and an additional 64 yards rushing (even after 39 yds lost due to sacks). Eastern Michigan ranks 116th in scoring defense and 112th total defense. Enough said.
B.J. Daniels, South Florida (Syracuse)
Daniels has yet to have the breakout game this season, and this weekend he could primed for a big performance. He posted a moderate 208 yards, 2 TDs, 32 rush yard performance against the Cuse last year. Don't let the Orange's national rankings fool you. They have beaten Maine and Colgate from the FCS ranks as well as winless Akron. The only AQ team they have played, Washington, provided a 289-yard, 4 TD performance for Jake Locker owners. Play Daniels.
Other names to look at this week:
Jeff Van Camp vs. Kolton Browning (Florida Atlantic @ UL Monroe)
This game yielded 554 passing yards and 4 total TDs last year for QBs.
Ryan Colburn, Fresno State (Hawaii)
Is averaging 248 pass ypg and has thrown 11 TDs so far.
Ryan Lindley vs. Jake Heaps (San Diego State @ BYU)
Lindley has been over 300 yards three times this season and Heaps threw 55 times last week.
QB — Better Think Twice
Darron Thomas, Oregon (@ Washington State)
I know, this makes very little sense against arguably the worst AQ team in the nation. But how much will Chip Kelly really need his star quarterback with UCLA, USC, Washington, Cal, Arizona and Oregon State the next six opponents? This is the toughest call of the entire weekend. Be cautious.
Matt Barkley, USC (@ Stanford)
The Golden Boy's worst career game came against Stanford last season when he threw for 196 yards, 1 TD and 3 INTs. He is also coming off another bad outing with only 186 yards and no scores last week. Expect Stanford to be able to abuse the USC defense and hold the ball for long stretches. The upside is limited here.
Christian Ponder vs. Jacory Harris (Florida State vs. Miami)
Ponder has mustered only four passing TDs over his last four games and has offered very little in the passing yards department as well — he has been under 175 yards in four of five games this season. Harris is a much better play as he has at least been throwing TDs (6 in last two weeks). But as usual, owners have to deal with way too many turnovers — 8 INTs in his last three games. By the way, these two teams are No. 1 and No. 2 in chasing quarterbacks in the nation with 5.0 and 4.25 spg respectively.
Jordan Wynn, Utah (@ Iowa State)
Despite last week's debacle that was telling owners to bench Taylor Potts against Iowa State, I am going back to the well. This time, however, It has been ordained from on high — meaning Managing Editor Mitch Light has picked Iowa State to get the win straight up in his On Tap column. So I am in the clear. This will also be Wynn's first start in three weeks. Maybe look elsewhere.
No brainer benches:
Ben Chappell, Indiana (@ Ohio State)
Greg McElroy vs. Stephen Garcia (Alabama @ South Carolina)
Anyone from LSU vs. John Brantley (LSU @ Florida)
Nathan Scheelhaase vs. Robert Bolden (Illinois @ Penn State)
Kyle Parker vs. T.J. Yates (Clemson @ North Carolina)
RB — Deserves A Second Look
Vick Ballard, Mississippi State (@ Houston)
Only Taylor Martinez, thanks to his four rushing scores Thursday night, has more rushing TDs this year than Ballard. His carry total is worrisome (9 att/g) against better competition later in the year, but against Houston he should be able to score points. UCLA ran the ball 51 times for 266 yards and 4 TDs against the Cougars, so expect MSU to do the same. LaDarius Perkins might also deserve a look.
James White, Wisconsin (Minnesota)
Over the last two weeks, only Brandon Bolden, Vai Taua and Ray Graham have scored more fantasy points than White's 63.1 TFP. Talk this week around Madison has White dipping even more into John Clay's carries, and against Minnesota, that is a good thing. The Gophers rank 96th (185 ypg) in rush defense and 94th in scoring defense. Play both Badger backs this week.
Warren Norman, Vanderbilt (Eastern Michigan)
Norman showed signs of life against Ole Miss with a nice 111-yards, TD performance. I covered EMU's defensive issues above — they are 119th in rushing defense allowing 259 ypg on the ground — so look for Robbie Caldwell and the Dores to get Norman going early in Nashville. Zac Stacy and Wesley Tate shouldn't be too far from your starting lineup either.
Other solid plays this week:
Darren Evans, Virginia Tech (Central Michigan)
160-2 last week with Ryan Williams still out. Get him in the lineup.
Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati (Miami, Ohio)
Saw first real action last week and responded with 169 yards on 21 carries.
Jared Tew, Air Force (Colorado State)
Has led the team in rushing attempts by wide margin over last three games.
Stepfan Taylor, Stanford (USC)
Set career highs in rush yards, receptions and rec. yards last week.
Daniel Herron, Ohio State (Indiana)
Posted 23 carries last week to Saine's 8. With TP2 hurting, look for OSU to run the rock.