Starting next week, conference play will start dominating the schedule. Therefore, you must take advantage of the mismatches littering the schedule this week. Still, there are some tough calls and we’re here to help you with some additional insight.
Brett Hundley, QB-UCLA vs Houston
The dual-threat freshman quarterback should be a must-start in what figures to be a fantasy-rich contest between the Bruins and Cougars.
Terrence Owens, QB-Toledo vs Bowling Green
Owens was awarded the starting job last week and responded with a three-touchdown, 300-yard performance in a win at Wyoming.
Colby Cameron, QB-Louisiana Tech vs Rice
Cameron was 34 of 52 for 353 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s track meet at Houston. Expect much of the same this weekend when the Owls visit Ruston.
Ryan Nassib, QB-Syracuse vsStony Brook
Nassib has thrown for 806 yards and six touchdowns in back-to-back games against Northwestern and USC. This week, the competition gets much easier when Stony Brook comes into the Carrier Dome.
Logan Thomas, QB-Virginia Tech at Pitt
We’re expecting Thomas to put together a solid dual-threat performance against a struggling Pitt defense that has given up 30-plus points in both games this season.
Casey Pachall, QB-TCU at Kansas
Pachall was a perfect 9-for-9 for 201 yards and three touchdowns last week against Grambling State. He should get a lot more playing time this week on the road at Kansas and receiver Skye Dawson should return to compliment Josh Boyce on the outside.
Jahwan Edwards, RB-Ball St at Indiana
After losing starting quarterback Tre Roberson for the season, it will be interesting to see how the Hoosiers respond to sophomore Cameron Coffman under center. Either way, expect Edwards to shoulder the load for the Cardinals on the road.
Nathan Jeffery, RB-UTEP vs New Mexico St
If we knew that Jeffery would be 100%, he would be in our top ten. However, you can never be sure with college injuries, but Jeffery has practiced and should be ready to roll.
Joe Bergeron, RB-Texas at Ole Miss
The sophomore running back is making the most of his carries and should get a heavier workload this week on the road at Ole Miss.
Venric Mark, RB-Northwestern vs Northwestern
After rushing for 123 yards last week against Vanderbilt, Mark has become a must-start in deeper leagues.
George Winn, RB-Cincinnati, vs Delaware St
Winn flew under the radar last Saturday because of Cincinnati’s Week One bye. This week, he’ll fly into a lot of starting roster spots.
Jarred Salubi, RB-Baylor vs Sam Houston St
Baylor had a bye last week, but don’t forget about Salubi’s 91-yard performance against SMU in Week One.
Mike Evans, WR-Texas A&M at SMU
Get used to the freshman quarterback-receiver combination of Johnny Manziel-to-Mike Evans in College Station.
Matt Miller, WR-Boise St vs Miami, OH
After a rough opening game at Michigan State and a bye week, the Broncos offense should start taking form.
Kolton Browning, UL-Monroe at Auburn
Can Browning come close to duplicating is 38-point Week Two? We’re not willing to risk our Week Three on it.
Rio Johnson, QB-ECU at Southern Miss
After two starts, Johnson has thrown four interceptions and could get a quick hook if he struggles early at Southern Miss.
Bo Wallace, QB-Ole Miss vs Texas
The sophomore quarterback has accounted for seven touchdowns so far, but the Longhorns will be a much tougher test than Central Arkansas and UTEP.
Knile Davis, RB-Arkansas vs Alabama
Too many other good matchups around the country to settle for average production from your top back.
Garrett Gilbert, QB-SMU vs Texas A&M
Gilbert has only completed 55.8% of his passes this season and that percentage won’t improve much this weekend against the Aggies.
Kedrick Rhodes, RB-FIU at Central Florida
Losing carries last week to Darian Mallary has fantasy owners second-guessing themselves this week. Play it safe and look elsewhere.
Isi Sofele, RB-Cal at Ohio St
The Buckeyes only surrendered 103 rushing yards to Central Florida and held Miami, Ohio to negative-one yard rushing in the opener.
Tony Pierson, RB-Kansas vs TCU
Pierson has topped 100 yards in each of the first two weeks, but South Dakota State and Rice are no longer on the schedule.
Cameron Marshall, RB-Arizona St at Missouri
Marshall is still scoring touchdowns, but we’re losing confidence in his ability to churn out the yards and hold off freshman D.J. Foster.
Shawn Southward, RB-Troy vs Mississippi State
Southward’s value will be much greater in weeks four and five when the Trojans play North Texas and South Alabama.
Bishop Sankey, RB-Washington vs Portland State
The Huskies are going to do whatever they can to establish a running game, but we’re not quite sure that they have one.
Keenan Davis, WR-Iowa vs Northern Iowa
The Hawkeyes’ offense goes through running back Damon Bullock. Quarterback James Vandenberg has only completed 54% of his passes.
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