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College Fantasy Football Week 8 Sit or Start Report

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The first official BCS standings have been released and that means we are nearing the finish line.  However, there is still plenty of time remaining in the fantasy season, especially if you are one of those teams trying to separate from the middle of the pack and qualify for a playoff spot.  By now, the weekly top ten positional players look very similar from week-to-week, but it’s the guys with the favorable matchups that can be the difference at this stage of the game. 

Start

Cody Vaz, QB-Oregon St vs Utah

Vaz was an impressive 20-for-32 for 332 yards and three touchdowns on the road last week in Provo.  Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton are legitimate scoring threats every time they touch the ball.

Carlos Hyde, RB-Ohio St vs Purdue

Hyde has taken his game to another level over the past two weeks, rushing for 296 yards and five touchdowns.  This week, Hyde and the Buckeyes face a Purdue defense giving up 198.7 rushing yards per game.

Andre Williams, RB-Boston College at Georgia Tech

Williams has gotten 20-plus carries for three consecutive games and topped the 100-yard mark last week against Florida State.  He should have an easier time running the ball against a Georgia Tech defense giving up 163.3 rushing yards per game.  

Stephen Houston, RB-Indiana at Navy

Houston averages a touchdown every ten touches from scrimmage.  The problem is that he hasn’t had more than 16 touches in any one game this season.  We’re projecting that he tops his season-high of 102 rushing yards back in week three.

Raymond Maples, RB-Army at Eastern Michigan

Eastern Michigan has the worst rushing defense in the nation by far, giving up 296.8 yards per game.  Odds are very good that Maples reaches 100 yards and he could finish the week as a top ten back if he can find the end zone against the Eagles.

Silas Redd, RB-USC vs Colorado

Redd has scored a touchdown in four straight games and has averaged 21 carries over the past three games.  Plus, Colorado is giving up 181.5 rushing yards per game this season.

Marcus Davis, WR-Virginia Tech at Clemson

Clemson is giving up over 240 yards per game through the air and Davis is quarterback Logan Thomas’ favorite target.  The Hokies will have to put the ball in the air often if they are to keep pace with the Tigers’ high-scoring offense.

Devin Street, WR-Pitt at Buffalo

Street has caught at least ten passes and gone over 100 yards receiving in the Panthers’ last two games.  He leads the team with 39 receptions and has scored a touchdown in three of his last four games.

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Bench

Tyler Bray, QB-Tennessee vs Alabama

In three SEC games this year, Bray has thrown six touchdown passes and six interceptions.  The absence of running back Rajion Neal this week puts a bigger target on Bray’s back against a ferocious Alabama defense.

Tim Cornett, RB-UNLV at Boise St

Boise State is giving up over 160 yards per game on the ground, but Cornett has only found the end zone twice in the past five games and UNLV doesn’t figure to score many points this weekend on the blue turf.

Fitzgerald Toussaint at Michigan St

The Spartans will try to contain quarterback Denard Robinson and his big-play ability, which should create some opportunities for Toussaint.  However, the junior running back is only averaging 46 rushing yards per game and faces a defense ranked 8th nationally against the run.

John White, RB-Utah at Oregon St

In three PAC-12 games this season, White is averaging 43 yards per game and has not scored a touchdown.  In fact, the senior tailback has not topped the 100-yard mark or scored a touchdown since the opening game of the season against Northern Colorado. 

Jamaal Williams, RB-BYU at Notre Dame

Williams has certainly proved himself as a freshman and has been a fantasy factor up until this point, but don’t expect too much this week when the Cougars travel to South Bend to take on the undefeated Irish.

Justin Hunter, WR-Tennessee vs Alabama

How different is the competition in the SEC?  In three non-conference games this season, Hunter has caught 25 passes for 334 yards and four touchdowns, compared to 10-157-0 in three conference games.

Marcus Lattimore, RB-South Carolina vs Mike Gillislee, RB-Florida

The defenses of South Carolina and Florida are both giving up slightly over 105 yards on the ground and 12 points per game.  If both of those numbers hold true, fantasy owners with quality depth may want to turn elsewhere at the running back position.

Cody Fajardo, QB-Nevada vs San Diego St AND Brett Smith, QB-Wyoming at Air Force

Both players are listed high in our weekly rankings, but the rankings were published with the assumption health would not be a concern by the end of the week.  Both head coaches have stated that their starting quarterback should be ready to play this weekend, but if either is listed as a game-time decision, owners must put them on the bench.  Keep in mind that both players are participating in the weekend’s two latest scheduled games, which means if either quarterback becomes a last-minute scratch, fantasy owners will get burned.  Check back later in the week for a status update regarding both players, but prepare for the worst until we know for sure.

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