Athlon's College fantasy advice for Week Two. (Stephanie Moebius, Badger Herald)
- by Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden on twitter)
Week One of the college football season offers plenty of opportunity for owners to get cheap points against lowly competition. Week Two is time for study hall. We still do not know a lot about many teams as vanilla offensive game plans and FCS opponents create a skewed view of the fantasy landscape.
Fantasy GMs should have a much better grasp of what teams like Arizona State, Auburn and Rutgers will actually look like in 2011 after this weekend of action. Make sure the pen and paper is near the Lazy-Boy, as we will learn a lot more this weekend.
In the meantime, here is Athlon Sports' college fantasy guide to Week Two:
Start These Quarterbacks:
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin (Oregon State)
Sacramento State threw the ball 36 times for 296 yards and four touchdowns against this Beaver defense. They also allowed quarterback Jeff Fleming 54 yards gained on the ground as well. Wilson is absolutely the real deal and will post solid numbers again in Week Two.
Brett Smith, Wyoming (Texas State)
The freshman was the highlight of the Wyoming-Weber State boxscore. He chucked it around 41 times for nearly 300 yards while adding some dynamic rushing production (13 att., 44 yds, TD). With a whole stable of backs and receivers — and another weak opponent —Smith should post another big week as he continues to get himself acclimated to the college game. There are no reins on this Cowboy.
Chris Relf, Mississippi State (at Auburn)
This offense looked like a well-oiled machine last week, albeit against Memphis. Auburn allowed 448 yards of offense and forced zero turnovers at home against a true freshman. This is a huge statement game for the Dogs of Starkville if they expect to compete for an SEC West title. Relf was a master of efficiency throwing the ball and led the team in rushing attempts in Week 1.
Alex Gillett, Eastern Michigan (Alabama State)
This guy was the EMU offense in the week one blowout win over Howard. He threw the ball 21 times (115 yards) and ran it another 13 times (76 yards) while scoring three total touchdowns. Alabama State won’t offer much more of a test for the junior quarterback, who ran for nearly 800 yards a year ago.
Should they get the majority of the snaps:
J.J. McDermott, SMU (UTEP)
Kyle Padron will play, but how much? And this matchup is just too good.
Kain Colter, Northwestern (Eastern Illinois)
Led all FBS QBs in carries last week (23) and will post big numbers IF Dan Persa is out.
If You Are Desperate:
1. Chuckie Keeton, Utah State (Weber State)
2. Matt Schilz, Bowling Green (Morgan State)
3. MarQuies Gray, Minnesota (New Mexico State)
4. Tyler Tettleton, Ohio (Gardner Webb)
5. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse (Rhode Island)
6. Bryan Reader, Idaho (North Dakota)
Bench These Quarterbacks:
Dominique Davis, East Carolina (Virginia Tech)
Yes, I told you to back off DD last week and he scored five times. But I am going back to the well in Week 2. Virginia Tech’s defense is dramatically better than that of South Carolina’s — just ask the Appalachian State quarterbacks. DeAndre Presley and Jamal Jackson combined for 9-of-26 passing for 176 yards and three interceptions last week against the Hokies.
Jake Heaps, BYU (at Texas)
Last week’s 14-point come-from-behind second-half win over Ole Miss was not a pretty display of football. Heaps did complete 24 of his 38 passes but managed only 225 yards. Going into DKR Memorial Stadium will be that much more difficult for the sophomore. Expect huge things from Heaps as his career and season move along, but I cannot put him in the lineup this weekend in Austin.
Bryan Ellis, UAB (at Florida)
UAB was one of only two teams on bye last week (Nevada), so Ellis walks into the Swamp without a single snap under his belt in 2011. And the Gators, a 23-point favorite, allowed a total of 107 yards passing on 27 attempts last week in their 41-3 win over FAU. And if you think the running game will take some pressure off Ellis, think again. FAU mustered 30 yards rushing on 30 attempts last week.
Jeff Godfrey, UCF (Boston College)
The uber-talented sophomore led the Knights into the redzone eight times last weekend, resulting in eight touchdowns. But that was Charleston Southern — not the ACC. Boston College is excellent on defense and will take the air out of the ball on offense. Godfrey could pick up some yards on the ground and maybe a score, but even in a good week, he totaled 146 yards of total offense. He won’t rush for three touchdowns this time around.
Tim Jefferson, Air Force (TCU)
The Falcons quarterback was solid if uninspiring in his 2011 debut last week. He did account for three scores but also tossed two interceptions and totaled a measly 165 yards of offense. TCU was lit up by Robert Griffin and has been put on alert by Gary Patterson. Do not expect big numbers from the triple option threat from Colorado Springs.
Stephen Garcia at Aaron Murray (South Carolina at Georgia)
Remove the 2009 41-37 battle between these two for a second. No team in this series has reached 20 points since 2004. If you take the 31-7 2003 drubbing out of the equation, only three times since 1997 (11 games) has a team topped 20 points in this game. The average score between these two (minus 2009) has been Georgia 14.5, South Carolina 11.8 over the last six. Those numbers don’t exactly equal fantasy stardom.
Be Very Wary:
Zach Collaros, Cincinnati (at Tennessee)
James Franklin at Brock Osweiler (Missouri at Arizona State)
Denard Robinson, Michigan (Notre Dame)
Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois (at Kansas)
Tajh Boyd, Clemson (Wofford)
Start These Running Backs:
Kevin Parks, UVa (Indiana)
Reading between the lines of Mike London's comments after Parks' 114-yard, 3-TD collegiate debut, it sounds like the redshirt freshman has the inside track on goal-line carries. He brings a different dimension — albeit 5-foot-8 — to the offense with his power and strength that starter Perry Jones lacks. The Hoosiers got the Kevin Wilson era started by allowing 210 yards rushing to Ball State in a loss. The record-setting prep back will have another good week.
Ralph Bolden, Purdue (@ Rice)
It was great to see Bolden back on the field, cutting at full speed and accelerating through holes again. After sitting for the entire 2010 season due to a knee injury, he returned to the field with a solid 17-carry, 120-yard performance against Middle Tennessee last week. He looks healthy, and Rice allowed 229 yards rushing to a Texas team that has struggled to run the ball for half a decade.
Branden Oliver, Buffalo (Stony Brook)
Anytime a running back gets 39 touches in a 35-16 loss, he is immediately added to my roster. With Stony Brook and the MAC schedule waiting, Oliver looks like he could be one of the top pick-ups of the year. The Bulls tailbacks have been strong fantasy plays for years, and Oliver looks like the next in line.
Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps, Florida (UAB)
These two look like they will both get plenty of touches in Charlie Weis’ new system. Demps totaled 15 touches, 126 yards from scrimmage and two scores last week, while Rainey posted 17 touches, 146 yards from scrimmage and two of his own trips to paydirt. UAB has yet to play a game and is traveling into the Swamp. They seem like no-brainers.
Michael Ford, LSU (Northwestern State)
Spencer Ware is still the starter (and should also be in your lineup) but Ford played great football against Oregon last week and finally showed the nation what kind of talent he has. Against lowly Northwestern State, Ford could see plenty of second-half carries — and I am prerty sure Ed Oregeron isn’t walking through that door.
If You Are Desperate:
1. Alvester Alexander, Wyoming (Texas State)
2. Anthon Samuel, Bowling Green (Morgan State)
3. Duane Bennett, Minnesota (New Mexico State)
4. Donte Harden and Beau Blankenship, Ohio (Gardner Webb)
5. Javonti Greene and Dominique Sherrer, EMU (Alabama State)
6. Ryan Bass, Idaho (North Dakota)
7. Mike Bellamy, Clemson (Wofford)
Bench These Running Backs:
Silas Redd, Penn State (Alabama)
Just pop in the tape of Alabama and Kent State last week. Seriously. I shouldn’t have to say anything more (but I will). Bama allowed -9 yards rushing on 23 carries and 99 yards passing on 47 attempts to the not-so-Golden Flashes. I am not sure Kent State crossed the fifty more than once. This is a no-brainer.
Adonis Thomas, Toledo (at Ohio State)
Yes, Toledo might be the best team in the MAC. Yes, they might keep the score close. But with two quarterbacks under center in the Horseshoe against this defense, it is hard for me to see Thomas accomplishing anything. The Bucks allowed 35 yards rushing on 27 carries and no points a week ago to Akron.
Robbie Rouse, Fresno State (at Nebraska)
The Bulldogs tailback started 2011 with two scores and over five yards per carry against Pac-12 competition in Cal. This weekend will provide a much stiffer test with Jared Crick, Lavonte David and company patrolling the line of scrimmage. In the three games FSU played last year against BCS opponents, Rouse posted 62 yards on 27 carries.
Andre Williams, Boston College (at UCF)
The back-up for BC plowed through Northwestern for an adequate 25.5 TFP week. Yet, 69 of those 114 yards came on the first carry from scrimmage, and UCF has been stout defensively for years under George O’Leary. The Knights ranked eighth nationally against the run last season and held Georgia to 82 yards on 32 carries in the bowl game.
Isaiah Crowell, Georgia (South Carolina)
In real college football terms, 60 yards on 15 carries against one of the top defensive line units in the nation in your first college football game on national television really isn’t all that bad. In fantasy college football, it’s completely worthless. While South Carolina may not have the exact same D-Line, it’s pretty close and will force Aaron Murray to beat it. Expect another low-scoring affair.
Savon Huggins, Rutgers (at North Carolina)
Another true freshman with another solid first career game last week who should be on the bench this week. The Tar Heel athletes of Chapel Hill are slightly different than those from NC Central. North Carolina held James Madison to 59 yards on 39 carries last week, and while the Rutgers offensive line looks to be improved, the sledding will be tough for Huggins.
Will Not Play:
Montel Harris, Boston College (at UCF)
Malcolm Agnew, Oregon State (at Wisconsin)
Josh Boyce, TCU (at Air Force)
Caught nine passes for nearly 100 yards, scored a TD and a 2-pointer and ran the ball.
Robert Herron, Wyoming (Texas State)
Converted running back is blossoming as pass catcher: 7-104-2 last week.
Sammy Watkins, Clemson (Wofford)
Quite a first game from AC100 talent: 7-81-1 with a couple of carries.
Week 2 Wideout Corps To Watch:
Buffalo: Alex Neutz, Marcus Rivers (Stony Brook)
The Bulls threw it 49 times last week and these two caught 18 passes.
Cal: Marvin Jones, Keenan Allen (at Colorado)
Family connection caught 13 of the 16 Zach Maynard completions last week.
New Mexico State: Todd Lee, Taveon Rogers (at Minnesota)
Week 1: 12 rec. 232 yds, 2 TD. Did anyone see what Robert Woods did to Minnesota?
San Diego State: Dylan Denso, Colin Lockett (at Army)
The pair combined for three touchdowns and 148 yards in Week 1.
Arkansas: Jarius Wright, Greg Childs, Joe Adams (New Mexico)
Wright and Childs delivered in Week 1 blowout. Time for Adams to step up.
UTEP: Mike Edwards, Donavon Kemp (at SMU)
Combined for 11 catches and 199 yards last week. Could be a shootout this week.
Top Ten DEF/ST Spot Starts:
1. Arkansas (New Mexico)
2. Clemson (Wofford)
3. Illinois (South Dakota State)
4. South Florida (Ball State)
5. Ole Miss (Southern Illinois)
6-7. UConn at Vanderbilt
8. Stanford (at Duke)
9. UCF (Boston College)
10. Colorado State (Northern Colorado)
Photo credit: Stephanie Moebius, The Badger Herald
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