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QB — Deserves A Second Look
Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech (Wake Forest)
The first four weeks of the year, Taylor was solid yet uninspiring. But the last two weeks have been exceptional. He topped the 30-TFP mark in both games and got his legs working again. He has rushed for 248 yards and 2 TDs in his last two games, and Wake Forest shouldn't be able to slow him at all. The Deacs ranks 106th in scoring defense (35 ppg) and 102nd in total defense (429 ypg).
Aaron Murray, Georgia (Vanderbilt)
The Drew Brees look-alike has been an intriguing fantasy option since his first career college game against UL-Lafayette (27.6 TFP). Against rival Tennessee last week, Murray posted his most productive outing of his career with 4 total TDs and 34.74 TFP. Vandy ranks 9th in the SEC in pass defense, total defense and scoring defense and 11th in rushing defense. Murray should be needed throughout and will make a few big plays again this week.
Ricky Dobbs, Navy (SMU)
After a record-breaking season a year ago, the Navy signal caller has been a disappointment. Fantasy weeks of 13.22, 13.76 and 6.42 finally gave way to his big game a week ago — 32.76 TFP against Wake Forest. This could be a high-scoring contrast of offensive styles in which both QBs are successful. This was a 73-pt overtime affair last season in which Dobbs rushed for 89 yards and 2 TDs.
Nathan Enderle, Idaho (@ Louisiana Tech)
A slow start against teams like Nebraska might have pushed the massive passer out of fantasy owners mind, but strong back-to-back weeks have him back on the scene. He has 727 passing yards and 6 TDs in his last two games. Louisiana Tech has struggled to stop opponents, giving up 434 ypg (107th nationally) — most of which is passing at 260 ypg (106th).
Jordan Wynn, Utah (@ Wyoming)
Wynn came back from injury last week (against my fantasy advice) to perform very well against ISU. He completed 23 of 31 passes for 325 yards and a pair of scoring tosses. The Wyoming game last season was his first action of his career and he hasn't looked back since. Expect a nice outing against the nation's 116th ranked total defense and 97th ranked scoring defense.
QB — Better Think Twice
Denard Robinson, Michigan (Iowa)
This is the question of the week. Do you play the nation's No. 1 fantasy player against what could be the nation's No. 1 defense? Robinson hit his first speed bump last week against the Spartans (under 100 yards rushing and 3 INTs) but still managed a quality 24.2 TFP. I have him in both of my leagues (I have to play him in one) and have yet to decide between him and Tyrod Taylor in my 120-league. All he has to do is break one run, throw for 200-yards and he likely tops the 20-pt mark. This call will largely depend on who else you have on your roster. How do you pull the No. 1 player out of the lineup? Only you can make that call — and it will be entirely a gut feeling.
Dwight Dasher, Middle Tennessee (@ Georgia Tech)
Dasher struggled against Middle's archrival Troy last week. Yet, he still scored two rushing TDs and nearly got to 200 yards passing in his first action of the season. After this week, he is all systems go into the Sun Belt schedule, but Georgia Tech is a different story. The Jackets have improved their play defensively slightly over the last two. They allowed 107 and 239 yards passing respectively in their last two without allowing a TD pass. Dasher might score late, but you might want to look elsewhere this week.
Blaine Gabbert vs. Jerrod Johnson (Missouri @ Texas A&M)
These are two of biggest fantasy disappointments thus far in the season. Gabbert has topped the 20-TFP mark only once this season and clearly misses his running game. Johnson has thrown 9 INTs in his last three games. He did put up 409 yards and 5 TDs against Oklahoma State but struggled mightly against Florida International and Arkansas. Mizzou is ranked 3rd nationally in scoring defense and 7th in pass efficiency D while TAMU is 3rd in the Big 12 in total defense and will eliminate the Tigers rushing attack. This game could go low scoring or shootout, but the inconsistency of both QBs makes me nervous.
Christian Ponder, Florida State (Boston College)
Again, Ponder has largely been a fantasy disappoinment. He has not topped the 23 TFP mark yet and has two poor outings in a row (even in wins) with 12.58 and 15.42 TFP in his last two. The Eagles did give up huge stats to Russell Wilson but stymied Dayne Crist and Tyrod Taylor as well. The Noles have turned to the ground game of late, and I expect that storyline to play itself out again this week.