It's Week 5 of the 2014 college fantasy football season, and non-conference play is coming to a close. Who should you start or bench in your lineup this week? TheCFFSite.com's Joe DiSalvo runs down the start or sit options for this Saturday to help you win your league.
Maty Mauk, QB-Missouri at South Carolina
There are only nine teams in the nation allowing more than 300 passing yards per game, and the Gamecocks are one of those nine.
Trevone Boykin, QB-TCU at SMU
Boykin has the pleasure of playing against an SMU defense that is allowing 530 yards per game and an FBS worst 48.7 points per game.
Deshaun Watson, QB-Clemson vs North Carolina
The Deshaun Watson era is now upon us and we like his matchup this week against a reeling North Carolina defense.
Leonard Fournett and Kenny Hilliard, RBs-LSU vs New Mexico State
The Aggies are allowing 299.3 rushing yards per game, and if the Tigers reach that number this week, chances are pretty good that both Fournette and Hilliard will eclipse the 100-yard mark.
Kenneth Dixon, RB-Louisiana Tech at Auburn
Even though the Bulldogs travel to Auburn this week, Dixon should still get a significant amount of carries and the junior running back has scored a touchdown in every game this season.
Alex Collins, RB-Arkansas vs Texas A&M
The Aggies are the only team in the entire FBS that have played four games and not given up a rushing touchdown. We’re expecting that statistic to change this week when the Texas A&M front seven faces their toughest challenge to date.
Malcolm Brown, RB-Texas at Kansas
Brown has not rushed for 70 yards in a game this season, but a Week 5 matchup at Kansas could produce his first 100-yard performance of 2014.
Antwan Goodley, WR-Baylor at Iowa State
Goodley and Corey Coleman return for the Bears this week, which means trouble for opposing defenses. However, their return also presents trouble for fantasy owners when it comes to making roster decisions. When Baylor travels to Iowa State this weekend, Goodley and teammate K.D. Cannon are likely the two best fantasy options at receiver.
Tajae Sharpe, WR-Massachusetts vs Bowling Green
Bowling Green is giving up over 337 yards per game in the air, second-worst in the FBS, and Sharpe is the primary receiving threat for the Minutemen.
Cody Kessler, QB-USC and Sean Mannion, QB-Oregon State
Why did we link these two names together? Well, we have your water cooler stat of the week. Both defense combined are giving up a total of 308 passing yards per game. That’s a combined total! A product of their competition? Maybe. USC did just play a run-heavy offense in Boston College. However, neither team has given up a passing TD in 2014 and both defenses have 5 INTs each. Something has to give this week, but are you willing to take that chance? We did rank Kessler at No. 27, but you may have better options on your roster.
Gunner Kiel, QB-Cincinnati at Ohio State
Kiel has thrown ten TD passes in the Bearcats first two games of 2014 (Toledo and Miami-OH), but this week he’ll face a much better defense in Ohio State, the third-best pass defense in the nation allowing 99.3 passing yards per game.
Terrel Hunt, QB-Syracuse vs Notre Dame
Hunt has accounted for at least 90 rushing yards and totaled six touchdowns in Syracuse’s previous two games. However, a date with Notre Dame this weekend should minimize the potential for a big game. The Irish are only one of two FBS schools that have not given up a rushing touchdown this season.
Marquise Williams, QB-North Carolina at Clemson
We always advise playing a guy when he’s hot, but after last week’s loss to East Carolina, Williams certainly does not meet that requirement, and a road game at Clemson will not make things any easier.
Kareem Hunt, RB-Toledo vs Central Michigan
Hunt has missed the second half in Toledo’s previous two games due to injury, and earlier this week, coach Campbell stated that his sophomore running back looked ‘okay’ in practice. ‘Okay’ isn’t convincing enough for us, and unless we hear more, Hunt should sit this one out.
Dee Hart, RB-Colorado State at Boston College
Hart excited fantasy owners after his Week 1 performance against Colorado, but the Alabama transfer has done very little since then. Fellow running back Treyous Jarrells has been impressive running the ball, too, so continue to expect a RBBC from the Rams.
Marlon Mack, RB-South Florida at Wisconsin
If the game against Wisconsin gets out of hand, expect Mack to lose a significant amount of carries to D’Ernest Johnson and Darius Tice.
Dominique Brown, RB-Louisville vs Wake Forest
Now that Michael Dwyer is back in the mix, it will be interesting to see how the carries shake out in the Louisville backfield moving forward.
Jacobi Owens, RB-Air Force vs Boise State
Owens has rushed for 431 yards and three TDs in Air Force’s first three games, but this week he will face the nation’s second-best run defense in Boise State (53.5 rypg).
Shaun Wick, RB-Wyoming at Michigan State
Wick has topped the 100-yard mark three times in four games, but this week the Cowboys travel to Michigan State and the Spartans are only giving up 71.7 yards per game on the ground, 21.0 ypg to teams not named Oregon.
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