This is one of those weird weeks when no red flags pop up on my schedule analysis. This will be best shown when I discuss top matchups and then remind you to hit the forums for personalized analysis.
Stephen Williams and Eric Page, Toledo host Temple – both deserve the start against the Owl D, especially now that Aaron Opelt returns. I rate that Owl D at #33 on the BLITZindex college football defense rankings with less than 20ppg allowed but neither guy deserves pine.
Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier, Kansas host Oklahoma – Oklahoma is playing as good a defense as anyone in the country, but like last season’s championship opponent Florida it is the offense letting them down. Still, you do not sit Briscoe. May I remind you of the outrageous game he had last season in Norman? 269 yards receiving and two TDs as he burst on the scene.
Antonio Brown, Central Michigan at BGSU – one of the hotter WR in the nation hosting one of the worst defenses.
Freddie Barnes, Bowling Green hosts CMU – SMU is ranked #20 in my defense rankings (#11 nationally in yds/pt allowed), a complete departure from the last five years of oblivion in my study. You know, it’s not like Barnes is getting big chunks of yardage per catch anyway, they are determined to get him the ball and so should you.
Eric Decker, Minny at Ohio State – this one could go either way, but you just can’t sit him. Navy and Purdue passed with success against the 9th rated Buckeye defense, and Decker has pretty good games (100+ yards) against decent squads of Cal and Air Force.
Jordan Shipley, Texas at Missouri – it is time for Shipley to light this thing up. Colt mcCoy is losing Heisman clout already for goodness sake. Same thing I said two weeks ago but still holds true.
Greg Salas, Hawaii hosts Boise – Mrs. Mullins saw a bunch of Bronco fans in LAX yesterday early morning so there will be support. Salas owned the Kibbie Dome last week and is back on the 100T bandwagon. Bronco D is the best the Warriors will see all year but Salas got 75 yards last season – play him.
TY Hilton, FIU at Arkansas State – TY has been MIA in the Sun Belt schedule, against 2 weak Ds and now they get my #53 ranked D. My sleeper Greg Ellingson has stepped up in his absence.
Emmanuel Sanders and Aldrick Robinson, SMU at Houston –lots of catches but little fantasy production in the three weeks since the bye week for Sanders, but Robinson has TD in two straight.
Golden Tate, Notre Dame vs. BC – the 4th best in PPR leagues and this October’s leading 180.5 YPG, Eagles are an average D so giddy up.
Mardy Gilyard, Cincy hosts Louisville – certainly the absence of Pike is an issue
Vincent Brown, San Diego State at Colorado State – true fantasy heads will tune in to see him on the Aztec side and Dion Morton on the Ram side. Neither defense is great so play both.
Donovan Varner / Connor Vernon, Duke and Juron Criner / David Roberts, Arizona 0- a reminder that one game does not a trend make. But, if you have numerous injuries or suspensions, take a shot. Although I may still prefer Vic Hall of Virginia for upside. The Duke kicker Will Snyderwine looks like a great pickup against Maryland this week though.
Chris Bonner, FAU at ULL – stepping up in the absence of Cortez Gent (susp., flu)
Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Iowa at Sparty – Phil Steele like him as an NFL prospect, his first 100 yard game of the season. Problem is, he has only had one century mark broken PER YEAR in his career.
Andre Jones, Akron at Syracuse – great athlete who could normally step up in the ACL-snapped absence of Deryn Bowser. Maybe he goes wildcat the whole time.
No one stands out except the teams on bye weeks – hit the forum for personalized advice tonight and Saturday morning.