Daily Blog • October 24th

By Phil Steele

My QB's of the Week
Stephen Morris, Miami • Brayle Brown, ULM • Maty Mauk, Missouri

QB Stephen Morris (Miami, FL) – While Stephen Morris threw 4 interceptions in last week’s matchup against UNC, he did surpass the 300 yard mark for a 2nd consecutive week. As far as the 4 interceptions go, he had just a total of 4 coming in so this was a bit of an aberration in our opinion. Next up is a meeting with a WF defense that has surrendered an avg of 336 ypg in the air over their past 3 contests. Look for Morris to reach that 300 yard plateau once again minus the abundance of turnovers.

QB Brayle Brown (ULM) – With defending SBC Player of the year Colton Browing expected to miss this weekend, Brayle Brown is the epitome of a Surprise Fantasy selection against Georgia St despite his 1-6 ratio on the year. The Panthers have surrendered 515 ypg against their FBS opponents so another dismal performance should be expected with Brown leading the way for ULM.

QB Maty Mauk (Missouri) – No James Franklin? No problem for MO as frosh Maty Mauk has proven to be a solid asset during his short term under center. After a 295 yd, 2 total td outing last week against Florida, Mauk and company now take on a South Carolina squad off an upset loss to Tennessee and playing their 3rd straight SEC game away from home. The Gamecocks are allowing 384 ypg on the road in 2013 and we believe that Mizzou’s offense will once again flourish this weekend.

My RB's of the Week
Ryan Jackson, Houston • Jamal Wilson, UMass • Mark Weisman, Iowa

RB Ryan Jackson (Houston) – With 631 total yards rushing and receiving Ryan Jackson has proven that the Cougars aren’t just a passing team in 2013 as he has surpassed the 100 yard rushing mark twice on the year while reaching the endzone at least once in 4 of UH’s 6 contests. The Rutgers defense has been victimized their last 2 games to the tune of 558 yds vs SMU and 461 yds vs Louisville. With the Knights also allowing 151 yds on the ground last week, we like Jackson’s chances in this matchup.

RB Jamal Wilson (UMass) – Oh yes we did! We took a player from UMass among our Surprise Fantasy candidates this weekend. The reasoning? How about a matchup against a Western Michigan run defense that has allowed 283 ypg on the ground in 2013. After missing the first 2 games of the season and playing sparingly in the next 2, Wilson has seen 20+ carries in 2 of the last 3 games and should find himself over the 100 yard mark for the 2nd time this season against the Broncos.

RB Mark Weisman (Iowa) – After struggles the past 2 games, we expect Mark Weisman to get back on track here against a Northwestern rush defense that has allowed 188 ypg on the road this year including 286 a few weeks back against Wisconsin. Weisman has four 100 yard rushing outings already in 2013 and as the temps get cooler, Iowa will lean on their main man more and more as the season progresses. 

My WR's of the Week
Shaun Joplin, Bowling Green • William Dukes, FAU • Chandler Jones, San Jose St

WR Shaun Joplin (Bowling Green) – Star players generally show up against their rivals so an expected solid performance for Shaun Joplin against Toledo should be in the offing. The Rockets have allowed 460+ yards in 2 of their last 3 contests and over 400 ypg on the road this year. Big things have been expected out of BG all year and we project that to come to fruition here with Joplin leading the way.

WR William Dukes (FAU) – Despite just a 2-5 record on the season, we like the chances of FAU keeping this week’s contest against Auburn a bit closer than expected as the Tigers have surrendered 471 ypg vs FBS opponents this year. Dukes is 1st on the team in both rec yards and rec td’s so judging by the numbers, we feel that he will have plenty of chances this weekend as the Owls look to keep this one tight.

WR Chandler Jones (San Jose St) – While San Jose St’s 3-3 record is a bit of a disappointment, Chandler Jones’ performance has not been as he has more than doubled the Spartans’ #2 receivers in receptions, yards and rec td’s. Next on the docket for SJSt is a date with Wyoming who continues to struggle on the defensive side of the ball allowing 485 ypg on the road this year. Jones should shine once again so grab him if he’s available.

My D's of the Week
Ohio • Ole Miss • ULM

Ohio Defense – We continue to go against the Miami, OH offense nearly each and every week on this blog and for good reason as the RedHawks are averaging just 10 ppg and 226 ypg on the year and things don’t appear to be getting any better. The Bobcats are the lucky opponent this weekend and while they have surrendered 23 ppg and 394 ypg on the year, we look for a cut in those numbers against Miami.

Ole Miss Defense – Teams have been known to struggle when venturing out of conference play this late in the season but a matchup against Idaho is a breath of fresh air for an Ole Miss defense that has played Texas, Alabama, Auburn, A&M and LSU in their past 5 contests. The Vandals are in the midst of another horrendous season averaging just 100 ppg and 338 ypg on the road in 2013. The Rebels are nearly a lock for a big defensive outing this weekend.

ULM Defense – Much like the previous 2 defenses in this week’s blog, ULM was also selected due to their opponent’s offense being a liability. Georgia St is averaging just 9 ppg and 254 ypg away from home this year as they continue their march to a winless season. ULM on the other hand is allowing a decent 362 ypg at home in ’13 and we expect them to cut that average down a bit here.


CollegeFootballGeek.com’s Sneaky Plays – Week 9
By Kevin Mount, CollegeFootballGeek.com

A very interesting Week Eight is in the books and it is now time to look ahead to the ninth week of the college football season and the “sneaky” plays it has in store for fantasy owners. Here is a look at some guys who might fill in nicely for owners in need of a potential diamond in the rough.


QB Maty Mauk, Missouri (vs. South Carolina):
This freshman looked like anything but last week against a stout Florida defense. He totaled 310 yards and two scores and looked very comfortable running the Missouri offense. Mauk faces another solid defense in South Carolina this week, but could still find success at home. In a week where there are not many sneaky QB options, Mauk appears to be one of the best. Look for at least 250 total yards and a couple of scores from Mauk in Week Nine.  

QB Grant Hedrick, Boise State (vs. BYU):
Hedrick came on in relief of Joe Southwick who left due to a foot injury and ran for 115 yards and two rushing scores against Nevada. He could post big numbers in a match up with BYU that could see both teams moving the ball up and down the field. A game of 300 total yards and a couple of scores does not appear out of the question for Hedrick on Friday night. 


RB Traylon Shead, SMU (vs. Temple):
He’s back! Shead posted 83 yards and two scores in his second game back from injury. He displayed the form that many fantasy owners were expecting to see entering this season. There is no reason to think that Shead won’t score a couple of touchdowns this week against a bad Temple rush defense that ranks 101st in the country this year. Look for this bruising back to see a steady dose of carries this week. Shead could be an attractive option for owners in need of spark during the late season playoff push.  

RB Jerron Seymour, Vanderbilt (vs. Texas A&M):
Seymour carried the load last week and scored two rushing touchdowns in the Commodores upset of Georgia. He has scored a touchdown in every game this year except for one and has eight rushing scores in total. He could have a big day against a terrible Texas A&M defense that ranks 112th in the nation and gives up plenty of big plays. Seymour could see a ton of carries this week as Vanderbilt tries to play ball control and keep the potent Aggies offense on the sidelines. This sophomore could post big numbers if the Commodores can keep the game close.

RB Kareem Hunt, Toledo (vs. Bowling Green):
This pick is entirely contingent on David Fluellen’s playing status this week against Bowling Green. Hunt filled in last week for an injured Fluellen and piled up 127 rushing yards and two scores against Navy. Hunt could put up excellent numbers this week against Bowling Green if Fluellen is unable to go. A 100-yard day with a couple of scores seem well within reach for Hunt if he is called upon to carry the load for the Rockets in Week Nine.

RB Kapri Bibbs, Colorado State (vs. Hawaii):
Bibbs has scored three rushing touchdowns in two of the last three games and added 201 rushing yards last week against Wyoming. He is tearing it up in conference play and could continue that trend this week versus Hawaii. The Warriors defense could have a very difficult time stopping Bibbs and the Rams offense. Look for Bibbs to continue his hot streak and score a couple of touchdowns on the big island. Pick up Bibbs immediately if he is still available in your league.

RB Michael Adkins II, Colorado (vs. Arizona):
As far as fantasy rules go, not playing a Colorado running back is right up there with the best of them. Adkins may be putting that rule to the test with his most recent performance. He ran for 137 yards and four scores last week against Charleston Southern and looks to be an impact player for the Buffs. Fantasy owners should not expect those lofty numbers again this week, but 100 yards and a score seem within reach against Arizona. Start this freshman in what could be a closer game than the experts think this week.  


WR Allen Hurns, Miami (vs. Wake Forest):
Hurns is the Hurricanes leading receiver and is averaging almost 97 receiving yards per game over his last four games. That yardage figures to go up with Phillip Dorsett out for up to 6 weeks with a knee injury. He could do some real damage this week against a Wake Forest defense that may have a hard time stopping the Miami offense. Look for Hurns to clear the 100-yard mark this week and possibly find his way into the end zone against the Demon Deacons. Hurns could be a nice #3 WR play in BCS only leagues this week.

WR Nelson Agholor, USC (vs. Utah):
This talented sophomore is averaging 125 yards receiving over the past two games and appears to be a favorite target of Cody Kessler. The playing status of Marqis Lee is questionable again this week and Kessler could lean on Agholor early and often in this contest. Agholor could find plenty of open space against a Utah pass defense that ranks 95th in the country. This Trojan could be a solid #2 wide out in BCS only formats this week. 

Nebraska vs. Minnesota
Baylor vs. Kansas
Louisville vs. South Florida
Ball State vs. Akron
Ohio vs. Miami Ohio
Clemson vs. Maryland
Northern Illinois vs. Eastern Michigan
Notre Dame vs. Air Force
Ole Miss vs. Idaho

There you have it everyone, enjoy this week’s action and always remember to have fun playing college fantasy football. Good luck this week!


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CollegeFootballGeek.com's 2013 College Fantasy Player Rankings - Week 9
Todd DeVries, CollegeFootballGeek.com

1Jordan LynchNIU1Bishop SankeyWASH1Davante AdamsFRES
2Johnny ManzielTXAM2Ka'Deem CareyARIZ2Brandin CooksORST
3Derek CarrFRES3Carlos HydeOHST3Mike EvansTXAM
4Marcus MariotaORE4Andre WilliamsBC4Antwan GoodleyBAY
5Brett SmithWYOM5Antonio AndrewsWKU5Jordan MatthewsVAND
6Jameis WinstonFSU6Lache SeastrunkBAY6Deontay GreenberryHOU
7Cody FajardoNEV7Kenneth DixonLTEC7Tevin ReeseBAY
8Bryce PettyBAY8Bronson HillEMIC8Jeremy JohnsonSMU
9Tajh BoydCLEM9Mike DavisSCAR9Willie SneadBALL
10Braxton MillerOHST10Ameer AbdullahNEB10Chandler JonesSJOS
11Sean MannionORST11Jahwan EdwardsBALL11Sammy WatkinsCLEM
12Garrett GilbertSMU12Jeremy HillLSU12Allen RobinsonPSU
13B.J. DenkerARIZ13Tre MasonAUB13Alex AmidonBC
14Keith WenningBALL14Trey WattsTULS14Darius JosephSMU
15Teddy BridgewaterLOUI15Dri ArcherKENS15Josh HarperFRES
16Taysom HillBYU16T.J. YeldonALAB16Jordan WilliamsBALL
17John O'KornHOU17Byron MarshallORE17Jarvis LandryLSU
18Brett HundleyUCLA18Branden OliverBUFF18Devante DavisUNLV
19Travis WilsonUTAH19Robert LoweTEXS19Bralon AddisonORE
20Nick MarshallAUB20Jay AjayiBOIS20Chris HarperCAL
21Blake BortlesUCF21Travis GreeneBG21Josh HuffORE
22David FalesSJOS22Darrin ReavesUAB22Odell Beckham JrLSU
23Daniel SamsKANS23Kapri BibbsCSU23Brandon WimberlyNEV
24Keith PriceWASH24Jerron SeymourVAND24Dominic RufranWYOM
25Grant HedrickBOIS25David FluellenTOLE25Quinshad DavisUNC
26Zach MettenbergerLSU26Marteze WallerFRES26Michael CampanaroWAKE
27Davis WebbTTCH27Traylon SheadSMU27Ty MontgomerySTAN
28Logan ThomasVTEC28Duke JohnsonMIAF28Josh StewartOKST
29Maty MaukMIZZ29Storm JohnsonUCF29Shane Williams-RhodesBOIS
30Keenan ReynoldsNAVY30Tyler GaffneySTAN30Albert WilsonGEOS
31Jameill ShowersUTEP31Shaun WickWYOM31Paul RichardsonCOLO
32Tyler TettletonOHIO32Mark WeismanIOWA32DeVante ParkerLOUI
33Eric SozaUTSA33Kenyan DrakeALAB33Cody HoffmanBYU
34Bo WallaceMISS34Jeremy LangfordMCST34Tyler WinstonSJOS
35Dak PrescottMSST35De'Anthony ThomasORE35Jordan LeslieUTEP
36Christian HackenbergPSU36Charles SimsWVU36Corey BrownOHST
37Taylor McHargueRICE37Imani CrossNEB37DaVaris DanielsND
38P.J. WalkerTEMP38Kevin ParksVIRG38Jamison CrowderDUKE
39A.J. McCarronALAB39Glasco MartinBAY39Isaiah BurseFRES
40Stephen MorrisMIAF40Cameron StingilyNIU40Eric ThomasTROY
41Vad LeeGTEC41Kareem HuntTOLE41Tyler BoydPITT
42Ronnie BellGEOS42Adam MuemaSDST42Laquon TreadwellMISS
43Kevin HoganSTAN43Dallas CrawfordMIAF43Bernard ReedyTOLE
44Rakeem CatoMARS44Kendall BrockNEV44Tommy ShulerMARS
45Blake BellOKLA45Isaac BennettPITT45Corey DavisWMIC
46Caleb HerringUNLV46Jamaal WilliamsBYU46T.J. JonesND
47Anthony BooneDUKE47Thomas TynerORE47Nelson AgholorUSC
48J.W. WalshOKST48James SimsKAN48Marqise LeeUSC
49Sam RichardsonIWST49Trayion DurhamKENS49Damian CopelandLOUI
50Jared GoffCAL50Jeremy SmithOKST50Dres AndersonUTAH
1Jace AmaroTTCH1Roberto AguayoFSU1LSU Tigers 
2Eric EbronUNC2Chandler CatanzaroCLEM2Florida St. Seminoles  
3Kivon CartwrightCSU3Michael HunnicuttOKLA3Virginia Tech Hokies 
4Nick O'LearyFSU4Aaron JonesBAY4Alabama Crimson Tide 
5Tyreese RussellEMIC5Cody JournellVTEC5Auburn Tigers 
6Troy NiklasND6Cody ParkeyAUB6Missouri Tigers 
7Austin Seferian-JenkinsWASH7Drew BasilOHST7Miami Hurricanes
8Braxton DeaverDUKE8Richie LeoneHOU8Notre Dame
9E.J. BibbsIWST9Chase HoverSMU9Louisville Cardinals
10Tyler KroftRUTG10John WallaceLOUI10Michigan St. Spartans
11Steve MarckMIAO11Colby DelahoussayLSU11N. Illinois Huskies
12Jordan LeggettCLEM12Jordan WilliamsonSTAN12UCF Knights
13Clive WalfordMIAF13Andrew RitterMISS13Mississippi Rebels
14Gator HoskinsMARS14Mike MeyerIOWA14Clemson Tigers
15Jake McGeeVIRG15Scott SecorBALL15Nebraska Cornhuskers
16Jimmay MundineKAN16Andy PhillipsUTAH16TCU Horned Frogs
17Crockett GillmoreCSU17Colin McGuireFRES17Texas Longhorns
18Jesse JamesPSU18Kyle BrindzaND18Baylor Bears
19Richard RodgersCAL19Justin HaigMARS19BYU Cougars
20John MundtORE20Chris BoswellRICE20Stanford Cardinal

For complete up-to-date college fantasy football player rankings and statistical projections, visit CollegeFootballGeek.com

Scoring System Used for CFG Rankings:
4 points per passing touchdown
6 points per rushing/receiving touchdown
25 passing yards = 1 point
10 rushing/receiving yards = 1 point
1 interception = -2 points
1 reception = 0.5 points


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