Week four of the NCAA season doesn’t give us a whole lot of must see TV, but should give us plenty of fantasy points. With the UNC vs. ECU, Arizona vs. Cal, and Indiana vs. Missouri games Saturday, there’s good reason to believe we’ll see some big plays. I’m a huge fan of many players from these games and you really have to be, especially if you’re looking to take your “bae” out on a hot date Sunday night. So, which players in all slates will get you those funds? Take a look for yourself…
1. Marquise Williams, UNC / Shane Carden, East Carolina – It’s really hard to pick one from this game because they both have so many positive things going on around them. This same game put up 86 points and tons of fantasy points from the QB position last year. Williams didn’t play, but Bryn Renner did and threw for 366 yards and three TDs. Williams can throw it just as good and is a big time runner at the goal line. He has six total TDs this season in two games.
Carden on the other hand did start this game last year and was a game changer. He threw for 376 yards and three TDs and then added another three TDs on the ground. Now, I don’t see three rushing TDs again, but 5-6 total TDs wouldn’t surprise me. ECU just put up 28 points on Virginia Tech’s stellar pass defense and UNC is not even close to VT’s level.
2. Anu Solomon, Arizona – If you have watched any of Arizona’s games this season then you know Solomon is a huge key to the offense. Obviously at the QB position this has to be true, but he runs it very well for a freshman. He has 121 rushing yards on 23 carries this season, but has been just so good through the air. He has thrown for eight TDs while getting intercepted just once. Now, Arizona faces Cal, one of the worst defenses in all of the FBS last season. This could get fun for Solomon real quick.
3. Travis Wilson, Utah – The Michigan defense hasn’t been challenged much this season, but when they have they didn’t do that great. Through the air, Notre Dame threw for three TDs. In what was Golson’s best passing game through three, he threw for just 226 yards, but completed 67% of passes and didn’t throw an INT. So, the matchup is solid for Wilson, but it’s his personal ability that I love. He too is a dual threat and is coming off a five passing TD game against Utah. He’s only thrown for 446 yards in two games, but hasn’t played in a competitive game yet and has a 213.9 ratiing as a QB.
4. Terrel Hunt, Syracuse – Hunt had a huge game last week on the road against Central Michigan, but gets to be at home against Maryland Saturday. While his passing yardage didn’t break 200 against CMU, he did rush for three TDs (had four total that game) and ran for 92 yards. This kind of game plus his price across some of these DFS sites make him a great play considering Maryland just gave up 511 yards and four TDs through the air to Clint Trickett.
5. Tanner McEvoy, Wisconsin – McEvoy could not have looked worse against LSU, bust bounced back in a big way against Western Illinois. The running game struggled and McEvoy saved the day putting up four total TDs and almost 300 passing yards. It was the perfect warm-up game for this one against Bowling Green. Now, we’ll see McEvoy have more confidence against a team that just stacked the box against Indiana and forced their QB to beat them (and he did). He’s going to be tough to own considering his price on some sites, but as a contrarian he could be very good and a big time GPP play.
6. Dylan Thompson, South Carolina – This isn’t the greatest of plays this week, but his price and safeness is great going up against Vanderbilt. He has nine total TDs this season and has really just been great through the air so far. He has faced very good competition in 2014 (ECU, UGA, TAMU) and has a 9:3 TD to INT ratio to go along with averaging 301 passing yards a game. Vandy has yet to intercept someone in 2014 and gave up a pretty big passing day to UMass last weekend when they gave up two passing TDs and 258 passing yards.
7. Cooper Rush, Central Michigan – Look. I’m not thrilled that I have Rush listed as a player to look at, but he’s a high upside play for his price. He’s close to minimum or is minimum on most sites and gets to play Kansas this weekend. Southeast Missouri State’s QB threw for three TDs against Kansas in their first game. Rush did throw for two TDs in two separate games this season so why not give him a shot where you’re trying to save some money.
8. Chris Streveler, Minnesota – Ok. I might have gone off the deep end on this one, but bear with me. If Mitch Leidner is out for this one then take a look at Streveler. He filled in after Leidner got hurt against TCU and put up 33 rushing yards and a passing TD. Last season Leidner was dynamic against San Jose State and ran for four TDs against them. This season should be more of the same as Auburn ran wild on SJSU for six rushing TDs two weeks ago.
1. Tevin Coleman, Indiana – Surprise! Ok, not really. This guy is a best. He’s averaging 9.3 yards per carry. He has five TDs in just two games and he continues to get 20+ carries. I warned you what would happen if he got a full load each game and he’s not disappointing me. Against Missouri he should have another great game especially considering Kareem Hunt from Toledo averaged 9.9 yards per carry against them. Hunt finished with three TDs and 148 rushing yards. Plug. Play. Celebrate.
2. David Cobb, Minnesota – Cobb had himself a tough matchup against TCU, but has a much better one against SJSU Saturday. He is likely to tote the rock a lot against SJSU’s defense with Mitch Leidner out. While Nick Marshall crushed SJSU when they played them two weeks ago, CAP and Grant both averaged over seven yards per carry and as a whole there were six rushing TDs by Auburn. Cobb ran for over 200 yards in week two and I could see him doing that again Saturday.
3. Nick Wilson, Arizona – I have a feeling no matter if TJG is healthy or not, Wilson is going to continue to see a ton of the carries, so I’d roll with him in more lineups than TJG. Why do I say that? Well, he has run for 170+ yards in his two starts has run it 59 times and has three TDs. Last season, Cal gave up almost five yards per carry and 32 rushing TDs. Wilson is an elite option if TJG sits and a great option if he doesn’t.
4. Steven Lakalaka, Hawaii – When Joey Iosefa went down with an injury, we all knew Lakalaka would get the majority of touches, but I don’t think we saw that to mean 32 carries. Against Northern Iowa that’s just what he did and he amassed 124 yards and a TD that game. Colorado’s defense is porous giving up 5.4 yards per carry and seven TDs so far this season. Lakalaka has a prime matchup with the workoad he’s likely to get on Saturday.
5. Samaje Perine, Oklahoma – Perine is a stretch here, but big GPP option in the late games across all sites. Keith Ford is hurt for a few weeks, so it’s someone’s turn to get the bulk of the carries. Alex Ross’ carries have slowly been diminishing while Perine’s have been consistent. In his last game against Tennessee had had ten touches compared to Ross’ five. Against West Virginia, a running back is a good option and I think it’s Perine.
6. Arkansas RB Stack (Collins/Williams) – Have you seen what this duo has done lately? I talked about them in The Fifth Quarter, but pretty much they’ve run for a lot of yards and TDs on not a whole lot of carries. They get their best matchup they’ll see for a little while so take advantage while you can. Northern Illinois has been dominant against the run, but they’ve also faced Presbyterian, UNLV, and Northwestern. All of these teams can’t compare to the running game that Arkansas has.
7. Paul James, Rutgers – Paul James is the Rutgers offense and Navy hasn’t been that great against the run in 2014. So, not surprisingly James finds himself on my rankings. The Midshipmen have given up just three rushing TDs so far, but they are giving up an average of 4.75 yards per carry and over 180 yards per game. James had a huge game on the ground in week one, a huge game through the air in week two, and a dud in week three. His ability to catch the ability and run against this matchup makes him a very solid low owned option.
8. Kenyan Drake, Alabama – The Crimson Tide get their first real test this season as they go up against the Gators Saturday. Drake has been a big surprise for them considering their depth at RB. He has five TDs on his last 18 touches, which is a very surprising stat. He is a dynamic player and with TJ Yeldon’s hamstring injury they are likely to continue to give all three backs touches. At his bottom barrel price, you really can’t get upset with this pick.
1. Justin Hardy, East Carolina – Hardy had an off week against Virginia Tech last week, but you can’t blame him for it – Kendall Fuller is a top cornerback. Now against UNC he gets a much better matchup. He probably won’t be owned at a high percentage due to that VT performance and price, but he should be owned everywhere. In the two games before VT, Hardy had a stat line of 19/220/2 with a passing TD.
2. Ricky Seals-Jones, Texas A&M – RSJ was a safe pick for double digit points and that was about it against SMU this week until the recent news of Speedy Noil’s injury. Now, I think he could easily touch mid 20s when it comes to fantasy points. He has had a TD in every game this season and now Noil’s hurt. This should push at least three to four targets more RSJ’s way against an SMU team that is terrible right now.
3. Rashad Greene, Florida State – Greene is at an affordable price in a matchup that is very nice in a game that FSU is projected to win by 20 or so points. You just know that Jameis Winston’s favorite target is going to be a big part of that. Against Oklahoma State we saw what Greene could do as the lone star receiver. He ended the night with 11 catches, 203 yards, and one TD. He had a productive day against Citadel and should be ready for more against Clemson who hasn’t been tested against the pass in 2014.
4. Deontay Greenberry, Houston – Greenberry has been extremely solid so far in 2014 totaling 17 catches, 280 yards, and two TDs in three games. He can do better though. I’m putting some of that blame on John O’Korn and that’s part of the reason why he’s not number one with this matchup. O’Korn should be fine in this matchup, so I really like Greenberry. UNLV has given up 719 yards and seven TDs against FBS opponents in two games so far this season.
5. Nelson Spruce, Colorado – Spruce has honestly been a better receiver than Paul Richardson was at this point last season. He has 24 catches, 346 yards, and six TDs so far. Against Hawaii this kind of dominance should continue for a few reasons. Last season Hawaii was a bottom ten pass defense and they are on the road. In 2013, Hawaii gave up a TD:INT ratio of 8:6 at home. On the road that ratio turned into 19:3.
6. Kenneth Scott, Utah – Scott is in a very good spot in the Ute’s offense being the tall possession receiver for them. Also, being on the opposite side of Dres Anderson can’t hurt. He’s the clear number two guy for Travis Wilson and although I don’t think Michigan is going to get five TDs thrown on them again, they’re sure to give up two to three. Scott has three TDs so far in two games and for his bottom barrel prices you can’t go wrong with him.
7. Jordan Leslie, BYU – Leslie seems to be the number one guy for Taysom Hill when he chucks it, so you have to consider him against UVA this weekend. UVA has done well so far against the pass, but they’ve all been at home. This weekend is different when they fly up to Utah. Hill is red hot and can’t do wrong. Leslie has 13 catches for 164 yards in the last two games, but doesn’t have a TD catch. This could be the week for him to bring one in.
8. Cayleb Jones, Arizona – While Phillips and Hill continue to be frustrating and inconsistent receivers for the Wildcats, Jones has broken through in the last two weeks. In those two games, he has amassed 13 catches, three TDs, and 259 yards. He’s a big play receiver in a highflying fast offense. What’s not to love in this matchup against Cal? When I said the Bears were terrible last season defensively I really meant it. They gave up over 4,000 passing yards and 32 TDs through the air in 2013.
1. Rory Anderson, South Carolina – For minimum price or close to it on most sites, it’s really hard not to like Anderson in this game against Vanderbilt. He had a huge game against Georgia and looked like his old self ,bringing in a TD catch to go along with five catches for 67 yards.
2. Pharoah Brown, Oregon – Who doesn’t want a piece of this Oregon Ducks offense? With Brown, you get a piece for not a whole lot of salary and at a position that is typically to get consistent points out of. He had four catches and 46 yards against Wyoming and should see some targets against Washington State and their passing defense that made Gary Nova look really good.
3. Jimmay Mundine, Kansas – This is the craziest pick of the article for me, but I honestly don’t see much at tight end for early college football action. Mundine had a productive year last season and against Central Michigan there should be some points scored right? Mundine had three catches against Duke, so Cozart knows he’s alive I guess? That’s a good start right?!