It’s the most wonderful time of the year folks. While the fantasy action might not be as entertaining, the games will certainly keep up happy. With games starting just within two weeks of today, I’ve already started looking at match=ups. Nothing screams “Kaydreaming” more than envisioning who will be in my lineups weeks from now. Here are the players with the match-ups to make you salivate weeks in advance.
Elijah McGuire is easily the best running back in the ULL offense, but he does split some time with Alonzo Harris. This will likely still be the case in the bowl game, but if he still gets his typical 18-22 touches he should put up big numbers against Nevada. McGuire averaged 7.8ypc during the regular season and scored 16 TDs. Not only did he rush for 1,165 yards, but he added 40 catches and 414 yards through the air. Nevada’s rush defense has been pretty rough this season. They rank in the 80s in terms of yards allowed per game and I really like the 4.83ypc average they have given up. Nevada allowed 5.25ypc average or worse in two of the last three games.
Kenneth Dixon is a TD machine and he proved it last week against Marshall. Even in a low scoring game, he scored three TDs. In fact, in three of his last four games he has recorded three TDs. Dixon has 21 TDs on the season and as I tweeted just the other day, Cody Sokol can’t be trusted. Dixon can though. He has three straight 100-yard rushing games and five straight of 75+. Against Illinois he should easily be able to replicate that. They are the sixth worst rush defense in the country allowing 250 yards per game and a 5.11ypc average. In seven games, they allowed seven different games of multiple TDs.
Josh Robinson is yet another running back I love headed into bowl season due to productivity and matchup. Duh! He rushed for 6.4ypc in 2014 with 11 TDs. He has struggled in recent games, but his matchups haven’t been the best. Against UT-Martin and Vandy he was barely used in blowouts. Against Alabama and Ole Miss he rushed 12 times against great defenses. Georgia Tech isn’t a great defense though. Their rush defense doesn’t give up a crazy amount of yards per game, but that’s probably because of how little the other team has the ball against them. They still average over five yards per carry though. This should make for a great opportunity for Robinson in the Orange Bowl.
Jamison Crowder struggled to start the season, but came on strong towards the end of 2014’s regular season. In his first six games, he caught 32 passes. In his final six games though, he caught 46 passes. Crowder went for 99+ yards in four games this season and three of those games came in the final half of the season. Four of his six TDs came in the second half of the season. Now, Crowder gets a 106th ranked Arizona State pass defense when it comes to yardage allowed and 95th in yards/attempt. ASU really struggled down the stretch giving up four straight games of two TDs and 7.6 yards/attempt or better.
Rashard Higgins has himself a prime matchup against Utah and he’s easily the best receiver on Colorado State. Utah ranks 91st in passing yardage allowed and has given up 22 TDs through the air in 2014. Rashard Higgins amazingly averaged over 16 yards per catch in every game but two this season. He has seven straight games of 140+ yards. Higgins has seven TDs in his last four games. To me, this seems like one of the easiest stud plays of the bowl season. His matchup and production should leave you sleeping easy once he’s locked into your lineup.