Week nine of the college football season is likely never going to be discussed the minute it ends, but there’s nothing wrong with that. Just because the games have no real hype doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about them. And just like great weekends getting replaced with a bad weekend, we have many injured players getting replaced by their backups. Let’s chat replacement players here for a little bit in this week’s Kaydreaming.
Illinois – The QB situation has been up for grabs since Wes Lunt was injured a few weeks back and this week we could see a third Illinois QB start a game. Reilly O’Toole hasn’t been impressive while Aaron Bailey filled in nicely to end last week’s game. He was just two for five passing, but had 12 rushes for 75 yards and a TD against Wisconsin. The current QB situation on the website lists both as a starter, but if Bailey does get the nod I really like him. Minnesota just got beat up by Appleby from Purdue for four total TDs and almost 80 rushing yards on ten carries. Stay tuned to this starter info as the week progresses.
Texas Tech – The two top receivers for the Red Raiders could be out this week, so surely follow their news. Bradley Marquez was injured against Kansas and didn’t finish the game. Jakeem Grant was injured in a slightly odd fashion as he was stabbed in an off-campus shooting. Grant also banged up his ankle and shoulder in last week’s game, but that shouldn’t keep him out. I think based off quotes from the head coach so far this week that at least one plays this week. Reginald Davis is the third leading receiver on the season and scored against the Jayhawks last week. Devin Lauderdale had that great game two weeks ago, but didn’t record a stat last week. Those are two names to keep an eye on going into the game against TCU.
Arizona State – Poor Mike Bercovici. The guy plays great for the Sun Devils and keeps them in the Pac-12 hunt, but is going to be pushed to the curb for Taylor Kelly. It’s looking like Kelly will be back to play against the Washington Huskies on Saturday, which is a great thing for DFS players. His price should be low for at least one week. Kelly has been great in 2014 throwing for six TDs and recording another two on the ground. He has been practicing since October 9th and was held out of last game as a precaution. Look for him to prove his foot is just fine in his first game back.
Boise State – Matt Miller, the Broncos star receiver, was lost for the season a few games ago and we’ve seen how they’re going to run their offense post-Miller. Thomas Sperbeck has taken over Miller’s role not only as pass catcher, but as trick play QB. He only had two catches for 21 yards last game, but also added one rush for six yards and two passes for a TD. It doesn’t look like Sperbeck will ever get to 8-10 catches a game, but if he can catch 5-6 with possible rushing/passing potential then he could provide good value on some sites. One other guy to keep an eye on is Jeremy McNichols. The Broncos moved him around a bit against Fresno State catching three passes for 20 yards. He’s a freshman that’s getting more and more trust from senior QB, Grant Hedrick.
Clemson – In the last few weeks we’ve seen both Deshaun Watson and Adam Choice go down because of injury. Cole Stoudt is the clear QB now with Watson out, but there is no clear replacement at running back just yet. Let’s talk Stoudt and then get to the running back situation. Stoudt looked much better his second time around throwing for 285 yards on 45 passes. He didn’t throw a TD, but also didn’t record an INT. It’ll be interesting to see how Clemson’s offensive game plan changes with the running back situation being weak. As for that situation, it looks like Wayne Gallman will get most of the carries from here on out. He ran 15 times against Boston College, but wasn’t impressive only gaining 39 yards on the ground. Stoudt looks like the play here rather than Gallman.