Another week has come and gone and I have spent another edition of The Fifth Quarter talking about zero SEC teams/players. They have their own network though, so I don’t feel bad. I want to talk about players doing big things (or little things) in other places than the Southeast. While I talk all about these other players from small conferences, oddly enough two of them were former SEC players. This Texas A&M transfer came in hot in his first start and could be around for a while.
Matt Davis hit us like a wrecking ball. Everyone expected Dane Evans to have a huge game against SMU, but not many expected Matt Davis to have just as big of a game. While Evans threw for five TDs, Davis threw for 200 yards, ran for 181 yards and totaled three TDs. Davis a former Texas A&M QB who made his first start in 2014 against Tulsa. He responded with huge numbers. SMU has a pretty soft schedule the rest of the way with South Florida being their next game. Greg Ward Jr was very efficient against them throwing 15 for 19 against them. With the dual threat ability of Davis, he could have major potential to end the season.
Antwan Goodley is still the guy. Look. I’m not happy about how Corey Coleman dominated the Oklahoma game, but the truth remains that Coleman benefitted from a soft left side of the defense. A soft cushion is what allowed that huge game from him and prevented Goodley from his own big game. Goodley still ended the game with a 9/92/0 line, but didn’t reach the end zone. Baylor has some very enticing matchups to end the season, but beware of overpaying for Coleman. While he’ll be a great play due to the offense and ability to find the end zone, he’s very up and down with catch totals making him highly volatile. Hit catch totals in 2014 are 12, 1, 8, 5, 3, and 15.
Plug and play in Pullman. That’s right. When it comes to Washington State QBs, you can just plug and play and these guys will just perform for you. Luke Falk followed up a 57 attempt, 346 yard and two TD performance with a 61 attempt, 471 yard, and five TD performance. While Oregon State’s pass defense isn’t the best, it’s respectable enough to know that the Cougars have themselves a great replacement for Connor Halliday. What’s even more interesting with this situation is that even without River Cracraft, six different players had six catches or more. Mayle, Baker, Lewis, Myers, and even the running back Morrow were very reliable against the Beavers.
Rakeem Cato efficient but struggling. Cato has been very good in 2014, but just hasn’t put up tons of fantasy numbers because of his lack of attempts. As I tweeted Sunday, he has only three games of nine with 30+ attempts compared to nine of 14 in 2013. Not surprisingly, his completions are way down as well. The emergence of Devon Johnson has been a major part of this. He’s been crazy good averaging 8.8 yards per carry with 15 rushing TDs. His play plus Cato’s effectiveness has led to big leads and more runs. In 2013, Marshall ran the ball at a 52.2% clip. In 2014, they’re running it a 57.7% rate. These numbers don’t bode well for Cato’s fantasy potential.
Is Dee Hart the most underused RB in the country? I certainly think so, and it doesn’t look like that’ll be changing any time soon. Dee Hart is about to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark and he only has 144 carries. H’s averaging 6.3 yard per carry and has 11 rushing TDs on the season. In ten games this season though, he only has three games of 20+ carries. You know it’s bad when Colorado State’s star receiver is out, Hart is averaging over ten yards per carry in the game and he still ends with just 11 carries. Rostering Hart at any time the rest of this season is too risky unless way underpriced. He just doesn’t get the carries to see the upside you need for his price.