Welcome to the first edition of this article and honestly I’m not too sure what to expect of it. I really just needed another place to throw all my thoughts together as the weeks come and go. Let’s get this started!
Taysom Hill has been incredible so far this season. He gets a very intriguing matchup against UVA Saturday at home. It’s intriguing for a few reasons: UVA’s great game against Brett Hundley and how well UVA has done against the pass in 2014. Hill has hit value or close to it every week, which is amazing due to his price and I think UVA finally hitting the road will make it four weeks in a row for Hill.
Justin Thomas has been pretty stellar this season. He has 278 rushing yards, 485 passing yards, and even six passing TDs (seven total TDs). While he will always have big potential because of his legs, this doesn’t seem to be the week to use him. Virginia Tech has always been great against GT’s triple option. In 2013, Vad Lee threw for 142 yards and a 29% completion percentage and only ran for 35 yards on 18 carries against VT.
What’s going to happen to James Conner and the Panthers when they face off against Iowa Saturday afternoon? Conner has been ridiculous on the ground running for 150+ in each game has eight TDs so far. The Hawkeyes have given up 197 yards on 87 carries in three games. Opponents are averaging 2.26 yards per carry and have yet to rush for a TD.
Close to one year ago the ECU Pirates headed to Chapel Hill to take on the Tar Heels. The Pirates came away with a 24-point win and a game that had 86 total points scored. This game looks to have this same kind of potential after ECU just put up 28 points on a very good Virginia Tech passing defense. Also, the Tar Heels are averaging 43.5 points per game. This might be the game to stack and it all starts with the QBs Shane Carden and Marquise Williams.
Thomas Rawls started his 2014 campaign off with a bang rushing for 276 yards and three TDs in just two games. This past week though he was arrested on three felony charges and has been suspended indefinitely from the team. Who knows if he’ll play for Central Michigan again. Now, we have to figure out who is the running back to own for the Chippewas. Saylor Lavallii is the leading rusher with 41 yards and ran for over 800 yards last season.
It’s make or break for Josh Ferguson this weekend against Texas State. Either he puts up nice numbers against TSU or there’s no doubt in my mind that you can’t roster him anymore this season. He has had plenty of good matchups to start off the season and all he has given us is 126 rushing yards and 82 receiving yards. Ferguson does have two TDs, but they haven’t come in the same game. Wes Lunt’s passing ability has turned this Illini offense so pass heavy that I fear Ferguson will never be written about again.
Maty Mauk has put up some very nice TD numbers so far in 2014, but his yardage just isn’t there. He’s not using his legs as much so far, so passing yardage is a must in DFS. Yes, he has 13 TDs, but those high TD numbers won’t last in SEC play. In three great matchups and all close ball games, he has only thrown for 647 yards. With the matchup against Indiana, he has real potential to go for 300+ yards and 4-5 TDs. Bowling Green threw for 395 yards last week against Indiana although it was on 73 attempts. I’m not sure we can compare James Knapke to Maty Mauk, but it’s worth taking a look at.
New Mexico has allowed the most rushing yards per game in 2014. They face off against rival New Mexico State in week 4. Can you say Larry Rose III?! Wait, who is Larry Rose III? LR3 has 238 rushing yards in two games this season.
Tanner McEvoy was terrible against LSU in week one, but great against Western Illinois in week two. His matchup against Bowling Green is closer to WIU in week three. BGSU stacked the box in the first half against Tevin Coleman. If they do that again against Wisconsin then McEvoy could be in for another big game.
Cincinnati had all offseason to get ready for Toledo’s offense and they still gave up three passing TDs to go along with 323 yards. Miami (OH) QB Andrew Hendrix had a huge game against Marshall week one and has 44 carries on the season.
UNLV has given up seven TDs to just 1 INT on the season and averages over 300 yards through the air per game defensively. The most frustrating QB in a great offensive style (John O’Korn) faces them this weekend. Can I just burn $100 now and get it over with?
Last season Connor Halliday threw 89 times for 557 yards, 4 TDs, and 4 INTs against Oregon. An odder turn of events happened when an Oregon coach was upset that Washington State was passing too much in a game they Washington State was getting crushed in. Will we see anything like that again this weekend?