Last Updated: Oct 22, 2013 10:41 AM
A very interesting Week Eight is in the books and it is now time to look ahead to the ninth week of the college football season and the “sneaky” plays it has in store for fantasy owners. Here is a look at some guys who might fill in nicely for owners in need of a potential diamond in the rough.
QB Maty Mauk, Missouri (vs. South Carolina):
This freshman looked like anything but last week against a stout Florida defense. He totaled 310 yards and two scores and looked very comfortable running the Missouri offense. Mauk faces another solid defense in South Carolina this week, but could still find success at home. In a week where there are not many sneaky QB options, Mauk appears to be one of the best. Look for at least 250 total yards and a couple of scores from Mauk in Week Nine.
QB Grant Hedrick, Boise State (vs. BYU):
Hedrick came on in relief of Joe Southwick who left due to a foot injury and ran for 115 yards and two rushing scores against Nevada. He could post big numbers in a match up with BYU that could see both teams moving the ball up and down the field. A game of 300 total yards and a couple of scores does not appear out of the question for Hedrick on Friday night.
RB Traylon Shead, SMU (vs. Temple):
He’s back! Shead posted 83 yards and two scores in his second game back from injury. He displayed the form that many fantasy owners were expecting to see entering this season. There is no reason to think that Shead won’t score a couple of touchdowns this week against a bad Temple rush defense that ranks 101st in the country this year. Look for this bruising back to see a steady dose of carries this week. Shead could be an attractive option for owners in need of spark during the late season playoff push.
RB Jerron Seymour, Vanderbilt (vs. Texas A&M):
Seymour carried the load last week and scored two rushing touchdowns in the Commodores upset of Georgia. He has scored a touchdown in every game this year except for one and has eight rushing scores in total. He could have a big day against a terrible Texas A&M defense that ranks 112th in the nation and gives up plenty of big plays. Seymour could see a ton of carries this week as Vanderbilt tries to play ball control and keep the potent Aggies offense on the sidelines. This sophomore could post big numbers if the Commodores can keep the game close.
RB Kareem Hunt, Toledo (vs. Bowling Green):
This pick is entirely contingent on David Fluellen’s playing status this week against Bowling Green. Hunt filled in last week for an injured Fluellen and piled up 127 rushing yards and two scores against Navy. Hunt could put up excellent numbers this week against Bowling Green if Fluellen is unable to go. A 100-yard day with a couple of scores seem well within reach for Hunt if he is called upon to carry the load for the Rockets in Week Nine.
RB Kapri Bibbs, Colorado State (vs. Hawaii):
Bibbs has scored three rushing touchdowns in two of the last three games and added 201 rushing yards last week against Wyoming. He is tearing it up in conference play and could continue that trend this week versus Hawaii. The Warriors defense could have a very difficult time stopping Bibbs and the Rams offense. Look for Bibbs to continue his hot streak and score a couple of touchdowns on the big island. Pick up Bibbs immediately if he is still available in your league.
RB Michael Adkins II, Colorado (vs. Arizona):
As far as fantasy rules go, not playing a Colorado running back is right up there with the best of them. Adkins may be putting that rule to the test with his most recent performance. He ran for 137 yards and four scores last week against Charleston Southern and looks to be an impact player for the Buffs. Fantasy owners should not expect those lofty numbers again this week, but 100 yards and a score seem within reach against Arizona. Start this freshman in what could be a closer game than the experts think this week.
WR Allen Hurns, Miami (vs. Wake Forest):
Hurns is the Hurricanes leading receiver and is averaging almost 97 receiving yards per game over his last four games. That yardage figures to go up with Phillip Dorsett out for up to 6 weeks with a knee injury. He could do some real damage this week against a Wake Forest defense that may have a hard time stopping the Miami offense. Look for Hurns to clear the 100-yard mark this week and possibly find his way into the end zone against the Demon Deacons. Hurns could be a nice #3 WR play in BCS only leagues this week.
WR Nelson Agholor, USC (vs. Utah):
This talented sophomore is averaging 125 yards receiving over the past two games and appears to be a favorite target of Cody Kessler. The playing status of Marqis Lee is questionable again this week and Kessler could lean on Agholor early and often in this contest. Agholor could find plenty of open space against a Utah pass defense that ranks 95th in the country. This Trojan could be a solid #2 wide out in BCS only formats this week.
Nebraska vs. Minnesota
Baylor vs. Kansas
Louisville vs. South Florida
UCF vs. UCONN
Ball State vs. Akron
Ohio vs. Miami Ohio
Clemson vs. Maryland
Northern Illinois vs. Eastern Michigan
Notre Dame vs. Air Force
Ole Miss vs. Idaho