Last Updated: Sep 12, 2012 4:49 PM
A very interesting Week Two is in the books and it is now time to look ahead to the Third 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.
Connor Holliday Washington State QB vs. UNLV: It appears as if Holliday will be the man under center this week for Mike Leach as Jeff Tuel is doubtful to play with a knee injury. The “Air Raid” offense that Leach employs has been down right disappointing thus far, but could easily get on track against a weak UNLV defense. Holliday may be the shot in the arm that the offense needs and could lock down the starting job with a solid performance. Look for Holliday to go over 300 yards passing and add a few scores to the mix.
Casey Pachall TCU QB vs. Kansas: Pachall threw for 200 yards and three scores in a cakewalk last week versus Grambling State. He should play the entire game this week and has a very good chance to post nice numbers. The Jayhawks don’t play much defense and will likely have a hard time containing the TCU offense. Look for Pachall to throw at least two scores on Saturday and a mess of yards.
Ryan Nassib Syracuse QB vs. Stony Brook: Nassib is 2nd in the country with 804 passing yards through the first two games of the season. He has attempted a whopping 112 passes in those two contests and could chuck the rock often against Stony Brook. The Syracuse passing offense should have no problem moving the ball this week and Nassib is likely to continue his hot streak. Look for Nassib to go over 300 yards passing once again in Week Three.
Brett Hundley UCLA QB vs. Houston: This dual-threat QB is coming off a monster performance against Nebraska in which he tallied 358 total yards and four touchdowns. The Bruins offense appears to be much improved in 2012 and Hundley is the triggerman. He could post another huge stat line against a lousy Houston defense that ranks 93rd in the country versus the pass. Expect Hundley and the Bruins offense to move the ball up and down the field this Saturday.
Venric Mark Northwestern RB vs. Boston College: Mark is coming off an outstanding performance against Vanderbilt, totaling 137 yards and a score. He has been a pleasant surprise to fantasy owners and could continue to shine against an average BC defense. Mark is averaging 19 carries per game and should see at least that total against BC. Expect Mark to go over 100 yards this week with a score or two very possible.
Mike Gillislee Florida vs. Tennessee: This Gator has come out of the blocks on fire in 2012. He is averaging 115 yards rushing per game and has found pay dirt four times in two games. He faces a decent Volunteer rush defense but should be able to churn out a productive evening. He did suffer a groin injury last week, but at this time is expected to be ready to face Tennessee in Week Three. Look for Gillislee to go over the 100-yard mark and add a score or two in this SEC battle.
Akeem Shavers Purdue RB vs. Eastern Michigan: Shavers is the main ball carrier for Purdue and could have his best game of the season in Week Three versus Eastern Michigan. The Eagles have been abysmal against the run this season, ranking 118th in the country and allowing almost 275 yards per game on the ground. This could be the perfect medicine to get the Purdue run game rolling. The chances seem to be very good that Shavers will post solid fantasy numbers this Saturday. There is some risk here, but the upside is tremendous.
Fitzgerald Touissant Michigan RB vs. Massachusetts: This talented junior has had a rough start to the 2012 season. He was suspended for the opening week match up versus Alabama and returned last week with seven rushing yards against Air Force. This match up with UMASS seems like the perfect opportunity to get Fitz rolling. He may not play more than a half on Saturday, but that should be ample time to do some damage on the ground. Look for this Wolverine to record his 1st 100-yard game of 2012 this week.
Allen Robinson Penn State WR vs. Navy: Robinson has blossomed into the top wide out for Penn State in 2012. He is averaging roughly 90 yards per game and has 19 receptions in two games. The days of being a running team appear over for the Nittany Lions under new headman, Bill O’Brien. They are throwing the ball early and often and Robinson has been the beneficiary. Robinson could find plenty of open space this week against the Midshipmen. He looks like a nice play this week as a #3 WR in BCS only leagues.
Brent Leonard La-Monroe WR vs. Auburn: Leonard racked up 112 yards and a score on 11 receptions in the Warhawks upset of Arkansas last week. He faces another SEC foe this week in Auburn and will be looking to pull another upset. The Tigers defense is nothing special and could give up some big plays to Leonard and the La-Monroe passing attack. Leonard will have to be heavily involved for the Warhawks to stay in this contest. Look for at least seven receptions and maybe a score against Auburn this week.
Jamie Wilson Western Michigan WR vs. Minnesota: This freshman has started off the season strong with 19 receptions for 213 yards and three scores in the first two contests. Neither team plays much defense so this match up with Minnesota could turn into an old fashioned shoot-out. Look for Wilson to be heavily involved in the high octane Broncos offense. Another day with 100 plus yards and a score seem quite possible for this youngster this weekend.
Andre Davis South Florida WR vs. Rutgers: Davis went ballistic last week in a win over Nevada, collecting 191 yards and two touchdowns through the air. He may be even more heavily involved in the Bulls passing game now that Sterling Griffin is likely out for the season with a knee injury. He also plays in the Thursday night nationally televised game this week, which always seem to turn into fantasy fun. Don’t expect the huge numbers he posted from last week, but he could easily top the 100-yard mark and find the end zone again this week.
Illinois vs. Charleston Southern
Miami vs. Bethune Cookman
Purdue vs. Eastern Michigan
Vanderbilt vs. Presbyterian
Clemson vs. Furman
Michigan vs. UMASS
Oregon vs. Tennessee Tech
Syracuse vs. Stony Brook
West Virginia vs. James Madison
NC State vs. South Alabama
Cincinnati vs. Delaware State
Duke vs. North Carolina Central
Kansas State vs. North Texas
Texas Tech vs. New Mexico
Arizona vs. South Carolina St