Last Updated: Sep 19, 2012 5:02 PM
A very interesting Week Three is in the books and it is now time to look ahead to the Fourth 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.
Bo Wallace Ole Miss QB vs. Tulane: Wallace has been a pleasant surprise through the early part of the season. He has shown a good arm and the ability to make some plays with his feet. He could be in line for his best fantasy game to date against a Tulane defense that ranks 107th in the nation in total defense. Wallace could easily account for close to 300 total yards and a few scores this week. He is a decent option in BCS only leagues for owners who have starting QB’s on bye in Week Four.
Sean Renfree Duke QB vs. Memphis: I know it seems like Renfree has been at Duke since the Christian Laetner days, but he still has eligibility. He is not the sexiest pick by any means, but does post nice numbers against inferior opponents. Look for Renfree to find Jamison Crowder and Conner Vernon early and often against Memphis. Renfree could easily approach 300 passing yards and add a few scores this weekend.
Tevin Washington Georgia Tech QB vs. Miami: Washington has been a consistent performer so far in 2012 and is fresh off a four-touchdown performance against Virginia last week. This week he faces one of the worst defenses we have seen in a long time in Miami. The “U” is dead and their defense is a mess. The Georgia Tech offense could carve them up and Washington could post a huge stat line. Fantasy owners could see another multiple touchdown performance from this talented runner in Week Four.
Rakeem Cato Marshall QB vs. Rice: Cato is putting up huge passing numbers and leads the nation averaging 407 yards per game through the air. He has been throwing the ball all over the field and that trend should continue this week against a horrific Rice defense. This game could be one of the highest scoring games of the season period. Cato could approach 450 yards passing with 3 or 4 scores thrown into the mix. Start him this week.
LaDarius Perkins Miss St RB vs. South Alabama: Perkins has scored in all three games this season including a one-touchdown 179-yard effort last week versus Troy. He should continue his scoring streak this week against an over matched South Alabama defense. Perkins looks to be a solid option to put up #2 type numbers in certain matchups, and this looks like one of those. Look for Perkins to find his way into the end zone on Saturday night and likely add at least 100 total yards.
Rajion Neal Tennessee RB vs. Akron: Neal appears to have assumed control of the starting tailback position for Tennessee and could be useful to fantasy owners against weaker competition. The Akron Zips are just that and will probably have a hard time stopping the Vols from doing whatever they want on the offensive side of the ball. Neal could get a steady diet of carries in the second half after the Zips will has been broken. This junior could find pay dirt at least once this week.
Antonio Andrews Western Kentucky RB vs. Southern Miss: Andrews had not done much until blowing up in last week’s upset of Kentucky. He totaled 161 yards and three scores and more importantly toted the ball 34 times. This may be the springboard for Andrews to assume control as the starter and we all know what a Western Kentucky running back can do. There is some risk here, but the ceiling is very high against a weak Southern Miss defense. This could be the start of something big for fantasy owners..dare we say Bobby Rainey?
Jordan Hall Ohio State RB vs. UAB: Hall saw his first game action of 2012 last week against Cal and responded with 87 yards on 17 carries. He was being talked about as a playmaker for the Buckeyes in the spring before getting injured and now appears to be healthy and ready to contribute. The match up against UAB is a juicy one as they rank 109th in the country against the run, giving up 220 yards per game. Look for Hall to cross the 100-yard mark and likely find the end zone at least one time against the Blazers.
Jamison Crowder Duke WR vs. Memphis: Crowder has been very consistent thus far in 2012. He is averaging almost 8 receptions per game and just under 100 yards. This Blue Devil could torch a horrid Memphis pass defense that ranks 91st in the country. The Duke offense should have no problem moving the ball this weekend and Crowder will likely be a large part of the fun.
Brandon Carter TCU WR vs. Virginia: If Josh Boyce is the #1 in the TCU passing game, then Carter is #1A. He has found the end zone three times in the first two games and is averaging just over 80 yards receiving per game. He is a huge part of an underrated TCU passing game. Carter could find more open space this week in a match up with Virginia that could turn out to be a high scoring affair. He makes a solid #3 wide out with upside in many leagues.
Alonzo Russell Toledo WR vs. Coastal Carolina: This freshman is the leading receiver for Toledo and is coming a 152 yard effort against Bowling Green in Week Three. He is averaging a robust 21.2 yards per reception and could catch a deep one or two against Coastal Carolina. The Toledo offense should be able to move the ball at will this weekend and Russell could continue his hot streak.
Erik Highsmith North Carolina WR vs. East Carolina: Highsmith is showing signs of fantasy life after a slow start to the season. He scored for the first time last week against Louisville and could build upon that this week versus East Carolina. The Pirates pass defense is atrocious, yielding 310 yards per game. The Tar Heels passing game could be in full force this week and Highsmith could be a big factor. Look for him to snare his first 100-yard game of the year this week.
Ohio State vs. UAB
Ohio vs. Norfolk State
Northwestern vs. South Dakota
Nebraska vs. Idaho State
Pittsburgh vs. Gardner Webb
Texas A&M vs. South Carolina State
Mississippi State vs. South Alabama
Arkansas State vs. Alcorn State
Toledo vs. Coastal Carolina
Tennessee vs. Akron