Last Updated: Sep 26, 2012 5:22 AM
A very interesting Week Four is in the books and it is now time to look ahead to the Fifth 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.
Taylor Kelly Arizona State QB vs. Cal: Kelly is coming off his best game of the season last week versus Utah. He threw for 326 yards and added three scoring passes in the win. The Sun Devils offense is starting to roll and Kelly is driving the car. He could find more success this week against a Cal defense that ranks 79th in the nation defending the pass. Kelly could approach 300 total yards and a few scores this week in a potential Pac 12 shoot out.
Sean Mannion Oregon State QB vs. Arizona: This talented sophomore is coming off a torching of UCLA that included 379 passing yards and two scores. He has all the physical tools and appears ready to break out. Mannion has two talented receivers to throw to in Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks. The Arizona secondary is not very good and could have a real problem containing Mannion and crew this weekend. Look for this Beaver to approach 300 yards passing for a second straight week against the Wildcats.
Derek Carr Fresno State QB vs. San Diego State: Carr has put up decent fantasy numbers thus far in 2012, averaging 265 yards passing per game and throwing nine touchdowns. He could far exceed those numbers this week versus a weak San Diego State defense that comes in ranked 93rd in the country against the pass. Look for Carr to find plenty of open throwing lanes and toss two or three touchdown passes against the Aztecs.
Matthew Tucker TCU RB vs. SMU: Tucker had been sharing the backfield duties with Waymon James to start the season, but that changed when James was lost for the season with a knee injury. He is a dependable back that could thrive with a heavier workload. Tucker could have his coming out party this week against a soft SMU run defense that is allowing almost 174 yards per game. This Horned Frog could have his first 100 plus yard effort in Week Five.
Mark Weisman Iowa RB vs. Minnesota: Weisman exploded last week to the tune of 217 yards rushing and three touchdowns. He appears to be the last man standing in the Iowa backfield and will likely see a ton of carries for the foreseeable future. This week’s match up with Minnesota could help Weisman throw up another stellar stat line. The Gophers are by no means a defensive juggernaut and can be run on quite often. Expect this converted fullback to clear the century mark once again this weekend and likely find the end zone at least once.
Shadrack Thornton NC State RB vs. Miami: This freshman ran for 145 yards and two scores in his first collegiate game last week against the Citadel. Thornton was called upon because the top three backs on the depth chart all missed the game. He may have taken the job outright with his stellar performance. The status of Mustafa Greene, James Washington, & Tony Creecy will have to be monitored, but Thornton could do very well if given the opportunity versus Miami. The Hurricanes defense is a shell of its former self and can be run on almost at will. Thornton could be a very, very sneaky play in Week Five.
Lyle McCombs UCONN RB vs. Buffalo: McCombs has been good but not great so far in 2012. He is averaging a healthy 23 carries per game, so the opportunity for success is there. He could turn those carries into a bunch of rushing yardage this week when he faces a Buffalo rush defense that is yielding 223 rushing yards per contest this season. A game of 100 yards rushing and a score seem like the floor for McCombs this week.
Beau Blankenship RB Ohio vs. Massachusetts: Blankenship does not get a ton of love from fantasy owners, but there is no denying his production. He has rushed for over 100 yards in every game this season and has scored four total touchdowns. The UMASS rush defense is not good at all and has allowed an astounding 13 rushing scores in only four games this season. Blankenship could have a field day on Saturday. Look for this Bobcat to post his fifth straight 100 plus yard effort this week.
Brandin Cooks Oregon State WR vs. Arizona: Cooks has emerged as a big time playmaker for Oregon State through their first two games of the season. He is coming of a 175 yard and one score performance against UCLA last week. Fantasy owners may be licking their chops at the though of Cooks getting to face the Arizona pass defense this weekend. Cooks and the Oregon State passing game could really exploit an Arizona defense that comes in ranked 87th in the country against the pass. This Beaver could easily score in his third straight game this Saturday.
Mike Evans Texas A&M WR vs. Arkansas: This freshman is the leading receiver for an ever-improving Texas A&M offense. He is averaging 6 receptions and 75 yards per game thus far in 2012. Evans is a big wide out who is a nightmare match up in jump ball situations. He could officially arrive on the fantasy scene this week against Arkansas. The Razorbacks are terrible defending the pass, allowing 312 yards per game this season. Evans could easily top the 100-yard mark this week and also find the end zone for the first time in 2012.
Chip Reeves Troy WR vs. South Alabama: Reeves is coming off a 120-yard and one score outing against North Texas and has actually been a consistent fantasy contributor this year. That trend seems likely ton continue this week against an overmatched South Alabama pass defense. The Troy passing attack is in a groove right now and Reeves is a big reason for the success. Expect this junior to top 100 yards once again in Week Five.
Kenny Bell Nebraska WR vs. Wisconsin: It’s not often that we would advocate starting a Nebraska wide receiver, but it is very hard to argue with Bell’s production thus far. He has scored four times in four games and is averaging a ridiculous 33 yards per reception. The Huskers passing game is much improved and the Wisconsin pass defense is pretty weak. He should be a big part of the offense this week when the Badgers visit Lincoln.
UCONN vs. Buffalo
Ohio vs. Massachusetts
North Carolina vs. Idaho
Louisville vs. Southern Miss