It’s Week 5 of the College Fantasy Football season, which is almost to the halfway point. Time flies when you’re having fun watching games from 12 noon until midnight or even later.
This weekend we have a tremendous slate of games, with four games featuring Top 25 teams battling each other. We still have a handful of heavyweights facing creampuffs, as Oklahoma smacks around Ball State and West Virginia pounds Bowling Green. QB Kellen Moore and Boise State look to exact a little revenge on Nevada, too. It should be another great week of Fantasy, with some big-time production.
Week 5 (Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2011) Sleepers
Logan Kilgore, QB, Middle Tennessee (vs. Memphis – Sat – 7pm ET): Kilgore and the Blue Raiders will welcome in-state rival Memphis in Murfreesboro. Kilgore has been up and down this season, posting two strong performances and one awful outing. Overall, he has 859 passing yards with seven touchdown passes and three interceptions through three starts. This weekend, he’ll face an awful Memphis pass defense which allowed 328.3 yards per game through the air.
Shawn Southward, RB, Troy: (vs. Alabama-Birmingham – Sat – 7pm ET): Southward has been a bit of a disappointment for Fantasy owners, but he has also faced Clemson and Arkansas on the road in two of his three games. He bounced back with 94 yards on 13 carries against Middle Tennessee last weekend. This week, he’ll face a UAB rushing defense which ranks third to last in all of FBS, allowing 247.7 yards per game on the ground.
Nick Provo, TE, Syracuse: (vs. Rutgers – Sat – 12N ET): Provo has scored twice in the first four weeks, and might be a nice addition for Fantasy owners looking to replace someone like the struggling Ohio State TE Jake Stoneburner, or San Diego State TE Gavin Escobar, who is on a bye.
Kris Burd, WR, Virginia (vs. Idaho – Sat – 3:30pm ET): Burd has yet to find the end zone this season through four games, but he is much too talented to be held off the score sheet for much longer. He has racked up 16 receptions for 198 yards over the past two games, and he’ll be facing an Idaho pass defense which allows 301.8 yards per game through the air. Look for Burd to eclipse the century mark while visiting the end zone at least once.
La’Rod King, WR, Kentucky (at LSU – Sat – 12:21pm ET): The Wildcats aren’t exactly a Fantasy gold mine, and the matchup against LSU looks bad on paper for Kentucky. However, look for the Wildcats to get down early and start passing often. King enters the game with a touchdown grab in each of his first four games this season. Can he make it five? LSU ranks just 79th in the nation in pass defense.
Week 5 (Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2011) Busts
John Brantley, QB, Florida (at Alabama – Sat – 3:30pm ET): Brantley has failed to pass for more than 229 yards in any start this season, and his completion percentage has tumbled in each of his four starts. The Gators offense continues to be more of a ground-based attack. The Gators will face an Alabama passing defense which ranks third in the nation, allowing just 138.3 yards per game through the air.
Steele Jantz, QB, Iowa State (vs. Texas – Sat – 7pm ET): Ames will likely be rocking Saturday night when the No. 17 Longhorns pay a visit to the unbeaten Cyclones. Jantz has been surprising this season, throwing for 666 yards and six TDs through three games, but he has also been picked off six times. He’ll need to limit the mistakes if the Cyclones are to remain unbeaten. That will be difficult against the nation’s No. 9 pass defense.
Derrick Coleman, RB, UCLA (at Stanford – Sat – 10:30pm ET): Last week, we touted Coleman as a solid Fantasy addition off the waiver wire. He posted his second 100-yard game of the season at Oregon State. This weekend, he’ll face Stanford on the road. The Cardinal own the nation’s top rushing defense, allowing just 36.0 yards per game on the ground. Drop Coleman if you need the roster space.
Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State (vs. Michigan State – Sat – 3:30pm ET): Hyde has been up and down, or Jekyll and Hyde, if you will. He rolled up adequate numbers in the first two games, but his touches have taken a hit since the return of Jordan Hall from suspension. Hyde is now the No. 2 option, and therefore no longer a useful Fantasy option, regardless of the matchup. Next week, RB Dan ‘Boom’ Herron will come back from his five-game suspension.
Emory Blake, WR, Auburn (at South Carolina – Sat – 3:30pm ET): Blake has scored a touchdown in each of his four starts this season, but that streak will be tested when he visits the Gamecocks Saturday afternoon. South Carolina ranks 13th in the nation against the pass, allowing an average of just 160.5 yards per game through the air. Blake managed just one catch, a 36-yard TD at Clemson, in his only other road contest of the season.
FCFI Experts League Week 5 Lineup
(Examiner 3-1 vs. RotoExperts.com 1-3)
QB1 – Seth Doege (Texas Tech at Kansas)
QB2 – Sean Renfree (Duke at Florida Int’l)
RB1 – Vick Ballard (Mississippi State at Georgia)
RB2 – Lance Dunbar (North Texas at Tulsa)
RB3 – James Sims (Kansas vs. Texas Tech)
WR1 – Kendall Wright (Baylor at Kansas State)
WR2 – Stephen Hill (Georgia Tech at NC State)
TE1 – Crockett Gillmore (Colorado State vs. San Jose State)
PK1 – Jordan Williamson (Stanford vs. UCLA)
DEF – Michigan (vs. Minnesota)
My knotmove.com team suffered its first defeat of the season to PigskinAddiction.com. This week I am trying to rebound against co-worker Matt DeLima (@mattkdelima — follow him on Twitter!), formerly of OPENSports.com, and currently with RotoExperts.com. He has a solid squad, and got off to a tremendous start Thursday with Pittsburgh RB Ray Graham shredding the South Florida defense. Hopefully key free agent TE Crockett Gillmore of Colorado State can help fortify my TE position, which has been lacking lately. I love the Michigan defense this weekend against an awful Minnesota defense, as I just wasn’t comfortable going with Wisconsin’s D against QB Taylor Martinez and Nebraska.