“All-Sleeper Team” For Week 7

        I haven’t been incredibly accurate in the two weeks I’ve done this. But I have mentioned a couple game changing WR’s in both weeks. Tajae Sharpe in week 5 (13 receptions, 179 yards, 2 touchdowns) and River Cracraft last week (11 receptions, 172 yards, 3 touchdowns). Last week, Bucky Hodges (30 yards) and Ron Willoughby (34 yards) both found the end-zone. James Knapke (321 yds, 1 td passing, & 56 yds, 1 td rushing) and Charles Jones (65 rush yds, 0 tds) were nothing special, while David Glasco (28 yds, 0 td) and Jesse Kroll (no stats) were complete duds. The point of this piece has been to find some diamonds in the rough based off past performances and favorable match-ups. I enjoy doing it, but its a crapshoot as you can tell. Here’s my all sleeper team for week 7:

QB Sam B. Richardson (Iowa State) vs. Toledo

Toledo’s pass defense is fourth worst in the country in yardage (326 yds/gm) and tied for second worst in the country in passing touchdowns allowed (18 touchdowns). Opposing quarterbacks are also completing 69.9% of passing attempts which is also fourth worst in the country. Simply put the Toledo pass defense has been pretty terrible this year. Richardson is coming off of back to back 200+ yard, 2 touchdown performances against Baylor and Oklahoma State. Richardson also has dual threat capabilities as he ran for 99 yards and 1 touchdown against Baylor. Richardson leads the team with 258 rushing yards this season. He could have a nice game against Toledo this weekend.

RB Rushel Shell (West Virginia) at Texas Tech

The Red Raider defense has allowed opposing offenses to run over 200 yards in 3/5 games this season. The only two games they didn’t were against Central Arkansas (178 rush yds) and Oklahoma State (158 rush yds). There is a great chance West Virginia still try’s to beat them through the air, as Daxx Garman and Oklahoma State threw for 370 yards and 4 touchdowns against Texas Tech. But Rushel Shell has scored a touchdown in four consecutive games. Over the past three games Shell is averaging 21 carries per game. Shell is a good candidate to go for over 100 yards rushing and reaching the end-zone.

RB Ralph Webb (Vanderbilt) vs. Charleston Southern

Charleston Southern is an FCS program so if you play in a league that penalizes you for playing non P5 or FCS opponents don’t look towards Webb. Last week Charleston Southern gave up 196 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns to Charlotte running back Kalif Phillips. Webb has been getting 18 carries per game on average this season. He’s coming off of a 77 yard 1 touchdown performance against Georgia last weekend. Considering the matchup, Webb could be in for a career day.

WR John Ross & Jayden Mickens (Washington) at California

I’m putting both of these players on here based off of how terrible California has been against the pass as of late. Over the last three games California has given up 1,709 yards and 18 touchdowns through the air. Washington hasn’t been great throwing the ball this season, but California is incredibly vulnerable against the pass. John Ross has been a big play receiver this season, as his 3 touchdowns have been 91 yards, 55 yards, and 75 yards. The only problem is only has 9 receptions in 4 games this season. If your looking to take a gamble against this Washington pass defense Mickens could be more of a “safe” play. As he leads the team in receptions with 23. This is all based on how terrible Cal’s pass defense has been. Washington isn’t Arizona, Colorado, or Washington State. So don’t get too excited about the matchup.

WR Jalen Fitzpatrick (Temple) vs. Tulsa

Last week, Tulsa allowed Colorado State WR Rashard Higgins 6 receptions for 178 yards and 4 touchdowns. Tulsa is also giving up 290 passing yards/game and has allowed 15 touchdowns through the air this season. Meanwhile Jalen Fitzpatrick has scored a touchdown in all 4 of Temple’s games this season. Coming off of 6 catch, 108 yard, 1 touchdown performance versus Connecticut, Fitzpatrick could really put up nice statistics against this Tulsa pass defense. 

WR J.D. McKissic (Arkansas State) at Georgia State

Last week Louisiana Lafayette WR, Jamal Robinson caught 8 passes for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns against this Georgia State defense. On the season, Georgia State has given up 14 touchdowns through the air this season which is tied for 9th worst in the country. They’re also giving up 258 yards/game this season. McKissic, a junior has caught 205 passes throughout his career. This could be the game that he breaks out this season. He has yet to reach the end-zone in 5 games, but he has caught at least 5 passes in every game this season. Last week against Louisiana-Monroe he caught 8 passes for 120 yards as well as running for an additional 22 yards. This is more of a gut feeling, but I think he breaks out this weekend.

TE Jean Sifrin (Massachusetts) at Kent State

Over his last two games, Sifrin has 14 receptions for 202 yards and 1 touchdown. At 6’7 he is a huge target. UMass has been fairly pass happy this season, and their offense is averaging 318 yards per game through the air. Kent State on the other hand has given up 11 passing touchdowns this season and is giving up an average of 246 passing yards/game this season. Sifrin has been on a roll as of late, and it could definitely continue this week.

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