Listed below is my “all sleeper team” for week 8. Last week, I hit on about half of the players I chose, namely Sam B. Richardson, Rushel Shell, Jalen Fitzpatrick and John Ross. Please feel free to follow me on Twitter @PutBoobieIn. Here they are:
QB – Grant Hedrick (Boise State) vs. Fresno State
Fresno is giving up 258 passing yards/game (33rd worst in country) and has allowed 19 passing touchdowns (3rd worst in the country). The season ending injury to Matt Miller hurts Hedrick’s value, but he could still be in for a great performance against this defense. Fresno is going to have a tough time figuring out how to stop this offense. Hedrick could have a nice game.
QB – Cody Clements (Alabama-Birmingham) at Middle Tennessee
Middle Tennessee has given up 17 passing touchdowns (t-4th worst in the country) and is allowing 298 passing yards per game (9th worst in the country). Clements has thrown for over 300 yards and had 2 passing touchdowns in two consecutive games. He’s also rushed for a rushing touchdown in 3 consecutive games. This is a great matchup and I wouldn’t be surprised if Clements goes off.
RB – Elijaah Penny (Idaho) vs. New Mexico State
New Mexico State is giving up the country’s worst 334 rushing yards per game this season. They’ve also given up the nations worst 24 rushing touchdowns this year. Over the past two games Penny has ran for 116 yards and reached the end-zone 5 times. He’s only averaging 3.6 YPC, but that could rise dramatically with the matchup he has in store this weekend. He’s a boom or bust type player but could have a huge day.
RB – Corey Avery (Kansas) at Texas Tech
Only 2 teams haven’t had a player go over 100 rushing yards this year vs. Texas Tech (Ok State – 86, C.Ark – 96). The Red Raider defense is giving up 256 rushing yards per game this season. Avery has had over 16 carries in 3 games this season and has also scored a touchdown in 3/6 games this year. He’s come close to going over 100 yards twice this year (91 ruYDS vs. SMS and 87 ruYDS vs. Duke).
WR – Chris Moore (Cincinnati) at SMU
I really like this Cincinnati vs. SMU matchup. Not only because Cincy’s offense is dynamic, but their defense is also capable of keeping SMU in the game. I like all three (McKay, Washington, and Moore) but I’m going to throw Moore on here due to his past three games where he’s caught 14 passes for 379 yards and 3 touchdowns. This matchup is as good as it gets. Lets just hope Gunner Kiel plays.
WR – DeAndre Smelter (Georgia Tech) at North Carolina
This is another matchup that is outstanding. North Carolina is giving up 316 passing yards/game this season. They’ve also allowed 15 rushing touchdowns. The Tar Heels have a terrible rush and pass defense but if Georgia Tech decided to beat them through the air I really like Smelter. In the four games he’s recorded a catch Smelter went for over 100 yards and 1 touchdown in thee of them. His lack of volume makes him a risky play, but he’s a big play receiver averaging 22.5 YPC.
WR – Jamarcus Nelson (Alabama-Birmingham) at Middle Tennessee
In 2/6 games this season Nelson has gone for over 100 yards receiving while recording a touchdown. I like his chances of doing that this week as Middle Tennessee has given up 17 passing touchdowns (t-4th worst in the country) and is allowing 298 passing yards per game (9th worst in the country). Plugging him into a lineup is risky but could payoff.
TE – E.J. Bibbs (Iowa State) at Texas
Bibbs has recorded a touchdown in 3 of the past 4 games for the Cyclones. He’s also caught 3 or more passes in 5/6 games this season. This is based off of his recent performances more than anything, but if recent trends continue, I like Bibbs chances of reaching the endzone.
FLEX – JoJo Kemp (Kentucky) at LSU
JoJo has been incredibly inconsistent this season, but LSU has given up over 268 rushing yards in 3/4 games this season against P5 opponents. If Kemp receives the bulk of the workload ahead of Heard, and Boom Williams, he could have a very nice day. Kemp ran for 131 yards and 3 touchdowns against South Carolina a couple weeks ago. LSU is probably better than LSU, but LSU hasn’t been great against the run this season.
SLEEPER OF THE WEEK – Freshman QB Reginald Bell Jr. (Eastern Michigan) at UMASS
Last week Bell, a freshman, threw for 144 yards and 1 touchdown. He also ran for a whopping, 202 yards and 3 touchdowns on 17 carries. More than likely he has assured himself the starting spot for the next few games if not the remainder of the season. This week he gets to face UMASS who’s defense is giving up 475 yards of total offense/game (17th worst in country), 278 passing yards/game (17th worst in the country), 197 rushing yards/game (30th worst in the country) and 37 points/game (15th worst in the country). Bell would be considered a risk to start, but inserting him into a lineup could have major rewards. This is a great matchup.
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