Instead of putting my sleeper picks on the GGG column, I’ve decided to make an “all-sleeper” team for this weekends games. Unfortunately all of these players are outside of power five conferences, but every one of these players has a very favorable matchup this weekend, and is available in the majority of leagues on FanTrax. Last week one of our readers commented that he was going to “swing for the fences” and insert Matt Brieda into his flex position after I had mentioned him in my “Intriguing Matchups” column. Breida ended up having 187 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground which btw boosted his ownership over 80%. It was nice to know, someone got something out that article, I’m hoping this one can do the same. If you have any questions please feel free to give me a shout on Twitter @PutBoobieIn. But anyways, here are some of the players I feel could be primed for a breakout this weekend:
QB Tyler Jones (Texas State) at Tulsa
Jones has been very good this season, through three games he is averaging 282 YDS and 3 TDS passing as well as 48 YDS on the ground. He’s scored a rushing touchdown in 2 of 3 games this season. Tulsa’s defense provides Jones with a very favorable matchup. Tulsa’s defense has been one of the worst in the country as they’ve given up 538 total yards of offense per game this season. Jones’ dual threat capabilities could give fantasy owners great production. Owners that are ballsy enough to start him that is.
RB Marteze Waller (Fresno State) at New Mexico
When taking a look at Waller’s stats at first glance, there isn’t to much to get excited about. Through 4 games the junior running back has accumulated 294 yards and 3 touchdowns. The kicker? Three of his four games were played against superior opponents. So far Fresno State has played against USC, Utah, and Nebraska. In week one against the USC Trojans, Waller carried the ball 16 times for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns. Last weekend was his first game against a non power-five opponent. He had 16 carries for 117 yards and 1 touchdown. This week he gets to showcase his talents against the worst run defense in the country. In three games, New Mexico is giving up 313 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground per game. There is a lot to like about this matchup. Waller could have a huge day.
RB Centarius Donald (Louisiana-Monroe) vs. Troy
If Louisiana-Monroe hadn’t played LSU in week 3, Centarius Donald would probably be three for three in eclipsing the 100 yard rushing mark. In Louisiana-Monroe’s 17-10 victory over Wake Forest in week one, Donald was the centerpiece of the offense. He carried the ball 26 times for 117 yards. Week two, he had 20 carries for 111 yards and 3 touchdowns. Coming off of a bye, Louisiana-Monroe’s game plan should be heavily run oriented. Troy’s defense is giving up 267 yards and over 3 touchdowns per game this season, which makes for a very favorable matchup.
WR Tajae Sharpe (Massachusetts) vs. Bowling Green
Through four games the junior wide-out has caught 19 passes for 345 yards and 2 touchdowns. Not amazing, but when you look at who U-Mass has played its quite impressive. The Minutemen have played Boston College, Colorado, Vanderbilt, and Penn State. Things will get easier this weekend as they take on Bowling Green. Sharpe has had at least 73 yards receiving in every outing this season. Yardage wise Bowling Green has the second worst pass defense in the country as they’ve given up 337 yards/game this season. Look for Sharpe to have a nice game.
WR David Frazier (Miami-Ohio) at Buffalo
This game has the potential to be a shootout, as both teams have top-40 passing offenses. Defensively the two schools have given up a combined 1,940 yards and 19 touchdowns through the air in 8 games this season. This bodes well for fantasy owners. Senior WR David Frazier is my favorite player in this game for fantasy purposes. In 3 of Miami’s 4 games this season, Frazier has eclipsed the 100 yard threshold. The only game he didn’t go over 100 was against Michigan where he was held to 4 catches for 52 yards. Buffalo is giving up the country’s worst yardage per passing attempt at 11 yards per attempt. Miami of Ohio quarterback, Andrew Hendrix is 11th in the country in passing attempts with 153. Who better to capitalize on than his favorite target? Frazier leads the team in catches, yards, and touchdowns. I like him this week.
WR Devon Hughes (Buffalo) vs. Miami-Ohio
In his last three games the Hughes has 4 touchdowns and is averaging 85 yards per outing. In those three games he has 16 catches. This weeks opponent, Miami of Ohio has given up 10 touchdowns through the air this season, which is tied for 7th worst in the country. Like I mentioned before, this game has serious potential to be a shootout. Both teams love passing the ball, and both teams have relatively poor pass defenses.
TE Bradley Miller (Texas State) at Tulsa
I’m the least confident in this pick as tight end is very hit or miss. But I like the fact that Miller leads the team in catches. Miller has yet to find the end zone this season. In the last two games, Miller has caught 11 passes for 105 yards. Tulsa has given up a touchdown to a tight end in every game this season, that stat alone puts Miller into my tight end slot.
Who do you think will come out of nowhere this weekend? Comment below or give me a shout on Twitter @PutBoobieIn.