College Fantasy Football – Week 5: Intriguing Matchups

Since I didn’t highlight any Power-5 players in my week 5 “all-sleeper team” article, I vowed to only list P5 players in this. There are some sleepers listed, as well as some superstars. These games provide serious potential for fantasy owners. They may not be the “best” games but I found all of these games to be mismatches for opposing defenses. Here they are:

GROUND GAME

Boston College (vs. Colorado State)

Over its past two games, Colorado State’s run defense has given up 503 yards on the ground to Boise State and UC Davis. Boston College ranks 5th in the country with 336 rushing yards per game this season. Dual-threat quarterback Tyler Murphy must be licking his chops over this matchup. Murphy has scored a rushing touchdown in every game this season, as his weekly run totals are: 118, 92, 191, 99. He could have a very good day, as could freshman Jon Hilliman who has emerged has the lead back for Boston College over the past couple weeks. He’s had 187 yards and 4 touchdowns in the past two weeks. Myles Willis and Tyler Rouse could also factor into the running game but I wouldn’t rely on them.

Indiana (vs. Maryland)

Maryland’s defense has quietly been one of the worst defenses in the country through the first four weeks. They are giving up 461 yards of total offense per game, including 199 yards rushing per outing. This offense is built around stud running back Tevin Coleman. Coleman ranks third in the country with 569 rushing yards and he’s only played in 3 games. His worst performance was last weekend against Missouri. He ran the ball 19 times for 132 yards and 1 touchdown. Coleman is one of the best backs in the country. He should be in for another good game on Saturday. If your looking for a sneaky play backup RB D’Angelo Roberts could be an option. In week one he ran for 129 yards and 1 touchdown. Last week he ran for 65 yards and 2 touchdowns. Robert’s 44 carries rank 2nd on the team behind Coleman’s 66.

Rutgers (vs. Tulane)

The Green Wave defense gave up 344 yards rushing to Georgia Tech and 256 yards to Duke. Rutgers will be its third power five opponent this season, and they could be in for another long day. Rutgers will be without Paul James due to a tore ACL, but there is still reason to believe they will be productive on the ground against Tulane. Rutgers is averaging 178 yards per game on the ground this season. Last weekend Rutgers ran for 284 yards vs. Navy. After James was ruled out, sophomore Justin Goodwin carried the ball 26 times for 104 yards and 1 touchdown. If he receives a similar workload on Saturday he could have a really nice performance. Desmon Peoples should also factor into the running game. He had 19 carries for 82 yards last week. I prefer Goodwin, but both could provide decent value for those in daily formats.

PASSING GAME

Colorado (at California)

Last weekend Cal’s defense gave up 520 yards and 5 touchdowns through the air, against Anu Solomon and the Arizona Wildcats. The Golden Bear secondary could have their hands full again this weekend. Colorado’s quarterback, Sefo Liufau is 5th in the country with 172 passing attempts and 6th in the country in completions with 110. Wide receiver Nelson Spruce should have a very a productive day and is a must start in all formats. Freshman Shay Fields could provide fantasy owners in PPR formats some value. He has at least 6 catches in each of Colorado’s four games this season. This game also has the potential to be a shootout.

Kentucky (vs. Vanderbilt)

Opposing offenses have thrown for two or more touchdown in 3 of 4 games this season against Vanderbilt. The Commodore defense is also giving up 267 yards passing per game this season. Which has been one of the worst among power-five teams. The defense has yet to record an interception and has given up 8 touchdowns so far. Meanwhile Kentucky ranks 20th in the country with 320 passing yards per game. Quarterback Patrick Towles could be in for a nice game. He threw for 369 yards and 3 touchdowns versus Florida two weeks ago. Towles has done a nice job of spreading the ball around this season, but through three games his favorite target has been Ryan Timmons. Freshman receiver, Garrett Johnson is coming off of a 6 catch 154 yard, 2 touchdown performance against Florida. Dorian Baker and Demarco Robinson have also factored into the passing game. The Wildcats could have a big game through the air on Saturday.

Stanford (at Washington)

Washington has given up 11 touchdowns (T-4th worst nationally) and is giving up 292 passing yards per game this season (19th worst nationally). Meanwhile Stanford’s offense is averaging 271 yards/game through the air so far. Senior QB Kevin Hogan as thrown for 3 or more touchdowns in 2 of 3 games this season for Stanford, while completing 73% of his passes. Wide-receiver, Ty Montgomery has had at least 5 catches and 77 yards receiving every game this season. He’s also caught a touchdown in 2 of Stanford’s 3 games this season. Sophomore tight-end Austin Hooper should also factor into the passing game. He’s caught 4 passes in every game this season, and has been Hogan’s second favorite target. Stanford could have a very productive passing game on Saturday. This will be Washington’s toughest opponent so far.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

Baylor (at Iowa State)

Iowa State has been pretty decent against the pass this season, as their giving up less than 200 yards per game this season. Their run defense on the other hand has been pretty brutal. Their giving up 221 yards per game on the ground this season. North Dakota State ran for 302 yards against the Cyclones in week 1. I really like Shock Linwood in this game. He has reached the end zone in every game this season. Bryce Petty will have good game as receivers Corey Coleman and Antwan Goodley are expected to return. I think KD Cannon will still be a huge part of this offense, with the return of Goodley and Coleman. I’m all in on this Baylor offense this weekend. It is a road game, but it shouldn’t matter. Look for Baylor to light it under the lights in Ames.

Clemson (vs. North Carolina)

The Tar Heels got absolutely lit up by East Carolina last week. They gave up 70 points and a ridiculous 789 yards of total offense. Deshaun Watson was recently named the starter for Clemson. Watson is a true-freshman who was a 5 star recruit and the number 1 dual threat quarterback prospect last year. He couldn’t ask for a better matchup in his first career start. North Carolina is also capable of putting up points themselves, so this could be a shootout. Outside of Watson, I’m not too confident in any of Clemson’s players fantasy-wise. Sophomore WR Mike Williams has had at least 72 yards receiving each game this season as he leads the team in receiving yards but has yet to reach the endzone. Freshman Artavis Scott is tied the team lead in touchdowns and receptions, and is also second on the team in receiving yards. C.J. Davidson has been the lead back so far but I wouldn’t expect the world. This offense could be a force by seasons end as it is incredibly youthful. This could be Watson’s coming out party for the Tigers. If your feeling a little risky, inserting Watson into your lineup could pay some serious dividends.

TCU (vs SMU)

SMU has been absolutely terrible this season, they are giving up 272 passing yards and 258 rushing yards per game this season. TCU is averaging 491 yards of total offense per game this season and that is all in large part to QB Trevon Boykin. This matchup is a lot like the Clemson/NC game and its all about the dual threat quarterback. The Horned Frogs have only played twice this season, but so far Boykin is averaging 289 yards and 2 passing touchdowns, as well as 61 rushing yards per game this season. He also has 1 rushing touchdown. Other players who are capable of producing numbers are track star WR Kolby Listenbee, David Porter, and Josh Docston. Keep an eye on Listenbee as he has the potential to be one of the most explosive players in the country, based on his “track record”. Boykin has a chance to put up great numbers, both through the air and on the ground.

GOOD FOR BOTH TEAMS

South Carolina & Missouri

I like Missouri’s passing game and South Carolina’s ground game in this one. The Gamecocks have been unable to stop the pass this season. They’re giving up 312 passing yards per game this season which is the 10th worst in the country. They’ve had a tough time pressuring the quarterback evidenced by them only having 4 sacks this far. Opposing quarterback’s have also thrown 8 touchdowns to 3 interceptions. Until someone shuts down Maty Mauk, I like him. This will be his toughest test yet though. Mauk has 14 touchdown passes already. His wide receiver trio of: Jimmie Hunt, Bud Sasser, and Darius White has been incredibly productive. I think this offense finds a way to move the ball against the Gamecocks. On the contrary. I really like the South Carolina ground game in this one. Missouri gave up 148 yards and 3 touchdowns to Kareem Hunt in week 2. Last week they gave up 241 rushing yards to Indiana. Mike Davis could finally breakout. 

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