Fantasy Falters: Week 7



C.J. Brown, Maryland (vs. Virginia)- Brown is coming off an injury against Florida State and is not likely to play against Virginia. Even if he does play, I’m not sure he is really a good play as Virginia has the 28th ranked defense in the country. I would look elsewhere for a quarterback this week.

Case McCoy, Texas (vs. Oklahoma)- McCoy will once again get the start as David Ash is still recovering from injury. This one may get ugly for the Longhorns as the Sooners defense has been lights out so far this season. Don’t expect McCoy to be your savior this week.

Matt Johnson, Bowling Green (at Mississippi State)- Johnson goes from being a good play last week, to a falter this week. This is largely due to the fact that he played against UMass last week and is playing an SEC defense this week. He is a good quarterback but I think there will be too much athleticism on the field for Johnson to have a big day.

 Running Backs

James Sims, Kansas (at TCU)- Sims is the Big 12’s leading rusher from a year ago. He has not had quite the success this year but really could have a tough day against TCU. The Horned Frogs are only giving up 133 yards per game on the ground and have some played some pretty good competition this season. He will be hard pressed to rush for over 70 yards. 

James Conner, Pittsburgh (at Virginia Tech)- Conner is a fabulous freshman running back but the Virginia Tech defensive front is one of the best in the country. The Hokies are giving up only 102 yards per game on the ground (15th in the nation). If you have Conner, he should be no more than an emergency flex play this week. 

Aaron Wimberly, Iowa State (at Texas Tech)- This is mainly for BCS leagues as Wimberly is probably not owned in All-FBS leagues. Wimberly should have a hard time running the ball against a pretty stingy rush defense in Lubbock. Texas Tech is ranked 17th nationally against the run allowing only 107 yards per game.  If you picked up Wimberly as a flex, I would advise sitting him this week.



Wide Receivers

Alex Amidon, Boston College (at Clemson)- Clemson is at home and is very good against the pass as they give up an average of 185 yards passing per game. Amidon is BC’s main threat in the passing game so look for Clemson to take him out of this game. 

Cody Hoffman, BYU (vs. Georgia Tech)- Hoffman is a very talented receiver but you must have someone that can get you the football to be effective. Quarterback Taysom Hill is a good athlete but hasn’t really developed as a passer yet so Hoffman may struggle to produce. Couple that with Georgia Tech’s pass defense, and Hoffman is not a smart play.

Stefon Diggs, Maryland (vs. Virginia)- Diggs is one of my favorite players but could have trouble once again this week. His starting quarterback may not play this week and that makes life more difficult for him. If your league gives credit for return stats, Diggs may not be a bad play but don’t play him expecting an elite performance.




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