Every week there is a game or two that turn out to be “gold mine” games for fantasy owners. You know the games, the games where each team scores 30+ points, a QB throws for 500+ yards, or a WR catches 15 passes for 200 yards. I want to highlight the games that have the potential of being a “gold mine” game this week.
Let’s start with the obvious:
Louisiana Tech at Texas Tech: Over/Under-80
This game has the potential for plenty of fireworks. We all know Texas Tech will score plenty of points but what do we know about Louisiana Tech? We know that they nearly took out Arkansas in Week 1 and put up 291 yards in the process. In week 2, the Bulldogs put up 727 yards against South Carolina State. Quite frankly, I expect Texas Tech’s defense to be closer to South Carolina State’s than Arkansas. Tech could also be looking for the upset while scoring a ton of points.
Middle Tennessee at Bowling Green : Over/Under-72
I absolutely love the Blue Raiders’ offense this season; the only problem is that we have no clue which receiver is worth owning outside of Richie James. The Blue Raiders have seen 4 of their top wide receivers go down with an injury in the last few weeks. This doesn’t seem to matter much as they average almost 600 yards of offense so far in the two games. Now Bowling Green is little more difficult to read as their first game was at Ohio State in which they lost 77-10. They only gained 244 yards in a game where they most likely saw 2nd and 3rd stringers for most of the 2nd half. In their 2nd game against North Dakota, they fared a little better winning 27-26 racking up 415 yards. If there are 72 points scored in this game like the Over/Under suggests, how many will Bowling Green score? I think this game will be closer than expected so if you own some Bowling Green guys, this is the week to start them.
Texas at California : Over/Under-81
After what we saw out of both of these teams in Week 1, how can you not expect a ton of points? Cal’s “Bear-Raid” offense naturally scores a lot of points and gains a lot of yards so don’t expect that to change. Texas is a pleasant surprise so far this season and that offense looks to continue its success against a bad Cal defense. The Longhorns attack is fairly balanced and I don’t expect that to change much in this game. If anything, they may have more success on the ground and may lean on it much more. However, I do think they let the freshman Shane Buechele air it out some more to keep his confidence going. If I were a betting man, I would be taking the over in this game.
*Hidden Gem Game * Colorado at Michigan : Over/Under-57
This is my outside the box choice for this week. I do think this game goes over 57 points as Colorado has scored 44 and 56 points against Colorado State and Idaho State respectively. They have also averaged 587 yards of offense in those games. We all know what Michigan has done in its two games so I won’t touch on them much. I know this will be a much more difficult game for the Buffaloes but QB Sefo Liufau has completed nearly 75% of his passes in the two games and has thrown three touchdowns to zero interceptions. They have also done quite well on the ground averaging 261 yards. Don’t be surprised if Colorado scores some points in this one and makes this one interesting at least in the first half. How can you not have success with this roster?
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 13, 2016