Good, Great, and Gamble Plays for Week 1 (2014)

The season is finally here! Been cranking out a ton of content for you guys and this had been pushed back but here it is finally. I want to point out that I will try to avoid naming the obvious guys (Ex. Taylor Kelly vs Weber State).

Good Play: Has a decent matchup, but maybe not in a great offensive situation. May be the best it gets for this player throughout the season.

Great Play: Has a lopsided matchup and should take full advantage. Could be in line for huge numbers.

Gamble Play: Does not have a favorable matchup but has opportunity to put up numbers anyway. May have great offensive weapons. Be cautious starting him.

Week 1 is always difficult as many of games will have the starters out at or around halftime. I will try to dive into some games that may have players that could make it into your lineups. Some may be starting regardless for you but I hope some of these plays help out this week.

 

Quarterbacks

Good QB: Dylan Thompson, South Carolina (vs. Texas A&M)- Played quite a bit filling in for Connor Shaw last season and played well. The Aggies’ defense looks to improve but was awful in 2013. They probably won’t be much better in 2014.

Good QB: Anu Solomon, Arizona (vs. UNLV)- Just named the starter this week by Coach Rodriguez. This offense has the potential to rack up a ton of points especially with Solomon behind center.

Great QB: Taysom Hill, BYU (at UConn)-No Jamaal Williams for the Cougars due to suspension. Taysom Hill should have his way against the UConn defense.

Great QB: Jared Goff, California (at. Northwestern)- Goff lit up Northwestern in 2013 as a freshman (445 yards, 2 TDs, and 3 INTs). Looking to cut down on turnovers, Goff will have all his weapons back, and should be able to light up the scoreboard.

Gamble QB: Grant Hedrick, Boise State (vs. Ole Miss*)- Very talented defense for Ole Miss. Can Boise get back to being the high-powered attack they are used to?

*Neutral Site-Atlanta, Georgia

Running Backs

Good RB: Myles Willis/Tyler Rouse, Boston College (at UMass)- These two backs will be looking to replace the beast known as Andre Williams. They both pack a good punch and should find little resistance against the Minutemen defense.

Good RB: Brandon Hayes, Memphis (vs. Austin Peay)- Hayes is the AAC’s leading returning rusher (860 yards). The senior gained a 6th year of eligibility from the NCAA and is looking to lead Memphis to its first bowl game since 2008.

Good RB: Royce Freeman, Oregon (vs. South Dakota)- Freeman, a freshman, has been quietly moving up the Oregon depth chart and is listed as a possible starter in this game. Although I don’t think he will start, he should get significant time in this one.

Great RB: Cameron Artis Payne, Auburn (vs. Arkansas)- May not be Tre Mason but has a chance to be a very good player especially against Arkansas. Could be in line for a big day to get the offense rolling. Since, it’s an SEC clash, he may stay in past halftime.

Gamble RB: Jay Ajayi, Boise State (vs. Ole Miss)- Ajayi is clearly a workhorse in the Boise State offense. He will be going up against one of the more talented defensive lines in the country. I think he could have his work cut out for him this week.

 Wide Receivers

Good WR: Keyarris Garrett, Tulsa (vs. Tulane)- After missing most of last season due to injury, Garrett has the size of the prototypical NFL wide receiver. Should have a nice day against the Tulane secondary

Good WR: Demarcus Robinson, Florida (vs. Idaho)- The Vandals were near the nation’s bottom in just about any defensive category in 2013 and don’t expect to be much better this season. They were 2nd from the very bottom against the pass and Florida looks to have an improved passing attack in 2014.

Good WR: James Quick, Louisville (vs. Miami (FL))- Louisville is in need of a player to step up and fill in for its injured star DeVante Parker. Quick has a great opportunity to be that guy. A top recruit in the 2013 class, Quick can take advantage of the situation.

Great WR: Nelson Spruce, Colorado (vs. Colorado State)- Spruce should be the Buffaloes’ main target in the passing game now that Paul Richardson is gone to the NFL. In the 2013 game against Colorado State, Spruce caught 8 passes for 99 yards. I think he could have a really good day in this clash with rival Colorado State.

 

Gamble WR: Jhajuan Seales, Oklahoma State (vs. Florida State)- Seales may be a great option down the road but the Seminoles’ defense is as good as it gets. The Cowboys’ offense may have some trouble moving the ball.

Gamble WR: Kenny Bell, Nebraska (vs. Florida Atlantic)- Bell is never considered to be a fantasy star, but he usually pretty consistent. This week, however, Bell faces an Owls’ secondary that finished #1 in the FBS against the pass in 2013 and are back with that experience.

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