Good, Great, And Gamble Plays For Week 3

Zach asked me to write this weeks GGG because he’s been really busy. I tried to leave out as many obvious choices as I could. I also decided to add a little fun into the piece by picking deep sleepers. These are players who you’d be crazy to start in seasonal settings but could provide value in daily formats. As always feel free to give me a shout or ask any questions on Twitter @PutBoobieIn. Here they are:

QUARTERBACKS

Good QB: Anthony Boone – Duke (vs. Kansas)

Boone has had a very nice start to the season. He’s thrown for 5 touchdowns and has ran for 2 more. The Jayhawks had a tough time containing their only opponent, Southeast Missouri State in week one. Kansas gave up 297 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air. SMS also ran for 124 yards and a touchdown. Boone could have a very nice day throwing to Jamison Crowder and Isaac Blakeney.

Good QB: Everett Golson – Notre Dame (vs. Purdue)

This Purdue team is awful on both sides of the football. They got beat up by Central Michigan last week, as they lost by 21 points. The Boilermaker defense has given up nearly 400 yards of total offense per game this year while playing lowly opponents Western and Central Michigan. Golson has 5 passing touchdowns as well as 3 rushing touchdowns to start the year. Golson should be in for another solid performance.

Great QB: Connor Halliday – Washington State (vs. Portland State)

Halliday leads college football in pass attempts, pass completions, and passing yards. When you play for Mike Leach your going to put up numbers due to the high volume of passing plays. His offenses have always defined the phrase “pass heavy.” Look for Halliday to have a nice game, week in and week out.

Great QB: Christian Hackenberg – Penn State (at Rutgers)

The emergence of both Geno Lewis and DaeSean Hamilton have made Hackenberg’s transition of being without Allen Robinson easy. Penn State also has a deep tight end corps led by Jesse James. The talent level Hackenberg possesses is undeniable. Add in the fact he’s playing a defense that gave up 532 passing yards and 5 touchdowns to Washington State, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for success.

Gamble QB: Shane Carden – East Carolina (at Virginia Tech)

After watching what Virginia Tech’s pass rush looked like last weekend vs. Ohio State, I’m sort of hesitant to start Carden. It’s not like it was a total shocker. VT has very capable defensive backs, which gives the Hokies plenty of opportunities to blitz like hell. Carden could still be in for a nice performance because he is extremely talented and has two very good receivers in Justin Hardy and Isaiah Jones. Last week against South Carolina he completed 70% of his passes and threw for over 300 yards, but he only threw 1 touchdown and had 2 interceptions. If this Hokies defense is the real deal, turnovers could be an issue. Start with caution.

Deep Sleeper QB: Drew Hare – Northern Illinois (at UNLV)

Remember when Arizona torched UNLV through the air in Anu Solomon’s debut in Rich Rod’s offense? I’m not comparing Northern Illinois to Arizona by any means, but Solomon and the Wildcats absolutely shredded this defense to pieces. Solomon finished his debut with 425 yards and 4 touchdowns passing. Well this is Hare’s first career start and the dual-threat quarterback could be in for a nice game. If your looking for a desperation play Hare may be it. According to NIU’s head coach Rod Carey wants to see what Hare can do in a full game, and will be “the guy.” NIU beat Northwestern in large part due to Hare’s play. He’s a guy to keep an eye on moving forward.

RUNNING BACKS

Good RB: Leon Allen – Western Kentucky (at Middle Tennessee State)

Opposing RB’s have carried the ball 85 times for 4 touchdowns while averaging 5 YPC against Middle Tennessee State this season. Leon Allen has carried the ball 52 times this year, which is 2nd in college football. He also has 12 catches under his belt through two games. Behind only Boise State’s Jay Ajayi, Allen has been the most utilized player in the country. If the trends of the first two games continue, Allen could be in for a nice game.

Great RB: James Conner – Pittsburgh (vs. Florida International)

This is an obvious pick as Conner has been an absolute force this season. Through two games, the sophomore running back has carried the ball 50 times for 367 yards and 5 touchdowns. His opponent, FIU gave up over 200 rushing yards per game last season. Conner should have no problem turning in another solid performance.

Great RB: D.J. Foster – Arizona State (at. Colorado)

Through two games the Colorado defense has given up 370 yards and 5 touchdowns on the ground. Meanwhile, D.J. Foster has been lights out for the Sun Devils. The junior running back has carried the ball 34 times for 363 yards and 5 touchdowns this season. He’s also caught 7 passes for 80 yards. Foster and the Sun Devils should have a nice day against the Buffs.

Gamble RB: Paul James – Rutgers (vs. Penn State)

Penn State has only given up a total of 93 yards on the ground this season. There first two games have been against Central Florida and Akron, not the greatest opponents but its still worth noting. If Christian Hackenberg has a day through the air, Rutgers may be forced to throw the ball more than they’d like. James is a good player and could be in for a nice game regardless. I don’t feel Penn State is a great defense just yet. James owners should just beware that stopping the run has been Penn State’s strength through two games.

Deep Sleeper RB: Jay Warren  – Florida Atlantic (vs. Tulsa)

Warren has averaged 5.8 yards per carry against two tough defenses, Nebraska and Alabama. If Florida Atlantic wants to give themselves the best chance at winning this game , my logic tells me they will commit to the run. Tulsa’s defense gave up over 250 yards rushing against Tulane in week one. Not a sure fire bet to breakout, but he is FAU’s feature back.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Good WR: Da’Ron Brown – Northern Illinois (at. UNLV)

Brown leads the Huskies in catches, yards, and touchdowns. He should be heavily targeted once again as the Rebels has shown vulnerability against the pass early in the season. With 13 catches, 219 yards, and 3 touchdowns receiving early in the year, I’m confident Brown will have respectable numbers on Saturday.

Good WR: Sterling Shepard – Oklahoma (vs. Tennessee)

Oklahoma hasn’t played any amazing opponents, but Shepard leads Oklahoma in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. He’s easily been Trevor Knights most favorite target. There’s also reason to believe Oklahoma has kept the playbook relatively vanilla this season. Tennessee hasn’t proved of being terrible on defense. But Oklahoma’s big play option so far has been Shepard, and I feel they’ll target him often. Shepard should be a formidable option.

Great WR: Keevan Lucas – Tulsa (at Florida Atlantic)

As much as I’ve wrote on Lucas the past two weeks there’s reason to believe I have a fantasy crush on him. Until someone proves capable of stopping him he’ll be a great play. Last week against powerhouse Oklahoma, Lucas hauled in 10 passes for 84 yards and 1 touchdown. Unless teams double cover Lucas from here on out, I don’t think their are any teams remaining on Tulsa’s schedule that are capable of shutting him down.

Gamble WR: Justin Hardy – East Carolina (at Virginia Tech)

Virginia Tech’s Kendall Fuller is one of the finest corners in the country. If Fuller matches up against Hardy all game long, Hardy could be shut down. Fuller was named a preseason All-American in a number of outlets. Hardy is no slouch but this matchup concerns me a little bit. Hardy did have 11 catches for 111 yards and a touchdown last weekend against South Carolina. Just be cautious expecting the world from Hardy. Fuller is elite.

Deep Sleeper WR: Daniel Braverman – Western Michigan (at Idaho)

Idaho got torched by Louisiana-Monroe’s offense in week 2. Louisiana-Monroe put up 534 yards of total offense against Idaho. That should bode well for Daniel Braverman. In Western Michigan’s lone game this season against Purdue, the sophomore had a nice game. Braverman had 5 receptions for 92 yards, and carried the ball 6 times for 44 yards. Clearly were making it a point to get Braverman the ball. Touches are good, but this is a very small sample size.

TIGHT ENDS

Good TE: Jake Duzey – Iowa (vs. Iowa State)

Iowa has all of the sudden become a passing team, but that is more than likely just from their inability to run the football. I think Iowa turns their running game around, as Iowa State has gave up a whopping 270 yards per game on the ground. Therefore I feel Iowa will run the ball early and often setting up the play action. Who better to capitalize on play action than a tight end? On the season Duzey has 10 catches and a touchdown. His relatively high number of catches is why I like him. Scoring a touchdown is more of a gut feeling for me.

Great TE: Jesse James – Penn State (at Rutgers)

At 6’7 James is a nightmare for opposing defenses. James is going to have a very good year, and is one of my favorite tight ends this week. James had 7 receptions in week one and had 2 touchdowns in week two. Already wrote about the Rutgers defense above, so I’ll save your time in reading that again.

Gamble TE: Maxx Williams – Minnesota (at TCU)

Being a Gopher fan it kills me that Williams isn’t used more often. He does have a touchdown this season, but has only recorded 3 catches. Starting quarterback, Mitch Leidner’s status is up in the air, as most college coaches like “fooling” their opponents when it comes to injury reports. If Leidner doesn’t play Chris Streveler will start. The Gopher’s hardly throw the ball as is, while Streveler is even more of a running QB than Mitch Leidner. If the Gophers were smart, Williams would be in the game plan as much as possible, but all these variables make him risky.

Deep Sleeper TE: Mike McFarland – South Florida (vs. NC State)

This is really hard to come up with, but Ill throw McFarland’s name out their based off of two things: 1.) his 4 catch performance last weekend vs. Maryland. And 2.) Willie Taggert’s desire to run the football could open up play action in goal line situations. Pretty mind blowing stuff…

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