Many of the top teams are on a bye this week so you may be in need of some replacements. Some of these players are emerging to be solid plays for the future as well.
Good QB: Maty Mauk, Missouri (vs. Tennessee)- Mauk has done quite well while replacing James Franklin. He didn’t have his best game against South Carolina last week but should have a better game this week against Tennessee.
Good QB: David Fales, San Jose State (at UNLV)- Fales has been on quite a tear lately. In his last two games he has thrown for 913 yards and eight touchdowns. Against UNLV, he should continue his good play as this game should be a shootout.
Good QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State (at Purdue)- Coming off a fantastic performance against Penn State, it seems that Miller is fully back from his injury that kept him on the sideline. I’ll keep this one fairly simple: Look for him to have another fantastic game against a lackluster Purdue team. -Matt
Great QB: Rakeem Cato, Marshall (vs. Southern Miss)- I may be going out on a limb here as Cato has had a disappointing season compared to last season. The reason I have him as a great play is because he is playing one of, if not the worst team in the country. I think Cato will have 300+ yards and at least three touchdowns this week.
Great QB: Shane Carden, East Carolina (at Florida International)- Being in Conference USA has done wonders for Carden’s game. He is a great QB as it is, but when he gets to play opponents like this every week, it just makes it unfair to go against him. Look for Carden to establish himself among the greats and put up some monster numbers. -Matt
Gamble QB: Aaron Murray, Georgia (vs. Florida)- Georgia’s season has completely fallen apart mainly due to injuries, but Aaron Murray is too good of a quarterback to give up on the season. He will, however, have a tough time throwing against this defense with a limited number of weapons. He has shown that he can perform in the big games of late but it is a gamble with the lack of weapons he has around him.
Good RB: Shadrach Thornton, NC State (vs. North Carolina)- Thornton has been getting the carries as of late and should continue in this in-state rivalry. Now that quarterback Brandon Mitchell is back, look for the running game to open up a little more and Thornton to have a nice day.
Good RB: Vintavious Cooper, East Carolina (at FIU)- Cooper has quietly had a really good season for the Pirates. He is the lead back in this high powered offense and should get some opportunities against an abysmal FIU team. He should be a very good flex play this week.
Great RB: Adam Muema, San Diego State (vs. New Mexico)- I know many of you will disagree but I think Muema is a great play this week. He was clearly the lead back in last week’s overtime loss against Fresno State. He carried the ball 27 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns so I am banking on the fact that he will get those same touches this week and if he does, he should be a great play.
Great RB: Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky (at Georgia State)- Andrews in my opinion is the most consistent non-QB player. The dude puts up numbers against everyone. Look for him to possible have a game of over 150 yards of total offense and more than two touchdowns to go along with it. -Matt
Gamble RB: Fitzgerald Toussaint, Michigan (at Michigan State)- Toussaint has been great this season and will have to be great on Saturday to beat Michigan State. The Spartans are giving up only 54.9 yards per game on the ground this season, which is best in the country. It will be a tough game for the whole Wolverine offense but particularly tough for Toussaint.
Good WR: Marquez North, Tennessee (at Missouri)- One of the best freshman wide receivers in the country, North should be in line for a pretty good day against Missouri. Even though the Volunteers are starting a freshman quarterback this week, North should establish himself as a security blanket for the young quarterback.
Good WR: Bernard Reedy, Toledo (vs. Eastern Michigan)- To start things off, Eastern Michigan loves to give up a lot of points. Toledo loves to score a lot of points too. Even though many come on the ground, Reedy has established himself as a very consistent scorer. Look for him to be able to at least get one touchdown this weekend and the appropriate yardage to go with it. -Matt
Great WR: Tyler Lockett, Kansas State (vs. Iowa State)- Lockett is one of the nation’s best receivers playing on a mediocre team. Inconsistent quarterback play this season has hurt is production but may have found something last week catching eight passes for 111 yards and three touchdowns against West Virginia. He should have the opportunity to be great against Iowa State.
Great WR: Deontay Greenberry, Houston (vs. South Florida)- Greenberry is one of the best receivers there is and aside from the occasional tough game against good defenses, he will get you some giant numbers. No other way to say it, he is going against a poor USF defense and should have another great day. -Matt
Gamble WR: Jeremy Gallon, Michigan (at Michigan State)- So Devin Gardner sure found Gallon last game as he tallied over 300 receiving yards. Sounds like a must-start for Gallon on paper, but it might be a tough thing to actually watch. Michigan State’s defense is incredibly good, and earlier I picked a gamble against them and it turned out to be a good pick (DaVaris Daniels from Notre Dame). Gallon could have a good game, but it wouldn’t shock me at all to see him have a game like Daniels. -Matt