Good, Great, and Gamble Plays Week 3

Week 2 was definitely a pretty good week as far as the picks went. The first two weeks are always the toughest to predict due to most teams playing FCS schools in one if not both of the games. Now we will start to see some teams get into conference play in week 3 so the performances should be a lot more consistent. Also, I want to introduce a new contributor to the blog, Matt. He will be giving some of his picks in this post along with mine. If there are duplicate picks, it is because one will be mine, and the other will be his pick. The picks will be followed by the name of who made the pick. So here are the picks for week 3.

Grading Scale: Works basically the same way as a GPA would be calculated
A+= 4.2       C+= 2.2       F=0
A = 4.0         C = 2.0
A-= 3.8         C-= 1.8
B+= 3.2        D+= 1.2
B = 3.0          D = 1.0
B-= 2.8          D-= .8

Quarterbacks

Good QB: Travone Boykin, TCU (at Texas Tech)- With starter Casey Pachall going down with an injury, Boykin has assumed the role of starting quarterback. The Horned Frogs were shuffling the two in the first two games so now they are forced to play Boykin for the entire game. He has dual threat ability so he could turn out to be a very good play this week as a shootout is expected against Texas Tech. —Zach  Grade: C-

Good QB: Devin Gardner, Michigan (vs Akron)– Coming off a good game against Notre Dame in the Big House, look for Gardner to have another good game against Akron. Completing 64% of his passes this year, look for Gardner to be run at first and then be able to let it fly during the game, which will allow him to accumulate points quickly. —Matt   Grade: B-

Great QB: Brett Hundley, UCLA (at Nebraska)- If it weren’t for the Alabama- Texas A&M game, this would be my choice for the game of the week. UCLA is quietly one of the better teams in the country and should definitely put up some points against this surprisingly mediocre Huskers defense. Wyoming QB Brett Smith accounted for 474 total yards and four touchdowns in week 1 against this defense. Hundley should be in a for a huge day this Saturday. —Zach   Grade: B+

Gamble QB: AJ McCarron, Alabama (at Texas A&M)- This is the game everyone has been waiting for since the 2012 season ended. The only blemish on the Crimson Tide’s schedule last season came from the Aggies of Texas A&M. You have to assume that Nick Saban will have his team fully prepared for this one, meaning it could be a big day for McCarron. He didn’t have the best game against the Aggies last season, but don’t be shocked if he throws for over 300 yards again and adds at least two touchdowns.  —Zach     Grade: A

Running Backs

Good RB: Alex Collins/Jonathan Williams, Arkansas (vs. Southern Miss)- With Bret Bielema coaching the Hogs, expect these two to get plenty of carries. In both games so far, they both have gone over 100 yards. Against Southern Miss, I expect the same thing. If you have one of these guys, it’s a pretty safe bet that he will produce for you.—Zach         Grade: A

Good RB: Jordan Parker, MTSU (vs. Memphis)- While this matchup does look great on paper for the MTSU star, Memphis does have some talent on the defensive line that could make it tough for Parker at some point. Look for Parker to do his normal, which is still going to be a very good stat line. —Matt  Grade: B

Great RB: James Sims, Kansas (at Rice)- Sims is the Big 12’s leader in rushing yards per game from a year ago and should pick up where he left off. In the Jayhawks first game last week, he carried the ball 16 times for 94 yards and a touchdown against South Dakota. The competition steps up a little bit in Rice, so expect Sims to be on the field a little longer than he was last week. He should get a steady workload in this one so he should easily top 100 yards and a touchdown. —Zach        Grade: B-

Great RB: Jordan Parker, MTSU (vs. Memphis)- Parker has quietly rushed for 265 yards on 44 carries in the first two games. Against a Memphis team that gave up nearly 500 yards of offense to Duke last week, Parker could have a field day. I expect his minimum numbers to be 100 yards and a touchdown. —Zach    Grade: C+

Gamble RB: Storm Woods, Oregon State (at Utah)- Having a pretty favorable schedule in the first two weeks has put Storm Woods on everyone’s radar. With over 100 rushing and receiving yards already and 2 TDs, he seems to have his fingerprints all over the ball on offense. The difference this week is that he gets to go against a formidable Utah defense this week. Woods still might be able to post a great game fantasy wise, but with this being his first game against some real defensive competition, it’s interesting to see the result. —Matt          Grade: C

Wide Receivers

Good WR: Odell Beckham, LSU (vs. Kent State)– Beckham is having himself one heck of a breakout season, even if it is only for 2 weeks. The overall receptions might not be there, but the YPC sure is high. Coming off a 4 TD performance (1 on special teams), look for Beckham to do very well against Kent State. —Matt     Grade: B+

Good WR: Jaydon Mickens, Washington (at Illinois)- Mickens impressed in the season opener against Boise State. The sophomore caught 9 passes for 109 yards. He looked extremely quick and very well could have broken loose on a couple plays. He has the potential of making big plays in this new up-tempo offense so keep an eye out for him this week. —Zach          Grade: B

Good WR:  TJ Jones, Notre Dame (at Purdue)- Jones has caught 15 passes in two games for the Fighting Irish for a total of 232 yards and a touchdown. Look for him to continue getting the ball especially this week against Purdue. He could be a really good addition to your lineup because he may be available in your league. Until given a reason otherwise, I think he’s a good play this week. —Zach       Grade:  C

Great Play: Taylor Lockett, Kansas State- Lockett has caught 15 passes for 224 yards in two games this season. He has practically matched his performances in week 1 and week 2. In week 3 he plays against possibly the worst team in the FBS in UMass. Look for this one to get out of hand early but Lockett should be able to cash in (no pun intended) and have a great performance. —Zach        Grade: F

Gamble WR: Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (at South Carolina)- Jordan Matthews is a one of the best WRs in College Football, but he faces a very tough challenge this week. Going into Columbia, Matthews is going to face some tough coverage and could struggle for the yardage he has accumulated within the first two weeks. —Matt      Grade: B

Week 3 Grade: B-

 

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