Good, Great, and Gamble Plays Week 4

Week 3 was the debut week for Matt to make some picks. He fared well as he made some pretty solid choices. He will look to continue to keep it up throughout the season.  As far as my picks go, they were pretty good aside from the Tyler Lockett pick. That pick sounded like a really good option going in but turns out that he only touched the ball once. Hopefully, these picks help you win your matchup each week. Matt and I will take a look at week 4 and come up with the Good, Great, and Gamble plays for the week to help bring you success.

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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: David Fales, San Jose State (at Minnesota)- Fales is one of the most under rated quarterbacks in the country. He has only played in two games this season and one of those was against Stanford. Minnesota is nothing like Stanford and I expect Fales to find his top targets Chandler Jones and Noel Grigsby often in this game. He is definitely due for a big game as he threw for 4,300 yards last season. —Zach   Grade: B+

Good QB: Brett Hundley, UCLA (vs. New Mexico State). The only reason this isn’t a great play is because people are expecting this. Hundley struggled in the first half of the game vs. Nebraska, but lit it up in the 2nd half. He proved that he is incredibly hard to keep down for four quarters. Look for him to have a great game this week against New Mexico State. —Matt    Grade: B-

Good QB: Brendon Kay, Cincinnati (at Miami (OH))- Kay has taken over for the now injured starter Munchie Legaux. He threw for four touchdowns in his first start last week in a win against Northwestern State. This week he faces a poor Red Hawk defense and he is a good option for a bye week replacement in deep or BCS only leagues. —Zach    Grade: D+

Great QB: Sean Mannion, Oregon State (at San Diego State)- Mannion is 2nd in the nation in passing yards through the first three weeks of 2013. He does have one of the best receivers in the country in Brandin Cooks to throw to. This matchup is very good considering the Aztecs can’t stop anyone as they are 0-2 with blowout losses to Eastern Illinois and Ohio State. Mannion has thrown for at least 372 yards and three touchdowns in all three games this season. If you are searching for a bye week replacement with the capability to become your starter, Mannion is your guy. —Zach     Grade:  A-

Gamble QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State (vs. Florida A&M). Coming off an injury that sidelined him for a week, Miller is going to come into this game wanting to prove without a doubt he has fully healed and can lead the Ohio State offense. The problem is though, the game might get out of hand very early, and the coaching staff might not want to keep Miller out there if it does indeed turn into a blowout. Miller might get the stats early, but tread carefully and know that he will probably be on a short leash with a week before a showdown with Wisconsin. —Matt     Grade: F (did not play)

Running Backs

Good RB: Fitzgerald Touissant, Michigan (at Connecticut)- Thus far, Toussiant has had a pretty average season for the 3-0 Wolverines. He hasrushed for 199 yards and three touchdowns so far. He is mostly overshadowed by quarterback Devin Gardner. This week I think Toussaint approaches the 100 yard mark and finds the end zone against a UConn defense that isn’t very good against the run. —Zach  Grade: A

Good RB: Mark Weisman, Iowa (vs. Western Michigan)- Weisman is a workhorse for the Hawkeyes and should continue to be just that in this one. Last week he toted the rock 35 times for 145 yards and a touchdown and that was in a rivalry game against Iowa State. This week he faces a porous run defense in Western Michigan. —Zach   Grade: C+

Melvin Gordon
Melvin Gordon

Great RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin (vs. Purdue). It seems weird picking a backup running back to have a great game, but Gordon isn’t a traditional backup. The dude can flat out fly by defenders and has a particular nose for the end zone. He might not get the number of carries that James White does, but man does Gordon make it count as he’s had 100+ yards and at least a touchdown in every game, and this should be no different this week as he goes against a Purdue defense that allows a lot of points. —Matt    Grade: A+

Great RB: Jordon James, UCLA (vs. New Mexico State)- This one is simple. New Mexico State is the worst team in the nation against the run through the first three weeks of the season. They give up a whopping 331 yards per game on the ground. James has emerged as the lead back in the Bruins’ backfield this season. I think you should expect big numbers from James this weekend. —Zach   Grade: A

Gamble RB: Adam Muema, San Diego State (vs. Oregon State)- Muema is one of my favorite players when healthy but unfortunately, he hasn’t been. He has the ability to be a 1,500 yard back as many of you know. Those of you that drafted Muema early on are obviously disappointed with him and rightfully so. Hopefully, you have survived the first three weeks without him. He is, however, likely to play against Oregon State this week. If you are a risk taker, you could throw Muema into your lineup. The Oregon State defense isn’t exactly great against the run and the Aztecs should be looking to get there season back on track. —Zach   Grade: B-

Wide Receivers

Good WR: Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (vs. Massachusetts).  Jordan Matthews is a great wide receiver,  there is no doubt about that. He still had eight receptions against a South Carolina team that pretty much just focused on stopping him. What makes me change him from a gamble to good play this week is the opponent. There is just nobody on UMass that can stop him if he gets going. Look for him to have a very good day. —Matt   Grade: B

Good WR: Mike Evans, Texas A&M (vs. Southern Methodist University). Coming off an extremely impressive performance in which he had 279 yards vs. Alabama, Evans has established himself as one of the best WRs in the NCAA. Using his frame, he is able to impose his will on corners and safeties. Expect the Texas A&M offense to come out throwing against SMU, and Evans should be the primary target and could have a nice day stats-wise. —Matt   Grade: D

Good WR: Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh (at Duke)- The freshman broke out last week against New Mexico with six receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown. He also added two carries for 39 yards and another touchdown. His role seems to be expanding in the offense and he could really become a great fantasy option moving forward. If he is available in your league, he probably won’t be for long. —Zach    Grade: A+

Great WR: Ryan Grant, Tulane (at Syracuse)- The lone bright spot for the Tulane offense is Ryan Grant. He has 24 catches and 348 yards through three games. He will get the ball thrown his way often. Playing in the dome at Syracuse can be different for most players but I don’t see this affecting him as Tulane plays in a dome themselves. Look for a steady dose of Ryan Grant this weekend. —Zach  Grade: C

Gamble WR: DaVaris Daniels, Notre Dame (vs. Michigan State). Daniels is without a doubt the #1 target for QB Tommy Rees. Through three games, Daniels has four of the seven touchdowns through the air for Notre Dame. Look for Daniels to have a little tougher time against a pretty good Spartan defense. Since Daniels is a long-ball guy, there is always that chance he could benefit from a blown play, but if Michigan State keeps focused, it might be tough for Daniels to meet his average output. —Matt   Grade: F

Zach’s Overall Grade: B

Matt’s Overall Grade: C-

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