Good, Great, and Gamble Plays Week 8


Good QB: Brendon Kay, Cincinnati (vs. Connecticut)- Kay has filled in nicely for starter Munchie Legaux. He is coming off a very good performance where he threw for 270 yards and accounted for three total touchdowns. Look for something similar against UConn.

Good QB: Taysom Hill, BYU (at Houston)- One of the best running quarterbacks in the country may have found something in the passing game. Hill is coming off an impressive performance as a passer against Georgia Tech. Look for him to continue to run the ball and develop as a passer against Houston.

Good QB: Derek Carr, Fresno State (vs. UNLV)- Carr has been fantastic this year. He throws the ball—how do I say this—more than the number of strokes I play during nine holes of golf (PS: I’m not that good). Look for him to do the same this weekend and have another good game and accumulate his average stats -Matt

Great QB: Shane Carden, ECU (vs. Southern Miss)- Carden is one of the nation’s more accurate passers and has been known to throw for a lot of yards. Southern Miss hasn’t won a game since 2011 and shouldn’t have a chance as Carden should light up the Golden Eagles’ defense.

Great QB: Keith Wenning, Ball State (at Western Michigan)- The nation’s second leading passer, Keith Wenning should rack up plenty of yards against a bad Western Michigan team. They are surprisingly good against the pass but so was Virginia and Wenning made them look bad. Ball State is a 19 point road favorite so look for Wenning to account for that difference.

Gamble QB: Jameis Winston, Florida State, (at Clemson)- Winston is a must start every week it seems, but if you have him, be careful this week. The way things are going, I’m sure this means he is going to have a fantastic game, but going on the road against a very good Clemson teams should worry some Winston owners. -Matt

Running Backs

Good RB: Marteze Waller, Fresno State (vs. UNLV)- Waller has emerged as the Bulldogs’ main running back and gets plenty of touches in this offense. In the last two games,  he has 41 carries for 252 yards and four touchdowns. Against UNLV, he should find plenty of running room as they give up 259 yards per game on the ground.

Good RB: Storm Woods, Oregon State (at California)- Woods is back from injury and should pick up where he left off before the injury. He was one of the most used backs in the passing game in the country. Against a poor Cal defense, look for him to get a good number of chances.

Great RB: Branden Oliver, Buffalo (vs. UMass)- Oliver is one of the best running backs and is finally back into form. He is getting plenty of opportunities and this week is facing one of the worst rush defense as they give up 247 yards per game on the ground. Look for Oliver to have a fantastic day on Saturday.

Great RB: Lache Seastrunk, Baylor (vs. Iowa State)- Seastrunk is coming off his worst game of the season, and I can guarantee you that he wants nothing more than to see the field again to improve his Heisman chances. Look for Seastrunk do have one of the best games of the year and get back to his normal way. -Matt

Gamble RB: Mark Weisman, Iowa (at Ohio State)- Weisman is the clear workhorse for the Hawkeyes but may have some trouble against this athletic Ohio State defense. I think Weisman will get plenty of carries which is a good thing but if Iowa can’t develop any kind of passing attack Weisman may have a tough day.

 Wide Receivers

Good WR: Chris Conley, Georgia (at Vanderbilt)- Conley has been the most consistent receiver in this offense over the last four weeks. He has caught five passes in all four games and should continue to get looks as he has been required to step up due to injuries.

Good WR: Eric Ward, Texas Tech (at West Virginia)– Ward has picked up the slack after the semi-lucklaster start to the year. West Virginia has been so hit or miss this year that it is tough to predict their performance. I’m leaning towards a Texas Tech offensive explosion, and Ward should benefit from that. -Matt

Great WR: Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh (vs. Old Dominion)- Boyd is one of the best freshman players in the country and should bounce back after last week’s poor performance against Virginia Tech. Old Dominion is way more vulnerable than Virginia Tech on the defensive side of the ball so look for Boyd to have his way.

Great WR: Bralon Addison, Oregon (vs. Washington State)- Addison is establishing himself as not just one of the best receivers at Oregon, but also in the country. Since his bye in Week 4, he has accumulated the yards and points in bunches, and look for him to continue that trend when he takes the field against Washington State. -Matt

Gamble WR: Chris Harper, California (vs. Oregon State)- Harper is one of those players that this role is perfect for. He is either a monster hit or a complete whiff. Oregon State is a very good team and they should be able to go on the road and shut down the California offense. Look for Harper’s stats to suffer because of this. -Matt

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