Good, Great, and Gamble Plays Week 9

Week 9 is filled with a lot of good matchups (especially for the SEC), and hopefully these guys can take advantage of them. I’m hoping this week can help you make that final push for the playoffs as they are beginning in the next few weeks.

Quarterbacks

Good QB: Bo Wallace, Ole Miss (vs. Idaho)- I like Wallace this week as he faces a bad Idaho team. Wallace has thrown for 300+ yards in his last three games so he should have no problem producing this week against the Vandals. In BCS only leagues, Wallace would be a great play this week.

Good QB: Nick Marshall, Auburn (vs. FAU)- Marshall has led Auburn to a nice first half of the season and looks to continue against FAU, a team that is not very good. Look for Marshall to have at least three total touchdowns.

Good QB: Dak Prescott, Mississippi State (vs. Kentucky)- Mississippi State has had a weird season to say the least, but Prescott has been able to hold his own for sure. The dual-threat QB has crossed the century mark on the ground three out of the last four games and look for him to do the same when he plays Kentucky -Matt

Great QB: John O’Korn, Houston (at Rutgers)- This guy has filled in nicely for the retired David Piland and it’s hard to believe he is only a freshman. He has made his share of mistakes (see last week against BYU) but he has made some great plays as well. He has some great targets to throw to and is facing a Rutgers defense that is giving up over 300 yards per game passing. Play O’Korn with confidence this week especially in two QB leagues.

Great QB: Caleb Herring, UNLV (at Nevada)- Probably the most used guy in fantasy football this year is Herring. Listed as a WR in CBS leagues (don’t ask me why because I certainly don’t know) is just not fair for opponents to play against. Even though it is unfair, I have to have him as a great play this week. Look for Herring to continue his fantastic season and put up another solid stat line -Matt

Gamble QB: Grant Hedrick, Boise State (at BYU)- The loss of starting quarterback Joe Southwick is bad news for the Boise State offense but the good news for them is that Grant Hedrick looks to be a solid replacement. He has been used primarily as a runner in the Broncos offense and could be compared somewhat to BYU quarterback Taysom Hill. He is a gamble this week not because he isn’t talented, but because this game will be a little more difficult than Nevada last week.

Running Backs

Good RB: Tre Mason, Auburn (vs Florida Atlantic)- I had the displeasure of going up against Mason last week. I hoped that Texas A&M could stop him, but the more I watched, the more I discovered that Mason is one incredible running back and can just not be stopped when he wants. Auburn hops out of conference this week to play Florida Atlantic and this just seems like another great matchup for Mason and one in which he can definitely do well. -Matt

Good RB:  Kareem Hunt, Toledo (at Bowling Green)- Starting running back David Fluellen left last week’s game with a back injury and is questionable for Saturday’s game. Even if he is able to go, Hunt should be a good play because he will be given some work to take some of the stress off of Fluellen this week. Hunt is capable as he ran the ball 15 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns in relief of Fluellen last week against Navy.

Great RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska (at Minnesota)- This guy can flat out fly and carry a team. Abdullah is a little guy who just doesn’t know when to stop and his yards per carry sure back it up. When Nebraska travels to Minnesota this week, it might be too cold to pass as often as they prefer, so look for Abdullah to possibly get the most carries he’s gotten all year and that should lead to a stat-filled day for sure. -Matt 

Great RB: Traylon Shead, SMU (vs. Temple)- Shead has returned from injury and picked up the workload he had before he left. Last week, Shead carried the ball 22 times for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Temple is giving up 201 yards per game on the ground so Shead should have a big day especially if he sees 22 carries.

Gamble RB: De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon (vs. UCLA)- Fantasy owners rejoice!!! DeAnthony Thomas is back and healthy enough to play!!! As good ‘ol Lee Corso would say “NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND.” Thomas is coming off a pretty severe ankle injury and it worries me how long he has been gone. In addition to the time missed, look for Oregon to ease him back into the offense and not use him to the extent that they did earlier in the season. -Matt

 Wide Receivers

Good WR: Corey Davis, Western Michigan (at UMass)- I like Davis this week for two reasons. First, he is playing against UMass. Second, he is a very talented receiver. He has caught 45 passes in just six and a half games this season. He is a lock to catch at least five passes so this obviously makes him valuable in PPR formats.

Good WR: Donte Foster, Ohio (vs. Miami (OH))- The expectations were high for Foster this season but hadn’t really lived up to them until the last two weeks. In those two games, he has 20 receptions for 261 yards. The Red Hawks are absolutely terrible and couldn’t stop most high school teams this season. Just two weeks ago, they lost 17-10 to UMass so that gives you an idea of how bad they are. The point I’m trying to make is, Foster should continue this roll he is on.

Great WR: Antwan Goodley, Baylor (at Kansas)- I almost feel like this is cheating putting a Baylor WR on this list. I would start every receiver they have if I could, and Goodley is emerging as the best. Kansas has gotten off to some pretty good starts in the past couple of games, but even if they do it again, Baylor will undoubtedly go through the air plenty and often and Goodley will once again have an outstanding game. -Matt

Great WR: Chandler Jones, San Jose State (vs. Wyoming)- San Jose State has a pretty favorable matchup this week against Wyoming, which should mean that a lot of points should be put up on the board. Jones has almost 500 yards and five touchdowns in the last four games played and has established himself as one of the top WRs in the country. Look for Jones to have another great game and put up some great stats. -Matt

Gamble WR: Jamison Crowder, Duke (at Virginia Tech)- Crowder is one of the nation’s best receivers but is facing one of the nation’s elite defenses this week. The Hokies are giving up just 165 yards per game through the air so it could be long day for the Blue Devil offense as a whole let alone Crowder.

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