For those of you that read the site regularly I’m not going to do the “Intriguing Matchups” piece this week, as things have been pretty hectic for me. I’ve added a few more players to make up for that. I also didn’t include tight ends. Make sure to check out my “deep sleepers” here. As always feel free to give me a shout on Twitter @PutBoobieIn. Here are this weeks GGG’s:
Good QB: Joe Licata – Buffalo (at Bowling Green)
Bowling Green’s defense is giving up 388 passing yards per game which is worst in the country. They’ve also given up 13 touchdowns through the air this season. Licata ranks 11th in the country in passing yards (1,375) and tied for 5th in the country in passing touchdowns (14). This game has the potential to be a shootout.
Good QB: Jared Goff – California (at Washington State)
Washington State’s defense has been pretty decent against the pass this year. The way California’s defense has been playing lately Goff could be in for a huge game while playing catchup. In four games Goff has thrown for 1,348 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has thrown for at least 3 touchdowns in every single game this season and is coming off of a 7 touchdown performance. Goff should have another nice game.
Good QB: Kevin Ellison – Georgia Southern (at New Mexico State)
This is the country’s worst rush defense (312 yds/gm) versus the country’s best rushing offense (367 yds/game). Ellison doesn’t do much through the air, but has been a virtual lock for 100 yards rushing this season. With how lopsided this matchup is, I wouldn’t be shocked if he ran for 200 yards. There are better options at quarterback, but Ellison should put up respectable numbers no matter what.
Great QB: Shane Carden – East Carolina (vs. SMU)
Through the first four games of the season, SMU is giving up 50.5 points per game. They’re giving up 291 passing yards per/gm and have given up 11 touchdowns through the air this far. Carden could be in for another huge performance. East Carolina is coming off of a bye week, in their last game the Pirates put up 70 points against North Carolina. Carden accounted for 438 yards and 4 touchdowns passing, as well as rushing for 2 touchdowns. He will probably won’t play the whole game but he should put up great stats regardless.
Great QB: Connor Halliday – Washington State (vs. California)
In Cal’s past two games they have given up a whopping 975 yards and 12 touchdowns through the air. Connor Halliday could be in for an absolutely huge game. He already has 299 passing attempts this season and is basically a sure bet to throw another 60 times this weekend. He leads the country in yards (2318) and touchdowns (20). He should be a lock for 400 yards and 4 touchdowns. His sky is the limit this week.
Gamble QB: Everett Golson – Notre Dame (vs. Stanford)
Stanford is only allowing 74 passing yards per game this season and has only allowed one passing touchdown all year. They’re only giving up 6.5 points per game. This defense has been as good as it gets so far this season. Golson has had an impressive start to his season (1142 yards, 11 passing touchdowns, 104 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns). But he could very well get shut down this weekend. This is will be a good measuring stick for Notre Dame. They have been really good this year, but Stanford is no joke.
Good RB: Anthone Taylor – Buffalo (at Bowling Green)
Not only has Bowling Green been terrible against the pass this season, but this is the team that gave up 644 rushing yards to Wisconsin. So far this season, Taylor has been an absolute workhorse. He’s averaging 25 carries per game and is coming off a 222 yard, 3 touchdown performance against Miami of Ohio. I wouldn’t be shocked if he went off again. There’s always a chance Buffalo reverts to the pass, but Taylor will still get his carries. He’s definitely a must start.
Good RB: Josh Robinson – Mississippi State (vs. Texas A&M)
Last week Arkansas ran for 285 yards against this Texas A&M defense. This week could be very similar. Dak Prescott and Josh Robinson have the potential to run all over this defense. Mississippi State will be running the football early and often. This game has the potential to be a very high scoring game, which never hurts from a fantasy perspective. Robinson is coming off of a 16 carry, 197 yards, 1 touchdown performance against LSU. He could be in for another nice day against the Aggies in this SEC showdown.
Good RB: Breon Allen – East Carolina (vs. SMU)
Similar to Bowling Green’s defense, SMU is terrible against the pass and the run. The fact that ECU should get up early in this game only helps Allen’s fantasy value. In ECU’s last game against North Carolina, Allen ran for 211 yards and 2 touchdowns. SMU has given up 13 rushing touchdowns this season and is giving up 260 rushing yards per game. Allen is available in a most leagues and could be an excellent plug and play option.
Good RB: Ezekiel Elliot – Ohio State (at Maryland)
Last week Elliot was finally unleashed as the feature back in the Ohio State backfield. He carried the ball 28 times for 182 yards and 1 touchdown. Rod Smith was the next closest RB in terms of carries with 11. The thought of a full fledged RBBC had Elliot owners a little frightened. If last Saturday’s game is any indication of the future, Elliot could be in for a big game on Saturday. Maryland is giving up 200 rushing yards per game. Opposing running backs have been near locks for 100+ yards. Elliot could have a day. Don’t be hesitant to plug him into your lineup, this is a pretty favorable matchup.
Great RB: Donnell Pumphrey – San Diego State (at Fresno State)
I try avoiding players I mentioned in the previous week as much as I can, but this matchup is way to appealing not to mention. Fresno State 230 yards rushing per game and has allowed 9 rushing touchdowns this season. San Diego State is banged up at WR so that will only help Pumphrey’s value. This is a great matchup, and Pumphrey is coming off a 167 yard 4 touchdown performance. Start him with confidence.
Great RB: Matt Breida – Georgia Southern (at New Mexico State)
Matchup’s don’t get much better than this. New Mexico State has the country’s worst rush defense (312 yds/game) and Georgia Southern has the country’s best rushing attack (367 yds/game) Breida has found the end-zone an impressive 8 times this season already, to go along with 580 rushing yards. He has rushed for over 100 yards in three straight games, and should be a lock again this week. If he carries the ball more than 15 times he could have an enormous day. This matchup is pure gold. Start Breida period.
Gamble RB: Ameer Abdullah – Nebraska (at Michigan State)
AA has been one of the country’s best players so far this season. He will be in for a tough matchup when he takes on Sparty on Saturday. Michigan State is only giving up 78 rushing yards per game and has only given up 4 rushing touchdowns all year. Abdullah is an elite talent and the matchup may not effect him, but don’t expect video game numbers from him.
Good WR: Daniel Braverman – Western Michigan (vs. Toledo)
Toledo has given up a country worst 17 passing touchdowns this season. They also have the 9th worst yardage total as they are giving up 313 passing yards per game this season. Braverman is leading the WMY in catches (30) and yards (413). He’s also reached the end-zone a total of 3 times this season. He could be in for a great game.
Good WR: Tony Lippett – Michigan State (vs. Nebraska)
Dating back to last year, Lippett has caught a touchdown pass in 6 consecutive games. He has caught 22 passes for 421 yards and 6 touchdowns to start the season. He only played a full game once and that was against Oregon. This will be a game Lippett will play all four quarters. He is Connor Cook’s go to receiver and this game is absolutely huge. Nebraska has been pretty damn good against the pass, but I just feel Lippett goes off in this one. Not a lock to put up great numbers but his recent games say otherwise. Don’t be afraid to plug him in. Sparty on.
Good WR: Roger Lewis – Bowling Green (vs. Buffalo)
The freshman receiver has been outstanding this season. He’s already caught 44 passes for 582 yards. His only downfall has been he’s only caught 3 touchdowns this far. Buffalo is giving up 253 yards per game and has given up 12 touchdowns this season. Bowling Green might throw the ball over 60 times this weekend, which would be nice for Lewis owners. Like I mentioned before this game could be a shootout and I really like Lewis.
Great WR: Devon Allen – Oregon (vs. Arizona)
This game should be a shootout, and Arizona’s defense has been vulnerable this season. The Wildcats defense is giving up 295 yards passing per game this season. Oregon will be a very tough test and Devon Allen may be the most explosive player they play all season. In Oregon’s only two games against P5 opponents, Allen has totaled 252 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns. Wouldn’t be surprised if he goes bonkers on Thursday.
Great WR: Cayleb Jones – Arizona (at Oregon)
Man this game will be entertaining as hell. Oregon’s defense is giving up 315 passing yards per game this season. Connor Halliday threw for 4 touchdowns against Oregon the last time they played. Cayleb Jones is the clear cut number one receiver in Arizona as he has twice as many receptions as the second pass catcher for the Wildcats. He leads the team in receptions (29) yards (475) and touchdowns (6). He could be in for another huge game on Thursday.
Great WR: Vince Mayle – Washington State (vs. California)
Mayle leads Wazzu in receptions with 40 this season. The last two games California has had receivers go completely off against them: Nelson Spruce (19 rec, 179 yds, 3 tds) and Cayleb Jones (13 rec, 186 yds, 3 tds). There is a good chance that either: Mayle, Isiah Myers, River Cracraft, or Dom Williams go off. But I’m putting Mayle on here. He’s been incredibly consistent this season. If Mayle does anything close to what Spruce and Jones did against Cal, his fantasy owners will be very happy campers.
Gamble WR: Jaelen Strong – Arizona State (at USC)
USC has had one of the stingiest pass defenses in the country this season. They are the only team in the country that has yet to give up a passing touchdown. They’re also only giving up 156 passing yards per game. Strong is an elite talent so it may not matter, but starting QB Taylor Kelly might be out again which doesn’t help Strong either.