Good, Great, & Gamble Plays For Week 8

Last week I was very busy, so I apologize for not writing a GGG. I added a few more names to the list to make up what I didn’t do last week. Listed below are some players I feel are: Good, Great, and Gamble plays based off of match ups and past performances. I didn’t include tight ends. Feel free to send me any questions via Twitter @PutBoobieIn. Here they are:

QUARTERBACKS

Good QB: Davis Webb (Texas Tech) vs. Kansas

Webb has thrown for 3 or more touchdowns in every game this season expect one (at Kansas State). That trend should continue versus a pretty bad Kansas Jayhawk team. The Jayhawks are giving up 222 passing yards per game, and 27 points/game. I fully expect Webb to come close to 300 passing yards and 3 touchdowns.

Good QB: Justin Thomas (Georgia Tech) at North Carolina

Thomas has missed some practice this week but should be good to go. I’m not quite sure what to think of Thomas yet, but this matchup is too good not to mention. The Tar Heels are giving up 508 yards/game (9th worst in country) and 43.3 points/game (2nd worst in country). Thomas has rushed for over 100 yards in 3/6 games this season. He has also shown an ability to pass (4 TDs vs. Georgia Southern in gm. 3) Thomas might be overpriced in DFS formats but the matchup could definitely make it worth it, North Carolina has been awful.

Good QB: Connor Cook (Michigan State) at Indiana

Cook has only played a full game three times this season (Oregon, Nebraska, & Purdue). Dantonio seems like he may be preparing for life after Cook, or just is protecting his most important piece of his offense. Cook has been brilliant in limited time. He has thrown multiple touchdowns in every game this season except one (vs. Nebraska). Indiana has one of the worst defenses in the conference ( 275 pYDS/game & 31.3 pts/game). Michigan State showed some vulnerability last week vs. Purdue so there is a chance this game is competitive past half time. Cook is a solid and consistent option.

Good QB: Jared Goff (California) vs. UCLA

Due to Cal’s inability to stop anything defensively, Goff is generally asked to throw early and often. Last week was the first week he didn’t throw 3 or more touchdowns. He actually ended up thawing zero touchdowns, but there’s reason to believe he’ll get back on track this week. On the season, Goff is completing 66% of his passes and UCLA is giving up 261 pYDS/game and have given up 11 touchdowns to 4 interceptions this season. I like Goff’s chances of bouncing back with a very nice week in a potential “shootout”.

Good QB: Jake Waters (Kansas State) at Oklahoma

Last week Tyrone Swoopes was 27/44 and threw for 334 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also ran for 50 yards and 1 touchdown. I view more highly of Waters than I do Swoopes, and I also feel Waters has two very good WR’s (Lockett and Sexton). Oklahoma has now allowed 3 consecutive QB’s to go for over 300 yards and throw for 2 or more touchdowns (Trickett, Boykin, and Swoopes). Waters has a ton of talent and could have a very nice game regardless of a hostile environment.

Good QB: James Knapke (Bowling Green) vs. Western Michigan

Western Michigan is giving up 250 passing yards/game this season. They have also given up 12 passing touchdowns through the air. Last week, Ball State QB, Jack Milas threw for 326 yards and 4 touchdowns against this defense. WMU will have their hands full again this week. Knapke has the ability to throw for over 400 yards and multiple touchdowns. Bowling Green does have an effective run game, but as of late, Knapke has been throwing the ball around 40 times per game. This game also has serious potential to be a shootout which only bodes well for fantasy players.

Great QB: Gunner Kiel (Cincinnati) at SMU

Make sure to monitor Kiel’s injury status, as he’s been banged up. SMU may have one of the worst defenses in the country. They are giving up 49.4 points/game (worst in the country) are giving up 315 passing yards/game (5th worst in country) and have given up 15 passing touchdowns (t-11th worst in country). Cincinnati has a pass happy attack, and there is no reason Gunner Kiel shouldn’t have a very productive day. Kiel has thrown for 3 or more touchdowns in 4/5 games this season and has thrown for over 270 yards in 4/5 games as well. Cincinnati also has an incompetent defense itself, which makes this matchup more intriguing as it might be fairly close rather than a blow out. Kiel is a stud.

Great QB: Brett Hundley (UCLA) at California

California has the worst pass defense in the country in both yards/game (402) and passing touchdowns allowed (24). Hundley has thrown for 2 or more touchdowns in three straight games and has been quite effective on the ground as well. Look for Hundley to have a huge day on Saturday. This California defense is awful, and Hundley is incredibly talented.

Gamble QB: Kenny Hill (Texas A&M) at Alabama

This is one of those match ups that I could see going both ways. I could see Hill getting skunked, and I could also see him putting up decent numbers. Clint Trickett was relatively effective vs. Alabama earlier in the season (29/45 – 365 yards – 1 TD – 0 INT). Hill is more talented than Trickett in my opinion, and also has a vast array of weapons around him. My head’s telling me, Alabama is going to be incredibly hungry after their past two performances.

RUNNING BACKS

Good RB: Jacobi Owens (Air Force) vs. New Mexico

New Mexico is giving up 287 rushing yards/game this season. While Jacobi Owens has been a workhorse (10th in the country with 127 carries). Owens has gone for over 100 yards and has scored a touchdown in 3/6 games this season. He has been relatively quiet as of late, but this matchup is very favorable and there’s reason to believe he turns things around.

Good RB: David Cobb (Minnesota) vs Purdue

Opposing running backs have scored multiple touchdowns in 4/6 games this season vs. Purdue. Purdue has also allowed 3 running backs to go for over 100 yards. I might be a homer here as I’m a lifelong Gopher fan, but I like Cobb’s chances of going over 100 yards with a couple touchdowns. Purdue isn’t a very good team, and the Gophers have a very formidable line, which Cobb is very effective running behind. Cobb has gone for over 180 yards in 3/6 games this season.

Good RB: Shaun Wick (Wyoming) vs. San Jose State

San Jose State is giving up 231 rushing yards/game this season. Wick has gone for over 100 yards in 4/6 games this season and has rushed for a touchdown in 4/6 games as well. Wick has been very consistent this season, and this matchup could make for a huge day for him. Don’t be afraid to pull the trigger with the Cowboy running back. 

Good RB: Marlon Mack (South Florida) at Tulsa

Mack has been fairly inconsistent this season, but this could be one of his “break out performances.” Tulsa is giving up 218 rushing yards per game and has allowed 14 rushing touchdowns this season. Mack has 597 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns this season, which most of that productivity came in 3 games. Central Florida head coach Willie Taggart loves pounding the ball, and isn’t afraid to use Mack as a “workhorse.” I’m going to go out on a limb and say Mack has a big day again this week.

Great RB: Leon Allen (Western Kentucky) at Florida Atlantic

Allen appears to be back to full health and should be good to go against Florida Atlantic this weekend. Through six games, Florida Atlantic is giving up 213 rushing yards/game and has allowed 18 rushing touchdowns. When healthy Allen has been an incredibly productive workhorse. In every full game he has played in this season he rushed for at least 93 yards. He’s also scored a touchdown in 3/4 games and has added some decent receiving numbers as well. If he’s back to full health I wouldn’t be surprised if he breaks out. 

Great RB: Jarvion Franklin (Western Michigan) at Bowling Green

Franklin has been one of the most productive running backs in all of football this season. Through six games the freshman has 843 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns. This week he gets a very juicy matchup against the Bowling Green defense who is giving up 218 rushing yards/game and has allowed 22 rushing touchdowns in 7 games. Franklin is a must start.

Great RB: Jay Ajayi (Boise State) vs. Fresno State

Ajayi has been a very effective player both on the ground (709 ruYDS & 8 ruTDS) and through the air (31 REC, 280 reYDS, 2 reTDS). This week he gets a great matchup against Fresno State who is allowing 36 pts/game and 470 yards of total offense. Ajayi is the focal point of this offense. As long as Ajayi sees his normal amount of touches this weekend, he should have a very productive day.

Gamble RB: Shadrach Thornton/Matt Dayes (NC State) at Louisville

These two aren’t the most popular names in the fantasy world, but they are both on a fair amount of rosters. This weekend NC State gets to play one of the toughest rushing defenses in the country (60 ruYDS/game & 1 TD allowed all season). If I was an owner of one of the two, I would definitely look elsewhere for production.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Good WR: Tony Lippett (Michigan State) at Indiana

Lippett has caught a touchdown pass in 8 straight games. This year he has gone for over 100 yards in 4/6 games. Lippett has only played 3 full games this season. If he was guaranteed to play the full game this week I’d have him listed as a “great” play. This week Sparty has a great matchup against Indiana who is giving up 275 passing yards/game and has allowed 13 passing touchdowns this season. Lippett is clearly the number one receiving option in East Lansing as he has nearly 3 times as many catches as the next pass catcher. If this game is somewhat competitive Lippett owners should reap the benefits.

Good WR: Daniel Braverman (Western Michigan) at Bowling Green

Not only does Bowling Green have a poor rushing defense but their passing defense is awful too. They are giving up 351 passing yards and have allowed 14 touchdowns through the air this season. Braverman has been incredibly productive this season (48 REC, 591 reYDS, 4 reTDS) as he is one of the most versatile athletes on WMU. The Broncos have tried to get Braverman involved as much as possible as he has over 5 receptions in every game this season and has over 8 receptions in 4/6 games this year. I like Braverman in this game and the rest of the season for that matter a lot.

Good WR: Shane Williams-Rhodes (Boise State) vs. Fresno State

Much like Bowling Green’s defense, Fresno State’s is pretty awful everywhere as well. Fresno has given up 19 passing touchdowns this season (3rd worst in country) and are allowing 258 passing yards/game this season. Rhodes has yet to go for over 100 receiving yards this year, but the injury senior WR Matt Miller could change that. Williams-Rhodes has been a lock for around 6 catches a game this year. His workload will increase, and this is a very favorable matchup. If I own him I’m starting him.

Good WR: Nelson Agholor (Southern California) vs. Colorado

Colorado has allowed 15 passing touchdowns this season. They are also allowing 249 passing yards/game this season. Agholor, who has been relatively quiet this season (42 REC, 405 reYDS, 4 reTDS) has yet to go over 100 yards this season. Some of that can be blamed on the arrival of first year head coach, Steve Sarkisian. I feel like there’s a pretty good chance Agholor finally reaches the century mark this week.

Good WR: Hunter Sharp (Utah State) at Colorado State

Sharp has caught a touchdown in 3 consecutive games and has gone for over 130 yards receiving in 4 consecutive games. This week Sharp gets a defense that is allowing 253 passing yards/game in Colorado State. The Rams have been hot as of late, and this game could potentially be a shootout. Both teams have dynamic pass catching threats (Rashad Higgins and Sharp.) If recent trends continue, Sharp could have a great day.

Great WR: Roger Lewis (Bowling Green) vs. Western Michigan

Last week Ball State WR Jordan Williams had 11 receptions for 179 yards and 2 touchdowns against this Western Michigan defense. Freshman WR Roger Lewis leads the team in receptions (51) and yards (695) but has only seen the end-zone 3 times this year. Lewis has gone for over 100 yards receiving in 4/7 games this season. This game has serious shootout potential, and Lewis could benefit immensely.

Great WR: Jordan Payton (UCLA) at California

Cal has the worst pass defense in the country (402 paYDS/game & 24 paTDS on the season). Jordan Payton has been the clear cut number one receiver for the Bruins as he leads the team in receptions (37) yards (552) and receiving touchdowns (5). Opposing number one wideouts have been virtual locks for 150+ yards receiving and multiple touchdowns over the past 4 weeks against Cal. I wouldn’t be surprised if Payton goes bonkers.

Gamble WR: Marquez North (Tennessee) at Ole Miss

Ole Miss has only allowed 3 passing touchdowns all season, and they are giving up 193 passing yards per game. I would be hesitant to roll with any of the Volunteer pass catchers this weekend. Ole Miss appears to be the real deal. North is an elite talent, but I’d look elsewhere for fantasy purposes this weekend.

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