CFB Week 14: Sleepers, Stock Report, Fades/Targets
In this article I will cover a variety of topics. Everyone knows the stud players in college football, so I will also give you some value plays for the week. I also give you some players that are trending up and down, as well as the players with plus and minus matchups for the weekend.
QB Skyler Howard (West Virginia): This depends on the health of starter QB Clint Trickett, who is questionable with an injury. Howard came in for the injured Trickett last week and gave the offense a spark against a tough Kansas State defense. He completed 15-of-23 passes for 198 yards and two TDs. Howard has a nice matchup this week against Iowa State.
QB Austin Grammer (Middle Tennessee State): Not seeing a whole lot of value QBs this week. Grammer is a pretty good QB that I am sure that not a whole lot of people have heard of. Over his last two games, he has thrown for five TDs. In his last four games, he is also averaging about 11 rushes per game. This UTEP/Middle Tennessee State game should be fairly high scoring.
RB Devin Chafin (Baylor): Chafin has been a TD machine the last couple of weeks. He has scored seven TDs in his last three games. While Shock Linwood also gets carries, they take him out and put Chafin in near the goal line. Baylor is running the ball a lot more this season than expected. Chafin has gone over 100 yards in two out of his last three games, and this week he has a dream matchup against Texas Tech’s rush defense.
RB Kenneth Farrow (Houston): Farrow is coming off a monster game against Tulsa. In that game Farrow ran for 116 yards and four TDs. Farrow is a big bruising back that gets all the goal line carries. This week he gets to face SMU – the theme this year has been take players against SMU.
WR Jaydon Mickens (Washington): The Huskies’ passing game has been a big disappointment this season, but it looked pretty good last week. Mickens had five catches for 84 yards and a TD, and also had a rushing TD. This week Washington plays Washington State, and the Cougars are ranked next to last in pass defense.
WR Jalin Marshall (Ohio State): Last week against Indiana, Marshall had five catches for 95 yards and three TDs. I really like him because he also returns kicks and gets some carries on reverses. Ohio State need style points, and you know Urban Meyer will love to rub it into Michigan’s face. Look for the explosive Marshall to make some big plays.
Others: QB Jesse Scroggins (Arizona), RB DeAndre Washington (Texas Tech),RB Don Jackson (Nevada), WR Cameron Smith (Arizona State), WR Quinshad Davis (North Carolina)
QB Kent Myers (Utah State): Myers is the 3rd-string QB at Utah State and is only playing because of injuries. Last week against San Jose State, he threw for a TD and ran for three more on 92 yards rushing.
QB Brian Burrell (Fresno State): Burrell was benched earlier in the season for his poor play, but he has come on strong of late. Last week against Nevada, he threw for 313 yards and four TDs. He also rushed for 56 yards and a score.
RB Remound Wright (Stanford): Finally, it looks like Stanford has settled in on a starting RB – too bad it took all season to do so. Last game against Cal, Wright carried the ball 23 times for 92 yards and four TDs. It was the most carries he had gotten all year. I used to love to target Stanford RBs in the past, because this team loves to pound the ball, but this year the Cardinal was using multiple backs, until now.
RB Nick Wilson (Arizona): I faded Wilson last week against Utah, because I thought he had a tough matchup, and boy did he prove me wrong. Against Utah, Wilson ran for 218 yards and three TDs.
WR Tommy Shuler (Marshall): Finally Shuler is looking like the WR he was last year. Last week against UAB, he had 10 catches for 132 yards and a TD, by far his best game of the season.
WR Vince Mayle (Washington State): Mayle is coming off a monster game against Arizona State. In that game Mayle caught 15 passes for 252 yards. He is the favorite target for the new QB Luke Faulk, and with River Cracraft still battling injuries, he is the main focus of this passing game.
QB Jameis Winston (Florida State): We all know about the off-field troubles, but man has Winston been a disappointment on the field this season. He has only thrown one TD pass in each of his last three games. He is also doing no damage on the ground this season.
QB Bo Wallace (Ole Miss): Wallace was real bad last time out. For the first time all year, he didn’t throw a TD. Wallace completed just 16-of 31 passes and also threw two INTs. He also rushed for negative yards.
RB Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska): After returning from injury, Abdullah has been quiet the last two weeks. In the last two games, he only has one TD and has failed to reach 100 yards in each game. The injury still might be bugging him.
RB Josh Robinson (Mississippi State): Robinson just hasn’t got the workload the last couple of games. In his last two games, he has 19 carries for 100 yards. He has only gotten into the end zone on a receiving TD.
WR Nelson Spruce (Colorado): Spruce has fallen big time. Last week, he only had two catches for 16 yards. He hasn’t caught a TD in four games. It is probably not all his fault, as the struggles have come mainly because of poor QB play.
WR Jordan Payton (UCLA): Payton hasn’t done a whole lot this last couple of weeks. UCLA really spreads the ball around on offense. Last week, he only had three catches for 31 yards, and the week before he had five catches for 56 yards.
1. Shock Linwood & Devin Chafin (Baylor) vs. Texas Tech (#121 Rush Defense)
2. Justin Jackson (Northwestern) vs. Illinois (#120)
3. Kenneth Farrow & Ryan Jackson (Houston) vs. SMU (#116 Rush Defense)
4. Kareem Hunt & Terry Swanson (Toledo) vs. Eastern Michigan (#115)
5. Devon Johnson (Marshall) vs. Western Kentucky (#113)
1. Jeremy Langford (Michigan State) vs. Penn State (#1 Rush Defense)
2. Cameron Artis Payne (Auburn) vs. Alabama (#2)
3. David Cobb (Minnesota) vs. Wisconsin (#5)
4. Mike Davis (South Carolina) vs. Clemson (#7)
5. Karlos Williams (Florida State) vs. Florida (#12)
1. BYU vs. Cal (#125 Pass Defense)
2. Washington vs. Washington State (#124)
3. Ball State vs. Bowling Green (#123)
4. UNLV vs. Nevada (#116)
5. Arizona vs. Arizona State (#113)
1. Texas A&M vs. LSU (#6 Pass Defense)
2. Western Kentucky vs. Marshall (#9)
3. Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss (#13)
4. TCU vs. Texas (#14)
5. Miami vs. Pitt (#16)