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Week 7: Starts and Sits

Monday, October 8, 2018


In this column, we'll be running through our favorite and least favorite matchups for the upcoming college football fantasy week. This should be viewed as gauge of just how confident we are in a given player against the opposition. While these recommendations can be used to help weigh starts and sits, they should be viewed as contextual information more than a strict, absolute guide.


Proceed with confidence


Penn State QB Trace McSorley vs Michigan State -- While McSorley still has yet to throw for more than 300 yards in a game, he’s connected for multiple scores in all four games since the opener (now up to 10 touchdown passes), and has rushed for six on top of all of that fun. The Spartans have been pulling off a two-faced act on defense that’s worthy of Shakespeare this season, ranking as a top-five unit against the run and a bottom 10 unit against the pass. MSU has surrendered a 300-yard passer in three of its five games this year.


TCU QB Shawn Robinson vs. Texas Tech (Thursday) -- We were unabashed fans of Robinson’s during summer drafts, but it’s been a rocky journey. He has not thrown for more than one touchdown in any game since the opener, for instance. Worse, Robinson has also turned the ball over in every game again since that opener against Southern. He has not rushed for a touchdown since Week 2. We’ve comfortably started to start the likes of UConn’s David Pindell over Robinson in several leagues of late. None of this is encouraging, but owners shouldn’t give up hope quite yet. TCU was off on bye over the weekend and figures to come out fresh after enduring a three game stretch of Ohio State-Texas-Iowa State. Now they get Texas Tech. Jordan Ta’amu, D’Eriq King and Will Grier have all put forth huge passing games against the Red Raiders. If Robinson doesn’t show up here, we might have to just give up. Of note -- he did injure his shoulder against Iowa State prior to the bye, so his health is worth keeping an eye on during the current practice week. Michael Collins would start on Thursday if Robinson is ruled out.


Western Michigan RB LeVante Bellamy at Bowling Green -- The Falcons offer up the worst run defense in the country on a per-game average and have allowed a 100-yard rusher in five of six games. Only Oregon failed to field a prolific rusher in competition with Bowling Green. Bellamy has hit the 100-yard mark twice this season, most recently when he posted 121 yards against Georgia State on Sept. 22. He has a nice floor, having not rushed for fewer than 65 yards in a game this season. We’re expecting considerably more in what we feel is a strong match-up play.


Troy RB B.J. Smith at Liberty -- Smith has filled the vacuum left by Jordan Chunn admirably this season, rushing for 473 yards (6.5 YPC) and eight touchdowns in six games. He’s been especially good in recent weeks, dunking on Coastal Carolina for 103 yards and two touchdowns in Week 5 and promptly betting that effort with a 140-yard, two-score performance against Georgia State this past Thursday. He should have no problem dealing with a Flames run defense which has allowed a 100-yard rusher in each of its last three games. Smith received a season-high 17 carries versus the Panthers. We wouldn’t be surprised to see him over 20 carries, here, depending on the health of QB Kaleb Barker, who was forced out against the Panthers due to an undisclosed injury. Barker’s status for this Liberty game is currently uncertain.


Marshall WR Tyre Brady at Old Dominion -- The Monarchs allowed a pair of 100-yard receivers to FAU in Harrison Bryant and Jovon Durante on Saturday. That was the third game this season -- in six contests -- in which a receiver has crested the century mark against ODU. Brady’s a strong candidate to get there. Two weekends ago, he posted an 8-162-2 receiving line against Western Kentucky, his second 100-yard showing of the season. A line similar to that could be in play in this road titl. Old Dominion has allowed 35 points in each of its last three games.


Notre Dame WR Miles Boykin vs. Pitt -- If Boykin is available on the waiver wire in your league -- and he may well be -- stop reading this and go pick him up. We’ll wait. After registering three (!) games under 30 yards receiving through the first four games of the campaign, with Brandon Wimbush at quarterback, Book has flourished now that Ian Book has taken over as starter. He caught 11 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown against Stanford two weekends ago, then backed that performance up with eight catches for 117 yards and a pair of scores against Virginia Tech on Saturday. Boykin’s here to stay. We will be starting him in several leagues until he gives us a reason not to.


Purdue WR Rondale Moore at Illinois -- Purdue’s offense comes out of the bye having scored at least 40 points in two of its last three games, while Moore himself has gone off for at least 85 yards receiving in four of five games this season. Three of those have seen him over 100 yards. The Illini figure to offer little resistance in Week 7, having already allowed three players to top 100 yards receiving. Illinois ranks 119th in the FBS in passing defense this season. Boilermakers signal-caller David Blough should have a huge game, here, and should be started in his own right.



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Mark Lindquist holds a master's degree from the University of Iowa and writes baseball and college football for Rotoworld.com. He's currently working on a memoir about life, death, rock 'n' roll and his year teaching at a Chinese university. You can reach him on Twitter @markrlindquist.
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