College Football Start/Sit – Week 3
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Week 3 already in the world of college football, and we have already seen some big numbers through 2 weeks. This week should be no different as we start to see some better matchups mixed in with some of the Power 5 schools still warming up for conference play. Without further ado, here are the picks.
QB’s TO START:
Brent Stockstill Midd Tenn St. vs Bowling Green State University
Brent has thrown for over 700 yards through 2 weeks and has 8 touchdown passes to go along with 48 yards rushing. I understand the rushing yards are low, but he’s playing in a game against BGSU and the game itself should feature a ton of scoring! Start him with confidence, as he’s my play of the week.
Kenny Hill TCU vs ISU
Hill and company should do whatever they want to the Iowa State. The Cyclones have been awful this season on both sides of the ball. The offense has been unable to do anything and the defense can’t stop anybody. The Frogs will run the ball this week and Hill will be a part of that as well. He’s averaging 45.5 Fantasy points through 2 weeks and I expect him to stay above 40 this week as well.
Jake Browning Washington vs Portland State
The Huskies have looked good thus far, albeit against poor competition. They don’t get much of a challenge this week either which makes Browning an appealing start. Browning has thrown the ball at least 28 times in each of the 1st 2 blowouts of the season. I don’t see that changing this week. He may not throw 5 td’s again, but he should be good for 250 yards and 3 scores at the very least.
QB’s TO SIT:
Lamar Jackson Louisville vs Florida State University
I can hear you booing and cussing me out through your pc or smart phone and that’s ok. FSU could not stop Chad Kelly on Labor Day. Well, at least for the 1st half. The Seminoles got it together and shut down Ole Miss in the 2nd half and carried that momentum into week 2 against Charleston Southern allowing only 8 points. Jackson will not record 600 yards of offense every week, and while he may have a decent game this week, there are better options available to you.
Drew Lock Missouri Tigers vs Georgia
Lock has been a pleasant surprise for the Tigers through 2 games averaging 30.5 points per game but the Georgia Bulldogs have been consistently good on defense in that same span. Also, keep in mind his best numbers came against Eastern Michigan University. I’d sit him and find an alternative.
Phillip Nelson East Carolina University vs South Carolina University
It pains me to put Nelson on this list but a matchup with an SEC opponent is never one to get excited about for a passing team. Nelson is averaging 31 ppg thus far, but the Gamecocks defense is stout. While their offense has been inept through 2 weeks the defense has given up a total of 37 points. Nelson may help you a bit, but once I again I’d seek better options.
Deshone Kizer Notre Dame vs Michigan State University
I contemplated this one for a while, but ultimately decided that if MSU has any shot of beating a hungry Irish team it will have to rely on its defense. The status of Torii Hunter Jr. also makes it even less appealing that Kizer can be successful. I expect this game to be won in the trenches and that does not bode well for either quarterback.
RB’s TO START
Tyrone Owens New Mexico vs Rutgers
Who? Teriyon Gibson is out and Owens is on for the Lobos. He gets to lick his chops for an upcoming battle against a dreadful Scarlett Knights team. Gibson was averaging 26.25 ppg before the head injury. He’s not a “sexy pick” but the Lobos also use their backs as wr’s out of the backfield. He should get you 15-20 points this week as a nice little option available at an affordable price, or off the waiver wire depending on the league your in.
Saquon Barkley Penn State vs Temple
Barkley is a stud running back and as the quarterback play for the Nittany Lions improves his stock continues to rise. Temple gave up a ton of yardage to Army in week 1 and should struggle to stop the run again this week as well. Barkley is a must start option.
Akrum Wadley Iowa vs North Dakota State
Wadley is a bit beat up but is still expected to touch the ball. As long as he’s touching the ball he will produce fantasy points. This game should get ugly early but as long as he gets 10-12 touches and a couple of receptions, you can expect Wadley to give you 100 yards and a score or two.
RB’S TO SIT:
Marcus Cox Appalachian State vs Miami
Cox has been good this year. He even managed some decent stats against Tennessee, but in fairness the Vols looked bad in week 1 and got things together significantly in week 2. I don’t think Cox will be a complete dud, but I’d seek out better options just in case.
Ralph Webb Vanderbilt vs Georgia Tech
Webb has been the Commodores only consistent life on offense to start the season for the Commodores. Expect the Jackets to stack the box and force Vandy to throw the ball. If that happens, Webb’s value will decrease significantly. I don’t trust him this week, and you should seek better options.
Jeffrey Wilson/Will Ivery North Texas vs Florida
Both players share touches, and Florida is still pretty solid defensively. The Mean Green run it often, but the matchup scares me to much. Avoid and running backs in this game if you can.
WR’S Start EM:
Courtland Sutton SMU vs Liberty
Sutton is averaging 137 yards receiving per game, and gets a dream matchup this weekend. Start him with confidence. He’s my WR start of the week!
Richie James Middle Tennessee vs Bowling Green State University
If you don’t know who James is yet, you want to research him. He’s a future NFL superstar and he’s been consistent through 2 weeks including last week vs Vanderbilt. He’s heavily targetted and he’s the clear cut number one receiver for the Blue Raiders so you should start him with confidence.
WR’S TO SIT:
Steven Sims Jr. Kansas vs Memphis
I went back and forth on this one and decided to list him. He’s averaging 119 receiving yards and two touchdowns per game this year. That’s pretty impressive, especially playing on a team likely to fall behind each week. However I don’t see any way possible he continues that pace. There are better options out there and for now I’d still wait and see if Sims has been the beneficiary of a weak schedule.
Nate Cole Cincinnati vs Houston
Cole has been the top option for the Bearcats this season, but the Cougars play very good defense. If you think this game will be a shootout then unleash him at your own risk. Oklahoma struggled mightily in week one and that should scare you enough to bench Cole this week.
Antonio Callaway Florida vs North Texas
Callaway is banged up and the Gators are hoping to have this game in hand as early as possible. If that happens they can rest players and Callaway would likely find himself in that situation. Avoid him this week, even though he is an explosive player that can score at any given moment.
TE’s TO START:
Jake Butt Michigan vs Colorado
Michigan has played in a couple of blowouts to start the year, but this game should be a bit closer. They may be forced to throw the ball more often leading to more looks for Butt. He should manage 70 yards and a score making him a good start.
Bucky Hodges Virginia Tech vs Boston College
For a second straight week Hodges finds himself on this list. He’s a good player at a thin position. The hokies need him to find success. They’ll use him heavily and this game should stay close giving him plenty of opportunities to score.
TE’S SIT EM:
Evan Engram Mississippi vs Alabama
Engram is very good and it pains me to place him on my sit list but the matchup is simply to difficult to overlook. He should get his looks, but the Tide simply make it difficult on opponents week in and week out. I’d seek out other options this week.
Mike Gesicki Penn State vs Temple
I expect the Nittany Lions to run early and often. The Owls have taken a major step back this year and this game could get ugly. If it does the Nittany Lions will have no need to throw the ball.