Week 3 CFB Throwdown
It’s finally here! No, I’m not talking about NFL, or the end of MLB, or NBA pre-season. I’m talking about the end of non-conference season in College Football! I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of seeing McNeese State playing Ohio State. I’m ready for competetive football! Then again, I might still pumped up from my Sooners beating Tennessee in double overtime last week. I might be biased, but that easily one of the best games of the year so far. Starting next week we get into the conference season which is what makes CFB so great! This week we are going to take a different approach to how we approach our lineup building. The reason why is because we have so many large spreads. Coming with those large spreads are your higher totals. The only game that has a single digit spread that has a total over 65 is Western Kentucky and Indiana. As we’ve seen with the first couple weeks, when it comes to a majority of these games being blowouts early on, it almost becomes benificial to forget that your player might not get a full game of action in.
Marquise Williams (North Carolina) is one of the top QB’s on the slate this week. He’s also one of the most expensive. What makes him compelling is that he might be able to go for 250 yards passing and 100 yards rushing with three or four total touchdowns. That is extremely hard production to pass up. You also don’t have to worry so much about correlation in order to maximize your production since he can run the ball.
Other options: Baker Mayfield (OU), Brandon Doughty (WKU), Gunner Kiel (Cin)
Sneaky GPP Option: Dane Evans (Tulsa), Jeff Lockey (Oregon) ****If Vernon Adams doesn’t start. Keep an eye out
Jordan Howard (Indiana) is thriving in the Kevin Wilson offense at Indiana this year so far. The Hoosiers are slight favorites against the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky. Vegas has this total around 72 points and it wouldn’t shock me for it to push over this. Howard this year is averaging 6.47 yards per carry this year so far. He’s the top running back this week and with a slate full of games with larger spreads, I will gladly take him with the amount of work I expect him to get.
Other Options: Ezekial Elliot (Ohio State), Royce Freeman (Oregon), Leonard Fournette (LSU)
Sneaky GPP Option: Jahad Thomas (Temple), Joe Mixon (OU)
Sooner Nation might kick me out for what I’m about to say. Keevan Lucas (Tulsa) is the best WR in the state of Oklahoma, and he is loving the new offense that Head Coach Philip Montgomery has brought with him to Tulsa. With the Golden Hurricane huge underdogs, they will have to throw a ton. He get’s a matchup against a Sooner secondary that is still trying to figure out how to cover. Zack Sanchez is the top corner that he will go up against and we have seen him get burned at times. He’s a gambler. He will jump routes to go for the interception which allows him to get beat by double moves and recievers that run good routes. When he’s not going against Sanchez, he will be facing Jordan Thomas who looks lost about 75% of the time. When you are building your lineups this week, plug Lucas in and sit back and watch the points rack up.
Other Options: Quinshad Davis (North Carolina), William Fuller (Notre Dame), Keyarris Garrett (Tulsa), Josh Reynolds (Texas A&M)
Sneaky GPP Option: Shaq Washington (Cin) Sterling Shepard (OU)
Tyler Higbee (Western Kentucky) is by far the best option at TE this week from the early games. In an offense that is up tempo, with a QB that could get 500 passing yards, Higbee is a great correlation play with Brandon Doughty. Doughty likes to spread the ball around but when it comes to the TE position this week, if I can get around six targets, with a couple of those being in the red zone, I like the chances that Higbee will hit pay dirt.
Good Luck this weekend!
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