In my "first" stab at this, I'm batting around .500. I really wanted to come in and gloat about my expertise, while also gloating about my real life teams - and neither can happen. The U aint back, and probably aint coming back with its current leadership. Saturday's debacle clouded the biggest win in my alma mater's history. Hey Shane - Go 'Cocks!
This column isn't strictly based upon the following week's success like a sit/start, but at the same time, I don't expect duds! Let's see if we can find some folks riding hot streaks who will carry over into Week 7. First, a quick recap.
Week 6 studs: Geno Smith, Eric Lair, Ryan Aplin, Kris Adams
Week 6 duds: Allen Bradford, Kris Burd, Doug Martin, Robbie Rouse
Honestly, the only dud I'd be worried about is Rouse. Give the others a few weeks. On to Week 7!
Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia - Don't look now, but Murray is coming into his own. No way it has anything to do with A.J. Green's reinstatement, but Murray is becoming quite the option. You know what else, the 'Dawgs have ridiculous matchup with Idaho State in Week Ten. The only matchup between now and then where Murray isn't an option is Week Nine against Florida. Cocktails anyone?
Stephen Garcia, QB, South Carolina - Honestly, he's here because I went to South Carolina, and he just had as many touchdowns (three) as he did incomplete passes against the vaunted 'Tide defense. Wonder if any Tiger fans out there want to swap Garcia for Parker? And while I'm allowed to take shots at Clemson....how'd things go in Omaha? Realistically, Garcia and the 'Cocks will lose to Kentucky, that's vintage USC football. But I'm riding a high here, and I get editorial discretion!
Johnny White, RB, North Carolina - White is becoming the Tar Heels' only option on offense. There is no downfield passing attack, and White runs as hard as any back I've ever seen. I cut him after Week One against LSU in my ACC/SEC league, and never had a chance to get him back. He's as good an option as any running back in the ACC, and should be owned. Stop doubting his success and enjoy it.
Daniel Herron, RB, Ohio State - Herron will never be confused with a game changing back, but there is a lot to be said for consistency on your roster. Herron has scored seven times in the Buckeye's last five games, and is a near lock to reach the endzone each and every week. Even a paltry 40 yards and a touchdown usually equals ten points, and that seems like the downside here.
Bradley Starks, WR, West Virginia - Welcome back Mr. Starks. After missing every game this season, Starks made his 2010 debut against UNLV last week, and snagged four balls for 100 yards and three scores! Yes, that'll be his best game all season, but this Mountaineer offense is more of a passing attack than we are used to. And the 6 foot 3 Starks is a lot more difficult to cover than the shorter Jock Sanders and Tavon Austin.
Jaron Brown/DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson - I'm giving Clemson two lines of reprieve here. The youth movement at wide receiver showed promise in Chapel Hill, and I'd encourage you to pick your poison here and see what happens. Brown certainly has more playmaking abilities, but I love Hopkins as a keeper. If it's a PPR league, you'd be wise to note Hopkins' seven grabs last week. He has the size to be a red zone threat, and his better days are obviously on the horizon. That was five lines - time to head back to bashing the tigers. No capitalization required!
Before we go any further, can someone please tell me why Kris Adams isn't owned in all leagues? If you weren't sold when we recommended him last week, did his Week Six 5-134-3 line do anything for you? I must be missing something, because apparently there are a lot of other options available at wide receiver, and no one is interested in the 275 yards and five touchdowns Adams' has over the past two weeks. Really?
Ryan Radcliff, QB, Central Michigan - Any time a MAC quarterback throws for three touchdowns and 266 yards in Blacksburg, we take notice. Yes, this isn't the typical Hokie defense, and there was a lot of 4th quarter stat padding, but who cares. It's MAC conference season baby - more numbers are on the horizon.
Bryan Kariya, RB, BYU - Take a quick gander at Saturday's box score from San Diego State - BYU. I see a lot of rushing from the Cougars, and not a lot of passing. If Kariya gets 15 or more carries moving forward, he is well worth owning, and you may be behind the curve if you don't add him now. J.J. Di Luigi is still the starter, but don't get caught sleeping on Kariya.
Kamar Jorden, WR, Bowling Green - Something must be wrong here, because what I'm reading says Mr. Jorden is unowned in most national leagues. Maybe most folks are impatient after a few stinkers from Jorden, but his 8-129-2 line says its MAC season baby. If he is unowned in your league - the only receiver you need to add before Jorden is Kris Adams. I wish I was in leagues where I could grab this kinda talent in Week Seven.