Complete Week Ten Player Rankings & Projections l More Sit & Starts
Last Week's Quarterback Starts (points in parentheses):
Dan Persa (21), Jacory Harris (1), Nathan Scheelhaase (42), Austen Arnaud (11), Pete Thomas (16), G.J. Kinne (20), Austin Dantin (0), Alex Gillett (5)
Grade: F. Injuries decimated many fantasy teams last weekend and they made my picks pretty ugly. Harris and Dantin going down really hurt.
Last Week's Quarterback Sits:
Robert Griffin (26), Matt Barkley (17), Kirk Cousins (7), Aaron Murray (25), Austin Davis (29), Alex Carder (28), Dominique Davis (40), Jordan Wynn (9)
Grade D: So we found out this weekend that certain quarterbacks should be started no matter the opponent. Murray has officially arrived while Carder and both Davises are legit.
Around this time of the year, you get some teams who will schedule some cupcakes as they prepare for rivalry games and conference championships so definitely take advantage of them. For this week, we have highlighted some good plays and some stars that you normally would play but shouldn't this week. It is time to make that final push for the playoffs!
1. Tyler Bray, Tennessee vs. Memphis
Bray officially won the starting job over Matt Simms with a good performance against South Carolina, and he will have his first start against a ridiculously bad Memphis defense. Memphis is 115th in pass defense and 118th in scoring defense so look for Bray to really light up the Tigers.
2. Jeremiah Masoli, Ole Miss vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Masoli is coming off a big loss to Auburn and will take it out on the Ragin' Cajuns. He can hurt you with his arm and can also scramble for touchdowns. In this game, expect to see Masoli stand back there and work on his passing game so he should finish the night with 280+ yards passing and at least three total touchdowns.
3. Ricky Stanzi, Iowa vs. Indiana
The Hawkeyes will feed the ball steadily to Adam Robinson but eventually Stanzi will have to pass and against the Hoosiers he should see plenty of open looks to both Marvin McNutt and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos. I would venture that he will throw for over 250 yards but will be a lock for three aerial touchdowns.
4. Cody Hawkins, Colorado vs. Kansas
Kansas cannot stop anyone and the Buffs are not that much better so expect Hawkins to have to take to the air quite often in this game. The Jayhawks are terrible against the run and you can expect Rodney Stewart to see 25+ carries, but Hawkins loves to sling the ball around and should have a nice outing.
1. Boo Jackson, Ohio vs. Buffalo
Jackson has been really hot and cold this season but against the struggling Bulls, he will get very, very warm. Jackson is coming off a game where he threw three touchdowns and should be able to come close to that against Buffalo. Add to the fact that fellow quarterback Phil Bates is out with a shoulder injury and you have Jackson running the ball as well. You can expect 260+ yards and two touchdowns passing while at least 50 rushing yards and another score on the ground.
2. Jeffrey Godfrey, UCF vs. Houston
In this game we'll see a steady dose of Ronnie Weaver as Houston has had a terrible rush defense for years but that will open up the play action pass for Godfrey. Godfrey will never be mistaken for Daunte Culpepper both in size and in passing ability, but against Houston he will get a couple of scores through the air but could really gash the Cougars on the ground.
3. Austyn Carta-Samuels, Wyoming vs. New Mexico
New Mexico is terrible and Carta-Samuels is coming off a three touchdown game against San Diego State. This could be a blowout and ACS will get his. I would not be totally surprised if he posts four total touchdowns in this game.
4. Ross Jenkins, Louisiana Tech vs. Fresno State
Jenkins has really started to command the offense and while he will go up against two of the conference's best pass rushers in Chris Carter and Logan Harrell, he should still have some success. Tech will continue to feed the hot hand of Lennon Creer, but Jenkins should still post his numbers.
Sit Em! Quarterbacks
1. Steven Threet, Arizona State vs. USC
I know Threet just came off a three touchdown performance, but it was against Washington State. If you look at Threet's stat sheet this season, he has buckled against any semblance of a defense. The Trojans do not have their normally-stifling defense, but they will provide enough pressure to force Threet into some throws, and he should make some dumb mistakes.
2. Ben Chappell, Indiana vs. Iowa
Chappell has taken lots of hits this season and reports state that after the Northwestern game he was feeling a bit tender. Well the hits will keep coming against the Hawkeyes, and Chappell will struggle to get anything done offensively.
3. B.J. Daniels, USF vs. Rutgers
I am fully aware that Daniels had a four-touchdown day against Cincinnati, but he will find no such success against the Scarlet Knights. Prior to that game, Daniels had not thrown a touchdown in two weeks. Daniels is still too easily flustered against a pass rush and would much rather take off scrambling than sit back in the pocket. Rutgers fields an athletic defense that will cause the Bulls' signal caller some trouble.
4. John Brantley, Florida vs. Vanderbilt
Calm down. This is no mistake. I know it is a bit of a stretch but I see this game going to Trey Burton much like the Kentucky game. Sure, Brantley will get his shots in but the team is not looking to him to win games. The Gators will run the ball and Burton and Jordan Reed will even steal some snaps, making Brantley's stat line a little flat.
1. Kolton Browning, Louisiana-Monroe vs. Florida International
Florida International has fielded a surprisingly good defense this year and while Browning has been play well, he is still a freshman and will have a hard time against the Golden Panthers. Remember that this is the same team that picked off Jerrod Johnson four times, so you can expect a few of Browning's passes to end up in the wrong hands.
2. David Piland, Houston vs. UCF
Piland is a true freshman and will see plenty of pressure from the active career leader in sacks, UCF defensive end Bruce Miller. The Cougars will have to establish a ground game to take some pressure off the youngster, but without Bryce Beall and enough of a passing threat, the Knights will be able to load the box and shut down Piland and Co.
3. Nathan Enderle, Idaho vs. Nevada
Under new defensive coordinator Andy Buh the Nevada defense has made some strides and against Idaho, they should have a field day. The game should look something like this: Nevada gets up on the scoreboard early, forces Enderle to pass like crazy to come back, then the Wolfpack unleash defensive end Dontay Moch. Enderle is a good quarterback but will find it hard to get much done playing from behind the entire game.
4. Bryant Moniz, Hawaii vs. Boise State
Moniz is the commander of the high-octane Hawaii offense but will find a hard time moving the ball on Boise State. Sure, he threw all over USC, but Boise's defense will be better. Now I am sure he will get some shots in but all in all, this is not a smart play.