Complete Bowl Rankings & Projections l More Sit & Starts
Thank god! After a few weeks off, college football returns in full force with bowl season. While you may think the fantasy season is over, there are plenty of formats that allow you to play for your pride back in the post season. To that end, here is a list of 10 Wide Receivers to start and 10 to bench as we head into bowl week…or three.
Jordan White, Western Michigan vs. Purdue
White is quite possibly the best player in the country that no one has heard of, but if you are looking for a lock in bowl pools, he is one. Purdue cannot play defense and White is a stud. It would be a shock if he didn’t top 150 yards with 2 scores.
Dwayne Frampton, Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois
Frampton should see plenty of open room to roam in the bowl game against Northern Illinois. The Huskies like to play up tempo and Ryan Aplin and company would love to play that game. Frampton would start any many higher level programs, so he is in line for a big day.
Dwight Jones, UNC vs. Missouri
Readers of the site know that I do not like Dwight Jones as he is too hit or miss for me. Here is a hit. Missouri has not been solid in the secondary in 2011 and while they should win the game, expect Jones to get deep once or twice.
Sammy Watkins, Clemson vs. West Virginia
In what may be one of the highest scoring games of the bowl season, Sammy Watkins is a no brainer. Clemson will look to get Watkins the ball everywhere possible on the field and he should find the end zone as a result.
Rishard Matthews, Nevada vs. Southern Miss
Southern Miss is coming off their shocking win against Houston in their conference title game and while their defense has played well at times, they normally do not face the pistol offense of Nevada. Matthews is a big play man who should stretch the defense in a big way.
Kendall Wright, Baylor vs. Washington
Wright is a no brainer. Baylor will show off their Heisman winner, yet Wright may be their best playmaker. He leads a three-headed WR monster and will go for well over 100 against the Huskies.
Jermaine Kearse, Washington vs. Baylor
Kearse will line up on the other end of the field against Baylor but given the Bears shaky secondary, Kearse should exploit them. He is a big weapon to have for whoever plays QB at Washington and is a good bet to score.
Josh Boyce, TCU vs. LA Tech
Boyce is one of the best receivers in the country in separating himself from the defender. Good thing for him, LA Tech does not even play defense. Boyce has great chemistry with Casey Pachall and should catch a bunch of balls in their bowl game.
Tyler Shoemaker, Boise State vs. Arizona State
Shoemaker is the next of the great upper classmen receivers that BSU has produced. Arizona State does not have a head coach and thus, no plan. Especially no plan to stop the Broncos offense.
Jeremy Ebert, Northwestern vs. Texas A&M
Another team without a coach Texas A&M will try to stop the Wildcats wide open attack. Ebert has big play ability and has produced all year. He led this writer to a title and will surely find open space against a terrible defense.
Patrick Edwards, Houston vs. Penn State
Edwards was the best player on the team that I won a league title with. He is a stud. However with a lack of coach on the sidelines that he is used to playing for, against the best defense he has seen all year, Edwards must find the bench.
Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers vs. Iowa State
Sanu is a solid receiver who is playing against a suspect defense, but playing outdoors in NY in late Decemeber does not sound like ideal conditions for a big game. Yes the Cuse and KState put up points last year, but what if a blizzard comes through the Bronx?
T.J. Moe, Missouri vs. UNC
Moe has had a down 2011 as the Tigers relied more on James Franklin. UNC has a solid secondary which can shut you down, thus Moe needs to be on the bench.
Russell Sheppard, LSU vs. Alabama
Sheppard is the best receiver LSU has and I see them winning the title, but it wont be done through the air, not against Alabama. Find a safer option.
B.J. Cunningham, Michigan State vs. Georgia
Cunningham is another receiver that should be playing on Sundays and while he has the talent to make some big plays against Georgia, the Dawgs secondary is talented enough to shut him down.
Chris Givens, Wake Forest vs. Mississippi State
Givens is in the same boat as Cunningham. A talented guy looking at the NFL. The Bulldogs have a solid defense and can take him out of the game. Wake has not played a solid SEC defense like Miss State, so go with a safer play.
Michael Floyd, Notre Dame vs. FSU
Floyd is a lock first round pick. A stud in the making. But with the QB carousel spinning, against a tough Seminoles defense, in a format like this, Floyd can be avoided to exploit an easier matchup.
Keenan Allen, California vs. Texas
Allen has great chemistry with his half brother Zach Maynard, but the Longhorns are pissed coming off a game they let Baylor’s offense to go wild which led to RG3 winning the Heisman. Texas wins a low scoring game, which Allen gets shut down with.
Jaz Reynolds, Oklahoma vs. Iowa
Simply said Reynolds is out vs. Iowa, so avoid him entirely
Bryan Burnham, Tulsa vs. BYU
Burnham is the best receiving weapon for Tulsa, but the gameplan for me against BYU would be to run it run it and run it. Expect big days from the Hurricane backs, while the receivers play a complimentary role.