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Week 2 Surprise College Fantasy POW

Surprise College Fantasy Players of the Week

Three years ago I started a weekly blog that included my surprise fantasy picks for each week of the college football season. Each week I picked the players that were flying under the radar and I am pleased that I finished my first year at a very successful 83-29-7 (74%). In 2010 I had another successful year with a winning week every week and an overall 103-45-17 (70%) record. Last year I went 82-44-11 (65%).

This year I will again be giving you the surprise fantasy picks each and every week in my Thursday daily blog and here are my picks for Week 2. Keep in mind you will not find players like Denard Robinson, Matt Barkley or Montee Ball in my picks. These are strictly surprise picks of players who are flying under the radar.

My QB’s of the Week:

Michael Rocco, UVa • Sean Mannion, Oregon St • Bo Wallace, Ole Miss

Michael Rocco, Virginia-Last week Rocco threw for a career-high 311 yards in the win over Richmond. This week he takes on a depleted Penn St secondary that lost a ton of players due to graduation and off-season attrition and last week were carved up by Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton who threw for 324 yards! My computer calls for Virginia to come near that 300-yard total this week as the Cavaliers should win by double digits.
Sean Mannion, Oregon St
-2nd-year quarterbacks in Mike Riley’s offense usually perform much better than they do in year one. Mannion as a rFr last year was a 1st Tm Fr AA completing 64.5% of hiss passes for 3,328 yards. While we have yet to see him this year, this week he gets a test against a Wisconsin secondary that did allow 265 pass yards to a FCS foe last week. My computer expects a 300+-yd performance for Mannion and if that happens, I think the Beavers have a shot at the upset.
Bo Wallace, Mississippi-Wallace was impressive in his debut last week completing 20 of 24 passes (83.3%) for 264 yards with a 2-1 ratio in the win over Central Arkansas. This week he will be facing a UTEP defense that did hold Oklahoma’s Landry Jones and Co to just 10 points thru three quarters. My computer calls for 420 total yards and 31 points for the Rebels offense and if they achieve that, I think that qualifies as a surprise taking into consideration the Miners’ performance from last week.     

My RB’s of the Week:

Tony Pierson, Kansas • Mike Gillislee, Florida • Kendrick Rhodes, FIU

RB Tony Pierson, Kansas-Last week the Jayhawks had two rushers top the 100-yd mark and they were led by Pierson who had 124 yards (6.2) and 2 td’s. This week he goes up against an Owl defense that was gashed by UCLA to the tune of 343 rush yards (9.3) in the opener! First-year HC Charlie Weis has stressed all year the importance of starting off 2-0. The Hawks meet those expectations as they ride Pierson to another 100-yd effort and victory.
RB Mike Gillislee, Florida
-There were not too many positives to take from Florida’s 27-14 win over Bowling Green last week but Gillislee was one of them rushing for a career-high 148 yards (6.1) and 2 td’s. This week the Gators head to College Station in front of a raucous crowd in the Aggies’ SEC opener. Keep in mind A&M is implanting a new defensive front and will be playing their first game this year after their opener was ppd due to Hurricane Isaac. I will call for a Gators win and another 100-yd performance by Gillislee.
RB Kedrick Rhodes, FIU
-One of the more impressive fantasy performances of week one came from Rhodes as he was the only player in the country to top 100 yards rushing and receiving. Despite his 130 rush yds (5.2), 115 rec yds (16.4) and 2 td’s, FIU still couldn’t keep up with Duke. This week he has a chance to duplicate last week’s performance as he faces a weak Akron defense that allowed 56 points to UCF in the opener. My computer calls for 241 yards rushing and 233 yards passing for FIU and I think Rhodes will be the leader once again.


My WR’s of the Week:

Austin Franklin, NMSt • Robert Herron, Wyo • Alex Amidon, BC

WR Austin Franklin, New Mexico St-Last week Franklin put on a show vs Sacramento St and after one week leads the country in receiving yards with 236 (29.5!) and 2 td’s. This week he faces an Ohio team that has been getting pats on the back all week long after arguably the biggest win in program history last week. While he won’t match last week’s amazing effort, I still think another 100-yd performance is in the cards for Franklin.
WR Robert Herron, Wyoming
-Herron put up very impressive numbers last week against arguably the best secondary in the country with 173 yards (34.6) and 2 td’s including an 82-yard TD reception. This week he faces a Toledo secondary that was burned by Arizona last week to the tune of 387 pass yards. My computer calls for 280 passing yards for the Pokes and I will call for Herron to top the century mark again.
WR Alex Amidon, Boston College
-With the Eagles’ receiving corps decimated by injury last week it was kind of surprising to see their QB Rettig put up the most pass yards by a Boston College quarterback since Flutie! Amidon led the way with 149 yards (14.9) and this week it would not shock me to see Amidon top the 100-yard mark again as they take on a FCS foe in Maine.


My Defenses of the Week:

FIU • Virginia • Tulsa

FIU vs Akron-Last week the Panthers were chewed up to the tune of 420 yards and 46 points in their loss to Duke. This week will be a different story as they face a rebuilding Akron team that was hammered by 42 points in their opener. My computer calls for the Panthers to allow just 220 yards and 16 points this week and if that comes to fruition, FIU should roll.
vs Penn St-UVA head coach Mike London has done a great recruiting some elite level players and it is starting to show here in year three. Last week they allowed just 266 yards. This week they take on a Penn St offense that due to off-season attrition is really lacking some playmakers. My computer calls for the Cavs to hold the Lions to just 15 points and I agree!
vs Tulane-Even though Tulane HC Johnson’s background is on the offensive side, it was the Green Wave’s offense that struggled last week in the 24-12 loss to Rutgers as they gained just 262 yards. With Tulane RB Orleans Darkwa still not 100%, I look for a talented Tulsa D that was embarrassed last week to hold Tulane under 300 yards and 20 points as Tulsa rebounds this week.

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