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College Surprise Fantasy POW – Week 15

December 5th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

My QB’s of the Week
Casey Cochran, Connecticut • Kevin Hogan, Stanford

QB Casey Cochran (Connecticut) – Despite a tough season, things may be looking more positive heading into next year for UConn as they may have found their new QB of the future in Casey Cochran who threw for 311 yds and 2 td’s in his 1st career home start. He gets his 2nd start this weekend in front of the home crowd against a Memphis defense that was gashed for a season-worst 534 yds in their 20 pt loss to Temple a week ago.

QB Kevin Hogan (Stanford) – While he generally doesn’t put up flashy numbers, the Cardinal will need a huge game out of Kevin Hogan in Tempe if Stanford is to beat the Sun Devils and deliver their 2nd straight Pac-12 championship. A dual-threat talent, Hogan has potential to put up big numbers as he threw for 329 yds and 5 td’s just 2 weeks ago against Cal. We like his chances here.

My RB’s of the Week
Essray Taliaferro, Marshall • Henry Josey, Missouri

RB Essray Taliaferro (Marshall) – On a pass-happy Marshall offense Essray Taliaferro has proven to be a threat on the ground with 5 games of 100+ yards including a career-high 161 yds a week ago against ECU. This weekend’s opponent Rice has allowed that same 161 yard rushing mark per game this year giving us even more reason for his selection as the Thundering Herd look to take home the CUSA title.

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College Surprise Fantasy POW – Week 14

November 27th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

My QB’s of the Week
BJ Denker, Arizona • Marquise Williams, North Carolina • James Franklin, Missouri

QB BJ Denker (Arizona) – In last week’s upset of Oregon, BJ Denker resembled more of a Heisman candidate than true contender Marcus Mariota was able to show. Denker went on to pass for 178 yds, rush for 102 yds and deliver the biggest win of the Rich Rodriguez era in Tucson. Dual-threat QB’s are always a nice option in this blog and Denker fully fits that profile as he has 25 total td’s in 2013. It will be interesting to see what he has in store this Saturday against bitter Rival ASU.

QB Marquise Williams (North Carolina) – When’s the last time a North Carolina/Duke football game meant more than a basketball matchup? How about never! After starting the season 1-5, the Tar Heels have rattled off 5 consecutive wins and now have a chance to play spoiler against Duke who is just a win away from earning a berth in the ACC Championship. If UNC is going to pull out the win, the steady hand and feet of backup Marquise Williams will have to step to the forefront again after he torched Old Dominion a week ago with 469 total yards and 5 td’s. We like the Tar Heels in this meeting and believe Williams’ effort last week can be repeated. Read more…

College Surprise Fantasy POW – Week 13

November 21st, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

My QB’s of the Week
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green • Sean Schroeder, Hawaii • Clint Chelf, Oklahoma St

QB Matt Johnson (Bowling Green) – When choosing this week’s fantasy QB’s Matt Johnson caught our eye almost immediately as while he is almost automatic when it comes to reaching 200+ yds passing, his matchup is what has us salivating as Eastern Michigan’s secondary is getting thrashed over the past 4 games allowing 368 ypg in the air. We expect more of the same in this meeting as BG continues to build up their resume on their way to next week’s showdown against Buffalo.

QB Sean Schroeder (Hawaii) – With the likes of Timmy Chang, Colt Brennan and Bryant Moniz being featured on many fantasy teams in years past, the Hawaii QB position has taken some time off over the past few seasons as they have transitioned away from the run-and-shoot to more of a pro-style scheme. With that being said, we like the ability of Sean Schroeder to deliver against Wyoming as he has thrown for at least 2 td’s in 6 of the L/7 contests, especially with the Cowboys allowing 500+ yards in each of their L/4 contests.

QB Clint Chelf (Oklahoma St) – After hitting nearly 73% of his passes and recording 4 total td’s a week ago against Texas, Clint Chelf will have to post similar results for their upcoming matchup against high-scoring Baylor. Chelf has proven to be a decent dual-threat signal caller with 3 games of 85+ rushing yards to go with his 11-5 pass ratio. Big time shootout expected in this one so grab Chelf if he’s available in your league right now!

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College Surprise Fantasy POW – Week 12

November 14th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

My QB’s of the Week
Taylor Kelly, Arizona St • Brendon Kay, Cincinnati • Joel Stave, Wisconsin

QB Taylor Kelly (Arizona St) –Arizona St was held to a season-low 293 yds in their narrow win last week against Utah, but Taylor Kelly’s dual-threat ability was still felt as while he threw for just 144 yds and a td, he ran for 2 more scores. In fact, over his last 4 contests Kelly has rushed for all of his 7 td’s which compliments nicely with his 24 passing scores on the season. Prior to their bye week Oregon St allowed a season-high 489 yds in conference play against USC. The Trojan offense is not even close to the caliber offense that ASU brings to the table which should spell out a big offensive outburst for the Sun Devils here.

QB Brendon Kay (Cincinnati) – Since taking over as the starter in the 3rd game of the season Brendon Kay has led the Bearcats to a 6-1 record which includes 2 contests in which he’s achieved at least 4 total td’s. Cincy now takes on a Rutgers defense that has been gouged against some of the AAC’s elite offenses (SMU, Louisville, Houston) allowing 543 ypg. Kay has completed 54-67 (81%) of his passes the last 2 games while passing for 299+ in his L/3. Those recent numbers have us believing that he could put up his best outing of the ’13 season this weekend. Read more…

College Surprise Fantasy POW – Week 11

November 7th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

My QB’s of the Week
Garrett Grayson, Colorado St • Cody Kessler, USC • BJ Denker, Arizona

QB Garrett Grayson  (Colorado St) – After a 397 yd passing game a week ago Garrett Grayson has to get a look in most leagues as Colorado St’s offense has been vastly improved averaging more than 100 ypg than in ’12 and a massive 549 ypg in their home matchups in 2013. This week’s opponent Nevada is allowing 602 ypg away from home this year so there should be plenty of chances for Grayson and the rest of the Rams offense.

QB Cody Kessler (USC) – Since the dismissal of Lane Kiffin following their blowout loss to Arizona St it appears that the USC offensive coaches have been a bit more aggressive with their play-calling and it’s resulted in a 3-1 record and Cody Kessler putting together some of his better outings including a 17-21 pass performance in the Trojans upset win over Oregon St a week ago. Next up, a Cal defense that has held just one of their 9 opponents this year under 400 yards of total offense. Kessler should deliver his first 300 yard passing game of the season here.

QB BJ Denker (Arizona) – Very important game in the P12 South between a pair of 6-2 squads and we like the dual-threat ability of BJ Denker to deliver some more fantasy gold after he had 300 ttl yards of offense last weekend vs Cal with 4 ttl TD’s. On the season Denker has 9 TD passes and 11 TD runs making him a threat to rack up points anywhere on the field. Riding a 3-game winning streak, a pickup of Denker could prove to be very wise this Saturday.

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College Surprise Fantasy POW – Week 10

October 31st, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

My QB’s of the Week
PJ Walker, Temple • Tommy Rees, Notre Dame • Terrance Broadway, Louisiana

QB PJ Walker (Temple) – The Rutgers secondary has been extremely vulnerable to the passing game this season allowing 361 ypg. A huge outing from PJ Walker last week has us liking his chances against the Knights as he not only passed for 293 yds and 4 TD’s, but rushed for an additional 92 yds and 1 more endzone visit. We suggest you pick up Walker as soon as possible before he puts together another nice outing.

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College Surprise Fantasy POW – Week 9

October 24th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

 

My QB’s of the Week

Stephen Morris, Miami • Brayle Brown, ULM • Maty Mauk, Missouri

QB Stephen Morris (Miami, FL) – While Stephen Morris threw 4 interceptions in last week’s matchup against UNC, he did surpass the 300 yard mark for a 2nd consecutive week. As far as the 4 interceptions go, he had just a total of 4 coming in so this was a bit of an aberration in our opinion. Next up is a meeting with a WF defense that has surrendered an avg of 336 ypg in the air over their past 3 contests. Look for Morris to reach that 300 yard plateau once again minus the abundance of turnovers.

QB Brayle Brown (ULM) – With defending SBC Player of the year Colton Browing expected to miss this weekend, Brayle Brown is the epitome of a Surprise Fantasy selection against Georgia St despite his 1-6 ratio on the year. The Panthers have surrendered 515 ypg against their FBS opponents so another dismal performance should be expected with Brown leading the way for ULM.

QB Maty Mauk (Missouri) – No James Franklin? No problem for MO as frosh Maty Mauk has proven to be a solid asset during his short term under center. After a 295 yd, 2 total td outing last week against Florida, Mauk and company now take on a South Carolina squad off an upset loss to Tennessee and playing their 3rd straight SEC game away from home. The Gamecocks are allowing 384 ypg on the road in 2013 and we believe that Mizzou’s offense will once again flourish this weekend. Read more…

College Surprise Fantasy POW – Week 8

October 17th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

My QB’s of the Week

Joe Southwick, Boise St • Tom Savage, Pitt • Garrett Grayson, Colorado St

QB Joe Southwick (Boise St) – The 4th most accurate passer in the FBS gets the nod as one of our 3 fantasy QB’s this week. On the year Southwick has completed 72.3% of his passes while surpassing the 300 yd mark in 2 of his last 3 contests. Up next for the Broncos is a date with rival Nevada who is allowing 602 ypg on the road this year. We look for Southwick to reach that 300+ pass mark again as the leader of the Boise offense.

QB Tom Savage (Pittsburgh) – After bouncing around the country via the transfer (Rutgers to Arizona to Rutgers to Pitt), Savage has finally found a home with the Panthers and has done relatively well including a massive 424 yd, 6 td outing a few weeks ago vs Duke. Pitt now gets a matchup with FBS transitional squad Old Dominion who has allowed 534 ypg vs FBS foes including 361 ypg through the air. Savage should get his share of passing opportunities as Pitt steps away from conf play for a weekend.

QB Garrett Grayson (Colorado St) – Consecutive 300 yard passing performances and a date with a Wyoming squad that is allowing 429 ypg on the season has us liking Grayson’s opportunities to deliver another consistent outing. Another promising stat to look at is the fact that over the past 5 contests, he has been able to pass for at least 2 td passes in 4 of those games. Read more…

College Surprise Fantasy POW – Week 7

October 10th, 2013 1 comment

By Phil Steele

My QB’s of the Week

Bo Wallace, Ole Miss • Derek Thompson, North Texas • Adam Kennedy, Arkansas St

QB Bo Wallace (Ole Miss) – After consecutive losses the Rebels need to get back on their feet this week vs Texas A&M. Their best opportunity for a win here would be by riding their dual-threat QB Bo Wallace who is off a 336 yd passing game last week against Auburn. Wallace can also be a ground threat with 3 rushing td’s on the year with double-digit carries in 4 of Ole Miss’ 5 games. The Aggies have a suspect defense to say the least allowing 483 ypg on the road this season so we like Wallace’s chances.

QB Derek Thompson (North Texas) – The Middle Tenn secondary has been vulnerable to the pass so far this season allowing 300+ yds in 3 contests this season. Toss in a QB in Derek Thompson who just passed for his 2nd 300 yd game of the season last week vs Tulane and you have an excellent Surprise Fantasy QB this week. Over the past 3 games Thompson has attempted 42 passes per game and we expect more of the same.

QB Adam Kennedy (Arkansas St) – While Adam Kennedy has just a 3-2 ratio on the season, we like his chances here against an Idaho defense that has allowed 537 ypg this season including an amazing 734 yds in their 61-14 loss to Fresno St. Kennedy meanwhile has completed at least 20 passes in each of his L/4 games (37-46-318 in their last game vs Mizzou) while also showing his dual-threat ability with double-digit carries in 3 of the L/4. Look for Kennedy to surpass the 300-yard pass mark here and quite possibly throw for as many td’s vs the Vandals as he has thrown for the full season.

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College Surprise Fantasy POW – Week 6

October 3rd, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

My QB’s of the Week:
Kevin Hogan, Stanford • Taylor Kelly, Arizona St
• Shane Carden, East Carolina

QB Kevin Hogan (Stanford) – While he hasn’t been asked to run the ball nearly as much as he did a season ago, Kevin Hogan is becoming quite the passer with a 10-3 ratio on the year including a 286 yard, 3 td performance last week vs Wash St. While Washington is improved on the defensive side of the ball, they are on the road for just the 2nd time this season and clearly match up better against finesse offenses, not the smash mouth style that Stanford brings to the table. Look for Hogan to surpass his season-high single game total of 6 rushes while enjoying another solid outing through the air.

QB Taylor Kelly (Arizona St) – Four consecutive games of 300+ pass yards has us giddy on the selection of Taylor Kelly here against Notre Dame. Now in the midst of his 2nd year of the Todd Graham offense, Kelly appears comfortable in every asset of the play-calling and once again proved that a week ago against USC as he threw for 351 yds while rushing for another 79 (3 td passes). The Irish struggled a week ago against dual-threat QB Blake Bell from Oklahoma allowing him to total 291 total yards and 2 td’s. We expect an even bigger game out of Kelly and he gets the call here.

QB Shane Carden (East Carolina) – A favorite on this blog a season ago, Shane Carden returns this week for the Pirates matchup against a Middle Tenn squad that has already given up 480+ yards in 3 games this season. Carden meanwhile has surpassed the 375 yard passing mark twice this year with an 11-4 ratio. Throw in the fact that he rushed for an additional 3 TD’s in last week’s win over UNC and you get a solid choice here.

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