Start/Bench--Week 6

 

Start
Bryant Shirreffs, QB-Connecticut vs Memphis
Even though the Huskies have lost three games in a row, Shirreffs has been providing the offense solid play at the quarterback position.  The senior quarterback has thrown two or more touchdown passes in three consecutive games and has topped 400 yards passing in back-to-back games.  Friday night, UConn hosts a Memphis team that has the fourth-worst pass defense in the nation, allowing 321.3 yards per game in the air, so the potential is there for Shirreffs to have a 30-plus point game.

 

Dontrell Hilliard, RB-Tulane v Tulsa
Hilliard will head into his Week 6 matchup against Tulsa having topped 100 yards rushing in back-to-back games and having scored a touchdown in all four games this year.  Fantasy owners should have high expectations for Hilliard this week because he’ll be facing the worst rushing defense in the nation, as the Golden Hurricane are allowing 319.8 yards per game on the ground and 6.7 yards per rush attempt.

 

Malik Davis, RB-Florida v LSU
Davis wasn’t listed at the top of the depth chart this week despite being the Gators’ most productive back over the last three weeks.  The freshman back has topped the 90-yard mark in three consecutive games and should get another heavy workload against a struggling LSU defense on Saturday.
 
Ron’Quavion Tarver, WR-Utah State vs Colorado State
Watch here and find out why RonQuavion Tarver is a Week 6 Start against Colorado State.  Here are his 2017 stats (by game):
Week 1:  @ WISC—2 rec., 8 yards (L 59-10)
Week 2:  vs. IDA ST—7 rec., 75 yards, TD (W 51-13)
Week 3:  @ WF—5 rec., 35 yards (L 46-10)
Week 4:  @ SJ ST—5 rec., 42 yards, TD (W 61-10)
Week 5:  vs. BYU—6 rec., 76 yards, TD (W 40-24)

 

Bench
Shea Patterson, Ole Miss at Auburn
After throwing nine touchdown passes in the first two games of the season, Patterson has thrown only two touchdown passes and five interceptions in the Rebels last two games.  This week, Ole Miss travels to Auburn and faces a defense that is only allowing 11.0 points per game (6th) and 259.2 yards per game (9th).

 

Patrick Laird, RB-Cal at Washington
Laird hasn’t provided the spark many fantasy owners were hoping since he exploded for 191 yards and three touchdowns in Week 2 against Weber State.  He’s still the Bears’ primary ball carrier, but don’t expect a spike in production this week when Cal visits Washington on Saturday.
 
Damarea Crockett, RB-Missouri at Kentucky
Crockett and the entire Missouri offense has struggled since the season opener against Missouri State.  The sophomore back had more total yards and touchdowns in the first game of the year (202 yards & 2 TD) than he’s had in the last three games combined (192 yards & TD).  This week, Crockett will face an improved Kentucky defense that is only allowing 74.0 yards per game on the ground.   
 
Michigan State RBs at Michigan
The Wolverines boast the nation’s top defense against the run, allowing 69.3 yards per game, 2.2 yards per rush attempt, and only one rushing touchdown.  Even though the Spartans have a stable of backs, none of them are likely to have any success against Michigan this weekend.

 

Texas A&M RBs vs Alabama
The Aggies have two quality backs in Trayveon Williams and Keith Ford, who have combined for 686 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.  However, it’s never a wise choice to start a running back against the Alabama defense in this day and age.  The Tide are only allowing 73.8 yards per game on the ground and have only allowed one rushing touchdown in five games.
 
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