Start/Bench--Week 7

 

Start
Arion Worthman, QB-Air Force vs UNLV
The Falcons are in the midst of a four-game losing streak, but it’s not from a lack of production from the quarterback position.  Worthman has been a workhorse, logging at least 20 carries in each of the Falcons’ last four games and accounting for eight touchdowns in the past two weeks.  Expect Worthman to be a huge fantasy factor this weekend when Air Force hosts UNLV, as the Rebels are allowing over 214 yards per game on the ground and 5 yards per rushing attempt.

 

Justin Stockton, RB-Texas Tech at West Virginia
In the past four games, Stockton has totaled 80 yards or more of offense in each game, has rushed for at least 100 yards twice, and has scored three touchdowns.  The senior back is seeking to continue his positive trend when the Red Raiders travel to West Virginia and face the second-worst defense in the Big 12 against the run, as the Mountaineers are allowing 214.8 yards per game on the ground.

 

Jordan Ellis, RB-Virginia at North Carolina
Ellis has carried the ball at least 20 times in four of five games this year, but has failed to top the 100-yard rushing mark in any one week.  However, he has rushed for at least 80 yards in each of those games and has scored six touchdowns this year.  This week, Ellis is projected to top the century mark for the first time this season facing the ACC’s worst run defense, as the Tar Heels are allowing 241.7 yards per game on the ground, which ranks them among the ten worst teams in the FBS.
 
Duke Catalon, RB-Houston at Tulsa
In a 35-22 win over SMU last week, Catalon topped the 100-yard mark for the first time in his collegiate career.   That performance was what many fantasy owners expected from Catalon in 2016 and in the beginning of 2017.  You always need to temper your enthusiasm when a player is coming off a career game, but how can we bottle our excitement when the Cougars are facing the nation’s worst defense against the run?  Tulsa is allowing 347.8 yards per game on the ground, which is 62 yards more than the next worst team (UCLA-284.2)

 

Penny Hart, WR-Georgia State at UL Monroe
Hart has caught at least seven passes in three consecutive games and has topped 130 yards receiving and scored a touchdown in the Panthers last two games.  On Saturday, Georgia State will travel to UL Monroe and face a Warhawks defense that is allowing 37.0 points per game and over 235 yards per game in the air. 

 

Bench
Eric Dungey, QB-Syracuse vs Clemson
We had Dungey as a Bench three weeks ago when Syracuse traveled to LSU, but we failed to take the Tigers’ defense at face value after they lost at Mississippi State 37-7 the week before.  After LSU’s loss at home to Troy in Week 5, it’s no surprise, looking back, that the Orange went into Death Valley and nearly sprung the upset.  Now that we are halfway through the 2017 season, surprises are few and far between now, but don’t tell that to an Oklahoma fan.  This week, Syracuse has the challenge of facing one of the nation’s top defenses at home.  Clemson is only allowing 165.5 yards per game in the air and are ranked fifth in the nation in points allowed per game (11.3).

 

Mike Boone, RB-Cincinnati at South Florida
Boone has not quite recovered from the ankle injury he suffered in a Week 2 loss at Michigan.  After missing two games, Boone returned and has only totaled 40 yards rushing on 13 carries in the past two games.  Don’t expect things to get any easier this week when the Bearcats travel to South Florida and face a Bulls defense ranked second in the country against the run, allowing less than 75 yards per game on the ground.
 
Demario Richard, RB-Arizona State vs Washington
Even though Richard has not topped the 80-yard mark in any game this season, the senior back has logged at least 15 carries, rushed for at least 50 yards, and scored at least one touchdown in each of his last three games.  That streak could come to an end this weekend when the Sun Devils play host to Washington.  The Huskies boast the nation’s third-ranked rushing defense (78.5 ypg) and have only allowed two rushing touchdowns through six games.

 

Osharmar Abercrombie, RB-Coastal Carolina at Western Kentucky
After rushing for 224 yards and four touchdowns in the first two games of the season, Abercrombie has been limited to 111 yards on the ground a no touchdowns in the past three games.  If he is going to buck the trend, this is a good week to do it, as the Chanticleers face an Arkansas State defense that is allowing over 230 yards per game on the ground.  However, Coastal Carolina has become a little pass-happy as of late, as QB Tyler Keane has thrown seven touchdown passes in the past two games.
 
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