Start/Bench—Week 1


As always, we try to stay away from the obvious and give our thoughts about the players you may be second-guessing this week based on their respective matchup. 

Start
C.J. Brown, QB-Maryland vs Florida International
Not only does Brown’s dual-threat ability come into play, but he has two proven playmakers on the outside in receivers Stefon Diggs and former New Mexico standout Deon Long.  If Brown stays healthy, he could have a major fantasy impact in a conference that is suddenly blooming offense.
 
Kolton Browning, QB-LA-Monroe at Oklahoma
The Warhawks return seven starters on an offense that outscored Arkansas and took Auburn and Baylor down to the wire in 2012.  Oklahoma only returns four starters from a defense that gave up nearly 400 yards per game last year, so don’t be surprised if Browning and company put a scare into the Sooners.
 
Melvin Gordon, RB-Wisconsin vs Massachusetts
Gordon may be listed second on the depth chart, but he and White are considered 1A and 1B.  In fact, Gordon may be called upon a little more often in short-yardage and goal line situations.
 
Ben Malena, RB-Texas A&M vs Rice
We kept dropping Malena in our fall rankings because there are so many good backs in College Station.  However, Malena emerged as the clear starter and should get a significant amount of carries in the season-opener against Rice.

 

Tre Mason, RB-Auburn vs Washington State
A game that features offenses led by Mike Leach and Gus Malzahn should yield a ton of plays.  Look for Mason to be called upon early and often while Nick Marshall settles into the starting quarterback role.

 

Fitz Toussaint, RB-Michigan vs Central Michigan
We were optimistic that true frosh Derrick Green was going to win the starting running back job this fall, but he is not anywhere near the top of the depth chart.  In recent preseason interviews, coach Hoke has stated that Toussaint has clearly separated himself from the pack to be the lead back for the Wolverines.

 

Raymond Sanders, RB-Kentucky vs Western Kentucky
The coaches are so certain about Sanders’ role in the offense that they kept him out of live scrimmages leading up to the season.  While the Wildcats’ Air Raid attack remains a work-in-progress, expect the senior back to be the one constant in an evolving offense.

 

Mack Brown, RB-Florida vs Toledo
We are now getting news that listed starter Matt Jones could be out longer than initially reported.  If so, Brown’s stock could rise significantly, especially with a strong showing against Toledo in Week 1.
 
Donnell Kirkwood, RB-Minnesota vs UNLV
We remain high on Kirkwood as the season nears, especially when taking the Gophers’ early-season schedule into consideration.  In 2012, UNLV ranked 106th nationally in rushing defense and it’s a good bet that they will see a heavy dose of Kirkwood this weekend.

 

Robbie Rhodes, WR-Baylor vs Wofford
The freshman receiver has been making plays since he set foot on campus and is just too talented to keep off the field.  Is it too early to predict that Rhodes may be the best receiver to wear a Baylor uniform?  Maybe.  But, we are all-in with the talented freshman from Fort Worth, Texas.

 

Nelson Agholor, WR-USC at Hawaii
Most of the preseason talk surrounding the program this fall has been about the quarterback competition between Max Wittek and Cody Kessler.  Agholor, who we feel is a sleeping fantasy giant, will benefit from the double-team coverage on fellow receiver Marqise Lee.

 

Daikeil Shorts, WR-West Virginia vs William & Mary
Word coming out of WVU fall camp was that head coach Dana Holgorsen was dissatisfied with the performance of his inside receivers.  Shorts, who spent the spring at one of the outside receiver positions, was moved inside at some point during the fall and drew immediate praise for his ability to learn and maturity………..and for those of you in keeper leagues, he is only a freshman.


Bench
 
Logan Thomas, QB-Virginia Tech vs Alabama
 
Anyone familiar with the site knows that we enact Plan B when it comes to starting a player on our roster against the Alabama defense.  Have we ever been burned by this philosophy?  Yes.  Johnny Manziel made us look like fools last year when he played in Tuscaloosa.  Logan Thomas ≠ Johnny Football
 
 
 
Tyler Van Tubbergen, QB-Western Michigan at Michigan
 
Van Tubbergen’s fantasy value took a hit when he lost the Broncos’ top receiver from a year ago, Jaime Wilson, during fall camp.  Not to mention, the senior quarterback is taking snaps behind a very inexperienced offensive line.  That particular formula does not add up, at least not in the season-opener at Michigan State.
 

 

 
Bryn Renner, QB-North Carolina South Carolina
 
Renner is going to throw the ball all around the yard this year, but we just get a sense that his opportunities will be limited [;) Jadeveon Clowney] on the road at South Carolina.
 

 

 
Cody Kessler/Max Wittek, QBs-USC at Hawaii
 
We are projecting Kessler to win the job, but until it’s a done deal, keep these two on your watch list.
 
 
 
Clint Trickett/Paul Millard, QBs-West Virginia vs William & Mary
 
We are projecting Trickett to win the job, but add this one to your watch list, too.
 
 
 
Clint Chelf/JW Walsh, QBs-Oklahoma State vs Mississippi St
 
This one baffles us because it does not seem wise to juggle two quarterbacks in a game against a quality opponent.  After all, the Bulldogs are no Hawaii or William & Mary.  We still like Chelf to emerge as the starter, but JW Walsh at the very least will steal some red zone opportunities.
 

 

 
Jake Waters, QB-Kansas State vs North Dakota St
 
Waters has been named the starter, but coach Snyder stated that Daniel Sams will play.  We are starting to sense a trend that these season-opening mismatches are serving as quarterback auditions. 
 

 

 
Branden Oliver, RB-Buffalo at Ohio State
 
We are expecting Oliver to bounce back from an injury-riddled 2012 season, but this may be the only game on Buffalo’s schedule in which owners need be wary of starting the senior tailback.
 
 
 
Zurlon Tipton, RB-Central Michigan at Michigan
 
If you play in a deep league, starting Tipton is not the worst thing you can do.  However, your roster may be loaded with running backs that have more attractive matchups in Week 1
 
 
 
Jeremy Hill, RB-LSU vs TCU
 
Even though Hill avoided expulsion from the team because of off-field issues, it remains to be seen if a suspension is in line for the opener against TCU.  Play it safe and consider all other options before giving Hill the nod in Week 1.
 

 

 
Trey Watts, RB-Tulsa at Bowling Green
 
Benching Watts against a MAC defense doesn’t look right on paper, but we are standing behind this one.  Bowling Green returns nine starters on a defense that ranked nationally in total defense (6) and scoring defense (10).  Eight times last year they held opponents to 14 or fewer points. 
 

 

 

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30 Comments
Added by Anonymous
August 28, 2013

Gordon vs kirkwood for start this week?
Added by theCFFsite VIP
August 28, 2013

Close call. I Think Kirkwood gets more carries, but Gordon may do more with less. We have Gordon ranked higher.
Added by Anonymous
August 28, 2013

Mike Davis RB (SC), Harper WR (Cal) or Rhodes WR (Baylor) this week at my flex?
Added by theCFFsite
August 28, 2013

As a flex, I like to play it safe Week 1. I think that Davis is the safest bet. I do like Rhodes over Harper, though. Just a hunch.
Added by Anonymous
August 28, 2013

U live in Waco? Rhodes is still avalible in my BcS only league, should I gobble him up? Thought they had a bunch of Wr there?
Added by Anonymous
August 28, 2013

Do you like Jay Lee from Baylor as well this week? You had him higher on your preseason rankings than Rhodes.
Added by thecffsite
August 28, 2013

We are are just not sure Reese fits the Kendall Wright, Terrance Williams mold. Jay Lee and Robbie Rhodes more physical
Added by TJ
August 28, 2013

Is Davanate Adams a good play against Rutgers or should I roll with Stefon Diggs vs FIU?
Added by Firemedic8812
August 29, 2013

I have a QB question, I start 2 QB's and am starting Cody Fajardo in one spot. have Taylor Kelly but he's on a bye and have Keith Wenning and Terrance Owens who plays Florida Saturday. Is Keith a decent play in this situation?
Added by joe
August 29, 2013

Wenning is a solid play vs SoIll. For more options, check out our Emergency Starters
Added by Firemedic8812
August 29, 2013

Thanks ill check that out
Added by Chase
August 29, 2013

Would you start Keith Wenning or pick up Corey Robinson and play him in the #2 spot
Added by thecffsite
August 29, 2013

Could be splitting hairs, but that Troy/UAB game should be fun to watch.
Added by Anonymous
August 29, 2013

Bishop Sankey (vs. Boise) or Donnell Kirkwood (vs UNLV) this week?
Added by Anonymous
August 29, 2013

My league allowed ODU players to be drafted this year.. so I am wondering if you think Heinicke would be a good start this week against ECU? This game is hard to predict but I think it has shoot out potential....
Added by thecffsite
August 29, 2013

Good, yes. Great, not so sure. They will score, thoufh
Added by WC
August 29, 2013

Ricky Seals-Jones, Robbie Rhodes, or Daikel Shorts. It is my number 3 wr position that I'm worried about and they are my options.
Added by Anonymous
August 29, 2013

Is it smart to watch kirkwood first night of season !!!! Or be patient for Gordon or t shead (smu) for my #2 RB ? Thank u college football, I missed you!!!
Added by thecffsite
August 29, 2013

I like Gordon more, but I do think Kirkwood will have a nice first game. It's warm in Minn today and that could mean a lot of subbing in and out the ENd
Added by Anonymous
August 29, 2013

For week one:

Gurley, Malena or C. Sims?

Mike Davis (Texas WR), Antwan Goodley, TJ Jones or Rashad Greene?
Added by Anonymous
August 29, 2013

Thought the minn game was in the dome??
Added by Anonymous
August 29, 2013

CBS sports on league page says DOME.....can they really be 2 years behind the curve ???
Added by HS
August 29, 2013

Two questions: Aaron Murray or Nick Marshall? Also, would you flex Damien Williams, Dorial Green-Beckham, or Nelson Agholor?
Added by joe
August 29, 2013

Murray over Marshall. Gurley over Malena and Sims. Minnesota plays at TCF Field
Added by joe
August 29, 2013

I am flexing Agholor tonight in my lineup.
Added by Anonymous
August 29, 2013

Me3.....aloha means Td Nelson
Added by Anonymous
August 29, 2013

Mike Davis (Texas WR), Antwan Goodley, TJ Jones or Rashad Greene?
Added by joe
August 29, 2013

TJ Jones..M Davis was battling injury in camp. Play it safe
Added by Anonymous
August 30, 2013

Paul Richardson or Domenique WIlliams?

Melvin Gordon or Brendan Bigelow?

Thanks.
Added by Anonymous
August 31, 2013

Fajardo vs. UCLA or N. Marshall vs. Wash St for QB2? Leaning toward Fajardo till I see what Marshall does. What y'all think?
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