Start/Bench—Week  4 

 

Start
Jerrod Heard, QB-Texas vs Oklahoma State
Fantasy owners shouldn’t expect a stat line like the one he posted last week against Cal, but Heard’s dual-threat ability make him an intriguing, if not trendy, play as a QB2 in Week 4.

 

Thomas Sirk, QB-Duke vs Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech is giving up 150.7 yards per game on the ground, but last week’s game against Notre Dame was their first quality opponent of 2015 and the Irish topped the 200-yard mark.  Sirk has rushed for at least 60 yards in each of the Blue Devils’ first three games this season and could easily account for three scores this weekend on top of his yardage totals.

 

Wendell Smallwood, RB-West Virginia vs Maryland
Smallwood is doing things on the ground and through the air, catching at least four passes in each of West Virginia’s first two games and has totaled 184 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. 
 
Patrick Skov, RB-Georgia Tech vs Nicholls State
Skov has accounted for seven touchdowns in three games and could potentially top the 20-carry mark for the first time this season against Duke.  The Devils have only given up one rushing touchdown this season, but that number is sure to change after Saturday.

 

Adam Hine, RB-BYU @ Michigan
Hine has scored in consecutive games and has rushed for 242 yards in those matchups against Boise State and UCLA, so 100 yards and a touchdown seem like realistic numbers in Week 4.

 

Markell Jones, RB-Purdue vs Bowling Green
Jones has yet to top 100 yards rushing in a game this season, but he has scored at least one touchdown in each of the Boilermakers’ first three games of 2015.  This week he faces a Bowling Green defense that is allowing 236.7 yards per game on the ground and 43.3 points per game.

 

Saquon Barkley, RB-Penn State vs San Diego State
We mentioned on last week’s Spreecast that it would only be a matter of time before Barkley took over the lead role in the Penn State backfield.  Well, that time seems to be now.

 

Shelton Gibson & Jovon Durante, WRs-West Virginia vs Maryland
Both were impressive in the Mountaineers’ first two games of the season and both can stretch the field.  Don’t be surprised if Gibson and Durant rack up 100 yards and a touchdown each this Saturday against Maryland.  
 
Dennis Parks, WR-Rice at Baylor
After missing the Owls’ first game of the season, Parks has caught 16 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns and should get a ton of looks this weekend in a fast-paced game at Baylor.

 

   
Bench
Seth Collins, QB-Oregon State vs Stanford
Due to his dual-threat ability, Collins has tremendous upside if the matchup is ideal, but with the Cardinal coming to town, this is not one of those ideal weeks to start the freshman.  Against Michigan, Collins barely eclipsed 100 yards of total offense.
 
Blake Frohnapfel, QB-Massachusetts at Notre Dame
Frohnapfel is coming off a 393-yard passing game against Temple in Week 3, but the Irish defense will present the toughest test on UMass’s 2015 schedule.
 
Cardale Jones,QB-Ohio State vs Western Michigan
Jones has been named the starting quarterback for this weekend’s game against Western Michigan, but until he looks impressive in that role, we’ll hesitate using him in our lineup.

 

Drew Hare, QB-Northern Illinois & Joel Bouagnon, RB-Northern Illinois at Boston College
Hare lands on this list for the second consecutive week because the Eagles lead the nation in rushing defense, allowing 37.3 yards per game.  We’re passing on the entire NIU running game in Week 4.
 
Donnel Pumphrey, RB-San Diego State at Penn State
The Aztecs have yet to play a defense as good as Penn State’s and they must travel all the way across the country.  Pumphrey will undoubtedly get touches, but he will have to do better than his current 3.7 yards per carry average to make a difference this weekend.

 

Ralph Webb, RB-Vanderbilt at Ole Miss
The Rebels are giving up 164.7 yards per game on the ground, but Vandy just doesn’t have the horses up front to create enough running room for Webb to be a fantasy factor in Week 4 at Ole Miss.

 

Kelvin Taylor, RB-Florida vs Tennessee
Taylor has scored in all three games this season, but he has yet to top 60 yards rushing even though he has carried the ball 16 times in each of the past two games.  The Gators have played New Mexico State, East Carolina, and Kentucky,  and all are ranked among the 30-worst rush defenses in the FBS.
 

 

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