Start/Bench—Week  5 

 

Start
Joe Licata, QB-Buffalo vs Bowling Green
Bowling Green is giving up 34.0 points per game and opposing quarterbacks are completing 66.2% of their passes against the Falcons’ defense.  Licata has a handful of capable targets in WR Ron Willoughby and TE Matt Weiser, making him a nice fantasy option in Week 5.

 

Cardale Jones, QB-Ohio State @ Indiana
We mentioned last week that we were not ready to pull the trigger on starting an Ohio State quarterback until either Cardale Jones or JT Barrett was ready to take every snap.  It’s taken five weeks, but we seem to have a little clarity with what the Buckeyes will do at quarterback, and Jones should be in your starting lineup.

 

Peyton Barber, RB-Auburn vs San Jose State
Quarterback Sean White should settle into the starting role with a Week 5 start against San Jose State, but don’t expect the Tigers to open up the playbook.  Expect a heavy dose of the Auburn running game, led by Peyton Barber, this weekend vs the Spartans
 
Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee
Webb has accounted for 20-plus touches three times this season, the only exception was in Week 3 when Vandy rolled over FCS opponent Austin Peay 47-7.  Expect the Commodores to lean heavily on Webb this weekend to slow the pace of the game and keep Middle Tennessee’s up-tempo offense off the field as long as possible.

 

Michael Gordon, Arkansas State vs Idaho
Gordon’s owners may have gotten a gift when QB Fredi Knighten was downgraded to doubtful with a groin injury because the bruising back should get plenty of opportunities running the ball against an Idaho defense that is giving up 314.0 rushing yards per game and 16 rushing TDs, both are second-worst in the FBS.

 

Chris Hairston, RB-East Carolina at SMU
Hairston has only rushed for a total of 56 yards in ECU’s previous three games, but the Pirates continue to feed him the ball, as he has 42 attempts in those three games.  Hairston should be a viable FLEX play this weekend against an SMU defense that is giving up 279.5 rushing yards per game, fourth-worst in the FBS.  

 

Devon Spalding, RB-Central Michigan vs Northern Illinois
It has taken three weeks longer than expected, but Spalding is finally receiving the lion’s share of carries in the Chippewas’ backfield and he should get the nod in a RB3 or FLEX position this week at home against Northern Illinois.

 

Casey Martin, WR-Southern Miss vs North Texas
Martin hasn’t caught fewer than five passes in any game this season and has posted consecutive 100-yard, two-touchdown games.  This week, the Golden Eagles host North Texas and the Mean Green are not even ranked among the Top 100 teams in the FBS in pass defense.

 

Jordan Westerkamp, WR-Nebraska at Illinois
Westerkamp has gone over 90 yards receiving in three of the Cornhuskers’ first four games and has scored in every game this season.  College fantasy football is all about identifying matchups on a week-to-week basis, but sometimes you have to play the trends, and until Westerkamp is kept out of the endzone, he should be in your lineup as a WR3 or FLEX option.
 
Malcolm Mitchell, WR-Georgia vs Alabama
Mitchell has established himself as the Bulldogs’ primary receiving threat, catching 20 passes for 306 yards and three touchdowns in four games.  If Nick Chubb and the running game are going to have any success this week at home against Alabama, someone has to stretch the field to loosen up the defense, so don’t be surprised if the senior receiver is called upon to make a couple of big plays downfield against a Crimson Tide defense that is giving up nearly four times more yards in the air than on the ground.

 

 

  

Bench
Thomas Sirk, QB-Duke vs Boston College
Sirk has cooled off considerably since the first two weeks of the season, failing to top 150 yards passing in either of his previous two games.  This week, the Blue Devils host Boston College and the Eagles have the nation’s No.2 run defense, allowing fewer than 50 yards per game on the ground and 1.6 yards per carry.

 

Marquise Williams, QB-North Carolina at Georgia Tech
Mitch Trubisky relieved Williams last week and passed for four touchdowns in a 41-14 win over Delaware, which means that Williams could be on a short leash this weekend against the Yellow Jackets.
 
Brent Stockstill, Middle Tennessee vs Vanderbilt
If we take out Middle Tennessee’s Week 2 game at Alabama in which Stockstill did not pass for a TD and was held under 200 yards passing, he’s averaging about 350 yards and four passing TDs per game, but this week he faces a solid Vanderbilt defense that is allowing less than 200 passing yards per game, and the Commodores have played three of the best offenses in the nation, Western Kentucky, Georgia, and Ole Miss.
 
Brandon Radcliff, Louisville at North Carolina State
North Carolina State has played one of the weaker non-conference schedules in the nation.  They have not played an opponent ranked inside the Top 90 in total offense and they have actually played two of the six worst offenses in the FBS in regards to yards per game (Troy & Old Dominion).  All things considered, they are allowing fewer than 50 rushing yards per game (49.5) and Radcliff has not topped 50 yards rushing in a game since his 76-yard performance in the season opener against Auburn.

 

Chris Carson & Rennie Childs, RBs-Oklahoma State vs Kansas State
The Wildcats are allowing less than 80 rushing yards per game (78.3) and the combination of Carson and Childs seems to be sharing too many carries for either to be considered a legitimate fantasy factor. 
 
Brian Hill, RB-Wyoming at Appalachian State
The Mountaineers have shut out two of their three opponents this year and are only allowing 72.7 rushing yards per game.  Last week, the Appalachian State defense held Old Dominion’s Ray Lawry to 22 yards rushing.  Hill should get most of the work in the running game, but his performance last week at home against New Mexico, 49 yards on 18 carries, has us concerned in Week 5.

 

Austin Duke, WR-Charlotte vs Temple
Duke and the Charlotte offense has struggled the past two weeks as the opposition has gotten a little tougher, and Temple should present the toughest test to date.  Our confidence in Duke just isn’t there, as the junior receiver has five receptions for 27 yards in the 49ers’ previous two games. 

 

D’haquille Williams, WR-Auburn vs San Jose State
Maybe Williams’ numbers improve now that quarterback Sean White has a start underneath his belt, but the matchup against San Jose State seems like a great opportunity to take the pressure off of the freshman signal-caller and lean on the running game led by RB Peyton Barber.

  

 

 

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