It’s hard to believe that the season is almost three weeks old. While Alabama has been waiting an entire year to get another shot at Johnny Football, we’ve been patiently waiting to redeem our Start/Bench from a season ago when we suggested benching the eventual Heisman winner at Alabama.
Johnny Manziel, QB-Texas A&M vs Alabama
We know this an obvious decision, but we want to atone for our recommendation of benching the Heisman winner in Tuscaloosa last year. We said that Manziel was the only player in the country we would DEFINITELY start against the Alabama defense. So, it’s official.
Connor Wood, QB-Coloradovs Fresno State
Rutgers’ Gary Nova threw five touchdown passes against the Bulldogs’ defense and was not throwing to a guy named Paul Richardson. Expect Wood to be throwing a ton as Colorado will try to keep pace with the high-octane Fresno State offense.
Trevone Boykin, QB-TCU at Texas Tech
Boykin has the job all to himself now that Pachall is out with an injury and Friday’s game against Texas Tech has potential to become a track meet.
Tyler Gaffney, RB-Stanford at Stanford
If Gaffney went undrafted in your league, he may have been the biggest waiver addition after the second week of the season. Owners should not hesitate starting the senior back after he carried the ball 20 times last week against San Jose State.
Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams, RBs-Arkansas vs Southern Mississippi
It seems there are enough carries for two backs given the Razorbacks’ early-season schedule. After two games, the two backs have combined for 80 carries, 580 yards, and three touchdowns.
Alonzo Harris, RB-Louisiana vs Nicholls State
The Nicholls State defense is likely to get a heavy dose of Harris, especially after giving up over 230 yards on the ground last week at Western Michigan.
Corey Davis, WR-Western Michigan at Northwestern
One-third of quarterback Tyler Van Tubbergen’s completions last week were accounted for by Davis. If that becomes a trend, the freshman receiver will be worth a Week 3 start.
Josh Huff, WR-Oregon vs Tennessee
Huff has only caught eight passes for 173 yards through two games, but this may be the week that the passing game makes a name for itself.
Devin Street, WR-PITT vs New Mexico
Street was impressive in the season debut against Florida State, catching six passes for 141 yards. The senior receiver is the Panthers’ best playmaker and should pose a serious threat to the New Mexico secondary this Saturday.
Kenny Bell, WR-Nebraska vs UCLA
This weekend’s game against the Bruins may be a back and forth contest, which makes Bell a useful commodity in a high-scoring affair.
TJ Jones, WR-Notre Dame at Purdue
After catching 15 passes in the season’s first two games, we feel comfortable projecting that Jones is a lock for 6-10 pass receptions per game as their primary possession receiver
Tyler Van Tubbergen at Northwestern
Van Tubbergen looked rather pedestrian last week against FCS foe Nicholls State. On the season, the senior quarterback is 30-of-63 for 327 yards and has not thrown a touchdown.
Tyler Tettleton, QB-Ohio vs Marshall
We’ve been off the Tettleton bandwagon for some time now. If the senior quarterback does not perform this week against Marshall, fantasy owners may want to consider cutting the strings.
Cody Fajardo, QB-Nevada at Florida State
We were on the fence with this one because Fajardo’s legs can make up for deficiencies in the passing game. However, if your QB2 has a more favorable matchup, you are better taking the highroad with the Wolf Pack signal caller this week.
Taylor Kelly, QB-Arizona State vs Wisconsin
Kelly was a fantasy stud last week against Sacramento State, but he’ll face a Wisconsin defense that has yet to allow a point this season.
Kenneth Dixon, RB-Louisiana Tech vs Tulane (Thur.)
Dixon left last week’s game with a knee injury, and with a short week, the sophomore running back may not have enough time to recover and heal.
Bronson Hill, RB-Eastern Michigan at Rutgers
After the Eagles get past Rutgers the schedule becomes very favorable, but Hill’s owners may want to pass on using the junior back in Week 3.
Dri Archer and Trayion Durham, RBs-Kent State at LSU
Even if Archer is fully recovered from his ankle injury, chances are pretty good that both he and Durham will find yards and scores hard to come by against the Tigers defense.
Trey Watts, RB-Tulsa at Oklahoma
This is the second time Watts has landed on our Bench list in 2013, but the Sooners defense has been quite impressive through two weeks.
Orleans Darkwa, RB-Tulane at Louisiana Tech
Darkwa has only carried the ball 23 times for 82 yards this season against opponents Jackson State and South Alabama. The Green Wave utilizes four different backs in a rotation that has soured Darkwa’s fantasy owners.
Nelson Agholor, WR-USC vs Boston College
We had high hopes for Agholor this season, but until the quarterback situation clears--which may not be at all this season—keep the sophomore receiver on the bench.