Bye weeks litter the college landscape this week, so expect league scoring averages to drop drastically. Second-guessing a couple of guys on your roster this week? Hopefully, this week’s Start/Bench helps in your decision-making process.
Connor Wood, QB-Colorado at Oregon State
Wood should find receiver Paul Richardson early and often as the Buffaloes face an Oregon State defense that is allowing over 287 passing yards per game.
Keith Wenning, QB-Ball State vs Toledo
Wenning is averaging over 330 yards passing and may top that number this week when the Cardinals host Toledo.
Kennan Reynolds, QB-Navy at Western Kentucky
Through two games, Navy leads the nation in rushing at 398 yards per game and Reynolds has topped 100 yards on the ground in both contests.
Storm Johnson, RB-Central Florida vs South Carolina
We’re not expecting Johnson to run wild against the South Carolina defense, but the junior running back should post respectable numbers for fantasy owners that play in deep leagues.
Rajion Neal, RB-Tennessee vs South Alabama
Neal should bounce back after two tough outings against Oregon and Florida in back-to-back weeks.
Shaun Wick, RB-Wyoming at Texas State
Wick is only averaging about 15 carries per game, but he has either scored multiple touchdowns or topped 100 yards in every game this season.
Jay Ajayi and Aaron Baltazar, RBs-Boise State vs Southern Mississippi
Ajayi’s fumbling woes may lead to more playing time for the freshman Baltazar, and there is a good chance that both backs top the century mark at home against USM.
Josh Huff, WR-Oregon vs California
After watching the Buckeyes torch the Bears’ secondary two weeks ago, we feel that Huff has to be good for a couple of big receptions Saturday night.
Chandler Jones, WR-San Jose State vs Utah State
Last week at Minnesota, Jones picked up the slack in the passing game with the loss of teammate Noel Grigsby. Expect more of the same this week when the Spartans host Utah State.
Connor Halliday, Washington State vs Stanford
We expected Halliday to light up the scoreboard against Idaho, but Stanford is an entirely different beast. Just ask the Sun Devils.
Darrin Reaves, RB-UAB @ Vanderbilt
Reaves has the potential for a big play, but we see far too many 2- to 3-yard carries against the Commodores.
Charles Sims, RB-West Virginia vs Oklahoma State
The only thing we were able to take away from the Mountaineers’ game against Maryland last week was that the West Virginia offense does not have a safe fantasy play on its roster.
David Oku, RB-Arkansas State at Missouri
Oku’s rushing stats at home: 37-198-4 Oku’s rushing stats on the road: 28-93-0
This is the toughest part of the schedule for owners of Oku because after Missouri the Red Wolves have a bye in two of the next three weeks.
Jeff Scott, RB-Ole Miss at Alabama
Remember our formula: Opposing player (excluding anyone named Johnny Manziel) + Alabama defense = Bench
Jordan Parker, RB-Middle Tennessee at BYU
Junior running back Reggie Whatley may be cutting into Parker’s carries, but the biggest obstacle for fantasy owners this week is the BYU defense.
Quinshad Davis, WR-North Carolina vs East Carolina
We are not patient enough to have a guy on our roster that only has eight receptions through three games, but if are not ready to throw in the towel, keep Davis on the bench until he proves himself on the field.
Titus Davis, WR-Central Michigan at North Carolina State
Believe it or not, but the Wolfpack are one of the better defensive plays in Week 5.