If Stanford’s offense fails to sustain drives and the defense is constantly pressed into action, Golson and the Irish offense will eventually wear them down. A Notre Dame win coupled with a solid performance by their quarterback will generate Heisman buzz around South Bend leading up to the October 18 game in Tallahassee.
Fredi Knighten, QB-Arkansas State vs Louisiana Monroe
We stated in our preseason draft guide that Knighten would be worth the wait once the Red Wolves reached Sun Belt Conference play. Well, here we are!
Drew Hare, QB-Northern Illinois vs Kent State
After a road loss to Arkansas followed by a bye in Week 5, fantasy owners may have put Hare on the backburner. Well, the Huskies have finally gotten into MAC play and Hare should be ready to do some damage against the Golden Flashes this weekend.
Marshawn Williams, RB-Virginia Tech at North Carolina
Fellow running back Shai McKenzie was lost for the season to a torn ACL and Williams should carry the rushing load against a reeling North Carolina defense while Trey Edmunds works his way back into action for the Hokies.
Elijah McGuire, RB-Louisiana-Lafayette vs Georgia State
Last week, we said that Donnel Pumphrey was about to take his game to the next level given his matchup against UNLV. The San Diego State running back made us proud by running for 167 yards and four touchdowns against the Rebels. In Week 6, Elijah McGuire gets the call for our super breakout performance of the week as the Ragin Cajuns host Georgia State. Earlier today, we moved McGuire up in our Week 6 Running Back rankings from No. 20 to No. 10.
Jarrod Lawson, RB-San Jose State vs UNLV
Lawson’s numbers have been very average since his return to action after serving a two-game suspension to start the 2014 season. However, this week we are expecting a breakout performance from the sophomore running back against the nation’s second-worst run defense (295.6 rypg). The Rebels have also given up 15 rushing touchdowns this season, fourth-most in the FBS.
Conor Hundley, RB-Akron vs Eastern Michigan
Last week, we rode another MAC running back following a breakout performance, Ohio’s A.J. Ouellette. This week, we are on Akron’s Conor Hundley after he made a name for himself by running for 148 yards in a 21-10 win over Pitt.
Ryan Burbrink, WR-Bowling Green vs Buffalo
Burbrink had his best game of the season last week in a 47-42 win at Massachusetts, catching eleven passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. Expect another high-scoring game this week when Buffalo comes to town, which is great news for Burbrink’s fantasy owners.
Tajae Sharpe, WR-Massachusetts at Miami (OH)
Fantasy owners that took our advice last week were rewarded with a 13-179-2 performance by the junior receiver. Expect another solid outing this week as the Minutemen look to earn their first win of the season against winless Miami, Ohio.
Brandon Harris, QB-LSU at Auburn
We did not list Harris at the top of this list with the other quarterbacks because we wanted to save this one for last. This listing is more for Power 5 Conference leagues and Daily Fantasy gamers. We were sold on Harris before the season started and have been waiting for him to get the call. The Tigers are a different team with this guy at quarterback and we are calling for LSU to give Auburn everything they can handle, if not win outright this Saturday, and Harris will lead the effort.
Tommy Armstrong, QB-Nebraska at Michigan State
If the Huskers are to have any chance at Michigan State this weekend, RB Ameer Abdullah is going to need some help from his quarterback. We believe that Armstrong will help Nebraska keep this game competitive, but fantasy owners should weigh their options.
Cody Fajardo, QB-Nevada vs Boise State
The Broncos have been plagued by injuries and are coming off a 28-14 loss at Air Force, but QB Cody Fajardo has been a little underwhelming as a fantasy starter this season and has only accounted for seven touchdowns in four games.
Trevor Knight, QB-Oklahoma at TCU
The only time Knight accounted for more than two touchdowns in a game this season was when the Sooners won 52-7 at Tulsa, a team ranked in the bottom ten of the FBS in points and yards allowed.
Bo Wallace, QB-Ole Miss vs Alabama
Wallace has some quality receivers and his 71% completion percentage and eleven TD passes in 2014 gives their fans hope for this weekend’s showdown with Alabama. However, the senior quarterback has tossed six interceptions in four games and that number could climb if he gets pressed into carrying the offense.
Terrel Hunt, QB-Syracuse vs Louisville
The Cardinals are No.1 in the nation against the run, allowing fewer than 60 yards per game on the ground. If the running component of Hunt’s dual-threat ability is factored out of the equation, fantasy owners would be wise to bench him, even though the senior quarterback is at home.
Ralph Webb, RB-Vanderbilt at Georgia
The freshman running back has been solid, not great, on a team that is really struggling to establish an identity. In a 17-7 loss to Kentucky last week, Webb rushed for a season-low 44 yards on 13 carries, but what is even more discouraging is that he has only found the end zone once this year in 94 touches.
Stanford Running Backs at Notre Dame
The Cardinal have four rushing touchdowns in 2014: QB Kevin Hogan has two and FB Patrick Skov and WR Ty Montgomery each have one. The trio of Barry Sanders, Remound Wright, and Kelsey Young have yet to notch a single rushing touchdown in 2014.
Bronson Hill, RB-Eastern Michigan at Akron
If the game against Wisconsin gets out of hand, expect Mack to lose a significant amount of carries to D’Ernest Johnson and Darius Tice.
Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray, RBs-Texas vs Baylor
Neither running back has rushed for at least 85 yards in a single game this season and an early deficit against Baylor could force the Longhorns to abandon the running game early.