I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to our loyal followers for failing to provide our full slate of material this week (‘What are the odds?’ and the ‘Start’ section of our ‘Start/Bench’). Members of our staff, including myself, will be traveling out of the country on Thursday and returning Monday morning. We will resume our comprehensive coverage of college fantasy football upon our return.
For additional Start/Bench advice, take a listen to the podcast that SaturdayRivals.com hosted this week with me as their guest. If you want additional insight into our Week 9 sleeper picks, you won’t want to miss the final 15 minutes of the show.
Good luck this week.
Bo Wallace, QB-Ole Miss at LSU
Wallace and the Rebels must go into Death Valley on a Saturday night and face the nation’s fourth ranked pass defense. The Tigers don’t have much offensively to challenge the Ole Miss defense, so this one has the makings of a defensive struggle.
Tyler Jones, QB-Texas State at Louisiana-Monroe
Jones has failed to surpass the 20-point mark in his previous two starts at home and we’re not taking a chance on him turning things around this week on the road at Louisiana-Monroe, whose defense has given up a modest ten passing TDs this season, but they have also collected seven interceptions.
Cole Stoudt, QB-Clemson vs Syracuse
Stoudt was a bench for us last week at Boston College and we are not ready to flip the switch, even though the senior quarterback did throw for 285 yards against the Eagles. Stoudt has now attempted over 100 passes since throwing his only touchdown this year back in Week 2 against South Carolina State.
Jalen Hurd, RB-Tennessee vs Alabama
Hurd has not rushed for more than 40 yards in three consecutive games and now the nation’s No. 2 run defense comes to town.
Terron Ward, RB-Oregon State at Stanford
It seems as if Storm Woods will be able to play this weekend and a timeshare will limit Ward’s fantasy value against one of the nation’s better run defenses.
Jordan Williams, WR-Ball State vs Akron
Just when it looked like the junior receiver was ready to make a fantasy impact in 2014 after catching eleven passes for 179 yards two weeks ago against Western Michigan, Williams caught four passes for 26 yards last week at Central Michigan. That season-high performance against the Broncos was the only time Williams topped 60 yards receiving in a game this year.
Jakeem Grant, WR-Texas Tech @ TCU
Grant was involved in an off-campus incident following last week’s game that reportedly led to him be treated at a local hospital. Coaches are hopeful that he can play this week, but the situation needs to be monitored up until gameday because we’ve all heard the ‘hopeful’ designation before.