Joe's Weekly Notes & Observations

Week 6

Power 5 +ND

  • I’m not ready to jump back on the Kelvin Harmon bandwagon after his 6-133-1 night against Louisville.  His three consecutive games of less than 35 yards receiving burned a lot of fantasy owners.
  • Clemson QB Kelly Bryant left Saturday’s game against Wake Forest with a sprained ankle.  The Tigers play at Syracuse this week and have a bye the following week, so Bryant’s status should be monitored this week, but he should be okay for the October 28th game vs. Georgia Tech.
  • I expressed my concerns about Kansas RB Khalil Herbert on the show  and now you see why.
  • In a charity league a play in, I can select one player for one week only for the entire season.  The one week I pick Texas Tech Nic Shimonek, the Red Raiders rush for 5 TDs.
  • How about Iowa State QB Kyle Kempt’s performance at Oklahoma (18-for-24, 343 yards, 3 TD)?
  • Oklahoma’s distribution of receptions vs. Iowa State:  RB-14 receptions for 162 yards, TE-3 receptions for 50 yards, WR-8 receptions for 111 yards.  Last year, WR Dede Westbrook totaled more than 111 yards of offense in 7 of the Sooners’ last 9 regular season games. 
  • I’m not sure what is going on with Auburn RB Kamryn Pettway, but Kerryon Johnson has been the real deal  Three consecutive games with 3 or more TDs.
  • I love high-volume guys, so I’m obviously on the Virginia RB Jordan Ellis bandwagon right now.
  • I do believe that Syracuse TE Ravian Pierce will continue to have a consistent role in the offense, but I am worried about the Orange’s fantasy production over the next five weeks: vs. Clemson, @ Miami, Bye, @ Florida State, v Wake Forest.
  • Miami RB Mark Walton was on crutches after the game and I would bet a lot that he does not play next week.  The Hurricanes do not have another bye week, so this could become a lingering issue with very little depth behind Travis Homer.  QB Malik Rosier has accounted for at least 3 TDs in every game this season and has thrown for 250 yards in three consecutive games.
  • Just when I was ready to anoint Jacques Patrick, Cam Akers with 121 yards on 20 carries against Miami.  WR Auden Tate now with TD receptions in four consecutive games.
  • Notre Dame was able to win at North Carolina without QB Brandon Wimbush.  Now, lets see if Wimbush can get healthy and make improvements in his passing mechanics during the bye week and before the Irish’s Oct. 21st showdown with USC.
  • I did ask many of you to temper your enthusiasm in regards to Indiana RB Morgan Ellison’s matchup against Charleston Southern.  I really don’t see him as a Start in at least three of the next four game (vs. Michigan, @ Michigan State, @ Maryland, vs. Wisconsin).
  • Nothing impressive from Derrius Guice in LSU’s 17-16 win over Florida.  He had 50 yards on 17 carries and he’ll face Auburn next week.
  • Florida RB Malik Davis with his fourth consecutive 90-yard game, but it was Lamical Perine who scored the Gators’ two rushing TDs, both from within the 2-yard line.
  • I did miss with TCU RB Darius Anderson this week, not that I thought Kyle Hicks would get much more than 11 carries, but  I did think Anderson would get a lot more than nine carries against a WVU defense that has not been good against the run.
  • West Virginia WR David Sills with at least two receiving TDs in four of five games this year.
  • 50/50 split for RBs Mike Weber and JK Dobbins.  Like I said, trade that headache to someone else.
  • Maryland QBs only completed three passes against Ohio State.  For the first time this season, WR D.J. Moore did not catch at least seven passes, 80 yards, or a TD pass (2 rec., for 11 yards).
  • USC WR Deontay Burnett has not been the same since his injury.  8 receptions for 65 yards and a TD in the past two games.  Tyler Vaughns continues to impress.
  • The Arkansas at South Carolina game was the Game of Forgotten Running Backs.  I wouldn’t have Whaley, Hayden, D Williams, T Williams, or Dowdle on any of my Full FBS league rosters.  However, Arkansas WR Jonathan Nance hauled in a TD pass in his fourth consecutive game.
  • It will be interesting to see if Kansas State plays QB shuffle.  Delton the more dynamic runner, Ertz the better passer.
  • Virginia Tech WR Cam Phillips left Saturday’s game with an ankle sprain.  He should be ready to go after the bye week.
  • All of a sudden, those two upcoming matchups against Idaho and UConn don’t look so appealing for owners of Missouri RB Damarea Crockett after Ish Witter’s performance at Kentucky on Saturday (17-139-0).
  • There is no sense in trying to breakdown Arizona QB Khalil Tate’s night against Colorado.  327 rushing yards and four rushing TDs on 14 carries (23.4 avg.)!!!
  • Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor is Exhibit A of how a Waiver Wire addition can make up for a few bad draft picks.
  • Washington TE Hunter Bryant now with 50 or more receiving yards in three of the last four games.

 

G5 + Indep.

  • Arkansas State TE Blake Mack has caught a TD pass in all four of the Red Wolves games this year.
  • I plugged in UConn QB Bryant Shirreffs for Barandon Wimbush this week and things were looking good after the first half against Memphis, but he did nothing in the second half. Big disappointment after three consecutive 25-plus point fantasy performances.
  • On the season, Memphis WR Anthony Miller has 35 receptions for 516 yards and 7 TDs.  In games No. 2 & No. 5 this year, he totaled 24-409-6. In games No. 1, 3, & 4, he totaled 11-107-1.
  • Two players that benefited from a bye week were Boise State RB Alexander Mattison (29-118-2) and Appalachian State RB Jalin Moore (19-241-2).  Moore’s performance was a little more expected, Mattison’s was a little surprising.  Both players should have fantasy owners hopeful for the second half of the season.
  • I did have some big misses this week, but Tulane RB Dontrell Hilliard was not one of them (19-175-4 vs Tulsa).
  • QB Chad President was pulled in the game against Tulane after Tulsa fell behind 21-0 and Luke Skipper led all four touchdown drives in the Golden Hurricanes 62-28 loss.  I would expect Skipper to get a start next week against Houston.
  • Two big injuries at Toledo that affected a lot of fantasy lineups yesterday.  RB Terry Swanson was held out of action due to an ankle injury and WR Cody Thompson was lost for the season after suffering a broken leg.  Expect more targets for WRs Jon’Vea Johnson and Danzel McKinley-Lewis.
  • Temple RB Ryquell Armstead was a game-time decision and only carried the ball fout times for three yards.  David Hood had 106 yards and a TD on 20 carries.  Many of you no longer have Ryquell Armstead on your roster, but keep a watch on David Hood.
  • The Central Michigan offense just got a lot better with the return of TE Tyler Conklin, who caught 10 passes for 136 yards and 2 TDs in a 26-23 win over Ohio.
  • Miami (OH) QB Gus Ragland left yesterday’s game against Bowling Green with an injury.  He was seen with ice on his knee.  Not certain of the severity.
  • Middle Tennessee RB Brad Anderson with 112 yards on 11 carries, but LB Tavares Thomas scored three rushing TDs, each from within the 5-yard line.  It seems like he will be utilized in SY and GL situations.  However, Anderson still has solid value as a receiver, catching six passes for 47 yards and a TD.
  • FIU WR Thomas Owens has now caught at least seven passes for 100 yards and a TD in back-to-back games.
  • UL Monroe RB Derrick Gore left yesterday’s game at Texas State after just one rushing attempt.  Put RB Ben Luckett on your radar.
  • Navy RB Malcolm Perry has quietly posted three consecutive 100-yard, 1 TD games.
  • I was surprised that Northern Illinois RB Jordan Huff was held to 58 yards rushing on 18 attempts against Kent State.  Freshman QB Marcus Childers led the Huskies to a 24-3 victory after replacing starter Daniel Santacaterina on the third drive of the game.  Childers was inserted because his running ability gave the offense a better chance of moving the ball in the bad weather.  Ironically, he tossed three touchdown passes in the game and may have just earned himself a start in next week’s game at Buffalo.
  • RB Caleb Huntley (25-129-0) gave James Gilbert’s owners another reason to worry when he returns.
  • New Mexico State played almost the entire game without WR Jaleel Scott, who suffered an abdominal strain.  No word yet on the severity of the injury.
  • (Deep Exhale)  After Appalachian State RB Jalin Moore’s 200-yard rushing game against New Mexico State.  Moore is now the only active RB in the FBS with at least three career 240-yard rushing games.
  • I am not finding any injury information, but I checked the boxscore and I couldn’t find evidence of Buffalo RB Emmanuel Reed getting a touch after the second quarter.  Stay tuned.  I thought it looked odd that Reed only had 6 carries in a 7-OT game.
  • I dropped UAB RB Spencer Brown last week with UAB on a bye, but consider grabbing him off of waivers this week.  Teammate Lucious Brown was lost to a knee injury, which resulted in Brown carrying the ball 25 times against Louisiana Tech.
  • The misdiagnosis of Utah State WR Ron’Quavion Tarver as a Week 6 Start is embarrassing.  Burn the video, guys!  I was even more surprised that Utah State limited Colorado State WR Michael Gallup to 88 yards receiving.
  • While we are on the topic of surprises, UL Lafayette and Idaho combined to score 37 points.  That was the first time this season that ULL’s defense did not allow at least 45 points. 
  • SMU WR Trey Quinn with 32 receptions in the past two games!
  • Houston RB Duke Catalon gave a performance against SMU that has been two years in the making (22-177-2).  I’m still not buying his stock right now.
  • Southern Miss RB Ito Smith with three consecutive 100-yard games, 175-plus in two of the last three, and UTEP coming up this week.
  • Fresno State WR KeeSean Johnson disappointed after a big week.  It seems like Fresno State went into their matchup against San Jose with a game plan to run the football (50 rush attempts for 212 yards).
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