Joe's Weekly Notes & Observations

Week 7

Power 5 +ND

  • Clemson’s bye week comes at a good time for owners of QB Kelly Bryant.  He’s going to need two full weeks to recover from his ankle injury.  Bryant is not going to be worth a start if he cannot effectively use his legs, which he certainly could not do Thursday night.
  • Washington State QB Luke Falk probably laid the biggest egg of the week if your league subtracts points for turnovers. 
  • However, UCLA QB Josh Rosen gave Falk a run for his money for Bust of the Week.  The Bruins scored 30 points and Rosen did not throw a TD pass, but threw three interceptions.  It seemed like RB Soso Jamabo was separating himself from the other backs on the roster, but he finished Saturday’s game against Arizona as UCLA’s third leading rusher.
  • Cal WR Kanawai Noa with four consecutive games of at least 6 receptions and 80 yards receiving.
  • At this point, maybe an injury is the only thing that will create separation between FSU RBs Cam Akers and Jazques Patrick.
  • NC State RB Nyheim Hines has been quite a surprise this year.  Five straight games with at least 90 rushing yards and at least one TD in 5 of 7 games.
  • In the spring of 2016, there were reports surfacing at Texas Tech that some coaches believed a certain young receiver on campus was as talented as any they have ever had at Tech.  That receiver was T.J. Vasher.  Saturday may have been a step toward their beliefs becoming reality.  Only time will tell. 
  • Just when we were all debating TCU RBs Kyle Hicks vs. Darius Anderson, Sewo Olonilua scored his sixth TD in the past five games.
  • You witnessed why Alex Delton couldn’t beat out Jesse Ertz for the starting job at Kansas State.  11-for-29 passing, 37.9% completion percentage.
  • There will be a firestorm on your waiver wire for Michigan RB Karan Higdon, who ran for 200 yards and 3 TDs on 25 carries against Indiana.  Just a heads-up, I still expect Khalid Hill to get the SY & GL carries.  Each of Higdon’s TD runs were from at least 12 yards out.
  • Tennessee QB Jarrett Guarantano was credited with 17 rush attempts for negative 2 yards.  Maybe Butch Jones will be fired by the time I send this out Sunday evening.
  • South Carolina RB Rico Dowdle suffered a fractured fibula in Saturday’s win at Tennessee and will probably miss the remainder of the year.  A.J. Turner led the Gamecocks in rushing yesterday with 86 yards and a TD on 14 rushing attempts.
  • Nice to see Boston College RB A.J. Dillon have a monster game against Louisville.  I’ve been feeling Dillon since mid-September.
  • Northwestern RB Justin Jackson was long overdue, but he has a couple of tough matchups on deck, Iowa and Michigan State.
  • Georgia Tech RB KirVonte Benson was injured (lower body) in the first half at Miami, but no word on the severity.
  • Baylor QB Zach Smith had a horrible week considering he was coming off a bye, but I expect WRs Pooh Stricklin and Denzel Mims to bounce back and be decent options moving forward.
  • Purdue WR Jackson Anthrop hasn’t been fantasy relevant since a September 16th game at Missouri.
  • Jonathan Taylor may just be CFF’s 2017 MVP, in my opinion.  I’ll explain why on the show this week.
  • Keep an eye on LSU WR Russell Gage because OC Canada’s usage of Gage reminds me a little of how he used Quadree Henderson at Pitt last year.
  • Vanderbilt RB Ralph Webb topped the 60-yard mark for the first time this year, rushing for 163 yards and 2 TDs at Ole Miss.  Unfortunately, Webb may not have been in too many lineups based on his performance this season.
  • Texas needs to move away from QB Shane Buechele and put the program in Sam Ehlinger’s hands.
  • Oregon State RB Ryan Nall seems healthy again, running for 172 yards and 3 TDs in the Beavers’ 36-33 loss to Colorado.  
  • I’ve been banging on Michigan State RB L.J. Scott since the beginning of the year.  However, after last weekend, I’m starting to sense a little momentum in his favor, so I would take a chance on him now if he is still on waivers in your league.
  • Khalil Tate really cemented himself as the starter for Arizona after another 200-yard rushing game and a second consecutive win.  He could be a difference maker down the stretch because the Wildcats’ schedule isn’t too tough.
  • That Washington vs. Arizona State game was a bummer from a fantasy perspective, but it was a great watch for a CFB fan.  Going into the week, the schedule didn’t look very exciting, but we witnessed losses by four of the nation’s Top Ten teams.
  • Owners of Royce Freeman have definitely felt the effects of starting QB Justin Herbert getting injured, as the Ducks have only scored 17 points in the past two games.  Freeman has failed to score a TD in three consecutive games after scoring 10 TDs in the first four games of 2017.
  • Stanford’s bye week comes at a good time because RB Bryce Love sprained his ankle in Saturday’s 49-7 win against Oregon.

 

G5 + Indep.

  • I’m not sure what is going on with Eastern Michigan RB Shaq Vann, but he has missed two of the past three games.  Give Ian Eriksen some consideration on the waiver wire.
  • Army RB Darnell Woolfolk made his return from injury this week, but only had two more carries than Andy Davidson.
  • Just to give you an idea of my struggles in one of my leagues, I paired AF QB Arion Worthman with Lamar Jackson in a 2-QB league and I still lost two of three matchups this week (weekly triple-headers) .
  • Old Dominion RB Ray Lawry is back.  He and Jordon Cox split carries this week, but after ODU’s 35-3 rout at Marshall, Lawry could get a heavy dose next week.
  • Bowling Green RB Andrew Clair has topped 120 yards rushing two weeks in a row.
  • Toledo rushed for 342 yards against Central Michigan and only passed for 89 yards, which killed teams that started QB Logan Woodside or WR Diontae Johnson.  In keeper leagues, I would be eying RB Shakif Seymour right now.
  • I was very surprised that Houston only ran for 146 yards at Tulsa.  I would not expect much from RB Duke Catalon even though he’s had two respectable back-to-back games.
  • 37 players in the country have caught at least 37 passes, but the only one of the 37 that has yet to catch a TD pass is Houston WR Steven Dunbar.
  • It seems Luke Skipper will stick as the starting quarterback at Tulsa, but President will have a role in running situations, which make both players difficult to roster.
  • I’m on the fence right now on whether Wyoming RB Trey Woods is worth holding onto right now.
  • Western Kentucky QB Mike White with his first big performance of the year.  Time to dangle him in a trade.
  • Charlotte RB Aaron McCallister ran for 157 yards filling in for an injured Benny LeMay.  I’m not sure he has much value unless you own LeMay, who missed this week’s game due to a concussuion.
  • ULM HC Viator inserted Garrett Smith to spark the offense, but it seems Caleb Evans is still the starter moving forward. 
  • My level of concern has gone back up for Appalachian State RB Jalin Moore.  He and Terrence Upshaw combined to average 2.8 yards per carry on 28 attempts.  The problem seems to be up front.
  • I can see UAB RB Spencer Brown consistently running for 100 yards and a TD every week.
  • It seems that Brad Anderson will stick at RB for the Blue Raiders.
  • After NC State Jaylen Samuels, I would want Arkansas State TE Blake Mack on my roster.  He has scored at least one TD in every game this season.
  • After catching 10 passes in the first four games of the 2017 season, North Texas WR Jalen Guyton has caught 22 passes for 393 yards and three touchdowns in the past two games.
  • FIU WR Thomas Owens has topped the 100-yard mark in three straight games.
  • South Florida QB Quinton Flowers has accounted for two or fewer touchdowns in two of the last three games.  He’s had one 100-yard rushing game this year.  Last year, Flowers had eight 100-yard rushing games.
  • I’m really happy for fantasy owners that held onto Boise State RB Alexander Mattison, 52 carries for 146 yards and three touchdowns in the past two games.
  • Hawaii RB Diocemy Saint Juste and Navy QB Zach Abey lead the FBS in rush attempts, both have 183.  The difference is that Abey has rushed for twice as many touchdowns, 12 to 6.
  • 131 FBS players have rushed for at least 350 yards and only three of those players have not scored a rushing TD:  Benny LeMay, Charlotte; Alonzo Smith, Miami (OH); Brad Anderson, Middle Tennessee
  • Western Michigan RB Jarvion Franklin has carried the ball 30-plus times in back-to-back games.
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