Joe's Weekly Notes & Observations

Week 8

Power 5 +ND

  • One week after giving up over 200 yards rushing and 4 TDs to Boston College RB AJ Dillon, the Cardinals’ defense kept Florida State’s RBs Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick out of the endzone.
  • I knew Purdue’s offense would have some growing pains under new HC Jeff Brohm, but I never expected them to be this bad.  Surprisingly, their defense has been better than their offense.
  • Drew Lock lived up to his Top 3 ranking this week.
  • Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill was the only player in the Oklahoma State v Texas game that finished with 15 fantasy points.
  • Here’s an interesting stat for those of you who do not own Texas Tech QB Nic Shimonek.  His owners probably do not want to be reminded, but Shimonek has thrown two or fewer TD passes in 4 of the past 5 games.
  • Pitt RB Darrin Hall will be a hot waiver name this week after rushing for 254 yards and three touchdowns against Duke, and before you write him off as a One-Week Wonder, the Panthers’ next two games are at home against Virginia and North Carolina.  I know it’s hard to temper your enthusiasm when a player has a performance like Hall did this week, but remember it was just last week that BC’s AJ Dillon ran for 200 yards and four touchdowns against Louisville.  This week, Dillon only rushed for 89 yards against Virginia, but he continues to be a high-volume player, as he received 20-plus carries for the third time in the past four games.
  • I am really impressed with Miami QB Malik Rosier.  He has tremendous poise, takes what defenses give him, and throws a nice ball.  No wonder he’s been a fantasy gem this year.  If Ahmmon Richards would not have dropped 4-5 passes yesterday, Rosier might have thrown for 400 yards.
  • Just when I stopped doubting Syracuse QB Eric Dungey, zero passing TDs and 4 INTs at Miami.
  • I think Indiana QB Peyton Ramsey could have some value as a QB2 in deep FBS leagues and in 2-QB P5 leagues in three of the Hoosiers’ next four games (@ MARY, WISC, @ ILL, v RUT).
  • Illinois Ra’Von Bonner has rushed for at least 47 yards and 1 TD in three consecutive games.
  • Here’s one of the best stats this week:  Alabama WR Henry Ruggs has five receptions this year.  He has caught one pass in five different games.  Each one of Ruggs’ receptions has resulted in a touchdown.  On the season, 5 rec., 112 yards, 5 TDs.
  • To the point I have been making this entire season about players that are said to be a gametime decision, even though Utah QB Tyler Huntley was announced as the starter on gameday, you should have waited a week before deciding to play him.  Zero TD passes and 4 INTs at home against Arizona State.
  • Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson turned in a performance that we expected him to have on a regular basis heading into the season.  Unfortunately, for fantasy owners, the Sooners seem to reshuffle the deck at RB a little too often for my liking.
  • After rushing for 142 yards and three touchdowns against Oklahoma, Kansas State QB Alex Delton has at least become a bye week fill-in at the QB spot in Week 9 at Kansas.
  • Oregon RB Royce Freeman’s non-conference game TDs:  9; conference game TDs:  1
  • UCLA Jordan Lasley was held out of Saturday’s game against Oregon as punishment for breaking a team rule.
  • I’ll own up to steering some of you the wrong way if you took my advice to start Kentucky RB Benny Snell, who finished with 32 total yards of offense.  The worst part of that Mississippi State blowout of Kentucky was that QB Nick Fitzgerald was pulled early and could have had a much bigger game if the Wildcats had scored a couple of more TDs.
  • Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson has been lost for the season due to a knee injury.  If you need a late-season boost at quarterback, this could be your chance with what very little time you have before the fantasy playoffs begin.  If you find yourself in that situation, Jordan Ta’amu is your guy.  I would also consider putting in for Ta’amu if you play in a P5 league and one of the teams ahead of you in the standings owns Patterson.  Sometimes the best offense is a good defense!
  • I will go on record by saying Saquon Barkley wins the Heisman if PSU wins at Ohio State.  This is probably his last major hurdle.  For the record, I like Ohio State at home.
  • Michigan RB Karan Higdon had a decent follow-up performance to his 200-yard game.  He could be a fantast stud over the next three weeks.
  • Nothing like Kamryn Pettway playing a significant amount of snaps and vulturing 3 TDs away from Kerryon Johnson.  We don’t need this with the fantasy playoffs right around the corner!
  • We’ve reached a point where it will be hard to sit Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush at any point this season.  I lobbied for Wimbush at the beginning of the year and his PPG average is higher than USF QB Quinton Flowers’, MSU QB Nick Fitzgerald’s, Texas Tech QB Nic Shimonek’s, and Syracuse QB Eric Dungey’s.
  • Cal RB Patrick Laird reappeared on the radar with a 130-yard game against Arizona.  Laird has a couple of good matchups on the schedule (Oct. 28 @ COL, Nov. 4 v OSU).
  • I don’t think WVU is giving Kennedy McKoy enough touches.


G5 + Indep.

  • Memphis QB Riley Ferguson passed for 471 yards in a 42-38 win over Houston, but he only threw for one touchdown, as RB Patrick Taylor scored four TD on 14 carries.
  • Houston RB Duke Catalon has now scored six touchdowns in the past three games.
  • Old Dominion RB Ray Lawry is back!  27 carries for 166 yards and three TDs in a 35-31 loss to Western Kentucky.
  • Western Kentucky QB Mike White has accounted for 11 TDs in the past two games and leads the team with five rushing TDs.
  • Nevada is still losing, but the offense has certainly been more fun to watch over the past three weeks, averaging 39.6 points per game.
  • Toledo QB Logan Woodside has thrown at least 5 TD passes in a game twice this year, but three times he finished a game with zero TD passes.
  • Temple RB Ryquell Armstead topped 100 yards for the first time this year in a 31-28 win, but I’m not buying in for the rest of the year.
  • Tulsa RB D’Angelo Brewer was held out of the Connecticut game because he was banged up.  His injury has not been disclosed.
  • I hyped RB Arkeel Newsome in my Start/Bench, but he suffered an injury against Tulsa and Nate Hopkins carried the ball 21 times.
  • Northern Illinois RB Jordan Huff missed yesterday’s game with an undisclosed injury, which should direct waiver wire attention in Tommy Mister’s direction.  Mister ran for 115 yards and a TD in NIU’s win over Bowling Green.
  • If Eastern Michigan’s Shaq Vann continues to be M.I.A., RB Ian Eriksen could make a nice fantasy run at the end of the year (@ NIU, Ball St, CMU, M(OH), BGRN).
  • Troy RB Jordan Chunn was held out of Saturday’s game against Georgia State, as he recovers from a laceration.  It was reported earlier in the week that Chunn was expected to play.
  • Ball State RB Caleb Huntley has held onto the top spot on the Cardinals’ RB depth chart, and with no signs of James Gilbert’s return, Huntley should be given consideration as a RB3 or FLEX option.
  • Central Florida RB Adrian Killins has now scored at least 1 TD in five of the last six games and should be given consideration at the FLEX position.
  • Appalachian State RB Jalin Moore left Saturday’s game against Coast Carolina with a foot injury.  Although the severity of Moore’s injury is unknown, expect Marcus Williams Jr. to land on our waiver wire list.
  • If you watched last week’s show, you know that I told you to watch out for Massachusetts’ RB Bilal Ally cutting into Marquis Young’s production.  Ally finished with 116 yards and 3 TDs in a 55-20 win over Georgia Southern.
  • SMU WR Trey Quinn has caught at least 15 passes in three consecutive games.
  • Preliminary reports indicate USM RB Ito Smith missed the second half vs LA Tech with cramps.  We’ll be monitoring his situation this week.
  • Boise State killed my Alexander Mattison Start call by letting QB Montell Cozart vulture away two rushing touchdowns inside the 5 yard line.
  • Fresno State has to be one of the feel good stories this year.  The Bulldogs are 5-2 and RB Josh Hokit has scored 5 TDs in the past three games.
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