Which players are surprisingly trendy in college football fantasy? Here are 5 Week 5 picks we found.
1. We found one standout quarterback that more than one fantasy guru is talking about – Fresno State’s Derek Carr who’s up against San Diego State.
Kevin Mount of College Football Geeks: “Look for Carr to find plenty of open throwing lanes and toss two or three touchdown passes against the Aztecs.”
Phil Steele: “Carr and the highly productive FSU offense now face a San Diego St pass defense that has allowed 434 pass yds to FCS foe North Dakota and 290 to San Jose St. Bank on Carr delivering a solid showing here!”
Two backs caught the eyes of multiple gurus – Lyle McCombs of Connecticut vs Buffalo and Mark Weisman of Iowa facing Minnesota.
2. Weisman: Athlon Sports says “fellow running back Damon Bullock will most likely miss this week’s game against the Gophers, so expect the bruising sophomore to carry the ball another 20-25 times,” while College Football Geek adds that “he appears to be the last man standing in the Iowa backfield and will likely see a ton of carries for the foreseeable future.”
3. McCombs: “You can almost bank on McCombs to reach the 100 yard plateau here,” notes Phil Steele and College Football Geek concurs: “A game of 100 yards rushing and a score seem like the floor for McCombs this week.”
Two consensus picks here – a player and a team. Texas A&M’s Mike Evans (playing Arkansas) is the player. Oregon State is the team (facing Arizona)
4. Evans: Kevin Mount says “Evans could easily top the 100-yard mark this week and also find the end zone for the first time in 2012,” while Athlon’s Joe DiSalvo adds “we’re expecting the 6-5 freshman to have one of his biggest games of the season against an Arkansas defense giving up over 312 passing yards per game.”
5. Oregon State receivers Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks. Phil Steele likes Wheaton: “Wheaton is a solid option in both short and long passes as well as a dangerous weapon on the always productive fly sweep.” College Football Geeks Kevin Mount prefers Cooks: “The Oregon State passing game could really exploit an Arizona defense that comes in ranked 87th in the country against the pass.” Take your pick.
Of course, if both Oregon State receivers have big games- it makes sense for quarterback Sean Mannion to have one as well.
Finally, a few comments of note on SEC players:
Phil Steele likes Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel noting that the Arkansas pass defense has averaged giving up 312 yards a game.
Athlon likes Georgia running back Todd Gurley facing Tennessee’s defense.
Conversely, Will Harris at ESPN is not optimistic about Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray going up against the Bulldogs, saying “he needs to sit this week on the road against a very tough Georgia defense…”