There are 4 games on the Thursday/Friday schedule and they provide some interesting matchups. I have the QB’s listed loosely in order, but we’ll see what happens with Baylor. I’d prefer Petty not play because it’s likely he comes out of the game at halftime – where as they might let Russell roll into the 3rd. The WR’s and RB’s I’ll mix & match based on how I feel on Thursday.
THURSDAY NIGHT SCHEDULE:
Louisiana Tech at North Texas (-5) (49 o/u)
Houston at BYU (-18) (57 o/u)
FRIDAY NIGHT SCHEDULE:
Toledo at Cincinnati (-12)
Baylor (-31) at Buffalo
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BYU QB – TAYSOM HILL
Houston shouldn’t be too difficult of a test for BYU or Hill.
Baylor – BRYCE PETTY
I think given his injury – he comes out of this game even if he plays. That’s probably several touchdown throws later. If he doesn’t play, it basically makes Russell a no-brainer. UPDATE: Petty is playing. So, I’m glad for Petty – but this sucks. I think it complicates things when you don’t have many QB’s to select from. Anyway, it’s not like Petty is a bad play, it’s just his salary is high, so it doesn’t leave much wiggle room for your other players like starting Russell would have given you.
LATECH QB – CODY SOKOL
Cody is a playable QB – especially in 2 QB games because he’s proven he’s a capable thrower over his first two games. He faces a North Texas team which looked pretty solid last week against SMU (who likes to throw) … but there’s some upside Cody is a value QB pick this week.
Toledo QB – LOGAN WOODSIDE
Starting QB Phillip Ely unfortunately got injured last game and is out for the season. Logan came in and went 6-10 for 52 yards. The coach said they’ll announce a starter later in the week, but likely it’s Woodside. Kind of tough to know what you’re getting with Logan, so I guess that’s why they call this (legalized) gambling.
CIN QB – GUNNER KIEL
Here’s a pick that’s all gamble since Cincinnati hasn’t played yet this season. Kiel is a former recruit of LSU and Notre Dame so he has talent.
Houston QB – JOHN O’KORN
Hasn’t put up good numbers at all, and actually looks like he got worse over the summer instead of getting better. Houston typically crumbles against a good team and BYU is ranked. I could see possibly using him as your #2 QB in Thursday only games … but it’d be risky.
Baylor QB – SETH RUSSELL
We’ll find out later this week if Bryce Petty is playing but I kind of hope he doesn’t because Russell is cheaper. Russell went off for 438 yards and 6 total TD’s last week. Stay tuned for Petty updates leading into game time. Unfortunately – many other grinders will be thinking the same thing, so you’re edge might not be huge, but you’d have plenty of salary left to spend on the other positions. UPDATE: See above, Petty is playing. I think Russell has value because he will play, but you never know in college football.
Buffalo QB – JOE LICATA
I worry that SMU – a decent throwing team averaged only 2.3 yards per throw against Baylor in week 1 and Northwestern only had 124 total passing yards in week 2. In Friday only matchups you might not have another choice … but odds are Joe doesn’t crack the Baylor defense either.
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Running Back Picks
LTECH RB – Kenneth Dixon
Is averaging 8.1 yards per carry, which is boosted a bit because of a 99 yard TD run. He has 28 carries and the second highest guy is Blake Martin so Dixon is a solid #1 starter based on the limited weekday schedule.
BYU RB – JAMAAL WILLIAMS
Looked good in his 1st game back over Texas with 19 carries and 89 yards. He did loose a fumble which likely keep the other RB’s in the mix. The team also seems to like Algernon Brown who has 4 catches in each of the first 2 games, along with 6 rushes in each as well.
Toledo RB – KAREREM HUNT
About as solid as it gets in this 4 game mix of games to choose from. With the starting QB out, it might be that teams key-in on the run a bit more, but Hunt still should get enough touches to provide upside.
North Texas RB – REGGIE PEGRAM
Faces a LATECH defense that gave up 5 TD’s and 183 yards to an elite Oklahoma team week 1. Then they gave up 178 yards and 1 TD to Lousiana-Lafayette in week 2. Reggie leads the team in carries with 36, but only has 1 catch on the season. Jeffrey Wilson (19) and Antoinne Jimmerson (24) also get carries and Erick Evans broke a long run last week. Normally I try to avoid situations like this but on a limited schedule you could start Reggie as a cheap #2 and hope since this is a running team.
Baylor – SHOCK LINWOOD & JOHNNY JEFFERSON & SILAS NACITA
Linwood is the starter and should get some work. Both Jefferson and Nacita have gotten double digit carries too, so they are viable in what should be a blowout. Picking which one to start is anyone’s guess though – but I’ll likely slip one or two of these guys in my lineups because the upside is there.
Cin RB – HOSEY WILLIAMS & RALPH ABERNATHY
Given they haven’t played yet this season, you’re not really sure what you’re going to get. I’ve read that Abernathy is more of a slot receiver … so that would be interesting for both players actually. Hosey is likely to share some carries a little bit with TION GREEN. I think I’ll play Hosey, and maybe Abernathy as a sleeper in a lineup or two. But both are intriguing considering they haven’t played yet. Hosey said he wanted to rush for a 1,000 yards this season – to which his coach replied “we’ll see what happens.”
Wide Receiver Picks
Houston WR – DEONTAY GREENBERRY
Very consistent WR, however he hasn’t found the end-zone yet. I worry a bit about his matchup with BYU but he still should be involved in the game.
Baylor WR – KD CANNON
Went off like a cannon last week iwth 223 yards on only 6 catches. Has 4 TD’s in 2 games and is a viable option this week. Just hope he gets his points by halftime. There’s some nagging injuries to other Baylor WR’s including star WR Antwan Goodley (Q) and WR Corey Coleman. Depending on if they play or not will effect all the Baylor WR’s value. Stay tuned for updates closer to game time. UPDATE: Corey Coleman looks like he will play, the coach didn’t confirm Goodley.
Baylor WR – JAY LEE
Only 2 catches last week but 1 TD and 75 yards. He did have 8 catches week 1.
Baylor WR – DAVION HALL
7 catches week 1, 4 catches week 2. Might be a little cheap considering his value.
CIN WR – SHAQ WASHINGTON
A little mystery here since the Bearcats haven’t played yet this season. They have a new QB that has some talent. I’ll probably play him since it’s a limited schedule and he has #1 WR upside. WR Chris Moore and MeKale McKay are starters as well.
Toledo WR – ALONZO RUSSELL
Has been consistent with 6 catches in the first two games. He’s not too expensive either. Dwight Macon and Corey Jones could be considered as sleeper, but I don’t think you need to go this deep even with the limited schedule.
BYU WR – MITCH MATHEWS
Not a huge upside guy, but he’s been fairly consistent getting you a few catches each game.
BYU WR – JORDAN LESLIE
Put up 7 catches last week and 2 the week before. Is a cheaper option at WR this week so I could see if you go with a top QB/RB you might need a cheaper WR who has some upside given the matchup & QB.
LATEC WR – STERLING GRIFFIN – PAUL TURNER – TRENT TAYLOR
Griffin has been the big-play guy and is considered the teams #1. He’s a decent play this week as a cheaper #2 or #3 WR with #1 upside. The other 2 guys should get some looks too.
Tight End Picks
These aren’t really picks. Honestly – your guess is as good as mine with these guys – I’m just providing you some info. Don’t worry too much if your TE doesn’t go off with the limited schedule.
CIN TE – D.J. DOWDY
The sophomore is listed as the teams starting TE and RS Freshman Tyler Cogswell is the backup. Dowdy had 2 catches last season as a freshman.
Baylor TE – TRE’VON ARMSTEAD
Sprained his medial collateral ligament against SMU but is expect to return.
Toledo TE – ALEX ZMOLIK
For what it’s worth, was one of the few TE’s (for Friday’s games) that has catches in each of the first 2 weeks of the season.
BYU – DEVIN MAHINA
DraftKings only lets you pick Brett Thompson or Devin Mahina on Thursday’s games. Mahina has 1 catch in each of the teams games this season.