One of the most important aspects of playing college fantasy football is developing a strategy. One such strategy is the idea of imploring a quarterback platoon system. In this system, an owner will draft 2 quarterbacks after the first five rounds and play the best matchup each week of the season. The benefit of this strategy is that an owner is not forced to burn an early draft pick on a QB, and can load the roster with high scoring running backs and wide receivers in the first part of a draft. Two quarterbacks who fit nicely into a weekly rotation for 2018 are Jawon Pass from Louisville and Eric Dungey from Syracuse. 00Here is a breakdown of how these two could possibly be used on a week-by-week basis.
2018 Week-by-Week Breakdown
- Week One- Dungey vs. Western Michigan- This is an easy call as Pass lines up against Alabama in Week One and that’s never a good thing from a fantasy perspective. The matchup for Dungey is a very appealing one against Western Michigan. The Orange offense should be humming in this one and Dungey could easily drop 400 yards and three or four touchdowns on the Broncos in what could be a high scoring affair in the opening weekend.
- Week Two- Pass vs. Indiana State- Both QB’s have cupcake matchups this week, but we will give the nod to Pass as he gets to unload against an overmatched Indiana State squad. The Cardinals offense will likely get out some of their Week One frustration and drop a huge number on the Sycamores. Pass should post a monster fantasy line in Week Two.
- Week Three- Pass vs. Western Kentucky- Pass is the no-brainer play here with Dungey facing a stingy Seminoles pass defense that ranked #29 in the country against the pass in 2017. Pass should find the going much easier against a Hilltoppers defense that may be hard-pressed to contain the outstanding Cardinals receiving corp. Four or five total touchdowns seem about right for Pass in this potential under the radar shootout.
- Week Four- Dungey vs. UCONN- Dungey is the easy choice here as he faces a UCONN pass defense that was the worst in all of college football in 2017 and Pass will have his hands full with an underrated Virginia defense. The Huskies yielded 333 passing yards and 2.83 passing touchdowns per game last fall and don’t figure to be much better this season. Dungey should be a Top 3 QB option in Week Four and leave fantasy owners smiling from ear to ear.
- Week Five- Pass vs. Florida State- This is the toughest week to pick in this QB platoon as both players have difficult matchups. With Dungey facing the incredible Clemson D-Line, the call needs to be Pass versus the Seminoles. The Louisville passing attack is too good to be completely shut down, so Pass should make enough plays to be a serviceable option in Week Five.
- Week Six- Dungey vs. PITT- This is an easy call as Dungey faces a Pitt defense that ranked 106th in pass defense last season and Pass faces a solid Georgia Tech defense that ranked 35th in the country last fall against the pass. Dungey threw for 365 yards and two scores last season against the Panthers and I would expect to see more of the same this time around.
- Week Seven- Pass vs. Boston College- Pass is the only option this week as Dungey is on bye. The matchup isn’t deal as the Eagles ranked 24th versus the pass last season, but there is cause for hope as Lamar Jackson threw for 332 yards and two scores against BC in 2017. With Pass having half a season under his belt, he should be able to rack up some yards and a few scores in Week Seven.
- Week Eight- Dungey vs. North Carolina- Dungey is the only option in Week Eight as Pass has the week off. He has a solid matchup against a North Carolina team that could struggle to contain the high powered Orange passing game. This game could be up and down the field with both teams piling up the yards and points, so Dungey shouldn’t disappoint.
- Week Nine- Pass vs. Wake Forest- Both QB’s have terrific matchups in Week Nine, so there really isn’t a wrong answer here. We will slot Pass into the lineup as he gets to pick apart a Wake Forest pass defense that ranked 119th in the country against the pass last fall. Pass should face little resistance in posting a big stat line in this ACC potential shootout.
- Week Ten- Dungey vs. Wake Forest- We will go right back to the well as Dungey gets to take his crack against the woeful Wake Forest pass defense. Dungey didn’t play against Wake last year, but his backup was able to torch them for 384 yards and three scores. The Syracuse offense should be humming in Week Ten and could post some serious fantasy numbers in the process.
- Week Eleven- Pass vs. Syracuse- Our two gunslingers will go head to head this week in a potential fantasy shootout. Pass gets the nod as the Orange pass defense ranked 98th in 2017 and could find it extremely difficult to stop the high flying Cardinals. Fantasy owners should expect gigantic numbers in this AAC fantasy fiesta.
- Week Twelve- Pass vs. NC State- Pass gets the nod here as he has a dream matchup against a porous NC State pass defense that ranked 104th in the country in 2017. There could be plenty of wide-open targets for “Puma” to choose from in this contest. This could be a high scoring ACC game and Pass should have a big hand in all the fun.
- Week Thirteen- Pass vs. Kentucky- Pass is the unquestioned choice here as he has a much more enticing matchup than Dungey. The Kentucky pass defense ranked 103rd in the nation in 2017 and will have their hands full with the Cardinals passing attack. The Governor’s Cup could be a fantasy friendly contest with Pass posting a solid fantasy line in the process.
If you don’t mind taking some risks on draft day, this strategy of rotating two quarterbacks just might be right up your alley. I only looked at these two players, but obviously, this can be used on many different signal callers this year. The risk/reward equation of this draft strategy is very high so be prepared for some bumps in the road, but don’t lose faith as it could lead you to the prize in the end.