With the 2017 college football regular season over, it’s now time to focus on the Bowl games. Below are a handful of players that could be “Sneaky” plays for those degenerates like myself that participate in some form of fantasy football involving the Bowl season.
Keytaon Thompson, Miss State QB vs. Louisville: Thompson was pressed into duty in the Egg Bowl after Nick Fitzgerald suffered a gruesome ankle injury. The freshman responded with 316 total yards (which included 121 yards rushing) and two total scores. He has a nice matchup against Louisville in what could be a very high scoring Taxslayer Bowl. The Cardinals have had a tough time stopping opposing offenses in 2017 and could find it very difficult to slow down this dual threat youngster. A stat line of 300 total yards and three to four scores seem well within reach for this Bulldog in Jacksonville.
J’Mar Smith, La Tech vs. SMU: Smith has shown moments of fantasy stardom this season, but did not post the kinds of numbers that the experts were predicting before the season began. His best fantasy game of the year may be coming up in the DXL Frisco Bowl against SMU. It would be an understatement to say the Mustangs defense stinks. They rank 122nd in the nation in total defense, allowing 487 yards per game and 35.5 points per game. The Bulldogs offense should be in high gear in this contest and Smith should do his fair share of damage. This talented dual threat could have his way this week and 350 total yards and three or four scores seem like a real possibility.
Skylar Thompson, Kansas State QB vs. UCLA: Thompson has done a fine job filling in for the injured Jesse Ertz and could post his biggest statistical game of 2017 against UCLA in the Cactus Bowl. This freshman is an adept runner and should see plenty of huge holes to gallop through against a terrible UCLA rush defense. The Bruins ranked 129th out of 130 teams during the regular season and allowed 31 rushing touchdowns in 12 games. Thompson and the Wildcats ground game should have their way in this game and a couple of rushing scores seem likely for this QB.
Markell Jones, Purdue RB vs. Arizona: While all the focus of this game will likely be on the running ability of Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate, Jones may end up having the most productive day on the ground. Jones came out of nowhere to run for 217 yards in Week 13 against Indiana and could approach those numbers in the Foster Farms Bowl against Arizona.The Wildcats rush defense ranks 114th in the country in rushing touchdowns allowed with 31 in 12 games and could yield a couple to Jones and Purdue in this contest. The Boilermakers should have no problem moving the ball on the ground against Arizona and Jones could be in a good spot to approach the 100-yard mark and find the end zone at least once.
Nyheim Hines, NC State RB vs. Arizona State: Hines has quietly run for over 1,000 yards in 2017 and is coming off his biggest game of the year with 196 rushing yards and two scores against North Carolina in Week 13. This junior may have his way with an Arizona State defense that has allowed 25 rushing scores on the year. The Sun Bowl could be a sneakily high scoring affair with the Wolfpack rushing attack finding plenty of success. A 100-yard game with a score or two seems likely for this rising junior.
Allen Lazard, Iowa State WR vs. Memphis: I can’t believe it either, but Allen Lazard is finally playing his final collegiate game against Memphis in the Liberty Bowl. This elder statesman has scored four receiving touchdowns in the last four games and should have a very good chance to find paydirt against a shoddy Memphis defense. The Tigers ranked 123rd in the country against the pass, yielding 29 touchdowns in 12 games. The total for this game could go well into the 80’s and Lazard should get plenty of opportunity to show off his skills one last time.
Tabari Hines, Wake Forest WR vs. Texas A&M: Hines has hauled in four touchdowns in the last two games and is averaging 108 receiving yards per game over that span. He has taken over the #1 wideout spot in the Wake Forest passing game since Greg Dortch was injured in Week Nine and should see a bunch of targets against Texas A&M in the Belk Bowl. Hines should have a good opportunity to score in this game as the Aggies yielded 24 receiving touchdowns in 12 games during the 2017 regular season. This junior could go well over 100 yards receiving and find the end zone against this porous Aggies defense in Charlotte.