A very exciting Week Two is in the books, and it is now time to look ahead to the third week of the college football season and the “sneaky” plays it has in store for fantasy owners. Here is a look at some guys who might fill in nicely for owners in need of a potential diamond in the rough.
Shane Morris, Central Michigan QB vs. Syracuse: Morris is a grad transfer from Michigan who looks to have found a comfy home at Central Michigan. He exploded for 467 yards passing and five scoring tosses last week against Kansas and could find similar success this week versus Syracuse. It’s no secret that the Orange don’t play much defense and are often involved in high scoring games, and this week should be no exception. Morris should have no problem dropping 300 yards and three scores in the Carrier Dome in Week Three.
Chad President, Tulsa QB vs. Toledo: After a summer long battle with Luke Skipper for the starting quarterback job, President has taken control and is clearly the top option for the Golden Hurricane. He posted 258 total yards and three total touchdowns (2 rushing) last week against LA-Lafayette and is looking more comfortable running the offense each week. President will have to be on top of his game this week to keep pace with a potent Toledo offense. Look for a back and forth battle with President providing plenty of big plays. The “President” may get a few more votes after this week.
Daniel Santacaterina, Northern Illinois QB vs. Nebraska: Santacaterina threw for 252 yards and three scores last week in his first start against Eastern Illinois. He will make his second start this week in place of Ryan Graham against a terrible Nebraska pass defense. The Huskers rank 129th out of 130 teams against the pass and are allowing an insane 390 yards per game. The Blackshirts are more like the Pinkshirts right now and could yield a big day to “Santa” and his elves. A game with 300 yards and three scores seem well within the grasp of this Husky in Lincoln.
Trey Sermon, Oklahoma RB vs. Tulane: One thing that became very apparent in the Oklahoma beat down of Ohio State on Saturday night was that Trey Sermon is the best and most talented back on the Sooners roster. The freshman posted 85 total yards and a receiving touchdown against a stout Buckeyes defense on the road. He showed that he can be a three down back for the Sooners and that he could start this week versus Tulane. Look for Sermon and the Oklahoma rushing attack to have no issues running all over the Green Wave and start to resemble the dominance that fantasy owners have grown accustomed to. Sermon could easily go over the 100-yard mark and add a score or two.
Chris Warren III, Texas RB vs. USC: The oft injured and much-maligned bruiser rumbled for 189 total yards and two scores last week against San Jose State and may have earned a bigger share of the carries going forward. He is currently in a 50/50 split situation with Kyle Porter, but that could change this week against USC. It may behoove the Longhorns to ground and pound with Warren to keep the Trojans’ offense sitting on the sideline. The Trojans gave up 160 yards rushing to Bruce Love last week and could find it tough to slow down Warren and company.
Mike Epstein, Illinois RB vs. South Florida: The freshman got his first start last week against Western Kentucky and responded with 111 yards on 21 carries. He could build upon that performance this week when he gets to take his shot at a less than stellar South Florida defense. Epstein could even see his carries increase against the Bulls as the Illini may want to play ball control to keep Quinton Flowers and crew off the field. Another 100-yard effort and a score could be in store for this under the radar freshman in Week Three.
Tario Fuller, Purdue RB vs. Missouri: Fuller had a breakout performance on Friday night against Ohio, rushing for 142 yards and a score in the process. He looks to be developing into a complete running back and could have an even bigger game this week against Missouri. As we have stated before, the Tigers’ defense is flat out awful. They fired their Defensive Coordinator this week after only two games and appear to be in shambles. Fuller could find plenty of opening running lanes in what could be a very high scoring and fun game to watch. Look for this sophomore to post a nice stat line and make fantasy owners very happy this week.
Stephen Carr, USC RB vs. Texas: This freshman looks phenomenal and could be a fantasy star in the making. He is playing second fiddle to stud back Ronald Jones but is still producing with limited carries. He scored two rushing touchdowns on seven carries in Week One against Western Michigan and added 119 rushing yards last week against Stanford on 11 carries. He is crazy fast and a threat to take it the distance every time he touches the football. Expect this Trojan to continue his productive ways against the Longhorns this week and show off his tremendous abilities.
Mark Chapman, Central Michigan WR vs. Syracuse: Chapman leads the Chippewas in receiving yards and touchdowns and is fresh off a 168 yard and three score performance against Kansas last week. Chapman could find more fantasy success this week against a Syracuse pass defense that is far from tough. Look for Chapman to be on the receiving end of plenty of passes this week in a potential shootout. Expect this Chippewa to go over 100 yards receiving for a second consecutive game this week.
Hakeem Butler, Iowa State WR vs. Akron: While Allan Lazard gets all the fantasy love and attention in Ames, Butler is quietly leading the Cyclones in receiving yards and touchdowns. He is coming off a 128 yard and two score showing against Iowa last week and could duplicate those numbers against Akron in Week Three. The Zips rank 75th in the country against the pass this year and may have a difficult time containing Butler. Expect to see Butler find the end zone for the third consecutive game and bring a smile to fantasy owner’s faces.
Austin Conway, Wyoming WR vs. Oregon: Conway is averaging 9.5 receptions per game this season and looks to be the favorite target for Josh Allen. He could see a ton of targets this week as the Cowboys will likely be throwing the ball early and often to try and keep pace with a potent Oregon offense. The Ducks’ pass defense ranks 86th in the country so far this season and could give up a few big plays to Conway this week. This Cowboy could easily record double digit receptions and go over the 100-yard mark in Laramie this week.
West Virginia vs. Delaware State
NC State vs. Furman
Colorado vs. Northern Colorado
Rutgers vs. Morgan State
Auburn vs. Mercer
Oklahoma vs. Tulane
Appalachian State vs. Texas State
Georgia vs. Samford
Northwestern vs. Bowling Green