The twelfth week of the 2017 college football season is in the books, so let’s take a look at which players could make good start or sits on the thirteenth weekend. I will not insult anyone by telling them to play Lamar Jackson, Saquon Barkley, Bryce Love, or James Washington. This article will simply focus on a couple of players at the big three positions who could post monster stat lines or could throw out an underwhelming effort. Without further adieu, let’s get down to business.
Start of the week: Josh Rosen, UCLA vs. Cal
Rosen has thrown for 802 yards and four passing touchdowns over the last two games and could easily continue that pace this week against California. The Bears pass defense has been subpar this season, ranking 105th in the nation. The Bruins passing game is humming right now, and it doesn’t appear likely that Cal will have any way of stopping it. Expect this Bruin to slice through this defense like a hot knife through butter and post around 400 yards and three scores in Week 13.
Start of the week: Justice Hansen, Arkansas State vs. La Monroe
Hansen has tossed at least four touchdowns in four games this season and will have a good chance to post a fifth such game this week versus La Monroe. The Warhawks pass defense comes into this game ranked 125th in the country and has yielded 27 passing scores on the year. The Red Wolves passing game should be firing on all cylinders this week, and Hansen could be a Top 10 quarterback option this week. Don’t be shocked to see this junior to post 350 total yards and account for three to five total scores against the Warhawks this week.
Sit of the week: JT Barrett, Ohio State vs. Michigan
Barrett has recaptured the fantasy success of his freshman year with 3,300 total yards and 40 total touchdowns in 2017. He will face a huge test this week when he travels to the Big House to take on Michigan in the biggest rivalry game in college football. The Wolverines pass defense is ranked #1 in the country, allowing 144 yards per game and eight passing scores in 11 games. This game could be a defensive battle with both offenses struggling post big yardage totals. Barrett will certainly have his moments this week, but his ceiling appears more limited than usual. Look for options with more upside in Championship week.
Start of the week: Spencer Brown, UAB vs. UTEP
Brown has been instrumental in the rebirth of the UAB program with almost 1,200 yards rushing and ten scores on the year. He could end the regular season in a big way with UTEP on the docket this week. The Miners rush defense ranks 123rd in the country having allowed 31 rushing scores in 11 games. This bruising freshman could easily approach 200 yards this week and find pay dirt on multiple occasions. Start this kid and watch him pulverize the Miners at Legion Field.
Start of the week: Justin Jackson, Northwestern vs. Illinois
While Jackson has not had the season many experts envisioned, he has gone over 150 yards rushing in two of the last three games and could find plenty of running lanes this week against Illinois. The Fighting Illini rush defense ranks 113th in the nation and has given up 23 rushing touchdowns in eleven games. The Wildcats rushing attack could be in store for a huge performance and Jackson could be a Top 10 running back play this week. Expect at least 150 rushing yards and a score or two from this senior in Week Thirteen.
Sit of the week: Kerryon Johnson, Auburn vs. Alabama
Johnson has been a fantasy stud this year with 1,172 yards on the ground and 18 total touchdowns in nine games. He will face his toughest test of the season this week when Alabama invades Jordan-Hare for the Iron Bowl. The Crimson Tide rush defense is ranked #2 in the nation, having allowed six rushing touchdowns in eleven games and yielding 87 yards per game. It is never a wise fantasy decision to start an RB versus Alabama and as good as Johnson has been this season, he is no exception. Expect this Tiger to get shut down this week and fantasy owners should look for safer options with more upside.
Start of the week: Jordan Lasley, UCLA vs. Cal
Lasley is on fire with 366 receiving yards and four receiving scores in the last two games. He has a very enticing matchup this week against a Cal defense that ranks 105th against the pass and could really struggle to contain Lasley and the powerful UCLA passing game. This Bruin could absolutely shred the Bears defense and post another monster stat line this week. It would not be shocking in the least to see Lasley finish as a Top 3 wideout in Week Thirteen.
Sit of the week: Tavares Martin Jr., Washington State vs. Washington
Martin has gone over 100 yards receiving once in the last seven games and could find it very difficult to find any room to operate in the Apple Cup against Washington this week. The Huskies defense ranks #8 in the nation against the pass, having allowed seven receiving scores in eleven games. The Cougars vaunted passing attack could be slowed down considerably this week with Martin being a main focus for the stout Washington defense. Fantasy owners may want to temper their expectations with Martin and the Cougars passing game this week.