What We Learned: CFF Week 2 Edition

Ohio v. Purdue
David Blough has taken back the reins of the Purdue offense. He finished 11/13 for 235 yards and three TDs. Purdue RB, Tario Fuller had 16-142-1 after leading the Boilermakers in carries with eight in week one. Purdue’s Cole Herdman and Brycen Hopkins are both viable options at TE in most leagues.

Oklahoma State v. South Alabama
Oklahoma State WR, Marcell Ateman appears to be the red zone threat that many anticipated he would be. He finished with 5-51-2 with both of his TDs coming near the goal line. South Alabama TE, Maaseiah Francis, scored a 17-yard TD late in the game but again doesn’t appear to be the productive Gerald Everett replacement that I hoped he would be.

Oklahoma v. Ohio State
Freshman RBs were the story of this game. JK Dobbins and Trey Sermon got the bulk of the work at RB for their respective teams. Oklahoma TE Mark Andrews left the game with a knee injury, and his status will be updated this week. Jeff Mead was again a no-show for the Sooners. Jeff Badet and Dimitri Flowers lead the team in receiving.

Stanford v. USC
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside was the leading receiver for Stanford after being absent in week one. He finished with 4-67-1. Deontay Burnett continues his torrid streak at WR for USC as he finished with 9-121-2 against a top secondary. Ronald Jones’ job as the lead back isn’t in jeopardy but the extremely talented Stephen Carr may eat into some of his share as the season progresses.

Cincinnati v. Michigan
Ty Isaac had 20-133 on the ground for Michigan. Chris Evans only had five carries. Isaac has shown well in back-to-back games.

FAU v. Wisconsin
Devin Singletary got a lot of work in this game, and that was a relief to his owners everywhere. DeAndre McNeal ripped off a long TD and led the Owls with 3-103-1. Daniel Parr got the start at QB and finished 9/19 for 142 with a TD. Bradrick Shaw was held out of the game for Wisconsin, and Jonathan Taylor flashed again. He finished with 26-223-3 on the ground. His talent may be too much to keep from getting the bulk of the Badger’s carries.

Louisville v. UNC
Jaylen Smith and Austin Proehl lead their respective teams in receiving. Smith finished with 9-183-1 on 14 targets. Proehl had 9-118-0 and could emerge as the Tar Heels’ top target, but I don’t expect his production to come close to last year’s top dog, Ryan Switzer. Chazz Surratt played outstanding at QB for UNC in the first half but sustained an injury and Brandon Harris filled in admirably in the second half. I think there is value with a UNC QB, but it’s not yet clear if they have picked a guy or if they will run a two QB system. My gut says Surratt, but there is some risk associated with him as a waiver wire add.

Boise State v. Washington State
Boise State used two QBs in this game. Brett Rypien started, and Montell Cozart spelled him early in the game. Rypien got hurt early in the game after a 7/8 start for 76 yards, and he didn’t return. Cozart is a terrific athlete and played a good game. He is much more of running threat than Rypien, but he made one really poor decision on a shovel pass that was the black eye on his otherwise good game. He finished 12/20 for 161 and two TDs and the aforementioned INT while adding 14-72-1 on the ground. Cedrick Wilson got back on track at WR with 9-147-2. Luke Falk suffered a potential concussion and was spelled by Tyler Hilinski. Hilinski was able to push the ball downfield more effectively than Falk. This is still Falk’s team, but Hilinski is now worth a roster spot in deep leagues in addition to being a valuable dynasty player. Washington State had four players that had eight or more catches.

TCU v. Arkansas
Both teams used a committee approach with their RBs. Darius Anderson and Kyle Hicks each had at least 12 carries, and both scored a TD. Sewo Olonilua only had two carries but made both count as he scored on both. The Arkansas offense was thwarted all game. David Williams had more touches than Devwah Whaley and was both more efficient and explosive with them. There is little clarity within the Arkansas skill group right now.

Northwestern v. Duke
Duke’s offense picked up where they left off in week one with an absolute throttling of Northwestern. T.J. Rahming had 12-127-0 and continued the late season catch tear he was on in 2016. Daniel Jones had 400+ total yards with four TDs. In the unlikely event he is still available in your league, get him on your roster.

Eastern Carolina v. West Virginia
Once again, both ECU QBs got reps. Jimmy Williams had the type of game that many expected from him this offseason, finishing with 7-86-1. For WVU, Gary Jennings cooled off this week, but David Sills stayed hot with 7-153-3 receiving.

Iowa v. Iowa State
In one of the top games of the weekend, both teams put up huge numbers. Iowa State RB, David Montgomery, had 25 touches for 165 yards and a TD. Hakeem Butler had 5-128-2 receiving for Iowa State, and this may be the final opportunity for owners to grab either guy off the waiver wire. Iowa QB, Nathan Stanley, threw for five TDs in this game but I don’t expect anything close to that type of production moving forward.

Jacksonville State v. Georgia Tech
Taquon Marshall had another productive game, but this time his impact was most felt through the air. He was 5/7 for 112 and three TD through the air. He followed up his 44 carry game in the opener with a more sustainable 13-25-1 in week two. GT A-Back, Clinton Lynch, was held out of this game again.

Wake Forest v. Boston College
John Wolford got the nod for Wake at QB and had a solid game. Greg Dortch showed out again at Wake for the second straight week. The volume may not be there for him to grow into a top WR but his playmaking ability makes him a threat to score on every touch. Boston College used both QBs, and it appears that AJ Dillon could usurp Jon Hilliman as their lead back.

UAB v. Ball State
AJ Erdley is an interesting fantasy option at QB for UAB. He went 15/24 for 168 passing with no TD but ran for 14-77-3. Spencer Brown got a lot of work at RB and finished with 17-151-0.

Tulane v. Navy
Navy QB, Zach Abey had a disappointing week two and continued to confirm that when triple option teams square off, fade away. Tulane QB, Jonathan Banks was injured this game and his status for week three is unknown.

Indiana v. Virginia
Richard Lagow returned to his 2016 form and was benched by Indiana. He was 3/10 for 24 yards and a pick and Peyton Ramsey replaced him. Ramsey went 16/20 for 173 and two TDs. Kurt Benkert went to the air 66 times for Virginia but only completed 39 of them. Olamide Zaccheaus was the main beneficiary and finished with 12-72-0.

Eastern Illinois v. Northern Illinois
Daniel Santacaterina got the start for NIU at QB. He went 23/34 for 252 yards and three TDs with one INT. This is a QB friendly offense in a fantasy friendly conference which makes Santacaterina a waiver wire target with Graham being ruled out for several weeks.

San Jose State v. Texas
Sam Ehlinger got the start at QB for Texas in this game. He finished 15/27 for 222 yards and a TD to go with 48 yards on the ground. Chris Warren had 16-166-2 for Texas on the ground.

Gardner-Webb v. Wyoming
We are starting to get some clarity from Wyoming at WR. Austin Conway had 11-135-1, and C.J. Johnson had 6-130-1. Both guys are the top targets after two weeks.

Central Michigan v. Kansas
Shane Morris followed up a decent week one effort with a monster day in Lawrence. He went 28/37 for 467 with five TDs! Mark Chapman had 8-168-3 and Corey Willis 8-140-1. Kansas TE, Ben Johnson followed up with another good week of 7-57-0. Johnson is a TE to target on the waiver wire.

ULL v. Tulsa
D’Angelo Brewer got back on track for Tulsa as he ran for 262 yards and three TD on 38 carries!

Nebraska v. Oregon
Through two games, it’s clear to me there is value in both Tre Bryant at RB and Stanley Morgan at WR for Nebraska. For Oregon, Charles Nelson had another nice game finishing with 8-117-1.

Marshall v. NC State
Marshall WR, Tyre Brady had 11-248-1. NC State WR, Kelvin Harmon followed up a monster week one with 9-121-1 in week two. Chase Litton for Marshall and Ryan Finley for NC State are decent options if you are looking for QB help.

South Dakota v. Bowling Green
Datrin Guyton remains one of the more underrated WR in college football. He followed up his ten target week one game with a 5-158-0 week two effort. Guyton is a WR that will soon be snatched up in most leagues.

Toledo v. Nevada
Ty Gangi got the start at QB for Nevada for the second consecutive week. He was just serviceable in this game. Toledo RB, Terry Swanson got back on track with 27-101-2.

UNLV v. Idaho
Lexington Thomas carried the ball 17 times for 190 yards and scored three TDs for UNLV. Aaron Duckworth got the majority of the snaps at RB for Idaho for the second consecutive week and had 106 total yards. Jacob Sannon had 11 catches for 109 yards for Idaho.

Southern v. Southern Miss
Kwadra Griggs had a productive day at QB for USM. He went 15/23 for 209 yards and two TDs. Allenzae Staggers had 5-62-1 receiving. Korey Robertson and Quez Watkins both had more pedestrian games than their week one outbursts.

Western Kentucky v. Illinois
Nacarius Fant was the main man for WKU at WR as he finished with 10-110-0. Mike Epstein is a name to watch at RB for Illinois as he finished with 21-111-0 on the ground.

New Mexico State v. New Mexico
Tyler Rodgers and Jaleel Scoot continue to trend upward for New Mexico State at QB and WR. New Mexico QB, Lamar Jordan, was replaced by Tevaka Tuioti who finished with the same 10/19 passing but had 151 yards and two TDs compared to Jordan’s 103 and two INTs.

Minnesota v. Oregon State
Rodney Smith had 30-91-1, and Shannon Brooks finished with 17-91-3 for the Golden Gophers. Tyler Johnson continued his hot start with a 4-127-1 evening at WR. This may be the last chance to roster Johnson.

San Diego State v. Arizona State
SDSU RB, Rashaad Penny had another dynamic performance. He went 18-216-1 on the ground to go with 4-38-1 receiving and a 99-yard kick return for a TD! Arizona State RB, Kalen Ballage had 15-44-1 on the ground in another uninspiring performance.

 

kfrancis

Senior Director of College Fantasy Football. Watch and absorb football year round and apply what I learn to CFF. Fan of the one true dynasty - Roll Tide.

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