There are some big and exciting games this week, which is great for the viewers. However, it makes fantasy owners lives much more difficult.
Dennis Grosel, Boston College, Quarterback
Dennis Grosel has had some ups and downs this season. He had negative points against Clemson, but bounced back against Syracuse with 22.30 points. This weekend is a perfect storm for Grosel to have a big game. He’s playing against a Florida State team that recently fired their head coach, Willie Taggart. The Seminoles have given up 279.4 passing yards per game this season and 12 passing touchdowns. I expect Grosel to have a great game against a team that has struggled to find an identity all season.
Lamical Perine, Florida, Running Back
Lamical Perine is an interesting running back option to say the least. He’s only owned in 75% of leagues and yet, aside from three games this season, he has been in the double digits in points. Perine had 22.5 points against Auburn and 14.7 points against LSU, two of the better defenses in the country. This weekend, Perine and the Gators face Vanderbilt. The Commodores are giving up 202.5 rushing yards per game and 14 rushing touchdowns on the season. I expect Perine to have an easy day on Saturday.
Connor Wedington, Stanford, Wide Receiver
Connor Wedington is a high risk, high reward type of player. He hasn’t had any game that really sticks out as impressivem but this weekend he plays against the second to last passing defense in the country in Colorado. The Bison are giving up 316 passing yards per game and have given up 24 passing touchdowns on the season. If Wedington were to have a big game this season, this would be the game for him to do it.
Pat Freiermuth, Penn State, Tight End
Pat Freiermuth has been one of the best tight ends in the country this year. Freiermuth is averaging 10.45 points per game, and for a tight end, that is insane. Two weeks ago against Michigan State, he snagged three touchdowns. This weekend, he is coming off a bye week to play Minnesota. The Golden Gophers are giving up 166.4 passing yards per game and seven passing touchdowns on the year. However, they haven’t played anybody with the amount of talent that the Nittany Lions have. I expect Freiermuth to be a great start this weekend.
Kelly Bryant, Missouri, Quarterback
Kelly Bryant has been solid this season and while he did have a bye week to rest, he is coming off an injury, which is never good. He hasn’t performed well lately in both of Missouri’s losses to Vanderbilt and Kentucky. This weekend, Bryant faces one of the best defenses in the country in Georgia. The Bulldogs are giving up 190.5 passing yards per game and have allowed 8 passing touchdowns this season. I expect Bryant to struggle this weekend against one of the best passing defenses in the country.
Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt, Running Back
Ke’Shawn Vaughn is arguably one of the best backs in the country this season. Last weekend against South Carolina was the worst performance he has had all season as he rushed for 87 yards on 20 carries and got fantasy owners 10.8 points. This weekend he plays against Florida. The Gators have held opponents to an average of 123.6 rushing yards per game and seven rushing touchdowns this season. I expect Vaughn to have his worst game of the season this weekend.
Rashod Bateman, Minnesota, Wide Receiver
Rashod Bateman has been great for fantasy owners, who have needed somebody for the bye. In my league, he has been picked up and dropped by three owners. He is averaging 14.49 points per game and is coming off of a bye week, all signs point to starting him. However, this weekend he plays against Penn State, which has allowed four passing touchdowns through eight games this season. The Nittany Lions are also allowing 211.8 passing yards per game, which is in the top 50 in the country. I expect Bateman and the Golden Gophers to struggle to produce this weekend.
Charlie Kolar, Iowa State, Tight End
Charlie Kolar is the top tight end in fantasy and has been extremely good this season. In his most recent game, against Oklahoma State, he had 18.8 points. This weekend, he plays against a much stronger defense in Oklahoma. The Sooners are allowing 200.4 yards per game and have given up eight touchdowns this season through eight games. Iowa State and Kolar will struggle to produce offensively this weekend.