College Fantasy Football Week 12: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

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Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims watches the ball come in during the Oklahoma State vs. Baylor football game on Saturday Oct. 19, 2019, in Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.

There’s some tough matchups this weekend and quite a few bye weeks. Let me help you with your lineup. 

Start ‘Em

 

Jake Luton, Oregon State, Quarterback

Jake Luton has had an up and down season so far. Against UCLA he had 40.1 points, against Washington he -0.88 points. He’s a very high risk, high reward player even against some of the worst defenses. This weekend the Beavers face off against Arizona State, which is arguably one of the worst defenses in the country against the pass. The Sun Devils are giving up 269 passing yards per game and have allowed 15 passing touchdowns this year. I expect Luton to play well against one of the worst defenses in the country. 

Chris Olave, Ohio State, Wide Receiver

Chris Olave has been relatively consistent this season, breaking double digit’s in points six times this season. Olave has also been a big red zone threat this season, with nine receiving touchdowns on the year. This weekend the Buckeyes face Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights have given up 232.6 passing yards per game this season, as well as 15 passing touchdowns on the year. I expect Olave to have a good day against a Rutgers team that will be outgunned at every position this weekend. 

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU, Running Back

Early in the season I said to grab Clyde Edwards-Helaire if you hadn’t already. Last weekend was a perfect example of why. Against Alabama, Edwards-Helaire, had 46.5 points, rushing for three touchdowns on 20 carries for 103 yards. This weekend the Tigers face Ole Miss who haven’t been stellar this year. The Rebels are allowing 122.7 rushing yards per game and have allowed 11 rushing touchdowns this year. I expect Edwards-Helaire to have a big game this Saturday. 

Charlie Kolar, Iowa State, Tight End 

Charlie Kolar has been insane this year and it arguably one of the best tight ends in the country right now for fantasy owners. Last weekend against Oklahoma he snagged fantasy owners 9.9 points, which doesn’t seem like a lot but it is, especially in college fantasy football. This weekend Kolar and the Cyclones take on Texas, who has one of the worst passing defenses in the country. The Longhorns are giving up 299.6 passing yards per game and have given up 22 passing touchdowns this year. I expect Kolar to snag at least one touchdown. 

Sit ‘Em

Kyle Trask, Florida, Quarterback

Kyle Trask has come off the bench this year to be a great quarterback so far. However, in big games like Auburn and Georgia, Trask has struggled to make an impact. Against Auburn, Trask had 9.6 points and against Georgia, he had 16.08 points. This weekend the Gators take on Missouri, who have the No. 4 passing defense in the country. The Tigers have allowed 147.7 passing yards per game and five passing touchdowns on the season. I expect Trask to struggle against the Tigers stifling defense. 

Denzel Mims, Baylor, Wide Receiver

Denzel Mims has been fantastic this year, only falling below double digits in three games so far. While Baylor did win in the game against TCU, their offense was stagnant until overtime. This weekend the Bears face Oklahoma, who have allowed 209.4 passing yards per game this year. The Sooners have also allowed 16 passing touchdowns this year. That being said, if the Bears offense stagnates against the Sooners, I don’t see them recovering like they did against TCU. 

Cam Akers, Florida State, Running Back

Cam Akers is arguably one of the best running backs in the country, his one single digit game this year came against Clemson. Last weekend against Boston College, Akers got fantasy owners 18.8 points. This weekend the Seminoles play against Alabama State, meaning Akers probably won’t get the carries that he would in most conference games. I expect Akers to play the first quarter, then be on the bench the rest of the game. If you have other options at running back, I would explore them. 

Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri, Tight End

Albert Okwuegbunam is one of the most consistent tight ends in the country with six touchdowns on the year. However, last weekend against Georgia he was held to 30 yards on four receptions. This weekend the Tigers play against a top-25 passing defense in Florida. The Gators have allowed 191.9 passing yards per game this year and 10 touchdowns. While Okwuegbunam is a great player, I don’t think Tigers offense performs this weekend. It’s going to be a defensive battle for both teams.