Brandon C. Williams’ 2014 College Fantasy Football Weekly Rankings – Week 12
|QUARTERBACKS||RUNNING BACKS||WIDE RECEIVERS||TIGHT ENDS|
|1. Trevone Boykin, TCU||1. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin||1. Keevan Lucas, Tulsa||1. Devon Johnson, Marshall|
|2. Everett Golson, Notre Dame||2. Jarvion Franklin, Western Michigan||2. Amari Cooper, Alabama||2. Maxx Williams, Minnesota|
|3. Cody Fajardo, Nevada||3. Jay Ajayi, Boise State||3. Jaelen Strong, Arizona State||3. Clive Walford, Miami (Fla.)|
|4. J.T. Barrett, Ohio State||4. James Connor, Pittsburgh||4. Nelson Agholor, USC||4. Josiah Price, Michigan State|
|5. Cody Kessler, USC||5. Devon Johnson, Marshall||5. Tajae Sharpe, UMass||5. Rodney Mills, UMass|
|6. Rakeem Cato, Marshall||6. Javorius Allen, USC||6. Corey Davis, Western Michigan||6. Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech|
|7. Freddie Knighten, Arkansas State||7. Matt Brieda, Georgia Southern||7. Justin Hardy, East Carolina||7. Jonnu Smith, Florida International|
|8. Grant Hedrick, Boise State||8. Elijah McGuire, Louisiana-Lafayette||8. Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh||8. Blake Bell, Oklahoma|
|9. Anu Solomon, Arizona||9. Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State||9. Tony Lippett, Michigan State||9. Marcus Smith, North Texas|
|10. Shane Carden, East Carolina||10. Cameron Artis-Payne, Auburn||10. Joshua McCain, Idaho||10. David Grinnage, North Carolina State|
Most leagues are in semifinal mode, which makes Boykin an ideal choice to start. He threw for just 219 yards and a score last week, but his 123 yards and three scores propelled him to a 42 Fantasy point afternoon. Boykin should put great numbers up against Kansas…..Golson’s four interceptions killed the production out of his 446-yard day against Arizona State. Look for him to be efficient when the Irish face what will be an overmatched Northwestern defense….Fajardo is due for a big rebound from last week’s 7.85 Fantasy point bomb, as his dual-threat skills will play well against Air Force….Barrett has two 40-plus Fantasy point outings in the last four weeks. He should be good for about 30 or so when the Buckeyes meet Minnesota….Kessler is a great Thursday night call against Cal’s thin secondary…..Newfound running skills have kept Cato as steady presence in the Top 10, as his passing numbers have fallen off compared to his last two elite seasons….Knighten recorded his fourth week of 30-plus in the last five, and ranks 14th among all quarterbacks….Hedrick put together the second-best scoring week of any QB when he tallied 61 Fantasy points last week. I can’t see a repeat of that, yet a 30-point week should be reasonable expectations….True freshman Solomon has carried many a Fantasy team into the playoffs while putting two games of at least 37 Fantasy points over the last three weeks….Like Kessler, Carden is a great option to build an early lead as he faces a suspect Cincinnati secondary.
There’s absolutely no reason to fear starting Gordon against Nebraska, as there’s only a handful of defenses capable of stopping the Fantasy Player of the Year candidate at this point….Franklin ripped off his sixth game of at least 30 Fantasy points; a seventh is a good bet as he faces Eastern Michigan….Ajayi remains a mark of consistency, with last week’s 41-point outing the second time he reached that barrier this season….His midseason slump a thing of the past, Connor has recorded 74.3 Fantasy points in his last two games and faces a paper-thin North Carolina front seven….Johnson would be a strong Heisman candidate if he was putting up his sick numbers in the SEC or Pac-12. Conference matters a damn: just put him in your lineup….Allen rivals Ajayi as the best Fantasy back in the West, as he has put together six straight 100-yard games. Lack of touchdowns may be his only weakness, but he rattles off yardage as both a rusher and receiver….He can be inconsistent at times, but plugging Brieda into your lineup is a smart play….McGuire enters semifinal week with four straight games of at least 26.85 Fantasy points…..Pumphrey looks like a great bet for impressive numbers when San Diego State faces Boise State in what should be an offensive orgy….Offense should also be a plenty in the Auburn-Georgia clash, which is why Artis-Payne is the best play for either team.
Facing a tough South Florida defense shouldn’t deter you from Lucas, who simply puts up solid numbers on a weekly basis….Scoring should be at a premium, but Cooper is going to be targeted, and has the potential to score any time he touches the ball….Strong has scored at least once in seven of his last eight games and would be more potent if Arizona State used him more on deep routes….Agholor started slow, but has thrived since Kessler became comfortable with Coach Sark’s offense…..Cooper has has two mammoth games, totaling 73 Fantasy points in the process. He’s a worthy play even against a tough Florida secondary….Davis has gone 16-330-3 the last two weeks and has scored at least once in all but one game this season….If the weather has you stuck at home, watching Hardy produce for your team on Thursday night is a good option….Boyd should greatly benefit from North Carolina focusing too much on stopping James Conner….Lippett has his worst game of the season against Ohio State last week, but look for him to bounce back against Maryland….McCain has caught at least five passes in each game he’s played, making him a great choice in PPR formats.
Of course Johnson’s the top choice if he’s still qualified at TE..Williams killed a lot of David Cobb owners with his three-TD outing last week. He’s a must-start for his red zone presence alone….Both Walford and O’Leary will be vital targets to their respective quarterbacks, making the Miami (Fla.)-Florida State game chock filled with opportunities for both….Hodges has emerged as one of the few scoring options for an erratic Virginia Tech attack….Smith gets lots of targets, but the Panthers’ offense tempers his value….If Sterling Shepard doesn’t play, then Bell would get increased looks against Texas Tech….Smith has just nine catches, but has four touchdowns, making him a high-risk/high-reward play….The lack of a true outside threat has led to Grinnage becoming a factor for QB Jacoby Brissett.
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