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College Fantasy Football Week 6 Rankings

Brandon C. Williams Staff Writer October 2, 2014 4:32PM EDT

Brandon C. Williams’ 2014 College Fantasy Football Weekly Rankings – Week 6

1.Connor Halliday, Washington State 1. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska 1. Nelson Spruce, Colorado 1. Devon Johnson, Marshall
2. Marcus Mariota, Oregon 2. Todd Gurley, Georgia 2. Amari Cooper, Alabama 2. Cam Serigne, Wake Forest
3. Brandon Doughty, Western Kentucky 3. Jarvion Franklin, Western Michigan 3. Kevin White, West Virginia 3. Jonnu Smith, Florida International
4. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State 4. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin 4. Antonio Vaughan, Old Dominion 4. Bradley Miller, Texas State
5. Kenny Hill, Texas A&M 5. James Conner, Pittsburgh 5. Cayleb Jones, Arizona 5. Justin Podrabsky, Idaho
6. Bryce Petty, Baylor 6. Tevin Coleman, Indiana 6. Roger Lewis, Bowling Green 6. Justin Sinz, Purdue
7. Rakeem Cato, Marshall 7. Matt Breida, Georgia Southern 7. Travin Dural, LSU 7. Clive Walford, Miami (Fla.)
8. Sefo Liufau, Colorado 8. Jay Ajayi, Boise State 8. Bradley Marquez, Texas Tech 8. Kennard Backman, Alabama-Birmingham
9. Taysom Hill, BYU 9. Aaron Jones, UTEP 9. Joshua McCain, Idaho 9. Gerald Christian, Louisville
10. Gunner Kiel, Cincinnati 10. Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State 10. Justin Hardy, East Carolina 10. Joel Ruiz, Georgia State

Mississippi State's Dak Prescott is ready for another big week. Photo Credit: Thomas Craning

Mississippi State's Dak Prescott is ready for another big week. Photo Credit: Thomas Craning

QB Analysis
Halliday shook off a slow start to throw four touchdown passes at Utah. He remains on pace for nearly 6,000 passing yards and gets a Cal secondary that was bombarded by Arizona’s Anu Solomon and Colorado’s Sefo Liufau the past two weeks….Expect the usual from Mariota (37.04 Fantasy points per game) as the Ducks and their pink unis welcome Arizona in what should be a wild Thursday night/Friday morning contest….A ruthlessly efficient Doughty faces a UAB defense that has been solid against the pass, yet was torched for 41.8 Fantasy points when Dak Prescott lit them up in week two….Arkansas showed how vulnerable Texas A&M’s defense can be when faced with a quality opponent, which could open the door to Prescott having a big afternoon….Late-game heroics helped save what was shaping to be an average game for Hill. You have to like the fact he’s running more, a facet Hill will need against a stout Mississippi State defense….Petty and the Baylor offense kept things pretty vanilla against Iowa State; expect the Bears to go full tilt against a Texas defense coming off a shutout of Kansas…Cato and his darkhorse Heisman run will continue as Marshall gets a very suspect Old Dominion unit….Liufau has proven his strong start is no fluke; he’s now a must-start, especially this week against Oregon State…Hill has averaged at least 30.55 Fantasy points per game, as his improved passing has placed him among the elite at the position….Kiel’s stock continues to rise; you have to be impressed by his 352-yard, four-TD performance in last week’s loss at Ohio State. Pity Memphis and its secondary as Kiel’s gunsights are trained on the Tigers this week.

RB Analysis
Abdullah is not only a strong Heisman candidate, but he’s perhaps the best Fantasy back around, as he logged most of his 38.8 Fantasy points in the first half of Nebraska’s pasting of Illinois….You can make a strong argument for Gurley, more so if you saw how his fourth quarter outing turned what looked like a poor afternoon into a monster 36.8 Fantasy showing in Georgia’s win over Tennessee…Fantasy super frosh Franklin had a season-low 19 points last week, but he’s a strong bet to return to the 30-point plateau against Toledo….Gordon has racked up 86.1 Fantasy points the last two weeks; he’s a must-go versus Northwestern, which has allowed just 2.9 yards per carry to opposing backs….Connor’s 9.2 Fantasy points against Akron has taken some luster off “The Hammer,” who must rebound against a Virginia run defense ranked 25th in the nation….Coleman also comes off a season-worst effort; like Connor, he must also attempt to bounce back against a rugged run defense in the form of North Texas….Brieda recorded his third straight 100-yard game last week and should have a mammoth performance against a New Mexico State defense ranked dead last against the run….Ayjai has had two poor outings in the last three weeks, a trend that should stop as Boise State faces Nevada….Look for Jones to shake off the rough performance at Kansas State with a rebound at Louisiana Tech….Pumphrey went from steady to must-start on the heels of his 41.7 Fantasy point masterpiece against UNLV. Expect a strong follow-up against Fresno State.

WR Analysis
If his 19-179-3 numbers from last week hasn’t convinced you that Spruce is the best Fantasy wideout, then nothing will. He ranks ninth in overall Fantasy points and is 31 points better than the second best receiver….which happens to be Cooper, who comes off a bye and gets to target Mississippi’s secondary in a game that he will targeted early and often…Vaughan has pulled in five touchdown receptions the last two weeks and has established himself as Taylor Heinicke’s go-to man in the clutch….Jones and his explosive playmaking skills are a must-start against Oregon; the Wildcats will be able to trade shots as long as Jones is targeted frequently….Lewis’ breakout freshman campaign has been highlighted by three Fantasy outings of at least 20 points….Do look for Dural to be featured as LSU meets Auburn in what will be anything but a low-scoring game….Marquez will get the share of targets as Texas Tech’s pass-happy attack meets Kansas State…McCain has scored in each of Idaho’s games and is a must-start against Texas State…Hardy has been a Fantasy disappointment, but he’s due for a breakout, especially against an SMU defense that has allowed 50.5 points per game.

TE Analysis
Johnson and Marshall are back from their bye, which means you can get RB production if he’s still qualifies at TE in your league…Miller showed up big for Texas State (8-118-0) in their overtime win over Tulsa; the Bobcats average 505.5 yards and 39.8 points per game, which means Miller — who has 19 catches in his last three games — is worthy of a roster spot…Backman has at least five catches in three of his first four games and is on pace to eclipse his career-best 28 receptions from last season…Christian can make things happen after the catch, as his 15.5 yard average will attest…Ruiz missed Georgia State’s loss at Washington and should be back in the lineup in a more favorable matchup against Louisiana-Lafayette.


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