DEC. 15 – 21 College Football Start ‘em, Sit ‘em

Matt Scott, Arizona

Matt Scott, Arizona 2012

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

No, not Christmas season,college football bowl season!

This article focuses on the first four games of the college bowl season and breaks down for you the best and worst plays for the first week of the bowl season.

Quarterbacks to start

Matt Scott, Arizona: The quarterback for the number seven ranked offense in the country is sure to be a terrific fantasy play regardless of match-up. Scott has thrown for over 3,000 yards on the season and provided some fantasy value on the ground has well with 485 yards to go along with five touchdowns. In what should be a scoring game, Scott is again a terrific play in our fantasy football games.

Chuckie Keeton, Utah St.: With Keeton’s rushing ability, he provides a very low floor in terms of fantasy value which makes him a safe play in our FANTASY GAMES. Keeton has rushed for over 500 yards on the season to go along with 7 touchdowns. Keeton has been very effective through – the – air as well throwing for over 3000 yards on the season. He now gets to go up against the 121st ranked pass defense in the country so look for a huge game out Keeton in this one.

Quarterbacks to sit

Adam Dingwell, San Diego State: Dingwell took over for senior Ryan Katz when Katz went down with a broken ankle for the season in October. Although Dingwell has performed admirably in Katz’s absence, he now faces one of the elite pass defenses in the country in BYU which ranks 13th in pass defense.

Riley Nelson, BYU: Nelson is battling a rib injury and it is unclear whether or not he will be ready in time for BYU’s bowl game on the 20th against San Diego St. Even when healthy, Nelson has been rather average this season throwing 12 interceptions to just 13 touchdown passes.

Running backs to start

Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona: The nation’s leading rusher with 146 yards per game has been one of the best fantasy running backs in the college ranks this season. With the Wildcats facing the 110th ranked rush defense in their bowl game, look for Carey to have a tremendous game. No real decision to be made here. Put Carey into your lineup and watch him rack-up the fantasy points.

Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada: The nation’s second leading rusher behind Carey, Jefferson averages 141 yards per game on the ground. Jefferson, like Carey, also has a great match-up as he will go up against the nation’s 89th ranked rush defense. This game is sure to be a shoot-out to open up the bowl season and the two star running backs in the game should benefit heavily from the high-scoring affair.

Running backs to sit

Jamaal Williams, BYU: The freshman running back has been rather pedestrian of late averaging just over 3.5 yards per carry in his last two games. Williams now goes up against the 36th rush defense in the country, San Diego St, and perhaps without his starting quarterback Riley Nelson. This figured to be a tough match-up regardless, but potentially without Nelson, the Aztec defense can key-in on Williams and the Cougar ground game. There are better plays this week in our fantasy football games than Williams.

Wide receivers to start

Austin Hill, Arizona: The Wildcats could probably run the ball every down and still put up great numbers in this great match-up. But for the sake of this article we are going to assume that they will let quarterback Matt Scott air-it-out a little bit, too. And when Scott attempts to pass he is sure to look for his 6’3 wide receiver, Austin Hill. Hill has accumulated over 1,000 yards on the season and nine touchdown receptions for the Wildcats making him a very good play this bowl week.

Cody Hoffman, BYU: Despite BYU’s struggles on offense this season, Hoffman has not been the problem. Hoffman has reeled in 90 receptions on the season and has 25 grabs in his last two games. Hoffman is also a terrific red-zone target for the Cougars hauling in 11 touchdowns on the season including five in BYU’s last game against New Mexico State. No matter who the quarterback is for BYU, they will lean on Hoffman heavily in the passing game.
Wide receivers to sit

Bernard Reedy, Toledo: The diminutive speedster from Toledo has been a terrific wide receiver for the Rockets this season hauling in over 80 passes. However, Reedy’s fantasy value is hampered by his lack of touchdowns. Reedy has just one touchdown in his last five contests and faces a tough pass defense in Utah State who gives up just over 200 yards per game through-the-air this season.

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