Dec. 22 – 28 College Football Start ‘em, Sit ‘em

Brett Hundley, UCLA, 2012

With the first week of the college bowl season now in the books.   We turn our attention to the second week of the college bowl season.

There are many under the radar match-ups involving teams that are from smaller conferences.

This article is here to help you figure out the right plays for those tough decisions that are sure to be made.

Here is your start, sit for the college football bowl games from December 22 – 28.

QBs to start

Terrance Broadway, UL Lafayette: Broadway has been a tremendous dual-threat quarterback for the Rajin’ Cajuns. Broadway has accumulated over 3,000 yards combined on the ground and through-the-air this season and has totaled over 300 yards in his last three games as well. Broadway now gets a tremendous match-up in his bowl game as he faces the 108th pass defense in the country. Broadway figures to be one of the best starts in the second week of the bowl season at the quarterback position in our fantasy games.

Brett Hundley, UCLA: The freshman quarterback is another dual-threat quarterback who possesses the ability to carve up defenses in different ways. Hundley has nine rushing touchdowns on the season to go along with his 26 passing touchdowns. With Hundley’s ability to score touchdowns both on the ground and through-the-air, it limits the downside to starting Hundley. Now Hundley gets to go up against the 3rd worst pass defense in the country in what should be one of the highest scoring games of the bowl season.

QBs to sit

Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech: Thomas has tremendous potential, but he has yet to live up to it. Thomas has been mediocre so far this year and although he possesses the potential to have a tremendous showing the likelihood is very slim. Thomas is also going up against a very good defense in Rutgers who ranks 14th in the country in total defense. Thomas belongs on your bench in favor of other quarterbacks in our fantasy games.

Keith Price, Washington: Price has had a disappointing junior season after having a stellar sophomore campaign as a first-year starting quarterback for the Huskies. Going from 33 touchdown passes a year ago to just 18 this year. Price has been inconsistent to say the least. This isn’t the same Boise St. defense from years past that Price will be facing. However, it is still a good enough defense to keep Price from having a good fantasy day at the quarterback position.

RBs to start

Glasco Martin/Lache Seastrunk, Baylor: This running back combination has been terrific down the stretch for the Baylor offense. The two backs are averaging a combined 254 yards on the ground and eight touchdowns in their last three games. Starting either of these two would be a wise choice in what figures to be a high-scoring contest against UCLA.

Robbie Rouse, Fresno State: SMU may appear to a decent rush defense statistically, but they have been vulnerable against good rushing offenses this season. Rouse and the Fresno St. rushing attack should be able to create enough opportunities to be able to expose the SMU rushing defense. Even if Rouse is slowed down in the rushing game, Rouse is a capable receiver out of the backfield for the Bulldogs and should prove good value in PPR formats.

RBs to sit

De’Leon Eskridge, San Jose St.: The Minnesota transfer has had a solid season rushing the ball for the Spartans. However, his value this week is not very good. Eskridge is going up against a stout defense, 7th in the country in total defense and 14th in rushing defense, making him a suspect play at best in the second week of the college bowl season. Eskridge provides little ability in the passing game only hauling in 25 passes.

Anthon Samuel, Bowling Green: Samuel is the lead back for the Falcons but splits carries with two other backs who are regularly in the rotation, John Pettigrew and Jamel Martin. Samuel is also not used in the passing much only hauling in 20 passes on the year. Although Samuel doesn’t have a bad matchup, San Jose St. ranks 19th in the country in rush defense, it’s still a matchup that limits Samuel’s upside considering the time-share at running back with two other backs.

WRs to start

Brent Leonard, UL Monroe: Colt Browning’s favorite target in the Warhawks passing game, Leonard has been one of the best wide receivers down the stretch in college football. In his last five games, Leonard has hauled in 46 passes for 619 yards and seven touchdowns. Leonard is one of the best plays at the wide receiver position during the second week of the college bowl season.

Conner Vernon/Jamison Crowder, Duke: Both of Duke’s top WRs have been very consistent and reliable this season. Both receivers have accumulated over 70 receptions and a combined 15 touchdowns on the season. In what figures to be a shootout against Cincinnati, look for both of these Duke wide receivers to put up good fantasy performances.

WRs to sit

Kasen Williams, Washington: Williams is a talented plays that plays on a talented offense. However, that talent has yet to yield to a breakout-year for the sophomore wide receiver. Williams has just two touchdown receptions in his last six games and has only one 100-yard receiving game on the year. Williams is likely to turn into a solid performance, as he usually does, but there are better available options with higher upside this bowl week in our fantasy games.


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