Dec. 29 – 31 Colllege Football Start ‘em, Sit ‘em

Mike Glennon, NC State, 2012

The end of college football for the year of 2012 will be coming to a close on Monday night, and there are some terrific games that are to be played before then.

There is still time to participate in college fantasy gaming in our fantasy games.

This article is here to help you with those tough decisions before the new year.

Here is your start, sit for the Dec. 29 – 31 college bowl games.

Quarterbacks to start

Mike Glennon, North Carolina St.: One of the top pro-prospect quarterbacks in college. Glennon possesses a cannon for an arm to pair with his huge body frame. Despite the lack of quality talent around him, the Wolfpack signal-caller still put up good stats leading the ACC in passing yards with over 3500 to pair with 30 touchdowns on the season. Vanderbilt has been very strong against the pass this year ranking tenth in the country, but the Vandy defense hasn’t faced a player as talented as Glennon is. NC State doesn’t have much of a run-game to speak of and will be forced to air-it-out a lot in this game. Glennon might not have a good “real-life” game, but his fantasy numbers should be very solid in this one.

Ryan Nassib, Syracuse: Nassib faces one of the worst defenses in the country in his bowl match-up in West Virginia. The Mountaineers rank 110th in total defense and second to last in passing defense in the country. Nassib has been very productive in his own right this season throwing for over the 3500 yards on the season. Nassib and the Orange offense will need to keep up with the Mountaineer offense in this match-up and they should find tremendous success through-the-air. Nassib is an easy choice as a must start option in our fantasy games.

Running backs to start

Jeremy Hill, LSU: Since taking over as LSU’s go-to running back six games ago, Hill has been a very good fantasy option at the running back position. In that six game span, Hill has averaged 93 yards per game on the ground to go along with eight touchdowns. Clemson’s rush defense has been average throughout the season giving up over 160 yards per-game. With the emphasis that LSU puts on the running game, Hill should be able to find enough holes in the Clemson defense to have a good fantasy game in the last college football game of 2012.

Storm Woods, Oregon State: One of the true surprise teams of the 2012 season has been Oregon State and Woods has been a huge part in their success. Texas has been a horrendous tackling team this season and ranks 101st in the country at stopping the run. Woods is also effective in the passing game catching 37 passes out of the backfield which makes him a reliable play in our fantasy games.

Wide receivers to start

Markus Wheaton, Oregon State: One of the premier wide receivers in the country. Wheaton possesses the rare ability of being a big-time playmaker while also being a reliable receiver. Wheaton has hauled in 88 passes on the season to go along with 11 touchdown receptions making him a good fantasy starter.

Jordan Mathews, Vanderbilt: Mathews has been a flat-out stud for the Commodores this season and is their best player offensively. Vanderbilt looks to get the ball in his hands, catching 88 passes on the season, as much as they can and asks Mathews to make the plays. Mathews is a terrific play in the bowl season against the NC State Wolfpack secondary.

Quarterbacks to sit

Tajh Boyd, Clemson: Boyd has had a tremendous season for the Tigers of Clemson, but he is facing a stingy LSU defense in his bowl matchup. Although, Boyd can put up a solid fantasy day it is not recommended starting him due to the tough matchup. Facing a similar defense to LSU’s, South Carolina, in the final regular season game of the season, Boyd was held in-check to just 183 yards through-the-air and two interceptions.

Zach Mettenberger, LSU: Mettenberger has come on strong in the latter part of the season for the Tigers, but it is still unreliable. Mettenberger has not shown enough consistency this season to be started with any kind of confidence and provides zero ability to pick up yards on the ground to help boost his fantasy value. You are playing with fire if you start Mettenberger.

Running backs to sit

Andre Ellington, Clemson: After a hot start to the season Ellington has cooled down drastically. Ellington has only gone over 75 yards on the ground one time in his last five games and has just one touchdown in that span as well. Ellington also provides little in the passing game catching only 13 passes for the year.

Wide receivers to sit

DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson: The “other” wide receiver in Clemson’s prolific passing-attack. DeAndre “Nuke” Hopkins has made a name for himself this season hauling in 16 touchdown passes. However, Nuke is going up against one of the top-defenses in the country in LSU in his bowl game and is the number-2 option in the Clemson passing game. Hopkins has also struggled of late, catching only three passes in his last two games.

Mike Davis, Texas: The Texas passing game has been a rollercoaster ride this season but that is of no fault to Davis. Davis is a playmaker for the Longhorns 16.8 yards per catch on the season. However, with the question marks surrounding the Longhorn quarterback position, it is a risk going with Davis over other “safer” options in our fantasy games.

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