New Year’s Day & BCS Bowl’s Start, Sits

Eddie Lacy, Alabama, 2012

The final chances to play college fantasy is coming to a close shortly.

With terrific New Year’s Day bowl games and BCS games on the horizon, it is there is still an opportunity for everyone to participate in our fantasy games.

Here is the start, sit for the New Year’s Day and BCS bowl games.

Quarterbacks to start

Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois: Lynch is third in the nation in total offense, 4, 773 total yards, including a remarkable 1, 1771 yards on the grounds to go along with 19 touchdowns. Lynch is a powerful runner sometimes compared to that of former Heisman-Trophy winner Tim Tebow. This is undoubtedly Lynch’s toughest match-up to date, but Lynch has the skill-set to flourish against the difficult Florida State defense.

Landry Jones, Oklahoma: In what figures to be what of the more offensive games of the bowl season, the Sooners will lean on the passing game to be able to go score-for-score with Johnny Football. Jones’ full fantasy potential is somewhat hampered by backup-quarterback Blake Bell who comes in for Jones in short-yardage situations. However, Jones should find success against a suspect A&M secondary that surrenders nearly 250 yards a game through-the-air.

Quarterbacks to sit

Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville: Bridgewater has had a terrific season throwing the football for the Cardinals but has a horrific match-up in his bowl game. The Florida Gator defense is arguably the best in the country and is led by a terrific defensive line. Bridgewater should be hurried and pressured all day leading to mistakes making Bridgewater a suspect play at best in our fantasy games.

Taylor Martinez, Nebraska:  Martinez is one of the bigger Jeckyll and Hyde quarterbacks in the country.  Martinez posssesses a very high fantasy value due to his running ability.  But, he is a below-average passer and is facing one of the faster defenses in the country.  The Georgia defense is led by linebackers Alec Ogletree and Jarvis Jones who should harass and apply pressure to Martinez all game long.

Running backs to start

Mike Gillislee, Florida: The Florida offense loves is built around its running game and Gillislee is the beneficiary of that mindset as he is Florida’s leading rusher for the season. Louisville has been average against the run this season surrendering 150 yards a game. With the emphasis that Florida puts on the running-game, Gillislee is likely to have a very good fantasy game as Florida’s lead-back and is a great play in our fantasy games.

Rex Burkhead, Nebraska: The Nebraska running-game gets a huge break as Georgia’s standout defensive tackle, John Jenkins, is in-eligible for the bowl game. Georgia is very talented on the defensive side of the ball despite the loss of Jenkins. However they are vulnerable against the run giving up 178 yards per-game. With Jenkins out and Georgia already being a suspect rush defense, Burkhead should find some success on the ground in this one.

Running backs to sit

Eddie Lacy, Alabama: Strength vs. strength. The Alabama running game has been terrific all season, but even playing in the SEC they have yet to face a front-seven with the level of talent that Notre Dame has. Lacy will play the role of the ground-and-pound runner for the Tide in this one, hoping to wear down the Notre Dame defense for the younger, faster T.J. Yeldon to find the big running lanes. Notre Dame has proven on multiple occasions this season, Stanford and Southern Cal, which also spells bad news for Lacy.

John Hubert, Kansas State: Hubert suffers from the lack of touches in the red zone due to the fact that quarterback Colin Klein plays as Kansas State’s “goal-line back.” Oregon has perhaps its best defense in the Chip Kelly era and is led by a talented group of linebackers.  This may be the best rush defense that the Wildcats have faced all season.  The lack of upside makes Hubert a risky start in this bowl match-up.

Wide receivers to start

Mike Evans, Texas A&M: The number-one target for Heisman Trophy winner, Johnny Manziel. Evans is a big, physical target who has the ability to overpower defenders for 50-50 balls. Evans has the physical ability that it doesn’t really the match-up that he is facing. Look for Evans to have an tremendous day and is a great play in our fantasy games.

Justin Brown, Oklahoma
: With Jalen Saunders possibly suspended for the bowl game, Brown should see an increase in targets in what figures to be a shootout. With much attention being focused on Kenny Stills, the Sooners are going to need someone to step-up and take pressure off of him in the passing game. Brown has the play-making ability to alleviate pressure off of Styles and has the size to receive red zone targets from quarterback Landry Jones.

Wide receivers to sit

Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin: The Wisconsin offense is not known whatsoever for its passing game. When they do attempt to pass they often look in Abrederis’ direction. The Stanford Cardinal defense is led by a terrific front-seven which should apply enough pressure to Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips, making Abbrederis a risky play in the fantasy bowl season.


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