Oct 10, 2015; Oxford, MS, USA; New Mexico State Aggies running back Larry Rose III (3) carries the ball against the Mississippi Rebels during the game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mississippi Rebels beats New Mexico State Aggies 52-3. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
Fantasy picks for week 4 of the college football season.
Week four of college football is upon us and following another week of upsets, close games and a huge Buckeye victory, I am looking to rebound from a rough week of fantasy football.
The first quarterback I like this week is Central Michigan’s Cooper Rush($6,500). Rush is 11th in FBS this year in passing yards with 957 and tied for fourth with 11 touchdowns so far this season. Rush is on the road against a Virginia team still trying to find itself under new coach Bronco Mendenhall. The Cavaliers defense is 23rd in the country in passing yards allowed per game, giving up an average of 274 yards per game, and giving up an average of 31.3 points per game.
Mason Rudolph($6,000) is the second quarterback I like this week. Rudolph threw for 430 yards and 3 touchdowns last year in 45-35 loss to Baylor. I don’t see this year’s score being much different from last year. The Baylor defense has been stout so far this season but hasnt really been tested. They also gave up 6 receptions for 112 yards and a score to SMU’s Courtland Sutton
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earlier this year. I think this is the first time this year that defense has really been tested and I think Rudolph and the Cowboy offense will have another big weekend in what I expect to be a shootout. This game also has one of the highest over/under totals of the weekend and I will have a lot of exposure to it.
Other Options: Davis Webb($,8,100), Tommy Armstrong Jr.($7,100), Chad Kelly($6,400)
The first running back I am looking at this week can be found in the early slate and is facing one of the worst rush defenses in college football this season. Markell Jones($4,900) of Purdue is fairly cheap this week on FanPicks and has already shown big game potential, running for 145 yards on Eastern Kentucky earlier this year. Jones is facing a Nevada team that ranks 5th in most yards given up on the ground this season averaging 284.3 yards allowed per game. If Jones gets 20+ carries he should provide good value this week.
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Nick Chubb($5,100) is one of the most experienced member of the Bulldogs offense and will be facing a banged up Ole Miss defense. despite not having very big games the last couple of weeks, Chubb still has a high ceiling considering he put up 222 yards and 2 scores on UNC. The Rebels rush defense is ranked inside the top 15 worst in rush defense this year giving up and average of 242.7 yards per game and a total of 6 rushing touchdowns this season, with his lack of production in the last couple games his price has dropped fairly low for someone with so much upside who could really put up some fantasy points this week.
Other Options: Akrum Wadley($5,000), Christian McCaffrey($8,300), Duke Catalon($4,900)
For my first pick at receiver I will be looking at the Pac 12 showdown between Washington and Arizona. John Ross($5,000) is an explosive play-maker for the on-the-rise Huskies. Ross has seen a drop in price as he only had one catch for ten yards last week. in the two weeks prior however he caught two touchdowns per game. This week he is facing an Arizona defense that ranks 16th in yards given up per game this season averaging just over 288 yards allowed per game through the air. I look for Ross to take advantage of the weak Wildcats secondary and rack up plenty of fantasy points.
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James Washington($6,300) is the second receiver that I like this week and although I dont like that I have two players from the same team in this article, I can’t ignore the potential. As previously covered with Rudolph in the quarterback section, I think the Oklahoma State vs. Baylor game will be a shootout. I will likely end up stacking Rudolph with Washington and K.D. Cannon($6,600) of Baylor.
Other Options: Jordan Westerkamp($4,700), Matt VandeBerg($5,500), Evan Engram($5,500)[TE]