College Fantasy Football: Week Four Sneaky Plays

Todd at CollegeFootballGeek.comCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2009

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Greg Paulus #2 of the Syracuse Orangemen throws a pass during the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium  September 12, 2009 in State College, Pennsylvania. Penn State won 28-7. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

CFG Contributor Kevin Mount takes a sneak (pardon the pun) peek at some under-the-radar college fantasy football players to consider this week.

The fourth week of college football is just around the corner and it is that time again to look for some under the radar players who will make a fantasy impact this week. Check out who we think will help your fantasy team this coming weekend.


Tyler Bass QB Memphis vs. Marshall: He took over the starting job last week against Tennessee Martin and exploded onto the fantasy scene with 380 total yards and 5 touchdowns. This guy showed he could tuck it and run as well as throw the football all over the field. With the shaky defense of Marshall coming to town, there should be plenty of chances for Bass to show his wares.

Corey Leonard QB Arkansas State vs. Troy: This senior signal caller should have a big day as he faces a Troy defense which ranks 107th in the country in pass defense. This is a huge game for the Red Wolves and they are at home so a nice effort from Leonard should be expected. He should finish with around 300 total yards and 3-4 touchdowns.

Greg Paulus QB Syracuse vs. Maine: The former Duke point guard looked like a bona-fide college QB last week as he lead the Cuse to a shoot-out win over Northwestern. He has a quality wide out in Mike Williams to throw to and a cupcake game versus Maine this week. Prediction…pain for Maine and lots of stats.

B.J. Daniels QB South Florida vs. Florida State: The Matt Grothe era is officially over for the Bulls as he tore his ACL last week against Charleston Southern. The new guy in town looks to be B.J. Daniels, who showed tremendous athletic ability after taking over for Grothe.

This week he faces a Seminoles defense that has shown it is vulnerable in the passing game as they give up over 320 yards per game. This is a tough team to make your first start against, but I think Daniels will be up to the challenge.

Running Backs

Monterio Hardesty RB Tennessee vs. Ohio: Through three weeks of the season one thing is apparent, the Vols cannot pass the ball but they sure can run it. This hard running senior gets plenty of carries and produces good numbers on a weekly basis. He should have a very nice day against an over matched Bobcat defense in Knoxville this week. I look for a monster game out of Monterio on Saturday.

Tre Newton RB Texas vs. UTEP: This youngster looks to be the main man in the Long Horn backfield as evidenced by his 20-carry performance against Texas Tech last week. He should have a great game against the 106th ranked run defense of UTEP. I’m envisioning around 100 yards and 2 TD’s. Don’t be afraid to roll with this kid in Week Four.

Wide Receiver

Ryan Tannehill WR Texas A&M vs. UAB: I think the QB experiment is over for Tannehill with the injury to the Aggies’ best WR, Jeff Fuller. This talented athlete should see plenty of time at wide out and should perform very nicely in the high-powered Aggie offense. It looks like Tannehill will have a huge game with the pathetic UAB defense coming to College Station.

Mark Dell WR Michigan State vs. Wisconsin: Playing in his first game last week against Notre Dame, this talented Spartan showed he has not missed a step with 120 receiving yards. He should be the top receiving option for MSU as the season goes forward and this should equate to consistent fantasy performances. Look for at least 75 yards and a TD this week against the Badgers.

Dan Buckner WR Texas vs. UTEP: This kid has made the most of his opportunity and has become a favorite target of Colt McCoy, which is a very good thing from a fantasy perspective. He had 6 catches for 75 yards and a TD last week versus Texas Tech and should continue to excel with a bad UTEP defense in front of him. This Long Horn makes a nice starting option in Week Four.

Torrey Smith WR Maryland vs. Rutgers: This talented sophomore has been very good the past two weeks and is deserving of some fantasy love. He faces a Rutgers defense that is very susceptible to the pass, so expect another week of solid fantasy production. I would be surprised if he doesn’t have 100 total yards and a score this week. Don’t shy away from this Terp.


Connecticut vs. Rhode Island
Kansas State vs. Tennesee Tech
Baylor vs. Northwestern State
Duke vs. North Carolina Central
Syracuse vs. Maine
Western Michigan vs. Hofstra

Take a shot with some of these guys and you might be pleasantly surprised. Good luck and remember to always have fun!