The fifth week of the college football season is already here and there may be some owners looking for some under-the-radar fantasy options. Check out who we think could fill in nicely for fantasy teams in Week 5.
Steven Threet, QB: Arizona State vs. Oregon State:
Threet has been very productive this season and is coming off a 387-yard and three-score effort against Oregon. This week he gets to shred the porous secondary of the Beavers in what could be a high-scoring affair. Fantasy owners could expect to see another 300-yard effort to go along with a couple of scores.
Austin Dantin, QB: Toledo vs. Wyoming:
Dantin was a popular sleeper pick heading into the season, and looks to be starting to live up to the billing. He was solid last week with 270 total yards and four scores in an upset win over Purdue. He gets a home game against Wyoming and their 70th-ranked pass defense this week. Look for another productive day from Dantin with the possibility of a really big week.
Riley Dodge, QB: North Texas vs. Louisiana Lafayette:
Dodge is back as the starting QB for the Mean Green and looked good last week in a win over Florida Atlantic. He only threw for 146 yards but did add two scores and 67 yards on the ground. He faces a weak Cajuns secondary that ranks 112th in the country against the pass. This could prove to be a very nice fantasy day from Dodge, and maybe signs of things to come.
Ryan Radcliff, QB: Central Michigan vs. Ball State:
Radcliff has filled in admirably for the fantasy legend, Dan LeFevour. He is averaging 285 yards passing per game and faces a shaky Ball State defense this week. He could hit that magic 300-yard mark and add a couple of scores along the way.
Michael Dyer, RB: Auburn vs. Louisiana Monroe:
I have a strong feeling that this week will be the arrival party for this highly touted freshman. The kid is a beast and is coming off a 23-carry game in which he gained 100 yards against a stingy South Carolina defense. I would expect another 100-yard effort, and maybe one or two trips to the end zone for Dyer this week. This could be the start of a monstrous fantasy career for Mr. Dyer.
Jonathan Franklin/Derrick Coleman, RB: UCLA vs. Washington State:
It is always a good idea to start anyone who is playing against the Cougars, and this week both of these backs look like good options. Both scored last week and had roughly 100 yards rushing in a big upset win over Texas. It looks like a good possibility for both guys to exceed 100 yards and a couple of scores against the lowly Cougars rush defense, which ranks 108th in the country.
Ray Graham, RB: Pittsburgh vs. Florida International:
The main man in the Panthers backfield was supposed to be Dion Lewis, but he has struggled mightily; Graham has been the better player. He has earned more carries and should see plenty against an overmatched FIU team that Pitt will look to get their offense going against this week. Look for a decent outing from Graham, with the upside to be really good.
Deantre Lewis, RB: Arizona State vs. Oregon State:
This freshman has been very explosive this year and is coming off a 192-total yards and one-score performance against Oregon last week. He splits carries with Cameron Marshall, but Lewis has been more productive and doesn’t need a ton of carries to compile big numbers. He should find plenty of space this week when he faces a Beavers defense that is really shaky right now. Another day of 100 total yards and a score seem like a distinct possibility this week.
Hubert Anyiam, WR: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M:
Anyiam has not lived up to expectations this season, but he appears to be healthy and should become more heavily involved in the Pokes passing game. This game against the Aggies could be fantasy gold and Anyiam just might figure prominently in the outcome. A 100-yard game and a score seem possible this week.
Torrey Smith, WR: Maryland vs. Duke:
Smith is the top playmaker for the Terrapins and is fresh off a monster game in which he tallied 159 yards and a score. This week he gets to catch passes against a suspect Blue Devils defense and could see another long TD reception in his future. Another 100-yard day is very likely in a game that could be a shootout.
AJ Green, WR: Georgia vs. Colorado:
Green would not normally make this list as he is a star and should be in the starting lineup on a weekly basis. The reasoning here is that fantasy owners may have forgotten a bit about Green while he served a four-game suspension, and we want to remind them just how good he is on the field. I would expect that Green is chomping at the bit to get back on the field and that can only be good news for fantasy owners everywhere.
Michael Johnson, WR: UNLV vs. Nevada:
Johnson had a huge game last week with 138 yards receiving and three scores. The Rebels could find themselves behind early this week against Nevada, and might have to throw the ball all over the field to try and play catch-up. The Wolf Pack's pass defense ranks 89th in the country and could give up a bunch to Johnson this week.
Eric Lair, TE: Minnesota vs. Northwestern:
Lair has been decent this season and just recorded a game with seven receptions for 94 yards. With the TE position so thin this season, Lair could pay off in a big way this week. The Gophers may have to throw often to stay with Northwestern and Lair may see a bunch of passes come his way. Add in the fact that Northwestern is ranked 102nd against the pass and all signs point to a big game for this Gopher.
Week 5 Sneaky D’s:
Auburn vs. Louisiana Monroe
Mississippi State vs. Alcorn State
Florida State vs. Virginia
UCLA vs. Washington State
Pittsburgh vs. Florida International
South Florida vs. Florida Atlantic
Fresno State vs. Cal Poly
There you have it everyone, enjoy this week’s action and always remember to have fun playing college fantasy football.
Joe Arpasi is the co-owner of CollegeFootballGeek.com, your premier resource for college fantasy football information. Check us out.