The sixth 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 6.
Nick Foles, QB, Arizona vs. Oregon State:
Foles has been solid this year and gets to take his shot at a bad Beavers secondary which ranks 87th in the land against the pass. With his main target Juron Criner healthy, Foles should have no problem lighting up the night sky in the dessert. Expect around 300 yards and a few scores in this contest.
Adam Froman, QB, Louisville vs. Memphis:
Froman is coming off a 308-yard and three-score effort versus Arkansas State last week. He should be able to build upon that performance this week when he faces an inept Memphis pass defense that ranks 100th in the nation. The Cardinal should be able to work on their passing game and Froman could duplicate last week’s numbers in this game.
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia vs. UNLV:
Smith has been impressive in his first year as a starter and could feast on the Rebels when they come to town this week. He has shown his ability to run and he might have to do more of that Saturday as starting RB Noel Devine is banged up and might not be his usual productive self. A stat line of 300 total yards and two or three scores seems quite possible.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State vs. Michigan:
Cousins should be salivating at the prospect of playing against the Michigan pass defense this weekend. The Wolverines can’t stop anybody from throwing and rank 120th or DEAD last in the country against the pass. They were just torched for 480 yards against Indiana and I’m sure the Spartan’s coaching staff took notice. This game could be very high scoring and Cousins should find good success through the air.
Allen Bradford, RB, USC vs. Stanford:
Bradford finally broke out last week in a big way with 223 yards rushing and two scores in a loss to Washington. He looks to be back to form and just might wrestle the starting job away from Marc Tyler. He could find some nice room to run this week against the Cardinal and their 84th-ranked rush defense. The Trojans may try to pound the ball to control the clock and keep the Stanford offense off the field, so Bradford could see a bunch of carries.
Daniel Herron, RB, Ohio State vs. Indiana:
Herron is fresh from a 95-yard-and-one-score day against Illinois last week. Now, he gets to run against a pathetic Hoosiers rush defense that ranks 108th in the country and gives up more than 200 yards per game on the ground. The 23 carries that Herron received last week show that he is starting to assert himself in the Buckeye backfield and should continue to see a steady diet of carries going forward.
James White, RB, Wisconsin vs. Minnesota:
This freshman has exploded onto the fantasy scene and there has even been talk that he could supplant John Clay as the starter. He has 243 yards rushing and six touchdowns over the past two games. With the Gophers' shoddy rush defense on tap this week, White could easily top 100 yards and add a couple of scores. He could put up No. 1 RB numbers this week.
Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon vs. Washington State:
Remember him? Way back in the first week of the season, Barner exploded for more than 200 total yards and scores against New Mexico while filling in for LaMichael James, the suspended starter. He has not done much since with James being the main Duck, but Barner could explode again this week against the pathetic Cougars' defense. This game will be ugly and Barner should see plenty of action. Start him!
Gerell Robinson, WR, Arizona State vs. Washington:
Robinson is finally healthy and just put up 73 yards and a score against Oregon State last week. He looks to be a top option on a Sun Devils team that likes to chuck the ball around, so his numbers could increase going forward. He could top 100 yards this week against a suspect Huskies' secondary.
Armand Robinson, WR, Miami Ohio vs. Cincinnati:
Robinson is the leading receiver for the Redhawks, but is coming off a poor outing against Kent State. He will probably be happy to see the Bearcats and their 109th-ranked pass defense this week. This Redhawks team will have to throw the ball often in the game and Robinson should benefit from that fact. A 100-yard day could be in Robinson’s future.
Chris Matthews, WR, Kentucky vs. Auburn:
Matthews has been a nice compliment to Randall Cobb this season and could find some room this week against Auburn. The Tigers rank 89th against the pass and Kentucky may need to throw often to keep pace with a potent Tigers' offense.
Griff Whalen, WR, Stanford vs. USC:
Whalen got his shot last week against Oregon due to injuries and responded with 78 yards and a score. With the status of starters Ryan Whalen and Chris Owusu in limbo, Whalen may get another chance to show his skills. With a terrible USC pass defense that ranks 116th in the country coming to Palo Alto, look for Whalen to produce once again.
Josh Chichester, TE, Louisville vs. Memphis:
Much as Adam Froman should have success this week against Memphis, so should Chichester. He had four catches for 66 yards last week and could match or even exceed those numbers this week.
Week 6 Sneaky D’s:
- Oklahoma State vs. Louisiana Lafayette
- West Virginia vs. UNLV
- Nevada vs. San Jose State
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.