Recapping a Wild and Wacky Fantasy Football Saturday
On Thursday night, Kansas State put up 59 points, rushing for 300 yards and five TDs. And Daniel Thomas was only a tiny part of it. And he was healthy.
This would be a sign of things to come in one of the wackiest weekends of the fantasy season, where studs flopped, duds dominated and injuries were prominent. Some random thoughts:
* Ryan Mallett left the Auburn-Arkansas game with a concussion. His replacement threw for 342 yards and 4 TDs. What might have been?
* USC WR Robert Woods posted his second consecutive dominating performance. 7-116-2 statline, plus 25 rushing yards on two carries. So much for the "flash in the pan" theory.
* Hello, Montel Harris! Glad you cold join us. After being invisible the first half of the season, Harris rolled up 191 rushing yards on Florida State. Before you get too excited, 130 of those yards came on two runs (he did not score on either play).
* After all the worry about UNC RB Johnny White losing carries to the newly reinstated Ryan Houston, Houston didn't get a single tote. Which made it all the more maddening when White only produce 69 yards of offense and no TDs.
* Wake-up call for the Louisiana Tech offense? After laying dormant for 2010 thus far, the Bulldogs put up huge numbers against Idaho. QB Ross Jenkins passed for 422 yards and accounted for four TDs. This comes one week after a pretty good Western Michigan passing game could only muster up 104 yards through the air on the Vandals.
* Jerrod Johnson, you are tough to watch, my friend. The hot and cold spurts from this guy are leaving fantasy owners wanting to jump off a bridge. At halftime yesterday, he had completed one-third of his passes for a measley 83 yards and no scores. He racked up enough stats in garbage time to save him from a complete fantasy disaster, but still.
* Yeah, that OKST-TTECH shootout never really materialized. Taylor Potts hurt his jaw—might have a concussion—but played the whole game. 226 yards and one TD. Ouch. Brandon Weeden only threw one TD pass as well, but at least put up the yardage we've come to expect (356). And Justin Blackmon, you are a superstar.
* T-Magic was T-Errible. Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez was pulled for Zac Lee in a two-score game against Texas. He only rushed for 21 yards on 13 carries. And my goodness, how many times did the Huskers fumble yesterday? I lost track.
* What have we been saying all season about Denard Robinson? Enjoy him while you can because he's not likely to make it through the season unscathed. For the third time this season, Laces left the game early due to injury. And with it, he left a bunch of fantasy points on the table.
* Is Cam Newtown the new No. 1 fantasy QB in the land?
* Speaking of Cam Newton—Florida is wishing you hadn't transferred right about now. What a pathetic offensive display from the Gators yesterday.
* In case you missed it, the Hawaii-Nevada game lacked the monster fantasy numbers that we had hoped for, but it did have drama. Colin Kaepernick scored a rushing TD that was called back by review when it was determined he had fumbled the ball before crossing the goal line. The Wolfpack would scrape back into the game after falling behind 27-14. They scored in the final minutes to make it 27-21, got the onside kick, but Kaep threw an INT to end all hopes of a comeback.
* Two guys that came up huge for fantasy owners were Quizz Rodgers and Jermaine Kearse. The two accounted for eight TDs in last night's thrilling Washington win.
* Two QBs that were said to be banged up during the week, Jake Locker and Blaine Gabbert, sure didn't show it on Saturday. Locker racked up 38 fantasy points while Gabbert put up a respectable 30-spot.
* Marcus Lattimore owners are feeling short-changed today. The stud freshman had 212 yards of total offense and three touchdowns but spent most of the second half on the sideline after rolling his left ankle while getting tackled early in the third quarter.
Oh, and by the way, the No. 1 team in the land lost for the second time in as many weeks. All in all, it was a wacky weekend of college football. Here's hoping you survived its twists and turns and came out of it with a fantasy "W."
Joe Arpasi is the co-owner of CollegeFootballGeek.com, your premier resource for college fantasy football information. Check us out.
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