Josh Harris, RB, Wake Forest at Vanderbilt
Admittedly, there hasnít been much to get excited about for Wake Forest football this season. The Deacons are on a nine-game losing streak, and have been blown out in at least half of those contests. The lone bright spot for Wake Forest might be Harris, a 5-10 freshman who has rushed for 241 yards against Virginia Tech, while scoring four touchdowns in his past five contests. Vandy is 91st in the nation in scoring defense, giving Harris a decent shot at finding the end zone once again in Wake Forestís finale.
Bert Reed, WR, Florida State at Florida
Itís been a bit if a disappointing season for Reed, who will be hard-pressed to eclipse last seasonís statistics for the Seminoles. Still, he had arguably his best game of the season last week against Maryland, hauling in six passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. The Florida defense is fast but undisciplined, and has faltered against equally talented opponents. Quarterback Christian Ponder will look to Reed as his safety valve should the Gator pass rush come chomping.
Jamie Harper, RB, Clemson vs. South Carolina
Harper had a field day against Wake Forest last week, rushing 24 times for 142 yards and a touchdown against the Demon Deacons. That also marked his second-straight game with at least 100 yards rushing. However, SEC East Champion South Carolina has held runners like Mark Ingram to well below the 100-yard plateau, meaning Harper may have a tough time getting going against the Gamecocks.
Jacory Harris, QB, Miami vs. South Florida
Harris was the No. 2 quarterback last week against Virginia Tech, and with true freshman Stephen Morris tossing three interceptions in the second half against the Hokies, coach Randy Shannon will likely go back to his favorite signal-caller. Still, Harris will be rusty after nearly a month off due to a concussion, and USF has been stingy on defense, allowing just 19.5 points per contest. The Canes should also pound the ball on the ground after their success running the ball last week against Virginia Tech.
Detron Lewis, WR, Texas Tech vs. Houston
Lewis might not post the touchdown numbers that Lyle Leong does, but he still leads Texas Tech with 68 catches. Although the Red Raiders are facing a Conference USA opponent, look for coach Tommy Tuberville to call an aggressive game plan, as this season has been a disaster for Tech and they could use a blowout victory as a consolation prize. Lewis should get a good amount of work as a result.
Carson Coffman, QB, Kansas State at North Texas
Coffmanís career with the Wildcats never quite lived up to its potential, though he should go out with a bang this week as K-State faces the Mean Green of North Texas. Despite seven INTs on the season, Coffman has played better of late, including completing nearly 70% of his passes last week against Colorado, en route to 270 yards and two TDs. Northern Texas is 0-3 outside the Sun Belt this season, and none of their non-conference opponents this season have the big conference resume of Kansas State.
Rodney Stewart, RB, Colorado vs. Nebraska
Three-straight 100-yard rushing outputs will likely come to an end for Stewart, as the Buffaloes face the No. 9 scoring defense in the land this week. Colorado should fall behind early in this one, which could force them to abandon the running game, limiting Stewartís touches and overall value.
Scotty McKnight, WR, Colorado vs. Nebraska
Nebraskaís run defense will make things tough for Stewart, but the Cornhuskerís pass defense will make things nearly impossible for McKnight. For as good as the Nebraska run defense is, itís pass defense clearly stands above it, as the team is allowing a completion percentage of just 49.8 while allowing just 5.2 yards per attempt.
Damien Berry, RB, Miami (FL) vs. South Florida
Expect this weekís game for Miami to look more like the matchup with Georgia Tech than the one with Virginia Tech. Against the Yellow Jackets, Berry ran for 73 yards and a touchdown despite being a bit gimpy and ill. He and emerging star Lamar Miller should get a heavy workload as the Hurricanes ease Jacory Harris back from concussion, and South Florida isnít ready.
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (FL) vs. South Florida
Miller will likely lose carries to Berry, but this future star is too good to not get the ball. He was brilliant against Virginia Tech, running for 163 yards and a touchdown on just 15 carries. In addition, the South Florida offense will likely struggle in this one, leaving Miami with the task of burning the clock.
B.J. Daniels, QB, South Florida at Miami (FL)
The Hurricanes have demoralized opposing quarterbacks this season with arguably the best front four in all of college football, including future 1st round NFL pick Allen Bailey. With the versatile and multi-talented Sean Spence anchoring the linebacking corps, Daniels wonít be able to use his scrambling abilities as successfully as he usually does. Daniels hasnít exactly been reliable under center either, with 13 total touchdowns as compared to 12 interceptions.
Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse vs. Boston College
Carter rushed for just 67 yards last week against Connecticut, and has actually failed to reach the 100-yard mark over his past two contests despite significant carries. Meanwhile, BC is on a four-game winning streak, and hasnít allowed more than 16 points in each of its last four games. Itís been a year of marked improvement for the Orange, but Carter likely wonít be able to aid the cause much in this one.
Rob Henry, QB, Purdue vs. Indiana
Indianaís defense has been an abomination lately, allowing an astounding 83 points to Wisconsin two weeks ago, following by 41 last week to Penn State. Henry actually didnít perform that poorly against Michigan State last week for the Boilermakers, tossing two TDs while finding some room to roam with his legs. If youíre desperate for a QB, this matchup could prove fruitful for Henry.
Derek Moye, WR, Penn State vs. Michigan State
Penn State probably will need to pass it a fair amount to stay ahead of the Spartans, and Moye is the engine of the teamís passing attack. He has six touchdowns in the last six weeks and, if Penn State finds success this week, Moye will almost definitely have something to do with it.
Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan at Ohio State
If thereís one defense that can contain Robinson, it might be the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 5th in the nation defensively, though they still will likely have their hands full with the first NCAA quarterback to rush and pass for 1,500 yards in a single season. That being said, Robinsonís scrambling will leave him susceptible to taking some hits from a proud Buckeye defense, and Ohio State will likely test Robinsonís passing ability, which has been hit-or-miss. It might be tough to leave ďShoelaceĒ out of your lineup, but at least be aware that he might not have his usual day.
Mike Trumpy, RB, Northwestern at Wisconsin
Trumpy has been productive lately, but a wrist injury will keep him out of this one, which is looking increasingly like a dreadful beatdown for Northwestern.
Jeffrey Godfrey, QB, UCF at Memphis
Godfrey has matured by leaps and bounds as the year has progressed, capped off by his four-touchdown performance against Tulane last week. His throwing has improved vastly, as he has tossed two touchdowns in each of the last four games for the Knights. The true freshman has also rushed for four touchdowns over that span while throwing just two interceptions. Memphis is one of the worst teams in all of college football this season, coming into the finale at 1-10 and allowing 40.1 points per contest. Godfrey and the rest of the Knights should have a field day against the hopeless Tigers.
Jeremy Eddington, RB, Rice vs. UAB
Eddington has emerged in Riceís offense over the past few weeks, forming a potent 1-2 punch with fellow rusher Sam McGuffie. Eddington rushed for four touchdowns last week against East Carolina and has actually found in the end zone in his last four contests. UAB is 93rd in the country in defense, and this contest should evolve into a shootout rather quickly.
Bryce Beall, RB, Houston at Texas Tech
The leading rusher for the Cougars, Beall struggled mightily last week against Southern Miss with just 17 yards rushing on 10 carries. He has also all but disappeared in the passing game this season. With David Piland under center, the Cougars have become much more pass-oriented again, and Beall has been unable to contribute in the screen game. Combine all of that with a Big 12 opponent this week, and there are better options out there than Beall.
Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall vs. Tulane
Dobson has talent, but his consistency has been tough to take this season. Part of the blame certainly has to be put on quarterback Brian Anderson, but Dobson has been more of a big-play receiver than a possession guy, causing him to disappear during stretches. He hasnít found the end zone in November, including in a game with hapless Memphis in which he tied a season-low with just two catches. Itís just too difficult to predict when Dobson will break out, and when he will fizzle.
Cierre Wood, RB, Notre Dame at USC
Wood hasnít found the end zone much as a runner, but heís been productive on a yards-per-carry basis. Heís a legitimately talented player who could come through for owners needing running back help, though the matchup isnít the most ideal.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame at USC
Notre Dame is the only independent in action this week, and Eifert has put up decent numbers since Kyle Rudolph went down to injury, including at least four receptions in four of his last five games. However, those big games came against the likes of Western Michigan, Tulsa, Army and Navy. Even though USCís defense isnít the Trojan D of old, they still should prove up to the task in slowing down the Notre Dame passing attack. Eifertís stats will suffer as a result.
Jerry Davis, QB, Buffalo at Akron
Davis sparkled last week despite the Bullsí 21-17 loss to Eastern Michigan, completing 20-of-32 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns. Heíll get the starting nod again in Buffaloís finale, a meeting with the 0-11 Zips. Akronís defense is currently ranked 110th in the nation, clearly a good sign for Davis and his fantasy prospects.
Brian Fields, RB, Western Michigan at Bowling Green
Fields has emerged as a must-start with two-straight 100-yard rushing outputs and four total touchdowns over that span. He has received double-digit carries over his last three games, and the 5-8 freshman has become an excellent complement to the passing game piloted by Alex Carder. Bowling Green is just 1-6 in the conference and allows 32.9 points per game.
Alex Gillett, QB, Eastern Michigan vs. Northern Illinois
Gillett was woefully inefficient against lowly Buffalo last week, completing just 6-of-9 passes for 92 yards and two interceptions while rushing 16 times for just 56 yards. He has thrown at least one interception in each of his last seven contests, including two apiece in his last three games. Facing a Huskiesí squad that is undefeated in the MAC this season certainly wonít help his cause, either.
Kenny Stafford, WR, Toledo vs. Central Michigan
Despite the potential for an offensive bonanza in this one, the Rockets are playing with backup quarterback Terrance Owens, who has proven capable of finding stud receiver Eric Page, as well as handing the ball off the Adonis Thomas, but hasnít been able to spread the ball around as much as prior quarterback Austin Dantin. Though Stafford scored last week, he simply does not get enough opportunities to be starting for your squad.
Jimmy Young, WR, TCU at New Mexico
Activate all your Horned Frogs this week, including No. 4 wideout Jimmy Young if youíre in a bind in MWC-only leagues. Young is a big-play threat who has three touchdowns on the season and should get ample playing time in a game that will get out of hand rather quickly. TCU is 6th in the nation in points for, while the Lobos are ranked 119th in the nation in points allowed per contest. With TCU still in the BCS National Championship hunt, they might just run up the score and try to hit the century mark.
Ryan Lindley, QB, San Diego State vs. UNLV
In his last two games, against upper-echelon teams in TCU and Utah, Lindley tossed six touchdowns and five interceptions. Expect the touchdown count to remain high against the Runniní Rebels, but the interceptions should not really come into play. UNLV is just 2-9 and allowing 37.2 points per game. Lindley will take full advantage of a favorable matchup.
Jakes Heaps, QB, BYU at Utah
The Jake Heaps lovefest comes to an end this week in Provo, as the BYU true freshman will finally face a decent defense for the first time in over a month. Heaps beefed up on cream puffs like Wyoming, Colorado State, UNLV and New Mexico, compiling a 9:1 TD:INT ratio over those four games with lesser opponents. Heaps will find the going much more difficult against the 9-2 Utes, a defensive unit yielding just 20 points per game.
Omar Clayton, QB, UNLV at San Diego State
Claytonís biggest nemesis over the past few games has been interceptions, as the senior has tossed four over his last four games. He also hasnít been as accurate as in years previously, completing just 57 percent of his passes. In the end, Clayton is only a decent player on a really bad team, which makes it difficult for him to produce for fantasy owners.
Anthony Wilkerson, RB, Stanford vs. Oregon State
Wilkerson has received double-digit touches in each of Stanfordís last three games, including a career-high 18 carries last week against Cal. He also reached the end zone in that contest, and has a great chance to put up some decent numbers against a 5-5 Oregon State squad barely treading water in the conference.
Juron Criner, WR, Arizona at Oregon
While Arizona is probably in for a beating in this one and most of the Wildcats wonít be good fantasy plays this week, Criner might be the exception. He has hovered around the 100-yard mark in each of his past four games.
Nick Foles, QB, Arizona at Oregon
The Ducks have the 11th ranked defense in the NCAA, and have allowed more than 16 points in a game at home just once this season (against Andrew Luck and Stanford). Foles might be a bit of a turnover risk against Oregonís speedy and aggressive defense.
Kerry Taylor, WR, Arizona State vs. UCLA
The leading receiver for the Sun Devils, Taylor hauled in a touchdown last week against Stanford, and has caught at least three passes in all but one game this season. However, he hasnít exceeded 72 yards receiving in a single game this year, and the Sun Devils remain committed to the run game with Cameron Marshall and Deantre Lewis. As such, Taylorís value is limited.
Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee vs. Kentucky
The 6-6 true freshman has accumulated 12 touchdowns over his last four games while throwing just three interceptions over that same span. Kentuckyís defense is mediocre at best, as the Wildcats allow 28.9 points per contest.
Deonte Thompson, WR, Florida at Florida State
The Gators might need to pass in this contest to keep up with Christian Ponder and the Florida State offense, meaning Thompson should get sent downfield a good amount. He set season-high numbers last week with six catches for 100 yards, and the Seminoles have been susceptible to the pass lately.
Orson Charles, TE, Georgia vs. Georgia Tech
Charles is a major athletic talent with the ability to do big things, but the Georgia offense just hasnít made any room for him this year. Heís the teamís fourth-leading pass-catcher and has just one touchdown on the year.
Larry Smith, QB, Vanderbilt vs. Wake Forest
Just in case you were thinking that Smith would be a good bargain target against a generally weak Wake Forest defense: donít do it. The only time you should consider a player like Smith is when heís facing Eastern Michigan or Akron.
Dwayne Frampton, WR, Arkansas State at Florida International
Frampton has had two games with 10 or more receptions over the second half of the season, along with four touchdowns over his past six games. With quarterback Ryan Aplin posting a 133.31 passer rating, Frampton has been the main beneficiary.
Frank Goodin, RB, Louisiana-Monroe vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Just when it seemed that Goodin was left for dead, he came back last week with 17 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown, while also catching a three-yard touchdown pass out of the backfield. Louisiana-Lafayette has the 115th-best defense in the country, meaning Goodin could have a fond sendoff in what has otherwise been a season to forget.
Dwight Dasher, QB, Middle Tennessee State vs. Florida Atlantic
Itís been a tale of two seasons for Dasher. He was suspended for the first four games of the season due to a questionable $1,500 loan. When he returned, last yearís conference POY was a shell of his former self, as he tossed 12 interceptions as opposed to just three touchdowns. Heís run for five touchdowns, but hasnít been the dynamic playmaker that many expected. Dasher will hope to salvage his season with two crisp games down the stretch, but the chances of that happening are slim.
Riley Dodge, QB, North Texas vs. Kansas State
Dodge was so bad last year that the team moved him to wide receiver before this season. Then the team lost its top two quarterbacks, forcing Dodge back to quarterback. Since that happened, heís thrown 10 touchdowns to just four interceptions, showing good running ability all the while. But he hasnít played against a BCS defense this year, and this matchup could prompt flashbacks of his nine-touchdown, 15-interception season from last year.
Royce Pollard, WR, Hawaii at New Mexico State
Expect all the Warriors to get in on the action against the hapless Aggies, including the 6-0 junior Pollard, who has three touchdowns in his last five games. The 2-9 Aggies have lost three straight games, allowing at least 41 points in two of those three contests.
Ross Jenkins, QB, Louisiana Tech at San Jose State
Jenkins has quietly performed admirably towards the latter parts of the season, en route to an 11:4 TD:INT ratio over his last six games. Heís also rushed for two touchdowns over that span, and San Jose State is just 1-10. The Spartans are allowing 34.5 points per tilt, meaning Jenkins could be in for a standout output.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada vs. Boise State
In a game that could decide whether Boise State has a legitimate shot at the BCS National Championship, Kaepernick stands between the Broncos and perhaps unimaginable glory. The dual-threat quarterback has 19 passing touchdowns and 16 rushing touchdowns, though in Nevadaís one loss, a 27-21 defeat at the hands of Hawaii, he looked lost. He will get the ultimate test against Boiseís No. 2-ranked defense in the country.
Deonteí Jackson, RB, Idaho at Fresno State
Idahoís 5-6 record epitomizes its seasonóthe Vandals have beaten the patsies, but succumbed to more talented squads. The leading rusher for the Vandals, Jackson rushed for 62 yards and a score in Idahoís last game against Utah State. However, he has averaged just 4.1 yards per rush over the course of the season, and hasnít run for more than 67 yards in any one game this season. Fresno State was 6-2 until running into buzz saws in Nevada and Boise State, and should outlast Jackson and Idaho in this one.