PLAYERS TO START
Davis Webb, QB, Texas Tech (vs. Kansas State)
While Webb had to wait to get his chance to start after Baker Mayfield got the job out of camp, Webb has taken to it since getting the opportunity. He has thrown for at least two touchdowns in his last six games. Sure, he's thrown for two touchdowns in each of his last two starts, but he's also thrown for at least 385 yards in his last four contests. Sure, Kansas State was the one team to hold Baylor "in check," but that was in Manhattan, and the Bears still scored 35 points. Webb should be able to have another big game this week.
Keith Wenning, QB, Ball State (vs. Central Michigan)
With a Wednesday game against Central Michigan, Wenning gives you a great chance to start your fantasy week off right. Ball State's offense has been quite good this year, and Wenning is the key reason for that. He's thrown for 23 touchdowns and five interceptions, and he's added four rushing scores as well, not that he really brings anything on the ground. In his last two games, he's thrown eight touchdowns and zero interceptions, and this game provides him with an excellent opportunity to continue that run.
Clint Chelf, QB, Oklahoma State (vs. Kansas)
Like Davis Webb, Chelf has emerged from a quarterback battle with the starting job and fantasy potential. Also, like Webb he gets a home game against a team from Kansas this week, but Chelf's matchup is even better because he gets to go against the lowly Jayhawks. Chelf has really surprised with his rushing output the last two weeks, and that may not continue. However, even if it doesn't, Chelf should figure out a way to have a nice fantasy output.
Kapri Bibbs, RB, Colorado State (vs. Nevada)
Hidden away at Colorado State is Bibbs, who has quietly been a touchdown machine. He has played in nine games, and he has rushed for 15 touchdowns. He has rushed for three touchdowns in each of his last three games. Bibbs isn't just a touchdown scorer, however, as he is averaging 5.5 yards per carry on 152 carries. Nevada has one of the lowest-scoring defenses in the FBS. Maybe Bibbs doesn't score three touchdowns again, but it feels reasonable to think he will score at least one.
Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech, (vs. Southern Miss)
Dixon has had an up-and-down season. As a freshman, he set an FBS record for touchdowns, so perhaps a step down was to be expected, especially with Sonny Dykes moving on. He had a couple poor games early, finally found his footing and then got hurt. However, in his last game he rushed for 119 yards and caught three passes for 64 yards and a touchdown, so he seems OK. Plus, he gets to run against Southern Miss this week. That's the cure for what ails anybody.
Tre Mason, RB, Auburn (at Tennessee)
Auburn's run game is firing on all cylinders, and Mason is leading the way. He's rushed for 921 yards and 13 touchdowns so far, and he's scored in all but one of his games. Also, last week he rushed for 168 yards and four touchdowns, so it's not like he's cooled recently. Don't expect Tennessee to be the team to stop Mason and company. He should run all over the Vols.
Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana (vs. Illinois)
Latimer has scored in three straight games, including a game on the road against Michigan State, and in the three games before that, he had at least 136 yards. So clearly he is capable of putting up good numbers in a potent passing offense. Illinois isn't stopping much of anybody - it is 98th in scoring defense - so Latimer could be in for a nice fantasy day.
Brelan Chancellor, WR, North Texas (vs. UTEP)
Chancellor has been an inconsistent player this season. He's had big games, usually resulting from big plays, and some games where he has done very little. However, UTEP has allowed an average of 41 points per game, so it doesn't seem like a team that is going to stop Chancellor. All he needs is to break off one long play, which he is more than capable of, and he should get an abundance of chances against the Miners.
Quinshad Davis, WR, North Carolina (vs. Virginia)
Davis only has 32 receptions this season, but he does have seven touchdowns, including two last week at North Carolina State. He's the secondary option in this passing game behind tight end Eric Ebron, but against struggling Virginia, there should be plenty of opportunities for multiple players. Davis is definitely worth taking a shot on this week.
PLAYERS TO SIT
Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU (at Alabama)
Some of the bloom is off the Mettenberger rose after his hot start to the season. In his last two games, he's thrown for four touchdowns to five interceptions, and one of those games was against Furman. You know who is tougher than Furman? Alabama, especially on the road. The Crimson Tide defense has been outstanding, and Mettenberger should be kept in check in this matchup.
Taysom Hill, QB, BYU (at Wisconsin)
Hill hasn't been great throwing the ball, he has 12 touchdowns to eight interceptions, but he has been fantastic running the ball. He's rushed 142 times for 841 yards and eight touchdowns so far. That said, the competition has not been stiff thus far to say the least. A road game against Wisconsin is definitely his biggest test so far, and teams like Utah and Virginia has been able to keep him somewhat in check. If the Badgers force Hill to beat them through the air, it could be a disappointing day for Hill.
Tanner Price, QB, Wake Forest (vs. Florida State)
Price has had a handful of good games this year, but he is not the kind of quarterback who puts up truly gaudy numbers. He was able to have a good game against the Miami Hurricanes, for example, but Florida State's defense is even tougher than Miami's. Plus, and more concerning, Price's top weapon, Michael Campanaro, is out for this game. Without Campanaro, who has caught 67 passes this season, Price may struggle to get anything going through the air.
De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon (at Stanford)
Nobody questions Thomas' speed or breakaway ability when fully healthy. However, he has been hampered recently with injury, and there is no telling when he will be back to full strength. Additionally, the Ducks don't have to rely on him because Byron Marshall, Thomas Tyner and also Marcus Mariota run very well. Oh, and the Ducks are visiting Stanford this week, and the Cardinal have a formidable defense. This could be Oregon's worst offensive game all season, and combine that with all the folk looking for touches, and Thomas' fantasy numbers could end up fairly middling.
Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas (at Ole Miss)
Collins got off to an impressive start to the season, and his overall numbers are still good, but he has definitely seen his numbers dip recently. He has not rushed for 100 yards in four straight games, and he only has four touchdowns total this year. Perhaps not coincidentally, those last four games have been on the SEC schedule, and this week that is also the case. Ole Miss isn't quite as good as, say, Alabama, but it should be able to limit Collins' effectiveness once more.
Kevin Parks, RB, Virginia (at North Carolina)
Virginia and North Carolina seem to be two teams heading in opposite directions in recent games. While the Tar Heels seem to have found some footing, the Cavaliers appear to be falling apart. Parks has been the one reliable player on this offense, but other teams know that, so they can focus on him. His last couple of games have been less than stellar outings, and this road contest seems likely to be in a similar vein.
Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt (at Florida)
Matthews has been very reliable this season for the Commodores, and for his career at Vanderbilt, for that matter. He isn't likely to have a bad game, even against a good Florida defense on the road. However, on a few occasions he has been kept slightly in check, and in the last two weeks he has not cracked the 100-yard mark or scored a touchdown. That could be the case again versus the Gators.
Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane (at UTSA)
Grant has had a fine season for the surprising Green Wave, leading their offense with 57 catches for 737 yards and seven touchdowns. But quarterback Nick Montana returned from injury last week and struggled mightily against FAU, which hindered Grant's numbers as he was held to 37 yards. This week's game against UTSA is a tougher matchup. With the situation under center unsettled, be wary of Grant.
Quincy Enunwa, WR, Nebraska (at Michigan)
Enunwa is averaging a touchdown per game, and he has been Nebraska's top receiving target this season. However, he only has 467 yards on the year, and he has not had more than 80 yards receiving in a game. If he doesn't find the end zone, he isn't likely to have a good fantasy game. While Michigan's poor offensive performance last week got most of the attention, its defense did look pretty solid against Michigan State. This isn't an easy matchup for the Cornhuskers, further limiting Enunwa's appeal.