How many of you had Seth Russell in your DFS lineups only to find out the once superman of college quarterbacking statistics was human like the rest of us? Count me as one. Every DFS week that Baylor played, even at the $10K price tag he was playing with, I had to start him in at least one of my lineups. I would get in my comfortable chair on Saturday afternoons and enjoy watching him carve up defenses and rack up fantasy points in video game fashion. Sadly to say after taking a blow to the neck and shoulder during last week’s Iowa State game, Russell was removed in the 4th quarter with severe neck pain. A few days later we discovered the neck injury is definitely season ending. Say it isn’t so? But unfortunately it is. Your heart breaks for the young man who was having a Heisman worthy season going 119 out of 200, for 2,104 yards, 29 touchdowns and only six interceptions in not quite seven full games. In addition, he had 49 carries for 402 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. Fantasy Gold I call it. While Russell’s pain and suffering is far greater than that of DFS players who count on him week in and week out during the college football season, we too have to make some adjustments.
While there are many other college quarterbacks to choose from with ample production, Paxton Lynch, Greg Ward, Brandon Doughty, and Luke Falk come immediately to mind, for the purposes of this exercise, I would like to focus on what Seth Russell’s absence means for the rest of Baylor’s skill players. So let’s start with his replacement.