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Week 6 Start and Sit: Hits and Misses For Week 6

Jesse Siegel

Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.


Darren Evans, RB, Virginia Tech vs. Central Michigan

Filling in for Ryan Williams, Evans rushed 15 times for 160 yards and two scores last week against North Carolina State. Even if Williams can go in this game, expect the Hokies to ease him back into the mix against Central Michigan, making Evans a good start.

Josh Adams, RB, Wake Forest vs. Navy

Adams averaged 5.1 yards per carry last week against Georgia Tech, while doubling his previous season-high in carries with 20. With the Demon Deacon passing game still struggling since the graduation of Riley Skinner, expect a heavy dose of Adams against the Midshipmen.


Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State at Miami (FL)

The Hurricanes held Kyle Parker to 14-of-33 for 149 yards and forced three interceptions last week. In fact, no opposing quarterback has passed for more than 233 yards or completed more than 53 percent of their passes against them. Combine that with a hostile Miami environment, and Ponderís best spot might be the bench this week for fantasy purposes.

Perry Jones, RB, Virginia at Georgia Tech

Jones received more carries than last week than Keith Payne, who has struggled since his four-touchdown opening game. However, Jones still managed just 28 yards on 11 carries against Florida State. With Georgia Tech playing triple-option ball control, along with a decent defense, Jones may not have much room to roam against the Yellow Jackets.

Big 12

Josh Cooper, WR, Oklahoma State at Louisiana-Lafayette

Brandon Weeden, Kendall Hunter and Justin Blackmon are obvious, but Cooper is the second-leading receiver for the Cowboys and has a 100-yard game already under his belt this season.

Jay Finley, RB Baylor at Texas Tech

The Red Raiders allowed an astounding 251 yards on the ground to Iowa State last week, and Finley is averaging five yards per carry for the Bears. With so much attention needing to be focused on Robert Griffin, Finley could be a sneaky play.


Baron Batch, RB, Texas Tech vs. Baylor

It looks like it might not take long for Tommy Tubervilleís seat to get hot in Lubbock, as the Red Raiders are 2-2 after an embarrassing loss to Iowa State. A big part of that disappointing record is Texas Techís non-existent running games. After averaging 5.9 yards per carry the past two years, Batch is averaging just 4.07 per rush in 2010.

Austen Arnaud, QB, Iowa State vs. Utah

A non-conference reprieve for Arnaud and the Cyclones? Think again, as the Utes are coming to town. Though Arnaud tossed four touchdowns last week, Utah is allowing just 12.8 points per contest.

Big East

Jock Sanders, WR, West Virginia vs. UNLV

Sanders has been relatively quiet this season, and is even being outdone by fellow receiver Tavon Austin. However, he faces a Rebel squad that isnít built to stop players like Sanders

Zach Collaros, QB, Cincinnati vs. Miami (OH)

Donít forget about Collaros coming off a bye week, as the Bearcat gunslinger has gone for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in each of his last two games. If he can perform against North Carolina State and Oklahoma, the skyís the limit against the RedHawks.


Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh at Notre Dame

Unfortunately for Lewis, he has been a frequent participant on the ďSitĒ side this year. Ray Graham got the start last week against Florida International and ran for an insane 277 yards and three scores against the lowly Panthers. However, Graham has outperformed Lewis all year long

Tom Savage, QB, Rutgers vs. Connecticut

Savage is dinged up and hasnít exactly thrived in 2010 either. Heís completed just 51.5 percent of his passes while tossing just one touchdown on the year. Three interceptions in that same span means that even if he were healthy, Savage would not be a recommended option. Chas Dodd may start in his place, and heís best left riding the pine as well.

Big Ten

James White, RB, Wisconsin vs. Minnesota

With John Clay hobbled by bad ankles and White gaining chunks of yardage, there is now an open competition for the Badgersí featured back, meaning White could see even more touches. Minnesota also poses little threat to Wisconsin, leaving White as a must-start.

Jeremy Ebert, WR, Northwestern vs. Purdue

Maybe the best receiver that nobody is talking about? Ebert is averaging 18.2 yards per catch and has found the end zone five times on the young season. While Northwestern is a soft 5-0, Purdue is not up to snuff this year, making the Wildcat passing game destined for a superior output.


Ben Chappell, QB, Indiana at Ohio State

Tough to bench Chappell, as heís been lights out so far for the surprising Hoosiers. However, he hasnít faced a defense quite like OSUís yet.

Junior Hemingway, WR, Michigan vs. Michigan State

Hemingway had a big game against Indiana last week, but itís difficult to imagine him repeating against the Spartans. Itís not as if Michigan Stateís defense is that great, but Hemingway is no better than the third option in the Michigan passing game behind Roy Roundtree and Darryl Stonum.

Conference USA

Joe Banyard, RB, UTEP vs. Rice

Banyard has been productive in the absence of injured star Donald Buckram, rushing for 330 yards and five touchdowns on the year. With Buckram still dinged up and a game against Rice that the Miners should take pretty easily, Banyard could get the majority of the touches out of the backfield for UTEP.

Cole Beasley, WR, SMU vs. Tulsa

Aldrick Robinson is the go-to receiver for Kyle Padron, but Beasley has come on strong in 2010, including an eight catch, 158-yard output against Rice last week. In fact, Beasley actually has more receptions than Robinson. With a shootout expected against the Green Wave, Beasley could figure prominently onto the stat sheet.


Terrance Broadway, QB, Houston vs. Mississippi State

The redshirt freshman is still learning the offense, and it appears as though a change in philosophy is afoot in deferring to Bryce Beall on the ground. An SEC opponent this week certainly wonít help his maturation, and there have even been rumblings that Broadway will be benched.

Jerrell Rhodes, RB, Memphis at Louisville

Rhodes has been splitting carries with Gregory Ray, and Big East foe Louisville figures to stack defenders in the box and force whoever starts at quarterback for the Tigers, either Ryan Williams or Cannon Smith, to beat them through the air.


Trent Steelman, QB, Army at Tulane

Steelman only produced eight touchdowns in 2009, but he hasnít been so modest in 2010. Through five games he already has nine touchdowns this year, with all of them coming in the past three weeks. Tulaneís defense isnít exactly intimidating, so Steelman should keep his scoring streak alive.


Armando Allen, RB, Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh

Allen has received at least 13 carries in each of Notre Dameís first five contests, but has failed to notch a 100-yard output. Heíll face a Pitt defense that has held three of four opponents to less than three yards per carry.


Jacquise Terry, RB, Kent State vs. Akron

Terry rushed 23 times for 86 yards and two scores last week, while the Zips are 113th in the nation in points per game allowed at 39.8. Northern Illinois bulldozed Akron to the tune of 228 yards on the ground last week, and as such Terry should get plenty of opportunities to break off a few big gains.

Cory Sykes, RB, Ball State vs. Western Michigan

Sykes missed two games but came back with a vengeance last week to the tune of 13 carries for 92 yards against Central Michigan. Though Eric Williams is still getting about equal carries, Sykes is averaging six yards per rush and is too good to be kept of the field entirely.


Eric Page, WR, Toledo at Boise State

Page gets one week off due to a matchup on the Smurf Turf with Boise State. The Rocketsí leading receiver, Page was held to just 43 yards against Arizona in his season debut, the closest team that Toledo has faced talent-wise to Boise.

Ryan Radcliff, QB, Central Michigan at Virginia Tech

Radcliff has passed for 1,437 yards and seven touchdowns this season, but has also tossed seven interceptions, including five in his last two games. The Hokies appear to be on the upswing, making Radcliff best left to play another day.


Jereme Brooks, WR, Utah at Iowa State

Brooks had a down game in Utahís rout of San Jose State, but is the leading receiver for the Utes and should be looked to many times in the den of a Big 12 foe. He already has four touchdowns in four games.

J.J. Di Luigi, RB, BYU vs. San Diego State

A freshman quarterbackís best friend is the running game, and Di Luigi has been beastly in 2010, averaging a robust 5.8 yards per carry en route to 374 yards and three touchdowns. He also is a superb ball-catcher out of the backfield, leading the Cougs in that category as well. In a down year for BYU, Di Luigi is the lone bright spot.


Omar Clayton, QB, UNLV at West Virginia

Clayton had just 214 yards, one touchdown and one interception last week against Nevada, and the going only figures to get tougher in a road game against West Virginia. UNLV is a mere 81st in the nation in points scored this season, further diminishing his fantasy prospects.

Alvester Alexander, RB, Wyoming at TCU

Alexander had a 100-yard game against Air Force, but overall has been averaging just 3.1 yards per rush. The TCU defense has been stout, particularly against the run, and Alexander has failed to top 50 yards in four of five contests this season.


Kerry Taylor, WR, Arizona State at Washington

Consistency has been the name of the game for Taylor, as he has hauled in at least four passes and gained at least 66 yards in each of his last four games. The Huskies are allowing 32.5 points per game this season, good for just 99th in the land.

Nic Grigsby, RB, Arizona vs. Oregon State

After being held to just 65 yards last week against Cal, and just 27 the week before against Iowa, look for Grigsby to bounce back against an Oregon State squad that allowed 161 yards on the ground last week to Arizona State.


Kevin Riley, QB, California vs. UCLA

The Bruins have been hot, including knocking off Texas two weeks ago. UCLA also plays ball control, as they are 10th in the nation in rushing yards. Combine that with a zero-touchdown performance from Riley last week, and Calís gunslinger might be worth a bench slot this week.

Jeff Tuel, QB, Washington State vs. Oregon

Tuel passed for 311 yards and two scores last week against UCLA, but Oregon will jump to a huge lead quickly, forcing Tuel and the Washington State offense to make ill-advised decisions in a desperate attempt to keep up.


Larry Smith, QB, Vanderbilt vs. Eastern Michigan

If youíre in a bind, look no further than Smith, an SEC quarterback not worth a start in any conference game, but could prove useful against a MAC opponent. Smith had a decent game last week against UConn as well, tossing two touchdowns while rushing for 64 yards.

Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M vs. Arkansas

Jeff Fuller deservedly gets all the press as far as Aggie wideouts go, but Swope has quietly led the team in receptions this year. After totaling six catches for 80 yards and a touchdown during last week's shootout against Oklahoma State, Swope is a decent bet to put up similar numbers in what should be another shootout against Arkansas.


Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina vs. Alabama

You might be forced to start Lattimore regardless of matchup, but the Crimson Tide are No. 1 in the country in points allowed at a paltry nine per contest. The true freshman has some performances in his future, but this week wonít be one of them.

Reuben Randle, WR, LSU at Florida

The Gators are going to be fuming after getting shellacked by Alabama on national television. Combine that with an unstable quarterback position for the Tigers, and regardless of whether Jarrett Lee or Jordan Jefferson starts, LSUís leading receiver may not get many productive touches.

Sun Belt

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Florida International vs. Western Kentucky

Besides Western Kentucky running back Bobby Rainey, Hilton will be arguably the most gifted player on the field in this contest. Though his production has sagged mightily since his 2008 freshman campaign, Hilton is still averaging around five grabs per contest, and has a good shot to get going against the Hilltoppers.

Allen Muse, WR, Arkansas State at North Texas

Quietly, Muse has put together a standout season, hauling in 19 passes for 382 yards and three touchdowns. Those outside Sun Belt-only leagues should start to take notice of Muse and his quarterback, Ryan Aplin.


Frank Goodin, RB, Louisiana-Monroe vs. Florida Atlantic

Goodin is averaging just 2.5 yards per carry and has failed to score a touchdown after an 09-10 campaign in which he rushed for 1,126 yards on 219 carries, while also finding the end zone 13 times. Until he can get back on track, Goodin is too unreliable at this time.

Darius Carey, WR, North Texas vs. Arkansas State

Carey is a quality receiver and has four scores so far in 2010, but the extent of his teamís bad luck is unparalleled: the Mean Green are down to their No. 4 quarterback in light of the wrist injury to Riley Dodge, who actually started the year at wide receiver.


Marcus Allen, WR, New Mexico State vs. New Mexico

The battle for New Mexico rages on in Las Cruces this week, pitting a pair of teams that have yet to get in the win column. While running back Seth Smith may also make a good start, Allen is averaging 19.6 yards per catch and has two touchdowns on the year.

Diondre Borel, QB, Utah State at Louisiana Tech

Borel was a cool 10-for-13 for 192 yards and two total touchdowns against BYU last week, the Aggiesí first victory over the Cougars since 1993. Louisiana Tech should not pose as much of a threat, and if Utah State doesnít fall into the trap game, Borel should post some standout figures.


Jalal Beauchman, WR, San Jose State at Nevada

The leader in receiving yards for the Spartans, Beauchman might be without quarterback Jordan La Secla in this one. And even if La Secla plays, he will be less than 100 percent and facing a ranked Nevada squad.

Chizzy Dimude, RB, Hawaii at Fresno State

The Hawaii spread offense is fantastic for quarterback Bryant Moniz and receivers Greg Salas and Kealoha Pilares, but not so much for the running backs of the Warriors. Dimude has been getting the most touches out of the Hawaii backfield of late, but remains a virtual non-factor with Hawaii passing on nearly every down.