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Start vs. Sit: Start and Sit Week 7

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.


Jarvis Williams, WR, North Carolina State at East Carolina

Williams is surging of late, hauling in touchdowns in each of his last three contests. Heís averaging 17.1 yards per catch and faces an East Carolina team that allows 42 points per game.

Josh Nesbitt, QB, Georgia Tech vs. Middle Tennessee

Nesbitt has struggled this season without Jonathan Dwyer and Demaryius Thomas, failing to throw for more than 130 yards in any one contest, while also failing to rush for 100 yards in half of Techís games. However, Middle Tennessee should provide the cure for Nesbitt. The Blue Raiders allowed 519 total yards to Troy last week.


Tanner Price, QB, Wake Forest at Virginia Tech

It wouldnít be wise to expect another 300-plus passing yard performance from Price, as he has been up and down and in and out of the Demon Deacon starting lineup. In fact, prior to his 37-for-53 performance last week, the freshman had never thrown more than 19 passes in a game. He has a road test against an improved Virginia Tech squad.

T.J. Yates, QB, North Carolina at Virginia

North Carolina has still been finding a way to get it done despite the rash of suspensions, ineligibilities and off-the-field transgressions. With the defense a shell of its 2009 form, UNC has turned to its running game to carry the burden, meaning more Johnny White and Shaun Draughn, and less opportunities for Yates to make a difference.

Big 12

Eric Stephens, RB, Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State

Honestly, you should start just about every top weapon in this game, in a contest that should mirror the Tech-Baylor tilt from last week. Stephens is lesser known, but the Red Raiders still love to utilize their running backs in the spread offense, and the backup to Baron Batch actually has been a superior receiver to the starter. He has also received 47 carries to Batchís 61.

Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma vs. Iowa State

Stills led the Sooners in receiving last week in the Red River Rivalry, while also finding the end zone. In a game which should get out of hand quickly, Stills should get another score and rack up the yardage in this one.


Foswhitt Whittaker, RB, Texas at Nebraska

Whittaker is technically the starter for the Longhorns, but has been rotated in and out of the lineup by Mack Brown and hasnít been particularly effective. He got just nine carries last week against Oklahoma, yet it was the most of any Texas running back. Still, Nebraska is allowing 12.8 points per contest behind its usually stellar defense, and figure to make the inconsistent Garrett Gilbert try to beat them.

Jordan Webb, QB, Kansas vs. Kansas State

Itís been a nightmarish start to Turner Gillís coaching career, as Webb has replaced Kale Pick but hasnít exactly blown opponents away. The task wonít get any easier against the 4-1 Wildcats in a heated rivalry game.

Big East

Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati at Louisville

Pead has been great the past two weeks, rushing for a combined 366 yards against Miami (OH) and Oklahoma. Heís averaging a blistering 9.8 yards per carry and looks fresh after missing two games earlier this season.

Van Chew, WR, Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh

Chew has caught at least three passes and reached the 59-yard mark in each game so far, and Syracuse wonít be able to run much against the Panthers. Pittsburgh isnít as good at defending the pass, however, so the signs are pointing to a fair amount of work for Chew.


Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh

Itís been a down year for Pitt, but their rushing defense has still been stellar. Notre Dame ran for just 2.8 yards per carry in last weekís victory over the Panthers. Even in a 31-3 loss to Miami, Pitt allowed just 2.9 yards per rush to the ĎCanes. As a result, Carter may not be the best start for the Orange.

B.J. Daniels, QB, South Florida at West Virginia

Save for the first game of the season against Stony Brook, Daniels has not been himself this season, managing 100 rushing yards just once while posting a 52.6 completion percentage. Heíll face a ranked West Virginia squad that is allowing a measly 13.6 points per contest.

Big Ten

Terrance Turner, WR, Indiana vs. Arkansas State

Turner was the leading receiver for an Indiana passing attack that was held in check against Ohio State last week. However, the Hoosiers should bounce back against the Sun Beltís Red Wolves. Turner is the No. 3 receiver behind Tandon Doss and Damarlo Belcher, but there should be plenty of ball to go around in this rout.

Adam Weber, QB, Minnesota at Purdue

Weberís stats took a nosedive after a stellar freshman campaign, but it appears he might have finally regained his 2007 form. The senior quarterback has 1,448 yards passing through six games along with a 12:4 TD:INT ratio. Taking care of the ball has perhaps been his biggest breakthrough this season after two campaigns with double-digit interceptions. He faces a Purdue team that is not at the top of its game in the Big Ten this season.


Scott Tolzien, QB, Wisconsin vs. Ohio State

This should be a grind-out game with Wisconsin using the two-headed monster of John Clay and James White early and often, minimizing Tolzienís chances. The Badgers will take a few shots with their quarterback, but donít expect a standout performance against the newly-crowned No. 1 team in the land.

A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois at Michigan State

Jenkins faces the undefeated Spartans, who forced Denard Robinson into throwing three interceptions last week, and held the above-mentioned Tolzien to 11-of-25 passing for 127 yards two weeks ago. As such, the Illinois passing game may not have much success.

Conference USA

Danny Hrapmann, K, Southern Mississippi at Memphis

Those in mixed leagues should take note of Hrapmann, as the Golden Eagle kicker is a perfect 14-of-14 on field goals this season, including five from 40-plus yards away. Memphis got rocked 56-0 by Louisville last week, meaning Hrapmann should get plenty of chances to put points on the board.

Ryan Griffin, QB, Tulane at Tulsa

Griffin tossed three touchdowns last week against Army Ė his first three scores of the season. He hasnít been particularly bad, though, with just two interceptions while completing 62.7 percent of his throws. Tulsa is allowing 29.7 points per game and tends to air it out themselves, meaning that the Green Wave may be forced to throw a bunch to keep up.


Zach Line, RB, SMU at Navy

Navyís defense is allowing just 17.6 points per game, and held up well against Air Forceís superior triple-option offense. The Midshipmen also held Wake Forest to just 3.2 yards per carry last week. This doesnít bode well for Line, the leading rusher for the ĎStangs.

Damaris Johnson, WR, Tulsa vs. Tulane

Relative to where he went in most fantasy drafts, Johnson has been a big disappointment so far this year. He has yet to score as a receiver, and he didnít find success as a runner against SMU last week. Until he proves himself more, heís a risky play.


Notre Dame DST vs. Western Michigan

This might be your only chance to start the Notre Dame defensive unit as they face Western Michigan of the MAC. Western Michigan scored just 13 points against Idaho, and quarterback Alex Carder threw four interceptions against Toledo. Although Western Michigan exploded against Ball State last week, the Cardinals arenít exactly a top squad this season, even within their own conference.


Jared Hassin, RB, Army at Rutgers

Hassin has exposed weak opponents like Tulane and Eastern Michigan, but hasnít had as much success against better defenses like Temple and Duke. Rutgers is ninth in the nation in points allowed at 14.4 per contest, in a game that will take place in front of a monstrous Rutgers crowd at the Meadowlands.


Boo Jackson, QB, Ohio vs. Akron

Jackson tossed three touchdown passes in the first half against Bowling Green last week, and 0-6 Akron is 110th in the nation in points allowed. Jackson is also dangerous running the ball, giving him multiple ways to beat the Zips in this contest.

Michael Campbell, WR, Temple vs. Bowling Green

Itís been feast or famine for Campbell this season, as heís posted two monster outputs of 120-plus yards, while registering just four catches in his five other games. However, heís feasted on inferior defenses, and Bowling Green certainly qualifies, currently yielding 38.8 points per tilt.

Alex Carder, QB, Western Michigan at Notre Dame

Carder scored four touchdowns last week, but three were with his legs against a weak Ball State defense. Notre Dame doesnít figure to be quite as lenient with Carder, who has thrown 10 touchdowns but been picked off seven times.

Jerry Davis, QB, Buffalo at Northern Illinois

Davis has been plagued by the turnover, including 11 passes completed to the wrong team. His completion percentage also stands at an anemic 48.4 percent. Though he does have over 1,100 yards passing and 11 touchdowns, Davis is too unreliable to trust, particularly against a much-improved 4-2 Huskiesí squad.


Leonard Mason, RB, Colorado State vs. UNLV

A battle of two 1-5 teams could come down to which running game shows up. Mason was surprisingly successful last week against Air Force, albeit once the Falcons already had a lead. Still, 139 yards on 22 carries is impressive against anybody, and the Rams could ride the hot hand again.

Jordan Wynn, QB, Utah at Wyoming

Just in case you forgot about Wynn when he was hurt for a game or two, he was 23-of-31 for 325 yards and two touchdowns last week against Iowa State. The Cowboys gave up 45 last week to TCU and 51 points against Boise State earlier in the year, so this is a great matchup for Wynn.


DeMarco Sampson, WR, San Diego State vs. Air Force

Sampson has been relatively quiet since an outstanding opener, failing to register a touchdown or a 100-yard receiving game since that time. He can still turn it around, but it wonít likely be this week against an Air Force squad which has an above-average defense and plans to control the clock with its option offense.

David Leonard, WR, Wyoming vs. Utah

Itís been a rough stretch for the Cowboys. One week after facing TCU, they have to host the Utes. Leonard is the team-leader in receptions, but had just two last week against the Horned Frogs. He also hasnít scored this season, and itís not a good bet that he changes that statistic this week.


Kevin Riley, QB, California at USC

USCís defense hasnít been quite as good as in years past, and Riley has enough weapons in Keenan Allen and Marvin Jones to make some noise. The Trojans have allowed at least 30 points in three of their six games this season.

Keola Antolin, RB, Arizona at Washington State

Antolin received more touches last week than in any other game this season, and responded with 8.8 yards per rush en route to 70 yards and a score. This contest figures to get out of hand rather quickly, giving Antolin plenty of time to shine.


Ryan Katz, QB, Oregon State at Washington

Coming off a career-high 393 yards passing against Arizona, Katz doesnít figure to have nearly as much success against Washington, if not solely due to the fact that his No. 1 weapon, James Rodgers, will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury. Katz is still a sophomore, and could have some growing pains.

Doug Baldwin, WR, Stanford vs. Washington State

Baldwin has nice numbers on the season, but most of those stats came from just two games. Both of those games featured Stanfordís top two wideouts, Ryan Whalen and Chris Owusu, either missing the game or playing injured. With those two healthier this week, Baldwin should see fewer targets.


Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia vs. Vanderbilt

Murray looked right at home last week against Tennessee, with four total touchdowns and 266 yards passing for the Bulldogs. After a rough stretch near the beginning of the 2010 campaign, Murray has A.J. Green at full tilt and should be able to capitalize on a suspect Vandy squad.

Darvin Adams, WR, Auburn vs. Arkansas

The star wideout has been seeing fewer targets this year due to Cameron Newtonís rushing abilities, but this probable shootout could demand more from the Auburn passing attack. Generally speaking, when the Auburn passing game goes, so does Adams.


Mike Hartline, QB, Kentucky vs. South Carolina

Hartline has been superb in 2010, completing 66.5 percent of his passes for 1,442 yards and nine touchdowns through the air. However, he hasnít faced a defense quite like South Carolinaís yet.

Michael Dyer, RB, Auburn vs. Arkansas

Dyer has been an integral part of Auburnís success thus far this season, but quarterback Cameron Newton has been the primary rusher for the Tigers, limiting Dyerís productivity. In what should be a tight game, Auburn is likely to keep the ball in their star quarterbackís hands.

Sun Belt

Jason Bruce, WR, Troy vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Jerrel Jernigan gets the pub, but Bruce has the same amount of receiving touchdowns (3) and is averaging more yards per catch. The Raginí Cajuns are 111th in the land in points given up per contest.

Frank Goodin, RB, Louisiana-Monroe at Western Kentucky

Goodin has been a shell of his former self this season, averaging a paltry 2.6 yards per rush through five games. His 1,126 yards of a season ago seem a long ways away, but if there were any contest in which to turn it around, this would be it. The Hilltoppers are 0-5, giving up more than 40 points per contest, and were gutted for 235 yards last week by Florida International on the ground.


Dwight Dasher, QB, Middle Tennessee at Georgia Tech

The Sun Belt POY is back, but could only muster 199 total yards against Troy last week. With the Yellow Jackets on the horizon, Dasherís short-term prospects donít look good.

Derek Lawson, RB, Arkansas State at Indiana

Lawson has been more effective over the past two weeks, but his team might fall too far behind in this one for him to get many opportunities. Look for Arkansas State to put most of the workload on quarterback Ryan Aplin in an attempt to keep up with Ben Chappell and the Hoosierís explosive offense.


Jamel Hamler, WR, Fresno State vs. New Mexico State

Despite missing one contest due to a shoulder injury, Hamler is still the leading receiver for the Bulldogs. The matchup against New Mexico State speaks for itself.

Rishard Matthews, WR, Nevada at Hawaii

This game pits two offensive juggernauts against one another, leaving the potential for multiple fantasy stars. While Nevada will run the ball with gusto, Matthews leads the Wolfpack in yards and receptions and should make an impact with so much attention on the ground game.


Lamon Muldrow, RB, San Jose State vs. Boise State

Muldrow has become the featured back for the Spartans, receiving 53 carries over the past three games. However, his biggest output came against lowly UC-Davis and in mostly garbage time against Utah and Nevada. It will be a whole different story against the Broncos.

Lennon Creer, RB, Louisiana Tech vs. Idaho

Creer set season-highs across the board last week against Utah State to the tune of 18 rushes for 120 yards and two touchdowns. However, prior to that contest he had failed to score a touchdown or break the 100-yard mark. Most signs point to a return back to relative anonymity against the Vandals.