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Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 6

Chris Morgan

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David Piland, QB, Houston (vs. North Texas)

Piland is no Case Keenum, at least not yet, and he's started slowly this season. While he's thrown for 1,401 yards, he has seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. However, five of those picks came in one awful game against UCLA on the road. Taking on North Texas at home is a much different story, and this could be a game when Piland manages to improve his numbers on the year.

Keith Wenning, QB, Ball State (vs. Northern Illinois)

Wenning took some time to warm up, but he's been quite impressive the last three weeks, throwing 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions, and he's run for a score to boot. Last week against Kent State, he had his best game, throwing for 445 yards and five scores. Sure, it was a loss, but that doesn't matter for fantasy. The Huskies are one of the better teams in the MAC, but that shouldn't stop Wenning from putting up some nice stats at home.

Adam Muema, RB, San Diego State (vs. Hawaii)

The Aztecs rank 16th in nation in rushing yards per game, led by the dynamic duo of Muema and Walter Kazee. However, Muema has been the better of the two, rushing for 520 yards and five touchdowns on 77 carries. He's presumably licking his chops with Hawaii on the docket, as the Warriors have had some struggles on defense, including letting Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson run for six touchdowns. Muema probably can't do that, but it's at least within the realm of a practical dream, and a big day seems likely.

John Hubert, RB, Kansas State (vs. Kansas)

The Jayhawks' brief run as the best team in the state of Kansas seems like a hallucination at this point, as Kansas is struggling once again while Bill Snyder has the Wildcats in the top 10. Collin Klein gets most of the publicity, and with the stellar season he's having he certainly deserves it, but Hubert is having a good year as well, rushing for 426 yards and four scores on 66 carries. Against Charlie Weis' crew, there should be plenty of fantasy points to go around for those two.

Alex Amidon, WR, Boston College (at Army)

After Matt Ryan left for Atlanta, Boston College had some issues throwing the ball. However, those problems seem to be in the past. The Eagles are passing quite well, and Amidon has been the main beneficiary of this uptick in production. He has 33 receptions for a whopping 559 yards and three scores. He's been doing this mostly against legitimate teams as well, and last week he caught eight passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns. Army just lost to Stony Brook. This could get ugly. Unless you have Amidon in your lineup. Then it might be quite beautiful.

Tommy Schuler, WR, Marshall (vs. Tulsa)

The Thundering Herd have sort of disappeared into the background of college football, but they have thrown the ball as much as practically any team in the country thus far. While Aaron Dobson was considered the best option on the team entering the season, Schuler seems to be the primary target of Rakeem Cato. He's already caught 51 passes for 534 yards. He only has one touchdown, but at this rate that has to change. Maybe it will this week against Tulsa.

Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State (vs. Washington State)

The Beavers are starting to look legit, with another win to keep their record pristine. Sean Mannion looks much improved this season, and that's a big reason why Oregon State is fourth in the nation in passing yards per game. Wheaton has done well thus far, and a matchup with Washington State, who kept Oregon close before the floodgates opened last week, is very palatable.


Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia (at South Carolina)

Murray has been good, but aside from a contest with lowly Florida Atlantic he only averages about 250 yards per game, which is not all that impressive in the world of college football. Playing in a pro-style offense hurts in that regard, and having the toughest regular season matchup of their year on tap hurts even more. The Gamecocks have a top-notch defense with some great pass rushers, and the Bulldogs are on the road to boot. It could be rough sledding for Murray in this outing.

Stephen Morris, QB, Miami (at Notre Dame)

You may be tempted to start Morris after he threw for a team- and ACC-record 566 yards last week against North Carolina State. Indeed, Morris has been quite good the last two weeks, but he was struggling before that, and the Fighting Irish defense has been quite stout this far. Morris isn't going to break records every week, and this game should see him come back down to earth a bit.

Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida (vs. LSU)

Gillislee is coming off his worst game of the year, a 13-carry, 56-yard outing, but that was in a blowout of Kentucky in which his services weren't needed. That's not the reason for concern this week. The reason is LSU is in town, and the Tigers bring a formidable defense to the matchup. Sure, the Tigers struggled a bit against their fellow Tigers from Towson, but that feels like a fluke. Even at home, Gillislee is likely to have a hard time moving the ball against LSU.

Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska (at Ohio State)

Burkhead missed time with injury, which has hurt his overall value, but on 29 carries he averages 9.4 yards per game, and he seems to be healthy now. However, his down time helped Ameer Abdullah emerge, which could cut into this week's carries, and, more important, the Cornhuskers are on the road against Ohio State. The Buckeyes stifled Le'Veon Bell. They can do the same to Burkhead.

Kasen Williams, WR, Washington (at Oregon)

Sure, the Huskies upset Stanford last week, and that's great for the team, but the offense didn't play a big part in that victory. Williams did have a big game, however, catching 10 passes for 129 yards and a score. He's Washington's top receiver, but the team has to travel to Oregon this week, always a tough place to play. The Ducks may have scuffled a bit against Washington State last week, but they eventually turned it on, and Williams isn't likely to be able to replicate last week's performance in this outing.

Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M (at Ole Miss)

Johnny Manziel seems like he is going to succeed under center for quite some time for the Aggies, and the team's offense looks good under Kevin Sumlin, but Swope hasn't actually been a big part of it. He only has 17 carries for 141 yards and one touchdown. Ole Miss isn't all that good and will probably lose, but a trip to Oxford might not be a walk in the park for Texas A&M, so at the very least there is some reason to believe that this might be another light week for Swope.

Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech (at North Carolina)

Thomas came into the season as a potential first-round draft pick, and while his stock is still fairly high due to his size, athleticism and pro-style experience, his performance this season hasn't actually been all that good. He's only completing 52.7 percent of his passes, and he has six interceptions to go with eight touchdowns. Playing on the road at North Carolina does not seem like the antidote for whatever is troubling him. It could be another long week for Thomas.

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