With a tough Week 1 in the books which saw some surprise players break out and some highly named guys not even see the field, we will turn our attention to Week 2 in hopes of starting our run to the playoffs.
For college fantasy football owners, Week 1 is typically frustrating with several big names playing small schools and not finishing out 4 quarters of football or some players (Josh Kelley) not seeing the field at all and crushing your line-up. With the hopes of righting the ship after what was possibly a rough weekend, we should all have a better idea of how things will play out this week with playing time being distributed to the players.
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Week 2 Player Rankings
|1||QB||Jalen Hurts||Okla||Sr||SD Sat 7:00PM||NA||Na||66.88||66.88|
|2||QB||Cole McDonald||Hawaii||Jr||OreSt Sun 12:00AM||-6.5||78.5||41.22||41.22|
|3||QB||Justin Fields||OHSt||So||Cin Sat 12:00PM||-16||56||45.46||45.46|
|4||QB||Mason Fine||NorTx||Sr||@SMU Sat 7:00PM||3.5||73||40.92||40.92|
|5||QB||Anthony Gordon||WaSt||Sr||NoCol Sat 5:00PM||NA||NA||46.1||46.1|
|1||RB||Jonathan Taylor||Wisc||Jr||C Mi Sat 3:30PM||-35||51.5||42.3||42.3|
|2||RB||Travis Etienne||Clem||Jr||TxAM Sat 3:30PM||-17||64.5||38.8||38.8|
|3||RB||Chuba Hubbard||OkSt||So||McNee Sat 7:00PM||NA||NA||40.1||40.1|
|4||RB||Kylin Hill||MisSt||Jr||SMiss Sat 3:30PM||-16.5||52||26.7||26.7|
|5||RB||Jermar Jefferson||OreSt||So||@Hawaii Sun 12:00AM||6.5||78.5||8.7||8.7|
|1||WR||Cedric Byrd II||Hawaii||Sr||OreSt Sun 12:00AM||-6.5||78.5||46.7||46.7|
|2||WR||Rondale Moore||Purd||So||Vand Sat 12:00PM||-7.5||56||18.7||18.7|
|3||WR||Laviska Shenault Jr.||Colo||Jr||Neb Sat 3:30PM||3.5||64||14.3||14.3|
|4||WR||Rico Bussey Jr.||NorTx||Sr||@SMU Sat 7:00PM||3.5||73||21.6||21.6|
|5||WR||Isaiah Hodgins||OreSt||Jr||@Hawaii Sun 12:00AM||6.5||78.5||29||29|
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Week 2 Key Matchups
Each week we’ll take a look at a few matchups we’re excited to watch. We’ll look at individual player matchups, depth chart struggles, or simply break down games that have a huge fantasy implications. This section will evolve throughout the season, so please let us know if you have any feedback.
Oregon St at Hawaii
Hawaii came out of the gates firing on all cylinders during Week 0 and showed no signs of slowing down from last season. McDonald continued his hot streak by throwing for 378 yards and 4 tds. The only concern was the 4 ints which came against Arizona. Joining McDonald as a star was Cedric Byrd who collected 224 yards on 14 receptions for 4 tds. Byrd proved to be able to fill the shoes of departed Ursua and looks to continue his hot streak in a game that is projected to be a shoot-out.
Oregon St started off the season in a shootout as well and proved to have some fire power of their own on the offensive side of the ball. Jake Luton started off the year throwing for 251 yards and 3 tds and should have no problem moving the ball through the air against a notorious bad defense that Hawaii will field on Saturday night. Isaiah Hodgins was the top target on the outside posting 9 catches for 170 yards and 2 tds. Jermar Jefferson looks to get his season going in the right direction this week after failing to reach the endzone last week against Oklahoma St.
Needless to say, with this game not starting til midnight Saturday, their will either be a lot of fantasy owners staying up to watch the shootout or will be grabbing their phone as soon as they wake up to check scores. The over/under in this game is at 78.5 points so the fantasy points should be filing up the stat sheet.
Other notable players to watch for in this game are Tyjon Lindsey (Oregon St), Artavis Pierce (Oregon St). JoJo Ward (Hawaii), Jason-Matthew Sharsh (Hawaii), and Dayton Furuta (Hawaii).
North Texas at SMU
The offense looked every bit as lethal as last season with Beuchele under center for SMU who threw for 360 yards on 49 attempts. The only negative to the performance was the fact that he did not have a passing td. Look for the attempts to stay high again this week in a game that should be a shootout. Proche continued his streak of being highly targeted in the passing game and while he came in second in yards to Roberson. With teams keying on slowing down Proche this season Roberson stands the chance to have several big games this season. Xavier Jones seemed to have the nose for the endzone this past week collecting all 3 of the rushing tds.
Mason Fine started his Sr season by throwing for 383 yds and 4 tds. With one of the best wide outs in Conference USA in Rico Bussey, the passing game should stay firing on all cylinders this season. The surprise of the passing game had to be Jason Pirtle in the TE position who had 4 catches for 88 yds and 3 tds. It will be interesting if Pirtle can continue the td streak this week against SMU. The Rb situation for North Texas remains a 2 horse race with Torrey and Easly. Both will probably continue to split reps down the middle with Torey possibly seeing a few more each game.
What is considered to be another shootout this weekend with high fantasy stakes on the line for both teams will be very intriguing to watch. While neither team is known for excellence defense, both are known for uptempo, high scoring offenses that can put on a show. With the over/under set at 73 Vegas also believes this game to be a shootout and the spread is currently at 3.5 points. Good week to load up on these two teams fantasy players for a shootout game.
Other notable players to watch for this week are Jaelon Darden (North Texas), Nic Smith (North Texas), Ke’Mon Freeman (SMU), and Kylen Granson (SMU)