Joe's Weekly Notes & Observations

Week 9

Power 5 +ND

  • We found out what RB Bryce Love means to the Stanford offense.  The Cardinal rushed for 81 yards as a team at Oregon State, 117 yards below Love’s per game average of 198.1.
  • Miami couldn’t do anything on the ground at North Carolina and RB Travis Homer was a huge disappointment yesterday.  However, QB Malik Rosier had another solid fantasy game, even though he was not efficient (16-of-38 for 356 yards and 3 TDs).
  • Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill left the game for an extended period of time after getting injured on the second play from scrimmage, but returned later and finished with 86 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.  What a scare.
  • Last week, I mentioned that West Virginia RB Kennedy McKoy deserves more touches and he outperformed Justin Crawford this week, which is not a good sign for Crawford’s owners.
  • A lot of fantasy owners will be holding their breath until we know the severity of Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor’s injury.  I don’t think it’s too serious.  There were even some reports that he jogged out of the tunnel after halftime.  If those reports are true, he was probably held out due to the opponent they were playing and the Badgers’ need for him long term.  The shocker for me was that Garrett Groshek outperformed Bradrick Shaw in the backup role.
  • If you snagged Ole Miss QB Jordan Ta’amu from the waiver wire, you have to feel encouraged by his performance against Arkansas.  It will be interesting to see what the Hogs do this week at quarterback if Austin Allen can play because Cole Kelley was a stud on Saturday (19-of-30, 189 yards, 3 TDs).
  • Two weeks after getting lit up by a freshman running back, Louisville’s defense was scorched by a freshman receiver.  Greg Dortch hauled in ten passes for 167 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-32 win over the Cardinals.
  • Pitt RB Darrin Hall proved that last week was no fluke, rushing for 111 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries in a 31-14 win over Virginia.
  • Some of the best news we received this week was that Kansas State QB Jesse Ertz was probable to play against Kansas.  That news should have scared fantasy owners enough to sit QB Alex Delton, who accounted for less than 140 yards of total offense and no touchdowns against the Jayhawks.
  • Indiana running backs Morgan Ellison and Mike Majette did not travel with the team to Maryland.
  • The hot-and-cold career of TCU QB Kenny Hill continues.  Hill has thrown four or more TD passes in a game three times this season and one or fewer TD passes five times.
  • That was the best game I have ever seen Ohio State QB JT Barrett play.  When the Buckeyes were down 15 in the third quarter, I would never have predicted Barrett would be that efficient of a passer down the stretch against a quality opponent.
  • I don’t know what to expect, as far as fantasy production, from UCLA QB Josh Rosen down the stretch.
  • Notre Dame RB Josh Adams has topped 150 yards rushing in five of eight games this year.    
  • Vanderbilt RB Ralph Webb left Saturday’s game against South Carolina with an injury. 
  • Oregon RB Royce Freeman with his third consecutive 100-yard game without scoring a touchdown.
  • Minnesota RB Rodney Smith has only scored a TD in two of eight games this year.
  • Missouri QB Drew Lock has now thrown at least four TD passes in three consecutive games.
  • On the Aggies’ first drive of the game, QB Kellen Mond overthrew WR Christian Kirk for what would have been a sure touchdown.  On the next play, WR Damion Ratley dropped a pass in the endzone.  Those two plays summed up Texas A&M’s day against Mississippi State.
  • Good news for Clemson QB Kelly Bryant’s owners.  He looks healthy headed down the stretch.
  • Rodney Anderson showing why we thought he would be the Sooners’ top RB this year  But, will he stick?  I just know, but you have to roll the dice next week against Oklahoma State.
  • So, Washington State QB Luke Falk got benched for Tyler Hilinski, and Hilinski throws for over 500 yards against Arizona.  Hmmmm!
  • I don’t usually like to project too far ahead, but Arizona QB Khalil Tate has to be a Preseason Top 3 fantasy player in 2018, based on what we’ve seen so far.


G5 + Indep.

  • Northern Illinois freshman QB Marcus Childers has accounted for three touchdowns in his of his last four games.
  • Five of Toledo’s eight touchdowns against Ball State were at least 63 yards long.  WR/PR Diontae Johnson had scoring plays of 67, 87, and 88 yards.
  • Georgia State WR Penny Hart has now scored in five consecutive games.
  • Tulsa RB D’Angelo Brewer looked good in his return, rushing for 156 yards on 33 carries, while Shamari Brooks only carried the ball six times after getting 31 carries last week at Connecticut.
  • Colorado State RB Dalyn Dawkins has now topped 120 yards rushing in four of his last five games.
  • Appalachian State WR Ike Lewis with three consecutive games of at least five receptions and 85 yards receiving.  I like this trend because the Mountaineers’ running game has struggled this year.  App State is only averaging 184 yards per game on the ground this year.  How does that compare to their most recent history?  In 2016, they averaged 247 rushing yards per game.  In 2015, 268 rypg, and in 2014, 241 rypg.
  • The absence of Troy RB Jordan Chunn over the last two weeks has stung a lot of fantasy owners. 
  • South Florida QB Quinton Flowers should never finish a game with only seven rushing yards.  It will be interesting to see if there will be any changes in the play-calling now that the Bulls have fallen from the ranks of the undefeated.
  • I did not think Central Florida QB McKenzie Milton would play as much as I did in the Knights’ win over Austin Peay, but I did not think the defense would give up 33 points either.  I think the biggest surprise in that matchup was RB Adrian Killins only totaling 20 yards of offense.
  • I told you guys on the show this past week that North Texas was going to commit more to the run in their Week 9 matchup against Old Dominion and the Mean Green finished with four rushing TDs, which hurt QB Mason Fine’s numbers.
  • One week after rushing for 166 yards, Old Dominion RB Ray Lawry was limited to 19 yards on the ground and tried to play through a hip pointer injury.
  • I just don’t understand why Southern Miss RB Ito Smith only had 12 carries against UAB. 
  • UAB RB Spencer Brown has carried the ball at least 25 times in three of the past four games.
  • Arkansas State QB Justice Hansen has now accounted for four or more TDs in four of his last six games.
  • For the first time this season, New Mexico State QB Tyler Rogers did not account for at least 3 TDs in a game.
  • Seems as if my praise for Fresno State was one week premature.  
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