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College Fantasy Football: QBs to watch for Week 11

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We move onto Week 11 of the college football season. Here are five quarterbacks you should consider to start in your fantasy leagues:

Book had an outstanding game in Notre Dame’s challenging win over Northwestern, finishing 22 of 34 for 343 yards and two touchdowns in the 31-21 decision. He also rushed for a score to close out the victory. Florida State, despite its terrible season, should have Notre Dame’s focus this week as the Irish stay in the playoff hunt.

The Seminoles gave up 240 passing yards and three TDs in a blowout loss to NC State this past weekend and have been giving up about 288 passing yards per game. It’s not that Florida State's defense is bad. It’s that the Seminoles’ offense has been so ineffective, especially running the ball, that the defense is always on the field. Notre Dame’s strengths play right into Florida State's weaknesses. Book could have a huge game in South Bend.

Whichever Syracuse quarterback starts against Louisville should be an auto-start in any fantasy league because the Cardinals are either horrifically bad or have given up on the season or maybe a little bit of both. Clemson scored 77 points against Louisville this past weekend and it could have been 177. The Tigers had three - three! - players rush for more than 100 yards. Dungey has been excellent through the air and on the ground, so big numbers should be coming. Do whatever needs to be done to get him in your lineup. Louisville has given up 77, 56, 38 and 66 in its last four losses.

NC State is throwing for nearly 323 yards per game and Finley has a lot of weapons on the outside with Jakobi Meyers and Kelvin Harmon each have 50 catches or more. The Wolfpack have had a lot of success through the air and on the ground and against Wake Forest’s weak defense, Finley should have a lot of opportunities to put points on the board. The Demon Deacons are giving up more than 37 points per game and they’ve allowed 20 passing touchdowns. After blowing out Florida State on Saturday, Finley and NC State’s offense should put up big stats against Wake Forest.

Michigan embarrassed Penn State on Saturday and Patterson threw two touchdown passes and ran for one, but it was largely the Wolverines’ rushing attack that found success against the Nittany Lions. Rutgers played decently against Wisconsin but the Scarlet Knights have been so dreadful this season it’s hard to believe this game won’t get out of hand quickly as Michigan stays focused on a College Football Playoff bid. The Wolverines’ defense is arguably the best in the country which means Rutgers should have a lot of three-and-outs.

Patterson and former five-star WR Donovan Peoples-Jones have developed great chemistry and this could be the weekend to score lots of points early and let the starters rest heading into the home stretch. Even if he doesn’t play the entire game, Patterson has another opportunity to put up nice stats.

Two things are working in Perkins’ favor. The Cavaliers offense looked awful in a loss to Pitt last weekend and so getting back on track - with Perkins on the ground and through the air - will be important. And secondly, Liberty’s defense has been like Swiss cheese this season. The Flames gave up 777 yards and 62 points to UMass in a triple-overtime loss on Saturday. The previous week, Idaho State scored 41. New Mexico State recently put up 49 against them. Perkins is too talented and too dynamic not to have a huge game and he’s still only owned in 32 percent of fantasy leagues.