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College Fantasy Football: RBs to watch for Week 12

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Reggie Gallaspy
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The playoffs are here for college fantasy football, so it’s more important than ever to have the right players in your lineup. Here is a look at some running backs who should be strongly considered for this week.

Brossette is LSU’s leading rusher with 792 yards and 11 touchdowns - nearly double any other running back on the team - and the Tigers host a terrible Rice team that allows 37.5 points per game. The Owls have given up 4.9 yards per carry and 27 rushing touchdowns this season. This game is lining up perfectly for Brossette, who should dominate against a team whose only win this season came against Prairie View A&M in the opener. If Brossette isn’t available, consider backup Clyde Edwards-Helaire since the Tigers should run wild this weekend.

I recommended Gallaspy and other NC State skill players against Wake Forest and that was a disaster as the Wolfpack played horribly in a loss a couple weeks ago. But I’m going back to Gallaspy here because it sure looks like Louisville has given up on this season and the Cardinals just want the destruction to be over. Louisville gives up six yards per carry and has allowed 32 rushing touchdowns. NC State should move the ball at will and Gallaspy could have a big weekend as the Wolfpack’s leading rusher.

If D’Andre Swift is available in your league, snatch him up because he put up big numbers against Auburn and looks primed for another big weekend against a weak UMass defense. But the second-best option would be to get Holyfield, who is owned in only 10 percent of leagues and has nice stats as well. Now second on the team with 767 yards and five touchdowns, Holyfield should put up nice numbers against the Minutemen, who allow 5.5 yards per carry and have given up 32 rushing touchdowns this season. It should be a blowout and Swift might get more carries, but down near the goal line, Holyfield should get the ball.

Everyone knows The Citadel is going to be completely outmatched at every level in this game. So the question becomes which Alabama running back to start. With Damien Harris owned in almost every fantasy league and Najee Harris a little banged up, I’m going to go with Jacobs, who is owned in only four percent of fantasy leagues even though he has more TDs than either Harris. Tua Tagovailoa is dealing with some injuries and so having him run or stand in the pocket too long doesn’t make sense. Alabama runs the ball a lot and gets out injury-free with an easy win. Jacobs is dynamic all over the field and I can see him getting the bulk of the work this weekend.

The Tar Heels are having a miserable season, but North Carolina scored 65 last season against Western Carolina and the theme this week is that another blowout could be coming. Michael Carter would not be a bad option here since he leads the team in rushing, but Williams is close with 504 yards and he leads the Tar Heels with five rushing scores. Western Carolina allows more than 40 points per game, 5.1 yards per carry and it has allowed 28 rushing scores against weak competition. Williams could have a breakout weekend.