College Fantasy Football: Week 3 in Pac-12 - Love 'em or Leave 'em
The first couple weeks of college football are in the books and there is a lot to consider after watching and following those matchups. Here are some players to start and to avoid in the Pac-12 heading into Week 3.
Oregon QB Justin Herbert
Although there is a good chance Herbert will be a first-round NFL Draft pick after this season, he’s not among the top-25 quarterbacks in fantasy points so far this season. That could change this weekend. Montana is 2-0 but it has played North Alabama and South Dakota and the Ducks are far, far more explosive. In those two wins, Montana has allowed more than 295 passing yards per outing. Herbert should have a field day in another Oregon victory.
Oregon State WR Isaiah Hodgins
Only four receivers have scored more fantasy points than Hodgins so far this season and that could be lost because the Beavers have dropped their first two games. Still, the former four-star has 16 catches for 266 yards and three touchdowns and is by far QB Jake Luton’s favorite target. Couple that with the idea that Cal Poly is giving up nearly 300 passing yards per game (to San Diego State and Weber State) and this one looks great.
Washington State QB Anthony Gordon
Gordon is only owned in 51 percent of fantasy leagues and that’s almost criminal since only three quarterbacks have scored more fantasy points so far. After winning a preseason battle, Gordon has thrown for 884 yards with nine touchdowns and one pick. The over/under against Houston is 74 so a lot of points should be coming. Pick him up as soon as possible.
Arizona State RB Eno Benjamin
It is probably never a smart idea to keep Benjamin on the bench, but this could be a perfect time for numerous reasons. Through two games, the Arizona State running back has still not scored a rushing touchdown and after being atop the position in fantasy points last season, he’s currently No. 11 nationally. The bigger factor here is Michigan State’s run defense has been insanely tough so far this season, holding opponents to minus-6 yards total. That’s right. Teams are averaging minus-3 yards per game and no one has scored a rushing TD on the Spartans yet.
Stanford RB Cameron Scarlett
The Cardinal love to dominate the ground attack, but former five-star offensive tackle Walker Little is out for the season and fellow five-star Foster Sarell is now doubtful. This is going up against a UCF defense that allows just two yards per carry and 70 rushing yards per outing. Scarlett is averaging 4.6 yards per carry but this is not a good situation for him. After bruising games against Northwestern and USC, this is not shaping up well for Scarlett or the Stanford team as a whole.
USC QB Kedon Slovis
This is the ultimate contrarian pick since Slovis was outstanding in USC’s blowout win over Stanford as the freshman took over for JT Daniels but there are some suspicious things going on with this line against BYU. More than 70 percent of bets are coming in on the Trojans, yet the line keeps dropping, so I think this could be a typical trap game where USC struggles against a tough defense and things don’t go the Trojans way. I could be completely wrong and Slovis keeps leading the offense almost perfectly, but being on the road is a completely different test he will have to pass this week.