Don’t forget about the King James tournament that can be entered without limits.
We gave you some college football sleepers for the January 2nd games already, and now I’m going to give you some names to avoid for the January 2nd ball games.
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska (221k)
Martinez has had his ups and downs in his first year in the Big Ten conference, but he has yet to face a defense that can put pressure on him like South Carolina.
SC is the fastest defense that Nebraska has played, and we know that Martinez can’t win a quality game with his arm, as he’s not a quarterback that can throw the ball consistently well.
I can see more turnovers than touchdowns coming for Martinez, and it’s a situation to avoid for 221k.
Darron Thomas, Oregon (226k)
I think the Rose Bowl match-up between Oregon and Wisconsin will be quite high scoring.
However, I think the running game from each team is what will keep this game tight and high scoring with LaMichael James and Montee Ball.
Both defenses are shaky at times against the run, and Wisconsin hasn’t seen a runner like LaMichael James.
Thomas isn’t a good enough passer to rely on to put up big numbers in this tough match-up.
Isaiah Crowell, Georgia (116k)
Michigan State’s run defense is one of the best in the entire NCAA this season, and Crowell (ankle) has been banged up and inconsistent for much of the season.
It’s not that Crowell can’t do it, it’s that Georgia will have to put the ball in the air a bit more to score more points in this game.
I wouldn’t trust any Georgia back this week.
Michael Hayes, Houston (193k)
The issue with Houston running backs is that they have three backs that can all make plays at different times. Hayes is the most expensive back to purchase this week, and Penn State’s defense is pretty solid against the run.
Not many teams get to run on PSU, and while Houston runs a completely different offense that the Lions are used to, I still expect them to be ready for what Houston is going to throw at them.
I’m not taking any Houston back in this match-up, but especially note Hayes for 193k.
B.J. Cunningham, Michigan State (245k)
Cunningham had an excellent finish to his final season with the Badgers, and it inflated his fantasy value quite a bit.
Michigan State can put points on the board, but Cunningham has a tough match-up against a fast Georgia defense and a talented cornerback in Brandon Boykin.
I’m passing as Cunningham is the most expensive receiver to own this week.
Justin Johnson, Houston (189k)
Houston has a couple of top tier receivers in fantasy football, but I’m not fully convinced that the Cougars are going to put up huge numbers against Penn State.
I think Johnson can score a touchdown, but anybody expecting Case Keenum to go out and throw five or six touchdowns and spread the ball could be in for a shock.
Johnson has potential, but for 189k, I’m not taking the risk.
Oregon Ducks (85k)
This is simple. The Ducks defense gives up too many points to really be confident in for fantasy.
Wisconsin will run the ball a lot, and keep them off-balanced with a few throws over the top by Russell Wilson, who also could have a very good game other than Ball.
I’m not confident that Oregon can keep Wisconsin under 30 points this game.
Stanford Cardinal (82k)
Stanford’s defense has been solid, but their secondary has proven to be a liability against aerial attack teams.
We saw what Matt Barkley and USC did to them, and Brandon Weeden with Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper is capable of the same things.
I’ll pass here.