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Stock Up, Stock Down

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Quarterbacks
 

Tajh Boyd (CLEM) ▲0.15 — Boyd’s stock rallied Tuesday despite his matchup at Virginia Tech (4-0) this week, where the Hokies rank third in the ACC in passing defense. His 1,255 yards and 13:1 TD-to-INT ratio currently place him fifth in the NCAA, but it remains unlikely those numbers project long-term. Clemson averages 45 rushing attempts per game on offense, and 10 of Boyd’s 13 touchdowns have come against mid-major competition (Troy, Wofford), including an Auburn team that graduated eight starters on defense.


E.J. Manuel (FLST) 0.04 — After conflicting reports on Manuel’s availability last week, backup QB Clint Trickett was forced into action, completing 24-of-38 passing for 336 yards and three touchdowns. Following that performance, Manuel was dropped in four percent of leagues as rumors surfaced regarding Florida State’s quarterback controversy. With Manuel the confirmed starter, and the Seminoles on their bye in Week 5, there’s enough buying opportunity to consider adding him for his upcoming schedule. His next four games: at Wake Forest, at Duke, Maryland, N.C. State.

 

Running Backs
 

Giovani Bernard (NC) 0.26 — Bernard is coming off consecutive 100 yard rushing efforts against Virginia and Georgia Tech, giving him an impressive 54/402/6 in UNC’s first four games. A former four-star recruit out of St. Thomas Aquinas, Bernard projects as the centerpiece of an offense that averages 31 points and 167 rushing yards per game. As College Insiders points out, he should be added in all formats where available.

 

Jonathon Franklin (UCLA) 0.06 — Franklin left Saturday’s game with an apparent hip injury, allowing senior Derek Coleman to benefit from an Oregon State defense that yields an average of 163 rushing yards against. Coleman’s 306 all-purpose mark and 6.2 yards per attempt have earned him a supporting role in UCLA’s "pistol" offense. Franklin and Coleman are among the leaders in the Pac-12 in rushing this season, but entering the conference block of their schedule both are expendable options until this situation works itself out. 

 

Wide Receivers 
 

T.J. Graham (NCST) 0.27 — Relegated to special teams last season, Graham is the leading receiver in N.C. State’s high-volume passing attack, where the Wolfpack averaged 41.7 passing attempts and 406.7 total yards in 2010. Currently fourth in the ACC in receiving touchdowns, his bottomline places him in the top quartiles for his position, while his low reception total (19) indicates the type of volatility you should expect going forward. Graham is nothing more than a WR2 in all formats.

 

Justin Hunter (TN) 0.10 — Hunter was sidelined with an apparent knee injury in last week’s lost to Florida and will miss the entire 2011 season after an MRI revealed significant damage to his ACL. Playing opposite Hunter, Da'Rick Rogers (who currently leads the SEC in receiving yards), will look to improve on his development with sophomore QB Tyler Bray. While the loss of Hunter should get him more targets, we’re reluctant to label this as a buying opportunity. Tennessee’s depth chart currently lists junior Zach Rogers in Hunter's spot at the “X” position.

 

Tight Ends 
 

Dwayne Allen (CLEM) 0.17 — Named to the preseason Mackey Award watchlist, Allen’s scoring consistency has been his biggest contribution this season, as he appears to be distinguishing himself as the primary receiving option in Clemson’s redzone offense. Despite limited playing time, his touchdown rate (three scores on 14 receptions), makes him viable if he can continue to factor in the passing game. It should be noted that Clemson ran 90 offensive plays in last week’s win over Florida State

 

Jake Stoneburner (OHST) 0.17 — For the second straight week, Stoneburner was not involved in Ohio State’s offensive gameplan, and with QB Braxton Miller now running the show, you'll want to see more production from OSU before buying low on him. For now, Stoneburner will be subject to the inconsistencies of his freshman quarterback.

 

Note: All percentages retrieved from CBSSports.com




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