1. Denard Robinson — Michigan at Northwestern. Dual threat quarterbacks are becoming the new rage in the Big Ten this season, and Robinson’s 1396 total yards (793 passing, 603 rushing) project him to finish somewhere in the neighborhood of Pat White’s 2008 campaign. While his passing efficiency is worth monitoring, we don’t anticipate that factoring in his short-term value. Northwestern allows 24.3 points and 174.8 rushing yards per game. Michigan ranks second in the Big Ten in total offense, first in rushing, and third in scoring.
2. Chandler Harnish — Northern Illinois vs. Kent State. Through the first four weeks Harnish has 17 all purpose touchdowns and 1231 passing yards while accounting for 43 percent of his team's total scoring. Variance is the achilles heel of fantasy football and the volume you get with Harnish translates into consistent production. Kent State (1-4) ranks last in their conference in every statistical category both offensive and defensively. Harnish is on pace for 360 attempts, 2954 yards, and 41 touchdowns.
3. Seth Doege — Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M. Doege continues to post viable numbers in Texas Tech’s spread offense this season, where his 118/1315/14 ranks among the leaders at his position. His 73 percent completion mark and 14:1 TD-to-INT ratio have been equally as impressive, so Doege should be viewed as a high-end QB1 until he proves otherwise. Texas A&M ranks sixth in the Big 12 in points against (23.3) and last in pass defense (337 yards per game).
4. Robert Griffin — Baylor vs. Iowa State. In this week’s edition of By the Numbers we noted that Griffin once had a longer streak of passes without an interception than the one snapped Saturday at Kansas State. The interception would lead to KSU's game winning field goal, but it shouldn't take away from his accomplishments this season. Griffin's 1481 total yards and 19 touchdowns place him in an elite bracket that projects him to surpass his 454/3501/22 line from 2010. Playing behind a seasoned offensive line, he's the only matchup-proof quarterback in an otherwise volatile market.
5. Geno Smith — West Virginia vs. Connecticut. Last week the Connecticut defense allowed 479 passing yards in a 38-31 loss to Western Michigan. Expect that trend to continue this week as Smith is in line for a big game as he becomes more acclimated in Dana Holgorsen’s offensive system. His 1709 yards, 12 touchdowns, and three interceptions put him in the top half of the Big East leaderboard, and the emergence of WR Tavon Austin (35/490/1) and Stedman Bailey (27/456/3) give the Mountaineers one of the premier passing attacks in college football.
6. Case Keenum — Houston vs. East Carolina
7. Andrew Luck — Stanford vs. Colorado
8. Brandon Weeden — Oklahoma State vs. Kansas
9. Nick Foles — Arizona at Oregon State
10. James Franklin — Missouri vs. Kansas State
11. Darron Thomas — Oregon vs. California
12. Nathan Scheelhaase — Illinois at Indiana
13. Alex Carder — Western Michigan vs. Bowling Green
14. Dominique Davis — East Carolina at Houston
15. Tyler Wilson — Arkansas vs. Auburn
16. Kellen Moore — Boise State at Fresno State
17. Landry Jones — Oklahoma vs. Texas
18. Mike Glennon — N.C. State vs. Central Michigan
19. Tajh Boyd — Clemson vs. Boston College
20. Logan Kilgore — Middle Tennessee vs. Western Kentucky
21. Tevin Washington — Georgia Tech vs. Maryland
22. Blaine Gauntier — Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Troy
23. EJ Manuel — Florida State at Wake Forest
24. Collin Klein — Kansas State vs. Missouri
25. Tyler Tettleton — Ohio at Buffalo