Adonis Thomas—Toldeo at Ball State. Though he’s a still a relative unknown in the college football world, Thomas is doing big things out of the MAC. Despite missing almost four games to injury, the senior has still managed to rush for 822 yards and ten touchdowns this season, boosted by three straight 130-plus rushing games. He has seven touchdowns in those last three games as well, making him the number one fantasy option this week. The combination of Toledo’s powerful offense (42.0 ppg) plus their favorable matchup with Ball State should mean another monster game from Thomas.
Bobby Rainey—Western Kentucky vs. Troy. Rainey is a yardage machine for the Hilltoppers, only failing to go over 100 yards rushing twice this season (while never failing to reach at least 85). That consistency is a dream for fantasy owners, especially when the potential to have a huge game is always there. Rainey did just that last game against North Texas, rushing for 214 yards and two total touchdowns. The potential is there again this week when WKU takes on Troy, a team who gives up 459.7 yards per game to opponents this season.
John White IV—Utah vs. Colorado. As White goes, so do the Utes. The numbers are startling during the four Utah losses versus their seven wins. In wins, White averages 166 yards per game and has scored 11 of his 14 touchdowns this season. In losses, he only averages about 53.8 yards per game with only three scores. The good news for owners is that the Utes take on 2-10 Colorado this week, a game the team should easily win. That should mean another big game and win, much like the 186-yard, two-touchdown victory over Washington State last week.
Montee Ball—Wisconsin vs. Penn State. After being the number one running back option last week, Ball’s stock takes a minor hit based on the matchup this week. The Nittany Lions boast one of the toughest defenses in the country, only giving up only 287.4 yards per game and a stingy 13 points per game. But Ball is still a viable option because it does not seem to matter who he has played this season as evidenced by his 30 total touchdowns (25 rushing, five receiving). The junior may not repeat the 224-yard two-touchdown performance that he had last week against Illinois, but he and the 12th ranked Wisconsin offense should be able to put points on the board at home this Saturday.
Robbie Rouse—Fresno State vs. San Jose State. Rouse has a lot of value because he catches a good number of balls out of the backfield as well as being a very good rusher. Rouse has averaged over five receptions in his last three games, as well as totaling 358 rush yards in that period. The matchup is good for Rouse and the Bulldogs who take on San Jose State, a defense that has given up an average of 270 yards on the ground over the last two weeks. Rouse has had a number of big games, including last week’s 176-yard, one-touchdown victory over Hawaii. Rouse looks capable of having another in the Spartans’ last game of the season.
Mid-to-Low End options
Branden Oliver—Buffalo vs. Bowling Green
Robert Turbin—Utah State vs. Nevada
LaMichael James—Oregon vs. Oregon State
Trent Richardson—Alabama at Auburn
Doug Martin—Boise State vs. Wyoming
Kendial Lawrence—Missouri at Kansas
Orleans Darkwa—Tulane at Hawaii
Chris Nwoke—Northern Colorado vs. Air Force
Le’Veon Bell—Michigan State at Northwestern
Charles Sims—Houston at Tulsa
Tyler Smith—Rice at SMU
Rex Burkhead—Nebraska vs. Iowa
Bernard Pierce—Temple vs. Kent State
Jasmin Hopkins—Northern Illinois vs. Eastern Michigan
Cameron Marshall—Arizona State vs. California