College fantasy football week nine start/sits

The eighth week of the 2017 college football season is in the books, so let’s take a look at which players could make good start or sits in the ninth weekend. I will not insult anyone by telling them to play Lamar Jackson, Saquon Barkley, Bryce Love, or James Washington. This article will simply focus on a couple of players at the big three positions who could post monster stat lines or could throw out an underwhelming effort. Without further adieu, let’s get down to business.

QB Starts of the week:

Nic Shimonek, Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma

Shimonek is coming off his worst game of the season last week against Iowa State in which he threw for 207 yards and zero touchdowns. He could have a much, much better game this week when the Red Raiders storm into Norman. The Sooners defense is struggling overall and may be hard-pressed to contain Shimonek and friends. This game could be a high scoring affair with Shimonek finding plenty of room to operate. Expect this Red Raider to throw all over the Sooners and post big stat line in the process.

Alex Delton, Kansas State vs. Kansas

Delton is coming off a huge performance against Oklahoma in which he ran for 142 yards and three rushing touchdowns. He could match or exceed those numbers this week against another bad Kansas team. The Jayhawks rank 116th in total defense and could find it impossible to slow down this dual threat QB. The Wildcats offense could be running on all cylinders this week, and Delton could post some gaudy numbers. Look for Delton to dominate Kansas in the Sunflower Showdown.

QB Sits of the week:

Nick Stevens, Colorado State vs. Air Force

Stevens is averaging 310 passing yards per game and has thrown 20 passing touchdowns in 2017. He could find it very difficult to attain those types of numbers this week against Air Force. The Falcons have the #1 rated pass defense in the nation and have yielded only two passing touchdowns in seven games. Since Stevens does not pose a running threat, his fantasy value could be severely affected if he cannot throw for his normal yardage totals. Sit this Ram and look for some other options with easier matchups.

RB Starts of the week:

Cam Akers, Florida State vs. Boston College

This stud freshman is coming on of late, having run for 100 plus yards in two of the last three games. He should be in line for a much bigger workload with Jacques Patrick out for the season with a knee injury. Akers could have his coming out party this week against Boston College. The Eagles rank 115th against the run in 2017 and have allowed 21 rushing touchdowns in eight games. Look for this Seminoles superstar in the making to go north of 150 yards rushing and add a couple of scores in Week Nine.

Myles Gaskin, Washington vs. UCLA

Gaskin has scored eight rushing touchdowns in the past six games and could add a few scores to his season total this week against UCLA. The Bruins rush defense is the worst in all of college football, allowing 303 yards per game this season. The Huskies may employ a little ground and pound this week with Gasking leading the way. This junior could be way too much for the Bruins to handle this week and he could post #1 RB numbers. Expect 150 total yards and a score or two from this Huskie.

RB Sits of the week:

David Montgomery, Iowa State vs. TCU

Montgomery ran for 168 yards last week against Texas Tech and has scored eight rushing touchdowns on the season. He could have a difficult time this week against TCU in a Big 12 showdown. The Horned Frogs have the #3 ranked rush defense in the country, allowing 82 yards per game and four rushing touchdowns in seven games this season. It is just not a smart move to start any running backs against TCU and Montgomery is no exception. Expect this Cyclone to get shut down and he should be firmly entrenched on the bench this week.

Justin Crawford, West Virginia vs. Oklahoma State

After rushing for over 100 yards in the first five games of the season, Crawford has fallen flat the past two games with 77 total rushing yards. The Mountaineers have employed a more pass-heavy offense recently, and that has certainly hurt his fantasy value. Crawford’s struggles could continue this week against a tough Cowboys rush defense. Expect this Mountaineer to have a rough outing in this Big 12 shootout.

WR Starts of the week:

J’Mon Moore, Missouri vs. UCONN

The recipe for fantasy success for Moore and the Missouri passing game is pretty simple….Moore vs. Non-Power 5 team = huge numbers. In his two games against Non-Power 5 teams this season, Moore has racked up 15 receptions for 361 yards and three receiving touchdowns. This week Moore gets to feast on the worst pass defense in all of college football in the UCONN Huskies. Look for this Tiger to go nuts this week and post monster numbers.

Denzel Mims, Baylor vs. Texas

Mims has gone over 125 yards receiving in three of the last four games and also has four receiving touchdowns in that span. He is seeing a ton of targets in each game as Baylor is often playing from behind and that trend could continue this week against Texas. The Longhorns pass defense ranks 113th in the nation and doesn’t seem to be improving at all. Look for this Bear to continue his hot streak and beat Texas for a long touchdown grab and top the 100-yard mark in Week Nine.

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Originally published at on October 26, 2017.