Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/12/12
Champs of the Week1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon- 377 passing yards, 6 TD’sOne week it’s De’Anthony Thomas, the next Kenjon Barner, and after that it’s Marcus Mariota. That’s just how it goes when you have the type of playmakers the Oregon Ducks have on offense. For all the attention that Barner and Thomas have garner in the headlines, Mariota has possibly been the most impressive player all season for the Ducks. For a first-year starter, Mariota has made the transition seamless after losing Darron Thomas last season. The freshman QB threw for six touchdowns in the route of Cal, a game in which the rushing attack did not perform up to its weekly standards. Mariota now has 28 TD passes on the year to only five interceptions.2. Wisconsin Rushing Attack- 564 rushing yards, 7 TD’sThis time it wasn’t just Montee Ball and James White. Everyone got into the act for the Badgers in the 62-14 rout of Indiana. With questions surrounding the starting quarterback position, Wisconsin once again did what they do best and leaned on their powerful rushing attack in the blowout victory. Ball and White alone combined for 359 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the day. Some of the talented backups got into the act, as well as new starting quarterback Curt Phillips. The team finished with a school-record 564 total rushing yards and seven rushing scores.3. Ka’deem Carey, RB, Arizona- 366 rushing yards, 5 TD’sAt this point, you better play anyone that goes against the porous Colorado defense, because they are assured to have a career day. At least that’s what it feels like the past few weeks. With starting quarterback Matt Scott out with an injury, the Wildcats leaned on the shoulders of Carey and have thrived to the tune of 366 rushing yards and five scores in the win. The sophomore back tied the conference record for rushing touchdowns in a game, a broke the record for rushing yards in a single contest. Carey has now topped 100 yards rushing in all but three games in 2012, and has scored a touchdown in each of the last six games. Especially if Matt Scott is out, Carey is a must-play.Honorable Mention:1.     Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee- 404 passing yards, 4 TD’sWith the Tennessee defense acting like the Volunteer fans having quit on their head coach, Bray has had to practically carry the entire squad it seems the past few weeks. In the high-scoring defeat to Mizzou, Bray topped 400 yards through the air with four touchdown passes. That’s his third straight game of over 350 yards passing, and more than four touchdowns.2.     Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech- 158 total yards, 5 TD’sDixon is well on his way to becoming the best fantasy running back in the entire country, if he doesn’t hold that distinction already. The freshman running back seems to be good for at least a few touchdown runs each week. With the five-touchdown performance, Dixon set three separate NCAA records for a freshman running back.3.     Cody Hoffman, WR, BYU- 108 receiving yards, 3 TD’sHoffman is quietly having another very solid season for the Cougars. With injuries to the quarterback position for much of the year, it’s been a rough go for the BYU passing attack, but it was clicking against a bad Idaho squad. Hoffman had over 100 yards receiving and three first-half touchdown receptions in the win.4.     Connor Halliday, QB, Washington State- 330 passing yards, 5 TD’sDespite unexpectedly losing their top wide receiver in Marquess Wilson after he quit the team because of alleged abuse by the coaching staff, Halliday and the Cougars’ passing offense had a surprisingly good day in the loss. Of course much of it was in garbage time when the Bruins already had a 30-point lead, but that doesn’t matter in fantasy. What matters is that quarterback Connor Halliday had a steller day throwing the football with over 300 yards and five touchdowns.5.     Robbie Rouse, RB, Fresno State- 261 rushing yards, 2 TD’sWhile other running backs around the country get most of the pub, not many are having better seasons than Rouse. The senior back had another big performance on Saturday in the win over Nevada with 261 yards on the ground and a pair of touchdowns. Rouse now has nearly 1,400 rushing yards on the year with 12 scores.This Won’t Last:1.     Michael Rocco, QB, Virginia- 300 passing yards, 4 TD’sThis performance by Rocco is the epitome of what we look for in the “This Won’t Last” section. Rocco had a fantastic day throwing the football with exactly 300 yards through the air and four touchdown passes. After beginning the year as the starter, Rocco went into a slump and was replaced by Alabama transfer Phillip Sims. While Virginia seems to be playing much better football of late, Rocco will not have any more days like this to finish the year.2.     James Franklin, QB, Missouri- 226 passing yards, 4 TD’sEveryone seems to be having success against the Tennessee defense these days. Franklin threw four touchdown passes in the overtime win in Knoxville. While Johnny Manziel has seemingly dominated the competition this year in the new-look SEC, Franklin has struggled in his first year in the conference. This was only the fourth game all year long in which he threw a touchdown pass. Safe to say this won’t continue.3.     Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor- 91 rushing yards, 3 TD’sThis one is a bit more of a wild card. The Baylor offense is primarily a passing offense because of the weapons they have at quarterback and on the outside. But surprisingly, Seastrunk has been involved more in the game plan the past couple of weeks. The former Oregon transfer has gotten double-digit carries each of the past two weeks and has thrived so far. While it could potentially continue, expect the Baylor offense to air it out as they usually do.Chumps of the Week:1.     Robert Woods, WR, USC- 2 receptions, -3 receiving yards, 0 TD’sIt really has become hit-or-miss with these USC wideouts. One week it is Robert Woods, the next is Marqise Lee. Of late, Lee has easily been the primary target of quarterback Matt Barkley, which means the production of Robert Woods has suffered dramatically. While he has had some decent games still, in the win over Arizona State he was a non-factor with only two receptions for negative yardage. To be frank, Woods has really not been the kind of receiver most expected at all in 2012. He has only a single game of over 100 yards receiving. The touchdowns are solid with 10, but the yardage is just not there. He has been a disappointment.2.     D.J. Harper, RB, Boise State- 34 rushing yards, 0 TD’sThe Broncos spread the wealth at running back in the blowout win over Hawaii. Harper, the normal starter, only received 12 carries for 34 yards in the easy win over the Warriors. Boise State had a great deal of success on the ground, going for over 150 yards and three scores, but Harper was not needed all the much. This game ended a five-game touchdown streak for Harper in which he accounted for nine scores during the stretch.3.     John Hubert, RB, Kansas State- 23 rushing yards, 0 TD’sFor the first time in what seems like forever, the KSU rushing attack seemed to struggle a bit against a stingy TCU defense. While Hubert has not had the eye-popping year many have expected because of the progression of Heisman favorite Collin Klein, the senior back has still had a successful year with nearly 900 rushing yards and 12 TD’s. After beginning the year on a roll, Hubert took a step back when Klein really asserted himself as the Heisman frontrunner. With two touchdown runs in each of the past two weeks, Hubert was seemingly back on track but laid an egg this week in his worst rushing performance of the season with 23 yards and zero scores.Honorable Mention:1.     Ray Graham, RB, Pittsburgh- 41 rushing yards, 0 TD’sOne week after having his best performance of the year against arguably the best front seven in the entire nation, Graham averaged a mere 2.7 yards per carry with no touchdowns in the lost to Connecticut. With the team down 24-0 at halftime, the Panthers had to throw the ball primarily in the second half, all but eliminating Graham’s impact in the ground game.2.     Montel Harris, RB, Temple- 18 rushing yards, 0 TD’sAfter a slow start to the year, the former Boston College transfer was really picking things up in the second half of the season. Harris, the Owls leading rusher, unfortunately left the game against Cincinnati in the second quarter because of an injury—something that plagued him frequently during his tenure with BC. He finished with only 18 yards rushing in the game.3.     Titus Davis, WR, Central Michigan- 4 receiving yards, 0 TD’sAfter two monster games in each of the past few weeks, Central Michigan’s big-play receiver was a non-factor in the win over rival Eastern Michigan. Davis, just a sophomore, has been an impact player since he arrived on campus, but was held to just a single catch in the win, despite the team having success in the passing game.4.     David Piland, QB, Houston- 148 passing yards, 0 TD’sIt really is unbelievable how much this Houston passing attack has regressed with the loss of Kevin Sumlin and record-breaking quarterback Case Keenum. Piland came into this year with a great deal of experience but has not put things together consistently at any point in 2012. The sophomore had his worst performance of the year with only 148 yards passing with zero touchdowns.5.     Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU- 48 rushing yards, 0 TD’sWhile LSU is consistently one of the best teams in the nation year in and year out, they don’t produce many players that are fantasy relevant. Hill was changing the mold recently with over 100 yards rushing in each of the last three weeks. While he did lead the team in rushing in the win over Mississippi State, it was a measly 48 yards with no touchdowns. That’s life in the rugged SEC I guess?This Won’t Last:1.     Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon- 65 rushing yards, 0 TD’sOne week after lighting up the scoreboard against USC, Barner had what was considered a very sub-par day for an Oregon running back. The senior had 65 yards on the ground, but no scores against a bad Cal defense is really disappointing for Barner owners. Don’t expect Barner to be shutout for long, though.2.     Austin Franklin, WR, New Mexico State- 16 receiving yards, 0 TD’sThe entire New Mexico State offense was completely shut down by a very underrated San Jose State team. Franklin, the team’s leading receiver on the year, had by far his lowest output on the season with only 16 yards on two catches. Until this game, Franklin had not had less than 70 yards in a game. It doesn’t get any easier next week against BYU, but Franklin is too good to not be better.3.     Nick Florence, QB, Baylor- 255 total yards, 1 TDEntering the game against Oklahoma, Florence and Co. had the top-ranked passing attack in the entire nation. While Florence had success on the ground with 83 yards rushing and a score, he was limited to just 172 yards passing with zero touchdowns. This was the only game all year long in which he did not top 200 yards through the air and did not have multiple touchdown passes as well. Hard to imagine that trend continuing for very long, despite playing a stingy Kansas State defense next week. If they fall behind early, which is a good possibility, Florence will have to throw the rock and pad the stats. 
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