Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/22/12
Champs of the Week1. Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech- 318 passing yards, 7 TD’sThere is a reason I include Doege nearly every time in the Chumps category if he has a sup-par game. That’s because he has the potential each and every week to put up stats like this. The senior gunslinger threw for a career-high seven touchdowns in the win at TCU. That is now 13 touchdown passes for Doege in the last two games, and 28 overall in 2012. With Texas Tech right there atop the Big 12 conference, the Red Raiders will lean on the arm of Doege in the coming weeks which could signal plenty more touchdowns to come.2. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State- 364 total yards, 7 TD’sIs this guy something else or what? Klein ran all over a dreadful West Virginia defense as the Wildcats routed the Mountaineers in the 55-14 victory on Saturday. What was surprising, though, was the way in which Klein dismantled the WVU. Typically known as a running threat, Klein was extremely efficient through the air, throwing for 323 yards with only two total incompletions. Add in four rushing scores to his three touchdown passes, and that is a Heisman like days of work.3. Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech- 232 rushing yards, 6 TD’sGoing far under the radar this season has been the play of Dixon and the Louisiana Tech offense. In the blowout win over Idaho, the Bulldogs put up 839 total yards of offense. Dixon rushed for 232 of the yards and set a school record with six TD runs. Since taking over as the lead back with Tevin King out for the year, Dixon has 445 yards on the ground and 12 touchdowns in his last three starts. There are five games remaining on Louisiana Tech’s schedule, and only Utah State poses any kind of threat. Dixon needs to be in your lineup if you are lucky enough to have on your fantasy squad.Honorable Mention:Wisconsin RB Duo- 341 rushing yards, 5 TD’sAfter a slow start to the 2012 season, the Wisconsin rushing attack is back to its old form. Montee Ball and James White combined for 341 rushing yards and five scores in the blowout win against Minnesota. The opposition the past few weeks has not been overwhelming, but getting this kind of production is never a bad sign. It’s a tough test next week, though, as the Badgers head to East Lansing against a stout Spartans defense.Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska- 407 total yards, 4 TD’sMartinez put together a huge second half, surprisingly through the air, to lead the Cornhuskers in the comeback win against Northwestern. With his new throwing motion, Martinez is a much-improved passer, and it showed against the Wildcats. In all but one game this season, Martinez has accounted for at least two scores.Matt Barkley, QB, USC- 298 passing yards, 6 TD’sNow that’s more like it! Seems like the cure to most offensive players in the Pac-12 is to face a putrid defense like the one that resides in Boulder, CO. Barkley finished with nearly 300 yards passing and six scores on the day, four of which went to Robert Woods in the record-setting performance.Kolton Browning, QB, Louisiana-Monroe- 377 total yards, 6 TD’sBrowning had his best overall performance of the season with 377 total yards and six scores in the win over Western Kentucky. The senior quarterback got it down both on the ground and through the air, and has his team in first place in the conference. If your starting QB has a bye week, Browning is a great backup to get a spot start.Kasey Carrier, RB, New Mexico- 338 rushing yards, 3 TD’sCarrier is becoming a fantasy stud before our very eyes. In the loss to Air Force, Carrier set the Mountain West conference record with 338 rushing yards and three scores. That is now 690 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in the last three contests. He is a must-play going forward.This Won’t Last:Deon Anthony, QB, Troy- 360 total yards, 5 TD’sWith starting quarterback Corey Robinson out because of injury, Anthony stepped in a lead the Trojans to a one-point win over disappointing Florida International. The senior backup had 360 total yards of offense and five combined touchdowns in the win. While the performance was nice, Robinson has started from the first day he stepped on campus so why would things change now.Tyler Benz, QB, Eastern Michigan- 369 passing yards, 5 TD’sIn just his fourth career start, Benz threw for nearly 370 passing yards and four touchdowns to notch the first win of the season for the Eagles. Accompanied by a big rushing performance from freshman back Bronson Hill, Benz was able to shred a terrible Army defense through the air while also getting a touchdown on the ground as well.Joe Bergeron, RB, Texas- 117 rushing yards, 5 TD’sA week after getting blown out by Oklahoma, Bergeron and the rest of the Texas offense got back on track in the win over Baylor. It’s clear that despite the struggles, Texas still wants to run the football, and Bergeron will get the brunt of the work, especially in the red-zone. While he gets touchdowns, that’s only his first 100-yard game since opening week.Chumps of the Week:1. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina- 13 rushing yards, 0 TD’sIt was questionable this week whether or not Lattimore would play this week because of a hip injury, but considering the magnitude of the game, the stud running back was able to start the contest. That being said, Lattimore only carried the ball three times in the contest due in part to the injury, but mostly because Florida dominated the entire game and there was no point in keeping him out there if he was not 100 percent. Once the game got out of reach, Spurrier pulled Lattimore from the game to risk further injury. This performance was Lattimore’s worst of the season, and was his first game all year in which he did not have a score.2. Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida- 37 rushing yards, 0 TD’sDespite playing against one of the best defenses in all of college football, you would have to imagine that Gillislee could provide more yardage than he did. Just two weeks back, Gillislee ran wild against a stout LSU defense. Now for the past two weeks, he has done next to nothing. The senior back is still getting the majority of the carries which is a good sign, but with the development of quarterback Jeff Driskel, they are opening up the offense a bit more. The strength of schedule for the Gators drops quite a bit in the next four games so look for Gillislee to bounce back in a big way.3. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State- 8 yards receiving, 0 TD’sThe sophomore wideout, along with Markus Wheaton, have been the top two targets in the Oregon State passing attack. But with Cody Vaz now the starter because of the injury to Sean Mannion, the passing attack may struggle like it did on Saturday against Utah. Granted, Utah has a solid defense, but Cooks has been a stud thus far in 2012 so eight yards receiving is a mild surprise. Stick with Cooks, though, as he and Wheaton will continue to get the majority of the looks in the passing game as they have all year long.Honorable Mention:J.C. Coleman, RB, Virginia Tech- 19 rushing yards, 0 TD’sOne week after a breakout performance against Duke, Coleman puts up a clunker. The freshman had only 19 yards on the ground in the loss to Clemson. It should be apparent by now that we have no idea what to expect out of the Virginia Tech offense from week to week.Mark Weisman, RB, Iowa- 9 rushing yards, 0 TD’sWeisman was questionable coming into the contest with Penn State, but was able to play despite sprained ankle. He would have been better off not playing entirely as the Hawkeyes were blown out by the Nittany Lions. Weisman only had five carries on the day.Jordan Leslie, WR, UTEP- 31 receiving yards, 0 TD’sAfter a monster performance the week prior against Tulsa, Leslie caught only three passes and zero scores in the win over Tulane. The sophomore wideout had been a top target in recent weeks, but was unable to get on track on Saturday. While talented, Leslie has yet to put together a string of big weeks in a row together so only play him if you are desperate.Andre Williams, RB, Boston College- 51 rushing yards 0 TD’sAfter two straight 100-yard games, Williams was limited to only 51 yards on the ground in the loss to Georgia Tech. The junior back actually had a decent day, averaging 4.6 yards per carry, but with the team down for much of the contest, the Golden Eagles had to put the ball in the air which eliminated Williams entirely from the game plan.Jaime Wilson, WR, Western Michigan- 25 receiving yards, 0 TD’sWilson may be hitting the freshman wall. After five straight weeks of over 100 yards receiving in a game, the freshman wideout has not topped that mark in three consecutive contests. More importantly—only one touchdown in those three games. Maybe starting quarterback Alex Carder being out has something to do with this. He and Wilson seemed to have a connection that has been lost with Carder being out with an injury.This Won’t Last:Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M- 303 total yards, 0 TD’s, 3 INT’sAs an offensive player in the SEC, it’s difficult to keep up the pace that Manziel was on week in, week out. Heading into the game with LSU, Manziel was the conference leader in total offense and rushing yards. Against the Tigers, the freshman QB was only able to gain 27 yards on the ground and turned the ball over three times. Not the kind of game Manziel was hoping for, but that being said, who does succeed against the LSU defense?Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia- 143 passing yards, 1 TDFor the second straight week, Geno Smith looks to be human. Unlike last week, though, Smith hurt the offense with his first two interceptions of the season, and only put up 143 yards passing. With the kind of defense they have, they won’t win a game the rest of the year if Smith doesn’t toss four or five touchdowns every week.Senorise Perry, RB, Louisville- 29 rushing yards, 1 TDDespite rushing for a touchdown, Perry had a sub-par game against a rugged front seven for South Florida. The junior back accounted for only 29 rushing yards in the win. He now has scored a touchdown in every game but one in 2012. 
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