Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/29/12
Champs of the Week1.     Marqise Lee, WR, USC- 345 receiving yards, 2 TD’sLee literally did everything he could possibly do to help USC survive the upset against Arizona, but 16 catches for 345 yards and two scores was still not enough to get past the Wildcats. In addition, Lee had a couple big returns on special teams that allowed him to finish with 469 all-purpose yards in the game. Those 345 yards receiving broke the Pac-12 record for yards in a single game. Despite the attention garnered nationally by Robert Woods, it’s actually Lee that leads the team in receptions, yards and touchdowns by a wide margin.2.     Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson- 428 passing yards, 5 TD’sIt was a record-setting night for Boyd and the Clemson offense as they torched Wake Forest on Thursday night. Boyd threw for a school record 428 passing yards and five touchdowns in the rout. The bigger news for many Clemson fans was that the Boyd-Watkins connection finally got on track as Watkins also set records with 202 receiving yards as well. While Boyd has been solid all season long (20 TD, 6 INT), this was by far his best performance of the year, and it’s evident what he is capable of when this offense if firing on all cylinders. If Watkins keeps performing like this, Boyd should be a statistical monster down the stretch.3.     Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois- 410 total yards, 6 TD’sIt’s really a shame that Lynch plays in the MAC, because if NIU was in a BCS conference, he would be getting much more pub than he is at this point. At least us fantasy goers can recognize greatness when we see it, and Lynch has been the definition of great thus far in 2012. His run continued against Western Michigan in which he topped 400 total yards on the day and accounted for six scores in the comeback victory. No matter what conference he plays in, Lynch is one of the best quarterbacks in the nation.Honorable Mention:1.     Ryan Griffin, QB, Tulane- 466 passing yards, 5 TD’sSince coming back from injury, Griffin has gone on to top 300 yards passing in each of the last three games. In all three games, the senior quarterback has also thrown multiple touchdowns, giving him 10 in that stretch. Don’t be surprised, though. This is an experienced quarterback who plays in Conference USA. This is to be expected each and every week.2.     Mike Glennon, QB, NC State- 467 passing yards, 5 TD’s467 yards passing and five touchdowns sounds like a winning performance. Yet all those stats were still not enough to overcome the performance by the running back listed below. Glennon surprisingly only has 19 touchdown passes on the year after this game, but has thrown for two or more scores in each of his last four outings.3.     Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina- 230 total yards, 3 TD’sBernard was a true all-around running back on Saturday in the win over NC State. Not only did Bernard rush for 135 yards and a pair of scores, not only did he have 95 yards receiving, but the sophomore back also returned a punt for 74 yards and a touchdown that sealed the victory over their rivals. Bernard has easily been one of the best tailbacks in the entire nation. He has four straight games of over 100 yards rushing and has a touchdown in each game he’s played in thus far.4.     Brent Leonard, WR, Louisiana-Monroe- 126 receiving yards, 4 TD’sNot since the opening week had Leonard topped 100 yards receiving. That all changed against South Alabama as not only did Leonard lead the team with 126 yards, but also had four touchdowns in the win. Leonard, the team’s leader in receptions and touchdowns, will continue this hot streak as long as Kolton Browning is tossing the rock.5.     Zurlon Tipton, RB, Central Michigan- 243 rushing yards, 3 TD’sTipton carried the ball 37 times for 243 yards in the blowout win over Akron. The junior back also showed some burst as he had a long 72-yard touchdown run for the first of his three scores on the day. That’s his second three-score day of the 2012 season, and has had a touchdown in all but two games on the year.This Won’t Last:1.     Steele Jantz, QB, Iowa State- 435 total yards, 5 TD’sAfter initially beating out Jared Barnett for the starting quarterback job in the fall, Jantz had been benched for the last three games. But the senior gunslinger set career highs in completions, yards and touchdowns in the win over Baylor. Despite the big performance, Jantz’ flaws were still apparent as he still suffers from the turnover bug. Jantz may be the starter going forward, but consistent big performances should not be expected.2.     Philip Nelson, QB, Minnesota- 246 passing yards, 3 TD’sIn just his second collegiate start, Nelson threw for nearly 250 yards and three scores in the route of Purdue. Just a freshman, Nelson lead the Gophers on four straight scoring drives and has given the team some consistency on offense in his short stint as the starting quarterback. Next week, he faces a team that hasn’t given up on their coach (unlike Purdue) in Michigan that has a top 10 defense nationally. Nelson will struggle.3.     Graham Wilbert, QB, Florida Atlantic- 261 passing yards, 4 TD’sI would have never thought that a Florida Atlantic player would actually show up on this list during the 2012 season. Wilbert finished with 261 yards passing and four scores as he led the Owls in the upset victory over Troy. The senior QB has actually been solid this year, with 12 TD passes and only three interceptions, but it’s the first time all season in which he topped two touchdowns in a game. Wilbert is not worth having on your fantasy team at this point.Chumps of the Week:1.     David Ash, QB, Texas- 63 passing yards, 0 TD’sIt seems like yesterday that Ash was throwing for 300+ yards in a game against Oklahoma State and the Texas offense was rolling. Those days are long gone as the team is struggling mightily in the past few weeks, even against opponents like lowly Kansas. Ash was replaced during the game by backup quarterback Case McCoy and never saw the field again for the remainder of the game.2.     Tevin Washington, QB, Georgia Tech- 19 total yards, 0 TD’s, 1 INTThe passing statistics are never going to be pretty for Washington in this offense, but at least the senior quarterback usually finds the end zone on the ground. That did not happen against a stingy BYU defense. It was the first time since Week 1 in which Washington did not score a touchdown on the ground, and the first time all year long that he did not account for a single score. With the Tech season nearly over, they may give some snaps to some of the younger QB’s on the roster to get them experience for when Washington graduates.3.     Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee- 47 total yards, 0 TD’sAfter Week 1, all the talk was about how good this JUCO recruit could be for the Volunteers. Since then, Patterson has been practically irrelevant in terms of fantasy production. He was just that again in the game against South Carolina in which he only accounted for 47 yards of total offense. The schedule lightens up a bit in the team’s last four games, but it would be difficult to depend on Patterson with so many other good options out there.Honorable Mention:1.     Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington- 31 receiving yards, 0 TD’sThe last word that you would use to describe the Washington offense in 2012 is “consistent”. After a fantastic 2011 season, the offense has really digressed this year, most notably quarterback Keith Price. Seferian-Jenkins had also been inconsistent for much of the year until the past two games where he had a touchdown in each contest. That short streak ended against the rugged Oregon State defense. The sophomore tight end only had three catches in the game.2.     Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin- 46 rushing yards, 0 TD’sSome may call it a defensive battle. Others (me) call it pathetic Big Ten offenses. Both Michigan State and Wisconsin, with two of the top tailbacks in the entire nation, couldn’t do squat on offense. Both teams had limited success on the ground, yet would consistently keep giving the ball to their star running backs with the hope that they could break a big run. For Ball, that did not happen as he finished with 46 yards on the ground and zero touchdowns.3.     Damien Williams, RB, Oklahoma- 29 rushing yards, 0 TD’sIt’s highly unlikely that you started Williams this week against the vaunted front seven of Notre Dame, but if you did, and thought that Notre Dame was overrated like I did, well…it was a mistake. Williams did nothing all game long, and the Irish defense stifled the Oklahoma offense for the majority of the night. With the Sooners trailing for much of the contest, Landry Jones had to air it out, limiting the effectiveness of Williams.  4.     Fitzgerald Toussaint, RB, Michigan- 38 rushing yards, 0 TD’sToussaint was completely shut down by the Cornhusker defense with his backfield mate, Denard Robinson, going out early in the second quarter with an injury. With “Shoelace” out of the game, the defense could focus their attention completely on Toussaint. The Michigan offensive line has been horrendous this season, as well, in opening holes and pushing the pile.5.     Bronson Hill, RB, Eastern Michigan- 57 rushing yards, 0 TD’sAfter two breakout performances, Hill and the rest of the Eastern Michigan offense came back down to Earth in the loss to Bowling Green. EMU had accounted for over 1,200 yards of offense in the past two weeks, but was completely shut down against a defense from Bowling Green that has not allowed a touchdown in the last two games. Hill had a decent average of 4.4 yards a carry, but was not able to possess the ball much with the team trailing throughout the contest.This Won’t Last:1.     Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford- 58 rushing yards, 0 TD’sThis was not a good performance from Taylor and the Stanford offense. Against a reeling Washington State team, Stanford needed defensive scores to get past the Cougars. Taylor had only 51 yards rushing on 21 carries, and did not get to the end zone for only the third time all season.2.     Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech- 42 receiving yards, 0 TD’sIt was relatively quiet game for the entire Louisiana Tech offense in the win over New Mexico State. The offense finally broke through in the second half with a pair of long scoring plays, but it was by lesser-known players like Ray Holley and Myles White. Patton, the team’s go-to target on the outside, had only 42 yards receiving and did not have a touchdown catch. Since is record-breaking performance against Texas A&M, Patton has had consecutive games of under 50 yards receiving.3.     Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame- 22 receiving yards, 0 TD’sIt was all about defense and the run game for Notre Dame against Oklahoma. Eifert only had three catches on the night for 22 yards. Despite being possibly the most talented player on offense for the Irish, Eifert has not made a significant impact in 2012. The senior only has three touchdowns on the year, and has not topped 100 yards in a game yet. 
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