Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/17/12

So, how did your weekend go?  If you were relying on John White or Charles Sims to help you pull out a big fantasy win, chances are you're about as disgruntled as an Arkansas Razorbacks fan right about now.

It was a typical Saturday of college fantasy football ups and downs.  Here's a quick look at 22 things we learned:


1.  It's safe to say that the Arkansas football is a dumpster fire.  What are we to make of Cobi Hamilton and Chris Gragg moving forward?  I wouldn't completely bail on these two guys just yet.  As long as Tyler Wilson returns soon, they'll still produce.

2.  I'm still not buying into Florida State from a fantasy perspective.  Rashad Greene has been a giant bust.  E.J. Manuel is solid but unspectacular.  And the Noles' running backs are great as a unit, but unless you're playing in a deep BCS league, are tough count on week-in and week-out.  Too many cooks in the kitchen.

3.  In the preseason, ESPN's Todd McShay had Logan Thomas projected as a Top 15 pick in the 2013 NFL draft.  Whoops.

4.  Pitt running back Ray Graham is looking stronger each week.  He logged a 24-94-2 rushing statline (to go along with 2-17-1 receiving) against the Hokies, a sign of things to come.  Also keep an eye on freshman Rushel Shell, who busted loose for 157 yards on 23 carries.

5.  Miami said they were going to give Duke Johnson more of a workload this week, and they did.  He still only managed 17 touches from scrimmage, but he turned them into 151 total yards and three touchdowns.  He also returned a kickoff for a score.

6.  Fantasy Burn Of The Week: Despite John White IV insisting that he would play in the Holy War vs. BYU (ankle injury), he did not see the field. JW4 owners, consider yourself burnt.

7.  The heralded Terps freshmen are starting to make some noise.  RB Wes Brown had a productive afternoon as the lead Terrapin back, rushing for 74 yards and 1 TD on 14 carries.  WR Stefon Diggs also caught a TD pass.

8.  Sammy Watkins is back, baby! But is he really "back"? He caught four balls for 52 yards and took his one rush to the house in his 2012 debut. But DeAndre Hopkins still was Tajh Boyd's top target, catching 7 balls for 95 yards. This will be something worth watching in the next three weeks when Clemson takes on Florida State, Boston College and Georgia Tech.

9.  Yeah he's inconsistent, but Georgia Tech QB Tevin Washington continues to fly under the fantasy radar. In Saturday's win over Virginia, he racked up 37 fantasy points.  Play him when the matchup is right.

10.  Fantasy Burn Of The Week, Part Deux: Houston RB Charles Sims did not play against UCLA.  Word is that Sims injured his hip in last week's game.  He also had to go to the emergency room on Wednesday night (for undisclosed reasons).  The end result: ZERO fantasy points.

11.  You might want to keep an eye on Western Michigan running back Dareyon Chance after his 29-144-1 performance against Minnesota.  The MAC schedule awaits him.

12.  Care to guess who has the most passing yards in the country right now?  It's none other than Rakeem Cato or Marshall (1,222).  And he's yet to embark on the juicy C-USA slate.

13.  Note to the Cal coaches: Brendan Bigelow needs more touches. With only four touches, he ran for 160 yards and two dazzling TD scampers.  Another note to the Cal coaches: your kicker stinks.

14.  There is a shred of fantasy light in Unhappy Valley: WR Allen Robinson is 6th in the country in receiving yards (322).  Penn State gets Temple, Illinois and Northwestern next.

15.  Need to take a flier on a WR?  Give Anthony Amos a try. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raider has amassed 21-300-3 through three games, with consistent production in each contest.

16.  News flash: the Michigan State offense is one-dimensional.  And while we love that one dimension (Mr. Le'Veon Bell), until Sparty can get some sort of passing game going, he is going to be overworked, and beaten up.  Does not bode well for his late season health.

17.  So, Bret, who are you going to fire this week? Wisconsin was a missed field goal away from losing to Utah State. At home.  After whispers that James White might see some more time, Montee Ball asserted himself as the clear workhorse, rushing the ball a whopping 37 times.  However, he was only able to average 3.8 yards per carry.  Not good enough. 

18.  After looking sharp in back-to-back games against SEC opponents, one would think UL-Monroe QB Kolton Browning should do some serious damage in the Sun Belt.

19.  Welcome to the world of college fantasy football, Johnny Manziel.  Your 42-point fantasy outburst was impressive.

20.  Western Kentucky seemingly has their new workhorse RB, and his name is Antonio Andrews.  He rushed 32 times for 125 yards and 3 scores against Kentucky, and also threw the game-winning two-point conversion pass.

21.  Through five games, all-world recruit Dorial Green-Beckham has a total of 5 catches for 39 yards.

22.  Rex Who?  Ameer Abdullah is filling in nicely for Mr. Burkhead. He toted the rock 30 times for 167 yards and a pair of TDs against Arkansas State.




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