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Start/Bench—Week 5  

Start
Thomas Woodson, QB-Akron at Kent State
Woodson has thrown three or more touchdowns and topped 350 yards passing in three of the Zips’ first four games of 2016.  This week, Akron faces a Kent State defense that is allowing 40 points per game against FBS opposition.

 

Tyler Jones, QB-Texas State vs Incarnate Word
Jones accounted for five touchdowns in the season-opener at Ohio, but the offense has only scored six points since.  Expect the Bobcats’ offense to get things rolling again in Week 5 when they host Incarnate Word.

 

Kalif Phillips, RB-Charlotte vs Old Dominion
Many owners likely passed on Phillips last week because the senior running back was making his return from a Week 3 injury.  After his 100-yard performance against Temple, Phillips looks ready for conference play.

 

Jarred Craft, RB-Louisiana Tech vs UTEP
Craft has gone over 130 total yards in three consecutive games and faces a UTEP defense that is allowing 234.0 yards per game on the ground in 2016.

 

Ian Eriksen, RB-Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green
Eriksen has topped 90 yards rushing in three of four games and has scored in every game this year.  This week, the Eagles travel to Bowling Green and face a Falcons defense that is allowing 231.0 yards per game on the ground and an FBS-worst 55.3 points per game.

 

Kerryon Williams and Kamryn Pettway, RBs-Auburn vs UL-Monroe
Auburn did not find the end zone last week in a win over LSU, but they should have a much easier go at it in Week 5 when they host UL-Monroe.  Expect a lot of Williams and Pettway against a Warhawks defense that is allowing over 290 yards per game on the ground, third-worst in the FBS.
 
Corey Clement, RB-Wisconsin at Michigan
Corey Clement has carried the ball at least 20 times and scored a touchdown in all three games in which he has played, and the way the Badgers’ defense has performed through four weeks, expect the Wolverines to get a heavy dose of  the senior back Saturday afternoon.

  

Bench
Will Worth, QB-Navy at Air Force
The Air Force Academy has the nation’s No.2 rushing defense, giving up only 51.7 yards per game on the ground.  The Midshipmen will easily top that average, but the Falcons’ defense should be able to contain the Navy quarterback.
 
De’Veon Smith, RB-Michigan vs Wisconsin
Smith has topped 80 yards rushing and has scored a touchdown in each of the Wolverines’ past two games, but he has not had more than twelve rushing attempts in any game this season.  Wisconsin’s defense is only allowing 80.5 rushing yards per game and they have played a couple of quality opponents, so we’re not expecting Smith to do much if his carries are going to be limited.
 
Soso Jamabo, RB-UCLA vs Arizona
We’re not sure why Jamabo has not played much over the past two weeks, but he sure has disappointed his owners and we don’t advise starting him until he gets more snaps.
 
Boom Williams, Kentucky at Alabama          
Williams has topped 100 yards and scored a touchdown in each of the past two games, but playing a road game at Alabama is a lot different than playing home games against New Mexico State and South Carolina.

 

Deontae Cooper, RB-San Jose State at New Mexico
Cooper will definitely get carries, but fellow running back Zamore Zigler has topped 100 yards in two of the past three games and it seems as if the freshman will cut into Cooper’s workload.

 

Jordan Johnson, RB-Buffalo at Boston College
In Week 5, Buffalo faces a Boston College defense that is giving up fewer than 100 yards per game on the ground (91.5) and only 2.5 yards per attempt, and Johnson’s only 100-yard game was the season-opener against Albany.

 

Demario Richard, RB-Arizona State at USC
It’s a tough call to leave a running back on the bench that has at least 19 rushing attempts in every game this year, but Richard has yet to score a rushing touchdown against an FBS opponent and quarterback Manny Wilkins and running back Kalen Ballage are vulturing the red zone carries.

 

Mack Hollins, WR-North Carolina at Florida State
Hollins’ owners have been very fortunate that his low-reception totals have resulted in three straight games with a touchdown.  Sooner or later that streak will end and we’re not pushing our luck after Hollins had one reception in last week’s win over Pitt and was not even on the field for the game-winning drive.
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