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Start/Bench—Week 9 


Start
Will Worth, QB-Navy at South Florida
Worth has accounted for eight touchdowns in Navy’s past two games and in Week 9 he’ll face a South Florida defense that is giving up over 200 yards per game on the ground in 2016 (206.3).

 

Warren Wand, RB-Arkansas State vs UL Monroe
Wand has gotten at least 16 touches in five of six games this year, but has only topped 100 yards rushing once.  This week, the Red Wolves face the worst rushing defense in the FBS, as UL Monroe is giving up nearly 300 yards per game on the ground (297.9).

 

Jordan Johnson, RB-Buffalo vs Akron
Johnson has not topped the 100-yard mark since the season-opener against FCS opponent Albany, but he came really close last week, finishing with 97 yards and a TD in a loss at Northern Illinois.  Johnson may flirt with the century mark this week, as Buffalo hosts Akron in a Friday night matchup, and the Zips are giving up 210.0 rushing yards per game.

 

Jarred Craft, RB-Louisiana Tech vs Rice
Craft has been somewhat of a disappointment over the past two weeks, but the Bulldogs host Rice this week and the Owls are allowing 195.9 rushing yards per game and have given up 16 rushing TDs, so we expect the junior back to have a bounce-back week.

 

Benjamin Snell, RB-Kentucky at Missouri
If you take away the Alabama game, Snell is averaging 18 carries, 108 rushing yards, and 1.5 TDs per game.  Statistically, the freshman matches up well against a Missouri defense that is allowing 218.9 rushing yards per game.

 

Damarea Crockett, RB-Missouri vs Kentucky
Speaking of favorable matchups for a freshman running back, Crockett has topped 100 yards in three of his last four games and Kentucky’s run defense is not much better than Missouri’s, as the Wildcats are giving up 202.1 yards per game on the ground.
 
Mark Walton, RB-Miami at Notre Dame
Walton has failed to top the century mark in four consecutive games and we usually do not press our luck against such trends, but the Irish have allowed a 100-yard rusher in five of seven games this season and Walton is the Canes’ best back.

 

Christian McCaffrey, RB-Stanford at Arizona
LSU RB Leonard Fournette turned a corner last week and we expect McCaffrey to do the same this week, even though he has never scored an offensive TD in a true road game…..in his collegiate career. 

   

Bench
Tommy Armstrong, QB and Terrell Newby, RB-Nebraska at Wisconsin
Armstrong has not accounted for more than one touchdown in a road game this season and faces a Wisconsin defense that is only allowing 14.3 points per game, which is fourth-best in the FBS.  Don’t expect things to be any easier for RB Terrell Newby against the Badgers’ stingy run defense either (102.9 rypg).
 
Kurt Benkert, QB-Virginia vs Louisville
Benkert has struggled in his past two games, accounting for only one TD in home games against Pitt and North Carolina, and things will not get any easier against the ACC’s second-best pass defense in Week 9.
 
LJ Scott, RB-Michigan State vs Michigan
Scott ran for a season-high 128 yards last week at Maryland, but trying to duplicate that production against one of the nation’s best defenses is asking too much.  The Wolverines are giving up less than 100 yards per game on the ground (96.0) and have only allowed two rushing touchdowns.

 

Andy Davidson, RB-Army at Wake Forest
It’s not the matchup that we are terribly concerned about, even though the Demon Deacons have a Top 20 run defense, but we’re not sure if Davidson has fully recovered from an injury suffered a couple of weeks ago.

 

Mike Warren, RB-Iowa State vs Kansas State
Warren only has 110 rushing yards in the past two games combined, and in Week 9, faces a Kansas State defense ranked third in the FBS against the run (94.9 rypg).

 

Victor Bolden, WR-Oregon State vs Washington State
Last week, Bolden had one of his best games of the season in a 41-17 loss at Washington, but those have been far and few between, so we cannot recommend a player that has failed to surpass 86 total yards of offense in five of seven games this season. 

 

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