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VP Provides Eight Players This Week For The Championship Push
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(FSU) QB Tate Rodemaker — One of the more unfortunate events of Saturday was FSU’s star QB Jordan Travis going down with, what is likely, a season-ending leg injury. Rodemaker, a former four star recruit in the class of 2020, out of the winningest program in High School football history—Valdosta high, stepped in admirably, scoring 18.8 points after taking over. His throwing efficiency was not great, but he’ll likely be the starter this week vs a 122nd ranked UF defence (according to Fantrax).
(WVU) RB Jaheim White — WVU’s sophomore sledgehammer— CJ Donaldson, is currently dealing with an injury. While Donaldson played early, it appeared that he was sidelined for most of the game, and in his absence, White took 21 carries for 204 yards and a score, and broke off his lone reception for 75 yards and another score. We’ll see what happens with CJ, but if he’s out again, White could be in for a big day vs. Baylor’s porous defence this weekend. If you’re in the final game of your leagues and looking for some upside, White is an intriguing option.
(BGSU) RB Taron Keith — Another runner whose star has ascended in the absence of another. Keith has torched it two weeks in a row for the Falcons with outputs of 43.3 and 24.5 points now back to back. Terrion Stewart’s status will have to be monitored, but if he’s out again, Keith look likes a great play vs. WMU (116th vs. RBs) this weekend. I like his receiving usage too.
(SMU) RB LJ Johnson — LJ’s now seen 15 or more carries in three straight weeks. While he is also sharing carries with other RBs (namely Jaylon Knighton), he’s been solidly productive, scoring 12.9, 18.8, and 17.5 points in that span. The matchup this week is not ideal (Navy ranks 4th in rush yards against), so keep that in mind.
(Tulsa) RB Anthony Watkins — Watkins now has 17 or more touches in three straight weeks, and it appears he’s become the primary bellcow in this offence. He’s scored 20.6, 10.5, and 17.6 points in his last three. They play ECU this week, who Fantrax tells me is pretty good vs. RBs, but if you can find an RB seeing the kind of volume Watkins is off the wire this late in the season, it’s worth a shot if you’re in need.
(CSU) RB Justin Marshall — Marshall got his first start last week vs. SDSU and he did not disappoint. The true freshman scored 17.9 points, rushing 18 times for 119 yards and a score. This week, he followed up his stellar debut with another solid performance, rushing 19 times for 98 yards, and also caught two of his four targets for 23 yards. I love his matchup this week vs. the Rainbows.
(Wisconsin) WR Will Pauling — In the offseason, some nefarious actors (me) touted Pauling as the potential next Josh Downs in Phil Longo’s offence. He hasn’t lived up to that (not surprisingly), but he has been a solid player, in particular in the second half of the season. Pauling has scored 14 or more points in seven straight games, and has a weak Minnesota secondary on tap for championship weekend.
(Tulsa) WR Kamdyn Benjamin — Benjamin has absolutely erupted in his last two games, scoring 35.7 and 24.1 points back to back. Keep in mind that the Tulsa HC served as OSU’s OC for several years when they fed their top WRs like Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave. Could he have found his guy here? Tough to say still, but they play a ECU team that might stack the box this week, so Benjamin is a player I want this week.
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