College Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 11 2017

By John Laub
John Laub


      College Fantasy Football

             The Scholar’s Surreptitious Starters

                          Week 11






Jordan Ta’amu, Mississippi vs. Louisiana: O/U 67.5

Ownership Percentage: 15%

Over the past two weeks, the Rebels’ signal caller has been one of the finest fantasy quarterbacks. Against Arkansas and Kentucky, Mississippi scored 37 points in each game, and the dual-threat competitor ignited the offensive onslaught with 750 passing and 84 rushing yards. He also completed 73% of his passes and totaled 6 touchdowns. On Saturday, the Rebels host the Ragin’ Cajuns and are huge favorites. The Louisiana defense has surrendered over 40 points five times this season, and Mississippi easily scores five touchdowns behind Ta’amu’s guidance.



Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky: O/U 53

Ownership Percentage: 5%

The Commodores are home favorites against one of the worst pass defenses in the nation: The Wildcats surrender over 270 passing yards per game and have permitted 17 aerial strikes. At home, Vanderbilt lost againt the two paramount teams in the nation (Georgia and Alabama), but won its other three games. Shurmur has tossed 20 aerial strikes this season and passed for 1,884 yards. The junior field general will find plenty of holes in the Kentucky secondary and throw for over 250 yards and three touchdowns.


Running Backs 


Karan Higdon, Michigan at Maryland: O/U 45

Ownership Percentage: 38%

Examining players available on waiver wires, it is striking that Karan Higdon remains a free agent in 62% of leagues. When coach Jim Harbaugh finally gave Higdon more carries, the junior tailback responded over the last four games with 603 yards on 74 carries and eight touchdowns. The Wolverines travel to Maryland, and the Terrapins employ a paper thin run defense, relinquishing 174.8 yards per game and 18 rushing touchdowns. Higdon exceeds 150 rushing yards for the third time in five games and scores twice for the third consecutive contest.


Kelton Moore, Nevada vs. San Jose State: O/U 67

Ownership Percentage: 9%

The matchup jumps off the spreadsheet between Kelton Moore and the atrocious San Jose State run defense, which ranks dead last in the FBS. The sophomore runner has exceeded 100 yards rushing and scored over 20 points in three of the last four games. For the season, Moore has averaged 6.0 yards per attempt, rushed for 649 yards and scored four times. If unclaimed, the Wolf Pack runner could lead a college fantasy diehard to victory this weekend.


Demario Richard, Arizona State at UCLA: O/U 67.5

Ownership Percentage: 7%

How poor has the Bruins’ front seven played lately? In the last three games, Utah rushed for 272 yards and two touchdowns, Washington rambled for 333 yards and five scores and Oregon totaled 246 yards and two touchdowns. There is no reason to assume that UCLA has remedied its defensive shortcomings. The Sun Devils have given Richard significant carries (58) during the past three contests, and the senior has answered the call to duty with 352 rushing yards and two touchdowns. If a college alternative-reality manager desires backfield help, Richard can provide a scoring boost on Saturday.


Wide Receivers


Tyre Brady, Marshall vs. Western Kentucky: O/U 50

Ownership Percentage: 57%

Quietly, Tyre Brady has emerged as a valuable fantasy asset. He has snatched 55 passes for 776 yards and seven touchdowns. At 6-foot-3 and 208 pounds, the junior provides quarterback Chase Litton with a big and reliable target in the aerial assault. The Thundering Herd clash with the Hilltoppers, and Brady will garner at least eight targets on Saturday. The matchup does not look stupendous, but Brady will exceed expectations.



Korey Robertson, Southern Mississippi at Rice: O/U 49

Ownership Percentage: 36%

In two of the last three games, Korey Robertson has totaled over 120 yards receiving, and for the season, he has eclipsed 100 yards in three outings. He leads the team in every receiving category with 51 catches for 702 yards and seven touchdowns. Against the pass, Rice ranks #81, allowing 231.7 ypg, and 16 touchdowns. At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Robertson takes advantage of the Owls secondary and surpasses the century mark for the fourth time.


Kelvin Harmon, North Carolina State at Boston College: O/U 52

Ownership Percentage: 18%

Las Vegas projects a positive game script for the Wolfpack’ passing attack: North Carolina State is an underdog and should be playing from behind in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Ryan Finley spreads the ball around to a myriad of game breakers; however, Harmon is the big-play receiver downfield. The sophomore averages 15.7 YPC on 51 receptions for 799 yards and four touchdowns. He has five games with over 100 yards and will likely make it six on Saturday.


Defensive Rankings to Exploit

  Total Defense   Passing Defense     Rushing Defense  
  Team PTS/G Team P-YDS/G P-TDs Team R-YDS/G R-TDs
1 East Carolina 46.6 UConn 378.6 28 San Jose State 304.6 34
2 San Jose State 42.4 East Carolina 325.8 25 UCLA 303.2 25
3 Kansas 42.2 Arizona 301.8 13 Air Force 280.9 24
4 Oregon St. 39.8 Nevada 295.9 22 Tulsa 270.8 29
5 Ball State 39.7 Kansas State 295.8 12 Ole Miss 255.9 22
6 UCLA 38.8 Louisiana Monroe 293.1 25 Bowling Green 245.3 23
7 Georgia Southern 38.4 SMU 292.9 19 East Carolina 240.1 27
8 UConn 38.3 Houston 291.6 9 Tennessee 237.3 21
9 Tulsa 38 Texas Tech 287 24 Tulane 226.8 20
10 Coastal Carolina 38 Kentucky 279.4 17 UTEP 226.1 26


Highest Over/Under Totals

  Visitor Home O/U Total Favorite
1 Texas Tech Baylor 72.5 TTU - 7.5
2 Oregon State Arizona 71.5 ARIZ - 22.5
3 SMU Navy 68 NAV -4.5
4 Florida Atlantic Louisiana Tech 68.5 FAU - 6.5
5 Louisiana Mississippi 67.5 MISS - 19.5
6 Arizona State UCLA 67.5 UCLA -3
7 San Jose State Nevada 67.5 NEV - 19