College Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 3 2017

By John Laub
John Laub


         College Fantasy Football

                The Scholar’s Surreptitious Starters

                             Week 3







Riley Ferguson, Memphis vs. UCLA: O/U 73

Ownership percentage: 65%

Managers who drafted Ferguson—who has only 97 yards passing and zero touchdowns—have been disheartened so far. However, it is time to insert the Tigers’ pitcher into your lineup against UCLA. Ferguson and Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen easily combine for 750 yards passing and seven touchdowns.



Josh Jackson, Virginia Tech at East Carolina: O/U 60.5

Ownership percentage: 37%

The Pirates are one of the worst defensive units in college football, ranking #125 in Total Defense. East Carolina surrenders 45 points per game and over 600 yards. The duel-threat playmaker effortlessly produces four total touchdowns on the road.

Shane Morris, Central Michigan at Syracuse: O/U 67.5

Ownership percentage: 21%

Morris has skyrocketed up the college football quarterback rankings with 693 passing yards and six touchdowns in back-to-back games. The Orange pass defense allowed three aerial strikes against Brent Stockstill last week, and Morris replicates the number of touchdowns in the Carrier Dome on Saturday.


Others signal callers to ponder:

Tyler Huntley, Utah vs. San Jose State

Jacob Park, Iowa State vs. Akron


Running Backs


Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M vs. Louisiana-Lafayette: O/U 60.5

Ownership percentage: 82%

Williams opened the season with a 203-yard effort against UCLA and followed it up with a pedestrian 53-yard afternoon versus Nicholls. The Ragin’ Cajuns are a welcome adversary for the Aggies: Louisiana surrenders 57 points and 383 rushing yards a game. Williams might set a personal-best rushing mark on Saturday.



Terry Swanson, Toledo vs. Tulsa: O/U 68

Ownership percentage: 69%

One of the more intriguing fantasy contests of the weekend: Las Vegas expects monstrous offensive production. The Hurricane’s rush defense does not pose a threat, permitting well over 300 yard per game. Swanson breaks his single-game best 112 rushing yards posted last year and scores two touchdowns in the upcoming game.

D’Andre Ferby, Western Kentucky vs. Louisiana Tech: O/U 62.5

Ownership percentage: 4%

A forgotten player, Ferby is barely on the radar among college fantasy footballers. The Hilltoppers ground game is stuck in the breakdown lane after two games; nevertheless, it might get a jump-start against the Bulldogs. Ferby likely scores twice as Western Kentucky gets back on track.

Others running backs to ponder:

Osharmar Abercrombie, Coastal Carolina vs. UAB

Kamryn Pettway, Auburn vs. Mercer


Wide Receivers


Derrick Willies, Texas Tech and N’Keal Harry, Arizona State

Sun Devils at Red Raiders: O/U 76

Ownership percentage: 16% and 80%

Astute college fantasy footballers are salivating to watch this game at home—if it is televised in their area—with a beer on their couch. Both quarterbacks are must starts, and Willies and Harry should easily surpass the century mark in receiving yards and reach the end zone at least once. Don’t be afraid to insert both into lineups.



Charles Nelson, Oregon at Wyoming: O/U 67.5

Ownership percentage: 26%

New coach Willie Taggart has guided the Ducks to a 2-0 record, and the offense has been prolific, scoring 119 points in two games. A senior, Nelson has flourished in the new system, recording 13 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys do not have the athletic ability in the secondary to slow down the Oregon passing game, and Nelson scores for the second time this year.

DaMarkus Lodge, Mississippi at California: O/U 72

Ownership percentage: 13%

The junior playmaker is being overlooked by college fantasy owners. Teammate A.J. Brown garners the attention of fans and opponents; however, Lodge deserves a longer look after grabbing 11 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns in two games. The Rebels and Bears both employ explosive aerial attacks, and there will be a surplus of points on Saturday night.


Others wide receivers to ponder:

James Gardner, Miami (OH) vs. Cincinnati

Anthony Johnson, Buffalo v Colgate


Defensive Rankings to Exploit

  Total Defense   Passing Defense     Rushing Defense    
  Team PPG/G Team P-YDS/G P-TDs Team R-YDS/G R-TDs
1 Louisiana 57 Ohio State 403 6 Florida Atlantic 386.5 8
2 Tulsa 50.5 Nebraska 390 6 Louisiana 383.5 11
3 Oregon State 46 South Alabama 385.5 7 UCLA 331.5 6
4 South Alabama 45.5 North Carolina 378 7 Tennessee 328.5 6
5 East Carolina 45 Texas A and M 377.5 5 Louisiana Monroe 319 4
6 Kent State 43.5 UConn 358 1 East Carolina 316.5 7
7 UTEP 43.5 Louisville 338.5 7 Tulsa 309.5 8
8 Arkansas State 43 New Mexico 337.5 6 San Jose State 305.7 11
9 North Carolina 41 South Carolina 330 3 Kent State 279.5 9
10 Louisiana Tech 40.5 California 326 2 Western Michigan 264 9


 Highest Over/Under Totals 

  Visitor Home O/U Total Favorite
1 Purdue Missouri 78 MIZZ - 7.5
2 Arizona State Texas Tech 76 TT - 7.5
3 UCLA Memphis 73 UCLA - 3
4 Mississippi California 72 MISS -4
5 Tulsa Toledo 68 TOL -8
6 Texas USC 67.5 USC -15