College Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 4 2017

By John Laub
John Laub


         College Fantasy Football

                The Scholar’s Surreptitious Starters

                             Week 4






Kyle Allen, Houston vs. Texas Tech: O/U 72

Ownership Percentage: 62%

The Red Raiders aerial assault challenges opponents on every play and lead the nation with 496 yards passing per game. Kyle Allen and the Cougars offense must keep pace in the air. The junior quarterback has been good this season; however, he must be great at home on Saturday in order too earn a victory. Allen effortlessly surpasses 300 yards passing and completes three touchdowns.



Ben Hicks, SMU vs. Arkansas State: O/U 73

Ownership Percentage: 7%

The Mustangs employ one of the most explosive offenses in the country, averaging 49.3 points per game (sixth best in the FBS). Hicks deserves much of the credit for putting points on the scoreboard. The sophomore signal caller has posted back-to-back games over 300 yards passing and tossed eight touchdowns in three games. The Red Wolves will not be able to contain one of the best wide receiver duos—Courtland Sutton and Trey Quinn—in the country, and Hicks will get the ball into his playmakers’ hands.

Peyton Bender, Kansas vs. West Virginia: O/U 67.5

Ownership Percentage: 5%

One of the best quarterbacks to target is a home underdog in a projected high-scoring contest. The Jayhawks lost two consecutive games, and the game script foreshadows a fourth-quarter deficit in which Bender and the offense must throw on nearly every down. The junior averages over 300 passing yards and two touchdowns per game. If in need of a quarterback, Bender is a sneaky option this weekend.


Other quarterbacks to ponder:

Tyler Huntley at Arizona: O/U 57.5

Ownership Percentage: 50%


Running Backs

Devwah Whaley, Arkansas vs. Texas A&M: O/U 56.5

Ownership Percentage: 69%

Coach Bret Bielema’s offense features a dominant ground game. The Razorbacks are desperate to get the rushing attack back on track, and Devwah Whaley is the central player. The sophomore runner, who rushed for over 600 yards last year, has not been as dynamic as anticipated this season. Do not make the mistake of benching the Razorbacks’ playmaker this weekend.



Ty Johnson, Maryland vs. UCF: O/U 64.5

Ownership Percentage: 52%

There is not a more explosive runner in college football than the Terrapins’ star. Examining the numbers, the production is astonishing (256 yards rushing) on such a limited workload (17 carries), averaging over 15 yards per touch. Johnson has scored three touchdowns and likely to explode for another two against the Knights.

Aeris Williams, Mississippi State at Georgia: O/U 48.5

Ownership percentage: 9%

Against LSU, Aeris Williams illustrated his tremendous skills with 146 rushing yards on 23 carries. At 6’1” and 217 pounds, the junior has eclipsed the century mark in back-to-back games. A perfect complement to dual-threat signal caller Nick Fitzgerald, Williams provides the Georgia coaching staff with an extraordinary challenge: who does the defense take away? Fitzgerald is the bigger threat, and the Bulldogs runner continues his early season succes.


Other running backs to ponder:

Nate Hopkins, UConn vs. East Carolina: O/U 62

Ownership Percentage: 21%

Trey Ragas, Louisiana Lafayette vs. Louisiana Monroe: O/U 62

Ownership Percentage: 13%


Wide Receivers

Jaleel Scott, New Mexico State vs. UTEP: O/U 59

Ownership Percentage: 74%

The Aggies home run hitter should be owned in 100% of leagues. At 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, the senior ranks among the top 10 wide receivers in college fantasy football with 22 catches for 295 yards and four touchdowns. The Miners defense allows a monstrous 50 points per game, and QB Tyler Rogers will target Scott all afternoon.


Kyle Williams, Arizona State vs. Oregon: O/U 75.5

Ownership Percentage: 1%

Without question, college fantasy footballers are overlooking an exciting playmaker in Tempe, Arizona. Williams enjoys a positive game script: The Sun Devils are 14.5-point underdogs at home against a high-scoring Oregon offense. Last week against Texas Tech, Williams caught seven passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Arizona State likely trails in the fourth quarter, and the sophomore will be heavily targeted again. 


Dillon Mitchell, Oregon at Arizona State: O/U 75.5

Ownership Percentage: 3%

The Ducks might not have Charles Nelson, who suffered an ankle injury at Wyoming, against the Sun Devils, and Dillon Mitchell will be integral in the aerial attack. A sophomore, Mitchell has 13 catches for 156 yards and a touchdown in three games. Any starting receiver playing versus Arizona State is worthy of picking up off the waiver wire.


Other wide receivers to ponder:

Dez Fitzpatrick, Louisville vs. Kent State

Ownership Percentage: 32%

Trey Quinn, SMU vs. Arkansas State: O/U 73

Ownership Percentage: 12%


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 Louisiana 53 UConn 406.5 4 Louisiana 315.3 13
2 Tulsa 51.7 Memphis 371 6 East Carolina 306.7 10
3 East Carolina 51.3 Tulsa 358.3 11 Louisiana Monroe 301.5 5
4 UTEP 50 Pittsburgh 349 10 Tulsa 280 9
5 Oregon State 47.5 California 338.8 4 Boston College 279 9
6 San Jose State  41.3 Arizona State 338 10 Florida Atlantic 278 8
7 Bowling Green 39.7 Louisville 331 8 UCLA 275 6
8 Utah State 39.3 East Carolina 327.7 11 Tennessee 275 6
9 UCLA 38.3 Texas A&M 323.7 7 UTEP 270.7 12
10 Rice 38 North Carolina 323.3 9 San Jose State 269.3 13


Highest Over/Under Totals 

  Visitor Home O/U Total Favorite
1 Oregon Arizona State 75.5 ORE -14.5
2 Arkansas State SMU 73.5 SMU -5.5
3 TCU Oklahoma St. 71.5 OKST -13
4 Texas Tech Houston 71 HOU - 6
5 West Virginia Kansas 70.5 WVU -21.5
6 New Mexico Tulsa 67 Tulsa -9.5