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College Fantasy Football Sleepers for Week 12

John Laub presents the Scholar’s Surreptitious Starters, a look at the top college fantasy football sleepers for Week 11 of the NCAA Football season.

College Fantasy Football Sleepers: Quarterback

Tyler Huntley, Utah vs, UCLA: O/U 52 & Utah -21
Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 23%
Opponent Defense vs. Pass: #123 (294.3 ypg.)
Opponent Points Allowed: 32 ppg.

In 2019, Tyler Huntley is one of the better streaming quarterback options in college fantasy football. In the right matchup, the Utes’ signal-caller provides a great option for starting lineups. I have had the pleasure of starting Huntley a couple of times this season. In six games, Huntley has surpassed 20 fantasy points and scored a season-best 39.8 against Washington State. The Bruins’ porous pass defense offers a wonderful occasion to play Huntley. I anticipate the Utah senior to exceed 300 yards passing for the second time while manufacturing over 25 fantasy points.


Brady White, Memphis at Houston: O/U 68.5 & Memphis -10
Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 51%
Opponent Defense vs. Pass: #122 (289.6 ypg.)
Opponent Points Allowed: 32.6 ppg.

When college fantasy footballers last saw Brady White on the gridiron, he guided the Tigers to victory over the undefeated Mustangs at home. He passed for 350 yards and three touchdowns. For the season, White has recorded a 23:4 TD:INT ratio and passed for over 2,500 yards. In nine games, he has only scored less than 15 fantasy points once and constructed over 20 points seven times with a season-best 37.2 versus Tulane. Despite a road trip for Memphis, the Tigers will be able to knock off the Cougars as Brady passes for three touchdowns and over 300 yards for the fifth time.


Additional QB Sleepers:

  • Hendon Hooker, Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech: O/U 50.5 & Virginia Tech -5.5
    Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 6%
    Opponent Defense vs. Pass: #31 (195.7 ypg.)
    Opponent Points Allowed: 29.6 ppg.

Twitterverse on Fire!

Identify the most enticing under-the-radar QB to place into starting lineups in Week 12.

  • Asher O’Hara, Middle Tennessee vs. Rice: 21%
  • Hank Bachmeier, Boise State vs. New Mexico: 17%
  • Jake Luton, Oregon State vs. Arizona State: 28%
  • Skylar Thompson, Kansas State vs. West Virginia: 34%
    John’s Vote: Skylar Thompson

“Close call, but going with S. Thompson over J. Luton. Rice has shown an ability to lull opponents to sleep. H. Bachmeier didn’t start the last game. He’s been banged up, and Cord has been solid and has played each week, so not sure Bachmeier would get the majority of snaps anyway.” @CFBWinningEdge

“S. Thompson: The whole WVU team is a train wreck right now. Kick them while they are down.” @JustinNottinh6

“A. O’Hara has quietly been a season-long CFF stud (except for one understandably tough game at Iowa), and his last two games were arguably the most dominant successive games for him this year.” @KrazyCeltic

College Fantasy Football Sleepers: Running Back

Deshawn McClease, Virginia Tech at Georgie Tech: O/U 50.5 & Virginia Tech -5.5
Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 3%
Opponent Defense vs. Run: #119 (210.7 ypg.)
Opponent Points Allowed: 29.6 ppg.

After Virginia Tech lost to Duke and benched QB Ryan Willis, I wrote the Hookies offense off as a viable fantasy option. Much to my surprise, Virginia Tech has rattled off five consecutive victories and discovered a running back worthy of starting in lineups. In every game this year, Deshawn McClease has earned double-digit carries and surpassed 100-yards rushing twice. All five of his touchdowns have been scored in the past five outings as Coach Justin Fuente resurrected the offense, averaging 35 points per game. I have installed ball carriers against the Yellow Jackets’ run defense all season, and there is no reason to stop now. McClease is in a perfect spot to smash for college fantasy football diehards this weekend.


Kennedy Brooks, Oklahoma at Baylor: O/U 67.5 & Oklahoma -10
Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 36%
Opponent Defense vs. Run: #31 (127.1 ypg.)
Opponent Points Allowed: 19 ppg.

Once again, Oklahoma trots out one of the most explosive offenses in the nation: The Sooners lead the FBS in Total Offense (587.3 ypg.) and are second in scoring (48.4 ypg.). RB Trey Sermon suffered a left knee injury last week and will not suit up again in 2019. Sermon and Kennedy Brooks shared backfield duties throughout the campaign, but Brooks will most likely garner the majority of snaps moving forward. Last week, he earned a season-high 15 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown. It was the second time this year that the sophomore playmaker bettered the century mark, and he has rushed for 515 yards on only 63 carries, averaging 8.2 ypc. Brooks’ touchdown upside is limited with Heisman candidate Jalen Hurts stealing carries around the goal line. Nonetheless, a starting running back on the Sooners must be gobbled up by CFF owners during the playoff stretch, and he is a good flex option versus Baylor.


Additional RB Sleepers:

  • Drake Anderson, Northwestern vs. UMass: O/U 56.5 & Northwestern -40.5
    Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 6%
    Opponent Defense vs. Run: #130 (293.5 ppg.)
    Opponent Points Allowed: 53.1 ppg.
  • Deon Jackson, Duke vs. Baylor: O/U 55 & Duke -9.5
    Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 30%
    Opponent Defense vs. Run: #104 (197.3 ypg.)
    Opponent Points Allowed: 30.7 ppg.

Twitterverse on Fire!

Identify the overlooked running back to place into starting lineups in Week 12.

  • Xazavian Valladay, Wyoming at Utah State: 31%
  • Sandon McCoy, Army vs. VMI: 20%
  • Charles Williams, UNLV vs. Hawaii: 28%
  • Deshawn McClease, Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech: 21%
    John’s Vote: Charles Williams

“S. McCoy stood out but his last game’s terrific output was against UMass. I ran into the end zone on UMass typing this. I worry his output could be more like that against Morgan State back on 9/21. I inserted Charles Williams into my lineup for similar floor with chance for more.” @KrazyCeltic

“C. Williams is a great choice here: 125 yards and two touchdowns.” @aceholesrule

“I like S. McCoy vs VMI. He could get three touchdowns this week, just like last week vs UMass.” @JustinNottinh6

“X. Valladay is my pick. Coming off a week where he received 37 carries against a tough Boise St. defense and still produced. This week he has the 89th ranked run defense. Roll him out.” @AlbaughBrandon

College Fantasy Football Sleepers: Wide Receiver


Juwan Johnson, Oregon vs. Arizona: O/U 68.5 & Oregon -27.5
Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 33%
Opponent Defense vs. Pass: #129 (313.4 ypg.)
Opponent Points Allowed: 37.3 ppg.

When the season kicked off, many CFF experts identified Juwan Johnson as a sleeper at the position. After graduating with a degree in telecommunications, he transferred to Oregon. The former Penn State product landed in an ideal spot to become a valuable fantasy asset. Unfortunately, injuries hampered his availability and production. Johnson has suited up in only three games this season, catching 13 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns, which were all scored two weeks ago against USC. At 6-foot-4 and 231 pounds, Johnson can impose his will on smaller defensive backs, and the Wildcats have been subjugated all year by opposing aerial attacks. QB Justin Herbert will have success throwing against the leaky Arizona’ pass defense, and Johnson effortlessly exceeds the 100-yard benchmark for the second consecutive game. Twitterverse voters also agree as Johnson grossed the most votes (see below).


Randal Grimes, UNLV vs. Hawaii: O/U 74 & Hawaii -7.0
Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 20%
Opponent Defense vs. Pass: #94 (246 ypg.)
Opponent Points Allowed: 36.4 ppg.

I salivated when I saw the over-under for the Hawaii-UNLV contest on Saturday afternoon. It is the highest projected game on the slate this weekend, and there are so many enticing options for fantasy managers. In my book, WR Randal Grimes is clearly the undervalued commodity in the matchup. In the last four Rebels’ games, the sophomore has snatched 19 passes for 334 yards and five touchdowns. At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Grimes towers over defensive backs and uses his size and strength to win. There is no way that he should be available in so many leagues in a contest that screams fantasy production for CFF diehards.


Additional WR Sleepers:

  • Dillon Stoner, Oklahoma State vs. Kansas: O/U 67 & Oklahoma State -17.5
    Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 14%
    Opponent Defense vs. Pass: #84 (237.9 ypg.)
    Opponent Points Allowed: 33.3 ppg.
  • Chris Olave, Ohio State at Rutgers: O/U 61.5 & Ohio State -52.5
    Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 50%
    Opponent Defense vs. Pass: #75 (232.6 ypg.)
    Opponent Points Allowed: 36.7 ppg.

Twitterverse on Fire!

Identify the sleeper wide receiver to place into starting lineups in Week 12.

  • Juwan Johnson, Oregon vs. Arizona: 47%
  • Antonio Gibson, Memphis at Houston: 18%
  • Randal Grimes, UNLV vs. Hawaii: 21%
  • Andrew Parchment, Kansas at Oklahoma State: 14%
    John’s Vote: Randall Grimes

“Gibson has been a boom-or-bust player this year, but I like his chances going up against Houston, which has been similarly poor on defense as the last opponent: SMU. Monitor for news of Patrick Taylor Jr.’s return, which would hurt number of touches.” @KrazyCeltic

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