Week 11 in College Football Challenge is a potentially tricky one. With some big names on byes, others injured, and some in killer matchups, make sure you take the time to evaluate the names on your roster and make sure to maximize your matchups and get the most points possible.
Last week in College Football Challenge my team finished with an above-average 162. In our Fantasy CPR group though (which now has 21 entries) it was sigpi24 and his “finally football” entry that went off for 211 thanks to the huge game from Kenjon Barner and solid outings by Johnny Manziel and Jordan Lynch. His big week moved him up to #2 in our overall standings behind our overall leader “Zach has the best entry.”
My goal is to get into the top 10% by the end of the year and right now I’m up to 86.3 with three weeks to go. Here’s who I’m taking this week and a brief reason as to why:
Marcus Mariota-Oregon: Mariota put 37 up on the road last week at USC and will try to guide the Ducks to another big point-total on the road as they take on Cal to complete the back-to-back LA swing. Mariota has been over 20 in each of his last five games and had a season high 37 challenge points last week. The danger with Mariota is that if the Ducks get up too big he may sit part of the game, but I think amidst all the byes, injuries, and matchup issues he makes a very nice play this week against a Golden Bears defense that gave up 49 points at Utah just two weeks ago.
Matt Barkley-USC: Barkley doesn’t have as much upside as a run-heavy QB, but he’s a safe and solid option this week as the Trojans host Arizona State this week. He’s been over 30 challenge points in each of the last three weeks for the Trojans including last week’s 5-touchdown, 39-point effort. ASU’s defense has struggled allowing 45 to UCLA, 43 to Oregon, and 36 to Oregon State over their current three game losing streak.
Stefphon Jefferson-Nevada: Nevada takes on Fresno State in Reno this weekend in what are expected to be brutally cold conditions. Expect rushing, rushing, and more rushing from both teams. Jefferson should be rested and ready to continue his big season. He hasn’t had less than 20 carries in any game this year so expect another heavy workload against Fresno.
Dri Archer-Kent State: Archer has had a quietly nice season hitting double-digit challenge points each week and finding the endzone in every game. He’ll face a Miami of Ohio team that gave up 199 yards and a TD to Branden Oliver of Buffalo last week, so he sets up for a nice game against the RedHawks for the Golden Flashes.
Marqise Lee-USC: Lee is the top-ranked receiver on the board and against Arizona State the elite-level production should continue. He’s been in the endzone in every game but two this year and over 150 yards in each of the last two weeks.
Charlie Moore-Oklahoma State: Moore has found the endzone in each of the last four games. Tracy Moore is listed as doubtful and may be done for the year meaning that Charlie Moore and Josh Steward will be the Cowboys main weapons this week as they take on the Mountaineers in what should be a shootout in Stillwater.
Team Kicker and Defense
Kansas State Kickers: I’ll stick with K-State’s kickers who put up 14 points last week and have three consecutive games in double-digits as they’ve risen to #6 ranked overall.
Georgia Bulldogs Defense: Georgia’s D has allowed just 19 points total in its last two games against Florida and Ole Miss. Last week they had 21 challenge points and have been in double digits in six of their nine games this year including 20+ the last two. They’ll travel to Auburn on Saturday night to face a Tiger team that is 0-7 in the SEC and ranks 112th in points for average with just 19.2 even after putting up 42 last week against New Mexico State. They’ve been held to 21 of fewer in each of their in-conference game, so look for Jarvis Jones and the hard-hitting Bulldogs D to have another big week.