Each week, I take a look at players you should start in your fantasy BCS league. I also make recommendations for smaller leagues, such as SEC-only.
You can see last week's picks here, but below I'll make reference to how well my 2009 and 2010 picks have done, so you can judge whether the one-week play is better than your usual starter.
Week 1 Average: 27.3
2010 Average: 27.3
2009 Average: 23.2
Matt Barkley, USC (UVA) - 36% Owned, 15% Started - I'm actually surprised he was owned in so few leagues. He won't get 42 points like he did against Hawaii, but he should continue to put up big numbers, as Lane Kiffin tries to stay relevant (you know, without cheating.)
Josh Nesbitt, Georgia Tech (Kansas) - 25% Owned, 7% Started - I was puzzled in the preseason when Nesbitt wasn't recommended by CBS, and then wasn't drafted highly. He put up 29 points last week. Kansas just lost to an FBS team. Speaking of Kansas, was there any doubt Mark Mangino would leave a cupboard bare? And yes, I stole that one from an email on this week's Solid Verbal podcast.
If You're Hardcore: Stephen Garcia, South Carolina (UGA) - 11% Owned, 3% Started - Last year, Georgia's secondary made even Straight Outta Crompton look like a Heisman contender.
Week 1 Average: 22
2010 Average: 22
2009 Average: 10.3
Montee Ball, Wisconsin (SJ State) - 3% Owned, 2% Started - John Clay's backup got 19 points last week. We all saw Alabama's rushing game explode against San Jose State. I think Ball has another big week, as there should be plenty of carries to go around.
Tre Newton, Texas (Wyoming) - 19% Owned, 12% Started - We heard about Texas' new commitment to the run game. Wyoming doesn't pose much more of a challenge than Rice, so Newton could approach 29 points again.
If You're Hardcore: Dillon Baxter, USC (UVA) - 3% Owned, 1% Started - The superstar frosh comes off of his suspension. If he's the real deal, this might be your last chance to get in on it.
Week 1 Average: 6
2010 Average: 6
2009 Average: 8.04
Joe Adams, Arkansas (La. Monroe) - 40% Owned, 35% Started - Arkansas is going to put up great numbers against these awful teams. This ownership percentage s a little high for me to recommend, usually, but Adams should be owned in many more leagues than this. And there's little doubt he's a great play this week.
Dane Sanzenbacher, Ohio State (Miami (FL) )- 10% Owned, 7% Started - Sanzenbacher appears to be a favorite target for Pryor. Florida threw the ball more than most games against Miami (FL) in 2008, and Miami's strength has continued to be in the front seven. I would usually stick to recommending people playing worse teams, but I don't think Sanzenbacher's ownership percentages will be this low for long.
Ryan Swope, Texas A&M (La. Tech) - 9% Owned, 2% Started - Your league mates didn't notice, because he didn't get in the endzone last week and had the 25% penalty for playing Stephen F. Austin. But the Aggies are going to throw the ball a lot, and he caught 13 balls last week.
If You're Hardcore: Daymond Patterson, Kansas (@GT) - 1% Owned, 0% Started - I already joked about Mark Mangino's cupboard. Consider Patterson the stale, blue box of Kraft macaroni and cheese behind the cobweb. With 4 catches and 3 carries a week ago, it's apparent the Jayhawks' offensive hopes will be in his hands.
Week 1 Average: 6.5
2010 Average: 6.5
2009 Average: 4.67
Rhett Ellison, USC (UVA) - 4% Owned, 3% Started - Let's just say I'm not high on Virginia. Something about Al Groh sucking for nearly a decade.
If You're Hardcore: Allen Reisner, Iowa (Iowa State) - 5% Owned, 3% Started - Resiner had 4 catches last week, and thanks to the departed senior Tony Moeaki we know Iowa can feature the tight end.
Week 1 Average: 34.5
2010 Average: 34.5
2009 Average: 12.95
Texas Tech (New Mexico) - 7% Owned, 3% Started - Last week, put up 19 points despite the shootout with SMU. This week, they get New Mexico, who Oregon 's D/ST touched up for 48 fantasy points a week ago.
If You're Hardcore: NC State (@UCF) - 2% Owned, 0% Started - They scored 18 points as a defense last week. UCF is hardly an offensive juggernaut.
Each week, I'll pick a readily-available kicker, and compare his point total to CBS' preseason #1 ranked kicker, Florida's own Caleb Sturgis. Here are the results to date:
This week's pick:
Aaron Jones, Baylor (Buffalo) - 1% Owned, 0% Started