2023 College Football Week 3 Streamers

by Corey Pieper
2023 College Football Week 3 Streamers

Another week of the College Football season is done, which means it is time for the 2023 College Football Streamers for Week 3. We now move into a different era of the season. Starting from this point forward, College Fantasy Football teams will have to start to navigate bye weeks.

In the NFL, every team receives one bye week throughout the season. While every NCAA football team is guaranteed at least one bye week, there are a decent number of teams that have two bye weeks. Amongst those teams are College Fantasy Football stalwarts such as Notre Dame, USC, Ohio, and San Jose State.

USC has its first bye this week. Then, as has been pointed out by many in theCollege Fantasy Football community, USC has its second bye week in what is likely the championship week of fantasy leagues. I always subscribe to the philosophy that you have to make it to the championship before you worry about the championship, but just be aware.

Other teams with byes this week include Jacksonville State, Sam Houston State, and Marshall. Bye weeks start rather slowly, but be ready because it won't be long and many of your teams will be missing key players.

If you need a fill-in, you know the place to go is the college football streamers article here on Fantasy Six Pack. If you need someone for this week, continue reading on for Week 3 streamers.

2023 College Football Week 3 Streamers

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Kaidon Salter, QB, Liberty Flames

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When I completed the Conference USA preview in early June, Kaidon Salter was my recommendation for Liberty. My last line in that writeup was "You likely won't need to use a draft pick on Salter, but be ready to pounce quickly if he starts well."

Through the first two games, Salter has thrown for 419 yards and four passing touchdowns. He has also rushed for 125 more yards and two more touchdowns. That is the hot start possibility I was alluding to as a reason to look to add him early.

Salter's matchups in the first two weeks have been Bowling Green and New Mexico State. The next matchup should be a step up in competition with the Buffalo Bulls. However, Buffalo has surrendered 38 points to Wisconsin, and then 40 points to Fordham!

Salter is the type of quarterback who has both a safe floor and a high ceiling due to his rushing ability. There is no remaining matchup on his schedule where he can't eclipse 30 fantasy points including this week against Buffalo. I'm expecting his ownership percentage to rise substantially from its current 21%.

Shomari Lawrence, RB, Florida International Panthers

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I was close to choosing Shomari Lawrence as a recommendation after his week zero effort against Louisiana Tech. He came out that first week with 15 carries for 139 yards and a touchdown. That was his first game at the FBS level after transferring from the University of South Dakota which is the uniform in the above photograph. I felt confident starting him in his next game against the FCS-level Maine Black Bears.

That didn't work out though. Lawrence had a very disappointing game against Maine with just seven carries for 26 yards. Then, he bounced back this past week with an impressive game against North Texas. In that game, he finished with 16 carries for 89 rushing yards and a touchdown.

At this point, I'm treating the Maine week as an aberration. I am willing to play Lawrence in what I would deem to be easier matchups. That would include this week's matchup at the University of Connecticut. UCONN has played two games so far this season. In just two games, they have given up 459 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns already! I'm playing Lawrence with confidence in a matchup such as that.

Sam Brown, WR, Houston Cougars

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Houston has been a hot spot for college fantasy wide receiver production. Most recently, the wide receiver to roster in this offense was now Houston Texan Nathaniel Dell. In the offseason, college fantasy football analysts such as myself were trying to determine who would be the next in the line of pass-catchers. The prevailing thought was that the talent of Matthew Golden would win out.

Golden has scored the most fantasy points among the Houston receivers. His numbers are being boosted by three touchdowns on only nine receptions. He is actually third on the team in both receptions and receiving behind both Joseph Manjack IV and Sam Brown.

Brown doesn't have a touchdown yet, but he has been the receiver with the most volume so far. Through two weeks, Brown has already been targeted 18 times. He has turned those targets into 15 receptions for 244 yards. Touchdowns are fluky. Volume tends to not be. At this point, I believe Sam Brown is the Houston receiver I'd most like to have for this week's matchup against TCU.

Tanner Koziol, TE, Ball State Cardinals

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Ball State started their season with two SEC matchups in Kentucky and Georgia. Those should be far and away the most difficult matchups on the Ball State schedule. Even in those difficult matchups, Tanner Koziol was still targeted 15 times. He was able to convert those targets into 11 receptions for 90 yards.

Those totals may not sound like much. However, those totals get him into the top 30 CFF tight ends at this point. If he hadn't lost a fumble he would be in the top 20 tight ends.

This week, Ball State takes on Indiana State. Indiana State was just soundly defeated 41-7 by the Indiana Hoosiers. I'm not expecting Koziol's game to be that one-sided which should be to his benefit. Koziol is the top target in the Ball State offense so if he plays a full four quarters we could see a breakout game including his first touchdown of the season.

Miami Hurricanes Defense

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When I'm writing this, the Hurricanes fall right on the 30% rostership percentage that I use as the cutoff. A few more leagues may let waivers process and that number will rise some with their upcoming matchup.

Miami has started the season 2-0. However, unlike many major collegiate football programs, they have not scheduled only easy victories. Week one was one of those easier matchups with a dominant effort 38-3 against Miami of Ohio. Then, the Hurricanes had the Texas A&M Aggies on the schedule. Texas A&M was able to move the ball but the Hurricanes forced multiple turnovers and even scored a defensive touchdown.

This week, Miami takes on the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats from the FCS level. We've already seen Bethune-Cookman take on an FBS-caliber opponent once this season in Memphis. Memphis beat Bethune-Cookman 56-14 a few weeks ago. I would expect that Miami can have an even better performance.

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