The 2023 College Football streamers article for Week 5 is here! This past weekend of college football was a rare treat with six matchups that featured two top-25 teams. Per the Associated Press, that's the first time we've seen that many ranked vs. ranked matchups this early in the season since 2006!
Hopefully, you were able to watch at least one of the fantastic matchups this past weekend. Washington State and Oregon State both looked like they deserved their top-20 rankings as they battled to a 38-35 victory for Washington State. Utah and UCLA didn't have the offensive fireworks, but was a great game with a Utah 14-7 victory. But the best game of the weekend featured two traditional blueblood programs.
Ohio State and Notre Dame have been opponents six times in the modern era. Two of those matchups have been in the Fiesta Bowl and the other four were predetermined. Rather shockingly, Ohio State has won all six of those matchups! However, this past weekend offered the closest margin of victory yet. Ohio State was able to win 17-14 with a last-second touchdown rush by Chip Trayanum!
CHIP TRAYANUM WALKOFF TOUCHDOWN FOR OHIO STATE
— SuperHawkeyeFan (@superhawkeyefan) September 24, 2023
On paper, this weekend doesn't quite stack up to last weekend with only four ranked vs. ranked matchups. However, we all know that college football delivers every week. As does the college football streamers article you can find weekly on the Fantasy Six pack.
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Jaylen Raynor, QB, Arkansas State Red Wolves
I have a bad feeling I'm going to kick myself on Jaylen Raynor for the next few seasons. In the deepest CFF dynasty league that I participate in, I actually selected Raynor with my last pick. However, I dropped him after week two. He showed last week the dual-threat skillset that I found so appealing.
Raynor was given his first career this past weekend against Southern Mississippi. He only completed 11 passes but was still able to generate 233 passing yards and three touchdowns. It's the rushing though that creates such a tantalizing prospect. Raynor rushed the ball an additional 17 times for 97 yards and two more touchdowns.
— Arkansas State Football (@AStateFB) September 24, 2023
Raynor is only 8% rostered on Fantrax at this point. This week, Raynor gets to take on the Massachusetts Minutemen. Massachusetts currently has a bottom-10 defense in all of college football in terms of points allowed. It seems likely that Raynor will post over 30 fantasy points again this week, and see his ownership skyrocket.
Peny Boone, RB, Toledo Rockets
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We have reached the time of the season which is affectionately known as MACtion. Unfortunately for the Toledo Rockets, it seems they will be without their star quarterback DeQuan Finn for at least a few games of MACtion.
Toledo QB Dequan Finn took a hard hit and was carted off the field. Looked like a significant shoulder injury.
Finn missed a few games last season after suffering a vicious hit on the final play of the game at Buffalo.
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) September 23, 2023
In his absence, I expect we'll see Toledo lean more on their running game. Their primary running back Peny Boone looks to be the main beneficiary of that transition to a more run-oriented attack. There was a definite excitement for Boone in college fantasy football before last season. He transferred from Maryland to a lower level of competition at Toledo. It's possible that we may have just been a season too soon.
This past weekend against Western Michigan, Boone received 24 carries which he turned into 211 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The week before was the first game of his career where he had rushed for over 100 yards. That means that he has set a career-high in yards each of the past two weeks! While we can't keep expecting new highs, I think with a steady workload we can expect a fantasy viable running back each week.
Kobe Hudson, WR, Central Florida Golden Knights
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Kobe Hudson has been arguably the most explosive receiver in all of college football so far this season. He is averaging just over 23 yards per reception which is 18th overall. However, he is the only receiver in the top 30 in yards-per-reception who has over 20 receptions.
Timmy McClain DEEP ? to Kobe Hudson ? pic.twitter.com/FkbPq8wvSW
— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) September 24, 2023
When finding the recommendations, I usually start by looking for players who are being heavily targeted. That really hasn't been the case with Hudson as he has only 26 targets through four games. However, in the past three weeks, he has been extremely consistent with his production. The last three weeks his yardage totals are 134, 147, and 138 yards respectively.
This week Hudson and Golden Knights take on the Baylor Bears. This past week, the Bears gave up 328 yards passing on just 19 completions. That is over 17 yards per completion! I expect the Golden Knights to take multiple deep shots with Hudson. All it takes is a few connections on those attempts, and you're rewarded with a big fantasy day.
Holden Willis, TE, Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Last week, I recommended the consistent option, Tanner McLachlan from Arizona. He delivered with 12 points in a PPR league. I'm shooting for the stars this week with a possible weekly option at tight end for the rest of the season even in the deepest leagues as Holden Willis is currently 2% rostered.
Willis transferred to Middle Tennessee this offseason from South Florida. It was understandably an unheralded move. Through three seasons of college football at South Florida, Willis had accumulated totals of eight receptions for 112 yards and one touchdown. He essentially beat all those totals this past weekend.
Holden Willis breaking free! @MT_FB scores the first TD of the game!
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— Conference USA (@ConferenceUSA) September 23, 2023
On Saturday versus Colorado State, Willis had nine receptions for 118 receiving yards and a touchdown. I have to admit I didn't watch that game. I did find it noteworthy that Willis is listed as both a wide receiver and tight end on Fantrax. Those players that carry tight end designation, but routinely run routes can be fantasy gold. I'll be adding Willis on a few teams this week hoping for greatness going forward.
Jacksonville State Gamecocks
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Jacksonville State has gotten off to a very good start in its debut season as an FBS-level team. The Gamecocks are 3-1 mostly being propelled by their defense to those victories. In the Gamecocks three wins, they've allowed a total of 17 points while also producing 11 sacks and 10 takeaways. Last week against Eastern Michigan was their best performance yet. The defense didn't allow a point while having six sacks and three takeaways.
This week, Jacksonville State takes on the worst-performing offense in all of college football so far this season. Sam Houston State is the other team that is making the transition to the FBS level this season. It has been a much more difficult transition for Sam Houston State than it has for Jacksonville State.
Through three games, Sam Houston State is 0-3. They have been outscored 91-10 overall. It took them until week three to even score a touchdown! All indications are that Jacksonville State should dominate again with their defense.
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