2023 College Football Week 9 Streamers

by Corey Pieper
2023 College Football Week 9 Streamers

Back after a brief hiatus is the college football streamers article for week 9. Sorry for the delay over the last couple of weeks. I was dealing with personal health issues, but hopefully, those are in the past. Now it's time to focus on the last couple of weeks of the college fantasy football regular season to push teams to championships.

By now, you likely know which of your teams are pretenders vs. contenders. I firmly believe in setting all your lineups and trying to win every matchup, but it's hard to spend equal amounts of time on every team if you're playing in a substantial number of leagues. Do your best to set competitive lineups in all leagues and win the matchups that you really need with fantasy playoff implications.

A good place to start if you're looking for fill-in starters is to read the college football streamers article each week here on Fantasy Six Pack!

2023 College Football Week 9 Streamers

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Jordan McCloud, QB, James Madison Dukes

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Did you know that James Madison is one of the nine unbeaten teams in all of college football? Unfortunately, due to some archaic rules, the team is unlikely to play in a bowl game or the Sun Belt Conference championship. That doesn't mean they don't have viable college fantasy football options, though.

Jordan McCloud has scored multiple touchdowns in four straight games. Actually, in three of those games, he scored three or more touchdowns. It has led to very consistent fantasy production over the past month. During that stretch, McCloud's lowest-scoring fantasy game was still a rock-solid 27 fantasy points.

This week, James Madison takes on the Old Dominion Monarchs in their quest to stay undefeated. Old Dominion has been a good team but has struggled to contain quarterbacks even in victories.

Last week, Appalachian State quarterback Joey Aguilar generated 270 yards and three total touchdowns against them. I expect that the dual-threat aspect of McCloud's game will get him to the 30-point threshold that is desired for fantasy quarterbacks.

Malik Sherrod, RB, Fresno State Bulldogs

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Malik Sherrod was actually my Fresno State recommendation way back in early July when I did the Mountain West Conference preview. It was a rough start through most of September, though.

Through four September games, Sherrod was having great per-touch production but was being outtouched by Elijah Gilliam. At the end of September, Gilliam had 65 carries versus Sherrod with only 36 carries.

However, as the calendar turned to October that seemingly changed. Fresno State has only played two games in October so far. In those games, Sherrod has received 40 touches (35 carries and 5 receptions) to Gilliam's 10 touches (7 carries and 3 receptions). That's the type of workload that I look for in college fantasy football.

The next matchup for Sherrod is against the UNLV Rebels. The Rebels have been one of college football's biggest surprises at 6-1 which is already the most wins the team has had since 2013. The Rebels have won games with their offense more than their defense. I expect this to be a high-scoring game which should mean a lot of opportunities for touches for Sherrod.

Elic Ayomanor, WR, Stanford Cardinal

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A few weeks ago when I was in the hospital, Elic Ayomanor had a game for the ages. Ayomanor was a big reason for the comeback win for Stanford against Colorado on Oct. 13. In that game, Ayomanor caught 13 passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns! That's 60.4 fantasy points in a PPR league!

After a game like that, it was a bit surprising to see that Ayomanor was still only 23% rostered. I understand not wanting to jump on what seemed like an out-of-nowhere performance. But, now Ayomanor has backed up his massive game with a still very solid 8 receptions for 90 yards against the UCLA Bruins.

Stanford is a struggling team at only 2-5, but struggling teams still have fantasy-relevant players. Thiry-one targets in two weeks sets up a rock-solid floor from week to week. Stanford takes on Washington this week in a game I expect them to lose. Still, they will likely have to throw the ball a lot which should set Ayomanor up for another successful week.

Justin Joly, TE, Connecticut Huskies

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Earlier in these articles, I set up a rule for myself to not reuse the same player. However, when it comes to tight ends, I have to reuse Justin Joly because the under 30% threshold has dried up at this point other than him.

Compared to the other tight ends under 30% rostered, Joly is the only tight end who is consistently receiving targets in his team's offense. Over the past five games, the fewest targets that Joly has seen is four.

The past two weeks he has seen seven targets each week. Two weeks ago against Rice, he caught all seven targets and had 22 fantasy points. Then this past week, he only was able to catch three passes which meant 5.0 fantasy points.

Connecticut is playing against Boston College this weekend. Boston College has struggled on the defensive side of the ball. The defense on average is giving up over 30 points per game. Officially, they rank No. 105 out of 133 teams in opponent points per game. Connecticut should be able to move the ball, and Joly should be a big reason why.

Minnesota Golden Gophers DST

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I find that every week as the season goes along it becomes tougher to stream defenses. By the time the schedule reaches conference play, teams are typically facing more evenly matched opponents. You have to dig a bit deeper to find matchups to exploit.

This week's matchup that I'm looking at is Minnesota vs. Michigan State. Michigan State has lost their last five games including every one of their Big Ten games. They have not yet won a game under acting head coach Harlon Bennett.

Actually, they've really only been competitive in one of those losses. The team averages under 19 points per game on offense.

I expect Minnesota to be able to keep the ball for long portions of this game. If Minnesota forces a few turnovers, (Michigan State leads the Big Ten in turning the ball over) this game should be a very good option for defenses for college fantasy football.


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