While the accumulation of six games for a large number of FBS teams provides extremely useful data to digest, it is of vital importance to also evaluate game-to-game progress. For daily fantasy purposes, spotting players prior to the field catching up can be the determining-factor for lineup success. Without further delay, let’s strive to stay ahead of the curve utilizing PFF College signature statistics recorded from Week 6 performances chosen from all selectable options available within Week 7’s player pool.
Aggressive gunslingers targeting receivers on 20-plus yard (deep) attempts.
Connor Cook ($6,200) – Michigan State @ Michigan
This selection requires qualification: the Spartans Week 7 opponent, Michigan, is the second-ranked passing defense in the nation. The Wolverines have only allowed an average of 115.5 passing yards/game, 8.25 yards/completion, and only two TDs through the air all season. Facing a surprisingly significant chore in Rutgers during Week 6, Cook provided a tremendous performance, completing 7-of-8 vertical attempts, accounting for 47 percent of his 367 passing yards, and connecting with DeAnthony Arnett for a key 25-yard TD in the third quarter.
Brad Kaaya ($6,300) – Miami vs. Virginia Tech
Prior to Week 6, Kaaya had only completed seven deep passing attempts for a single TD. That trend was interrupted in a comeback attempt facing Florida State, finding four different Hurricane receivers, racking up 145 yards, including a 58-yard TD strike to Rashawn Scott in the third, and hooking up with Stacy Coley for a 29-yard TD in the fourth quarter to take a lead that would eventually fall.
DeShone Kizer ($6,800) – Notre Dame vs. Southern California
While RB C.J. Prosise garnered the big numbers, Kizer nearly doubled his season-long total of five deep completions with four against the Navy Midshipmen. The key connection was a 30-yard hook-up with star WR Will Fuller that was ultimately taken to the house.
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The quarterbacks who simply dominated opponents with pinpoint accuracy. These signal callers will be chosen based on the PFF College metric termed Accuracy Percentage: (Completions + Drops) / (Attempts – Throw Aways – Spikes – Batted Passes – Hit As Thrown).
Greg Ward Jr. ($10,000) – Houston @ Tulane
As if more reasons were needed to pay up to roster the services of Ward, in addition to overwhelming SMU with 14 carries, 82 yards, and 4 TDs … Ward completed an impressive 16-of-18 passing attempts. Not to be confused with dink-and-dunk passing, Ward accrued his 88.9 accuracy percentage by averaging 15.2 yards/completion, and could have done much more if not for a a significant lead.
Everett Golson ($6,500) – Florida State vs. Louisville
While Golson finished 2014 with a concerning decline in production with Notre Dame, there is little reason for pessimism based on the early-season results. Facing off with in-state rival Miami, Golson was nearly perfect in producing an 87.5 accuracy percentage after completing 25-of-33 attempts, and adding a fifth-straight game without a single turnover.
Brandon Harris ($5,400) – Louisiana State vs. Florida
Another potential play that should come with a warning is Harris, considering a matchup with the Florida Gators secondary is on the horizon. That said, Harris took a decent step forward after volume limitations to begin the season. While South Carolina does not offer the level of defense we’ve come to expect, it was still nice to see the true sophomore air it out on his way to furnishing an 84.0 accuracy percentage. Completing 18-of-29 attempts (seven attempts altered), Harris established a long-awaited connection with WRs Travin Dural and Malachi Dupre.
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The homerun ability of a running back is, in its nature, a game altering addition to an offense, and DraftKings gold in your pocket. These are the backs who emerged with the most production on 15-plus yard (long) runs.
Jordan Canzeri ($6,200) – Iowa @ Northwestern
While the best way to explain 256 rushing yards from Canzeri would be to mention the 43 attempts he was fed, yet the results are beyond a large workload. Canzeri broke three runs greater than 15 yards, averaging 41 yards per pop, and providing 48.4 percent of his rushing total.
Travon McMillian ($4,500) – Virginia Tech @ Miami
It was only a matter of time until the Virginia Tech staff made the move to feature McMillian out of the backfield after a promising beginning to the season. McMillian finished with the second-highest breakaway percentage for the week at 77.1 percent after producing 74 of his 96 yards on 15-plus yard runs. Big things are in store for the young playmaker and he’ll be a name to watch with an increasing number of snaps.
Mike Warren ($6,500) – Iowa State vs. Texas Christian
Another player producing north of 200 rushing yards, Warren did his damage on only 23 carries. Before getting too excited, we must remember that the big day occurred facing a Texas Tech defense allowing 283.7 rushing yards/game. Regardless, Warren had already begun to emerge after a 126-yard effort against the seventh-ranked run defense of Toledo in Week 3, and a 65.7 breakaway percentage with 20-plus carries is more than an anomaly.
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Depending on long runs can be a fruitless endeavor, but the ability to elude defenders is a talent these running backs have mastered, and in reliable fashion. These backs generated dominant Elusive Ratings (a runner’s success beyond the point of being helped by his blockers).
Shannon Brooks ($5,000) – Minnesota vs. Nebraska
We could be looking at the most impressive true freshman running back display to begin the 2015 season after the Golden Gophers fed Brooks with 17 carries in Week 6. Not only did he lead the country in yards after contact per attempt (Yco/Att) with 8.47, he managed to shed 13 tackles during those 17 runs, and produced an otherworldly 647.8 elusive rating.
Conor Hundley ($4,800) – Akron @ Bowling Green
Based upon PFF standards, you may be surprised to learn that Hundley has been the second-best overall running back in the nation over the last four weeks. His fine contributions to the Zips offense only continued facing an overmatched Eastern Michigan defense, avoiding six tackles out of 17 rushing attempts for a 154.9 elusive rating.
Dare Ogunbawale ($4,900) – Wisconsin vs. Purdue
While the return of incumbent starter Cory Clement is on the horizon, Wisconsin may be without the services of Taiwan Deal in Week 7. After Deal departed last week’s game against the eighth-ranked rushing defense of Nebraska, Ogunbawale didn’t disappoint after generating 3.39 Yco/Att and missing six tackles on 18 attempts to produce a 113.0 elusive rating.
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A list of the receivers who furnished the weekends best performances on tracking down (deep) targets traveling greater than 20 yards.
Leonte Carroo ($7,000) – Rutgers @ Indiana
The Scarlet Knights were in dire straights after Carroo was suspended indefinitely prior to Week 3 and his return did not go unnoticed. 44.4 percent of his targets were at 20-plus yards, of which he secured three receptions for 92 of his 133 receiving yards, and two TDs.
Tim White ($4,300) – Arizona State @ Utah
One of the most underrated performances at wide receiver through six weeks has been the work submitted by White of the Sun Devils. Despite seeing less than six targets/game, White has furnished the offense with five TDs in five games, and 7.7 yards after the catch – 34th-best in the FBS. In Week 6 against Colorado, the breakout continued, securing 2-of-3 catchable deep targets, and highlighted by a 45-yard TD.
Jerome Lane ($4,300) – Akron @ Bowling Green
Lane was shifted from the defensive side of the ball in 2015 and he has made an immediate impact. While he only saw four targets, three of those were to the third-level of the defense, and he secured each of those with a pair of TDs. With a matchup facing a 126th-ranked Bowling Green passing defense that has surrendered 14 TDs to wideouts up next, Lane could be a sneaky GPP play.
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While many of the nations receivers are capable of producing high yardage output with a large number of targets, this list will highlight the players who generated the most efficient use of each snap in route.
Deon Cain ($3,400) – Clemson vs. Boston College
Another true freshman gracing this list of efficient performers, Cain was phenomenal facing Georgia Tech is Week 6. While he only ran ten routes the entire game, he secured five receptions during that time, racking up 96 receiving yards in the process, and submitting the weeks best – by far – 9.60 yards per route run (YPRR).
Stacy Coley ($4,100) – Miami vs. Virginia Tech
Expectations for Coley were high coming into the season, but participating in only 2-of-4 games through Week 5 and averaging 12.5 snaps/game will dilute those opinions. The season is still young and Coley made a triumphant return to the lineup facing Florida State where he was able to participate in 43 plays. Taking 27 snaps in route, Coley produced 139 yards from seven receptions, and manufactured an impressive 5.15 YPRR.
Hunter Sharp ($5,400) – Utah State vs. Boise State
Losing the first two weeks of the season to suspension, Sharp has been unsurprisingly hungry upon his return. Averaging nearly nine targets per game over the last three weeks, Sharp stepped up his production in Week 6 against Fresno State, taking six receptions on 22 snaps in route, accumulating 99 receiving yards, and entering an impressive 4.50 YPRR value.
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