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5 Yard College Plant Your Flag Review

5 Yard College Plant Your Flag Review

This week’s review of 5 Yard College Plant Your Flag is limited, with very few of mine or Tom’s players being in action last week. Let’s take a look back at our selections and a few changes following opt outs and postponements.

Ash’s Picks

QB – Justin Fields, Ohio State Buckeyes

A quick recap for Justin Fields this week. It was announced on Wednesday that the Big Ten would be returning on 23rd October. Justin Fields has been one of the most vocal members of the Big Ten and wants to play. With just weeks left before he steps back on the field, he will be determined to push Trevor Lawrence for the number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. 

I for one cannot wait to review Fields once he is back on the gridiron.

RB – Kylin Hill, Mississippi State Bulldogs

Mississippi State won’t be opening their season until September 26th against LSU. We will have to wait another couple of weeks until we get to see Kylin Hill on the field.

Hill finished last season with 1,350 yards and 10 touchdowns and the expectation is for another big season with the Bulldogs once they get underway.

Kylin Hill is a tackle breaking machine and the focal point of the Mississippi State offence. He may not possess top end speed, so his long TD runs may be few and far between but is a goal line machine and every down back.

His passing game work has been limited with 22 receptions in 2018 & 18 in 2019 but can be called upon if needed through the air.

WR – Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State Cowboys

After the Sage Surratt opting out and declaring for the draft, I looked to make a decision for a new WR to follow in 2020.

George Pickens out of Georgia was very nearly my selection however with the focus on the 2021 Draft & Pickens being a couple years away from eligibility, I went for Oklahoma State’s Tylan Wallace.

Wallace and the Cowboys line up on September 19th against Tulsa. 

Wallace is an impressive route runner and excels in traffic. He regularly dominates in contested catches at the highest point of attack and in the vertical game.

Wallace does not possess top end speed so relies heavily on his physicality to win the ball against defenders rather than beating them outright. He does perform well in yards after contact once he has beaten his first defender to the ball and looks to hit onrushing defenders rather than make them miss.

TE – Kyle Pitts, Florida Gators

I am not a happy bunny with Tom after he snaked my Plant Your Flag TE Kyle Pitts in the College fantasy league. Despite this, Pitts is still my PYF and I won’t let Tom take that away from me.

It is four out of four this week for inactive players, although Pitts’ & Florida’s season gets underway on September 26th against Ole Miss.

Pitts is still a prospect working on his craft but is already one of the stand out Tight Ends in the 2021 Draft class. He possesses a ridiculous catch radius and regularly makes up for his QB’s inaccuracy with this. 

Pitts is creative in his route running and gets himself into space, surprisingly so for most Tight Ends. He isn’t the most defined route runner, which he will need to work on at the next level.

Pitts can block and has shown as much so far in his career, but he relies on his arms and could do with improving his technique and overall strength.

Tom’s Picks

QB – Trey Lance, North Dakota State Bison

Trey Lance will have one shot in 2020 to add to his impressive tape from 2019 in a one off game against Central Arkansas on October 3rd.

Can Trey Lance show enough to increase his draft stock? Tom is already bullish on his projection as a high first round selection in the 2021 Draft. 

Tom, you allowed me to repick the WR so get into gear and select a new Plant Your Flag QB… 

RB – Travis Etienne, Clemson Tigers

Hooray! We have reached our first active player of week two across all the Plant your flag players. 

Etienne started where he left off in 2019 with a 100+ yard rushing game against Wake Forest Week 2. In fact, he broke a Clemson record of 100+ yards games bringing his tally to 18 (breaking the pevious record of 17 by Wayne Gallman). He is also only one touchdown away from scoring either a rushing or receiving touchdown in 13 straight games, tying a record currently held by C.J Spiller.

Etienne ended the game with 102 yards & one score off 17 attempts and produced 47 yards through the air from three receptions. He continues to be an ever-reliable weapon in the Clemson offence alongside his star quarterback Lawrence.

He regularly made the first defender miss with his power and speed and averaged six yards per carry on the day. One of his best plays of the game came near the end of the 1st quarter, when he beat the line and before finally being taken down on the four yard line after a 29 yard gain.

Expect much more of the same from Etienne this season and for him to continue to break records before the season is over. 

WR – Tamorrion Terry, Florida State Seminoles

We make it two in a row for plant your flag players actually playing this week. Albeit this week was one to forget for Terry and the Seminoles in their loss to Georgia Tech.

It was not only a tough loss for the Seminoles to take but even more worryingly was the fact that Terry left the game due to injury in the first half. Terry had one catch for eight yards before he exited the game.

Thankfully he did return in the third quarter making two catches for 22 yards, he did have another stint in the medical tent before returning to the field and finished the day with six receptions for 52 yards. 

It was a tough game all round for Florida and four of their five offensive lineman starters were down with injuries in this matchup. This, and the ineffectiveness from the backups lead to a stop and start affair for the Seminoles offence that never really found their groove. Terry did himself no favours in the first with a dropped catch off a perfect throw from QB James Blackman, which would have been a surefire touchdown for the speedy WR.

It was a tough start to 2020 for Tamorrion Terry and one he will want to bounce back from quickly. It will be easier said than done in their next game against Miami on September 12th.

TE – Pat Freiermuth, Penn State Nittany Lions

Bang, right back to normality. Pat Friermuth & Penn State are not currently playing. Watch this space once the Big Ten resumes in October. I am sure there will be some dominating performances for myself & Tom to review..

Final Thoughts

And there we have it, short and sweet this week.  Expect much more in the coming weeks as players get back onto the field and show everyone why they are 5 Yard College’s Plant Your Flag players for 2020.

Until next week Rush Nation. Before I go; Saturdays are for rushing too.

Ash Goddard – @Addicted2_FF



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