2020 has been a year of surprises. Perhaps greater than most was the return of Fantrax’s college fantasy football. It has been three long, tortuous weeks waiting for confirmation that the stats will be updated. Lo and behold, they are here. Find below your 5 Yard Showdown update for the CFB Week 10.
Rather than a week-by-week analysis, let’s take a look at the highest performing teams in our enforced hiatus.
=1) Jack (Team College), Oli (Team Rush): 6-2
=3) Murf, Stocks, Jamie (Team Rush): 5-3
=6) Ash, Tom, Matt (Team College), Ben (Team Rush): 4-4
=9) Sam, Mark (Team College): 2-6
12) Phil (Team Rush): 1-7
As you can see, Team Rush has the advantage. Oli, Murf, Stocks and Jamie are all well placed to top the standings at the end of the season. Flying the flag for Team College is Jack, who has the best chance of bringing it home.
Oli top scored in Week 6. Travis Etienne (RB, Clemson) and Najee Harris (RB, Alabama) were a fearsome duo in his 192.3-103.75 victory over Phil. Etienne and Harris combined for 100 of his points overall. It seemed as though Oli’s decision to avoid QBs in the early rounds had paid off in this one.
Week 7 was a low scoring week, but it did mark the beginning of a charge to the top of the standings for Jack. He top scored and handed Oli his first defeat of the season. Kenneth Walker III (RB, Wake Forest) top scored from the flex position, ending the victory over Virginia with 128 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 30.8 points for Jack’s side. Even more impressive for Jack was that he won with one less active player in his starting line-up.
Fast forward to Week 8, and it was Jack’s time to shine once more in a 190.65-136.5 defeat of Mark. Ian Book (QB, Notre Dame) shone in the Fighting Irish’s demolition of Pitt. Book ended the game with 37.6 points, a result of over 350+ total yards and 3 passing touchdowns. It was also in Week 8 that Phil got his first win of the season in a 93.15-77 victory over Sam.
Last Saturday saw Stocks top the scoring charts, despite leaving DJ Uiagalelei out of his starting line-up. As it turns out, both of his bench QBs outscored his starters. Uiagaleli and Virginia’s Brennan Armstrong had 75.6 points between them. Luckily, it didn’t matter his starting QBs (Herdnon Hooker, Virginia Tech and Malik Cunningham, Louisville) combined for 67.15 points. Stocks left 117 points on his bench, enough to beat three teams’ starting line-ups (sorry Phil, Ash and Matt).
CFB Week 10
There was an all-College affair in Week 10 between Tom (4-4) and Matt (4-4). Tom came out on top, with only Sam Howell putting up more than 25 points for Matt’s side (36.25). Top scoring for Tom was Baylor QB Charlie Brewer (29.65). Final score: Tom 144.55 – 87.05 Matt.
There was a top of the table clash between two members of Team Rush, Oli (5-3) and Stocks (5-3). In a high scoring game, it was Stocks that came out on top, 197.7-177.85. QBs Hendon Hooker and DJ Uiagalelei combined for 92.6 points overall. It’s another high scoring defeat for Oli, who is still very much in the race for the title at the end of the season. However, the pack is closing in on a team that seemed destined for the title just three weeks ago.
Aside from that, there were a whopping 4 fixtures where Team Rush and Team College went head to head. It was a blowout week for Team College, a long time coming after some dominant displays by Team Rush in the past.
Mark (2-6) v. Murf (5-3)
This was the shock result of the week. Mark saw off Murf with just 5 starters and 111 points left on his bench.
Tylan Wallace and Joshua Moore were missing from Murf’s “Gators or Traitors” which ultimately proved the difference between the two sides. Aggies QB Kellen Mond finished the day with 44.6 points for Mark’s plucky team of five. Murf falls to 6-3 and is looking over his shoulder at the chasing pack.
Sam (2-6) v. Ben (4-4)
How could a team with Justin Fields and Breece Hall have lost in Week 10? Ben will be asking himself that very question. The two had 88.4 points between them, but the team’s total of 147.2 was overcome by Sam. Like Mark in the fixture above, he provided a shock defeat to take his third win of the season.
Sam seemed to pick up points across the starting line-up, despite being unable to start a full complement of wide receivers. It was a close one, but Sam got the win for Team College by just 3.4 points. Another hammer blow for Team Rush.
Ash (4-4) v. Jamie (4-4)
After failing to fill a line-up in Week 9, Ash was in need of a “get right” game in Week 10. Jamie left a WR and RB slot open, with eligible players on the bench. Even if Zach Charbonnet (RB, Michigan) and Mike Woods (WR, Arkansas) had started, their 21.6 points would not have been enough to overcome the deficit. Jamie’s 125.05 points from just four starters is impressive. It makes more sense when you see that two of them are Florida QB Kyle Trask and UNC RB Javonte Williams.
D’Eriq King was superb in Miami’s Friday night victory over NC State, bringing home 5 TDs and 63.1 points for Ash. It seems as though the loss of Trevor Lawrence in recent weeks hasn’t hurt his hunt for glory too much as we reach the business end of the season.
Phil (1-7) v. Jack (6-2)
Like Jamie, Phil left eligible slots open in his starting line-up. You can’t afford to do that against a team as prolific as Jack’s at the moment. Phil’s score of 59.7 was almost defeated by Mohamed Ibrahim (RB, Minnesota) alone. Texas Tech WR Erik Ezukanma was Jack’s lowest scorer with 15 points, just 4.9 points less than Phil’s highest scoring player, Spencer Rattler (QB, Oklahoma).
This is a huge statement win for Jack, and the hopes of Team College appear to rest on his shoulders. He goes 7-2 on the year, one win ahead of Stocks and Murf who share second place.
Week 10 Standings
An historic 4-0 CFB week 10 for Team College leaves the current standings wide open:
1) Jack (Team College): 7-2
=2) Murf, Stocks (Team Rush): 6-3
=4) Oli, Ben (Team Rush), Ash, Tom (Team College): 5-4
=8) Jamie (Team Rush), Matt (Team College): 4-5
=10) Mark, Sam (Team College): 3-6
12) Phil (Team Rush): 1-8
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