Posted: 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013
By Jack Follman
Pac-12 Fantasy Star of the Week - Sean Mannion QB Oregon State
Mannion is quietly starting to out-produce the quarterback for the other team, as he put up an epic performance with 42 points this week against Colorado due to his six touchdowns. No other quarterback in the conference is as hot as Mannion right now.
Surprise of the Week - Justin Davis RB USC
Davis showed why he was considered one of the best running back prospects in the Class of 2013 when he exploded for 30 points against Arizona State. With him and Tre Madden excelling so well, it seems like USC might not even need Silas Redd whenever he comes back.
Disappointment of the Week - De'Anthony Thomas RB Oregon
Not his fault at all, but Thomas went down on the opening kickoff with an injury that kept him out the entire game against Cal, who was ripe to give up an epic performance to him.
Injury Watch - De'Anthony Thomas RB Oregon
See above. It sounds like Thomas just has as ankle sprain so it's not too serious, but I would be shocked if he plays at Colorado Saturday with how easily the Ducks should roll the Buffs and with a game at Washington looming the following week. It will be devastating for Thomas owners, but it's likely that he will go scoreless two weeks in a row.
Start Him This Week - Byron Marshall RB Oregon
I said to start Marshall last week against Cal and it was a great choice, greatly aided by Thomas going down with an injury. Now Marshall gets the chance to go the only defense in the Pac-12 that might be worse than Cal's in Colorado and I would be shocked if Thomas plays, so it should open up a ton of carries and points for Marshall.
Sit Him This Week - Keith Price QB Washington
The Cardinal can give opposing quarterbacks nightmares (Ask Washington State's) and Price is the next unfortunate signal caller to get to face off against them. Price struggled mightily against them last season, this one's on the road and he is injury prone, so don't be surprised if the Huskies call an incredibly conservative game to keep him from taking any hits.
Top 10 Overall Pac-12 Fantasy Scorers
1. Sean Mannion QB Oregon State 179 points
2. Marcus Mariota QB Oregon 141 points
3. Travis Wilson QB Utah 140 points
4. Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State 138 points
5. Taylor Kelly QB Arizona State 118 points
6. Marion Grice RB Arizona State 113 points
7. Connor Halliday QB Washington State 103 points
8. Tre Madden RB USC 102 points
9. Bishop Sankey RB Washington 102 points
10. Brett Hundley QB UCLA 97 points