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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

This Week's Fantasy Bumpers

A fantasy bumper is a player that should perform significantly better than average this week. There are generally two reasons for this: 1) an established player has a good matchup or 2) poor performance or injury to teammate will give the player more opportunities. In the first case, these players are already owned so you want to make sure they are in your lineup. In the second case, they could be a valuable pickup. Since this is a stats-based site and not a fantasy site, and I maintain this site on top of my day job while trying to raise a son and keep my wife from realizing she could do a lot better, these results are based on the best, most recent stats available to me and nothing more. It falls on you to do your own research. You can get fantasy rankings here.

A few teams consistently find their opponents on the fantasy bumpers list: West Virginia, Idaho, Colorado, etc. BYU, for example, is clearly no offensive powerhouse this season; Lavell Edwards would be spinning in his grave if he were in one. But the Cougars are projected to score 45 against Idaho, the worst team in the FBS, and Nelson should be the primary beneficiary. Matt Scott will look to complete the roller coaster cycle - beat USC, get destroyed by UCLA - and take out their frustrations on the Buffs of Colorado. And Wes Lunt should find more passing lanes against WVU than against KSU if he is able to play.

And one of these is clearly not like the other. Linebacker Shawn Petty filled in for Caleb Rowe, who filled for a guy who filled in for a guy who filled in for CJ Brown (at some point you just lose track). When you are averaging 2 fantasy points a game for the season and playing quarterback, it's hard to surpass your season average.

And how could you go wrong with a guy named Dingwell?

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