Thursday, September 15, 2011
Week 5 fantasy: Start Gillum, Leamer
By By Mike Grimala
As part of our football coverage here, I offer up my hypothetical fantasy football picks every Thursday. Note: This league is completely made up. If you are in a high school fantasy football league, please seek professional help.
RB — Gino Gillum, Cathedral It was tough sledding through the first four weeks for Cathedral, but the Irish have emerged at 2-2, and Gillum appears to be the main offensive weapon. In last week's 21-14 win over Bishop Chatard, Gillum handled lion's share of the workload and produced 111 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Saturday's opponent, Bishop Dwenger, has allowed only 13.3 points per game this season, but Cathedral is committed to the ground game. I anticipate heavy usage for Gillum, and I expect the senior to come through with a big performance.
Projection: 22 carries, 135 yards, 2 TDs
WR — Max Leamer, Fishers Just a junior, Leamer has emerged as a real downfield threat for Fishers. Through the first four games of the season, he's posted 300 yards receiving and a pair of touchdowns. But I especially like his matchup this week, as Harrison allows more than 33 points per game. Fishers' passing game hasn't totally clicked yet, but Leamer has still managed to put up good numbers. I think he'll have his best game of the season so far on Friday.
Projection: 7 catches, 120 yards, 2 TDs
QB — Dre Townsend, Lawrence Central Townsend had a rough go of it last week against Pike, throwing for just 95 yards. But he still led his team to victory, tossing the game-winning touchdown pass with less than a minute to play. Against Columbus North, I expect Townsend to have an explosive game. Columbus East QB Gunner Kiel lit up the North secondary earlier this season, and Townsend should be able to exploit the same mismatches and hit some big plays down the field. He can also get you points with his running ability.
Projection: 18 of 28, 290 yards, 3 TDs; 9 carries, 70 yards, 1 TD
QB — Daigien Morgan, SB Washington Just a sophomore, Morgan has put up staggering numbers this season by following one simple rule: Throw the ball to Gehrig Dieter. That plan has led to Dieter setting records, but it also led to Dieter leaving last week's game in the first quarter with an apparent injury. If Dieter isn't ready to go tomorrow, or even if he plays at less than 100 percent, I think it would be too risky to start Morgan. In Dieter's last full game, Morgan attempted 37 passes; 27 were targeted for Dieter. How will Morgan respond without his No. 1 wideout acting as a security blanket? I don't want to find out.
Projection: 8 of 18, 90 yards, 0 TDs
* Projections based on 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR format
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