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Thursday, November 4, 2010
College Football Challenge: Week 10

By Will Harris
Special to ESPN.com

College Football Challenge is a player-based fantasy game with a format that's challenging yet flexible and user-friendly. You can play using all 120 FBS teams or compete within any of the 11 conferences. The points-based scoring system revolves around an eight-slot roster of quarterbacks, running backs, receivers, team kicking and team defense. Each week we'll take a look at the top performers and surprise contributors, while alerting you to any players who might need to spend the week on the bench.

Cream of the crop: Star fantasy performers with the best matchups

Ricky Dobbs, QB, Navy: The Middies are going to have a field day against a gassed East Carolina defense. Alexander Teich and Gee Gee Greene are worth a look as well, as there will be plenty of yards -- and touchdowns -- to go around.

Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State: Baylor is 7-2 and tied for the Big 12 South division lead, but the Bears are not in that position because of their defense. Hunter will run wild in a game full of worthy skill players.

Corey Robinson, QB, Troy: The Trojans are an angry lot after dropping their first Sun Belt game in 14 decisions last week. Robinson and do-everything receiver Jerrel Jernigan will take it out on defenseless North Texas on Saturday.

Mikel LeShoure, RB, Illinois: LeShoure was held in check last week by a Purdue defense that sold out to stop him, allowing Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase to post his best game yet in the process. But LeShoure proved he can produce even when he's slowed, as Illinois continued to give him the ball at the goal line (he had three scores). LeShoure should have a bounce-back game this week versus a Michigan defense that hasn't stopped anybody this year.

Vai Taua, RB, Nevada: Taua will be fresh after an open date and a late scratch against Utah State. He's back to 100 percent now and should join triggerman Colin Kaepernick in a stellar rushing effort versus Idaho's outmanned defense.

Opportunity knocks: Emerging or seldom-rostered players with favorable matchups

Lennon Creer, RB, Louisiana Tech: Creer has come on strong with three consecutive 100-yard games. He's now fourth on the WAC rushing leaderboard, and this week he should have quite a running back duel with Fresno's Robbie Rouse, who is right behind him in the fifth spot.

Zach Line, RB, SMU: Line has been a revelation for the Mustangs this year, and is among the nation's top 20 rushers. UTEP, meanwhile, has not stopped a capable opposing back yet this year.

DeMarco Sampson, WR, San Diego State: The Aztecs should light up a woeful Colorado State secondary. The nation's eighth-leading receiver should keep his average above 100 yards per game.

JJ Di Luigi, RB, BYU: Di Luigi and the Cougars are fresh off an open date, and now draw a UNLV defense that ranks near the bottom of the nation in every nearly rush defense metric.

Sam McGuffie, RB, Rice: Owls players don't make this list often, but this week a rested Rice offense will hold up its end of a shootout with a Tulsa team that's coming off an upset of Notre Dame and hasn't fared well against quick, pass-catching backs like the Michigan transfer.

On the shelf: Key players who need a week off thanks to injury, matchup or circumstance

Damien Berry, RB, Miami: Berry joins concussed quarterback Jacory Harris on the sidelines this week due to multiple injuries. Stephen Morris will start under center while Lamar Miller and Mike James get most of the carries.

Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas: Childs has been lost for the season because of a knee injury. Also, fellow wideout Joe Adams is nursing an ankle injury and might not be 100 percent.

Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson: Ellington, who was pretty much the lone bright spot in the Clemson offense this year, will miss a few weeks because of a foot injury. Jamie Harper should get the majority of his carries.

Kevin Riley, QB, California: Riley, the quarterback who has taken nearly every meaningful snap for the Bears the past two years, is done for the season because of a serious knee injury. Brock Mansion will get the start under center versus Pac-10 patsy Washington State, but running back Shane Vereen is the man to have this week.

Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville: Powell has been the key ingredient in the Cards' surprising offense this season, but a knee injury is likely going to keep him out of the road game at Syracuse this week.

Will Harris is a college football analyst for ESPN.com.