Late Slate: RB Shamari Brooks, Tulsa. RB Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M
While there are a lot of great late options at wide receiver, the running back selection is scarce. Tulsa's Shamari Brooks is my top option for a couple reasons. The price is right at $5,600, and Brooks faces a Texas defense that just gave up 34 points to Maryland. Brooks had nearly 30 carries in Week 1 as Tulsa showed a willingness to go to their running back early and often. His 129 rushing yards and two touchdowns gave him nearly 30 fantasy points. Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery spoke glowingly about Brooks before the season started.
“Shamari had such an impressive campaign last year,” Montgomery told Tulsa World. “Obviously, he got nicked up and had to miss a few games at the end. When the lights come on, you know Shamari is going to be ready to play.”
A lot of people are going to be fading Texas A&M's Trayveon Williams since he is facing Clemson's defense as many have praised the Tigers defensive line, noting it has the potential to be one of the best in the history of college football. Williams had 20 carries for 240 yards and three touchdowns against Northwestern State which pushed him to 46 fantasy points. Williams is not going to get that against Clemson, but the running back is priced at $6,400 which puts him outside the top five for the night slate. Williams quickness gives him a chance to compete against the Clemson defensive line making a 20 plus point performance within reach. Given the strength of Clemson's defense, Jimbo Fisher is even more likely to lean on Williams in the marquee matchup. Prior to the game, Williams noted he is used to facing top defensive lines given the Aggies play in the SEC.
“It’s a good front seven, but just like what we play in the SEC, those defensive linemen all the time," Williams told the Greenville News.
Fisher has experience facing Dabo Swinney and Clemson, but he noted it does not make this game any easier.
"It was kind of ironic, when I accepted the job, looked down (at the schedule): 'you've got to be kidding,'" Fisher noted to Gwinnett Prep Sports. "I said, 'Really?' It's ironic, because whoever won that game for so many years won the conference. Every year that was a critical game. I guess it's kind of ironic; I guess it's fitting."