Ian Book (QB)
As I mentioned earlier, Ian Book has played well since he was named starting quarterback two weeks ago. In these past two games, he has justified coach Brian Kelly’s decision and shown us that he is capable of leading this team to an undefeated season and an appearance in the College Football Playoff.
My call to sit Ian Book in college fantasy football this week is more of a gut feel. Book is a good quarterback, but all good quarterbacks have bad games. After two strong performances, I think he is due for a slight dip in production.
This will be Book’s first legitimate road test this season. Lane Stadium in Blacksburg is one of the tougher places to play college football, and the Hokies always field a formidable defense. I do not think Book will play poorly enough to cost the Irish the game, but I do think he is due for a turnover or two — limiting his ceiling in fantasy football.
Miles Boykin (WR)
Boykin is coming off of the best performance of his Notre Dame career. He had 11 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown against Stanford. Those numbers now account for about 50 percent of his production through five games this season. That is why I am sitting him in fantasy football this week.
Boykin has had a pair of great performances this season, but he has been inconsistent overall. Other than the Stanford game, he has only had one other game in which he caught more than one pass. That was against Ball State in week two.
I think what it boils down to is Chip Long’s offense is not designed to feature one or two receivers. Yes, Notre Dame receivers can have occasional big games like Boykin did last week, but that is not something we can count on.
The Stanford game may end up being the foundation for a stronger connection between Boykin and Ian Book in the passing game moving forward. Until we see more consistency, I think you have to keep Boykin on your bench in fantasy football.