Last weekend, the baseball team played its first Pac-12 series of the season, taking two of three games against Washington State at Dedeaux Field.The Trojans started off the homestand with a major bang, as they defeated the Cougars 12-3 off of 15 hits in the Friday opener. Five different players in the lineup recorded multiple hits, while senior Corey Dempster led the way with three RBIs on his birthday.“I was just trying to be more patient in the box,” Dempster said. “I decided to let the ball get to me and then be aggressive early and then with two strikes, really bear down and try to stop chasing pitches.”Washington State led 1-0 on an RBI double in the second inning, however the advantage would not last long. In the bottom of the third with the bases loaded, Dempster launched a double to right field sending all baserunners home. After that game-changing swing, the Trojans’ offense was a runaway train. They would go on to score seven runs in the next two innings.“[The pitcher] was coming at me with fastballs, and I was fouling them off,” Dempster said on his big hit. “I was just under them and I was trying to think of an adjustment, trying to get more on top. He threw another fastball away, and I just went with it. I was trying to get the ball deep and I did.”USC carried over its momentum from an explosive Friday game into Saturday. This time, the hitting proved the difference once again as the lineup produced 11 hits en route to a 4-2 victory. Freshman catcher Blake Sabol recorded his first career highlight play with a two-run stand-up double in the second inning. In the bottom of the third, Dempster continued his hot streak with an RBI single to extend the lead to 3-0. He went 3-of-4 on the game with one run.Pitching was also a strong suit for USC on Saturday. Junior Brad Wegman got the start after uneven performances in his previous four outings. This time Wegman was strong on the mound, giving up just one run in six innings with five strikeouts. His record improved to 2-2 on the season with a 5.06 ERA.In the third and final game of the series on Sunday, the Trojans were unable to replicate their previous performances from the plate. Washington State pitcher Cody Anderson was excellent from the mound, throwing eight innings and striking out six batters.After the Cougars left the first inning with a 1-0 lead, senior Cris Perez tied the game up with athird-inning solo home run that was launched to left field. Washington State would respond with a run in the fifth to reclaim the lead. In the seventh inning, the game was broken open with a Cougar home run and sacrifice fly that extended the away team’s lead to 4-1. Pitchers Marrick Crouse and Solomon Bates gave up two runs apiece.After going 2-1 against Washington State, the Trojans are 12-7 on the year. Next, they face UC Irvine on the road this Tuesday before returning home for a series with conference foe Arizona State.
Week 14 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerThis week, there are a handful of players who should draw more consideration than normal at the FLEX position. Notably, Courtland Sutton has moved into starter territory following the season-ending injury to his teammate Sanders. Sutton should do well in a great matchup against the 49ers. Other intriguing plays include D.J. Moore (@ Browns), Chris Godwin (vs. Saints), and Jeff Wilson Jr. (vs. Broncos).Reminder: For more analysis for individual players, check out our standard running back, wide receiver, and tight end rankings. The fantasy football playoffs are here, and plenty of fantasy owners are facing critical start ’em, sit ’em decisions in Round 1 matchups. Our Week 14 fantasy FLEX rankings are as tight as ever — in a good way. There are plenty of solid options this week, with sleepers emerging because of injuries and favorable matchups. It won’t be easy to sort through exactly who to start, especially with guys like A.J. Green, Emmanuel Sanders, Matt Breida, and James Conner out, but we’re here to help.Per usual, you can’t sit any of your studs, and the borderline matchup-proof plays will occupy the top of this list. There will be a handful of second-tier guys with excellent matchups sprinkled in, but generally speaking, you will see a lot of the same names near the top of the list each week. The real intrigue comes in the 50-75 range, as most fantasy teams will be considering a starting a couple of players in that group. WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 14 Fantasy Football Rankings: FLEXThese rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues1Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers @ Browns2Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints @ Buccaneers3Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers @ Raiders4Phillip Lindsay, RB, Broncos @ 49ers5Davante Adams, WR, Packers vs. Falcons6Aaron Jones, RB, Packers vs. Falcons7Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys vs. Eagles8Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers vs. Bengals9Michael Thomas, WR, Saints @ Buccaneers10Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers vs. Saints MORE WEEK 14: Rankings | DFS11Julio Jones, WR, Falcons @ Packers12Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants @ Redskins13Amari Cooper, WR, Cowboys vs. Eagles14DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans vs. Colts15Todd Gurley, RB, Rams @ Bears16David Johnson, RB, Cardinals vs. Lions17Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings @ Seahawks18Gus Edwards, RB, Ravens @ Chiefs19JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Steelers @ Raiders20Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals @ Chargers21Nick Chubb, RB, Browns vs. Panthers22Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs vs. Ravens23George Kittle, TE, 49ers vs. Broncos24Brandin Cooks, WR, Rams @ Bears25Tyler Boyd, WR, Bengals @ Chargers26Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars @ Titans27Adrian Peterson, RB, Redskins vs. Giants28Kenny Golladay, WR, Lions @ Cardinals29Tarik Cohen, RB, Bears vs. Rams30Austin Ekeler, RB, Chargers vs. Bengals31Allen Robinson, WR, Bears vs. Rams32T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts @ Texans33Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs vs. Ravens34Robert Woods, WR, Rams @ Bears35Courtland Sutton, WR, Broncos @ 49ers36Lamar Miller, RB, Texans vs. Colts37Sony Michel, RB, Patriots @ Dolphins38LeGarrette Blount, RB, Lions @ Cardinals39Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals vs. Lions41Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks vs. Vikings42Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles @ Cowboys43Josh Gordon, WR, Patriots @ Dolphins44Spencer Ware, RB, Chiefs vs. Ravens45Mark Ingram, RB, Saints @ Buccaneers46Eric Ebron, TE, Colts @ Texans47David Njoku, TE, Browns vs. Panthers48James White, RB, Patriots @ Dolphins49Jarvis Landry, WR, Browns vs. Panthers50LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills vs. Jets51D.J. Moore, WR, Panthers @ Browns52Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots @ Dolphins53Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots @ Dolphins54Jaylen Samuels, RB, Steelers @ Raiders55Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings @ Seahawks56Chris Godwin, WR, Buccaneers vs. Saints57Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles @ Cowboys58Jared Cook, TE, Raiders vs. Steelers59Corey Davis, WR, Titans vs. Jaguars60Isaiah Crowell, RB, Jets @ Bills61Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings @ Seahawks62Calvin Ridley, WR, Falcons @ Packers63Adam Humphries, WR, Buccaneers vs. Saints65Tre’Quan Smith, WR, Saints @ Buccaneers66Marlon Mack, RB, Colts @ Texans67Justin Jackson, RB, Chargers vs. Bengals68Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants @ Redskins69DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins vs. Patriots70Golden Tate, WR, Eagles @ Cowboys71Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins vs. Giants72Doug Martin, RB, Raiders vs. Steelers73Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, 49ers vs. Broncos74Michael Crabtree, WR, Ravens @ Chiefs75Demaryius Thomas, WR, Texans vs. Colts76John Brown, WR, Ravens @ Chiefs77Chris Conley, WR, Chiefs vs. Ravens.78Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks vs. Vikings79Vance McDonald, TE, Steelers @ Raiders80Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons @ Packers81Chris Carson, RB, Seahawks vs. Vikings82Josh Adams, RB, Eagles @ Cowboys83John Ross, WR, Bengals @ Chargers84Peyton Barber, RB, Buccaneers vs. Saints85Jimmy Graham, TE, Packers vs. Falcons86Tyrell Williams, WR, Chargers vs. Bengals87Mike Williams, WR, Chargers vs. Bengals88Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Packers vs. Falcons89Kenyan Drake, RB, Dolphins vs. Patriots90Jordan Howard, RB, Bears vs. Rams91Willie Snead, WR, Ravens @ Chiefs92Zay Jones, WR, Bills vs. Jets93Devin Funchess, WR, Panthers @ Browns94Dion Lewis, RB, Titans vs. Jaguars95Jamison Crowder, WR, Redskins vs. Giants96Curtis Samuel, WR, Panthers @ Browns97Josh Doctson, WR, Redskins vs. Giants98Duke Johnson Jr., RB, Browns vs. Panthers99Chris Thompson, RB, Redskins vs. Giants100Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers vs. Bengals101Bruce Ellington, WR, Lions @ Cardinals102Josh Reynolds, WR, Rams @ Bears103Elijah McGuire, RB, Jets @ Bills104Royce Freeman, RB, Broncos @ 49ers105Cameron Brate, TE, Buccaneers vs. Saints106Frank Gore, RB, Dolphins vs. Patriots107Taylor Gabriel, WR, Bears vs. Rams108Donte Moncrief, WR, Jaguars @ Titans109Jalen Richard, RB, Raiders vs. Steelers110Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys vs. Eagles111Dede Westbrook, WR, Jaguars @ Titans112Stevan Ridley, RB, Steelers @ Raiders113Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings @ Seahawks114Antonio Callaway, WR, Browns vs. Panthers115Jonnu Smith, TE, Titans vs. Jaguars116Theo Riddick, RB, Lions @ Cardinals117Dante Pettis, WR, 49ers vs. Broncos118Derrick Henry, RB, Titans vs. Jaguars119Sterling Shepard, Giants @ Redskins120Trey Burton, TE, Bears vs. Rams