Illinois' Lankford (Ankle) Questionable Against NU
News:Ryan Lankford (ankle) is questionable against Northwestern, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis:Ryan Lankford lost two fumbles last week and then was hurt, so it's not clear if he'll be able to play this week.
News:Ryan Lankford caught two passes for 14 yards Saturday at Ohio State.
Analysis:Ryan Lankford has been Illinois' most consistent weapon this season. Look for him to bounce back next week against Minnesota.
News:Ryan Lankford gathered in seven catches for 104 yards Saturday during Illinois' 35-7 loss to Penn State.
Analysis: Aside from the second game of the season, when he posted 31 yards on three receptions, Ryan Lankford has produced, including the first 100-yard receiving effort of his career Saturday. His 11 targets indicate that QB Nathan Scheelhaase is definitely keeping an eye on Lankford as he makes his progressions and should encourage his fantasy owners, even without the benefit of a score.
News:Ryan Lankford had five receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown Saturday during Illinois' 52-24 defeat to Louisiana Tech.
Analysis:Ryan Lankford has caught just 16 passes this season, but with four touchdowns in as many weeks, he has definite fantasy value as long as he keeps dabbling with the end zone. Only four other Big Ten receivers have four or more scores to this point in the season.
News:Ryan Lankford hauled in seven balls for 97 yards and two touchdowns in Illinois' 44-0 win Saturday over Charleston Southern.
Analysis:Ryan Lankford had twin four-yard scoring strikes in the first quarter to spur the scoring for the Illini. The junior wideout now leads the team with 11 receptions for 192 yards and three touchdown, the latter of which ties him for fourth in the Big Ten with seven other players.
News:Ryan Lankford hauled in a 64-yard touchdown reception less than two minutes into Illinois' eventual 24-7 handling of Western Michigan on Saturday.
Analysis: That deep ball was Ryan Lankford's sole target on the afternoon, though he did rush one time for minus-11 yards. Since lightning rarely strikes twice, don't expect the junior receiver to make too many plays in such a run-heavy offense.