We’re less than a month from the kickoff of the 2011 season, and Fantasy drafts are starting to get underway.
It’s high time to post the third and final installment of the preseason rankings.
Even if you’re a very, very casual college football fan and Fantasy player, it’s almost impossible to fail if you are able to nab at least two or three of the players listed below. That’s the beauty of College Fantasy Football. There are four times as many teams as the big boys, and in college they put up huge offensive totals. If you like high point totals and seeing your live scoring going out of control, then you’re gonna love this game.
College Fantasy Football Preseason Rankings by Positon: QB | RB | WR | TE
Wide Receiver Rankings (1-20)
1. Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma: All Fantasy eyes will be on the Sooner State this season, as Broyles and Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon are the best of the best. Broyles combined with stud QB Landry Jones for 118 receptions, 1,452 yards and 13 touchdowns. Broyles is a must-have for Fantasy owners during the early rounds.
2. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State: Blackmon is just a notch below Broyles, and by not much. He reeled in 102 passes for 1,665 yards and 18 scores in 11 regular season games. Don’t forget his two rushing TDs and blocked punt for score. He was the Big 12 Associated Press Player of the Year in 2010, and he and QB Brandon Weeden are a lethal combination.
3. Lance Lewis, East Carolina: Lewis is a great consolation prize for those who miss out on Blackmon and Broyles. In fact, most casual Fantasy players will likely rank South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffrey, and perhaps even Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd and Houston’s Patrick Edwards above Lewis just because they’re heard the names or seen those players on TV. Lewis and QB Dominique Davis are a special combination in head coach Ruffin McNeill’s system.
4. Alshon Jeffrey, South Carolina: Jeffrey posted 1,517 receiving yards with nine scores last season. As long as QB Stephen Garcia can keep his head on straight, Jeffrey is destined for Fantasy stardom again.
5. Jordan White, Western Michigan: White racked up 94 receptions last season, and he found the end zone 10 times. White and QB Alex Carder will form one of the most prolific, and underrated, duos in the nation, mainly because the Mid-American Conference (MAC) doesn’t get any respect.
6. Eric Page, Toledo: Sticking with the MAC theme, Page is a Fantasy stud. He rolled up 99 receptions with 1,105 yards and nine trips to the end zone in 2010. Like White, Page will face some shaky defenses and will be involved in many high-scoring contests. Don’t be afraid of the smaller conferences.
7. Damaris Johnson, Tulsa: Johnson can not only do it through the air, but he can find the end zone via the rush, too. He is one of the most exciting players that most of America won’t get to see because he plays at Tulsa. However, he posted 1,432 total yards from scrimmage with 13 touchdowns. Does that get your Fantasy attention?
8. Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M: More often than not, casual fans and Fantasy Footballers don’t think of the Aggies as a passing team. But QB Ryan Tannehill and Fuller can be a lethal combo. The Aggies were one of the best Big 12 offenses down the stretch last season, and there is no reason to believe a step backwards will be coming soon.
9. Cody Wilson, Central Michigan: Wilson has Top 5 Fantasy ability, but he only found the end zone six times, which is what hurts his value. Still, he gets his touches, and he’ll rack up the yardage from scrimmage. He is another player who can do it not only through the air, but on the ground, too.
10. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame: Floyd is back in South Bend, and he brings with him some off-field troubles. He has had three alcohol-related infractions since 2009. If he can keep his nose clean, he can be a No. 1 Fantasy option. However, you must assume the risk that trouble is just around the corner. There is a pattern here, so it’s not being unfair.
11. Tavon Austin, West Virginia: Austin and QB Geno Smith have the potential to be one of the better pass-catch combos east of the Mississippi, especially under the tutelage of offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, who loves to sling it all over the field. Austin posted 900 yards and nine scores last season. He’ll easily be in the 1,000-1,200 total yards range with double-digit scores. Remember the names of WRs Stedman Bailey and Brad Starks later on Draft Day, too.
12. Patrick Edwards, Houston: Edwards appears to be the top receiving option in Houston’s wide-open aerial attack. Assuming QB Case Keenum (knee) is hitting on all cylinders after an ugly knee injury, the Cougars should be knocking out light bulbs on scoreboards all over the south and southwest.
13. Juron Criner, Arizona: Depending on where you look, Criner is anywhere from a Top 5 Fantasy talent, to a WR2 or WR3. He posted 1,233 receiving yards with 11 scores, serving as the most dependable option for QB Nick Foles in the passing attack. Foles, Criner and the Wildcats won’t sneak up on anyone this year, but they’ll still make a lot of offensive noise.
14. Cole Beasley, Southern Methodist: Beasley and Darius Johnson are the next receivers in line for stardom after the departure of WR Aldrick Robinson. Beasley also had strong stats in 2010, going for 87 grabs, 1,060 yards and six scores. He is a low-end WR1 or must-have WR2.
15. Darius Bright, Hawai’i: The Warriors lost several talents to the next level, but the cupboard is anything but bare. Hawai’i always airs it out, and Bright, no pun intended, should shine the most.
16. Robert Woods, Southern California: Now, it’s time for a run on Woods. The Woods from USC posted 65 receptions for 792 yards and six scores as a freshman last season. He’ll be the top receiving option for QB Matt Barkley in a wide-open Pac-12 conference. Woods is certainly a respectable WR2 in all Fantasy formats.
17. D.J. Woods, Cincinnati: Woods was in the shadow of WR Armon Binns last season, but he has since moved on to the NFL. D.J. is the playmaker of choice now for QB Zach Collaros. The Bearcats offense should be prolific against a mediocre Big East conference, and the Bearcats don’t have a tremendously tough out-of-conference schedule outside of a trip to Knoxville.
18. Kamar Jorden, Bowling Green: Like Cody Wilson above, Jorden needs to get into the end zone more if he is to take a leap in Fantasy appeal. He managed just four scores in 2010. Still, he had 96 snares for 1,109 yards. If he can double his touchdown production, he is easily a top-end WR2.
19. Royce Pollard, Hawaii: As mentioned above with Bright, Pollard is in a high-flying offense. He’ll be stepping into some big shoes with WRs Rodney Bradley, Kealoha Pilares and Greg Salas having moved on. As long as Pollard stays healthy, he has WR2 or WR3 Fantasy ability.
20. Geraldo Boldewijn, Boise State: From Legedu Naanee to Austin Pettis to Titus Young, the Broncos always have a stud Fantasy WR. Boldewijn appears to be the next in line, and he’ll still have QB Kellen Moore slinging him the football. Consider Boldewijn a low-end WR2 with a lot of sleeper potential.
Best of the rest
21. T.Y. Hilton, Florida International
22. Darius Johnson, Southern Methodist
23. Marquess Wilson, Washington State
24. Kendall Wright, Baylor
25. Chris Owusu, Stanford
26. Jeremy Ebert, Northwestern
27. Kelvin Bolden, Southern Mississippi
28. Conner Vernon, Duke
29. Markus Wheaton, Oregon
30. Nick Harwell, Miami (Ohio)
31. Justin Hunter, Tennessee
32. Mike Davis, Texas
33. Kenny Stills, Oklahoma
34. Derek Moye, Penn State
35. Greg Childs, Arkansas
36. Roy Roundtree, Michigan
37. Alexander Torres, Texas Tech
38. T.J. Moe, Missouri
39. Mike Shanahan, Pittsburgh
40. Damarlo Belcher, Indiana
41. Rishard Mathews, Nevada
42. Josh Huff, Oregon
43. Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers
44. Tyron Carrier, Houston
45. Jermaine Kearse, Washington
46. Marvin McNutt, Iowa
47. Tyler Shoemaker, Boise State
48. Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
49. Dwight Jones, North Carolina
50. Daymond Patterson, Kansas
51. Kris Burd, Virginia
52. James Rodgers, Oregon State
53. Da’Jon McKnight, Minnesota
54. Nick Toon, Wisconsin
55. Travis Benjamin, Miami (Fla.)
56. A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
57. Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee
58. Marquis Maze, Alabama
59. DeVier Posey, Ohio State
60. A.J. Love, South Florida