What College Produces the Best Fantasy Football Team?Tweet
Week 1 of the 2019 college football season is in the books with week 2 just on the horizon and everything so far is pointing towards it being another exciting season of college students spending their Saturdays colliding into one another. Now some of these players will one day get paid for their efforts and play in the NFL. So, naturally I end up asking which school produces the best players which then leads to asking which has the best team which then makes me create rosters on Madden and other football games to find out, but why not find out by measuring their in-game production? Well, I did just that a few years ago when I made a fantasy league of teams made up of players from the same college and this year I decided to bring it back and share it with everyone. Now, how about I give you the rundown on the league, or should I say leagues, I’ve created.
I looked through lists upon lists of different schools’ NFL alumni and was surprisingly able to find 36 schools that met my requirements for them to have a fantasy team in the league. This was surprising because, none of the sites I’ve played fantasy on allowed for 36 team-leagues. I ended up just making two separate leagues on Yahoo, dividing the teams mainly by conference and then divided conferences by east and west where their placement was decided by where the “meat” of their teams was. So, despite Penn State and Rutgers being in east coast states, since they’re in the Big 10, they will be playing in the Western University Fantasy Football League. To put it simply the conferences and teams are divided up into leagues like this: the Eastern University Fantasy Football League will contain teams from the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), and the American Athletic Conference (AAC); while the Western University Fantasy Football Conference will contain teams from the Big Ten Conference (B1G), Big XII Conference, Pac-12 Conference, Mountain West Conference (MW), and a team that is independent.
Anyways, I’ve worked out the scoring system to be as like the kind of base scoring with the IDP scoring set to have all tackles equal 0.5 points. The goal is to have a point system where a full group of starting IDPs is able to produce a point total combined of around 20, now will that happen consistently, no because only a few teams have enough defensive players who are starters on their teams, but that just means those teams that have a lineup full of starters will have a rightful advantage.
Now, teams are comprised of 6 offensive starters (1 QB and 5 WR/RB/TEs) and 11 defensive starters (3 DBs, 1 LBs, 2 DL, and 5 other IDPs) with a max of 13 benchwarmers and though a kicker spot is available I didn’t make it a requirement in my decision process, since there are very few kickers in the NFL compared to other positions and not all of them come from D1 schools. Also, I made the requirements as such because I didn’t want it to just be a mash of players, I wanted to set up their teams like they were playing in actual offensive and defensive formations. I’ve just about written three paragraphs without even talking about the colleges that will be represented, so with the roster stipulations in mind (and as a side note I made the rosters during the preseason so teams will have players who are no longer on the roster) here are the teams, along with the nicknames I gave them, who made the cut: (the leagues are public so if you just want to check out the rosters, there are links at the bottom after the team rundowns).
CLEMSON (Clemson Caspians)
Big surprise Clemson made it. They will be rocking a high-powered spread offense with Deshaun Watson as their starting QB, and a WR quadrant of DeAndre Hopkins, Mike Williams, Sammy Watkins, and Adam Humphries. For now, they also have Wayne Gallman lining up at RB alongside Watson, but there is a possibility he won’t get too many snaps for the Giants and Jaron Brown could replace Gallman and make Clemson go with a five-wideout set.
The defense is also looking pretty nice, at least up front. They’ll be rocking a 5-2 defense with Grady Jarrett and Shaq Lawson being joined in the trenches by their trio of rookie linemen. Vic Beasley and B.J. Goodson also make a decent “2”. DBs are also fine though it will mostly be up to Mackenzie Alexander and Bashaud Breeland to produce points.
Their weak point, point like many is kicker as Chandler Catanzaro’s sudden retirement caused them to be left without one.
FLORIDA STATE (Tallahassee TDs)
This team is hoping to feast on some Ws as it is one of the few that will be working out of the wishbone and power I formation as Devonta Freeman, Dalvin Cook, and Chris Thompson aim to put up some points on the ground. Though they will be reliant on the rushing game, Jameis Winston looks to help out through the air along with Bobo Wilson and Nick O’Leary.
On the defensive side, they’ve been rattled by Derwin James’ injury, but they still have one of the best DB corps in the league with Jalen Ramsey, Lamarcus Joyner, Xavier Rhodes, Ronald Darby, and P.J. Williams. So, despite the James set back they have plenty talent back there, enough so that they will be working out of the nickel formation. However, they are not as lucky at the LB position, Telvin Smith’s announcement that he was taking a break from the NFL has really put them in a bind as Nigel Bradham will be the main contributor there.
Other than that, they will need to rely on Dustin Hopkins for the kicking duty as Graham Gano will start the season on the IR and Sebastian Janikowski is happily enjoying retirement.
MIAMI (South Beach Supernovas)
Miami is the first university in this league, but not the last, that doesn’t have a starting QB. I would say Lamar Miller’s injury would have really hurt the team’s overall production, but coincidentally the Texans projected replacement for Miller is Duke Johnson, who is also an alum of the U. So, the injury caused what is mostly an exchange of production. However, the biggest position to watch for this team is the tight ends, with two veterans and two up-and-comers, as they will be working out of 3TE formations. Though Greg Olsen and Jimmy Graham have had spectacular years, but last season wasn’t the strongest for either. Chris Herndon was looking forward to what some thought could be a strong season for him, but he is now facing a 4-game suspension to start off the year. So, David Njoku is probably the safest point-scorer right now for this group as he is looking to be a big piece of the Browns new-look offense. This may be the best TE group in the league however if Njoku performs as expected, Herndon does great after coming back from his suspension, Olsen plays all 16 games, and Graham gets more acclimated to Green Bay’s system.
As for the D there won’t be as much to expect. Most of their points will have to come from Calais Campbell and Olivier Vernon. Denzel Perryman could also help a little here and there. More important than the defense though, will be Michael Badgley as he could win this team some games if he improves upon his rookie year.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE (Raleigh Lone Wolves)
This is team barely met my requirements as they had 11 defensive players exactly. That being said, this is an offensive minded team as Philip Rivers will be their biggest producer. He will have to win some games for this team because aside from Rivers, NC State only has two backup running backs who can produce on offense. Nyheim Hines and Jaylen Samuels should be used in their respective teams’ offenses, but it is uncertain the amount being backups. However, it will help that Stephen Hauschka will remain as the Bills kicker so he will provide a good amount of points. As for that shallow-depth defense, Bradley Chubb will need to carry them, because no one else will put up points consistently.
A unique situation has also occurred for this team, Andrew Luck’s retirement thrusts Jacoby Brissett into the Colts starting job and NC State is now in talks with Florida about Brissett’s rights. Rumblings say that, to make the league more interesting, NC State will allow Brissett to play for his former school, as long as Philip Rivers stays healthy. With the amount of QB depth NC State has allowing won’t hurt them badly especially with the conditions of the agreement.
PITTSBURGH (Burgh Big Cats)
Let’s start with the defense for Pittsburgh, because they have possibly the best defensive player in the league in Aaron Donald, coming off a 20.5 sack season. Donald will lead the team, but Jabaal Sheard, Avonte Maddox, and Jordan Whitehead will need to help him make up for the lack of production everywhere else on the defense. As for the offensive players, a lot of their players were released after the preseason including LeSean McCoy, who is not looking to produce as much as Kansas City’s backup runner as opposed to when he was Buffalo’s starter. Other than McCoy, they do have a great RB in James Conner as well as another solid backup RB in Dion Lewis. Larry Fitzgerald and Tyler Boyd also form a solid WR duo and complete a decent offense. Especially with the legendary Nathan Peterman as the starting QB.
VIRGINIA (Lynchburg Swordsmen)
Virginia…good job at…having enough players? This is one of the teams that has just enough players to fill a roster. They have a 2nd-string WR as their top offensive player. That is not a very ideal situation, especially since Darius Jennings is mainly a kick returner. It also doesn’t help that the only other offensive starter that is projected to contribute more than 10 points over the season is Dontrelle Inman who is the lowest WR on the Chargers depth chart. Really other than Jennings and Inman, the only other contributors will probably be Brent Urban and Anthony Harris. So, don’t expect many wins if any from this squad.
ALABAMA (Tuscaloosa Waves)
The powerhouse of college football looks to be the powerhouse of the University Fantasy Football League. They got talent to start and talent to spare. To choose a starting lineup from they have: three starting running backs, two WR1s, two young TEs, and a plethora of No.2s that could see some starts here or there. Not only the offense, but the defense will dominate as well and probably finish as the best defense as a whole throughout both leagues. A starting DB group of Kareem Jackson, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and Landon Collins compliment linebackers, Dont’a Hightower and C.J. Mosley. The only weaknesses on this team is that they don’t have a kicker and the only current QB that Alabama has in the NFL is A.J. McCarron.
ARKANSAS (Fayetteville Pigs)
Arkansas was a last-minute addition to the league and being so as one could guess its because they don’t have the best roster in the world. The trouble that Alex Collins is in right now only hurts them more as it will now be up to Hunter Henry to supply this team with points. Trey Flowers can also help him out with carrying the team, but it will have to be mostly Henry if they want to win some games. It would also help them if Jarius Wright could pull in a TD once or twice this year, preferably when Henry and Flowers are keeping the game close and they just need a few points to pull ahead.
AUBURN (Auburn Eagles)
Dee Ford and Jermaine Whitehead will be Auburn’s main factors on defense, but on offense they have an okay group. Running back is looking good as Peyton Barber is projected to be the Bucs week 1 starter and Kerryon Johnson is hoping to have a breakout year. C.J. Uzomah will also probably see some more playing time this year as he is currently the No.1 TE on the Bengals roster, ahead of Tyler Eifert. The real x-factor though will be Cam Newton, if he comes back strong from his shoulder injury last season, then Auburn may be able to make it to the playoffs. Especially since they have the added help of Daniel Carlson, as long as he doesn’t revert back to “Minnesota vs. Green Bay form”.
FLORIDA (Gainesville Crocs)
A solid team that will get a boost from kicker Eddy Pineiro winning the coveted Bears kicking job. Pineiro getting the spot really gave this team some hope and now with the possibility of getting Jacoby Brissett from NC State. This team could make a run at a playoff spot. Trey Burton and Jordan Reed will also combine to make a good dual TE set. Also, once Antonio Callaway returns from his suspension, Callaway and Demarcus Robinson could add even more to this offense. Callaway and Robinson aren’t prolific wide receivers, but they were both able to find the endzone a few times last year, so they will probably have a couple okay weeks. Florida will also get a lot of help from the defense with some pretty decent IDPs. Carlos Dunlap is guaranteed some sacks and at least 40 tackles. The DB group of Brian Poole, Joe Haden, Marcus Maye, Vernon Hargreaves, and Keanu Neal are also looking to up over 150 points combined over the season. The most important position group though is their linebackers: Alex Anzalone, Jon Bostic, Jarrad Davis, and Dante Fowler. Though not household names, having a group of starting linebackers will be great for Florida just because of the amount of tackles they can accumulate.
GEORGIA (Athens Good Boys)
Georgia was ranked to have the best draft in league. With a defense filled with players set and ready to produce consistent points from week to week and a wishbone offense with two 1st-round caliber running backs as well as a complimentary Sony Michel and a quarterback who is a starter that can put up some average to solid games most weeks. What will really put this team over the top though is if A.J. Green can return from his injury as early in the season as possible. He has had injury problems in the past few season, but when they play teams like Alabama, Clemson, and Florida State, Green being in the starting lineup would win them those games.
LSU (Baton Rouge Bengals)
Probably the last of the title-contending teams in the East, LSU has a solid defense filled with point producers. The most notable being Danielle Hunter on the d-line and Kwon Alexander and Deion Jones leading the LB unit. Though the best players on defense will probably be Tyrann Mathieu and Jamal Adams who were two of the best IDP safeties last season and look to have another strong showing upcoming. The offense will be led by the two Cleveland Brown teammates, Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr., but they won’t be the only big names helping out as Leonard Fournette hopes to have a bounce back season and Derrius Guice is looking to challenge for the starting RB job in Washington.
OLE MISS (Oxford Mutineers)
Eli Manning will helm this team that is looking to be mediocre, which is still better than the Giants look to be. Aside from Manning, Evan Engram will be the offensive leader of this team and will be backed up by a pair of WR2s in Donte Moncrief and DK Metcalf. Hopefully for them, DK Metcalf can live up to his earlier expectations and become a key threat with Seattle’s offense and Moncrief will also need to capitalize on being the WR2 on a pass-heavy Pittsburgh offense, because Engram and Manning need some help. The offense will need to perform week in and week out, since the defense is headlined by Mike Hilton with everyone else being there to mostly fill out the roster.
TENNESSEE (Knoxville Minutemen)
Despite being Punter U, producing a total of 5 punters that were on preseason rosters, Tennessee does not have any kickers in the league. So that is disappointing, a little less disappointing is their defense. Malik Jackson will be their most notable player, but Justin Coleman had a pretty good year last season. However, other than those two, they don’t have much after them. So once again, this is a team that will rely on their offense. Luckily, they have Alvin Kamara who has a chance at being the top fantasy player of the season. Their offense also consists of the elderly Jason Witten and the best kick returner in the game, Cordarrelle Patterson. So when they win games it will mostly be because of Kamara.
TEXAS A&M (College Station Money)
Ryan Tannehill is now a backup QB, so that is a big hit to the A&M. Knowing Mariota’s injury history and the displeasure among the organization and fans with his play, Tannehill might come in for some games and may even get a start. Christian Kirk and Josh Reynolds also hope to put up some points for this team this season, Kirk especially is looking for a breakout sophomore campaign. The leader of this offensive unit, though, has to be Mike Evans, who will be working in a Bucs offense that is looking to have a turnaround season. The defense also has a strong player named Evans, though not as good as Mike and Justin Evans won’t be the defensive leader. No for the defense, the big point contributors will be their pass-rushers. Von Miller, Myles Garrett, and Michael Bennett will account for the bulk of this defense’s points and should do a good job of that if they can combine for over 35 sacks this season like they did last.
A&M will also has the rare luxury of having two kickers to choose from this season as Josh Lambo and Randy Bullock will remain starting kickers for their respective teams. Lambo was guaranteed, but Bullock was battling a rookie throughout the preseason.
VANDERBILT (Nashville Barons)
The last team from the SEC, Vanderbilt was another team that just met the requirements. However, preseason cuts were harsh, so much so that their offense isn’t even worth mentioning. They have a couple notable defensive players though. Stephen Weatherly can get some points as their top DE and Casey Hayward has been a lockdown cornerback over the past few seasons. If they win any games though it will have to be against either Virginia or Arkansas and Zach Cunningham will have to be the main reason why. Cunningham being a starting linebacker will get a bunch of tackles and be their top player, but even so he didn’t record a single sack last season and that is where he could really get some points.
TEMPLE (Philadelphia Guardians)
A team that I’m so glad made it in, because they aren’t really a football school, but they have the perfect amount of players to complete a lineup. Robby Anderson hopes to have a great season this year and even if he can’t breakout, he will be the best player on their offense. Keith Kirkwood will also help the O, but it will mainly have to be Anderson. Their defense also has some decent players with Tahir Whitehead and Haason Reddick, but I don’t think they are an offensive or defensive team. Brandon McManus will make this a kicking team and if Anderson doesn’t do well this year, McManus will probably lead the team in fantasy points. They can probably beat the three worst teams in the East.
UCF (Orlando Champions)
This is another team who will probably be a kicking team. The great Blake Bortles is unfortunately no longer a starter so the offense will have to rely on a backup RB, Latavius Murray and a pair of backup WRs, Breshad Perriman and Tre’Quan Smith. Their defense will also be playing prevent all season with how many DBs are produced by the school. So, Matt Prater will have to lead this team to wins most of the time.
OKLAHOMA (Norman Pioneers)
Like the Big 12 stereotype would suggest, this team is going to rely on its offense. That being said, this offense is a pretty good one. They have Baker Mayfield as their starting QB, but also have another starting QB in Kyler Murray as their backup. They also have a trio of starting running backs to choose from with Damien Williams, Adrian Peterson, and Joe Mixon and four solid wide receiver options in Dede Westbrook, Sterling Shepherd, Marquise Brown, and Kenny Stills. The upside of Mark Andrews also gives them intrigue at the tight end position. Oklahoma also got big news from the Browns roster cuts as Austin Seibert beat out the incumbent to win their kicking job and giving this team the extra fantasy points from the kicking position.
OKLAHOMA STATE (Stillwater Sharpshooters)
Not as fortunate as their instate counter parts. OK St only has one RB1 on their roster. Chris Carson will be the main supplier of their offense, but Justice Hill and James Washington could work their ways up on their teams and thus become better fantasy players for this team. TE Blake Jarwin would have also been a good player for them, but the return of Jason Witten to the Cowboys will hurt his relevance severely. Other than the offense, Dan Bailey is going to be a great asset for OSU as the defense is similar to Oklahoma’s.
TEXAS (Austin Steers)
This team that Texas has to offer bucks the trend of offensive Big 12 teams as they will need to rely on their defense and special teams to win weeks. Why? Well, their best offensive weapon is Marquise Goodwin, who has only had 1 season where he’s had over 500 receiving yards and the most TDs he’s had in a season is 4. Malcolm Brown is the third-string RB for the Rams so not much can be expected from him and Colt McCoy losing the QB battle in Washington was a big blow as with 1st round rookie also in that QB room, the chance he’ll start this season even if the No.1 does poorly or hurt is slim. The defense though is promising with a strong secondary of Quandre Diggs, Adrian Phillips, Kenny Vaccaro, and led by Earl Thomas. Considering they combined for 8 INTs last year, they are a promising bunch and with Jordan Hicks at LB, Texas is sure to get plenty of points off tackles
IOWA (Iowa City Ironmen)
George Kittle and their two 1st-round TEs play will go a long way into winning games for Iowa. In fact, they will probably be the only ones producing on offense unless C.J. Beathard somehow finds himself starting for the 49ers again. Other than that, Iowa has a nice defense to offer. All-Pro CB Desmond King will look to lead the defense again. Although Anthony Hitchens will also be a key contributor, being a good tackler on a swiss cheese defense. Safety Micah Hyde and linebacker Christian Kirksey have also put up very good seasons in the past and can make this unit really impressive if they can go back to producing like they were able to. So, while this team won’t make a run at playoffs Kittle and the defense can certainly make it interesting for some teams.
MICHIGAN (Ann Arbor Wolves)
Tom Brady is the offense for Michigan. Coming off yet another Super Bowl, Brady has bigger burden to carry as Devin Funchess is the only other player who looks to add a decent amount of fantasy points. Otherwise they’ll be relying on their defense which isn’t a bad option. Despite their biggest names switching teams during the offseason, both Frank Clark and Jabrill Peppers are looking to help lead the defenses of their new teams. Devin Bush and Rashan Gary could also intriguing rookies to watch and could play a big role in Michigan’s defense.
MICHIGAN STATE (Lansing Hoplites)
Good news for Michigan State, Le’Veon Bell is going to play this season. Bad news, they don’t really have anyone else to help him out. Kirk Cousins will obviously be a big asset, be a starting QB and knowing the points they can provide. Everyone else on their roster, however will not be able to produce a consistent amount of points as Trae Waynes and Darqueze Dennard are they key defenders, but Dennard is dealing with a knee injury right now and is on the PUP list so he may not even be able to help out… At least they have Bell back.
NEBRASKA (Lincoln Blackshirts)
Another team looking to be led by their kicker. Nebraska has mostly been known for their defense and they do have some good players on that side. Ndamukong Suh, Lavonte David, and Prince Amukamara are all great options at the DL, LB, and DB positions, but they may not be enough to win a bunch of games considering their offense. Their offense will probably be led by Rex Burkhead, who is at best the No.3 RB on the Patriots, but he’s a better option than a WR who wasn’t relevant last year despite being the No.2 on his team and now got moved to the 3rd WR spot. Ameer Abdullah also isn’t going to help much as he will probably only get on the field as a returner. So, as stated earlier, Nebraska’s hope will fall on the right leg of Brett Maher.
OHIO STATE (Columbus Nuts)
Ohio State’s team got a little boost over the past few days as Carlos Hyde was traded to the Texans and looks to get some action in their offense and Ezekiel Elliott finalized an extension with the Cowboys. The inclusion of Michael Thomas, Curtis Samuel, and their all-around solid defense will give the best chance out of any Big 10 team to bring home the championship. Even without a kicker, Ohio State has enough players contributing on the defensive side of the ball to make up for that and their offense could even kick it up a notch part way through the season. If Dwayne Haskins becomes the starter in Washington sometime late in the season, this team will be poised for a championship run.
PENN STATE (College Park Cougars)
They might only have one player of note on the defensive side in Adrian Amos, but they will have plenty of firepower on offense to make up for that. Of course, most of that offensive firepower will come from Saquon Barkley, who could wins games on his own against some of the teams in this league, but he will also have maybe more help on this team than he does on the Giants. Chris Godwin is looking to have a big year, Allen Robinson is the WR1 on a Bears offense looking to take another step forward, and Miles Sanders is looking to have some fantasy relevance, despite being the backup. Robbie Gould is also looking to be as reliable as ever on field goals.
RUTGERS (Piscataway Uproar)
Though they were at the very bottom of the basement in the Big 10 last year, Rutgers has produced a few good NFL players. Mohamed Sanu and his perfect passer rating will probably be the main offensive outlet for this team as the Ravens are not as inclined to use Gus Edwards with Mark Ingram and Justice Hill also on their roster. Though Tyler Kroft may have a good year as he finally got a starting TE spot by joining the Bills. On defense, the McCourty twins hope to use their powers of brotherhood to put up another 100+ combined fantasy point season and should get some help in their endeavor of leading this defense from Logan Ryan.
WISCONSIN (Madison Pesters)
The Melvin Gordon holdout is surely going to hurt this team’s chances of making the playoffs as the next best W/R/T player for Wisconsin is James White. Corey Clement and Alex Erickson can also add some points for the offense, but it will really be up to Russell Wilson to carry this unit until Melvin gets back or try to salvage the season if Gordon doesn’t return. Their defense fortunately isn’t missing any of their stars due to holdouts as the T.J. and J.J. Watt look to make one of the best IDP trios with Joe Schobert.
OREGON (Eugene Mallards)
Despite being a college team mostly known for it’s offense, the pro team is probably better at defense. Kiko Alonso may not be the best guy on the field, but he is very very good at producing fantasy points. Deforest Buckner and Arik Armstead also make for a solid d-line duo in fantasy as they do in real-life for the 49ers. They also appear like they will also have Patrick Chung’s services as he seems to have avoided a suspension despite being indicted with drug charges.
The offense? Well that is completely reliant on two factors: Royce Freeman becoming an integral part of the Bronco’s run game and Marcus Mariota progressing and staying healthy. If Phillip Lindsay is used as the bell-cow or if he is still just used as the main starting back, then Freeman’s production will really suffer along with Oregon’s offense considering how integral he is to the offensive production for this fantasy team. Though Mariota’s production is more important, being the QB. So, it will be even more important that Mariota can stay healthy and stave off any thought by the Titans to replace him with Tannehill.
STANFORD (Palo Alto Redwoods)
I had high hopes for this team, but they were dashed when Andrew Luck retired. They still have a great team outside of QB with the likes of Christian McCaffery and Zach Ertz who look to be top 5 performers at their positions again this season. Austin Hooper is also a solid TE, though not near the level of Ertz, who can point up okay games from week-to-week. Ty Montgomery also looks to get back in the spotlight after the wrath of cheese was brought down on him after fumbling a return at Lambeau and JJ Arcega-Whiteside is less talked about rookie who could have a decent rookie year. As for what the defense offers, Blake Martinez was one of the top IDPs last year and could very well continue to be top 10. They could have just been a playoff lock with Luck.
UCLA (Los Angeles Ursinaes)
There are three keys for this UCLA team and two of them have pretty good odds of panning out. One is the linebackers; Jayon Brown, Eric Kendricks, and Myles Jack all can produce at high levels and will need to do so again to carry this defense. Two is Ka’imi Fairbairn, he had a great year last season where he almost had 20 more field goals than the season before and will need the Texans to move the ball like they did last season so he can kick even more. Three is the difficult one, UCLA needs Josh Rosen to win the starting job away from Ryan Fitzpatrick in Miami because no one else is going to really add a lick offensively.
USC (So Cal Seamen)
USC has a solid defense with some star-power names like Clay Matthews and Everson Griffin. However, fantasy-wise no one really seems like they will stand out. The offense however has a strong receiving corps and a sophomore QB looking to improve. Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholar are nice receivers to have with some big play power every now and then that can give them a good week, but of course they will be pushed to the side a little since USC also has two guys expected to finish amongst the top 12 WRs. Robert Woods is the top receiver in the most explosive offense in the league and JuJu Smith-Schuester is the WR1 in the most pass-heavy offense in the league, so needless to say, they should both do well for themselves. Sam Darnold is also looking to improve upon a pretty standard NFL rookie year and RB Ronald Jones looks to get some more playing time to help out the cause.
BOISE STATE (Boise Bluegrass)
Boise State were the darlings of college football, but they will have a tough time finding a win in fantasy without a single offensive weapon in sight. Jay Ajayi is still a free agent and Doug Martin was released at the end of the preseason by Oakland. Thus, Boise will be a strictly defensive team. That said they have some decent defensive guys with the standouts being DeMarcus Lawrence and Leighton Vander Esch. Two Cowboys, Lawrence did well as always last season with Vander Esch being the big surprise. Vander Esch racked up more than 100 solo tackles and was oh so close to winning DROY only to lose to the equally impressive Darius Leonard. If Boise hopes to win any games then Lawrence and Vander Esch will need to show out.
NOTRE DAME (South Bend Celtics)
Notre Dame is a team that is already getting hurt by injuries as Theo Riddick and Equanimeous St. Brown starting off the season on IR and Golden Tate will start off the season serving a suspension if those injuries weren’t enough. Until they get those players back, Notre Dame will need to rely on Will Fuller and Kyle Rudolph for points, so they’ll be counting down the days. The defense though is promising with high IDP scorers in Harrison Smith and Jaylon Smith. They also have decent linemen in Romeo Okwara and Stephon Tuitt as well as a promising DT in Jerry Tillery. Though getting their players who are out back onto the field will be the key for their season.
To check out the teams yourself here are the links to the Eastern League (https://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/f1/754909) and the Western League (https://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/f1/721729).
As for how the league will be played, the teams will play a 13-week season with head-to-head matchups each week. Though the season will run through all 17 weeks, after week 13 the top 4 teams from each conference by win-loss record will be put in another league for an 8-team playoff over weeks 14, 15, and 16. If there are two or more teams tied for a playoff spot, then the team with the most points for will get the playoff spot or the higher-seeded playoff spot. If you want learn more just click the links above to look at the leagues.
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