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Jarett Dillard of RiceDrew and I were working on the criteria for this list – we chose 13 games for the number’s mystical qualities and we looked at games that would promise offensive fireworks. In general, here is what we expect:

  • 70 points or more
  • 900 yards or more
  • Porous defenses facing talented offenses

So check your GamePlan schedule or set your DVR, here is must-see fantasy TV. And stay tuned for Lou Papa’s Fantasy Games of the Week segment all year long.

Rice at SMU, Week One

So loaded with potential fantasy stars, even without Justin Willis at the helm of the Mustang offense. Rice WR Jarett Dillard (right, Icon SMI) and Emmanuel Sanders may get three TDs each. They have the nation’s focus all to themselves for a Friday night tilt on Aug. 29. Get yer popcorn.



#1 RB Harvey Unga of BYUVince and Drew break down all the changes to his RB rankings over the past two weeks – movers and shakers, sleepers and freshmen – and how it should affect your upcoming draft.

Also, we discuss the events that led to him moving Brigham Young RB Harvey Unga to the #1 spot ahead of media darling Knowshon Moreno of Georgia.

Oh yes, he also threw down the gauntlet that all challengers WILL LOSE in his Head2Head College Salary Cap Fantasy Game.

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When crafting our lists to highlight the most amazing statistical performances of the 2005 college football season, the staff agreed that we needed to measure consistent production as well as the huge raw numbers many of the candidates amassed. The honorable mention winners put up some large digits throughout the year, but for fantasy purposes their erratic or volatile statistical performances forced the downgrade.

QUARTERBACKS by Daniel Freer


Cody Hodges  –  Texas Tech: Hodges continued the Red Raider tradition of leading the nation in total offense in 2005, with 378.8 yards per game.   Currently Hodges is tied with UCLA QB Drew Olson with 30 TD passes, tops in the nation.   Even though Hodges has not blown up the past 2 weeks, he gets the nod over the #2 QB for being a little more consistent….and his numbers through the first 8 or 9 weeks should have carried any fantasy team into the playoffs.

Brad Smith  –  Missouri:
Those leagues who put a premium on rushing yards and rushing TDs probably would have Smith at #1, but the NCAA”s all-time rusher at QB falls just short of Hodges.   Although Smith rushed for 14 TDs, he threw for only 13 TDs and his PRF is only 14.36 per game….4 points less than Hodges.   Also, while Smith has had truly freaky games, at times he has disappeared in games, too, notably the Chernobyl-like meltdown at Kansas a few weeks ago.   Still, Smith had a great season, and probably won his fantasy teams some big games along the way.


Colt Brennan  –  Hawaii: Truly the surprise of the season….considering he did not start the opener vs USC….he still threw for 250 yards and 2 TDs in in the second-half vs the Trojans.   Brennan did not stop there, ending up finishing 2d in total offense and 4th in PRF…just behind Hodges in both categories.   With a full-season running the Warriors offense, Brennan just may be the #1 overall fantasy draft pick next season.   One wonders if he had played the entire game vs USC that he may have been #1 on this list.

Vince Young  –  Texas: Young really disproved many of his critics by stepping up his passing game in 2004.   Although his rushing numbers will fall short of his 2004 season, Young still had 774 yards rushing and 8 rushing TDs (in 10 games so far), and, his PRF is 2d nationally at 18.40 per game.   The only thing keeping Young from being higher on the list was that his rushing totals were helped greatly with one big game at Oklahoma State…and were not as consistent throughout the season.

Brady Quinn  –  Notre Dame: Not only did Notre Dame wake up the echoes in 2005, Quinn joined the ranks of great Domer QBs like Montana, Hornung, Huarte, Lujack, Rice, et al.  And he was a great fantasy QB, too…finishing 4th in the nation in total offense and 5th in PRF per game.   His consistency was notable, and he seemed to be the top fantasy QB  not to meltdown in big games.  Only the overall numbers delivered by Quinn keep him this low on the list.  Hey, and we also learned how to spell “Samardzija”.

HONORABLE MENTION: Drew Olson, UCLA   Brian Johnson, Utah   Matt Leinart, USC   Brett Basanez, Northwestern   Troy Smith, Ohio State



Reggie Bush USC – Bush accumulated a combined 1781 rushing/receiving yards and 16 TDS.  Most importantly Bush was consist on a weekly basis.  He only had one game in which he did not score a TD or combine for 100+ yards.

Brian Calhoun Wisconsin – Calhoun lead all RBs in fantasy points using a standard scoring system by combining for 1830 yards and 22 scores.  Calhoun scored in 9 of 11 games and only had one game in without 100+ combined yards or a TD.  Not only was he consistent but he had some monster games that make him a candidate for the David Kilger award given to the best fantasy player.

Jerome Harrison Washington State – Harrison came in a close second in fantasy points behind Calhoun as these two backs were heads and shoulders above the rest of the backs.  What consistency?  How about 113+ yards in every game this season and a TD in 9 of 11 games?  Harrison combined for 2106 yards and 17 TDs and like Calhoun needs to be considered for the David Kilger award.

Tyrell Sutton Northwestern – Sutton burst on the scene as the free agent pickup of the year.  Sutton proves once again why we must always pay attention to the starting RB at Northwestern as they are a fantasy RB goldmine.  Sutton combined for 1719 yards and scored 18 TDs.  Sutton combined for 98 yards or scored a TD in every game of the year.

Dontrell Moore New Mexico – A lot of backs fighting for the last spot on the 1st team but Moore gets it with a great year that saw him net 1669 combined yards with 16 TDs.  Moore had one game in which he had 94 yards and 0 TDs which proved to be his worst game of the year.  Moore scored a TD and had 100+ combined yards in every other game.


Taurean Henderson Texas Tech – Henderson misses the 1st team with a few off games but still finished with a stellar season combining for 1342 yards and 22 TDs.

DAngelo Williams Memphis – Williams probably gets on the 1st team if he played against Tennessee and put up decent stats but falls a little short in the TD department.  Williams finished with 1679 and 14 TDs.

Michael Bush Louisville – Bush was the top RB in games in which he played scoring 22 TDs in the 8 games with at least 2 TDs in each game.  The problem with Bush was the Louisville schedule that had 3 byes during most fantasy leagues season plus Bush missed the last game of the season.  This hurt his overall stats and prevented him from making the 1st team.

Yvenson Bernard Oregon State – Bernard seemed to hit the wall down the stretch as his averaged less than 4 ypc and scored only 1 TD in his last 3 games.  Despite this Bernard finished with 1637 combined yards and 14 TDs for a nice debut season.

LenDale White USC – White had two games in which he disappeared but that is to be expected when you split carries with a guy named Reggie Bush.  White finished with 1208 combined yards and 19 TDs.

WIDE RECEIVERS by Vince Mullins


Greg Jennings Sr Western Michigan – 91rec-1208yds-T14 – earns the #1 spot by virtue of his top two rankings in all the important fantasy measurables. Special credit for three straight 1000 yd seasons with 10-plus TDs as well.  Almost like…

Mike Hass Sr Oregon State – 90-1532-T6 – another lifetime acheiver, but this year was his best.  Hass crushed the rest of the WRs by eclipsing the magic 1500 yd barrier (when no only Jennings earned 1200) and also nine 100 yard games. The only reason he gets the two-spot is the lack of TDs.

Davone Bess Fr Hawaii – yes, that is a freshman with 81-1048-T12! Amazing consistency vaults Bess onto the first team, with 100yds and a TD in all but two games, and one of those was the season opener vs. USC where no one would have played him anyway! Seven 100-yard games places him second in the nation.

Jovon Bouknight Sr Wyoming – 77-1116-T12 – only one game did he fail to get 100 yards -or- a touchdown this season, despite the Cowboys losing six games in a row to close the season. Bouknight should also be worth an NFL roster spot with his size and speed.


Dwayne Jarret Soph USC – 75-1070-T14 – there is no more feared redzone threat is the nation. What he lacked in receptions and yards he made up in consistent TD production, tying Jennings for the regular season lead. Just a soph, he will no doubt ne a top 5 WR for 2006.

Demetrius Williams Sr Oregon – 55-1032-T10 – only four 100yd games, but nine games over 80 yards and  9 games with a TD. Just eyeball the yards per catch to get an idea

Jeff Samardzija Jr Notre Dame – 63-999-T13 – as our Triage Time author Matt Ryan aptly stated, “there have been many surprises this year, but NO ONE saw Samarzdjia coming”. Despite NFL talent of Stovall and McKnight at the position, the “Shark” emerged with some huge games early, and his only disappointing game was against Navy – otherwise, he scored in every other game.

Martin Nance Sr Miami (OH) – 73-984-T14 – another season that could have been so much more if not for injury, Nance still broke off 14 TDs and 984 yards as our preseason #1 pick.

HONORABLE MENTION – Sidney Rice Fr South Carolina (too many other deserving candidates), Jason Hill Jr Washington State – (only WR with 1000+yds and 10 TDs not to make the list due to inconsistent yardage), Derek Hagan Sr Arizona State (great late run saved an average season for our preseason #2).

TIGHT ENDS by Vince Mullins


Garret Mills Sr Tulsa – 1000 yards and 8 TDs? That puts him in the top 20 of all receivers, and secures another huge season despite a new QB at the helm.

Marcedes Lewis Sr UCLA – Ten TDs led all TEs, and he was able to chip in 55 catches on one of the nations most explosive offenses.


Vernon Davis Jr. Maryland – if you like big plays, this is your pick for 2006…almost 18 ypc, and for the second year leads the Terrapins in receptions and yards per game.

Tony Scheffler Sr Western Michigan – 8 total TDs, 7 of which were tallied in the final six game TD streak.

HONORABLE MENTION – Johnny Harline Jr. BYU, Greg Estandia Sr. UNLV

KICKERS by Jeff Lagos

Mason Crosby Jr. Colorado. We had Crosby a little lower than this in the preseason and if your league did not get extra points for kicks over 50 yards, he does not belong in the top 5 at all (let alone as the number one kicker).  However, since most leagues do give bonus points for 50+ yard field goals, Crosby lands in the number one spot.  He had 88 points with a fantastic 5 out of 6 on attempts over 50 yards.

Alex Serna So Oregon State. He led the nation in points, despite only 2 PATs last week.  He had been remarkably consistent up until that point, so he still has to be a top consideration.

Brandon Coutu So. Georgia. The loss of DJ Shockley hurt him for a few games or he might have landed in the number one slot. The Bulldog offense slowed down enough in that time period to keep him from posting monster numbers.  He still has 100+ points so far this season with a game against Georgia Tech coming up this weekend.  He was 2 out of 4 in over 50 yard kicks.

Josh Huston Sr. Ohio State. Huston had big shoes to fill at OSU and he did a very good job.  He ended up with 100 points for the season.

Todd Soderquist Sr. Miami of Ohio. He started slowly with a 2 point game vs OSU, but after that he and the Miami offense put up impressive numbers every week.  Despite the 14 point game vs OSU, they averaged almost 34 points per game.