Archive for the ‘Fresh Faces’ Category

Terrelle Pryor, then of Jeanette (PA) now of Columbus (OH)Looking for freshman to bolster your 2008 roster? Drew Howard from the College Gridiron Boss scanned the nation for new faces with impact fantasy potential.

1. Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State)

What is there to say that has not been said already about the 6’6” standout QB from Jeannette, PA. He’s drawn many comparisons to Vince Young and is just a pure specimen of an athlete.

Not only is he the nation’s #1 prospect according to rivals.com, but he is also the #28 ranked basketball prospect.

Pryor should share time with Todd Boeckman behind center much like the 1-2 punch of Chris Leak and Tim Tebow at Florida in 2006.
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In a continuing effort to fulfill our reader’s needs, our first article addressing young players for keeper leagues…

Let me start by saying I am fundamentally opposed to “keeper” or “dynasty” leagues.  The draft is the most fun part of the process for me, and the element of luck could make one team tough to beat for a couple years.
Regardless of my personal feelings, I absolutely see the attraction of the keeper league for most fantasy owners – it truly gives the owner and “equity” feel for their team across seasons, and certainly adds intrigue to the off-season.
So for you, I took a look across the stat sheets to highlight for you the players that should provide production for the next couple years.
QUARTERBACKS

Tim Tebow, UF – undeniably the plebe you have to grab this year unless you want to pay through the nose next year. I am in Florida, and you cannot believe the hype – funniest line I heard is that he plays like the Seminoles expected Dan Kendra to years ago – a big runner with a solid arm. You know the Gators will surround him with talent, and they already have Percy Harvin (more on him later). If you have to trade for him this year, I suggest it.

Nate Davis, Ball State – as of press time, he leads the nation in pass efficiency. What is most attractive about Davis is he was talented enough to be a three-sport athlete in high-school, but didn’t qualify academically for the big schools. The result is his Big Six talent gets to prey on the MAC defenses as long as he stays eligible. Now he gets the reins of a wide-open offense and has one of the worst defenses on his side and that only makes more opportunities for Davis to chuck it. I have him in my non-BCS only league this year (no keepers), but would lock him in if I had the chance.
Matt Grothe, USF – another Florida boy who looks like a better fantasy prospect than a true NFL prospect. Mostly operating out of a five-wide set due to injuries and suspensions at RB, Grothe has basically run an old single -wing offense to 8 pass TDs and 7 run TDs. His performance put team captain Pat Julmiste on the pine, it will be interesting to see how he plays the rest of 2006 with a running game behind him.

Others to watch:

Colt McCoy, Texas – competition from Jevan Snead holds him back as a keeper.
Karsten Sween, Wyoming – highly talented California HS prospect who simply fell in love with Laramie and Coach Glenn, more of a guy to watch the rest of this year rather than a keeper.
Dan LeFevour, CMU – may split time with Brian Brunner.
Freddie Barnes, Bowling Green – more of a hybrid RB/WR.
Jimmy Clausen, soon to be Notre Dame – depending on your league rules, you might be able to grab him during his senior season of high school.
Justin Willis, SMU – currently on suspension, but big numbers (14 total TDs) against some bad opponents.
RUNNING BACKS
PJ Hill, Wisconsin – the second coming of Ron Dayne? Fifth in the nation with 141 ypg, this big fella also has hit paydirt 9 times in 6 games. The Big Ten has become an offense first league lately, plus the Wisconsin RB position is becoming the fantasy “lock of the year” almost as much as the Hawaii QB.
Damion Fletcher, Southern Miss – Another frosh in the nations top ten, you have to appreciate his strong compact build and ability to hurt defenses with screens and flare passes. Plus the defenses in CUSA are usually quite porous.
Reggie Arnold, Arkansas State – Sun Belt stud has only one TD, but he is a man among boys in just his first year. Remember, he has yet to get into the Sun Belt schedule.
Others:
USC RBs – jeez, pick one – Emmanuel Moody looks like the early leader, but it hard to pick one from this plethora of punishers.
Freddie Barnes, BGSU – more of a hybrid, but undeniably talented.
Javarris James, Miami (FL) -looks to be taking the job from Tyrone Moss this year, and you have to like the bloodlines (Edgerrin’s brother)
LaMarcus Coker, Tenneesse – speedster is splitting carries this year, but is his success tied to offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe?
WIDE RECEIVERS

Percy Harvin, Florida – call me a homer, but I truly believe that two of the best freshmen in the game are in Gainesville. Harvin was the consensus #1 recruit out of Virginia, and despite injuries has managed a small impact to the team this year at both WR and RB.
Bryan Anderson, Central Michigan – three TDs only, but he is just starting to see the ball more in this wide-open offense. The only one freshman is among the top 100 in receptions per game…

David Harvey, Akron – small speedster needed a year in prep school, and he is anther guy who was on the Buckeye radar. He is in the top 20 in ypg and is averaging almost 24 yards per catch.
Others:
Ryan Wolfe, UNLV – started hot, but cooled way off along with the rest of the Rebels.
Dominique Douglas, Iowa – starting to be a bigger part of the Iowa offense.
Vidal Hazelton, USC – put him on your radar for 2007 after Jarrett and Smith leave.
Keep on keepin’ on! Hit me on the net at vince@fantasycollegeblitz.com, or see my blog at oncollegefootball.blogspot.com/.