There are always some freshmen that will make an impact on the big stage. Here are five that potentially could impact the 2013 fantasy season. Keep in mind that all of these guys may not start right off the bat, but they all potentially could be of value to your fantasy team midway through the season. I’m sure there are plenty more that could make the list but here are my players to watch
Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss– The top wide receiver in the 2013 class can make an impact for Ole Miss this season. Even though Ole Miss has most of its receivers returning from 2012, Treadwell can make a pretty big impact. The 6-3, 195 lb receiver could be a vertical threat alongside Donte Moncrief. In a keeper league, this guy may be worth snagging late in your draft.
Thomas Tyner, RB Oregon– Another speedster for the Ducks. Tyner may play a big role alongside De’Anthony Thomas in the Oregon backfield. If Thomas were to go down at some point this season, Tyner could end up playing a huge role for the Ducks. He has a great combination of speed and size to be a workhorse. Oregon always uses multiple backs and this year is no different. You may be thinking that I have forgotten about Byron Marshall. The fact is, he will probably have an impact as well. I just expect Tyner to eventually take over as the Ducks’ workhorse.
Robbie Rhodes, WR, Baylor- One of the top ranked receivers in the 2013 class could have a pretty significant impact for the Bears this season. With the departure of Terrance Williams and Lanear Sampson. I know I’ve projected Tevin Reese to breakout for the Bears this year, but their offense has room for multiple receiving threats. Rhodes may not be a 1,000 yard receiver, but I could see him topping 600 yards for sure.
Max Browne, QB, USC– This is a player that still has to earn the starting job in SoCal, but he is in a pretty good position heading into the fall. He will have to beat out a player in Max Wittek that had a disappointing showing in his opportunities in 2012. If Browne were to win the starting job for the Trojans, you could expect him to put up pretty good numbers especially with a receiver like Marqise Lee.
Ricky Seals-Jones, WR, Texas A&M– This 6-6, 230 lb wide receiver could play the role of red zone target this fall for the Aggies. With this being the case, he could really have impact on a fantasy team. The combination of size and speed could be a big problem for defenses trying to cover him. If you are in a deep league, he could be worth a look as a solid WR3 later on in the season. Keep your eyes peeled for this guy mid-season.
Marquez North, WR, Tennessee– The Vols don’t have much when it comes to offense especially at wide receiver. The loss of Justin Hunter is a huge blow to the team. Luckily, first year coach Butch Jones recruited this guy. North is a 6-4, 220 lb target for Jones to fins ways to utilize. Don’t expect the Vols to be lighting up scoreboards but this guy could make a pretty big impact in Knoxville this fall.
Greg Bryant, RB, Notre Dame– The backfield for the Fighting Irish needs someone to fill the hole left by Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood. Bryant could end up being that guy that fills the void. The 5-11, 200 lb back could be the man for the Irish. While the running game wasn’t something to marvel in 2012, it was good enough to get them to a National Championship Game. Of course, Bryant will have some competition in the fall among the other backs on the roster, but Bryant could end up winning the starting role. If he does, Bryant could be the do-it-all back this season for the Irish, because they desperately need someone to be a consistent chain mover with the loss of Everett Golson.