Week two is now behind us. If your a fan of a Big Ten team like myself, you’re very happy its behind us. That was really ugly for all of us. My team, the Minnesota Gophers haven’t even been relevant in the conference for the past decade. Not to mention national irrelevancy for the better part of the past five decades. So you can say I’m kind of used to being utterly upset on Saturday’s. But hey, as crazy as it sounds, we have a chance at having this years most impressive non-conference win in the Big Ten this weekend at TCU. Might as well be optimistic; just do your thing, Jerry Kill. But you can see why I resort to “college fantasy football.” After watching Michigan and Ohio State get destroyed, I started realizing I might use “college fantasy” as a coping mechanism. But seriously, all jokes aside, the Gophers are a combined 2-35 against those two schools in my lifetime but I will always stay true to the Maroon and Gold. On a side note, I’ll be at the Big-House on 9/27 and fully expect a W. Don’t get to down though, it’s worth mentoning that college football has and always will be full of its ups and downs. Heck, in 2004 the Gophers beat Alabama. A high for Minnesota and an all time low for Bama. Well now look at where the two programs are. Although I could write a whole book on the misery I’ve had being born as a third generation Gopher’s fan, I’ll stop with my little “Dear Diary” moment and get back to what I was trying to write this piece on. Here are some potential free-agents who could be primed for bigger things to come this season. I don’t want to break any NCAA violations, but if any of these guys are looking to transfer, we could use your talents up here. (All of these players are from the Power-5) Here they are:
RB – Nick Wilson (Freshman) Arizona – In week one Wilson ran for 107 yards and 1 TD on only 7 carries. Wilson is now two for two in eclipsing the 100 yard rushing mark in his young career. In Arizona’s 26-23 victory against the University of Texas at San Antonio, Wilson ran for 174 yards on 30 carries while scoring 1 touchdown. This was the 19th consecutive game Arizona has had a 100 yard rusher. Although Wilson isn’t the outright starter in Rich Rodriguez’s backfield (opening game starter Terris Jones-Grigsby missed week two’s game with an ankle injury), there’s reason to believe Wilson will get his fair share of touches regardless of where he’s listed on the depth chart. Wilson, a true-freshman, was Rich Rod’s prized recruit in 2014. Over the years Rodriguez offenses have been incredibly run-heavy out of the spread. Unsurprisingly enough, that trend continued when he took over at Arizona. Over the past 2-seasons, starting RB, Ka’Deem Carey was able to amass 3,814 yards and 42 touchdowns on the ground. Starting redshirt freshman quarterback, Anu Solomon (2013 #2 dual-threat quarterback -Rivals) has gotten all of the early recognition with two impressive performances. Remember what Steve Slaton and Pat White were able to accomplish under Rich Rod’s guidance? Well its safe to say Soloman and Wilson are on their way to becoming household names themselves. If its not too late, consider adding Wilson, but keep an eye on his workload before inserting him into your lineup. Worthy of roster spot in all formats.
RB – Korliss Marshall (Sophomore) Arkansas – When Brett Bielema claims someone is one of the “most explosive players he’s ever been around” you take note. Having coached running backs such as Montee Ball and Melvin Gordon, that statement alone speaks volumes about this kids potential. In Arkansas’ week one loss against Auburn, Marshall had 8 carries for 45 yards to go along with 1 catch for 14 yards receiving. Korliss left that game in the 1st quarter due to an arm injury but later returned in a limited role in the second half. What I saw from Marshall against Auburn was impressive, wish I would’ve seen more. The injury could’ve played a role in that as Bielema decided to have Korliss sit out in their second game. Marshall is in a crowded backfield that includes sophomore Alex Collins and junior Jonathan Williams. But when your as explosive as Marshall is, you’ll get your chance to make plays. This weeks opponent, Texas Tech gave up a whopping 277 yards on the ground to the University of Texas El-Paso (who btw feature the leading rusher in the country, sophomore Aaron Jones). The Red-Knights are very poor against the run. Recent reports indicate that Marshall will be in Saturday’s lineup. If he wasn’t injured this past weekend, Marshall would’ve more than likely had a break out performance. He has a favorable matchup this week, with a solid offensive line in front of him. Combine that with his incredible explosiveness and talent level, Marshall could give Razorback fans their best win in Bielema’s tenure. Some people think by years end Marshall will be the number one option in the Razorback backfield. His potential is through the roof. Keep an eye on him. If he proves to be as good as advertised, and receives a fair-share of touches, he can hold some serious fantasy value.
WR – Travin Dural (Sophomore) LSU – I was going to include Dural in my write-up last week, but ran out of time, and decided to showcase DaeSean Hamilton and Keevan Lucas instead. Dural is a dynamic playmaker. After two games, Dural has only hauled in 6 passes but has made the most of his opportunities. He has 291 yards and 4 touchdowns receiving through the first two weeks of the season, again on only 6 receptions. I am a little skeptical of LSU’s passing game this season with the departure of Zach Mettenberger, but what Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. were able to accomplish last season was impressive. This is a much different LSU team from a year ago, which most notably lacks experience. But given Dural’s big play ability he is worth adding in fantasy formats. If he continues to perform once LSU opens their SEC schedule, he will be off of the waivers real quick. I’m not completely sold, due to the lack of volume, and having only played one good team (which is the case on basically all of these guys I’ve been writing about.) But his performance so far is definitely worth mentioning. Like most of LSU’s recruits, he was highly touted coming out of high school, and is the most experienced receiver for the Tigers. If you don’t pounce on him now, it may be too late.
WR – Ryan Switzer (Sophomore) North Carolina – I’m not super high on Switzer in terms of fantasy just yet. But his ability to make plays in the open field, and the fact that he is leading the Tar Heels in receptions after two games is enticing. He was a first team All-American punt returner last season, a season in which he tied the NCAA record of 5 returns for touchdowns. The Larry Fedora led Tar Heels are now making it a point to get Switzer more involved on offense. Through two games, the sophomore has 14 catches. His 105 receiving yards isn’t impressive at all, but the Tar Heels had over 3,600 yards and a total of 28 touchdowns through the air last season. With the departure of Eric Ebron to the NFL, the Tar Heels are looking for playmakers to compliment WR Quinshad Davis. With the volume of targets he’s seen early in the season, it appears Switzer is going to be given opportunities to be a difference maker. I could be reading into this development a bit to much since both of North Carolina’s games have been non-conference affairs against Liberty and San Diego State. But he led the team in catches in both games. Their next game is against East Carolina, who we all know has a high powered offense. He could be in for a nice game that week. CFFN contributor, Daniel Lawrence (@fantasybcs) mentioned Switzer in his “impact returner piece.” But if your league tracks return stats, Switzer is already off the market. But in deeper formats and those that award PPR, Switzer is worth keeping an on.
TE – Josiah Price (Sophomore) Michigan State – Tight end is always a tough position to receive great fantasy results from in college. Still can’t believe O.J. Howard doesn’t even have a catch this year. Well anyways, although Michigan State got beat against a very good Oregon team, I am very impressed with Sparty’s passing game. Connor Cook is probably the most improved quarterback in the country from a year ago. He looked very good against one of the tougher defenses he’ll face all year. Although running the football has been Michigan State’s bread and butter over the years, it would be shocking if Connor Cook’s passing abilities aren’t showcased more in their Big Ten schedule this season. The developments of the passing game bode well for tight end Josiah Price. Factoring in the effectiveness of Jeremy Langford and the running game, the play action pass should be plentiful and successful for the Spartans who have a very favorable schedule. Fellow CFFN contributor, Theddy Aime (@HaitianKid79) previously mentioned Price as a TE sleeper on the site. Last season, as a true freshman Price finished the season second on the team in touchdown catches with 4. The sophomore tight end has caught 8 passes this season for 105 yards and 1 touchdown. Not necessarily eye popping numbers, but if your having trouble getting production out of your tight-ends, Price is worth a look.
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*I am just trying to give people some names that could help their fantasy teams now and down the road. These players aren’t necessarily the best available players on your waiver wire. Just some players I feel could have good seasons. Most of the players I’ve written about are best suited for deep formats. The rankings and projections offered on the site are always a good place to look when trying to justify a free agents worth. Zach does a great job follow him @_CFFNEWS_