I want to take the time to let you guys know who I like this season outside of the obvious choices. These are guys that I like or just have a gut feeling about this year. So feel free to call me out on how terrible my choices are. For the record, these are guys that I personally like and not necessarily the top performers at each position. With that said, here are my choices:
QB: Brett Rypien, Boise State- Ok this is my one super biased selection. Of course, Boise coach Bryan Harsin has said that Rypien and last year's starter going into the season, Ryan Finley, will be competing for the job this spring. I truly believe he is saying this for two reasons. First of all, he wants to push his guys to make them better and compete. Second, and more importantly, he already lost a QB to transfer this offseason and can't afford to lose another by naming Rypien the starter. With all of that said, there was no question the offense really picked up once Finley left the Idaho State game with an injury. Rypien came in as a true freshman and took hold of the offense and looked quite comfortable. I guess it isn't guaranteed that he is the starter, but my bets are on Rypien.
QB: Taylor Lamb, Appalachian State- I really liked Lamb going into the 2015 season. I offered multiple trades in one of my leagues but couldn't quite make the right deal for him. Of course, it would have been really nice to have him last year because he threw for 31 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. He also added 436 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. The Mountaineers ended the season with their first bowl victory in school history finishing with an 11-2 record. Lamb will have the always steady running game from Marcus Cox returning and his leading red zone target TE Barrett Burns. Speaking of the red zone, my buddy Chris Kay tweet this interesting nugget the other day:
— Chris Kay (@RealestChrisKay) February 27, 2016
RB: Aaron Jones, UTEP- Jones makes this list because many people may have forgot about him after he injured his ankle in the 2nd game of the season causing him to miss the remainder of his team's games. Jones is as dynamic as one can be for a UTEP offense that is generally quite abysmal. In his two games last year he still reached 209 yards. Both games were on the road against Power 5 teams Arkansas and Texas Tech. Assuming Jones stays healthy for his senior year, he should have another great season.
RB: Markell Jones, Purdue- I really like this guy. He has a ton of potential if Purdue can figure anything out offensively. He had over 200 total touches as a freshman in 2015 and I don't see why he won't expand on that in 2016. He will be especially valuable in PPR leagues as he caught 34 passes last year and I think will total around 50 for this year. Keep an eye on him in your drafts as he should be a nice flex play to fall back on.
WR: Darren Carrington, Oregon- Carrington is a guy I have written about recently in my Top 10 WRs article. He listed as my #10 WR for 2016 but I really like his game. I actually owned him my dynasty league two seasons ago and cut him after he got suspended. That obviously turned out to be a terrible decision. The 6'2, 195lb WR should have a nice year in 2016 especially since he should be eligible for the entire year. With Bralon Addison and Byron Marshall departing, Carrington should be the #1 option for whomever the Ducks have behind center.
WR: Justin Hobbs, Tulsa- I like Hobbs because he is basically filling the role that Keyarris Garrett left and that is the big WR that plays opposite of Keevan Lucas. You knew I couldn't go the whole article without mentioning Keevan right? All kidding aside, Hobbs is a 6'4, 207 lb sophomore that should be in line for a very significant uptick from his 32 catch, 551 yard season in 2015.
WR: Chico McClatcher, Washington- One of my favorite names in college football, Chico McClatcher is one of the more diminutive players in the country. At 5'7, 176lbs, McClatcher should get more time in 2016 as a multi-purpose weapon. He does it all for the Huskies and should definitely be utilized more often this year with the loss of Jaydon Mickens.
WR/RB: Nyheim Hines, NC State- I was a little premature on saying Hines would have an impact freshman season. The first half of the season, he was nearly non-existent. However, the second half of the season, he became a integral part of the Wolfpack offense. He lines up at WR but will also take snaps out of the backfield. I think he is too talented for the Wolfpack not to include him more often in 2016.