Late Round Gems

One of the intriguing things about season long College Fantasy for a nerd like me is the depth of players at each position and, depending upon the size of your league and size of your team roster, the number of quality players that end up on the waiver wire.  But what may separate you from the rest of your league might be some late round gems that will help carry your team through the regular season and beyond.  I mean who doesn’t like finding those late round studs in the draft that make you look like a genius by the end of the season?

Here are a couple players from each of the three main positions that you should be able to wait on till later in your drafts while stock piling players at other positions.

QB

Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina- After showing glimpses of potential fantasy goodness over the past two seasons he finally gets his chance to be THE guy and take the reigns of the high powered UNC offense. In limited time last season Trubisky completed 85% of his passes with a 6:0 TD to INT ratio. Yes I know, those levels over an entire season are not quite sustainable, Trubisky could be in for a monster breakout season. Marquise Williams put up close to 4000 total yards last year and 37 total TDs. Trubisky may not equal the rushing yards and TDs of Williams but he is a better pure passer and with Switzer, Hollins and Bug Howard all returning I could see him putting up over 30+ TDs through the air and another handful on the ground. If you’re like me in College leagues and like to wait on QBs this guy won’t disappoint.

Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State- Rudolph had a respectable season last year throwing for over 3700 yards and 21 TDs but often, and frustratingly for fantasy, gave way to J.W. Walsh when the Pokes got in to the Red Zone.  Well no more…at least we hope…with Walsh graduating.  Rudolph is another QB I feel is primed for a breakout season.  So again.  If you are planning on waiting on QB in your CFF league, you could do a lot worse than Rudolph.  In fact pair him with Trubisky, play the matchup game and you could be in line for Top 5 numbers at the position.

RB

Nick Wilson, Arizona- For a guy that was drafted very high in most leagues last year you’ll find a lot of CFF owners still with a sour taste in their mouth from this guy last season. Present company included. But also count me in as a guy willing to go back for more this year. Especially since I likely won’t have to use an early round pick to get him. Last year was a season to be forgotten for Wilson, as it was completely derailed by multiple injuries. Yeah I know, that’s been the knock on him the first two seasons that he can’t stay healthy. But something tells me this will be the year for Nick. And you can’t overlook the numbers when healthy and the opportunity to put up even bigger numbers in the Rich Rod offense. If, and again I realize it’s a big if, Wilson can stay healthy this season 1400 yards and 15+ TDs are not out of the question and huge value if you can get him in the mid to late rounds.

Rushel Shell, West Virginia- The Mountaineers averaged 235 YPG on the ground last year good for 16th overall in FBS.  With the Big 12’s leading rusher Wendell Smallwood now on to the NFL, Shell appears ready to become the primary ball carrier for WVU.  This could be a make or break year for Dana Holgerson and my money is on him riding the Senior Shell as his bell cow on the ground.  Of all the guys to make this list Shell is the guy I’m targeting on all my teams.  You can probably get him in the back end of all your drafts and If I was a betting man (and since I live in Vegas that does happen time to time) I’d say Shell goes for over 1500 yards this year and approaches 20 TDs.  Bold prediction I know, but one I can definitely see happening.

WR

DeDe Westbrook, Oklahoma- Opportunity can some times lead to production.  Sterling Shepard’s departure leaves a big hole and big opportunity in the OU receiving core.  1288 yards and 11 TDs of a potential opportunity for someone to fill.  With Baker Mayfield back at the helm for the high powered Sooners offense, Westbrook should benefit from just that opportunity this season likely taking over as the #1 WR.  He’ll be overlooked by many but by year’s end will out produce his ADP in drafts and many of the WRs taken ahead of him.

Damore’ea Stringfellow, Ole Miss- Well, according to Chad Kelly himself, he is the best QB in College Football. He’s gotta throw the ball to someone right?  And at SEC media days Kelly himself called Stringfellow his #1 WR.  Ok then.  Sign me up!  Where to I hit the draft button?  In somewhat seriousness it could be a big year for Stringfellow following in the shoes of Laquan Treadwell.  Look for over 1000 yards and double digit TDs from the Redshirt Junior.  Production well above where you’ll be able to get him in most drafts.

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