Over the last few years, transfers have played a huge role in the makeup of college football. Even though transfers have always been a part of it, it seems that more and more each year they become some of the biggest story lines for us. We all remember Russell Wilson moving from NC State to Wisconsin or even a less known (at the time) Josh Doctson from Wyoming to TCU. Both of these guys were big parts of their respective college football seasons. I want to go over the guys I believe that will make an immediate impact in college football and in college fantasy lineups in 2016.
- Davis Webb, California- Webb has not been named the starter but all signs point to it. He comes from a Texas Tech system that is very similar to the one run at Cal. The “Bear Raid”, as they call it, should be great not only for Webb but for us fantasy owners as well.
- Darell Garretson, Oregon State- The former Utah State man should have a nice season in Corvallis. With wideouts Victor Bolden and Jordan Villamin, he should be able to put up some nice numbers. He took over quite often at Utah State due to the fragility of starting QB Chuckie Keeton. This is his time to shine with the best set of receivers he’s had yet.
- Johnny Stanton, UNLV- This one is a bit of a gamble. The former Nebraska quarterback never really got a chance to prove himself and spent last season in JUCO. During his JUCO season at Saddleback College, Stanton threw for 3,471 yards and 27 touchdowns. The Runnin’ Rebels need someone to get the ball to Devonte Boyd and Stanton seems like a perfect fit. Keep an eye on this one.
- Dakota Prukop, Oregon- Oregon is quickly becoming “FCS QB U” with the transfer of Vernon Adams from Eastern Washington last season and now Dakota Prukop from Montana State. Unlike last year, Oregon won’t be waiting for Prukop to pass a summer math course in order to play in Eugene in the fall. In 2015, Prukop was a dual threat QB that accounted for 3,822 total yards and 39 touchdowns in just 11 games. Assuming he is the starting QB, Prukop should thrive in this system like Adams did.
- Alex Ross, Mizzou- The former Oklahoma back saw limited time at Oklahoma but made a quite a bit of noise in the few touches he had. He was more known as a return man in Norman and should get the same opportunity at Mizzou. He should be featured more in the offense with the Tigers making him a interesting fantasy option in 2016.
- Akeel Lynch, Nevada- The Wolfpack always have a very good rushing attack and now they have gotten a very talented runner for it. Last season, Nevada had two backs rush for over 1,000 yards and with Don Jackson leaving a void, Lynch and incumbent back James Butler should both have nice seasons.
- Warren Ball, Akron- Saw very little time in Columbus as he sat behind a talented group of backs for the Buckeyes. He will be expected to shoulder the load for the Zips. Akron lost all of its running back production from 2015 and need Ball to come up big this season.
- Duke Catalon, Houston- The Cougars are primed for another run at a NY6 bowl game again this season and Catalon could be a big reason why. The former prized recruit of Texas, Catalon never actually carried the ball for the Longhorns. After sitting out 2015, he should be the starting running back and should give QB Greg Ward some relief in the running game. After losing both Kenneth Farrow and Ryan Jackson to graduation, Catalon should be in for a nice season.
- Chris Black, Mizzou- The Alabama transfer didn’t ever seem to be given the chance with the Crimson Tide in his three seasons. To be fair, Black was often injured while at Alabama but now will get a final shot at proving his worth at Mizzou. He should be slated to be a starting slot receiver in this spread offense. I wouldn’t expect monster numbers from Black but he could end up being a nice addition to your roster especially in Power 5 only leagues.
- Derrick Willies, Texas Tech- This seems like a match made in heaven for fantasy owners. Willies was an absolute beast in 2015 at Trinity Valley CC accounting for 1,155 yards and 14 touchdowns in only 10 games. He even added a rushing touchdown, and even crazier, an extra point. At 6’3, 215 lbs, Willies gives QB Patrick Mahomes a huge target in this pass-happy scheme. It would be a safe assumption to expect fireworks in 2016 if he remains healthy.
- Geno Lewis, Oklahoma- The former Nittany Lion at Penn State will finally get quarterback and system to showcase his talents. Although Christian Hackenberg was drafted by the Jets in the 2016 NFL Draft, he vastly underwhelmed at Penn State as the quarterback. Lewis showed off his ability in spurts but the inconsistency at QB really hurt his value. He was also buried on the depth chart behind other talented receivers. The Sooners lost starting receivers Sterling Shepard and Durron Neal and are looking for someone to fill those roles. I expect Lewis to fill the void quite admirably in 2016.