With the exception of tonight’s Louisville vs. Miami game (ESPN-8:00pm ET) , the first week of the 2014 season is now behind us. Finally, it’s that time of year again. For many of us, the past few days have felt like Christmas. Thursday brought the ever so impressive arrival of Johnny Football’s replacement, Kenny Hill. A lot of us stayed up late Friday night to check out freshman quarterback Anu Solomon, run Rich Rod’s offense. Saturday some of our eyes were glued to the TV for nearly 17 hours straight. Tight games, exciting plays, and breakout performances reminded us all why we love this game so much. For college fantasy football owners, this past weekend may have been frustrating. There were plenty of duds out there, but don’t over react.
While making this list, I had three criteria. 1, that players had to be available in at least 90% of leagues on FanTrax. 2, players had to be freshman or sophomores. And 3, they had to have impressive stat lines in week one. These are players to consider in deep formats, especially those in deeper dynasty leagues. I advise you not to make any compulsive decisions. Make sure you have expendable pieces to drop, when making early transactions. You don’t want to drop proven talent or players filled with potential just because of one poor performance. On the contrary, make sure you don’t fall in love with a player based off of one game. As our very own, Zach Tow put it, “The first two weeks of the season are fool’s gold. Numbers can be inflated and playing time increased for many.” Here are a few players you might want to consider adding based on this weekends performances:
RB – Marlon Mack (Freshman) South Florida – As a senior at Booker High School in Sarasota Florida, Mack ran for 1,527 yards and 19 touchdowns. Mack held offers from UCLA, Michigan, and Louisville to name a few. Mack ultimately decided to stay close to home and chose to attend USF. Head coach Willie Taggert has a very impressive resume when it comes to running backs, which also played a key role in Mack’s recruitment. In, 2006 Taggert was hired by Jim Harbaugh as a running backs coach at Stanford. Coach Taggert helped develop Toby Gerhart into one of the finest backs in the country, as he was named a Heisman finalist in 2009. Taggert eventually became the head coach at Western Kentucky where his offenses helped Bobby Rainey and Antonio Andrews compile big numbers. In his three season’s at WKU his no.1 RB’s ran for a minimum of 1,649 YDs and 11 rushing TDs each season. Taggert was hired at USF in 2013. After a rough first season in which the Bulls went 2-10, Taggert is hoping to get the run game going at South Florida. Marlon entered the year as the no.2 option at running back behind Darius Tice who compiled only 141 yards on the ground last year. Tice got injured and Marlon Mack was named the week one starter. In Mack’s first collegiate game as a true freshman, he helped the Bulls overcome a near embarrassing upset to FCS opponent Western Carolina. The Bulls were 27 point favorites in this matchup. I don’t care who your opponent is, the display Mack put on was impressive to say the least. Regardless of Tice’s condition, I think its safe to say Mack will get his fair share of touches. Combine Taggert’s resume with Mack’s talent, and he could have a very nice career. He is worth adding if you have expendable pieces on your bench. In my opinion he is worthy of roster consideration in all dynasty formats. Week 1 stats: 24 carries, 275 YDs, 4 TDs.
WR – Keevan Lucas (Sophomore) Tulsa – Founder of “CFF News”, Zach Tow (@_CFFNEWS_) mentioned Lucas as a sleeper in his AAC preview on LuTv. As a true-freshman Lucas ranked second on the team in receiving yards. Last years starting running back, Trey Watts and leading receiver, Jordan James have both graduated. Leaving Lucas as the leading returner on offense in terms of playmaking abilities. Tulsa is going to make it a point to get the ball in his hands. Whether its through the air or on the ground, Lucas will be given the opportunity to make plays. He’s strong, fast, shifty, and elusive. Lucas had an amazing performance in Tulsa’s season opener on Thursday. His biggest play came late in the first half, when Tulsa was down by two touchdowns. He caught an 84 yard touchdown with 37 seconds left in the half to pull Tulsa within one score. The play created a huge momentum swing for The Golden Hurricane. Thanks to the dynamic receiver’s heroics, Tulsa was able to defeat Tulane in double-overtime 38-31. After the performance he delivered in week one, Keevan should gain roster consideration at the very least. If your in need of help at wide receiver add him. Week 1 stats: 13 RECs, 233 YDs, 3 TDs, —- 3 carries for 36 YDs
WR – DaeSean Hamilton (RS Freshman) Penn State – Everyone was expecting Geno Lewis to replace Allen Robinson as sophomore quarterback, Christian Hackenberg’s number one target. I still feel that way about Lewis but after Penn State’s come from behind win over Central Florida. Lewis could be option 1A while DaeSean Hamilton is 1B. Hamilton looked the part for the Nittany Lions and had a very nice day as their leader in catches. He didn’t catch any touchdowns. But if his name is called as frequently as it was on Saturday morning, they will come. Hackenberg is one of the brightest quarterback prospects in the country. Hamilton has a chance to become one of his favorite targets. As a reminder, Allen Robinson had 97 catches for 1,432 yards and 6 touchdowns last season. After week one, Hamilton has caught more passes than any other Nittany Lion. Add Hamilton with confidence if your stable of WR’s doesn’t have a ton of upside. Week 1 stats: 11 RECs, 165 YDs, 0 TDs
RB – Sherman Badie (RS Freshman) Tulane – Rated as the 17th all-purpose back by 247sports coming out of high school. Badie also competes on the schools track and field team. He posted the 10th fastest time in school history in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.72. Badie is a threat to house it every time he touches the ball. It didn’t take week 1 opponent, Tulsa very long to figure that out. In his first collegiate game, Badie had an impressive game which included a 90 yard scamper. Badie has a chance to make some serious noise this year. Keep an eye on him, and check out how his season progresses. Week 1 stats: 15 carries, 215 YDs, 1 TD.
Which players were dud’s for you over the weekend? Which of these are one-game wonders? Who has long term value? Leave a comment below, and follow me on Twitter @PutBoobieIn