I know I have missed the first two weeks and I can’t promise I will post these each week but I will try to do so when I can. I found a little free time and felt like the site needed a little content and why not do a sleeper article? Everyone seems to have a different definition of what a sleeper is in college fantasy football as there are multiple league sizes and only certain conferences used in those leagues. I want to provide at least three Power 5 sleepers and at least 3 non-Power 5 sleepers for those in the larger player pool leagues. I may add some to this tomorrow or Friday so check back later in the week.
Deon Cain (WR), Clemson- Clemson hasn’t looked like the 2015 national championship contender so far this season. QB Deshaun Watson was the first to take blame this week by apologizing for his performances so far this season. I believe Watson is going to find his 2015 form soon and I feel like it will come sooner rather than later. Cain should get more looks for two reasons; starting WR Hunter Renfrow will be sidelined with a hand injury for 4-6 weeks and the other reason is that Clemson is playing against South Carolina State. If there were a week for Cain to breakout, it could be this week.
Chico McClatcher (WR), Washington- I’ll be honest here, McClatcher is one of my favorite players in college football and I really don’t know why. Maybe it’s his name. Maybe it’s his style of play. At only 5’7, 179 lbs, McClatcher does a little of everything for the Huskies. He’s caught 6 passes so far this season for 128 yards and a touchdown and had a couple of carries as well. He also returns punts so if your league counts them, you could luck up on a return TD. This week against Portland State, the Huskies should win pretty easily and McClatcher should have a good chance to find the endzone possibly multiple times.
Danny Etling (QB), LSU- Now I know this is not going to be a popular choice but I think it will be hard for Etling to be any worse than Brandon Harris. This will be LSU’s first SEC matchup as they are at home against Mississippi State and I think Etling likes to throw the ball down the field enough to where he can be effective. Albeit Jacksonville State, Etling looked more confident in his throws than Brandon Harris did in week 2. I may be an idiot after this week is over for this pick but I have to believe that Etling can be better than Brandon Harris. I just have to.
Troy McCormick (RB), Utah- With the sudden retirement of starter Joe Williams, the Utes are looking for someone to fill the starting role. Although Zack Moss is the favorite to be that guy, McCormick is the lightning to Moss’ thunder. McCormick is a playmaker and may be called upon to more often now that the RB role is a little more open. He’s had a steady workload in the first two games and I expect him to be a big part of the offense moving forward. This week, the Utes are on the road at San Jose State and I expect them to use this last non-conference game to straighten out the backfield before heading into conference play.
Ian Eriksen (RB), Eastern Michigan- Eriksen has seen a good share of the carries so far in two games but he really should be getting the majority of them now with starter Shaq Vann sidelined with an injured shoulder. He has rushed for 187 yards and 3 touchdowns in the two games so far. This week against Charlotte, Eriksen should be looking at a nice game as the 49ers won’t provide much resistance. Eastern Michigan is a 3 point favorite at Charlotte this weekend and if this game does end up being close, that means Eriksen will be involved heavily.
Ben Hicks (QB), SMU- Another guy that is stepping in due to injury, Hicks will be eased into his first start this week against Liberty. Starter Matt Davis is out for the season so the freshman Hicks will be looking to get off to a good start this week for the rest of the season. The good thing is that he has seen quite a few snaps so far this year and he does have an NFL caliber wideout in Courtland Sutton to throw to. He threw for 229 yards and a touchdowns in week 2 against Baylor in relief of injured Matt Davis. However, he also threw three interceptions. I do expect him to be better against Liberty this week and could actually have a pretty nice game.
Jarred Craft (RB), Louisiana Tech- Coming into the season, Craft had some monster shoes to fill as star RB Kenneth Dixon was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. It was hard to expect Craft to match Dixon’s performances in previous years but he’s done pretty well with the limited touches this season. He’s had 248 total yards on just 31 total touches. Most of his work on the receiving end came last week against South Carolina State with 6 receptions for 57 yards. This week, Craft may get plenty of touches against Texas Tech. We all know how poor the Red Raiders’ defense is. They gave up 657 yards of offense last week against Arizona State and 301 of those yards were on the ground. Don’t expect a Kalen Ballage type game from Craft but don’t be surprised if he finds the endzone a couple times.