Monday, July 18, 2011

Big East Fantasy RB Rankings

We continue our look at the most valuable fantasy players in the Big East. This time we check out the tailbacks that could be the difference between fantasy domination and being dominated in a not-so fantastic way.

Zeus Level:

Ray Graham (Pitt): He burst onto the scene last year, and never looked back. Graham will now be the primary back, so his numbers should get much better. He can catch out of the backfield, and also found the endzone fairly consistently. If Graham can hold onto the football, look for him to be a great producer.
Pros: Speed, Maneuverability, Offensive Line
Cons: Size, Fumble-Prone
2010 Stats: 1135 Total Yards, 24 Rec, 10 Total TDs

Solid Early Round Value:

Isaiah Pead (Cincinnati): He is in a perfect offense for putting up super numbers. Pead ended up with 1,000 yards, and also caught 29 passes...excellent for PPR leagues. His numbers should go up even more, as Cincy gets more used to Butch Jones' offense.
Pros: Speed, Moves, Pass Catching
Cons: Durability, Low TD Numbers
2010 Stats: 1219 Total Yards, 29 Rec, 7 Total TDs

Middle Round Value:

Antwon Bailey (Syracuse): The Mighty Mite is ready to take the reins in the dome. He had a productive season as a backup, and should improve in 2011. Bailey is a true duel-threat, putting up some of the best reception numbers as a RB in the Big East. Can he carry the load as the number one? We'll find out soon enough.
Pros: Speed, Big Play Ability, Pass Catching
Cons: Size, Power, Untested as a starter
2010 Stats: 860 Total Yards, 35 Rec, 5 Total TDs

Possible Late Round Steal:

Ryan Clarke (West Virginia): The bruiser is a TD machine in the redzone. Unfortunately, he is also a fumble machine. There will also be a big question about how he is used in Dana Holgorsen's new system.

Victor Anderson (Louisville): Here is the wildcard from the conference. Anderson rushed for 1,000 yards in 2008. Since then, injuries and ineffectiveness has sidelined his career. However, Anderson will be the leading man, and will need to find that Freshman form to prove he is worth starting in fantasy.


Demetris Murray (USF): He is the leading returning rusher for USF, posting over 500 yards in 2010. He will be in a battle though, with a pair of talented transfers. Many say its his job to lose.

Darrell Scott (USF): Once upon a time, Darrell Scott was a five star recruit for Colorado. Now, he is in his first year at USF. This is one to watch though. If Scott has an opportunity to show what made him a top recruit, he may never leave the field.

D.J. Shoemate (UConn): UConn's top returning rusher had just 115 yards last year. It may be better to stay away from Husky RBs this year.

Savon Huggins (Rutgers): Some are calling this true freshman the next best thing. A late round pick in a keeper league is where he will land.

Jeremy Wright (Louisville): Should put up nice numbers even as a backup. But, could really take off if Anderson goes down again.

Big East QB Fantasy Rankings

Okay, the birthday week is over, back to the grind folks. It's time to take a look at the upcoming season from a fantasy perspective. Yes, I play college fantasy football, and you should too. Here is a look at the Big East's Quarterbacks.

Zeus Level:

Zach Collaros (Cincinnati): Dude should put up monster numbers. And, having a duel-threat quarterback in fantasy football is very key. Collaros had an off year, and still totaled 30 touchdowns. Look for these numbers to improve this season as Collaros gets more acquainted to Butch Jones' system.
Pros: Duel-Threat, Big Play Ability, QB-Friendly System
Cons: Interception-Prone, Low Completion Percentage, Durability
2010 Stats: 3104 Total yards, 30 Total TD's, 14 INT

Geno Smith (West Virginia): Coming off a breakout year, Smith is expected to shine in his new system. It could be a remarkable year if he quickly adjusts to Dana Holgorsen's offense. He finished 2010 with 24 TD's with an inept offensive coordinator. He also has a good crop of receivers, which make things even easier for the big man.
Pros: Accuracy, Awareness, QB Friendly-System
Cons: Durability, Offensive Line
2010 Stats: 2970 Total Yards, 24 TDs, 7 INT

Middle Round Value:

B.J. Daniels (South Florida): He had a very inconsistent 2010, but finished strongly. Many believe Daniels is poised to get back to his solid form in year two of the Skip Holtz' Era in Tampa. Even with his struggles and injury issues, Daniels managed to total 16 touchdowns in 11 games. However, his turnover numbers will have to fall to become an elite fantasy player.
Pros: Duel-Threat, Good Arm, Fits System
Cons: Interception-prone, Durability, Receivers
2010 Stats: 1928 Total Yards, 16 Total TDs, 13 INT

Tino Sunseri (Pitt): Here is your typical middle round pick. Sunseri won't wow anyone, but should put up pretty good numbers. He will have a nice running game to open things up, with solid receivers to throw at. He's not the biggest guy, doesn't have the best arm. He quietly goes through the motions.
Pros: Accuracy, Durability, Receivers
Cons: Big-Play Ability, Poise
2010 Stats: 2680 Total Yards, 18 Total TDs, 9 INT

Ryan Nassib (Syracuse): It was a breakthrough season for Nassib, as Syracuse reached a bowl for the first time in a long time. Nassib totaled 20 touchdowns in his first year starting. His accuracy will need to improve to take the next step, but having a solid crop of receivers should help. Nassib could be a solid late round steal if still on the board.
Pros: System, Receivers, Fearless
Cons: Accuracy, Big-Play Ability
2010 Stats: 2334 Total Yards, 20 Total TDs, 8 INT


Chas Dodd (Rutgers): Should be the starter, and did show some promise last season. Needs to improve his decision-making and accuracy. He will have a great group of receivers around him.

Will Stein (Louisville): Didn't get a lot of time in 2010, and will probably split time with Teddy Bridgewater. You may want to consider Bridgewater in a big keeper league.

UConn: I wouldn't suggest any of these beauties.