CFB Week 1: Sleepers, Stock Report, Fades/Targets

In this article I will cover a variety of topics. I will give you my players to pay up for and the players to fade. Everyone knows the stud players in College Football, so I will also give you some value plays for the week.

Also check out the players that are trending up and down. As the weeks go on I will add some more categories. Be sure to check out my CFB Weekly News Updates for incentives members as well. There you will find all the injuries, suspensions, and depth chart news of the week!

Studs to Pay for:

QB Seth Russell (Baylor): You would think after losing all everything QB Bryce Petty your offense would trend downward but that’s not the case with Baylor. Russell will take over the offense, and a lot of people expect him to put up the same kind of number Petty put up. He is a lot more mobile than Petty. It helps that the Bears return everything around Russell. He should have a monster game against a horrible SMU team.

RB James Conner (Pitt): Yes, I know Pitt is playing a smaller school, but last year against a similar opponent Conner put up a monster stat line. Against Delaware he ran for 153 yards and four TDs. Pitt is not the type of team that will blow teams out, they’re ground and pound. Also considered their new coach comes over from Michigan State, and lastly their stud WR Tyler Boyd is suspended for this game.

WR Pharoh Cooper (South Carolina): Besides catch a ton of passes last season Cooper also threw and ran for a couple scores. He has a great matchup against a North Carolina team that does not like to play defense. Plus Cooper is a North Carolina native that did not like how the Tar Heels recruiting him!

Value Plays:

QB Thomas Sirk (Duke): Last season Sirk was used more as a running QB near the goal line. He rushed for eight TDs. The question for Sirk has always been how well can he throw the ball? Reports from fall camp and out of spring have been that he has improved a lot. You have to like him against the Tulsa defense. Last season Duke put up 47 points on Tulane.

RB Madre London (Michigan State): The biggest strength on this Michigan State team is the offense line. They return four starters and people around East Lansing are calling this the best line of the Dantonio era. This offense loves to run the ball and London should put up big numbers this season. You have to like his matchup against Western Michigan.

WR Dezmon Epps (Idaho): Epps returns after missing last season with an off the field problem. In 2013 he was there leading WR in 2013 with 79 catches for 980 yards and four TDs. He should be eager to play his 1st game in a while.

Think about Fading:

QB Trevone Boykin (TCU): First let me say I think Boykin will be the best fantasy quarterback this season, but I don’t think he will pay off his salary in Week 1. First star WR Josh Doctson is banged up and WR Deante’ Gray is doubtful. Second Minnesota returns seven starters, last season TCU had its lowest point total (30) of the season against Minnesota. Then lastly Minnesota loves to run the ball and well do so even more in this game to keep ball away from him.

RB Nick Wilson (Arizona): This has nothing to do with Wilson but the opponent he is facing. Right now the Wildcats are a 32 point favorite. UTSA only returns three starters this season. Also it was kind of a shock when Wilson was listed co–starters with RB Jared Baker, but I think that is mostly coach speak.

WR Robert Foster (Alabama): Foster is the next best Alabama WR, but sadly for him who knows who will threw him the ball. Right now Nick Saban hasn’t announced a starter for their game against Wisconsin. Right now there are three guys battling for the job. I think Alabama will try and run the ball down Wisconsin’s throats in this game.

Stock Up:

QB Vernon Adams (Oregon): Adams transferred from Eastern Washington. However, because of academics issues he didn’t arrive to Oregon until a week or so into camp. Still, though he won the job. Have to like whoever the quarterback is in this system.

RB Alex Collins (Arkansas): Last season Collins and Jonathan Williams truly split carries. It looked like more of the same this season, until Williams hurt himself in camp will miss the rest of the season. I think Collins is in for a monster year because we all know Arkansas loves to run the ball.

WR Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma): It was good news for Shepard when it was announced that Baker Mayfield won the QB job. Mayfield comes over from Texas Tech. Trevor Knight was just awful last season. Another plus is that Oklahoma’s new offensive coordinator is Lincoln Riley. Riley was in charge of the high powered ECU offense last year.

Stock Down:

QB Thomas Armstrong Jr (Nebraska): I was actually looking forward to using Armstrong this season until new head coach Mike Riley came in and wants to use more of a pro-style offense. While Armstrong has improved as a thrower, that isn’t his strong point. I will wait and see how Armstrong performs in the new offense.

RB Rushel Shell (West Virginia): Shell has all the talent in the world but he is yet to put it all together. The following quote says it all! “The perception of him being a dominant force is far greater than the reality,” Holgorsen said. “I’ll be the first to tell him that. He’s a big, physical and determined kid, but he doesn’t play like that all the time. My job is to get him to do that.”

WR Demarcus Robinson (Florida): Robinson is a talented WR, but sadly he has no one to throw him the ball. Right now new head Coach Jim McElwain already said he is going to play two quarterbacks in the opening game.

Games to Target:

1) Arizona State at Texas A&M (Houston)
2) South Carolina at North Carolina (Charlotte)
3) Baylor at SMU

Games to Fade:

1) Penn State at Temple
2) Michigan at Utah
3) Wisconsin at Alabama (Dallas)

About the Author

  • Scott Shirley (Scott121422)

  • Scott has been playing fantasy sports since the 2000s, and started playing daily in late 2012. While he plays all kinds of sports, he really enjoys playing and writing about the college sports. Since information for college players are hard to find, don’t be afraid to ask him some questions.


  • ap28

    Thank You Scott!! Great stuff!

  • edbulldawg

    Thank you for this. I read your conference previews. Great stuff and thanks again. Did you write one for the SEC?

  • BreakingBacon

    Love it, love you, love Conner!

  • MrFantasy

    Excellent stuff. Looking forward to more of this.

  • Scott121422

    Knows the College Sportz

    • Blogger of the Month

    Thanks guys! I didn’t have time for an SEC preview, but as you already know all the Chubb!!!

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