As the NIL now allows college players to be used for fantasy football, it might be important to get a lay of the land before you jump right into the CFB fantasy world. In this article, I will highlight the strongest players by position in CFB fantasy, as well as give my own picks for high upside players in 2022. As a disclaimer, this data is taken from the previous season, so there will be players on here that have since graduated/been drafted. Now, without further adieu, let’s get into it.
We will take a look at QBs first. Below, you will find the distribution chart for QB fantasy point totals last season. What we notice immediately is the massive drop-off in talent, as this distribution skews right. As CFB starters rapidly change, it may be smart to grab a reliable QB early in your draft.
Now, let’s take a look at last year’s top-performing QBs and point out some notable prospects for 2022.
-Malik Cunningham: This 4th-year stud is the best returning fantasy QB and will look to make a splash next season as he campaigns for the NFL draft.
-Bryce Young: No surprises here. The Alabama star QB will run it back one more season and is sure to put up strong numbers for your fantasy team.
-Will Levis: This gunslinger threw for 24 TDs to 13 INTs last season. Can he take care of the football, Levis will be a strong QB1 next season.
Next, we’ll take a look at RBs. This distribution still isn’t great, but it’s certainly more normal than the QB curve. There is certainly less variance here, which makes sense. CFB teams generally operate by committee, allowing for the points to be spread fairly evenly amongst RBs.
Below you’ll find the top 25 fantasy performing RBs from last season. Here are some players to watch for:
-Deuce Vaughn: Vaughn averaged 6 yards per carry last season and posted 18 TDs in a stellar sophomore year performance. Grab this stud as soon as you can.
-Blake Corum: You may not see him on this list, but don’t be fooled. Corum was hurt for half of the season last year and was in the shadow of star RB Hassan Haskins (9th overall fantasy scorer). Look for him to fill the role of Haskins and have a strong bounce-back season.
Last, but not least, we take a gander at WRs. We have a large right skew here–this seems to be the least normal graph we’ve seen thus far. The WR position should be an early target in your fantasy drafts.
Now let’s take a look at the 2021 fantasy WR rankings and pick out some key players for the upcoming season.
Jordan Addison: The leader of the pack recently transferred to USC along with star QB Caleb Williams. This should boost his stock higher as he will stick with a high-level QB (formerly played with Kenny Pickett).
-Josh Downs: Downs posted 8 TDs and pulled in 101 receptions in his sophomore season. Look for him to make a splash in what will likely be his final year in the NCAAF.
-Ronnie Bell: Again, you won’t find him on this list, but that is because Bell’s season ended in his first game in 2021 after an ACL tear. This star should post big numbers for the Michigan Wolverines and your fantasy team next year.
That’ll be all for this article! Stay posted for more in the coming weeks!