Non-BCS Fantasy WRs
Athlon continues its 2010 college fantasy draft kit with a look at the receivers from Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt and WAC.
Non-BCS Fantasy Wide Receiver Rankings and Profiles
Fantasy points based upon standard scoring system – passing touchdowns = 4 pts, rushing touchdowns = 6 pts, 25 passing yards = 1 point, 10 rush/receiving yards = 1 point, receptions = 0.5 points, 2 point conversions = 2 points
1. DeAndre Brown, Southern Miss (JR) – Bye Week – 8
A broken leg suffered in the 2008 New Orleans Bowl limited Brown last season and prevented him from improving upon a stellar freshman campaign. After sitting out the opener, Brown slowly worked his way back into the mix, catching seven passes for 75 yards against UCF in Week 2. Brown closed last year on a tear, posting two 100-yard efforts and four receiving touchdowns in the final three games.
Athlon’s Take: With Brown a full season removed from the leg injury and the healthy return of Austin Davis at quarterback, expect a jump in statistics. Brown should see his numbers rebound closer to the 67 catches for 1,117 yards and 12 scores he posted as a freshman.
2009 stats: 137.1 fantasy points
Receiving: 47 rec., 785 yds., 9 TDs
Rushing: 16 yds.
2. James Cleveland, Houston (SR) – Bye Week – 5
Houston possesses one of the top receiving corps in the nation for fantasy owners, with three players boasting fantasy value among the top 30 receivers for 2010. Despite missing two games due to injury, Cleveland led the team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns last season. Cleveland posted at least six receptions in eight contests last season, including a monster 19 catch effort against East Carolina in the Conference USA Championship.
Athlon’s Take: With a deep receiving corps comes frustrating outings for fantasy owners. Although Cleveland should lead the team in receptions, don’t be surprised if he has a few so-so outings, as Tyron Carrier and Patrick Edwards will each catch at least 80 passes. Although there’s a lot of depth, Cleveland should be the top fantasy option among Houston receivers.
2009 stats: 201.1 fantasy points
Receiving: 104 rec., 1,214 yds., 14 TDs
3. Dwayne Harris, East Carolina (SR) – Bye Week – 4
Harris had an outstanding 2009 campaign, but the potential is there for an even bigger 2010. New coordinator Lincoln Riley brings a version of the Texas Tech passing attack to Greenville, which should bring an increase in passing attempts from East Carolina quarterbacks this season. Harris was one of the top all-around threats in college football last year, scoring on kickoff returns, rushing attempts and through receptions.
Athlon’s Take: Breaking in a new offense is never easy, and the Pirates have a major question mark at quarterback. Although those are certainly concerns, expect East Carolina to eventually get the passing attack going, allowing Harris to catch 1,000 yards this season and push for 10 receiving scores.
2009 stats: 209.1 fantasy points
Receiving: 83 rec., 978 yds., 7 TDs
Rushing: 149 yds., 5 TDs
4. Aldrick Robinson, SMU (SR) – Bye Week – 11
SMU found its quarterback of the future when Kyle Padron assumed the starting job in the second half of last season after an injury to Bo Levi Mitchell. Padron finished with 10 passing touchdowns, but the Mustangs will throw more in 2010 with the departure of running back Shawnbrey McNeal. Robinson finished second on the team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns last season, but expects to play a bigger role in the offense this year with Emmanuel Sanders out of eligibility.
Athlon’s Take: Robinson ranked as the No. 129 overall fantasy receiver last year, but should see his value in the top 20 this season. With Sanders no longer around, look for Robinson to catch 70-90 passes and threaten 10 scores.
2009 stats: 136.7 fantasy points
Receiving: 47 rec., 800 yds., 5 TDs
5. Damaris Johnson, Tulsa (JR) – Bye Week – 8
After spending 2007 and 2008 ranked in the top 10 in scoring offense, Tulsa took a step back last season. The departure of coordinator Gus Malzahn left the Golden Hurricane struggling to find the right mix on offense last year, dipping to 44th nationally in scoring. Johnson remained a key offensive weapon, posting six 100-yard games and three double-digit reception games in November.
Athlon’s Take: The addition of Chad Morris as co-offensive coordinator should be a boost to the passing attack. Quarterback. G.J. Kinne also returns and should be more consistent in his second season as a starter. Look for Johnson to have another solid season, with at least 80 receptions and a bump in receiving touchdowns.
2009 stats: 194.1 fantasy points
Receiving: 78 rec., 1,131 yds., 3 TDs
Rushing: 175 yds.
6. Tyron Carrier, Houston (JR) – Bye Week – 5
Although Carrier’s final numbers last season – 91 receptions, 1,029 yards and seven scores – indicated a quality fantasy season, owners may have been frustrated with his week-to-week inconsistency. Carrier posted four 100-yard efforts, but went four games without a score in the middle of the season and caught four passes or less four times.
Athlon’s Take: Carrier is still a key piece in the Houston passing attack and has extra value in leagues where points are given for return touchdowns. The junior should catch 70-90 passes and another 1,000-yard season is a reasonable expectation.
2009 stats: 197.8 fantasy points
Receiving: 91 rec., 1,029 yds., 7 TDs
Rushing: 125 yds., 1 TD
7. Patrick Edwards, Houston (JR)
8. Kris Adams, UTEP (SR)
9. Cole Beasley, SMU (JR)
10. Antavious Wilson, Marshall (SO)
11. Darryl Freeney, East Carolina (JR)
12. Casey Robottom, Tulane (SR)
13. Frantrell Forrest, UAB (SR)
14. Kamar Aiken, UCF (SR)
15. Jameel Owens, Tulsa (SO)
16. Patrick Randolph, Rice (SR)
17. Jermaine McKenzie, Memphis (JR)
18. Marcus Rucker, Memphis (SO)
19. Trae Johnson, Tulsa (SR)
20. Darius Johnson, SMU (SO)
21. Quentin Pierce, Southern Miss (SO)
22. Kierrie Johnson, Houston (SR)
23. Chuck Walker, Marshall (SR)
24. Donavon Kemp, UTEP (JR)
25. A.J. Guyton, UCF (JR)
26. Cam Baker, Memphis (JR)
27. A.J. Whitmore, Tulsa (SR)
28. Corbin Smiter, Rice (SR)
29. Evan Davis, UTEP (SR)
30. D.J. Banks, Tulane (SO)
31. Cole Loftin, SMU (SO)
32. Lance Lewis, East Carolina (JR)
33. Tracy Lampley, Southern Miss (SO)
34. Pierre Beasley, Rice (SR)
35. Roddell Carter, UAB (SR)
36. Aaron Dobson, Marshall (SO)
37. Quincy McDuffie, UCF (SO)
38. Jamar Newsome, UCF (SR)
39. Billy Foster, Memphis (JR)
40. Marlon McClure, UTEP (SO)
41. Andrew Bodenheimer, East Carolina (SO)
42. Nick Adams, UAB (JR)
43. Kevin Bolden, Southern Miss (JR)
44. Ryan Balentine, Southern Miss (JR)
1. Eric Page, Toledo (SO) – Bye Week – 10
Page was one of the top true freshman fantasy performers last year, leading the Rockets in receptions, receiving yards and scores. In the season opener against Purdue, Page didn’t waste anytime announcing his presence to the rest of the college football world, posting 12 receptions for 128 yards and one score. For the season, Page totaled six 100-yard games and caught at least three passes in every game.
Athlon’s Take: The Rockets should have one of the MAC’s best scoring offenses. Sophomore quarterback Austin Dantin showed promise in seven games last year and should be one of the top 30 fantasy quarterbacks. Page’s fantasy numbers shouldn’t suffer much of a drop this season, with a possible increase in touchdown catches.
2009 stats: 212.7 fantasy points
Receiving: 82 rec., 1,159 yds., 7 TDs
Rushing: 55 yds., 1 TD
2. Armand Robinson, Miami (SR)
3. LaVon Brazill, Ohio (SR)
4. Tyshon Goode, Kent State (SO)
5. Juan Nunez, Western Michigan (SR)
6. Kito Poblah, Central Michigan (SR)
7. Adrian Hodges, Bowling Green (JR)
8. Jeremy LaFrance, Akron (SR)
9. Robert Arnheim, W. Michigan (JR)
10. Briggs Orsbon, Ball State (JR)
11. Landon Cox, Northern Illinois (SR)
12. Terrence McCrae, Ohio (SR)
13. Terrell Jackson, Buffalo (JR)
14. Ray Hutson, Bowling Green (JR)
15. Jamal Rogers, Miami (SR)
16. Jordan White, W. Michigan (SR)
17. Joe Jones, Temple (JR)
18. Cody Wilson, Central Michigan (SO)
19. Kenny Stafford, Toledo (JR)
20. Tyrone Burke, Eastern Michigan (SR)
21. Marcus Rivers, Buffalo (JR)
22. Tyrone Pronty, Bowling Green (SR)
23. Michael Campbell, Temple (SR)
24. Willie Clark, Northern Illinois (JR)
25. Jalil Carter, Akron (SR)
26. Kendrick Pressley, Kent State (JR)
27. Torieal Gibson, Ball State (JR)
28. Chleb Ravenell, W. Michigan (SR)
29. Kinsman Thomas, Eastern Michigan (SO)
30. Riley Dunlop, Ohio (JR)
31. Taylor Bradley, Central Michigan (JR)
32. Fred Lee, Buffalo (JR)
33. Justus Jones, Bowling Green (JR)
34. James Green, Toledo (FR)
35. Chris Givens, Miami (JR)
1. Vincent Brown, San Diego State (SR) – Bye Week – 5
Brown was one of the nation’s top receivers, before a thumb injury ended his season in late October. Brown posted five 100-yard efforts in his first six games, including 147 yards against BYU and 143 against Idaho. With quarterback Ryan Lindley returning this season, the Aztecs should have one of the best passing attacks in the Mountain West and a deep receiving corps with Brown returning to full health.
Athlon’s Take: DeMarco Sampson played well in Brown’s absence, but should settle in as a No. 2 option this season. Brown should be an excellent WR1 option in 120 formats and a 80 catch season with 1,000 yards and 10 scores is a reasonable projection.
2009 stats: 137.5 fantasy points
Receiving: 45 rec., 778 yds., 6 TDs
Rushing: 10 yds.
2. Jereme Brooks, Utah (SR)
3. Phillip Payne, UNLV (JR)
4. DeMarco Sampson, San Diego State (SR)
5. David Leonard, Wyoming (SR)
6. Jeremy Kerley, TCU (SR)
7. Antoine Hicks, TCU (JR)
8. O’Neill Chambers, BYU (JR)
9. McKay Jacobson, BYU (JR)
10. Michael Johnson, UNLV (JR)
11. Kevin Fogler, Air Force (SR)
12. Jimmy Young, TCU (SR)
13. Tyson Liggett, Colorado State (SR)
14. Ty Kirk, New Mexico (SO)
15. Luke Ashworth, BYU (SR)
16. Bart Johnson, TCU (SR)
17. Bryant Williams, New Mexico (SR)
18. Luke Matthews, Utah (SO)
19. Jonathan Warzeka, Air Force (JR)
20. Zach Bolger, Wyoming (SR)
21. Shaky Smithson, Utah (SR)
22. Byron Steele, Colorado State (SO)
23. Travis Burkhalter, Wyoming (SR)
24. Chris McNeill, Wyoming (SO)
25. Dominique Sandifer, San Diego State (SO)
26. Spencer Hafoka, BYU (JR)
27. Mazi Ogbonna, Wyoming (JR)
28. Chris Hernandez, New Mexico (SR)
29. Kyle Halderman, Air Force (SR)
30. Marquise Law, Colorado State (SO)
1. Jerrel Jernigan, Troy (SR) – Bye Weeks – 5, 8
Jernigan is coming off back-to-back 70 catch seasons and should be in for a similar statistical year in 2010. Jernigan posted four games of at least 100 yards last season, including 203 yards and one score against UL Monroe. The senior has been a threat on the ground throughout his career, rushing for at least 250 yards in each of the last two seasons and averaging 23 yards per kickoff return last season.
Athlon’s Take: The Trojans are operating under a new coordinator and quarterback this year. Despite those obstacles, expect the Trojans to continue rolling on offense. Jernigan should have at least 70 receptions this season and an increase from four touchdowns can be expected.
2009 stats: 179.0 fantasy points
Receiving: 71 rec., 1,101 yds., 4 TDs
Rushing: 266 yds., 1 TD
2. T.Y. Hilton, Florida International (JR)
3. Tyler Stradford, North Texas (JR)
4. Lester Jean, Florida Atlantic (SR)
5. Luther Ambrose, UL Monroe (JR)
6. Jamaal Jackson, North Texas (SR)
7. Taylor Stockemer, Arkansas State (SO)
8. Tebiarus Gill, Troy (SR)
9. Garrett Andrews, MTSU (SR)
10. Marlin Miller, UL Lafayette (SR)
11. Willie McNeal, Western Kentucky (FR)
12. Quinterrance Cooper, Western Kentucky (SR)
13. Anthony McCall, UL Monroe (JR)
14. Darius Carey, North Texas (SO)
15. Sancho McDonald, MTSU (JR)
16. Shane Blissard, MTSU (JR)
17. Avery Holley, Florida Atlantic (SR)
18. Greg Ellingson, Florida International (SR)
19. Allen Muse, Arkansas State (SO)
20. Richie Falgout, UL Lafayette (SR)
21. Austin Silvoy, Troy (SR)
22. Jason Frierson, Florida International (SR)
23. Marcus Vasquez, Western Kentucky (SO)
24. Tavarres Jefferson, MTSU (SO)
25. Chip Reeves, Troy (JR)
1. Greg Salas, Hawaii (SR) – Bye Week – 11
Hawaii’s passing attack may not be as potent as it was under June Jones, but the Warriors still remain one of the top 20 scoring offenses in college football. Salas began last season with four straight 100-yard efforts and only caught less than six passes one time. Salas’ numbers never wavered, despite a season-ending injury to starting quarterback Greg Alexander in late September and an inconsistent Bryant Moniz taking over for most of the remaining games.
Athlon’s Take: Barring injury or struggles of Moniz at quarterback, Salas remains Hawaii’s best receiver. Although Rodney Bradley is back, there is no guarantee he will be 100 percent at the start of the season from a significant leg injury. Salas should be a lock for at least 90 catches and 1,000 receiving yards this season.
2009 stats: 255.4 fantasy points
Receiving: 106 rec., 1,590 yds., 8 TDs
2. Titus Young, Boise State (SR) – Bye Weeks – 2, 8
Young and teammate Austin Pettis form one of the nation’s top one-two combos at receiver in college football. Young posted five 100-yard games last season, scored three times on the ground and posted two touchdowns on kickoff returns. Young is one of the top all-purpose threats in college football and once again should be one of the WAC’s best receivers this season.
Athlon’s Take: There are few question marks about the Boise State offense this season. Quarterback Kellen Moore is back, along with a solid receiving corps and a deep stable of running backs. Moore tossed 39 scores last season and once again figures to hit around 30-40 passing touchdowns. Matching last season’s numbers should be attainable for Young and he has extra value in leagues that count return touchdowns as part of their scoring system.
2009 stats: 215.3 fantasy points
Receiving: 79 rec., 1,041 yds., 10 TDs
Rushing: 138 yds., 3 TDs
3. Austin Pettis, Boise State (SR) – Bye Weeks – 2, 8
Pettis may not be the big play threat that Titus Young is, but the senior is still one of the WAC’s best receiving options. Pettis caught at least one touchdown in the first 10 games last season and posted four 100-yard efforts. A leg injury against Nevada prevented Pettis from playing against New Mexico State and he was limited in the Fiesta Bowl win over TCU to one catch.
Athlon’s Take: Fantasy owners shouldn’t worry about Young and Pettis competing for catches and scores – there are plenty of those to go around in Boise this season. Pettis should be fully recovered from the leg injury and is a threat to score one touchdown a week once again. Look for Pettis to push his yardage closer to the 1,000-yard mark and 14-16 scores.
2009 stats: 207.1 fantasy points
Receiving: 63 rec., 855 yds., 14 TDs
Rushing: -11 yds.
4. Rodney Bradley, Hawaii (SR)
5. Ahmad Paige, Louisiana Tech (SO)
6. Jamel Hamler, Fresno State (JR)
7. Brandon Wimberly, Nevada (SO)
8. Maurice Shaw, Idaho (SR)
9. Phillip Livas, Louisiana Tech (SR)
10. Marquis Avery, San Jose State (SR)
11. Eric Moats, Utah State (JR)
12. Devon Wylie, Fresno State (SR)
13. Preston Davis, Idaho (JR)
14. Kealoha Pilares, Hawaii (SR)
15. Chris Wellington, Nevada (SR)
16. Jalal Beauchman, San Jose State (SR)
17. Eric Greenwood, Idaho (SR)
18. Josh Harrison, San Jose State (JR)
19. Marcus Allen, New Mexico State (SR)
20. Tray Session, Nevada (JR)
21. Tyler Shoemaker, Boise State (JR)
22. Mikhail Morgan, Utah State (SO)
23. Todd Lee, New Mexico State (JR)
24. Royce Pollard, Hawaii (JR)
25. R.P. Stuart, Louisiana Tech (JR)
26. Kirby Moore, Boise State (SO)
27. Darius Bright, Hawaii (JR)
28. Tim Molton, Louisiana Tech (FR)
29. Austin Alder, Utah State (JR)
30. Stanley Morrison, Utah State (JR)*
* Could miss 2010 season due to foot injury.
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