CFB Fantasy: WR Keeper Outlook

WR Keeper Outlook

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While most fall college fantasy drafts focus on this season, several leagues already have an eye on 2011 and beyond. Which receivers should you target in keeper leagues?

While most fall college fantasy drafts will focus on one season (2010), several leagues already have an eye on 2011 and beyond. Juggling winning now and building for the future is always tricky for owners. Oklahoma’s Ryan Broyles and Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd are excellent fantasy picks for this year, but will either stick around for 2011? If either player decides to bolt to the NFL a year early, keeper league owners are left scrambling without one of their top receivers. Owners in keeper leagues will have to use some patience too, as some players who are selected for 2011, likely won’t have much starting fantasy value this year.

Here’s a look at the top junior keepers going into fall drafts –

Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh
DeAndre Brown, Southern Miss
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
Tyron Carrier, Houston
Randall Cobb, Kentucky
Patrick Edwards, Houston
Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M
A.J. Green, Georgia
T.Y. Hilton, Florida International
Damaris Johnson, Tulsa
Julio Jones, Alabama
DeVier Posey, Ohio State

All of the options on this list come with a huge asterisk. With all eligible to enter the NFL Draft after this season, it’s a good bet this will be the final year for a majority of players on this list. Carrier, Cobb, Edwards, Hilton and Johnson figure to be the safest candidates to stick around, with Cobb likely holding the most fantasy value in 2011. With James Cleveland entering his final year of eligibility, Carrier and Edwards should have increased fantasy value next season, but will be playing with a new quarterback.

With a good chunk of this list likely headed to the NFL following 2010, options like Tai-ler Jones at Notre Dame, Tavarres King/Marlon Brown at Georgia and Kenny Stills at Oklahoma become even more valuable for owners planning ahead for their 2011 receiver spots.

The next group

Darvin Adams, Auburn
Joe Adams/Greg Childs/Jarius Wright, Arkansas
Hubert Anyiam, Oklahoma State
Rodney Bradley, Hawaii
Juron Criner, Arizona
Tandon Doss, Indiana
Jerrell Jackson, Missouri
Marvin Jones, California
Jermaine Kearse, Washington
Wes Kemp, Missouri
Keshawn Martin, Michigan State
Chris Owusu, Stanford
Phillip Payne, UNLV
Torrey Smith, Maryland
Deonte Thompson, Florida
Nick Toon, Wisconsin
Malcolm Williams, Texas
D.J. Woods, Cincinnati
Donovan Varner, Duke
Kendall Wright, Baylor

Some of the names in this section could easily move to the elite list this year. Michigan State’s Keshawn Martin could be one of this season’s top breakout players and there’s a lot of potential with the new offense at Oklahoma State and Hubert Anyiam’s fantasy value. Keep a close watch on the Missouri receiving situation this season. Jerrell Jackson and Wes Kemp figure to battle for the No. 1 receiving role for quarterback Blaine Gabbert and the winner of that battle will likely be a top 10 fantasy receiver for next season.

One of the toughest receiving corps to get a read on is Arkansas. Joe Adams, Greg Childs and Jarius Wright are all quality options, but all three could bolt to the NFL Draft and assuming Ryan Mallett leaves for the NFL, will have a new quarterback taking over in 2011. Monitor this situation throughout the year to get a better read on which player is the best keeper pick.

Wait and see

Robert Arnheim, Western Michigan
Cole Beasley/Terrance Wilkerson, SMU
Jarrett Boykin, Virginia Tech
Devon Brown, Wake Forest
Taylor Embree, UCLA
Jarmon Fortson, Florida State
Darryl Freeney, East Carolina
Antoine Hicks, TCU
McKay Jacobson, BYU
Aldarius Johnson, Miami
Marvin McNutt, Iowa
Derek Moye, Penn State
Toney Clemons, Colorado
Josh Cooper, Oklahoma State
B.J. Cunningham, Michigan State
Darius Darks, Iowa State
Dejuan Miller, Oklahoma
Gerell Robinson, Arizona State
Tyler Stradford, North Texas

Sophomores

Elite

Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
Eric Page, Toledo
Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers
Alex Torres, Texas Tech

There are few elite sophomore options returning for fantasy owners in 2010, but there’s certainly a lot of potential with this group. If Stephen Garcia plays with more consistency this year, expect Alshon Jeffery to have a shot at 10 touchdown catches. Rutgers’ Mohamed Sanu is one of the nation’s top all-around threats and with quarterback Tom Savage possessing plenty of upside, expect Sanu to end the year as a top-10 fantasy receiver. Despite the hire of Tommy Tuberville as Texas Tech head coach, the Red Raiders should continue to put up points in bunches. With two projected starters in the receiving corps to be seniors this year, Torres could play an even bigger role in 2011.

The next group

Tyshon Goode, Kent State
James Johnson, Washington
Uzoma Nwachukwu, Texas A&M
Jameel Owens, Tulsa
Ahmad Paige, Louisiana Tech
Brandon Wimberly, Nevada

Player to watch – Nwachukwu. If Jeff Fuller departs early for the NFL, look for Nwachukwu to see an increased role in the Texas A&M offense.

Wait and see

Jheranie Boyd/Erik Highsmith, North Carolina
Marlon Brown, Georgia
Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State
Randall Carroll, UCLA
Shaquelle Evans, Notre Dame
Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas
Chris Harper, Kansas State
Mark Harrison, Rutgers
Lindsey Lamar, South Florida
Bradley McDougald, Kansas
Rueben Randle/Russell Shepard, LSU
Roy Roundtree, Michigan
Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
Antavious Wilson, Marshall
Rolandis Woodland, Missouri

Redshirt freshmen to watch

Andre Debose, Florida
Eric Ward, Texas Tech

Top freshmen to target for keeper leagues

Markeith Ambles, USC
Mike Davis, Texas
Chris Dunkley, Florida
Christian Green, Florida State
Justin McCay, Oklahoma
Tai-ler Jones, Notre Dame
Kyle Prater, USC
Trovon Reed, Auburn
Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee
Kenny Stills, Oklahoma
Darius White, Texas
Robert Woods, USC

Although most of the freshmen on this list may not see much playing time this year, these will be the names atop fantasy rankings heading into 2011 and 2012. Ambles, Jones and Stills could significant playing time this season, but most of their value lies with keeper drafts this fall.

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