As we turn our calendars over to August, the college fantasy football season is kicking into high gear. Are you prepared?
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Below, you will find CFG writer and AthlonSports.com contributor Mike Bainbridge's top five sleepers for 2015. To see the full in-depth article of over 60 sleepers, make sure to check out CollegeFootballGeek.com.
Matt Johnson, QB, Bowling Green
Any thought that James Knapke could possibly challenge Johnson for the starting quarterback job went out the window as Johnson looked to be his old self this spring. While Knapke did perform well in his absence last season, Johnson is clearly the guy for the Falcons and should only help Bowling Green improve upon its 30 points per game from head coach Dino Babers’ first season at the helm. Johnson was listed as the No. 1 quarterback following spring practice and showed well in the team’s spring game with four touchdown passes. Watch for Johnson to be drafted as a No. 2 quarterback on most fantasy rosters, but outperform his draft status by putting up numbers that rival or top most No. 1 QBs.
Devonte Boyd, WR, UNLV
Any questions of a sophomore slump for Boyd were quickly erased with a 132-yard, three-touchdown performance in UNLV’s Spring Showcase. Boyd was outstanding as a freshman for the Rebels, leading the team in receptions (64), yards (964) and touchdowns (4), and those numbers are only expected to improve as he will no longer be overshadowed by the presence of the graduated Devante Davis. Senior quarterback Blake Decker also returns, giving Boyd a familiar face with an already-established connection from a season ago. The expectation here is that Boyd builds upon his successful opening season and becomes a household name in fantasy football, finishing in the top 10-15 wide receivers in 2015.
Jamal Robinson, WR, UL Lafayette
Robinson earned himself a fifth year of eligibility after missing the final nine games of 2014 due to a knee injury. In the three games he played, Robinson was big-time with 15 receptions for 260 yards and four touchdowns. The senior wideout also led ULL in receiving in 2013 with 54 catches and eight touchdowns. With the Ragin’ Cajuns breaking in a new starting quarterback this season, Robinson will be looked upon frequently to provide the deep threat that the group was sorely lacking with his absence. Make sure not to forget about this guy on draft day.
Ray Lawry, RB, Old Dominion
Gone is the face of the football program in quarterback Taylor Heinicke and his 14,000-plus career passing yards. His likely replacement is redshirt freshman Shuler Bentley, who has yet to throw a collegiate pass after spending last season holding a clipboard. That to me sounds like a situation where a promising young running back like Lawry should get a TON of carries. As a freshman, Lawry was outstanding with 947 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on just 134 carries, including a 213-yard effort in the season finale. He has top-10 potential as a RB.
Deon Watson, TE, Idaho
Because of the depth developed over the spring at the wide receiver position, the Vandals are converting Watson to tight end. With his slight frame (only listed at 210 pounds), Watson won’t spend much time blocking as a result of the position change, and should still figure prominently into the passing game as he did a year ago with 37 receptions. Part of the reason for the switch is the return of Dezmon Epps, who was kicked off the team the year prior due to an off-the-field incident. With triggerman Matt Linehan also back in the fold, Idaho’s passing game is projected to take a major step forward this season.
— Written by Mike Bainbridge, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Bainbridge is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and current writer for CollegeFootballGeek.com. Make sure to follow him on Twitter @MikeBainbridge2.