We’re not afraid to admit that we swing and miss on quite a few players leading up to Week 1. The college game does not have a preseason, and as a result, many players slip under the radar and burst onto the scene during the opening weekend. Take advantage of the players available because the waiver wire will become shorter and shorter as the season progresses. If you do not have a lot of confidence in your roster after Week 1, this is the perfect time to start rebuilding. If you feel great about you team right now, grab some depth and play keep-away from your league adversaries.
College Fantasy Football's Best Pickups Post-Week 1
Taylor McHargue, QB-Rice
UCLA’s defense is a lot better than those in C-USA and McHargue threw two TD passes and ran for another score, while carrying the ball 22 times for 95 yards against the Bruins.
Jeremy Wright, RB-Louisville
Wright took advantage of teammate Dominique’s Brown pre-game injury by running for 105 yards and three scores against Kentucky. If Brown does not return this week, Wright should do even more damage against Missouri State in Week 2.
Jarred Salubi, RB-Baylor
We rolled the dice with Seastrunk on draft day. We were wrong. Salubi got the nod in Week 1 and ran for 91 yards and a score on only 13 carries against SMU.
Ameer Abdullah, RB-Nebraska
Abdullah filled in nicely for starter Rex Burkhead, who sprained his MCL in the first half against Southern Miss. If Burkhead cannot go in Week 2, Abdullah is more than capable of shouldering the load at UCLA.
Shawn Southward, RB-Troy
Southward was on our radar leading up to the season, but little did we know he was going to carry the ball 28 times for 204 yards and three touchdowns against UAB.
Beau Blankenship, RB-Ohio
Blankenship proved to be a workhorse against Penn State by toting the rock 31 times for 109 yards and the schedule should only get easier.
Trey Watts, RB-Tulsa
We liked Watts during the preseason because of his versatility, and he didn’t disappoint by running for 125 yards and adding another 31 yards on three receptions against Iowa State in Week 1.
Duke Johnson, RB-Miami
Some were wise to scoop up the freshman on draft day, but Johnson may have gone undrafted in some leagues. Two scoring runs of 50-plus yards against Boston College in Week 1 only fueled the preseason hype.
Damon Bullock, RB-Iowa
We listed Bullock on our Emergency Starters list Friday and he responded by running for 150 yards and a score on 30 carries against Northern Illinois.
Deandre Martin, RB-Wake Forest
Starting running back Josh Harris left in the first quarter with an injury, which seems to be a recurring theme. Freshman Deandre Martin filled in nicely by running for 74 yards and a touchdown. Maybe it’s time to move on from the oft-injured Harris.
Kenny Hilliard, RB-LSU
We had Hilliard rated the highest of all LSU running backs leading up to draft day. The sophomore is making us look good after running for 141 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1.
LaDarius Perkins, RB-Mississippi State
The fantasy potential is there in the Bulldogs’ spread attack. Perkins has the ability to duplicate Vick Ballard’s numbers from a year ago.
David Oku, RB-Arkansas State
We jumped on Oku in every draft this season, especially after Auburn transfer Michael Dyer was denied immediate eligibility and was eventually booted from the program. He looks to be the second-best fantasy back in the Sun Belt behind FIU’s Kendrick Rhodes.
Lanear Sampson, WR-Baylor
We debated Sampson or Tevin Reese as Baylor’s WR#2 in the preseason. After Week 1, we think the speedy senior has more fantasy potential.
Jackie Williams, WR-UAB
Williams was one of our under-the-radar receivers in the preseason. After catching 6 passes for 157 yards against Troy in Week 1, Williams should be owned in every league.
Demetrius Fields, WR-Northwestern
While all of the preseason attention was focused on quarterback Kain Colter, Fields has quietly emerged as Jeremy Ebert’s replacement at the inside receiver position.
Marcus Sales, WR-Syracuse
While fellow receiver Alec Lemon missed Week 1 with an injury, Sales caught 11 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown, and showed why we were so high on him in 2011 before his season-long suspension.
Jaime Wilson, WR-Western Michigan
We were wondering who Alex Carder’s favorite target would be this season. After Week 1, Wilson had as many catches as Eric Monette and Josh Schaffer combined.
Davante Adams, WR-Fresno State
We all know that the Fresno State offense revolves around running back Robbie Rouse, but Adams emerged as the big-play receiver quarterback Derek Carr needs.
Austin Hill and Dan Buckner, WRs-Arizona
The Wildcats are going to put the ball in the air often, especially in Rich Rodriguez’s spread attack. In Week 1, Buckner led the team in receptions (10), and Hill led the team in receiving yards (139). Neither may be a WR#1 or WR#2, but either could be a legitimate fantasy WR#3.
by Joe DiSalvo, thecffsite.com
Find us on facebook
Follow us on twitter (@theCFFsite)