The 2012 college football season is finally here! Thanks to those of you who have returned for another season, and welcome to those of you who have finally found us. If you are playing college fantasy football for the first time, we’re glad to have you in the fraternity.
Everett Golson, QB-Notre Dame vs Navy
Golson gets to start his career with the easiest opponent on the Irish’s schedule this season.
Derek Carr, QB-Fresno State vs Weber State
The Bulldogs will iron out the wrinkles in their new spread attack before travelling to Eugene, Oregon to take on the Ducks in Week 2.
Wes Lunt, QB-Oklahoma State vs. Savannah State
If Lunt is talented enough to win the starting job, then there shouldn’t be any hesitation starting him in his collegiate debut against Savannah State.
Tim Cornett, RB-UNLV vs Minnesota
Running behind an experienced offensive line, Cornett should shoulder the load while the Rebels break in a freshman quarterback.
Shawne Alston, RB-West Virginia vs Marshall
While questions surround Dustin Garrison’s return, Alston is more than capable of carrying the Mountaineers’ ground game.
Akeem Shavers, RB-Purdue vs Eastern Kentucky
Shavers proved in last year’s Little Ceasars Bowl that he is ready to become the Boilermakers’ primary running back.
John Hubert, RB-Kansas State vs Missouri State
Quarterback Collin Klein will get all of the attention, but Hubert will get more than enough touches in this matchup to be a fantasy factor.
Zach Line, RB-SMU at Baylor
Until the Bears’ defense proves they are vastly improved, owners shouldn’t shy away from this C-USA vs. Big XII matchup.
Onterio McCalebb, RB vs Clemson
We know that Clemson’s offense will put points on the board, but have they made enough improvements to a defense that gave up 176 yards rushing per game in 2011?
Stefon Diggs, WR-Maryland vs William & Mary
Diggs spurned offers from Florida and Ohio State. Now, he gets to be Mr. Everything for a Terps team that needs him on the field as much as possible.
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR-Missouri vs Southeastern Louisiana
After leading the team in receiving yards in two fall scrimmages, Green-Beckham is ready for his coming-out party.
Joe Southwick, QB-Boise State at Michigan State
This matchup will probably be the Broncos’ toughest test of the season. Consider holding out Southwick until his Week 3 matchup against Miami, Ohio.
Jordan Lynch, QB-Northern Illinois at Iowa
We have heard that Lynch will prove to be a better runner than former Huskies quarterback Chandler Harnish, but we have our doubts against a Big Ten opponent.
Brett Smith, QB-Wyoming at Texas
Smith is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation, but playing on the road against a unit that ranked 11th in the nation in total defense in 2011 is way too risky.
Ryan Aplin, QB-Arkansas St at Oregon
Aplin and the offense should get a lot of possessions, but their inability to put the ball in the end zone makes him a risky fantasy play.
Branden Oliver, RB-Buffalo at Georgia
Fantasy owners will hope and pray that their prized fantasy possession survives this matchup without injury.
Anthon Samuel, RB-Bowling Green at Florida
See Branden Oliver above.
Ray Graham, RB-Pitt vs Youngstown St
It’s never easy to see one of your backs miss out on such a mismatch, but Graham is unlikely to play in what figures to be a tune up for their conference opener next Thursday at Cincinnati.
Fitzgerald Toussaint, RB-Michigan vs Alabama
It doesn’t seem likely that Toussaint will miss any game time following his suspension in July after a DUI arrest, but we’ll sit anyone who plays against the Bama D.
Orleans Darkwa, RB-Tulane vs Rutgers
Darkwa has been nursing an ankle injury and is questionable to play, so owners would be wise to look for a safer option this week.
Nathan Jeffery, RB-UTEP vs Oklahoma
Owners will not get a true gauge of Jeffery’s fantasy potential until the Miners start conference play.
Alec Lemon, WR-Syracuse vs Northwestern
The latest reports have Lemon listed as questionable with a leg injury. Unless his status is upgraded, owners would be wise to find another option for Week 1.
by Joe DiSalvo
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