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College Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

by Hayden Winks
Updated On: June 27, 2019, 4:04 pm ET

Breakout

Justin Fields (Ohio State, SO) is the obvious answer. We just watched Dwayne Haskins set the Big Ten on fire (50 touchdowns) and Fields has all the talent in the world. Expecting Fields to be as good as Haskins would be silly, but Fields, at the very least, should be an adequate passer and a high-end runner. Rushing upside is key to fantasy football and the Buckeyes’ field position should turn that rushing upside into rushing touchdowns. I’m comfortable with Fields very early in drafts. Honorable Mentions: Holton Ahlers, J.T. Daniels, Zach Wilson.

 

Bounce Back

Khalil Tate (Arizona, SR) went from early first-round pick to fringe starter last year. His severe ankle injury prevented him from reaching his rushing and passing ceilings. But with much better health and more familiarity in the offense, I’m expecting Arizona’s offense to bounce back in 2019. Tate has top-10 fantasy upside and he’s not being drafted like that’s a realistically possible outcome. Honorable Mentions: Kelly Bryant, Brady White, Brian Lewerke.

 

Post-Hype Sleeper

Shane Buechele (SMU, JR) gets an awesome opportunity to re-surface after losing a battle with Sam Ehlinger, my No. 4 ranked college quarterback of 2019. SMU has historically been quarterback friendly, and Buechele is more talented than those previous SMU quarterbacks. Honorable Mentions: Kelly Bryant, Brady White (positive TD regression).

 

Deep-Deep Sleeper

Donald Hammond (Air Force, JR) is a dual-threat option who could catch some positive touchdown variance and shoot up quarterback leaderboards for those playing in deep leagues. Air Force losing projected rushing leader Cole Fagan to indefinite leave only helps Hammond’s rushing projection, which I set at 646 yards and 10 touchdowns. Hammond needs to win the job first, but he’ll be on my waiver wire watch list in every league I play in. Honorable Mentions: Chevan Cordeiro (Hawaii backup – league-winning upside), Sam Hartman (Wake Forest backup).

 

Freshman to Watch

Spencer Sanders (Oklahoma State, FR) is the obvious pick. This offense can turn even an average joe into a college fantasy starter, but Sanders is more than an average joe. He’s a former Texas High School Player of the Year and is more dual-threat than previous Oklahoma State quarterbacks. The talent is there for a big redshirt freshman season, especially with his top target being Tylan Wallace, my No. 4 ranked college receiver of 2019. Honorable Mentions: Matt Corral, Bo Nix, Jayden Daniels, Sam Howell.

 

Camp Battle to Watch

The Wake Forest quarterback battle between Jamie Newman and Sam Hartman has fantasy implications. Both quarterbacks have already shown upside in this offense, so I’m pretty indifferent to which quarterback wins the battle. I’m just hoping there’s a clear-cut starter. As of now, I’m projecting the winner to be Jamie Newman, who had 13 total touchdowns in four starts at the end of last season. Honorable Mentions: West Virginia, Boise State, Toledo.

 

Bust

Gage Gubrud (Washington State, SR) is being drafted too high for my liking. For starts, we don’t know if he’s even starting for the Cougars, especially since he’s missed time this offseason. But even if he is the primary starter, I’m not willing to copy-paste previous Washington State quarterbacks’ numbers. I’m not assuming he’s even close to as talented as Gardner Minshew, and he’ll be without first-round LT Andre Dillard, too. Washington State’s system is great – Mike Leach is the GOAT – but let’s chill on Gage Gubrud, at least until we get more confirmation that he’s locked into the starting job.


Player Projections

Rank Quarterback PaYD PaTD RuYD FPPG
1 D'Eriq King (Houston, SR) 3558 36 443 29
2 Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama, JR) 3769 37 241 28
3 Justin Fields (Ohio State, SO) 3345 29 480 29
4 Bryce Perkins (Virginia, SR) 2603 24 807 26
5 Adrian Martinez (Nebraska, SO) 3318 22 635 26
6 Holton Ahlers (East Carolina, SO) 3363 21 678 28
7 Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma, SR) 2845 26 489 28
8 Sam Ehlinger (Texas, JR) 3053 25 411 26
9 Nathan Rourke (Ohio, SR) 2573 24 654 25
10 Trevor Lawrence (Clemson, SO) 3671 34 219 25
11 Cole McDonald (Hawaii, JR) 3406 31 308 27
12 Kellen Mond (Texas A&M, JR) 3059 24 497 24
13 Jordan Love (Utah State, JR) 3590 31 107 24
14 Khalil Tate (Arizona, SR) 3047 29 423 26
15 Charlie Brewer (Baylor, JR) 3596 23 327 24
16 Spencer Sanders (Oklahoma State, rFR) 3054 24 460 26
17 Caleb Evans (Louisiana-Monroe, SR) 3140 18 596 24
18 Kelly Bryant (Missouri, SR) 3193 21 482 23
19 Jamie Newman (Wake Forest, JR) 2827 23 472 25
20 Brock Purdy (Iowa State, SO) 3136 24 389 23
21 Shane Buechele (SMU, JR) 3653 32 126 23
22 Mason Fine (North Texas, SR) 3823 27 109 23
23 Feleipe' Franks (Florida, JR) 2665 25 351 22
24 Joe Burrow (LSU, SR) 3087 20 365 22
25 Desmond Ridder (Cincinnati, SO) 2653 22 514 22
26 Zac Thomas (Appalachian State, JR) 2558 23 422 22
27 Justin Herbert (Oregon, SR) 3296 29 145 21
28 Shea Patterson (Michigan, SR) 3200 28 217 21
29 Gage Gubrud (Washington State, SR) 3761 31 79 23
30 Ryan Willis (Virginia Tech, SR) 3068 27 214 21
31 Blake Barnett (South Florida, SR) 3208 19 302 21
32 Matt Corral (Mississippi, rFR) 3061 22 272 22
33 Ian Book (Notre Dame, SR) 3166 24 199 21
34 Dan Ellington (Georgia State, SR) 2617 15 589 20
35 K.J. Costello (Stanford, SR) 3494 30 41 20
36 Woody Barrett (Kent State, JR) 2426 12 599 20
37 Hunter Johnson (Northwestern, SO) 3032 19 272 20
38 Logan Bonner (Arkansas State, JR) 3002 23 339 22
39 Alan Bowman (Texas Tech, SO) 3757 24 38 21
40 Quentin Harris (Duke, SR) 2801 20 259 21
41 Brady White (Memphis, SR) 3087 28 66 19
42 Steven Montez (Colorado, SR) 3127 21 254 19
43 Peyton Ramsey (Indiana, JR) 2950 20 325 21
44 Jake Fromm (Georgia, JR) 3022 30 33 19
45 J.T. Daniels (USC, SO) 3669 26 32 19
46 Zach Wilson (BYU, SO) 2592 20 261 21
47 James Morgan (Florida International, SR) 2986 28 24 19
48 Kelvin Hopkins Jr. (Army, SR) 823 4 970 19
49 J'mar Smith (Louisiana Tech, SR) 3175 18 190 18
50 Elijah Sindelar (Purdue, SR) 3249 25 107 20
51 Jon Wassink (Western Michigan, SR) 2727 22 184 18
52 Chase Cord (Boise State, SO) 2321 16 409 22
53 Riley Neal (Vanderbilt, SR) 2346 20 277 20
54 Tyler Huntley (Utah, SR) 2731 18 284 18
55 Armani Rogers (UNLV, JR) 1751 14 598 19
56 James Blackman (Florida State, JR) 2775 22 74 19
57 Tommy DeVito (Syracuse, SO) 2741 23 61 19
58 Mike Glass III (Eastern Michigan, SR) 2731 16 310 19
59 Kaleb Barker (Troy, SR) 2747 16 328 17
60 Shai Werts (Georgia Southern, JR) 901 5 799 17
61 Kato Nelson (Akron, JR) 2750 20 246 17
62 Josh Adkins (New Mexico State, SO) 3483 18 111 19
63 Justin McMillan (Tulane, SR) 2247 13 407 17
64 Jake Bentley (South Carolina, SR) 3000 23 90 18
65 Tyler Johnston III (UAB, SO) 2481 17 305 18
66 Marcus Childers (Northern Illinois, JR) 1968 14 534 17
67 Malik Henry (Nevada, JR) 2625 17 275 20
68 Mitchell Guadagni (Toledo, SR) 2489 16 300 20
69 Stephen Calvert (Liberty, SR) 3195 24 -122 16
70 Nathan Stanley (Iowa, SR) 2670 25 45 16
71 Sean Clifford (Penn State, SO) 2989 21 128 18
72 Bo Nix (Auburn, FR) 2250 18 314 20
73 Josh Love (San Jose State, SR) 3010 22 103 16
74 Jorge Reyna (Fresno State, SR) 2687 21 122 17
75 Brian Lewerke (Michigan State, SR) 2805 17 186 17
76 Malcolm Perry (Navy, SR) 505 3 1054 16
77 Collin Hill (Colorado State, JR) 3371 19 0 15
78 Anthony Russo (Temple, JR) 3139 17 91 15
79 Anthony Brown (Boston College, JR) 2323 22 147 17
80 Kenny Pickett (Pitt, JR) 2128 17 236 15
81 Drew Plitt (Ball State, JR) 2708 17 118 16
82 Terry Wilson (Kentucky, JR) 2031 12 459 15
83 Randall Johnson (Middle Tennessee, JR) 2491 16 225 18
84 *Jayden Daniels (Arizona State, FR) 1721 11 527 20
85 Donald Hammond III (Air Force, JR) 903 6 646 16
86 Jacob Eason (Washington, JR) 2939 19 -47 15
87 Dorian Thompson-Robinson (UCLA, SO) 2627 18 193 16
88 *Matthew McKay (NC State, SO) 2401 17 101 19
89 Skylar Thompson (Kansas State, JR) 1820 12 361 16
90 Isaiah Green (Marshall, SO) 2806 17 75 16
91 Jack Abraham (Southern Mississippi, JR) 2786 17 85 17
92 Jawon Pass (Louisville, JR) 2564 13 218 16
93 Zach Smith (Tulsa, JR) 2710 20 -28 15
94 Sam Howell (North Carolina, FR) 2766 17 83 15
95 Joshua Jackson (Maryland, JR) 2162 15 223 14
96 Chase Garbers (California, SO) 1973 18 246 17
97 Cephus Johnson (South Alabama, SO) 2178 17 214 15
98 Jarrett Guarantano (Tennessee, JR) 2372 17 43 14
99 Gresch Jensen (Texas State, JR) 2108 12 262 15
100 Frank Harris (UTSA, SO) 2087 10 354 15
101 Ryan Agnew (San Diego State, SR) 2209 13 296 13
102 Lucas Johnson (Georgia Tech, JR) 1828 11 375 16
103 *Tate Martell (Miami, SO) 2069 14 105 17
104 *Messiah deWeaver (Old Dominion, JR) 2401 13 142 17
105 *Jake Luton (Oregon State, SR) 2323 14 107 17
106 Thomas MacVittie (Kansas, JR) 2421 13 123 14
107 Grant Loy (Bowling Green State, SO) 2113 16 200 15
108 *Austin Kendall (West Virginia, JR) 2394 15 99 17
109 *Keytaon Thompson (Mississippi State, JR) 1272 8 409 21
110 *Alex Delton (TCU, SR) 2057 13 207 16
111 Tevaka Tuioti (New Mexico, SO) 1920 12 146 13
112 *Brandon Wimbush (UCF, SO) 1427 10 251 20
113 Sean Chambers (Wyoming, rFR) 1875 12 251 13
114 Kyle Vantrease (Buffalo, JR) 2175 14 125 14
115 *Steven Duncan (Western Kentucky, JR) 1899 15 151 16
116 Fred Payton (Coastal Carolina, SO) 1747 11 205 11
117 *Ben Hicks (Arkansas, SR) 1892 13 53 14
118 Levi Lewis (Louisiana, JR) 1825 12 125 12
119 Quinten Dormady (Central Michigan, SR) 1816 10 131 10
120 *Jack Williamson (Miami (OH), SO) 1883 9 103 12
121 *BranDon Jones (UTEP, SR) 1720 10 58 14
122 *Nick Tronti (Florida Atlantic, SO) 1326 7 172 16
123 *Michael Curtis (Massachusetts, JR) 1440 8 64 16
124 *Zack Annexstad (Minnesota, SO) 1492 10 30 11
125 *Tom Stewart (Rice, SR) 1383 7 144 11
126 *Isaiah Williams (Illinois, FR) 1307 8 85 12
127 *Artur Sitkowski (Rutgers, SO) 1633 9 30 9
128 *Michael Beaudry (Connecticut, JR) 1094 8 79 13
129 *Chris Reynolds (Charlotte, SO) 1175 7 25 12
130 *Jack Coan (Wisconsin, JR) 1035 7 25

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For quarterback write-ups, please read my Top 50 College Quarterbacks of 2019. 

 

Preseason All-Conference

Conference

First Team

Second Team

Honorable Mention

AAC D'Eriq King

Desmond Ridder

Brady White

ACC

Trevor Lawrence

Bryce Perkins

Tommy DeVito

Big 12

Sam Ehlinger

Jalen Hurts

Brock Purdy

Big Ten

Justin Fields

Shea Patterson

Adrian Martinez

C-USA

Mason Fine

James Morgan

Tyler Johnston III

Independents

Ian Book

Zach Wilson

Kelvin Hopkins Jr.

MAC

Nathan Rourke

Jon Wassink

Woody Barrett

MWC

Jordan Love

Cole McDonald

Armani Rogers

Pac-12

K.J. Costello

Justin Herbert

Khalil Tate

SEC

Tua Tagovailoa

Jake Fromm

Kellen Mond

Sun Belt

Zac Thomas

Caleb Evans

Shai Werts

 

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