As most fantasy players look forward to the first week of NFL action, we will have a great way to pass the time on Saturday as nearly every top 25 team is in action, including a pair of games featuring ranked teams going head to head.
Whether you are a devy dynasty owner tracking your player or simply trying to stay ahead of your competition when prepping for 2019 rookie drafts, following the weekly world of college football can pay dividends for fantasy players.
Each week this season, I’ll focus on a trio of games throughout the day, along with some key future pros you might want to focus on as you watch.
Wake Up and Watch
Oklahoma at Iowa State (ABC, 12:00)
The good news for Oklahoma is they got a huge home victory over UCLA last weekend by a dominant 49-21 final. The bad news will linger with the top-five ranked Sooners for the remainder of the season as running back Rodney Anderson suffered a season-ending knee injury. Anderson has had multiple serious injuries, mixed with some off-field issues, which essentially kills his devy value. The redshirt junior probably should’ve turned pro after his strong end to the 2017 season.
Oklahoma will now turn to another devy favorite, former top recruit Trey Sermon, who led Big 12 freshman with 744 rushing yards and five touchdowns a year ago. Wideouts Marquise Brown and CeeDee Lamb are NFL prospects and lead the team in receptions and yardage early in the season and quarterback Kyler Murray is drawing early Heisman buzz.
The Cyclones lost their opener a week ago to rival Iowa as their top two offensive stars got off to a slow start. Running back David Montgomery is considered by most to be the top-ranked rookie back in the class of 2019, while Hakeem Butler is one of the more underrated wideouts in the country.
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Other teams in early action include:
Georgia Southern at Clemson (ESPNU, 12:00)
Middle Tennessee at Georgia (ESPNNEWS, 12:00)
Kent State at Penn State (FoxSports1, 12:00)
LSU at Auburn (CBS, 3:30)
This third week of the season includes the beginning of the conference schedule for many teams, including SEC West powers LSU and Auburn. The Tigers offense looks much like it has in recent years with limited options in the passing game. LSU also has been forced to find an answer at running back after having the luxury of trotting out Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice for the past few years. Through two games, senior Nick Brossette has been the lead back with over 260 yards through two games. The Tigers do have a pair of freshmen wideouts to keep an eye on in Ja’Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall, though both are off to relatively slow starts.
For Auburn, it’s all about quarterback Jarrett Stidham, who has been called the new favorite to be the top signal-caller drafted in the 2019 NFL Draft. Stidham has 386 passing yards and two scores through two games, with no interceptions.
Other teams in mid-day action include:
Vanderbilt at Notre Dame (NBC, 2:30)
BYU @ Wisconsin (ABC, 3:30)
Boise State at Oklahoma State (ESPN, 3:30)
SMU at Michigan (Big Ten Network, 3:30)
Ohio State at TCU (ABC, 8:00)
The Buckeyes are loaded with future NFL players on the offense and a suspension to head coach Urban Meyer hasn’t slowed them down at all, as they’ve won their first two games by a combined 95 points, but they will get one of their most challenging tests of the year as they face Texas Christian in Dallas. Ohio State has used both of their quarterbacks this season and both Dwayne Haskins and Tate Martell have each excelled. As the backup, Martell has completed 13 of 14 attempts and has also rushed for 99 yards on the year, highlighted by a 47-yard touchdown run.
The Buckeyes also sport a trio of running backs that will eventually be drafted to the league. Junior Mike Weber and sophomore JK Dobbins have split carries so far and some say freshman Master Teague is actually the most talented runner on the team.
The top TCU player to watch with an eye towards an eventual NFL career is receiver Jalen Reagor who has eight receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown through two games.
Other teams with evening games include:
Alabama at Mississippi (ESPN, 7:00)
USC at Texas (FOX, 8:00)
Washington at Utah (ESPN, 10:00)
2019 Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft
1.01 N’Keal Harry, WR Arizona State
1.02 Bryan Edwards, WR South Carolina
1.03 Kelvin Harmon, WR North Carolina State
1.04 AJ Brown, WR Ole Miss
1.05 Dekaylin Metcalf, WR Ole Miss
1.06 David Montgomery, RB Iowa State
1.07 Noah Fant, TE Iowa
1.08 Tyler Johnson, WR Minnesota
1.09 Bryce Love, RB Stanford
1.10 Deebo Samuel, WR South Carolina
1.11 Damien Harris, RB Alabama
1.12 Ahmmon Richards, WR Miami