Welcome to week 11 of the 2018 Target Acquired series. If you enjoyed the series last year you’re in for a good time! Dynasty strategy has many layers to it, but one of the more fun aspects of it all is player research and analysis. And whether you play in devy leagues, “normal” dynasty leagues, or just love college football, it’s a blast to dig into some of the best NFL prospects in the country. This series takes a look every week at a mix of college football players who just bolstered their chances of making it to the pros with a stellar performance.
Some will be names you recognize. Others will be the deepest of sleepers that no one knew until yesterday. Regardless, the point is to tuck these names away as you prepare for all of your drafts, trades, and just-for-fun research in the future.
2018 college football is somehow already nearing its end! This season has revealed to us some of the best future NFL playmakers now and I have my set of “Targets Acquired” for any and every format out there.
Gardner Minshew, Washington State
When a quarterback comes in to replace the most prolific passer in PAC-12 history (Luke Falk) you would expect a slight drop off in production. Nope. Gardner Minshew transferred from East Carolina and has immediately become the most consistently dominant quarterback in the PAC-12 this season. Minshew has tossed 29 touchdowns to just seven interceptions in the Cougars’ ten games this season. He’s thrown for over 300 passing yards in every single game this year.
Yes, Washington State throws a ton, but Minshew simply cannot be stopped. Opposing defenses know what is coming, sit on their heels, and get destroyed every week. This past weekend was just business as usual as he crushed Colorado for 335 yards and a couple scores on his way to a 31-7 victory. He has a better arm and mobility than last year’s Cougar quarterback, Luke Falk. Minshew has put together an impressive season and could be a steal in the 2019 draft.