2019 College Fantasy Football Top 10 Overall Players
10. Adrian Martinez QB Nebraska Cornhuskers
Martinez will be going into his sophomore year this year and let’s face it, there was some serious growing pains in year one. He seemed to really struggle at times last year. That being said, his athletic ability can not be ignored. He put up decent numbers for a true freshman on a poor team; 224 of 347 for 2,617 yards and 17 TDs with 8 INTs. What really makes Martinez a stud for fantasy purposes is his legs. He ran 140 times (2nd on team) for 629 yards and 8 TDs. I see both of those numbers improving dramatically this year and look for Martinez to have a fantastic sophomore campaign.
9. Sam Ehlinger QB Texas Longhorns
Ehlinger had a great season last year, leading Texas to their first 10 win season in nearly a decade. He is incredibly efficient and about as hard-nosed as any player in the NCAA. Last year he threw for 3,292 yards, 25 TDs and only 5 INTs. He is also a GOAL LINE and short yardage MONSTER, which is what makes him such a great fantasy asset. He ran 164 times (2nd on the team) for 482 and 16 TDs. Ehlinger and the Longhorns come into the season with a ton of momentum, Collin Johnson, and a few nice new weapons on the offense. Be ready for big things from this kid.
8. Travis Etienne RB Clemson Tigers
This guy is a touchdown machine. He is C\coming off of a huge year where he ran for 1,658 yards and 24 TDs, and also caught 2 more. He is the clear lead dog in the backfield and could very easily find himself higher on most peoples lists. That being said, I have him where he is for two reasons. 1. I think some of his TDs fall off this year, maybe around the 16-18 range. 2. I think Dabo will let Trevor Lawrence sling it around a little more this year.
7. Joshua Kelley RB UCLA Bruins
This is personally my favorite running back going into this season. Kelley took a little while to get going last year but once he did, man-o-man did he got it rolling! He ran the ball 225 times last year and the next closest RB in Bruin’s carries had 45. Kelley is in line for a MONSTER season. Last year he commanded 33.2% market share which was 6th in the country. Chip Kelly loves to heed his backs; he had great backs every single year while he was at Oregon. Expect more of the same this year.
6. Eno Benjamin RB Arizona State Sun Devils
Next up on the list I am staying in the Pac-12 with Eno Benjamin. He was a workhorse last year with 335 total touches; rushing for 1,642 yards and 16 TDs while catching 35 balls for 263 yards and 2 additional TDs. Volume is king in all fantasy sports and with a 35.1% market share (4th best in the NCAA) this guy gets all the volume!
5. Nathan Rourke QB Ohio Bobcats
Rourke is a flat out STUD. He plays in a weaker conference and is another one of those goal line beasts. He wont blow you away with his passing numbers (2,431 yards and 23 TDs) but he makes his mark on the ground especially around the end zone. He carried the ball 134 times for 860 yards and 15 additional TDs. AJ Ouellette has graduated and that opens up 213 carries 1306 yards and 12 TDs. That is just more opportunity for Rourke to find the end zone.
4. Rondale Moore WR Purdue Boilermakers
In his true freshman season Moore went OFF! 114 catches 1,258 and 12 TDs. He dominated every single week. He is an electric return man and amazing in space. I look for him to build on his yardage as one of the top 2 WR seasons in the country. He had a 31.5% target share last year and I don’t see that going down. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he is close to 20 total TDs between receiving, rushing, and returning.
3. Laviska Shenault Jr. WR Colorado Buffaloes
Shenault and Moore could be put in any order right here, as i see them as 1a and 1b. They are both fantastic. I give Shenault the edge for two main reasons. 1. He led the NCAA in target share last season with a ridiculous 45% and with his QB Montez returning, that will likely stay the same. 2. He also gets a lot of goal line carries. He had 5 rushing touchdowns on just 17 carries last season. Shenault missed a hand full of games last year with turf toe and should be ready to rock and roll in a big way next season in Boulder.
2. D’Eriq King QB Houston Cougars
King was in the process of having one of the greatest college fantasy season of all time before he went down with a knee injury. Houston basically fell apart after he was hurt. King is extremely athletic and doesn’t mind taking off and running at the sign of trouble. He also has a fantastic deep ball that should go great with new head coach Dana Holgorsens pass happy offense. Holgorsen has produced several great fantasy QBs over the years and look for him to continue that trend in a weaker conference. Before his injury, King had already totaled 2,982 passing yards with 36 TDs and only 6 INTs, also adding in 674 rushing yards and an additional 14 TDs. As long as King stays healthy and Holgorsen doesn’t pull a Kevin Sumlin and completly misuse one of the most dynamic players in the country we are going to be in for a treat this season.
1. Johnathan Taylor RB Wisconsin Badgers
At number one on my list I have Johnathan Taylor and he is extremely deserving. Taylor is an absolute yardage monster. He was well over 2000 yards last year and just barely missed it the year before. With Wisconsin likely rolling out a true freshman QB this season, I think they will lean on him even more. Last year he had a 39.9% market share of the RB touches and I don’t see that falling off. I do think his TD production will actually increase this season as a new QB can hopefully keep the offense on the field and extend drives. Wisconsin is notorious for their backs and Taylor is just the next one in a long long line of successful fantasy producing RBs.
Guys that just missed the cut:
IN NO ORDER
Tylan Wallace WR OKST, Juwan Washington RB SDST, Micheal Warren RB Cincinnati, Jerry Juedy WR Bama, AJ Dillon RB Boston College, Tua Tagovailoa QB Bama
Statistic Credit to the 2019 Devy Watch.