In the fantasy football world, the quarterback position can be very frustrating. You think it is easy to predict how much volume they have, yet every week fantasy owners are let down by their quarterback throwing up a dud game. In the college realm, there are a ton of options you can go with. I try to focus on quarterbacks that have one of two things: either an extremely high volume of pass attempts or a quarterback that will run the ball regularly; and with that, here are my top ten college fantasy quarterbacks.
- Cole McDonald, Hawaii
McDonald burst onto the scene last year in the week zero game where he had 514 total yards and five touchdowns. He went on to dominate for the next five week before cooling off and having a few average games. He finished the regular season strong though with 452 yards and three touchdowns against San Diego State. The Warriors have a fast-paced and fun to watch an offense that should pile on the points again this season in the weaker Mountain West Conference.
- Whoever starts at Oklahoma
This one is a little on the vague side but it really doesn’t matter who starts for Oklahoma at this point. With back to back Heisman Trophy winners, the system gets the benefit of the doubt. Right now it seems the Jalen Hurts will be the guy at least at the beginning of the season. If it is Hurts expect more running from the position but head coach Lincoln Riley will make the offense run through him and he is more than capable of a passer. Freshman Spencer Rattler is right behind and I know several people think he will take the job over at some point in the season. He has a huge arm and will be able to run a more typical Oklahoma offense that we’ve seen over the past several years.
- Bryce Perkins, Virginia
Perkins is a prime example of what a running quarterback can do for you in fantasy. His passing numbers aren’t anything to write home about with 2,680 yards and 25 touchdowns. His value comes as a runner where he had 923 and nine touchdowns. He was second on the team in both rush attempts and rushing yards. He averaged 16 rushes per game and that can equal out to fantasy gold. Expect more of the same for this upcoming season.
- Holton Ahlers, East Carolina
I am a little more bullish on Ahlers than most for this season. East Carolina has a new head coach in Mike Houston and many are taking a wait and see approach with the East Carolina offense. East Carolina is not a very good team and will likely be playing catch up a lot this season. Ahlers has the ability to pick you up nice yardage on the ground as he led the team in rushing last season. I feel Houston will recognize this and run everything through his sophomore quarterback. He will have a ton of volume in both the passing and rushing game.
- Justin Fields, Ohio State
Fields is where he is for the simple fact that Ohio State has pumped out fantasy studs at quarterback for years. He’s extremely talented and with his ability to run the ball give him the ability to be a superstar in Columbus this year. I expect new head coach Ryan Day to continue the trend of Ohio State quarterbacks dominating the college football landscape.
- Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Tua had an amazing sophomore campaign where he threw for 3,966 yards and 43 touchdowns and barely missed winning the Heisman Trophy. He is surrounded by future NFL talent with arguably the best coach in college football history. His only downside is the fact that he likely will not play in most of the fourth quarters. I’ll be perfectly fine with taking that risk.
- Adrian Martinez, Nebraska
Martinez had some growing pains in his first year at Nebraska but had flashes of greatness. He’s an electric runner and will be much more mature in his second year with head coach Scott Frost. With his ability to run the ball he has an extremely high ceiling. He may end up being a league winning type of player.
- Sam Ehlinger, Texas
Ehlinger is in for another huge season at Texas. Coming off their best season in almost a decade he has become a household name all across the country. He has young talented wide receivers all around him and will be the main goal-line ball carrier. He won’t pile up a huge number on the ground but will score a ton of touchdowns. Last season he threw for 3,292 yards and 25 touchdowns while adding 482 rushing yards and an additional 16 touchdowns. I think this year that will be Ehlingers floor. He has a ton of room to improve on all of those numbers this season.
- Nathan Rourke, Ohio University
Rourke gets the majority of his value on the ground. He is a great runner and gets most of the goal line work. With running back AJ Ouellette graduating it should open up even more opportunities for Rourke. Rourke threw for 2,431 yards and 23 touchdowns. He ran for 860 and 16 more touchdowns. Those number should both improve this year and people should look for Rourke to be an elite fantasy producer.
- D’Eriq King, Houston
New head coach Dana Holgorsen has him an absolute star at quarterback in his first year in Houston. King was having him an amazing season before he went down with a knee injury. King had 50 total touchdowns and basically missed the last 3 games. Holgorsen typically runs a fun high scoring offense and King is a perfect fit to continue that trend. If he plays the entire season he will put up some incredible numbers.