Some of these opt out announcements occurred before some conferences postponed their seasons, so it is unclear if some players who opted out of the fall might choose to play in the winter/spring. A few high-profile players who are likely NFL draft picks have opted out to begin training, while other players have done so due to personal COVID concerns.
To date the most high-profile opt-outs are QB Jamie Newman, RBs Kennedy Brooks & Kenny Gainwell, & WRs Ja’Marr Chase, Rashod Bateman (opted back in), Warren Jackson, Rondale Moore (opted back in) & Sage Surratt.
This list will continue to be updated throughout the season:
- David Baldwin-Griffin, App State
- Kennique Bonner-Steward, Temple
- Danny Clark, Vanderbilt
- Kevin Doyle, Arizona (opted back in)
- James Foster, Texas A&M
- TJ Goodwin, UTEP
- Josh Jackson, Maryland
- Cordel Littlejohn, FAU
- Darriel Mack, UCF
- Tate Martell, Miami
- Dylan McCaffrey, Michigan
- Jamie Newman, Georgia
- Aidan Smith, Northwestern
- Abdul Adams, Syracuse
- Raykwon Anderson, App State
- Steven Anderson, Southern Miss
- Josh Berry, USF
- Rakeem Boyd, Arkansas – near end of season
- Kennedy Brooks, Oklahoma
- Ra’Von Bonner, Illinois
- DeShawn Collins, Cal
- Josh Crawford, Central Michigan
- Joe Ervin, Kansas State
- Kendrell Flowers, Wake Forest
- Kenny Gainwell, Memphis
- DaQuon Godfrey, UAB
- Thomas Grayson, Kansas State
- Javian Hawkins, Louisville – midseason
- Chase Hayden, East Carolina (midseason)
- Kylin Hill, Miss State
- Mike Hollins, Virginia
- Jarveon Howard, Syracuse
- Keoni-Kordell Makekau, Navy
- Jordan Nettles, Northern Illinois
- Willie Parker, Eastern Michigan
- Martell Pettaway, MTSU
- Don Ragsdale, Southern Miss – midseason
- Amir Rasul, MTSU
- Bam Smith, Arizona
- Jared Sparks, Purdue – midseason
- Titus Swen, Wyoming
- Christian Turner, Michigan (opted back in)
- Quardraiz Wadley, UTEP
- Kenneth Walker, Wake Forest – near end of season
- Pooka Williams, Kansas (midseason)
- Daniel Young, Texas
WRs & TEs:
- Jaylond Adams, Southern Miss
- Jhamon Ausbon, Texas A&M
- Rashod Bateman, Minnesota (opted back in)
- Brandius Batiste, Louisiana-Monroe
- Cjay Boone, Missouri
- Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
- Eyin Cole, Florida Atlantic
- Xavier Coleman, UAB
- Nico Collins, Michigan
- Damonte Coxie, Memphis (midseason)
- Kevin Davis, UAB
- Randrecous Davis, South Carolina
- Taj Davis, Washington
- Drew Dixon, Arizona – midseason
- Taury Dixon, Mississippi State (former DB)
- Coye Fairman, Memphis
- DeAngelo Gibbs, Tennessee
- Dorien Goddard, Virginia
- Markus Grossman, UAB
- DaJon Harrison, Texas
- Jeremiah Hawkins, Cal
- Warren Jackson, Colorado State
- Tyrece Johnson, MTSU
- Jordan Kerley, Arizona State
- TE Jacob Kizer, Washington
- Maurice Massey, Missouri
- Eddie McDoom, USF
- TK McLendon, LSU (former TE, was DE this season)
- Rondale Moore, Purdue (opted back in)
- TE Thomas Nance, USF
- Jernard Phillips, USF
- Corey Reed, Louisville – mideason
- Brad Rozner, Rice
- Zak Simon, UMass
- OrTre Smith, South Carolina
- Mekhi Stevenson, UNLV
- Sage Surratt, Wake Forest
- Corey Sutton, Appalachian State
- Yusuf Terry, Baylor – midseason
- Austin Watkins, UAB – near end of season
- TE Jason Whittaker, Northwestern
- Kassidy Woods, Washington State
- Everett Wormley, Rutgers
- Aaron Young, FAU – midseason
If you feel any names are missing from this list please send names to CFU via email or twitter.
On Thursday a relative unknown QB from Clemson named Trevor Lawrence tested positive for COVID and was confirmed to be out this weekend. Kentucky QB Terry Wilson was also declared out giving Joey Gatewood the start. Notre Dame WR Braden Lenzy will be out 2-4 weeks with a hamstring injury. Colorado State WR Dante Wright did not play Thursday night due to covid contact tracing.
On Friday Coastal Carolina QB Grayson McCall was announced to be expected to play on Saturday. Reports came out that Troy QB Gunnar Watson is not expected to play after his injury last weekend, and that Oklahoma WR Charleston Rambo is not expected to play due to covid protocols. Colorado named QB Sam Noyer its starter for next week.
List of Injuries & Updates from October 29-30:
- Todd Centeio, Colorado State – started Thursday night
- Central Michigan – David Moore not yet cleared by NCAA after suspension, Daniel Richardson will start if no update on Moore
- Cade Fortin, South Florida – has not practiced this week, may be able to return next week, does not need surgery
- Joey Gatewood, Kentucky – will start this week
- Trevor Lawrence, Clemson – tests positive for COVID and will not play this weekend
- Katravis Marsh, South Florida – back in practice after concussion
- Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina – is expected to be available this weekend
- Sam Noyer, Colorado – announced as QB1
- Kenny Pickett, Pitt – status unclear for game next week (off this week)
- Tyrrell Pigrome, Western Kentucky – starting this week
- Anthony Russo, Temple – did not practice Thursday, will be a gametime decision
- Kevaris Thomas, Western Kentucky – out this week due to injury
- Gunnar Watson, Troy – reportedly not expected to play
- Terry Wilson, Kentucky – out Saturday, wrist
- Jaylon Bester, Miami (OH) – out to begin season
- Darius Bracy, Central Michigan – moving from DB to RB
- Shadrick Byrd, Iowa – enters transfer portal
- David Ellis, Indiana – no update yet, will announce before game (lower leg)
- Pat Garwo, Boston College – had surgery Wednesday, hopeful to return for final 2 games
- Deondrick Glass, Oklahoma State – enters transfer portal
- Jamious Griffin, Georgia Tech – not on Above the Line chart
- Martell Irby, UCLA – back at practice after missing time
- Vavae Malepeai, USC – has begun individual work in practice, hamstring
- Jahmon McClendon, UCLA – enters transfer portal
- Kadin Remsberg, Air Force – reports he will miss a minimum of 3 weeks with upper body injury suffered last weekend
- Tyre Shelton, Miami (OH) – out for season
- Markese Stepp, USC – was dealing with a mid-foot sprain but is back practicing
- Joshua Stoner, Air Force – unclear if has cleared covid protocols
- Western Michigan – expects RB by committee – Sean Tyler, Jaxson Kincaide & La’Darius Jefferson (still waiting on waiver)
WRs & TEs:
- Trejan Bridges, Oklahoma – reports he will miss Saturday’s game due to covid protocols
- Gary Bryant, USC – expected to play in opener
- Beau Corrales, North Carolina – on his instagram last weekend he used the phrase “ready to attack rehab”, haven’t seen any official team updates other than that he needs to be evaluated, but this doesn’t sound promising for a quick return
- Ethan Fernea, UCLA – required to sit out only the season opening game for eligibility reasons related to a redshirt season
- TE Andrew Homer, Miami (OH) – out for season
- Tevailance Hunt, TCU – enters transfer portal
- Zachari Jackson, Louisiana-Monroe – enters transfer portal
- TE Dalton Kincaid, Utah – eligible after transfer from U. of San Diego
- Braden Lenzy, Notre Dame – out 2-4 weeks with hamstring injury
- David Martin-Robinson, Temple – out this weekend due to covid contact tracing protocols
- Miles Marshall, Indiana – no update yet, will announce pregame (concussion protocol)
- TE Cam McCormick, Oregon – has not been practicing
- Ty McCullouch, Colorado State – unavailable Thursday night due to covid contact tracing
- Chris Olave, Ohio State – has had a “good, strong week of practice”, on Friday morning was not on unavailable list, meaning he should be active this weekend
- Charleston Rambo, Oklahoma – reports he will miss Saturday’s game due to covid protocols
- TE Spencer Webb, Oregon – not been practicing, not miss a “significant amount of time”
- Dante Wright, Colorado State – unavailable Thursday night due to covid contact tracing
(Post continually updated throughout the week)
Jairus Hamilton (Maryland) had his waiver for eligibility approved as did Mac McClung (Texas Tech) and Umoja Gibson (Oklahoma), while Nahziah Carter (Washington) remains suspended. Washington is also still waiting on waivers for Cole Bajema and Erik Stevenson. In injury news Kentucky’s Keion Brooks will be out another couple weeks with a leg injury.
List of College Basketball Updates, Injuries & Transfers this week:
- Cole Bajema, Washington – still waiting on waiver for eligibility (Michigan)
- Keion Brooks, Kentucky – dealing with leg injury, still out a couple weeks
- Chaundee Brown, Michigan – eligible after transfer from Wake Forest
- Nahziah Carter, Washington – remains suspended from all team activities
- Vince Cole, St John’s – has been out for 3 weeks with a knee injury, hopes to be back in a week
- Christian David, Butler – rehab for knee is on track but will not be ready for the season opener
- Both Gach, Minnesota – team has filed waiver for eligibility
- Umoja Gibson, Oklahoma – eligible after transfer from North Texas
- Brycen Goodine, Providence – eligible after transfer from Syracuse
- Jairus Hamilton, Maryland – eligible after transfer from Boston College
- Isaiah Hill, Fresno State – eligible after transfer from Tulsa
- Patrick Iriel, South Carolina – no longer with the team
- Kimani Lawrence, Arizona State – will return to practice next week (knee)
- Courvoisier McCauley, DePaul – eligible after D2 transfer
- Mac McClung, Texas Tech – eligible after transfer from Georgetown
- DJ Murray, Rider – eligible after transfer from Incarnate Word
- Alex O’Connell, Creighton – still plans to redshirt this season after transfer from Duke
- Addison Patterson – reports he is transferring from Oregon to Nevada
- Zach Scott, McNeese State – eligible after transfer from Florida Gulf Coast
- Sam Sessoms, Penn State – eligible after transfer from Binghamton
- Tyreek Smith, Texas Tech – team announces he is back after dealing with injuries last season
- Erik Stevenson, Washington – still waiting on waiver for eligibility (Wichita State)
- Sam Waardenburg, Miami (FL) – out for season with a left foot injury
- Malik Williams, Louisville – has not been practicing due to an ankle injury but should return to practice within a week or so
On Wednesday LSU made it sound like QB Myles Brennan will likely be out again this weekend, while Temple QB Anthony Russo missed practice again. Mississippi State essentially confirmed that RB Kylin Hill has opted out, as well as that WR Tyrell Shavers will transfer.
List of Injuries & Updates from October 28:
- Holton Ahlers, East Carolina – confirmed to be back this week after clearing covid protocols
- Myles Brennan, LSU – has not practiced yet this week, likely will not play this weekend, hopes to have him back for Nov. 14 Alabama game, won’t play him at less than 100% – sounds like they’ll sit him this week, let him heal in the off week and be back for Bama, TJ Finley expected to start again
- Anthony Russo, Temple – still unable to practice Wednesday with throwing shoulder issue
- Brenden Brady, UTSA – will return from injury this week
- BJ Emmons, Florida Atlantic – questionable this week (ankle)
- Tayon Fleet-Davis, Maryland – status still unclear due to off the field issues
- Kylin Hill, Miss State – Mike Leach essentially confirms Hill’s opt out to prepare for the NFL draft
- Larry McCammon, Florida Atlantic – out this week (ankle)
- Charles McClelland, Cincinnati – had knee surgery today
- Darius Pinnix, East Carolina – will be back this week after clearing covid protocols
- Toa Taua, Nevada – likely returning from covid protocols, hopeful and a “good chance” he will be able to play this weekend
- DJ Williams, Auburn – was banged up last weekend, sounds questionable for this week
WRs & TEs:
- TE James Bomba, Miami (OH) – suspended indefinitely following arrest for misdemeanor charges for a fight at a fraternity house
- Elijah Cooks, Nevada – still recovering from shoulder injury, has not yet been ruled out this week
- Calif Gossett, Louisiana – on the depth chart this week after dealing with an Achilles injury most of the season so far and apparently seeing action last week (that I missed, had no receiving stats)
- Jordan Kress, New Mexico – had covid, diagnosed with myocarditis (may have existed pre-covid), cleared to play Monday, available this weekend in a limited role (was not on depth chart)
- TE Artayvious Lynn, TCU – out for the season
- Maurice Massey, Missouri – enters transfer portal after receiving being removed from the team for legal/disciplinary reasons
- George Pickens, Georgia – dinged up but has been practicing, should be fine
- Zane Pope, Fresno State – last weekend he shared a video that said he will be out a few games but hopes to return before the season is over
- Stephon Robinson, Kansas – had surgery, out at least 3 weeks (from Saturday postgame)
- TE Juan Rodriguez, Fresno State – out for the season as he will get knee surgery
- Tyrell Shavers, Miss State – will transfer
Following are the fantasy-relevant starting depth charts released by the teams, along with any notes and last year’s stats, for FBS teams playing their FIRST games of the season October 29-31.
- Teams are in alphabetical order on the date they play.
- Starters on depth chart are listed, for full charts see posts on twitter
- Stats listed are from 2019
Thursday October 29:
Colorado State depth chart:
- QB: Patrick O’Brien (2803-13) OR Todd Centeio (444-5 – Temple) OR Justice McCoy (20-0) – recent quote from team that O’Brien had missed some time in preseason camp “through no fault of his own”, reports Thursday morning were that Centeio is expected to start
- RB: Marcus McElroy (370-3)
- WRs: Nate Craig-Myers (23/329), Dante Wright (57/805), EJ Scott (15/255)
- TE: Trey McBride (45/560)
Saturday October 31:
New Mexico depth chart:
- QB: Tevaka Tuioti (1460-7)
- RB: Bryson Carroll (536-2)
- WRs: Andrew Erickson, Emmanuel Logan-Greene (19/193), Elijah Queen
- TE: Marcus Williams (26/428)
On Tuesday Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz was confirmed out with a second positive covid test, and Penn State RB Noah Cain was shared to be out for the rest of the season with his injury in the season opener. North Texas QB Jason Bean is now QB1 on the depth chart after his big game before the off week, and Southern Miss QB Jack Abraham returned to practice after contracting Covid.
Kentucky QB Terry Wilson and Purdue WR Rondale Moore both were reported to not have been practicing (so far) this week, with reports that Wilson is not expected to play this week.
List of Injuries & Updates from October 27:
- Jack Abraham, Southern Miss – returned to practice Tuesday after being out with covid, expects to play Saturday
- Jason Bean, North Texas – QB1 on depth chart
- Jalen Mayden, Miss State – enters transfer portal
- Graham Mertz, Wisconsin – second positive Covid test, enters 21 day protocol
- Anthony Russo, Temple – did not practice Tuesday, hopeful to practice on Wednesday, team did not announce results of MRI on throwing shoulder
- Danny Vanden Boom, Wisconsin – potential starter this week
- Terry Wilson, Kentucky – did not practice again today, reports that the injury is to his throwing hand and he is unlikely to play Saturday
- Oscar Adaway, North Texas – not on depth chart
- Noah Cain, Penn State – out for the rest of the season after injury Saturday
- Kylin Hill, Miss State – not expected to play again this season, likely prep for NFL draft
- Ja’Veon Marlow, Vanderbilt – not on depth chart but practiced Tuesday
- Charles McClelland, Cincinnati – likely to need surgery (knee)
- Kenny McIntosh, Georgia – hopeful to play Saturday
WRs & TEs:
- Max Cooper, Iowa – will be back this week after injury last week
- Shedrick Jackson, Auburn – questionable “at best” this week
- TE Bruno Labelle, Cincinnati – day to day with knee injury
- Dimitri Mitsopoulos, Miami (OH) – enters transfer portal
- Rondale Moore, Purdue – WR coach says Moore has been out when asked if he’d been practicing
- Tre Mosley, Michigan State – day to day with leg injury
- Chris Olave, Ohio State – will continue to be evaluated this week, his teammates were quoted as saying they think he will play
I take a look at some key stats & fantasy takeaways that stood out for 12 different teams last weekend, since the Big Ten and Mountain West kicked off last weekend, all 12 takeaways will come from those conferences this week. The “Stat to Know” from each team is bolded, as well as players who are mentioned.
Fantasy Takeaways from Week 8 (teams listed in alphabetical order):
Hawaii – QB Chevan Cordeiro did more with his legs than expected, passing for 20/30-229-0 and rushing for 13/116-2. We are used to seeing Hawaii QBs with more production through the air, but the rushing made up for it this week. RB Miles Reed had good volume with 21/109-0. The top two WRs were who you’d expect – Jared Smart (7/89-0) and Rico Bussey (8/86-0). Basically Hawaii did everything we thought they would other than Cordeiro rushing for more TDs than he passed for (he ran for 40/212-3 last season), but you have to assume the QB/WR passing TDs will come.
Illinois – It’s often not easy playing Wisconsin, and the stats showed it. QB Brandon Peters had almost as many rushing yards as passing yards, 8/19-87 in the air and 7/75 on the ground. Peters has twice as many yards as the next leading rusher Mike Epstein (8/36). The receiver stats were all ugly, but WR Josh Imatorbhebhe was targeted 10 times, with no one else at more than 3.
Maryland – expectations aren’t high for this Maryland team, but losing 43-3 to Northwestern was eye-opening, so what went wrong? QB Taulia Tagovailoa threw for 14/25-94, 0 TDs and 3 interceptions (and rushed for negative yards), while in relief QB Lance LeGendre was 4/4-49 yards. Tagovailoa is QB1 on the depth chart this week. RB Jake Funk got the start and ran for 6/35. No receiver had more than 43 yards, with hyped freshman Rakim Jarrett having 1 catch for 1 yard on 4 targets. For right now I’d avoid them altogether, perhaps with the hope that they might develop enough of a passing game where someone like WR Dontay Demus (4/41 on 7 targets) might be a consistent primary receiver.
Michigan – A lot to like from QB Joe Milton who passed for 15/22-225-1 and ran for 8/52-1. The RBs shared carries as Hassan Haskins had an impressive 6/82-2, while Zach Charbonnet rushed for 4/70-1. To note is Haskins had a long run of 66 yards, while Charbonnet’s was 70, so the explosive runs were the majority of their output. WR Ronnie Bell had the top game pulling in 4/74-0. Milton and Bell both look like plays, and it’s too early the assess the top two RBs who only had 10 carries between them, although that in itself is an assessment (in a semi-blowout game).
Michigan State – Rocky Lombardi not surprisingly won the starting QB job, and passed for 31/44-319-3. The big surprise was that RB Elijah Collins did not start (only had 9 attempts for 3 yards), with RB Connor Heyward actually starting (7/18-0), but RB Jordon Simmons actually got the most work (14/43-0). No RB averaged more than 3.1 yards/carry, but there were some coach quotes that made it sound like they’ll go with whoever is looking the best, so Collins body of work from last season (222/988-5) doesn’t seem worth much now. WR Jayden Reed (11/128-2) and WR Jalen Nailor (6/84-1) both had 12 targets, which has my attention.
Nebraska – playing against Ohio State is a tough data point to evaluate, but it was interesting that their two leading rushers were both QBs, Adrian Martinez with 12/77-1 on the ground, and Luke McCaffrey with 9/87-0. Martinez threw 15 passes to 5 for McCaffrey. RB Dedrick Mills who was hoped to be the bell-cow this season, ran for 10/33-1, which hopefully will improve against non-Ohio State opponents. WR Wan’Dale Robinson was the only notable receiver, with 6/49-0 on 6 targets, with no other player getting more than 2 targets (and one of those was TE Jack Stoll who was injured). My initial takeaway here is basically one of disinterest in dual-threat QBs sharing time, with hope for Mills and Robinson against lesser foes.
Ohio State – QB Justin Fields was his brilliant self, so instead let’s evaluate the two-headed RB battle and the WRs. RB Master Teague put up 12/41-2, while RB Trey Sermon had 11/55-0 with one reception for 7 yards, basically a wash other than the TDs (which obviously matter). The standout WRs were Garrett Wilson 7/129-1 and WR Chris Olave 6/104-0. Perhaps most interesting is each was targeted 7 times, with no other player getting more than 2.
Penn State – QB Sean Clifford picked up where he left off last season with 24/238-3 in the air and a team-leading 17/119-1 on the ground. RB Noah Cain was injured (for the season) after only 3 carries, so RB Devyn Ford (20/69-1) and RB Keyvone Lee (6/35-0) were next in line. The top receivers were WR Jahan Dotson (4/94-1) and TE Pat Freiermuth (7/60-1). Of note here is that Clifford only had 3 less carries than the top RB. As a point of comparison, in 2019 Clifford had 116 carries to team leader Journey Brown’s 129. In 2019 Clifford only averaged 3.5 a carry, but he still called his own number a lot.
Rutgers – So who were the stars in the surprising 38-27 win over Michigan State? The weird reply is there really weren’t any big offensive standouts. RB Isaih Pacheco had an average day on the ground per carry (19/61), but rushed for 2 TDs as well as caught 5 balls for 37 yards. QB Noah Vedral in his first start for Rutgers had an alright game with 18/29-169-1 passing and 9/24-1 rushing. WRs Aron Cruickshank (4/43) and Bo Melton (4/50) led the way. Pacheco getting 24 touches is my top takeaway here.
San Diego State – The opener was all about the run game as RB Greg Bell (19/111-1) and RB Kaegun Williams 10/84-0 looked strong. QB Carson Baker was only 12/25-137-1, a concerning less than 50% completion rate. No receiver had more than 2 catches or 33 yards. For comparison, last year’s passing leader was QB Ryan Agnew who averaged 205 passing yards/game with 14 passing TDs in 12 games, while no receiver had more than 58 catches or 691 yards.
San Jose State – QB Nick Starkel got the start and had a solid 22/29-226-2 TD performance, I like the efficiency. RB was a disappointment as Kairee Robinson rushed for 12/31. WR Bailey Gaither had 8/110 receiving on 13 targets. Last year’s other standouts this week – Tre Walker (4/38, 4 targets) and Isaiah Hamilton (1/6, 1 target). We all know that WRs can rise and fall from game to game, but 13 targets for Gaither to a combined 5 for Walker/Hamilton is my major takeaway.
UNLV – QB Max Gilliam was the surprise starter 13/21-105-1 but put up a mediocre statline. QB Kenyon Oblad (last year’s starter much of the season) had 2/4 for 2 yards passing, while QB Justin Rogers had 2/4 for -1 yards passing. RB Charles Williams rushed for 20/80-0. No receiver had more than 44 yards (Steve Jenkins), but the real storyline here is that some receivers were mysteriously absent including Randal Grimes (44/696-7 last season) and Mekhi Stevenson (Covid-related issues in the receiver room perhaps?), so it’s hard to measure how much impact missing some receivers had on the game. Until things get sorted out here the RB Williams seems to be a reliable play.
Sunday brought more news than usual as Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz had an initial positive COVID test, and reports that Baylor RBs John Lovett and Trestan Ebner were opting out of the season, but on Monday morning both Baylor RBs were said to still be with the team after a coach conversation with the players.
On Monday we learned Coastal Carolina QB Grayson McCall is not expected to play this week, while East Carolina QB Holton Ahlers will play. Miss State RB Kylin Hill is still unavailable, WR Danny Gray (SMU) should be good to play this week, but WR Lavel Davis (Virginia) is expected to be out again.
List of Injuries & Updates from October 26 (or from Sunday where noted):
- Jack Abraham, Southern Miss – status unclear for game this week
- Holton Ahlers, East Carolina – cleared and returned to practice
- Myles Brennan, LSU – will practice this week, will see if can get to 100% by Saturday
- Sean Chambers, Wyoming – is out, a chance he could return later this season
- Jalon Daniels, Kansas – sounds like the starter going forward the rest of the season
- Kentucky – QB1 Terry Wilson OR Joey Gatewood
- Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina – not expected to be available for Saturday
- Graham Mertz, Wisconsin – reported to have tested positive for Covid (Sunday)
- Miss State – KJ Costello & Will Rogers sharing first team practice reps
- Anthony Russo, Temple – will get MRI on shoulder
- Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland – QB1 on depth chart, no OR
- Western Kentucky – Tyrrell Pigrome likely to get more first-team reps this week as he is in better condition health-wise than Kevaris Thomas
- Tate Whatley, Southern Miss – took hard hit at end of game last weekend, status unclear
- Eli Williams, TCU – enters transfer portal
- Terry Wilson, Kentucky – likely not practice Monday due to a minor injury
- Chase Wolf, Wisconsin – not at practice on Monday, reported to have tested positive for Covid
- Mulbah Car, Houston – hopefully ready to play this week (DNP Saturday)
- King Doerue, Purdue – sounds hopeful but still questionable this week
- Trestan Ebner, Baylor – reports on Sunday that he is opting out of the season refuted by team on Monday
- David Ellis, Indiana – lower leg injury, hopeful to return soon
- BJ Emmons, FAU – still rehabbing ankle
- Pat Garwo, Boston College – is waiting on MRI results to determine practice status this week (Sunday)
- Kylin Hill, Miss State – still unavailable
- John Lovett, Baylor – reports on Sunday that he is opting out of the season, but then Monday reports that he had decided to stay with the team
- Ja’veon Marlow, Vanderbilt – Coach Mason says the team should get its key players back this week, which presumably includes Marlow – not a firm comment without specific players listed, but promising
- Larry McCammon, FAU – waiting on MRI results after injury last weekend
- Kenny McIntosh, Georgia – hopeful to practice Monday
- Marcel Murray, Arkansas State – described as day to day
- Darius Pinnix, East Carolina – on the depth chart this week after missing last game with covid protocols
- Rhamondre Stevenson, Oklahoma – team will not confirm is he has been cleared of suspension having sat out required 6 games
- Titus Swen, Wyoming – dealing with covid protocols
- Toa Taua, Nevada – implied to have tested positive for Covid
- SaRodorick Thompson, Texas Tech – hopeful to return this week
- Ronnie Walker, Virginia – hopeful to play this Saturday
- Xavier White, Texas Tech – hopeful to return this week
- TJ Wisham, Louisiana – out due to wrist surgery
WRs & TEs:
- Trejan Bridges, Oklahoma – team will not confirm is he has been cleared of suspension having sat out required 6 games
- Elijah Cooks, Nevada – sore after injury last weekend, status not determined
- Beau Corrales, UNC – will be evaluated this week
- Lavel Davis, Virginia – expected to be out again this week
- John Dunmore, Penn State – enters transfer portal
- Danny Gray, SMU – practicing and is expected to play
- Taj Harris, Syracuse – no update from the team on his status
- TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe, Illinois – game notes say he did not play last weekend due to injury but is good to go this week
- Hezekiah Jones, Texas A&M – hopeful to play this week
- Braden Lenzy, Notre Dame – not at full strength, sounds like team may hold him out until he is 100%
- Miles Marshall, Indiana – in concussion protocol
- TE David Martin-Robinson, Temple – still in covid protocol
- Maurice Massey, Missouri – has been dismissed from team for a violation of team rules/legal charges (had already opted out)
- Rondale Moore, Purdue – will be evaluated end of the week
- TE Darius Pittman, Temple – out with ankle injury
- Gunner Romney, BYU – remains questionable
- TE Dalvin Smith, Western Kentucky – out for season after breaking leg last weekend
- TE Jack Stoll, Nebraska – no definitive update from team, but answer made it sound like he could be out a while
Some of these 16 stats from Week 8 are just for trivia, but most are good to know as you look at fantasy trends/leaders across the season or for specific positions or teams (if you enjoy this post please share it!).
Last weekend Louisville RB Javian Hawkins ran for 16/174-3, while UTSA RB Sincere McCormick rushed for 37/165-3. They are the only two players in the nation to have three 150+ rushing yard games this season.
Liberty QB Malik Willis threw for 24/31-345-6 and rushed for 12/97-1. Even lowering the bar a bit, Willis is the only player to have at least 300-6 passing and 50-1 rushing in a game this season.
North Carolina RBs Michael Carter (116.8) and Javonte Williams (112.4) are both averaging over 100 rushing yards a game. Amongst players with at least two games played, only 17 are averaging 100 rushing yards, and UNC is the only team with two players.
Since volume is huge in fantasy, the only player with three 25+ rushing attempt games this season is Marshall RB Brenden Knox; he had 25/101 last weekend.
While they have only played 1 game – QB Carson Strong (Nevada) and QB Aidan O’Connell (Purdue) lead the nation in average passing attempts per game, with 52 and 50.
UCF QB Dylan Gabriel is the 3rd player in the last 15 seasons with 400 pass yards, 5 TDs, and 0 interceptions in consecutive games. The other two – Jared Goff (Cal, 2015) and Joe Burrow (LSU, 2019), (credit ESPN Stats & Info).
Even without QB Myles Brennan, LSU WR Terrace Marshall had a 6/88-2 game. Marshall is the only player in the nation with 4 games with 2+ receiving TDs. Next with three games are Jonathan Adams (Ark St), Marcell Barbee (Texas State) & Jaelon Darden (North Texas).
Missouri RB Larry Rountree 37/126-2 and UTSA RB Sincere McCormick, 37/165-3 tied for the season-high in carries this year with 37 last week. The previous high was RB Destin Coates (Georgia State) with 34.
Kansas St RB Deuce Vaughn last weekend rushed 11/71 and caught 4/81. Only 4 times this season has a player rushed/received for 70+/80+, Vaughn has 2 of those 4 games, Travis Etienne and Kyren Williams have the others.
Last weekend both Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz and Ohio State QB Justin Fields amazingly completed 20/21, a 95.2% completion rate. The last time a QB completed at least 20 passes with a 95%+ completion rate was Minnesota QB Tanner Morgan, who went 21/22 in 2019.
Like dual-threat QBs? By my count 11 QBs led their teams in passing and rushing yards this week – Matt Corral (Ole Miss), Malik Willis (Liberty), Sean Clifford (Penn State), Hendon Hooker (Va Tech), Asher O’Hara (MTSU), Jeff Sims (Georgia Tech), Phil Jurkovec (BC), Chevan Cordeiro (Hawaii), Brennan Armstrong (UVA), Desmond Ridder (Cinci), Brandon Peters (Illinois). Of these QBs (whose teams have played more than one game) only 3 lead their teams in rushing for the season – Malik Willis, Asher O’Hara, Desmond Ridder (tied with Gerrid Doaks).
In his last 3 games Auburn RB Tank Bigsby has rushed for 20/146-0, 16/111-1, and 24/129-2, a 3 game average of 20/128.6-1, obviously all against SEC competition.
Haven’t mentioned TEs in a couple weeks, but there are four TEs averaging 75+ receiving yards a game – Cole Turner, Nevada (119.0 – only 1 game), Kyle Pitts, Florida (91.3), Kenny Yeboah, Ole Miss (87.6), & Hunter Long, Boston College (75.8).
South Florida has totaled 3 sacks in 6 games this season. It’s the lowest per game sack average (0.5) of any FBS team this season. The only other teams under 1 sack a game are Charlotte (0.75), Louisiana (0.80), and Navy (0.83).
Penn State outgained Indiana 488-211 yards and lost on Saturday. A losing team having 475+ yards against a winning team with 225 or fewer had only happened one other time since 2000. The only other team to get outgained by that much and win – also Indiana, against Oregon in 2004. (credit @MattBrownCFB)
Cincy QB Desmond Ridder rushed 8 times for 179 yards and 3 TDs on Saturday. The last time a player had that many rushing yards and TDs with that few carries was LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire last season with a ridiculous 6/188-3 game.
I break down the injury news from this past weekend with notes on each player who may have been dealing with injuries.
A few notes about this list, being on it does not for sure mean a player is “injured”, but rather:
- They may have missed the game due to a known injury (ok, this does mean they are injured)
- They may have gone out of the game due to injury and not returned (sometimes with an official announcement from the team)
- They may have left the game but returned, or at least attempted to return (sometimes these guys end up banged up enough to miss future games)
- They may have had a vague twitter mention about possibly being injured or leaving a game, so it’s something on my radar
I’ll continue to post any updates I see during the week, those will be added to daily updates as well as the injury database.
If you are aware of a fantasy-relevant injury from this weekend that you don’t see here (or don’t see listed in the database), or think anything shared here is incomplete, please tag me on twitter with a link and let me know, thanks!
List of Potential Injury News from Saturday Oct. 24 (alphabetical by last name):
- QB Jack Abraham, Southern Miss – did not travel with the team to Liberty for undisclosed reasons. In postgame it was shared that the team knew early in the week he would be out, giving backup QB Tate Whatley practice reps.
- WR Kevin Austin, Notre Dame – official team pregame report shared he was out, and soon thereafter came the news that he had broken his previously injured foot in practice on Thursday and would be out for the season
- RB Noah Cain, Penn State – on the first drive of the game he limped off, went to the locker room and did not return to action
- QB Sean Chambers, Wyoming – left the game being carted off in the first half, mid-game it was shared he potentially had a broken fibula which would likely be season-ending
- WR Elijah Cooks, Nevada – in the second half he was on the sideline with no pads on with an apparent upper body injury
- TE Zac Crosby, Appalachian State – left the game in a cart in the 2nd half with an apparent knee injury
- RB King Doerue, Purdue – did not play Saturday as he reportedly shared on snapchat that he had a strained hamstring
- RB Travis Etienne, Clemson – jogged off the field early in the first half then returned, left again in the 3rd quarter and went to the locker room and again returned. In postgame he shared that he got an IV for cramps after “only having Frosted Flakes for breakfast”.
- QB Cade Fortin, South Florida – seen on the sideline with no pads in the 3rd quarter after being hit on a QB run, had his right arm in a sling
- WR Danny Gray, SMU – in the 4th quarter he went to the locker room with what looked like a right hand/wrist injury, he came back to the sideline as it looked like trainers were seeing if they could get his hand/glove comfortable with a possible wrap (?)
- WR Taj Harris, Syracuse – not an injury, but did not travel with the team with what is believed to be disciplinary measures after being seen making an obscene gesture, throwing his helmet, and generally acting a fool on the sideline the previous weekend
- WR Braden Lenzy, Notre Dame – appeared to re-injure his hamstring in the 4th quarter, the team is hoping it is just an issue with scar tissue from his original hamstring injury
- WR Miles Marshall, Indiana – in the 4th quarter took a helmet to helmet hit, after being down on the field he was taken to the locker room
- QB Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina – was a late scratch in pregame with what the team described as an upper body injury, was said he’d been banged up and wasn’t comfortable in pregame warmups
- RB Larry McCammon, Florida Atlantic – took a shot from a helmet to his right leg, was carted to the locker room, was seen in the second half on the sideline with crutches and a boot on his ankle. He is scheduled to get an MRI with the team hoping it is a bad ankle sprain.
- WR Tre Mosley, Michigan State – hobbled off the field after getting injured in the 3rd quarter, I don’t believe he returned
- WR Chris Olave, Ohio State – in the second half took a possible shot to the head, went to the medical tent then locker room but did not return, in postgame he was said to be “in good spirits” but no update was given
- WR AT Perry, Wake Forest – left the game with an apparent injury, was seen working on the sideline with a trainer (unclear if he returned)
- RB Ricky Person, NC State – took a hard hit after a reception in the first half, stretcher and cart came out but he was able to walk off. He was ruled out mid-game with what was revealed to be a concussion.
- RB Shaun Peterson, Florida International – reports came out Saturday (in a since deleted reporter tweet) that he had potentially torn his ACL in Friday night’s game. Curious that the tweet was deleted, so something to monitor.
- RB Kadin Remsberg, Air Force – left the game on the first drive as he was shaken up, and did not return
- RB Brian Robinson, Alabama – in postgame it was shared that he was “a little nicked up” but that it was nothing serious
- TE Dalvin Smith, Western Kentucky – was helped off the field with an apparent right leg/ankle injury, in postgame the quote was that he would likely “be out for a while”
- TE Jack Stoll, Nebraska – took a hit to the knee in the 2nd quarter that looked bad and did not return, the team had no postgame update
- RB SaRodorick Thompson, Texas Tech – was seen on the trainer’s table on the sideline having his midsection/ribs wrapped, returned to action but was shaken up again after a tackle, I don’t believe he returned again
- RB Sean Tucker, Syracuse – left the game in the second half with a lower body injury (was able to walk off) and did not return
- WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama – broke his ankle on the opening kickoff return and was taken to the hospital, was shared he has a fracture and will need surgery taking him out for the season
- QB Gunnar Watson, Troy – took a shot after throwing a TD pass in the first half, was later ruled out for the rest of the game – in postgame it was shared to be an upper body injury and there was not yet a timetable
- QB Shai Werts, Georgia Southern – went to the locker room in the 3rd quarter with what the team shared was cramping, was able to return
- RB Xavier White, Texas Tech – seen on the sideline being tended to on the trainer’s table (at the same time RB SaRodorick Thompson was), was limited to 6 carries even with Thompson out, as deep reserve Tahj Brooks got time