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CFB Injuries & Updates – Wed. September 2

(continually updated)

Wednesday was a fairly quiet day until the surprising news that Georgia QB Jamie Newman planned to opt out of the season. Georgia QB JT Daniels (USC) would seem to be the likely projected starter now. He has recently been practicing and scrimmaging but has not yet been cleared for games.

Also noteworthy was Western Kentucky QB Tyrrell Pigrome (Maryland transfer) was announced as their week 1 starter.

List of Injuries & Updates from September 2:

QBs:

  • Shane Buechele, SMU – QB1 on depth chart, (obviously there was no doubt, but I list every time a team names their QB starter to start the season)
  • Feleipe Franks, Arkansas – will work with first team in scrimmage
  • KJ Jefferson, Arkansas – will work with second team in scrimmage
  • Devin Leary, NC State – locked in as starter
  • Brian Maurer, Tennessee – limited in fall camp with a hamstring issue
  • Daylen Morris, Navy – listed as QB1
  • Jamie Newman, Georgia – opts out of the season to prepare for the NFL Draft
  • Asher O’Hara, MTSU – QB1 on depth chart as expected
  • Tyrrell Pigrome, Western Kentucky – the Maryland transfer has been named the week 1 starter

RBs:

  • Marcel Murray, Arkansas State – “day to day” with leg issue
  • JR Tran-Reno, Vanderbilt – enters the transfer portal

WRs & TEs:

  • Brian Smith, Louisiana-Lafayette – out for season with broken hip
  • John “Pop” Williams, Memphis – still on personal leave of absence from the team
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The Top 20 2020 Returning Passing Leaders

For a while all 8 of the top passers returning from last season were planning to play this fall. This list doesn’t take into account QB rushing or dual-threat capabilities, rather it strictly focuses on passing. So consider this a quick reminder of the returning QBs you may be considering with your first QB selection.

List in Order of 2019 Passing Yards (Passing Yards – Yards per Game) – Players Playing this Fall Bolded

  1. Brady White, Memphis – 4014 – 286.7
  2. Brock Purdy, Iowa State – 3982 – 306.3
  3. Shane Buechele, SMU – 3929 – 302.2
  4. Chris Robison, FAU – 3701 – 264.4 (left team)
  5. Trevor Lawrence, Clemson – 3665 – 244.3
  6. Sam Ehlinger, Texas – 3663 – 281.8
  7. Dillon Gabriel, UCF – 3653 – 281.0
  8. Sam Howell, UNC – 3641 – 280.1
  9. Kedon Slovis, USC – 3502 – 291.8
  10. Jack Abraham, So. Miss – 3496 – 268.9
  11. Holton Ahlers, ECU – 3387 – 282.3
  12. Zach Smith, Tulsa – 3279 – 273.3
  13. Justin Fields, Ohio State – 3273 – 233.8
  14. Tanner Morgan, Minnesota – 3253 – 250.2
  15. Charlie Brewer, Baylor – 3161 – 225.8
  16. Kenny Pickett, Pitt – 3098 – 258.2
  17. Levi Lewis – Louisiana – 3050 – 217.9
  18. Ian Book, Notre Dame – 3034 – 233.4
  19. Layne Hatcher, Arkansas St – 2946 – 294.6
  20. Jayden Daniels, Arizona St – 2943 – 245.3

Some takeaways from the list:

  • 7 of the top 8 return, and would be all 8 if not for Chris Robison’s departure from FAU
  • 15 of the top 20 return
  • Only two players on the list averaged 300+ yards per game – Brock Purdy & Shane Buechele
  • For a frame of reference, #20 on the list, Jayden Daniels, was 39th in passing yards in 2019
  • #19 Layne Hatcher, is in a QB battle with Logan Bonner who was injured last season
  • Just missed by 2 yards – #21 would have been Kyle Trask, Florida who had 2941 yards
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CFB Injuries & Updates – Tues. September 1

On Tuesday morning came the news that BYU TE Matt Bushman was carted off the practice field with an Achilles injury and was later confirmed to be out for the season. (TE Isaac Rex was 2nd on the recently released depth chart behind Bushman.)

The other big news of the day was confirmation that Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler will be the starter, and that Appalachian State WR Corey Sutton opted out of the season.

List of Injuries & Updates from September 1:

QBs:

  • James Blackman, Florida State – named the starter
  • Darriel Mack, UCF – opts out of season
  • Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma – named starter over Tanner Mordecai
  • Bryce Young, Alabama – back in practice after missing time last week

RBs:

  • Kendall Abdur-Rahman, Notre Dame – moved to RB from WR
  • Raheem Blackshear, Virginia Tech – waiver appeal for eligibility granted after transfer from Rutgers
  • Robert Burns, Miami – “got some work in” as he returned to practice off of knee injury, not clear if game-ready
  • Osita Ekwonu, Notre Dame – moved to RB from LB
  • North Texas depth chart: Tre Siggers OR DeAndre Torrey as RB1
  • Josh Oglesby, Arkansas – “dinged up” in scrimmage, unsure how long will be out
  • Hinckley Ropati, BYU – reports he suffered a knee injury in final scrimmage and may need surgery
  • SMU – potential RB by committee including TJ McDaniel, Ulysses Bentley, Tyler Lavine & TaMerik Williams
  • Master Teague, Ohio State – recovered from Achilles injury, would have been ready for season
  • Quardraiz Wadley, UTEP – RB1 on depth chart
  • Kyren Williams, Notre Dame – emerged as top RB, will still likely be a rotation

WRs & TEs:

  • TE Matt Bushman, BYU – carted off practice field Monday with lower leg injury, later Tuesday was confirmed to be Achilles and is out for the season
  • TE Micah Hilts, Texas State – torn pec, out, 13/174-1 last season
  • TE Marcus Joyner, Old Dominion – plans to grad transfer, 14/146-0 last year
  • Corey Sutton, Appalachian State – opts out of season
  • DJ Turner, grad transfers from Maryland to Pitt, immediately eligible
  • Brandon White, Virginia – enters transfer portal
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The Top 20 2020 Returning Rushing Leaders

While there is usually a lot of turnover in college football rosters, a surprising number of the top rushers from last year return. If you are playing CFF you’ll likely want to grab at least one of these guys with your first RB selection.

List in Order of 2019 Yards Rushing (Attempts – Yards – Yards per Game) – Players Playing this Fall Bolded

  1. Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma St – 328 – 2094 – 161.8
  2. Jaret Patterson, Buffalo – 312 – 1799 – 143.07
  3. Travis Etienne, Clemson – 207 – 1614 – 107.60
  4. Javian Hawkins, Louisville – 264 – 1525 – 117.31
  5. Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis – 231 – 1459 – 104.21
  6. Brenden Knox, Marshall – 270 – 1387 – 106.69
  7. Kylin Hill, Mississippi St – 242 – 1350 – 103.85
  8. Josh Johnson, LA-Monroe – 201 – 1298 – 108.17
  9. Caleb Huntley, Ball State – 248 – 1275 – 106.25
  10. Xazavian Valladay, Wyoming – 247 – 1265 – 105.42
  11. Charles Williams UNLV – 212 – 1257 – 104.75
  12. Najee Harris, Alabama – 209 – 1224 – 94.15
  13. CJ Verdell, Oregon – 197 – 1220 – 87.14
  14. Gaej Walker, Western Kentucky – 241 – 1208 – 92.92
  15. Bryant Koback, Toledo – 195 – 1187 – 98.92
  16. Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana – 198 – 1147 – 81.93
  17. Rakeem Boyd, Arkansas – 184 – 1133 – 94.42
  18. CJ Marable, Coastal Carolina – 204 – 1085 – 90.42
  19. Kobe Lewis, Central Michigan – 182 – 1074 – 76.71
  20. Justin Henderson, Louisiana Tech – 188 – 1062 – 81.69

Some takeaways from the above list:

  • 6 of the top 8 return (was 7 before the Gainwell opt out), with 12 of the top 20
  • #1 on the list Chuba Hubbard, had 1032 more yards than #20, almost doubling #20’s output (1062)
  • #20 Justin Henderson was #40 in rushing yards in 2019, so exactly half of the top 40 from last year returned in 2020
  • No QBs on this list, although there were 3 in the top 40 last season – Malcolm Perry, Lynn Bowden, & Jalen Hurts
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CFB Injuries & Updates – Mon. August 31

(continually updated)

A number of depth charts were released on Monday, with a few QB1s named that weren’t locked in ahead of time such as Brady McBride (Texas State) and Arkansas State’s Logan Bonner & Layne Hatcher listed with an OR, although Bonner will start. There is also a lack of clarity about whether Syracuse RBs Abdul Adams & Jarveon Howard have been at practice.

List of Injuries & Updates from August 31:

QBs:

  • Logan Bonner, Arkansas State – will start Saturday, Layne Hatcher will also play, listed with OR on depth chart
  • Max Duggan, TCU – no injury update, but could possibly return for some of 2020 season
  • Tyler Johnston, UAB – confirmed to be QB1
  • Brady McBride, Texas State – named QB1
  • North TexasAustin Aune & Jason Bean listed as co-starters
  • Tobias Oliver, Georgia Tech – has moved to cornerback
  • Desmond Trotter, South Alabama – QB1 on depth chart
  • Brady White, Memphis – QB1 as expected
  • Zach Wilson, BYU – named starter

RBs:

  • Abdul Adams, Syracuse – unclear if has been practicing
  • Carlos Davis, South Alabama – RB1 on depth chart
  • BYU depth chart: Lopini Katoa OR Tyler Allgeier
  • Jarveon Howard, Syracuse – unclear if has been practicing
  • JaTarvious Whitlow, former Auburn RB reportedly transferring to W. Illinois

WRs & TEs:

  • TE Aaron Hackett, Syracuse – practicing after coming off an injury
  • TE TK McLendon, LSU – the TE/DE who was expected to play DE this season has entered the transfer portal after one reception in 2019
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CFB Injuries & Updates – Fri-Sun August 28-30

The news of note on Friday included RB/Slotback Keoni-Kordell Makekau of Navy choosing to opt out of the season and WR Brenden Schooler announcing he would grad transfer to Texas from Oregon after a brief stop at Arizona.

Among Saturday’s updates included Marshall’s Grant Wells being named QB1, Georgia QB JT Daniels was active in the scrimmage but hasn’t been cleared for games, & South Carolina WR OrTre Smith has missed recent practices for undisclosed reasons.

The big news on Sunday were the reports that LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase & Memphis RB Kenny Gainwell will opt out of the season and declare for the NFL Draft.

List of Injuries & Updates from August 28-30:

QBs:

  • Joey Cambron, MTSU – transfer portal
  • JT Daniels, Georgia – not cleared for games but cleared for practices and scrimmages.
  • Drew Gunther, transfers from Syracuse to Bowling Green
  • Jack Smith, Arizona State – enters transfer portal, missed 3 years due to back injury
  • Grant Wells, Marshall – named the starter
  • West Virginia preseason depth chart – Jarret Doege OR Austin Kendall
  • Bryce Young, Alabama – didn’t scrimmage today (reports are he has missed recent practices) but expected back Monday.

RBs:

  • Leddie Brown, West Virginia – RB1 on preseason depth chart
  • Kenny Gainwell, Memphis – reports will opt out and declare for the NFL Draft
  • Keoni-Kordell Makekau, Navy – opts out of season
  • Larry McCammon, Florida Atlantic – rolled his ankle in Saturday scrimmage
  • A’Montae Spivey, Arkansas – “dinged up”, held out of scrimmage
  • Malik Staples, Western Kentucky – moves from LB back to RB where he played in 2016 for Louisville

WRs & TEs:

  • Ja’Marr Chase, LSU – reports will opt out and declare for the NFL Draft
  • DeAngelo Gibbs, Tennessee – sit out this fall, focus on academics
  • Rahmon Hart, transfer from Ball State to Duquesne
  • Tyquan Johnson, South Carolina – enters transfer portal
  • TE Isaiah Miranda, Boston College – enters transfer portal
  • Brenden Schooler – will reportedly grad transfer to Texas after leaving Oregon and making a brief pit stop at Arizona before their season was postponed
  • OrTre Smith, South Carolina – missed practice recently due to an undisclosed issue
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The Top 20 2020 Returning WR Stat Leaders

A number of elite receivers entered the NFL draft after last season, with Ja’Marr Chase of LSU being the clear top returner (until the Aug. 30 news he would opt out) . If you are playing CFF and like to balance your draft with a combination of proven talent and potential breakouts, you’ll likely want to grab at least one of these guys with your first WR selection.

List in Order of 2019 Yards Receiving (2019 Stats – Receptions – Yards – Yards per Game) – Players Playing this Fall Bolded

  1. Ja’Marr Chase, LSU – 84 – 1780 – 127.1
  2. Tutu Atwell, Louisville – 70 – 1276 – 98.2
  3. Damontie Coxie, Memphis – 76 – 1276 – 91.1
  4. DeVonta Smith, Alabama – 68 – 1256 – 96.6
  5. Rashod Bateman, Minnesota – 60 – 1219 – 93.8
  6. Tamorrion Terry, Florida St – 60 – 1188 – 91.4
  7. Tre Walker, San Jose St – 79 – 1161 – 116.1
  8. Jared Smart, Hawaii – 87 – 1129 – 75.3
  9. Warren Jackson, Colorado St – 77 – 1119 – 111.9
  10. Austin Watkins, UAB – 57 – 1092 – 78.0
  11. Jaden Blue, Temple – 95 – 1067 – 82.1
  12. Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC – 77 – 1042 – 80.2
  13. Keylon Stokes, Tulsa – 62 – 1040 – 86.7
  14. David Bell, Purdue – 86 – 1035 – 86.3
  15. Dyami Brown, UNC – 51 – 1034 – 79.5
  16. Dazz Newsome, UNC – 72 – 1018 – 84.8
  17. Whop Philyor, Indiana – 70 – 1002 – 83.5
  18. Sage Surratt – Wake Forest – 66 – 1001 – 111.2
  19. Elijah Cooks, Nevada – 76 – 926 – 71.2
  20. Tyler Vaughns, USC – 74 – 912 – 70.2

Some takeaways from the Top 20 list:

  • #1 Ja’Marr Chase had more than 500 more yards more than #2 on the list, and almost doubled #20 on the list (1780 to 912)
  • 4 of the top 6 are playing, and 9 of the top 16 are playing this season, was 10 before the Chase opt out
  • Jaden Blue (Temple) had the most receptions of any returning player with 95, next is Jared Smart (Hawaii) with 87
  • UNC & USC are the only schools with 2 players on the list
  • Of the 9 who ARE playing here is the conference breakdown: ACC-4, AAC-3, SEC-1, CUSA-1
  • For a reference point, Tyler Vaughns was #50 on the 2019 yard receiving list, so 30 of the top 50 from last year graduated or went to the NFL
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CFB Injuries & Updates – Wed-Thur August 26-27

(Continually updated with new updates)

The first news of Wednesday was significant as TCU WR JD Spielman was confirmed to have received a waiver to be immediately eligible this season. Other highlights were Auburn RB DJ Matthews returning to practice and the news that Miami RB Robert Burns isn’t at full-speed.

In Thursday news Virginia named Brennan Armstrong their starting QB, and several WRs were announced to be out for the season with injuries – Dominick Blaylock (Georgia) and Camron Buckley (Texas A&M)

College Football injuries & updates for Aug 26-27:

QBs:

  • Jack Abraham, Southern Miss – QB1
  • Brennan Armstrong, Virginia – named QB1
  • Henry Colombi, Texas Tech – eligible after transfer from Utah State

RBs:

  • Robert Burns, Miami – didn’t sound like he was actively practicing with team, hopefully ready soon
  • Colton Dooley, Army – transfer portal
  • Keaontay Ingram, Texas – sat out weekend scrimmage with respiratory infection
  • PK Kier, Virginia – reported to have entered the transfer portal after stepping away from the program last season
  • Don Ragsdale, Southern Miss – RB1 on depth chart
  • Bijan Robinson, Texas – sat out weekend scrimmage with tight groin
  • Gabriel Watson – former D2 player signs with Texas as grad transfer
  • DJ Williams, Auburn – returns to practice after being limited and held out of weekend scrimmage

WRs & TEs:

  • Dominick Blaylock, Georgia – tears ACL after same injury last season
  • Isaiah Bolden, Florida State – moving from CB to WR
  • Camron Buckley, Texas A&M – ACL injury, surgery was Wednesday, out for season
  • Markel Davis, Ohio – enters the transfer portal
  • TE Dante Lang, Florida – moved to defensive line
  • DJ Matthews, Florida State – not yet back at practice as deals with COVID
  • Xavier Roberts, Florida Atlantic – enters transfer portal after redshirting 2019
  • JD Spielman, TCU – eligible after transfer from Nebraska
  • Cedric Tillman, Tennessee – has had a hamstring issue but has had a good fall camp
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CFB Injuries & Updates – Mon-Tues August 24-25

The big news on Monday was 3 Florida WRs, Jacob Copeland, Trevon Grimes & Kadarius Toney, returning to practice after reportedly skipping practices earlier in fall camp

Tuesday was a fairly quiet day, biggest news was probably three MTSU skill-positions players opting out, RB Martell Pettaway, RB Amir Rasul, and WR Tyrese Johnson.

College Football Injuries & Updates List for August 24-25:

QBs:

  • Harrison Bailey, Tennessee – returns to practice after quarantine
  • Jordan Travis, Florida State – didn’t scrimmage Saturday, undisclosed, not expected out too long

RBs:

  • Raheem Blackshear, Virginia Tech – no update on waiver appeal for eligibility
  • Martell Pettaway, MTSU – opts out of season
  • Amir Rasul, MTSU – opts out of season

WRs & TEs:

  • Marvin “BJ” Alexander, Florida Atlantic – eligible after transfer from Kentucky
  • Cassius Allen, Louisiana – significant knee injury from scrimmage
  • Jacob Copeland, Florida – back at practice after earlier absence
  • Taury Dixon, Miss St – opts out, grad transfer, former DB
  • Zach Farrar – reportedly will walk-on at TCU after transfer from Auburn
  • Rodrick Fisher, Washington State – enters transfer portal – he reportedly left school in the spring but had not yet transferred
  • Trevon Grimes, Florida – back at practice after earlier absence
  • Rahmon Hart, Ball State – transfer portal
  • Keyshawn Helton, Florida State – fully healthy after injury last season
  • Brian Hightower, Illinois – waiver for immediate eligibility after transfer from Miami
  • Tyrese Johnson, MTSU – opts out of season
  • Aaron Moffitt, LSU – reportedly has a torn ACL
  • Isaiah Robertson, Notre Dame – plans to grad transfer, was “medically disqualified” earlier this fall
  • Kadarius Toney, Florida – back at practice after earlier absence
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How to Setup a College Fantasy Football League in this Bizarre Season?

To be honest, you have probably thought that between 4 different conferences postponing to the spring plus the schedules all getting changed, that college fantasy football might just be too difficult to navigate this season.

I think there are several different ways to make things work if you are open to a little flexibility and perhaps changing things up a bit from past seasons.

What Teams to Use?

You may have been in leagues in the past that only used power 5 conference players, but with the Power 5 now really the Power 3, my recommendation would be to do a league on Fantrax and use all FBS teams that are still planning to play this fall – ACC, Big 12, SEC, ACC, CUSA, Sun Belt and a few independents. This gives you 70+ teams and also helps overcome the different conference schedules (more on this in a bit).

Or you could just choose to use the Power 3 conferences, but you may need to push your schedule back a week or so. And if you run a league with deep rosters you might scale back your starting roster spots depending on the number of teams in your league, or perhaps scale back your bench spots creating more waiver wire/free agent possibilities.

How to Schedule? Based on how schedules stand now:

Right now there are a smattering of games the weekend of September 5th, but not enough to support a fantasy schedule, especially with most power conference teams still off. Big 12 & ACC teams (along with the rest) mostly begin either Sept 12th or Sept 19th, while the SEC kicks-off Sept 26th. You could choose to wait to start your league Sept 26th, but with deep enough rosters, could easily start Sept 12th/19th just having to do a little additional roster work those first two weeks to adjust for a lighter schedule.

While some teams don’t finish until Dec. 5th, many teams are done Nov 28th. If you run a four-team playoff I’d likely suggest running playoffs the weeks of Nov 21 and Nov 28, although you could push to Dec 5th but teams in the finals may have to do some roster juggling.

What Rosters to Use? Some recommendations:

  • Power 3 only leagues – since the player pool is smaller than the Power 5 I’d recommend either using smaller starting rosters, or allow deeper benches to account for unique scheduling. or you could use smaller starting rosters and smaller benches to create a larger available player pool for those weeks you are in a pinch
  • All 6 conferences leagues – I think you can use a normal starting roster as in past seasons; if you normally use all 130 FBS teams you might make the benches a little smaller to allow for a larger available player pool to help with unique scheduling. Or the flip side of the coin, make benches bigger to allow stashing of players when scheduling gets tough.

I like to run an all FBS league with a fairly deep starting roster as well as bench, normally around 23-25 total spots per team. Barring any changes I plan to keep roster sizes the same, start the weekend of Sept 12th, and run four-team playoffs Nov. 21 and 28. It will make for a shorter season than usual, possibly with fewer options on the waiver wire than some years, but ultimately should run fairly similar to a normal season.

If your league has a unique setup for this season send me an email or tweet at me and let me know!