Fall camps will kickoff across the country next week. Position battles will be won and lost and unfortunately some projected fantasy stars will likely be lost to injury.
While we can't foresee the future on the latter, here are the Top Five College Fantasy Football Storylines heading into Fall Camp.
If you thought the reports on Mallett's foot were nauseating the last few months, wait until camp fires up. Hopefully he'll do us all a favor and roll out at full speed and zip the pig downfield and proclaim himself 100 percent healthy during the first day of camp. But I don't see that happening. Prepare yourself for an onslaught of Mallett updates.
The Evans and Ryan Williams combo is one of the few two-headed running back monsters we have this season. Both have been fantasy stalwarts in the past and the Hokies have been known to rotate backs when they have them. While it is hard to see the coaching staff taking the ball out of Williams' hands after the way he ran last season, if Evans looks good in camp, he's going to be a threat to take carries, especially in the red zone. Any fantasy owner that has had either Lee Suggs or Kevin Jones knows what torture it is to see your back get pulled for fresh legs at about the 30 yard line.
Griffin's recovery from knee surgery has been kept relatively low key this offseason. I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing. Since he sat out spring practice, we have nothing to gauge how far he's come. Fall camp will be very telling. If his knee is 100% healthy then Griffin is one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the country.
In the second most hotly contested fantasy quarterback battle of the offseason we have Sticks vs. Grizzly Adams. There are certainly supporters in both camps. This could linger until late August, which would really put a damper on draft day. Hopefully we'll have a better feel by mid-August.
Davis enters as the starter, but my colleague Brian and I are both doing our best Lee Corso "not so fast my friends" impersonations. Young was stellar in relief last season and was nothing but positive this spring. Any hiccup in Davis' return to get back up to speed and it could be trouble for fantasy owners.
Bonus: Oregon QB Battle
This one doesn't have the fantasy cache' of Young vs. Davis or Sticks vs. Potts, but it could end up being important. Early signs seem to be pointing to Nate Costa on this one. And if he does win the gig, the fantasy expectation is low outside of Pac-10 leagues. But don't count out Darron Thomas just yet. And I would say the fantasy expectation from the Oregon quarterback spot increases with Thomas under center. He's not as polished as Costa, but has a higher upside. And as one astute reader pointed out, Thomas has value, regardless of what happens, in keeper leagues.
For more in-depth pre-camp notes, check our the CFFinsider LIVE! show from Wednesday.