Complete Week One Player Rankings & Projections l More Sit & Starts
You have no idea how excited I am to write this article. After reading/watching every single college football writer/announcer/Lou Holtz give his predictions (which are all the same anyway) for the upcoming season, I am so ready for this Thursday that my head is about to explode (hell, Towson @ Indiana sounds like a great matchup). So it's with great enthusiasm and a huge smile that I roll out the first Start and Sit of the 2010 season.
In case you've forgotten, the Start/Sit pieces are my personal recommendations on players that should exceed or fail to meet expectations. The inclusion of players on this list doesn't necessarily mean you should start/sit each, though. Let's take a DeLorean back to a 1993 NFL fantasy league, and imagine you have Dan Marino, Cody Carlson and Billy Joe Tolliver on your roster. Imagine I include Dan Marino on my Sit List because he's playing at Dallas. In no way should this be seen as a license to start Bucky Joe Carlson. Rather, I would simply be telling you that Dan Marino will fail to produce to his normal standards. So before you craft an email full of piss and vinegar, I want you to Think McFly, think!
In years past I'd include all positions in a long super article that was usually released on Thursday. This year we're going to change things a little bit and release on a position basis, starting with quarterbacks and then going with running backs and wide receivers/tight ends. There are two reasons for this change. First, my newborn is now a 15-month old girl who never stops running by sharp corners and on hard surfaces, thus my nerves are too frayed by the end of the day, when I settle down to discuss college fantasy football. A position per day is all I've got. The second reason is because I've come to the conclusion (after five years of this site's existence) that many of our loyal readers are one step beyond this:
and too many words cause a wee bit of overload.
So we begin with the quarterbacks. One rule: I must choose to sit quarterbacks listed among our Top 50 Projections for the week. After all, it's rather unlikely that you'll be starting our 100th quarterback anyway.
Here we go...
Start Em! Quarterbacks
Andrew Luck, Stanford vs. Sacramento State
Toby Gerhart has departed, and the Cardinal may actually be a better team. This opener provides a chance for Luck to state an early case for inclusion on some early Heisman lists. This game precedes four name matchups: @UCLA, vs. Wake, @Notre Dame, @Oregon and vs. USC.
This one will get ugly quick, but not before Luck has posted 280 yards and four scores.
Ben Chappell, Indiana vs. Towson
Towson gave up an average of 36.5 points per game in 2009, yielding more than 40 in losses to Northwestern, New Hampshire, Delaware, Richmond and Villanova.
The Hoosiers return nine offensive starters from a team that was THIS close to really having a nice year in 2009. The Big Ten is loaded with underrated quarterbacks, and Chappell is the most oft-forgotten of the bunch. He'll explode even if Tandon Doss takes the week off.
Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State vs. Washington State
Nothing but sunshine and puppy dogs coming out of Stillwater, though the national media seems to have already written off Gundy and Holgorsen's boys. This offense is loaded, and Weeden is ready to make an impressive opening argument.
Sure, installing a "new" offense takes time, but playing against the nation's worst defense from a season ago can sure speed up the process.
Christian Ponder, FSU vs. Samford
The schedule gets considerably more difficult after this one. Enjoy the "Heisman Campaign" now.
Sean Renfree, Duke vs. Elon
This kid can really play, and a big game from their young gunslinger will get an improved Duke squad off on the right foot.
Kevin Riley, Cal vs. UC Davis
Shane Vereen's tender hamstring means the Bears will look to begin the blowout through the air.
Austyn Carta-Samuels, Wyoming vs. Southern Utah
Southern Utah travels to Wyoming, where the Cowboys will look to build upon their 107th offensive ranking of a season ago. Coach Dave Christensen is gonna get a real offense rolling soon, and it starts in the opener.
Ryan Lindley, SDSU vs. Nicholls State
The Aztecs will be much-improved offensively in 2010, and Lindley begins quickly out of the gate.
Spencer Keith, KSU vs. Murray State
Keith is back after a second half of the season lost to injury, and he'll open against a bad Murray State team.
David Isabelle, UAB vs. Florida Atlantic
Isabelle can run like the wind, and FAU is bad, bad, bad.
Sit Em! Quarterbacks
Dayne Crist, Notre Dame vs. Purdue
I like Crist this year. However Purdue will not be overwhelmed playing in front of Touchdown Jesus. It took a last-second score by a loaded ND offense to beat the Boilers last year, and that wacko Danny Hope will have his defense ready to go.
Darron Thomas, Oregon vs. New Mexico
Oregon will roll in this one, and clearly Thomas is talented or else we wouldn't have earned the gig. However Nate Costa should be expected to see time as well, as I don't see this QB battle over just yet.
Dan Persa, Northwestern vs. Vandy
I like Persa this year, especially in very select matchups. However opening on the road against ANY SEC opponent is not a recipe for offensive success.
Ryan Colburn, Fresno vs. Cincy
I know the Bearcats lose a head coach and a bunch of starters on defense (six to be exact) however this game just has the vibe of a sloppier, lower-scoring affair than many believe.
Steven Ensminger, Louisiana Tech vs. Grambling
Again, nothing against Ensminger or La. Tech. I think the offense will make serious strides. However unlike, say Oklahoma State, it will take a little longer.