We’re only on the second edition of this article and already I’m changing things up. The central goal of the series remains the same, inform you about transfers happening around the country and how they could potentially impact the fantasy value of your favorite college skill players.

We’ll continue to focus on players who have found their landing spot, as that is the easiest to speculate on what will happen to their fantasy value moving forward. What is now different is that I’m adding a true grading scale for you all because several of you requested it, and I try to be a man of the people as best I can. The grading scale moving forward will be as follows:

A – Elite Selection
B – High-Value Selection
C – Mid-Round Selection
D – Late-Round Flyer
F – Undraftable

We’ve gone through a few years of the transfer portal madness, and we’ve gained an idea of how likely transfers are going to work out at their new location. Knowing this, it is going to be very rare for a prospect to receive an “A” grade, and most transfer players will probably find themselves on the lower end of the scale.

The players will be discussed in alphabetical order within their positions. If I missed any players you think are important, feel free to check out the first rendition of this series or you can DM me on Twitter (@CFF_Jared) and you can give me your thoughts there! With that being said, let’s get into this behemoth of a list!


Tyler Van Dyke – Miami, FL → Wisconsin

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

I think that Van Dyke is an upgrade over both Tanner Mordecai (who is out of eligibility) and Braedyn Locke. He should allow this Phil Longo offense to be better utilized, especially since this will be year two with the Badgers using it, and they don’t have Braelon Allen to fall back on.

However, if you were to combine Mordecai and Locke’s performances last season AND give it a generous 20% bump due to the reasons above, you still wouldn’t be looking at top 36 QB numbers. It also doesn’t help that TVD does not run (only two 20+ yard rushing games in his three years of starting) so you’re relying mostly on his arm. He’ll be a guy you only take your shot on if you’re hungry at the QB position later in your drafts.

Aidan Chiles – Oregon State → Michigan State

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

God, Chiles is just so full of potential, and many were excited about what he could do at Oregon State once DJ Uiagaleilei left after this year. The poaching of Jonathan Smith obviously changes everything but with Chiles following him to Michigan State, we should maintain our level of excitement, right? I’m gonna pump the brakes on that.

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The strength of schedule increase from Oregon State to Michigan State cannot be ignored, and year one of any system at a new school always poses plenty of risk. The upside is great, and if Smith gets his system going in Year 1, Chiles is an easy candidate for a top 36-top 24 QB. However, Smith has inherited a mess, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the first year is a continuation of that mess, with eyes on Chiles’ Year 3 being the boom year!

AJ Duffy – Florida State → San Diego State

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: C – Mid-Round Selection

My grade for Duffy going to San Diego State is entirely based on the assumption that he wins the starting job. I think that is a fair assumption, as we have a former 4-star young QB returning home to a room with no clear favorite already there. The path to the starting job and the talent isn’t all we’re excited about here, though.

The Aztecs have pulled in Sean Lewis as their next head coach, architect of the beloved Kent State offense the last half decade and the high-flying Colorado offense the Buffalos had to start the year. Lewis has already shown the ability to translate his system quickly and should be able to do so again in the Mountain West. Given that Shedeur Sanders got as high as QB3 at the midpoint of last season and the success Lewis has had with other QBs like Dustin Crum and Collin Schlee, this is a system play if I’ve ever seen one.

Dequan Finn – Toledo → Baylor

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: C – Mid-Round Selection

I originally wasn’t ecstatic about this transfer, but after crunching some numbers, I’m coming around to it. If you combine Blake Shapen and Sawyer Robertson’s fantasy production last season, you would have a top-48 QB on that alone. Add in some rushing yards equal to half of what Finn did last year at Toledo, and suddenly you’re back to a top-30 CFF QB next year.

It will also help if the Bears retain defensive coordinator Matt Powledge, who led Baylor to having the 121st-ranked defense last year with the 37th-ranked defensive roster strength (credit CFBWinningedge). A dual-threat QB with terrible defense forcing him to play hero ball is beautiful for CFF. One thing we have to keep in mind is that MAC players translating to the Power 4 conferences have a very hit and miss record, so absolutely keep an eye on the Bears to make sure Finn actually wins the job.

Dillon Gabriel – Oklahoma → Oregon

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: A – Elite Selection

Gabriel’s transfer to the Ducks is going to earn a very rare “A” grade from me, but if this situation doesn’t earn a transfer that distinction, I really don’t know what will. Gabriel has shown he can completely take over games and can put up monster numbers, including finishing as the QB2 in college fantasy this past season. It sucked to hear he was transferring away from that situation, as any landing spot feels like it would’ve been a stock-down situation. Well, he lands at Oregon, who have led Bo Nix to back-to-back top 5 QB seasons. Gabriel has the experience and playmaking ability to pick up right where Nix left off. Another top-10 QB season for Gabriel and the Ducks feels almost all but guaranteed.

Taylen Green – Boise State → Arkansas

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

It wasn’t that long ago when KJ Jefferson finished as the QB26 in the 2022 CFF season, so there’s reason to believe that the starting QB for Arkansas under Sam Pittman can be fantasy-relevant. It certainly helps that the Razorbacks quickly moved on from the offensive mistake that was Dan Enos as offensive coordinator.

Arkansas has hired Bobby Petrino to their staff (yes, that is a sentence in the year 2023), and Petrino’s success should be enough to be somewhat optimistic, considering the three QBs who started for Texas A&M last year combined for enough points to be QB25 on the season. Green’s dual-threat ability sets him up to absolutely reach that ceiling, if not higher. The problem is that Green’s passing ability, as well as the general struggles of Arkansas, makes it hard to believe in him as a weekly option in CFF. A later-round best-ball option feels very right for this transfer.

Mitch Griffis – Wake Forest → Marshall

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: F – Undraftable

I named Griffis as one of the biggest busts at QB for college fantasy this season, and so much of that has to do with him just not being a good signal caller. It’s good to see him drop down a level of competition, but even then, I’m still not buying in here. Marshall could be in for some major struggles next year after losing Cam Fancher to the portal and Rasheen Ali to the draft. It is just not going to be a system I want to invest a lot into next year, doesn’t matter if they say they’ll be passing a lot more.

Katin Houser – Michigan State → East Carolina

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

As my friend Mitch Hardt would call it, this is a classic “big fish, small pond” situation. A former 4-star QB putting himself down to a level of competition in which, if he wins the job, could provide a place where he could thrive. I believe that Houser will win the job, considering that ECU was a bottom third offense in the country last year, according to CFBWinningEdge. It wouldn’t make a lot of sense to go back to Finn, as the staff has seen what he can do.

In addition, it wasn’t long ago when Holton Ahlers was putting up top-30 QB fantasy numbers for the Pirates. The Pirates certainly have more problems than just their quarterback, but if Houser provides a bigger upgrade than expected, he could be a solid spot starter here and there against an AAC schedule. However, that’s a big if, and for now should be only a late-round flyer.

Riley Leonard – Duke → Notre Dame

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

I’ve lost my faith in Notre Dame to put together a competent passing attack for fantasy purposes. They brought in Sam Hartman, lined him up with a solid corp of receiving options, and managed the finish the season with Hartman as the QB60 and zero receivers in the top 200 at the position for fantasy.

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In addition to Hartman, Notre Dame hasn’t produced a top 50 QB in the previous two years (even when you combine Drew Pyne and Tyler Buchner’s numbers from 2022). Leonard’s legs give me some level of hope for a higher ceiling, but I’m not going to hold my breath. Gone are the days of the Irish producing CFF QBs like Ian Book.

Grayson McCall – Coastal Carolina → NC State

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: C – Mid-Round Selection

I’ve been going back and forth and just how high I should feel about this transfer. On one hand, Robert Anae was the architect behind Brennan Armstrong’s ascendant 2021 season and was Bronco Mendenhall’s right-hand man for years. On the other hand, the production hasn’t reached that same ascendency in the years since 2021 (Garrett Shrader was QB41 in 2022, and then Brennan Armstrong and MJ Morris combined for enough fantasy points to be QB32 in the 2023 season). Then on the other other hand, McCall feels like a perfect fit coming into this unique offense. I’ll be willing to draft him as a backup option in drafts, especially with him having great targets like Kevin Concepcion and Wesley Grimes.

Kyle McCord – Ohio State → Syracuse

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

Whether you think McCord was unfairly scapegoated for the Buckeyes or you think McCord is utter garbage, I think we can all agree that his skill set is just not made to be a CFF QB. He finished as the QB52 in the country in a system that has given us the likes of CJ Stroud and Justin Fields. His lack of mobility makes it tough to believe in him, but I do believe we could see an uptick in his passing against ACC competition. I like what he can do for the Orange next year from just a pure football perspective, but as a fantasy option, you’ll probably have to twist my arm quite a bit to grab him in drafts this upcoming season.

Dante Moore – UCLA → Oregon

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: F – Undraftable

The former #1 player in America in the 2023 high school class is now the second quarterback the Oregon Ducks have taken this offseason. Make no mistake, Gabriel is going to start for Oregon come the fall, and Moore will be the backup. In redraft leagues, this pretty much kills any value he might’ve had for next season. However, if someone drafted him as a handcuff to Gabriel, I would still be hesitant to endorse that because of Moore’s lack of rushing production, which would make him a steep drop-off from Gabriel if he were to go down.

MJ Morris – NC State → Maryland

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

It feels like the floor for MJ Morris is what Taulia Tagovailoa has provided the Terrapins the last couple of seasons. Tagovailoa has been one of the more consistently inconsistent options in CFF, which is a benefit because you’ll know exactly when you’re supposed to start him.

Morris will provide much of the same, in my opinion. Maryland returns some of their top pass catchers, which will make the transition easier. Like Chiles, I think Morris’ ceiling will be realized in his second year with the Terrapins, and there certainly is a ceiling here that I’m not sure has been fully realized yet. If I told you that at the midpoint of this season, Tagovailoa was a top 10 quarterback for fantasy on the year, would you believe me? Something to think about.

Will Rogers – Mississippi State → Washington

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: B – High-Value Selection

Michael Penix Jr., he will not be, but I’m optimistic about the future of Rogers as the apparent successor to Kalen Deboer’s system. The fact that Deboer had his pick of quarterbacks to choose from in the portal and honed in on Rogers, to me, speaks volumes of how well he will fit into this system.

The big question is, can the Huskies get some of their top pass catchers to come back for one more year? Odunze is as good as gone, but what about Ja’Lynn Polk, who recorded zero catches in his final two games, or Jalen McMillian, who has been injured the whole year? If Deboer and company can get those two to return, I feel good about Rogers being able to translate, even though we’ll certainly miss the deep ball touch Penix brought to the system.

Kurtis Rourke – Ohio → Indiana

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

I want to like this. I really do. But I can’t do it. It’s certainly true that Curt Cignetti and staff have made miracles out of straight-up worse QBs than Rourke. Turning Todd Centeio and Jordan McCloud into the QB19 and QB6 for their respective years earns Cignetti and his system a place in the CFF Hall of Fame for most incredible coaching jobs.

However, we’re not in the Sun Belt anymore. Cignetti and Rourke are entering the Big Ten, and that’s a whole different level of competition than either have faced in recent years. Indiana is also a mess in terms of the number of transfers the program is seeing at the moment. Like others, I think this system and Rourke (If he’s still around) will do better in Year 2.

Running Backs

Mario Anderson – South Carolina → Memphis

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: B – High-Value Selection

Thinking players are a 1-to-1 replacement for top-end fantasy options who are leaving is a dangerous game to play in CFF, and I’ve been burned more than once by it. But dad-gummit, this feels too perfect of a situation.

Blake Watson finally broke through the committee curse that was plaguing Memphis the last couple of years and I think Anderson is more than enough to do the same. I was impressed by Anderson, running for 707 yards and three touchdowns for the Gamecocks this past season, and was the only thing working for their running game.

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What really sells me is that Anderson has some solid pass-catching skills, bringing in 22 balls for 153 yards and a touchdown this year. Having that dual skillset will make him perfect for a 3-down role. I don’t expect him to be a top 5 back next season, but I’m willing to spend up for him.

Sieh Bangura – Ohio → Minnesota

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: F – Undraftable

For you folks at home, this is what we call a stock killer. We literally watched this same movie just last year. A MAC running back wants to make a jump to the Power 4, so they go to Minnesota. I like Bangura, and I do think he could’ve been a Power 4 back in the right landing spot. But this?

So long as he can get healthy, Darius Taylor will be the man to own for this backfield. The staff made that abundantly clear when he was getting Mo Ibrahim levels of volume in the middle of the season. In addition to Taylor, Bangura will also have to compete with Jordan Nubin, the converted safety. Long story short, Bangura is a stash for dynasty purposes if and only if Taylor gets hurt. For redraft, zero point to it. I’m not touching a third-string RB.

CJ Beasley – Coastal Carolina → Georgia State

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: C – Mid-Round Selection

I will admit that this transfer could see its grade get shifted down if the Panthers add another running back, but for now, it’s hard for me not to see this as someone I’d be willing to take a shot on in the middle rounds.

Between Grainger graduating and Marcus Carroll and KZ Adams both hitting the transfer portal, Georgia State has a whopping 444 vacated carries from last year’s offense. This is a system that ran the ball 38.7 times per game last year and 47.9 the year before. In 2024, guess what? They’re gonna run the ball again, and they desperately need someone to fill the hole left behind by the three mentioned above.

Beasley has the size and skillset to provide a three-down role for the Panthers next season. His best season had him going for 717 yards and five touchdowns on the ground, with 18 catches for 187 yards and an additional touchdown. The problem is that came in 2022, and Beasley dropped off this past year, only garnering 262 yards and two touchdowns on 68 carries, averaging less than four yards per carry.

A change of scenery (i.e. getting away from Tim Beck) could help Beasley get back to what he looked like during the 2022 season. Given the next best option in the room is Freddie Brock, who had six carries last season, I’m going to put my stock in Beasley until the Panthers give me a reason not to.

Marcus Carroll – Georgia State → Missouri

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: B – High-Value Selection

Carroll is the second of three running backs we’ll discuss today whose transfer looks as if it sets them up to be the heir apparent of a top-ten CFF running back from this past season. Carroll has already shown at Georgia State he can handle a workhorse load and nearly was a top ten CFF back from this past season in and of himself (he finished as the RB11), but asking him to do it again at the SEC level is no guarantee.

The good news is that Kirby Moore’s system has produced workhorse backs in the last couple of years and made Cody Schrader the RB7 last season. There’s certainly a chance that Carroll takes two years to fully take over the top role (it took Schrader until year two to do so), or another younger RB could take over. But as of now, this is a bet I’m willing to make moving forward, so long as the ADP isn’t too high.

Don Chaney Jr. – Miami, FL → Louisville

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

With the declaration of Jawhar Jordan to the NFL draft, the Cardinals are now losing their top two options at RB, as Isaac Guernado is also out of eligibility. A former 4-star running back like Chaney seems like a solid be to replace them as the top option, on paper.

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However, Chaney doesn’t seem to have the skill set to take over for a back like Jordan. His longest run in his four years of college is 33 yards, so he doesn’t have the explosiveness needed. I’m personally more interested in Maurice Turner, the two-year veteran, who got plenty of runs in both years he’s played and has had multiple explosive touchdown runs in his career. So, for now, I’m only taking Chaney as a flyer or a handcuff in future drafts until I hear differently from spring reports.

Zach Evans – Minnesota → North Texas

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

I liked Evans quite a bit coming out of high school, and I still maintain that if he stayed healthy, he’d be RB1 at Minnesota and a CFF monster. But that is an alternate reality. Our reality is that Evans is walking into a North Texas RB room that has seen some serious shakeup. All three of the Mean Green’s top options at RB transferred out after this year. They still have Ikaika Ragsdale, who was injured to start the year, but that is it.

This system has typically been a committee approach at running back, but with the attrition in the room and the talent pedigree of Evans, I’m willing to buy a narrative that says Evans gets a workhorse role out of necessity. Given the history and Evans’ inability to stay healthy makes me super hesitant, even if I like the talent. That won’t stop me from taking a shot or two.

Reggie Love III – Illinois → Purdue

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

Good lord, Purdue is quickly turning into one of the biggest messes in the Big Ten in a hurry. Does that mean I’m willing to completely discard Love joining the Boilermakers? Not entirely.

Love has a ton of experience from his time at Illinois and will easily be at least the RB2, especially with Tyrone Tracy leaving. The major question will be whether he’ll overtake Devin Mockobee, who had a rough season this past year, especially with his fumbling. If that doesn’t get fixed this offseason, Love can absolutely take over as the RB1 for this team. The only question that would remain is how much will these two eat into each other. For now, I’ll keep an eye on this room, but there’s too much to figure out, so I’ll wait on both in drafts.

Cartevious Norton – Iowa State → Charlotte

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

To call the Charlotte backfield a mess in 2023 would be an understatement. The team had five different backs with 40-plus carries, and none had more than 85 carries. This had many reasons, including injuries, but more than anything, it just lacked someone who could truly break away from the pack.

So the question is, can Norton be the guy who can do that for the 49ers? Well, his path certainly cleared up with veteran Shadrick Byrd and talented true freshman Durrell Robinson entering the portal and Joachum Bangda running out of eligibility. That leaves Terron Kellman as his main source of competition for carries. Personally, I think Norton is talented enough to break away as the clear #1 back here, but more than likely, we end up with a committee situation like last year.

Evan Pryor – Ohio State → Cincinnati

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

As of this writing, it appears that Corey Kiner will be back for another season with the Bearcats. The team is losing Myles Montgomery and Ethan Wright to the portal and Ryan Montgomery to eligibility. That means they are desperate for something fierce for bodies to add to their room.

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Pryor, in my opinion, is an upgrade over all of the guys they’ve lost. From how it stands now, Kiner will still be the #1 back on Cincinnati. However, Pryor should be able to lock down the #2 spot. Like Myles Montgomery last year, that’ll lead to some big games here and there if Kiner can’t get it going. If Kiner goes down, you likely have a workhorse back in Pryor waiting in the wings. As of now, I might grab him later in drafts as a handcuff option and will certainly be drafting him for dynasty purposes.

Raheim “Rocket” Sanders – Arkansas → South Carolina

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: C – Mid-Round Selection

I really don’t understand this transfer. Why go from one struggling SEC team with O-Line issues to ANOTHER struggling SEC team with even BIGGER O-Line issues? It just doesn’t compute in my head, but apparently, the USCe offensive coordinator, Loggains, is popular among his former players, as every offensive Arkansas transfer was tied to him at one point or another.

As for what this means for CFF, obviously, you’d have to imagine that Sanders will have a better year than last year. It would be hard not to. However, I don’t think this sets him back up to have himself another top-10 RB season like he did in 2022. The truth lies somewhere in the middle, and it isn’t like South Carolina hasn’t given us studs like Kevin Harris in 2020 or Marshawn Lloyd for a short period in 2022. If Sanders is widely available in the middle rounds of CFF drafts, I’ll be willing to take the shot on the bounce-back campaign.

Chip Trayanum – Ohio State → Kentucky

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: B – High-Value Selection

Trayanum is the last of the three running backs who have set themselves up to be heir-apparent to a top-ten CFF running back. With Re’Mahn Davis off to the NFL, Kentucky had a clear need to fill, and so they’ve raided the absolutely loaded Ohio State backfield to bring, arguably, their second-best running back.

Trayanum was, for a stretch, before getting hurt, the clear backup to TreVeyon Henderson and, at times, looked to out-perform the former 5-star. Trayanum has also shown the ability to catch out of the backfield (9-53-0 this past season), so he should provide everything the Wildcats need in a do-it-all back. The main issue is that Brock Vandagriff, the assumed starter, will vulture away many scoring opportunities compared to this year with Davis and Leary. Regardless, this is a system where you want to invest in the running backs, and Trayanum sets himself up to be the guy.

Treshaun Ward – Kansas State → Boston College

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: F – Undraftable

Maybe it is just me being salty about Ward potentially impacting my many Kye Robichaux shares. It could also be me being salty that Ward didn’t go to Indiana, where I thought he was a good fit. Regardless, I’ll have zero shares of Ward next season. I’d be shocked if Robichaux loses out on the top spot after finishing the season with three 100-yard games in his last five games. Ward will be there to provide a veteran, bruising presence after the Eagles lost Pat Garwo II. However, I do not expect him to go beyond that role. I trusted Ward once while he was at Kansas State, and I’m not about to do it again.

Wide Receivers

Cyrus Allen – Louisiana Tech → Texas A&M

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: F – Undraftable

Even with Bobby Petrino as the offensive coordinator, the highest an Aggie WR finished was WR108, which was Ainias Smith, not even Evan Stewart. Allen has committed one of the cardinal CFF sins a player can make in recent years: Be a G5 player and transfer to a Power 4 school with a crowded room at your position.

I like Allen’s talent, but much like Tyrin Smith last year, Allen seems destined to be lost in the shuttle. As of now, the Aggies are holding onto Moose Muhammad and Noah Thomas, even with the departure of Evan Stewart. Breaking into that starting lineup is a tall task for anyone. Even if Allen broke into the starting lineup and became the WR1, it still wouldn’t be a guarantee of a CFF asset. Last season, Colin Klein’s #1 receiver finished as the WR108 on the season. That’s not even valuable on your bench. I consider Allen to be a sunk cost in all leagues.

Kelly Akharaiyi – UTEP → Mississippi State

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

If you were to look up “bestball wide receiver” in an encyclopedia (I bet some of you thought I wouldn’t know what that was), Akharaiyi’s face would be staring back at you. After an explosive Week 0 performance, he only broke double digits in fantasy once until the month of October.

From there, Akharaiyi had a phenomenal finish to the season, with five of his last six games hitting 100+ yards, including a 223-yard performance vs FIU. His inconsistency aside, Akharaiyi makes for an intriguing option at Mississippi State, especially with Jeff Lebby taking over as the head coach. If he can start, Akharaiyi’s explosiveness will give him the potential to blow up any given week in fantasy formats.

He’ll have to compete against Justin Robinson and freshman flasher Creed Whittemore for targets, but I don’t think that is insurmountable. I don’t trust the QB situation in Starksville at the moment (they have Blake Shapen, that’s all you need to know). For now, I’m going to treat this offense and its players as an investment for Year 2, with any production in Year 1 as a bonus.

Jerand Bradley – Texas Tech → Boston College

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

With Ryan O’Keefe medically retiring from football, the Eagles are once again looking for pass-catching options. Joseph Griffin Jr. and Lewis Bond will provide some competition for the top spot in terms of targets, but Bradley’s experience elsewhere should help him stand out from the rest of the room.

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With Thomas Castellanos having another off-season of reps, hopefully, we’ll see some improvement out of the passing game next year. Maybe we can get another season like Zay Flowers provided CFF players just two years ago. I’ll be willing to bet on Bradley breaking away from Bond and Griffin to become a CFF stud, but not at too high of a price.

Ja’Corey Brooks – Alabama → Louisville

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

Brooks is the first of two receivers we’ll discuss today that have committed to Louisville, home of one of the CFF community’s favorite coach: Jeff Brohm. The Brohm WR1 has been so so good for CFF players over the last several years, including greats like Rondale Moore, David Bell, and Charlie Jones. For a short period this past year, before injuries limited him, it was Jamari Thrash.

Brooks, at one point, led Alabama in receiving in 2022 but has since fallen off quite a bit. In 2023, Brooks recorded three catches for 30 yards. While injuries were involved, it was clear that Brooks had found himself in Saban’s dog house. Brooks could find redemption here. However, I’m personally more inclined to the other receiver who recently committed to the Cardinals. I’m not naive enough to think that Brooks couldn’t possibly earn that #1 spot. Especially with his talent pedigree and his ability to win tough matchups on the outside, so for now, I’ll take some shots later on in drafts.

Raleek Brown – USC → Arizona State

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: F – Undraftable

It’s unclear what role Brown will serve for the Sun Devils. Most likely, he’ll remain in the slot position he transitioned to during his time with the Trojans. If there’s one thing Arizona State needs on offense, it is the slot receiver, as they are losing both Melquan Stovall and Giovanni Sanders to the draft.

The problem is within Kenny Dillingham’s system, the slot receiver isn’t what you want to roster in CFF. The last two years have seen the outside receiver options get the most love in Dillingham’s offense, which means Elijah Badger and Xavier Guillory are the guys to look at (and even then, Troy Franklin, who was WR2 on the year, was WR43 under Dillingham). Unfortunately for people who stashed Brown, the stuck has completely crashed and I’m not touching him this season.

Deion Burks – Purdue → Oklahoma

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

I loved what I saw from Burks during his time with Purdue this season. He has the ability to score in multiple ways, whether it is burning a defense or taking proper angles and forcing missed tackles to house a long one. Burks had a strong start to the season before fading along with the rest of the team as the season went along.

In terms of how Burks will fit into this Oklahoma WR room next year, there’s still some to figure out. If Jalil Farooq were to move to the slot and grant Burks the outside boundary, I would expect several big games, at least for Burks. The problem is that I believe Farooq and Andrel Anthony are both also solid targets. We could see a situation where we deal with receiver roulette each week with the Sooners. Unless we get clear confirmation that Burks is rising above the fray at Oklahoma, I’m happy to keep him a late best-ball option.

Miles Cross – Ohio → Indiana

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

I’ve already made my reservations about Curt Cignetti’s ability to get his system going in Year 1. However, it certainly helps when you surround your starting QB with solid receiving options, including one of his favorites from his previous school.

Cross garnered 68 targets for the Bobcats last season, second on the team, only behind Sam Wiglusz. Cignetti’s system has been very productive for outside receivers (where Cross played 89.8% of his snaps last season) during his time at James Madison. The connection with Rourke and his placement in this offense makes him worth grabbing if he’s available in drafts later on. My major reservations come with the offense, as I mentioned, and MAC players translating to the Power 4.

Rico Flores Jr. – Notre Dame → UCLA

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: F – Undraftable

I’ve mentioned that the WR room for Notre Dame was an absolute mess. True freshman Rico Flores made it very clear that he wanted out after only a year. As a freshman, Flores led the Irish in receptions and was third in receiving yardage.

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Flores now finds himself at UCLA, providing the Bruins some help at receiver. We’ll need to see J. Michael Sturdivant, Kyle Ford, or Logan Loya take their leave before we really start talking about Flores making a move to be CFF relevant.

Even if Flores secures a starting job, we’ve seen enough turmoil in the Bruins QB room that it will affect the ability of the WRs to be effective. I like the talent, but a lot will have to go right for Flores to be CFF-relevant this year; I’d avoid it unless you’re just completely in love with him as a talent.

Matthew Golden – Houston → Texas

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: B – High-Value Selection

This is assuming that both Xavier Worthy and Adonai Mitchell declare for the NFL draft, which, as of this writing, neither has. If both are gone, as well as JT Sanders and Jordan Whittington, that opens up a ton of targets that need to be filled by someone.

Golden landing at Texas makes him a prime candidate to be one who benefits along with Johntay Cook II. Golden and Cook will make a dynamic duo for college football next year, each being one of the best in their classes, respectively. I’m sure there will be a great debate over which will be more valuable than the other, pushing both into the early-mid rounds, which is where I’d be comfortable grabbing a guy like Golden.

Wesley Grimes – Wake Forest → NC State

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

I really like Grimes as a talent. I’m sad we’ll never get to see him as the WR1 in Dave Clawson’s system, but a change in scenery was needed. I would love Grimes’ landing spot if it weren’t for one name: Kevin Concepcion.

Concepcion locked himself down as the top option for the Wolfpack moving forward. While Grimes could lock himself down as the clear #2 option, that provides a wide variety of outcomes for Grimes not just a weekly basis, but on the entire year as well. We could be looking at Concepcion and Grimes being the next Dontayvion Wicks and Keytaon Thompson. Or we could be looking at Concepcion monopolizing things and leaving Grimes in the dust. It is too soon to tell, so I’ll feel safe taking shots at Grimes later in drafts.

Yazeed Haynes – Georgia → Syracuse

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

I’m considering this my first sleeper candidate of the 2024 season. Yazeed “Zeed” Haynes came in as a true freshman at Georgia last season and was the one who was providing the most consistent buzz. Haynes was transitioning from cornerback to receiver, but his raw athleticism and speed were too much not to be excited about.

Haynes now follows his primary recruiter, Fran Brown, to Syracuse, who is putting together an impressive list of transfers. Haynes being relevant with a new QB in a new system at a new school is a tough ask, but playing with Kyle McCord at QB and playing in the ACC will certainly help with that. If Brown and the coaching staff can fully utilize Haynes’ speed, he could be a weekly house-caller. Like others, though, a lot needs to go right for Haynes to get what he needs to be CFF-relevant. As of now, we have no clue what kind of system Brown plans to run with the Orange. For now, I’m okay with taking my shots in later rounds just based on talent alone.

London Humphreys – Vanderbilt → Georgia

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: F – Undraftable

I don’t like talking bad about my Dawgs, but if you grabbed London Humphreys last year, hoping he’d transfer to a big-time program in his second year, well, you got your wish. Sort of.

It’s no secret that Georgia’s WR production had been, at best, mid over the last couple of years. Even now, when they have a pass-first offense with Carson Beck at the helm, they spread the love around so much that no receiver can garner enough on a week-to-week basis to be CFF-relevant. It doesn’t help that they have the best college TE of all time sucking up even more of those targets. Even if Georgia somehow starts funneling to one guy next year (Dom Lovett, I still believe in you), that guy will not be Humphreys unless he blows away expectations in camp.

As of now, I see Georgia’s starting lineup as Dillon Bell – X, Dom Lovett – Y, Combo of Arian/CJ Smith at Z. That’s assuming Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint and Ladd McConkey don’t come back, or that Georgia doesn’t land a big fish WR from the portal (Evan Stewart, anyone?). Regardless, don’t worry about Humphreys this year.

Josh Kelly – Washington State → Texas Tech

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: C – Mid-Round Selection

The Zach Kittley experience at Texas Tech hasn’t quite gone the way we in the CFF industry hoped over the last couple of years. After producing the #1 overall CFF QB and #1 overall CFF WR in 2021, the magic just hasn’t caught on at Texas Tech for Kittley and crew.

Last year, the highest-ranked WR for Texas Tech for CFF was Myles Price at WR188. There is no typo there. This certainly explains the exodus of WR talent from the Red Raiders, including the aforementioned Myles Price, but also includes Jerand Bradley, Loic Fouonji, Nehemiah Martinez, and JJ Sparkman.

The good news is that opens up a lot of targets for incoming receiver talent like Josh Kelly. Kelly performed well last year, finishing as the WR33 in the same system Kittley runs, just at Washington State with Ben Arbuckle. Kelly’s familiarity with the system, as well as his talent, will make him the clear leader in this receiving clubhouse. Hopefully, Year 3 will be the charm, and Behren Morton will be able to finally click for this Red Raiders offense. A Kittley WR won’t go as high in drafts as they have the last couple of years, but I’m very comfortable drafting Kelly in the middle rounds.

Caullin Lacy – South Alabama → Louisville

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: C – Mid-Round Selection

Lacy finally had the year many have been expecting him to have since his breakout as a freshman. He finished as the WR12 during last season and used that great season to propel himself up to the Power 4. Usually, this is a death nail for WR value in CFF, but Lacy has landed himself in one of the premiere systems to be the #1 WR in: Jeff Brohm’s offense.

As we discussed with Brooks earlier, CFF players know the train of top CFF WRs Brohm has put together. Lacy has already shown he can be a dominant force in an offense and can handle the pressure of being the go-to guy. On talent and experience, Lacy seems like the guy to target in this offense.

Courtesy of South Alabama Athletics

However, one thing to note is that each of Brohm’s top receivers has played primarily on the outside (80%+ of snaps). Meanwhile, Lacy only played ~30% of snaps out wide last year. Clearly, he can play there, but his natural spot seems to be the slot. Could that be enough to limit Lacy’s chances of being the #1 guy? I don’t think it’s a nail in the coffin, as he could still split out wide, but it’s enough for me to downgrade what would normally earn a “B” transfer grade down to a “C” mid-round selection.

Robert Lewis – Georgia State → Auburn

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: F – Undraftable

Another G5 to P4 transfer, another stock killer. This one may be the worst one here. I want to know what Auburn’s plan is for their passing game. They cannot seriously be considering running Thorne out there for another year, can they? Thorne passed for 1,671 yards this past season. He had EIGHT games under 150 yards passing. It’s crazy that we’ve seen plenty of QBs enter the portal, and Auburn seems to be in on exactly zero of them.

Until Freeze and the Tigers upgrade the QB situation, any WR in this offense is going to be CFF radioactive sludge. It also doesn’t help that they seem intent on spreading the ball around, as no receiver got higher than a 17% target share, and the best fantasy performance in the receiver room was Ja’Varrius Johnson at WR281. In addition to that, Auburn’s two G5 or lower transfer WRs from last year combined for 27 targets, ten receptions, 143 yards, and two TDs last year. Just an absolutely brutal landing spot.

Ja’Mori Maclin – North Texas → Kentucky

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: F – Undraftable

Another brutal G5 to P4 transfer, this time kneecapping the stock of 2023’s WR21 in college fantasy. My evaluation on this situation does assume that Kentucky is able to keep both Barion Brown and Dane Key out of the portal, which will be a tall task.

Even still, assuming both stay, I have a hard time seeing how Maclin becomes the #1 option in this offense. Brown has the crown for the most talented receiver and will also likely shift over to the slot, with Maclin and Key locking down the outside spots. The slot position has been the fantasy goldmine in Liam Cohen’s system while he’s been at Kentucky and in the NFL if there is a fantasy-relevant player.

So if Maclin isn’t going to play in that position AND he has someone like Brown whose talent demands more targets, I have a hard time seeing how Maclin will outperform what Dane Key did this last year: 38 receptions for 548 yards and five TDs (good for WR154 last year). I’m avoiding at all costs.

Jayden McGowan – Vanderbilt → South Carolina

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

It is pretty clear that when Shane Beamer and his staff find their guy, they’re willing to feed them. Antwane Wells finished as the WR36 in 2022 and only caught fire towards the end of the year, where he had three 25+ fantasy point games in his last four games, meaning he could have finished a lot higher if he was more established. The following year, with Wells injured, Xavier Legette tore up SEC defenses, finishing as the WR18 in CFF 2023. Now, Wells is back in the portal, and Legette is off to the NFL.

So who does that leave for the Gamecocks? They’ve also brought in Jared Brown from Coastal Carolina, but I’m going to buy into the man who broke out in the SEC as a freshman in 2022 and is certifiably one of the fastest receivers in the country. McGowan will be an absolute weapon that can be taken advantage of by the powerful arm of LaNorris Sellers. I expect multiple big weeks out of McGowan next year. The issue will just be how consistent he is (he wasn’t at Vanderbilt) and how much does that brutal South Carolina schedule slow them down? For now, I’ll take my shots in the cheaper rounds of drafts.

Myles Price – Texas Tech → Indiana

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: F – Undraftable

Whether it is because of injuries or because we just misevaluated his talent, Price has not lived up to what we’ve expected over the past two years at Texas Tech. He’ll get one last shot at Indiana, and the team Curt Cignetti is trying to put together, but I don’t think we see any kind of resurgence.

Price’s Power 4 experience will help, but competing against a receiver in Miles Cross, who has worked with the starting quarterback before, as well as Donovan McCulley, who is already familiar with the team, seems like a tall order. Unless I hear different during the spring, I’m not touching this.

Cordale Russell – TCU → Colorado

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

Russell garnered a ton of praise heading into 2023 as a true freshman. Many believe that he was on his way to start for the Horned Frogs before injury cut his season short. Russell was able to play in the last three games of the season but did not record a catch during that time.

Russell has now gotten a fresh start with the Buffalos of Colorado, who started off very hot last season, with receivers Travis Hunter, Jimmy Horn, and Xavier Weaver taking turns providing CFF managers with excellent performances. Weaver is out of eligibility, so there is room to make the starting lineup.

However, two things keep me from investing here. One, I think the other transfer WR Colorado has brought in is better suited to start immediately, and two, I do not trust this offense without Sean Lewis and with Pat Shurmur running things. Over the last five weeks, while Shurmur was calling plays, only Travis Hunter put up a game with greater than 15 fantasy points among the top three receivers for Colorado. Just way too much needs to go right for me to invest, but if you still believe in Russell’s talent despite the injury, I say go ahead and spend a late round pick on him.

Will Sheppard – Vanderbilt → Colorado

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: C – Mid-Round Selection

On the other hand, here we have the transfer WR I’m more interested in if I’m going to invest in anyone outside of Travis Hunter for this offense. Sheppard brings a level of experience no one else in the receiving room has when it comes to the level of competition. His play along the outside and willingness to get physical to bring balls in makes him an excellent candidate to replace Weaver.

Courtesy of The Vanderbilt Hustler

As mentioned before, I’m still hesitant about this offensive coordinator change. However, if Shurmur can learn to let Shedeur be Shedeur and limit the rotation of the top receivers this year like Lewis did, I think there’s room for both Hunter and for Sheppard to have solid CFF years.

JJ Sparkman – Texas Tech → UTSA

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: F – Undraftable

Sparkman showed flashes here and there during his time at Texas Tech, but like all the receivers there, things just couldn’t fully click. It’s good to see him transfer down a level, but what kind of situation is Sparkman walking into with the Roadrunners?

UTSA loses Joshua Cephus and Tykee Ogle-Kellogg to the draft/graduation after this year. That opens up 183 targets for next year. However, I cannot assume that Sparkman, despite his P4 pedigree, immediately enters the starting lineup. True freshman Devin McCuin will lock down one of the outside spots, which is where Sparkman played while with the Red Raiders.

Sparkman will then have to compete with JuCo prospect Willie McCoy for the other outside spot. I’m not sure Sparkman is good enough to win that over a guy who has been in the system for a year already.

Sparkman could move to the slot, but true freshman and athletic freak David Amador looks to be the next man up there. In addition to the difficulty of locking down a starting job, UTSA could very well take a step back next year without veteran QB Frank Harris. From what we’ve seen, Owen McCown is inconsistent, to put it kindly, when he takes the starting reps. There’s enough here to tell me that Sparkman isn’t someone to invest in unless we start hearing otherwise.

Zavion Thomas – Mississippi State → LSU

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: C – Mid-Round Selection

This one is a personal favorite of mine, and I’ll probably be drafting Thomas higher than you should. LSU not only was able to provide the #1 CFF WR for 2023 but managed to produce enough for another to make it into the Top 10 as well. The Tigers will certainly miss Brian Thomas and Malik Nabers next year, but LSU has been a gold mine for CFF WRs over the past decade.

Given that Garrett Nussmeier is set to start at QB next year, I’d be shocked if we saw the passing game for the Tigers take a big step back. This raises the question: Who will be the starting outside receivers for LSU next year?

Kyren Lacy looks like he can attempt to take up the slot/wide hybrid role that Nabers played last year, but who will step up and replace Thomas is more up in the air. Well, how about another Thomas?

Zavion Thomas made an instant impact for the Mississippi State Bulldogs his freshman year and followed that up with being the second leading receiver for them his sophomore year. One of the more fluid wide receivers I’ve seen in a while, I believe Thomas fits this Tigers offense extremely well. His main competition for the outside spot will be Chris Hilton Jr., who recorded ten receptions last year. If Thomas can get past that, I’ll be heavily investing in him in the mid-rounds.

Antwane “Juice” Wells – South Carolina → Ole Miss

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

This Ole Miss receiver room turned into a mess in a real hurry this off-season. It’s understandable that Lane Kiffin would want to load up on receiver talent for a potential playoff push next season, but it is certainly making things difficult for CFF managers.

Wells entering this room just adds to the mud, unfortunately. Ole Miss has several legitimate options to look at next season, and all of them could cannibalize each other. Tre Harris has announced that he will return for another season. It is still up in the air what Jordan Watkins will do, but it sounds as if he shall be staying.

The only major receiver that the Rebels lose is Dayton Wade, which is where Wells looks to slot right in. In addition to all this, Ole Miss landed top-ranked JuCo WR Deion Smith.

I believe in the talent of Wells, and I see a world where he can surpass Harris as the #1 option on this team. As of now, though, I see a crowded room that could quickly turn into a CFF nightmare, as offensive coordinator Charlie Weiss is so prone to create.

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