Welcome to another edition of my series, where I give grades for landing spots of offensive transfers! 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. Because of the number of players, I’ve split this edition of the article into two pieces. This article will cover the most recent quarterback and running backs, while the next article will solely cover wide receivers.

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. As a reminder, the grading scale is 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 another round of transfer player speculation!

Quarterbacks

Gerry Bohanon – USF → BYU

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: F – Undraftable

Ever since Jeff Grimes left BYU, the offensive output for the Cougars has been on a downhill trend. Gone are the days of Zach Wilson and Jaren Hall being fantasy darlings. We’ve recently been served Kedon Slovis, who wasn’t even on pace for a top-60 finish at the quarterback position before getting hurt. His replacement, Jake Retzlaff, wasn’t much better on a game-per-game basis.

Courtesy of USF Athletics

Does Bohanon coming in alleviate the mediocrity we’ve seen from the quarterback position at BYU? I personally doubt it. He hasn’t taken a snap in a game of football since October of 2022. While he has a dual-threat ability that makes him somewhat interesting, if he does win this job, so does Retzlaff, and he wasn’t able to take advantage of that this past season. Given his long absence from action, I personally have a hard time seeing Bohanon winning this job. Long story short, I’m not a believer in the offense or the player, so it’s a big-time pass for me.

Braylon Braxton – Tulsa → Marshall

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: F – Undraftable

Going into last year, it was exciting to see Kevin Wilson and the staff be able to retain Braxton and get him back out of the portal. In 2022, Braxton seemed to find a new gear to finish the season, throwing 300+ and scoring 3+ TDs in each of his final couple of games.

However, things took a turn for the worst to start 2023, as two of Braxton’s first four passes were intercepted and he was then hurt on the next drive. Braxton saw some more action after his return from injury, but nothing extensive. The only game on the season he saw extended reps was against SMU, where he threw two more INTs. He finished the season with a 2-6 TD-INT ratio. Braxton seems to have flashed and fizzled out, and I’m not counting on him to suddenly produce at a program that made Cam Fancher, a dual-threat QB, QB76 in fantasy last year.

Zeon Chriss – Louisiana → Houston

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

Man, Houston is changing quite a bit, aren’t they? Gone is the CFF dreamland that is Dana Holgerson’s offense, and in comes Willie Fritz. Fritz has done some good things for college fantasy the last couple of years, giving us a Top 30 QB performance from Michael Pratt in 2022 (QB46 in 2023) and excellent RB performances from Tyjae Spears and Makhi Hughes in back-to-back years.

Meanwhile, Chriss had himself an excellent season for the Ragin’ Cajuns. If he was able to play all 12 games for Louisiana, Chriss would have finished as a top 12 quarterback. The problem is Chriss is no longer playing in the Sun Belt, and he’ll have direct competition with Houston’s incumbent QB, Donovan Smith, who himself had a top 20 fantasy season.

I actually lean towards Chriss winning the battle since he was who the new staff brought in. If he wins the job, I have no doubt he’ll be solid for CFF, but until he does, taking a shot on him in later rounds only feels fair.

Ben Finley – Cal → Akron

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: F – Undraftable

It seems the Akron QB position is destined to be, at best, a decent late best ball addition. In addition, I just have a hard time believing someone as unimpressive as Finley has been can just waltz in anywhere and expect a starting gig.

While DJ Irons and Jeff Undercutter are gone, Tahj Bullock has familiarity with the system Finley doesn’t have. The position seems capped at a Top 65 finish, with some explosives games here and there, but only if the QB playing has some legs to run with, which Finley decidedly does not have. Just not enough here to be excited about here.

Will Howard – Kansas State → Ohio State

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: B – High-Value Selection

This is probably going to come back to bite me, but I like this landing spot for Howard. Of course, I cannot ignore the fact that Ohio State’s offense regressed this past year, going from ninth in total yards per game in 2022 to 45th in 2023. Some of that falls on Kyle McCord, but I personally think there are more issues than just that, which makes me a little tepid on Howard and keeps me from placing him in the ‘A’ tier.

Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

However, Howard will win this job, based on his experience, I have no doubt about that, and his legs will bring an additional element to the offense. Yes, Day doesn’t love to run his QBs, historically. However, I think CJ Stroud’s rushing performance in the Peach Bowl in 2022 has gotten Day to reconsider his previous position on the matter. The problem is last year he was starting McCord, who provides you ZERO rushing upside.

It may be a hot take, but I think Day will let Howard run more than he’s allowed his previous QBs. If this offense bounced back even halfway to what it was the previous couple of years, Howard will have a floor of a Top 30 CFF QB, which is something I find valuable in the early rounds, especially as a QB2 for my roster.

KJ Jefferson – Arkansas → UCF

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: B – High-Value Selection

If you hear something wet, that’s the sound of CFF players everywhere salivating over this landing spot. So much so that I’m *this* close to giving this transfer an “A” tier grade. Jefferson was one of the bigger disappointments in CFF this past season, being drafted in the top ten and finishing almost outside the top 50. Arkansas’ disfunction was just too much to overcome, and Dan Enos all but eliminating Jefferson’s rushing is one of the most baffling coaching decisions of the year.

Now, Jefferson goes somewhere that’ll do the oposite of limit his rushing. A dual threat QB, especially one as big and durable as Jefferson, is a match made in heaven for Gus Malzahn and his offense. Look no further than what Malzahn has done with John Rhys Plumlee. Plumlee finished as the QB16 in 2022 and if he was healthy enough to play all 12 games in 2023, Plumlee was on track to finish as the QB10.

Jefferson will also inherit an offense that returns most of its key pieces, outside of Javon Baker, who is off to the draft. Another positive is that Jefferson won’t have to face the SEC West gauntlet anymore, so he’ll probably see more consistency in his performances in the Big XII. This is as close to perfect of a landing spot as you can get. My only hesitation is that unlike others I’ve given an “A” grade to, Jefferson hasn’t hit that elite CFF tier before in his career. Make no mistake, though: Jefferson may not be gone in the first two rounds of your draft, but he won’t make it past the third or fourth round.

Gevani McCoy – Idaho → Oregon State

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

I’ll fully admit to you that before this transfer, I’d only vaguely heard about McCoy in passing from FCS gurus like Chris Moxley (@Chrismoxley19) and Nick Allen (@CFBwinningedge), and what I’ve heard has been positive.

However, I’m worried about the Beavers in 2024. Jonathan Smith left that program for dead, taking away big pieces like Aidan Chiles and TE Jack Veiling. They’ve also lost Silas Bolden to the portal, and they’ll be losing three starters along the offensive line.

Even besides all that, McCoy’s production at the Vandals doesn’t blow me away. In 12 games, he had less than 3,000 yards passing and a TD-INT ratio of 15-8. His rushing isn’t nothing, with a line of 88-188 yards-2 last year, but that averages out to two yards per carry. If he repeats that this year, that would’ve been good for QB60 for CFF. I’m just not seeing it. If you like his talent like the two smart guys above, I’d wait until the later rounds to grab him.

Dylan Morris – Washington → James Madison

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

I was *this* close to dropping Morris in my dynasty league where I held him and then suddenly a notification drops telling me he’s headed to James Madison. Now, if Curt Cignetti was still the head coach, I would’ve felt like I hit the lottery, as Cignetti and staff turned Todd Centeio and Jordan McCloud into bonafide CFF studs despite their lack of talent.

However, Cignetti is out, and in is Bob Chesney, whom I had not delved into his offensive history as a head coach. When I looked, what I saw blew my mind. Over the last couple of years, Chesney and his quarterback, Matthew Sluka, have terrified the Patriot League at the FCS level. Sluka’s rushing production was insane to behold.

Now, from what we’ve seen of Morris, he is not the rushing threat that Sluka clearly is. However, clearly, Chesney wants his QBs to run, and that should immediately excite any CFF player. Even if Morris doesn’t reach Sluka’s production, half of it would give him a floor good for most weeks in CFF.

Of course, there’s the possibility that Morris also doesn’t run at all, doesn’t fit the system, and this all crashes and burns. But the interesting thing is that if Chesney didn’t believe Morris fit his system, why not go get Sluka, who is in the portal and not committed to anywhere right now? That gives me confidence that Chesney thinks he can work with Morris. The whole thing is a bit too much risk for me to invest too high of draft capital in, but you can pick on players far worse than QBs who are set to lead systems that have produced 1,000-yard QB rushers the last two years.

Maalik Murphy – Texas → Duke

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: F – Undraftable

Nate Marchese says it best that when it comes to selecting CFF, you want one of two things. You either want a dual-threat QB of some kind, or you want a guy who is gonna throw it 45-50 times on the regular. If you have neither, you don’t have a CFF QB.

Murphy, for all the hype some gave him this year, is likely going to disappoint massively in 2024. Murphy is emphatic that he does not want to run. In two games starting for Texas, he had zero rushing attempts outside of a sack. So if he won’t run, will he throw it 45-50 times a game? Very doubtful.

Forget that Manny Diaz is the defensive-minded head coach for a minute. Duke’s new offensive coordinator is Jonathan Brewer, who was the QB coach/co-OC at SMU. That sounds promising at first, especially with Preston Stone finishing as QB22 last year, even with his injury late in the season. However, Stone showed a willingness to run the ball and is a better QB overall than Murphy. Even still, Stone only threw the ball more than 40 times in one game.

Murphy will also lack the receiving threats Stone had. Duke returns, as of now, Jordan Moore for one more season. There is just not a path for Murphy to get the passing production needed to make up for his other deficiencies. I’m fully avoiding.

Ty Thompson – Oregon → Tulane

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: F – Undraftable

What we’ve seen out of Thompson, whether it be blowouts or the Oregon Spring games, hasn’t been super inspiring. The former 5-star prospect waited his turn patiently in Eugene, OR. But when the staff brings in the likes of Dillon Gabriel and Dante Moore, it sends a pretty clear message.

Thompson now moves to Tulane, which has been taken over by former Troy head coach Jon Sumrall. Sumrall’s track record with QB production hasn’t been strong the last couple of years, with Gunnar Watson finishing as the QB96 in 2022 and QB46 in 2023. A lot of that has to do with Sumrall preferring to ride on the back of one of his RBs. The unfortunate thing for Thompson is that there is a stud RB waiting at Tulane in Makhi Hughes, who should be in for a huge year under Sumrall’s system.

The other unfortunate thing is that Thompson will have competition with Kai Horton, the longtime backup for the Green Wave. Thompson’s recruiting pedigree says he should be able to take this job. But the fact that the staff convinced Horton to withdraw from the portal leads me to believe Horton has a legit shot to win this job. The lack of upside and guarantee to win the job just has me staying away from this whole situation.

EJ Warner – Temple → Rice

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

It may surprise some to learn that JT Daniels was on his way to having a solid CFF season under center for the Rice Owls before getting hurt. Had he played 12 games, Daniels was on pace for a QB36 finish. It is nothing that blows anyone away, but it is a solid backup option in most leagues.

Courtesy of The Temple News

Now in comes Warner to replace him. He seemed to be P4 bound when he first transferred from Temple, but it instead looks like he’ll stay at the same level. He just needed to get out of the hellscape that was Temple football.

Warner is used to throwing a metric ton of passes at Temple, averaging 40 per game. He should expect a similar number at Rice, who averaged 36 passes a game in conference play last year. Rice also returns most of their receiving crop outside of star player Luke McCaffrey and also returns their second-leading receiver, RB Dean Conners. Warner should have plenty to work with. He feels like a safety blanket QB you can grab in the later rounds who lacks the upside, skill-wise or system-wise, to be an elite option.

DJ Uiagaleilei – Oregon State → Florida State

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: C – Mid-Round Selection

People like to clown on DJU, given the absurdly high expectations placed on him after following up Trevor Lawrence. His performance in 2021 was among the worst QB busts for college fantasy in recent memory.

However, people don’t talk enough about what he’s done for fantasy since then. As the starting QB for Clemson in 2022, even with the offensive struggles, DJU finished as the QB20 in college fantasy. This past year, DJU finished as the QB34, and that was with him sharing the rushing spotlight with Damien Martinez.

Now, he goes to Florida State, and I have little reason to believe he won’t succeed here as well, given both his skillset and what Norvell has done in the past couple of years. Two years in a row, Jordan Travis has finished in the top 30 QBs for CFF under Mike Norvell. This past year, before he was hurt, Travis was on his way to a QB16 finish.

Florida State’s offense will probably take some step back, given the loss of Keon Coleman, Johnny Wilson, Jaheim Bell, and Trey Benson, but all I see is more reason to rely more on DJU. A finish of QB20-35 feels all but assured, and I’ll take that kind of floor in the middle rounds.

Caden Veltkamp – Western Kentucky → Western Kentucky

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: C – Mid-Round Selection

In 2022, Austin Reed slid right into where Bailey Zappe left off and finished the season as a top 5 CFF QB for the year. Following the season, Ben Arbuckle leaves, and Drew Hollingshead is hired as OC. The 2023 season ensues, and most of the discourse around the Western Kentucky offense is about how they’ve clearly taken a step back, and the CFF relevance of the system is on thin ice.

With all that discourse, I think some of you would be surprised to learn that Reed, while taking a step back, still finished as a top 20 CFF quarterback last year. With Reed gone, tho, the future of the WKU signal caller was in extreme doubt, especially once Caden Veltkamp entered the portal. It seemed inevitable that WKU would add someone out of the portal. Then, the bowl game occurred.

Nepotism beneficiary extraordinaire Turner Helton got the start and committed two turnovers on the first two drives of the game. Veltkamp was allowed to sub in and proceeded to lead the Hilltoppers to an amazing 28-point comeback. Along the way, he threw for 383 yards and five TDs while also picking up 53 yards on the ground with 19 carries.

Following the game, the WKU program seems to have united around Veltkamp, causing him to transfer back to Bowling Green, KY. The downside here is that we are obviously taking a lot away from a singular performance. That performance was against a horrific Old Dominion secondary (118th in the nation), and in a game, they were forced to pass 52 times to catch up in scoring.

In addition, the offense could continue to regress under Drew Hollingshead as OC (not an impossibility). However, I think the juice will be worth the squeeze so long as his value doesn’t get too high in drafts. Veltkamp won’t get the benefit of the doubt like Austin Reed did last year, but he’ll still be a solid option to grab in your middle rounds, just based on the program he is starting for.

Running Backs

Kaelon Black – James Madison → Indiana

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: F – Undraftable

It makes sense. I don’t like it, but it makes sense. I’m just not sure what to do with this Indiana offense. They add a lot of intriguing pieces, but I just don’t know who will step up or if this offense gets off the ground in year 1.

Courtesy of JMU Athletics

Regardless, one thing I do know I won’t be touching is this RB situation. Kaelon Black finished as the RB112 last season under Curt Cignetti and now follows Cignetti to Indiana. He split touches with Ty Son Lawton, who is also transferring to James Madison.

In addition, the staff is also bringing in Elijah Green, who led UNC RBs in carries in 2022. The room is just getting too crowded, and the staff has already shown that Black isn’t a guy that this offense will ever run through. Add in the jump from Sun Belt competition to Big 10 competition, and you’re not gonna find me anywhere near this mess of a backfield.

Kadarius Calloway – Old Dominion → Cal

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: F – Undraftable

This has to be the worst-case scenario for Calloway, right? It was understandable that he needed to leave Old Dominion, as the staff never seemed to understand how to utilize him correctly. On the season, Calloway averaged 7.1 yards per carry and yet was only given the ball more than 15 times in a game just twice.

When he transferred, many were excited he could find somewhere he could go to get more touches. Instead, he goes to California, where Jaydn Ott is solidified as the start player, and there are not typically enough points to go around for multiple backs to be productive there. One of the more disappointing landing locations for a high-upside player this offseason. Only draft Calloway if you believe in handcuffing.

Trevor Etienne – Florida → Georgia

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

Etienne made no bones about it when he said he wanted to transfer to a winner. However, does landing with Georgia make him a winner in the eyes of the fantasy managers who wanted him to take off with the Gators? Eh, probably not, but there’s some reason to believe there’s a path to relevance.

It’s no secret that Georgia’s volume for their RBs isn’t what we’re looking for in CFF. The leading rusher for Georgia has been hard-stuck around 160 carries since 2019. Georgia prefers to split their carries. However, in the last two years, even with Georgia throwing the ball more than ever, the RBs still get the love when it comes to the touchdowns.

This past year, both Daijun Edwards and Kendall Milton saw 13+ TDs. The year before, Kenny McIntosh saw 12 in total. No reason to believe that will be any different in 2024 unless Kirby is dead set on getting Carson Beck a Heisman. That boatload of TDs has allowed McIntosh and Edwards to finish as top 45 CFF RBs in their respective seasons.

The question remains: can Etienne outperform that? I would argue that Etienne, if he stays healthy, is the best back UGA has had in the last couple of years. So if he can solidify a 1-status, while Andrew Paul and Roderick Robinson are 2A-2B, there’s a path. A lot remains to be seen, but I won’t fault anyone for betting on talent in an offense that’ll hit 40 points a game again.

Ja’Quinden Jackson – Utah → Arkansas

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

I’m hoping that Arkansas can get back on track next year. It would be great if we saw the offensive system that made Raheim Sanders a top-10 RB in CFF 2022, not whatever the hell he was this year.

Sam Pittman has bought himself another year after firing the disaster that was Dan Enos. He brings in Bobby Petrino to coordinate the offense, which should increase the scoring opportunities, at least for RBs. Petrino typically runs a committee approach in the backfield, which is a ding against Jackson. It also doesn’t help him that Arkansas brings back Rashod Dubinion and Isaiah Augustave, two backs who will warrant their fair share of carries next year.

Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

When Jackson was healthy at Utah, he averaged almost seven yards a carry in 2022, just unbelievable efficiency. If he can get back to that, he’ll lead this backfield and maybe even break away from the expected committee.

However, that is only theoretical, and more issues arise when you consider Arkansas is likely to start Taylen Green at QB, who will get his own share of the rushing pie as well. I like the player, at least what he was in the past, so I’ll take shots here and there, but I’m not putting much into Jackson outside of that.

Quinshon Judkins – Ole Miss → Ohio State

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: A – Elite Selection

In my book, in order to get an “A” grade on this scale, you need to have been an elite CFF option in the past, and you need to be going to a system that has produced an elite CFF option in the recent past. Judkins checks both of those boxes with his transfer to Ohio State, assuming Tre Henderson declares for the draft.

Ohio State has not produced an elite option at the running back position in the last two years, but I believe that has to do with two things. For one, Henderson’s health, and second, how loaded their running back room was this past year. Henderson finished as the RB9 overall in 2021 as a true freshman. He quickly established himself as the best back in the room and maybe one of the best in the country.

However, disappointment struck greatly with his sophomore year, where he missed four games, was banged up for many more, and only hit 20 fantasy points a single time. Then 2023 came around, and Henderson was banged up once more, and a repeat of 2022 looked inevitable, especially with him missing three games in the middle of the season. Then, when Henderson returned, he went on a rampage. Henderson scored 118.3 fantasy points in his final five games. Had he been this way all 12 games, Henderson would’ve finished as the RB3 on the season. So it was clear when Henderson was healthy, Ohio State was willing to run through him.

Then there’s the matter of the crowded room. Ohio State loses Miyan Williams, Chip Trayanum, and Evan Pryor this off-season, all backs that have contributed to significant workloads for the Buckeyes. That was part of the reason why Ryan Day was so comfortable limiting Henderson’s snaps. Without those three rotating, Henderson would’ve probably finished higher than he has.

Let’s bring this back to Judkins. He has already shown at Ole Miss he can be a workhorse back and provide elite CFF production for two years straight. He’s entering an Ohio State backfield that will ride their top guy so long as he is healthy. His only real competition for touches is Dallan Hayden, a talented back, no doubt, but not nearly the loaded chamber the Buckeyes have had the last couple of years.

Mark my words, Ohio State will return to being an elite program for CFF running backs this season with Judkins at the helm. Judkins was a top 10 back at Ole Miss and remains a top 10 back for CFF at Ohio State

Jo’Quavious Marks – Mississippi State → USC

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: B – High-Value Selection

Lincoln Riley’s running backs are weird. Playing CFF, it always seems like they’re great options, but when the numbers are put in front of you, they’re not the surefire bet we think they are.

In 2021, Kennedy Brooks finished as the RB46 (high of RB25 in week 8). In 2022, Travis Dye finished as the RB51 (although he was on pace to finish as the RB21 before getting hurt). In 2023, Mashawn Lloyd finished as the RB51 as well (he would’ve likely finished as the RB28 if he had played all 12 games). So, while there’s plenty of production for Riley’s top backs, they seem to either get hurt or fizzle out by season’s end.

Courtesy of Mississippi State Athletics

Can Marks break that trend? Possibly. As I mentioned with Etienne above, I’ll never fault anyone for investing in a top running back in an offense that will score 40+ points a game. As we can see above with Dye and Lloyd, if Marks stays healthy, there’s a path to finish as a top-30 RB for the position this year. Especially since Marks also possesses some great receiving ability as well.

In addition to that, as it appears now, Miller Moss is the most limited rushing QB Lincoln Riley has worked with in some time. Does this offer more opportunity to Marks? Caleb Williams scored 11 rushing TDs last season. If Moss cuts those in half, that’s a much higher-scoring floor for Marks than even Dye or Lloyd.

If I did a +/- system, Marks would decidedly be a “B-” grade, as this is not as strong of a CFF system such as the likes of Ohio State, Missouri, or Kentucky, but Marks leading this backfield warrants a top seven-round draft pick, if not higher, no doubt in my mind.

Marcus Major – Oklahoma → Minnesota

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: F – Undraftable

When this news broke, my friend Ben Wagner (@Bwag83 on Twitter) summed up the impact this transfer had very nicely and succinctly: “If anyone is worried, [Darius] Taylor’s five starts as a true freshman are only 37 yards short of Major’s five years at OU.” That, my friends, is all you need to know here.

Major is an afterthought. He is simply another body for an RB room that cleared out once they saw the monster Darius Taylor was becoming. This transfer will have zero impact on the 2024 CFF season unless Major can somehow be the only healthy back for Minnesota. Unless that happens, any pick made on Marcus Major is a wasted pick.

George Pettaway- North Carolina → James Madison

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: C – Mid-Round Selection

This year’s RB is absolutely stacked, but there comes a time, even in a year like this when you need to just take shots on guys in the mid-rounds. I think Pettaway at James Madison will be one I’m happy to gamble on.

There are plenty of reasons for this. One, I’ve been a believer in Pettaway since his high school days. It excites me to see him go to an RB room that has cleared out. Two, I, too, subscribe to the Mitch Hardt school of “Big Fish, Small Pond,” and as a former 4-star RB going to a Sun Belt school, Pettaway certainly fits that bill. Thirdly, I didn’t know much about Bob Chesney and the system he ran over at Holy Cross.

As I previously mentioned in the article, I obviously love him for Dylan Morris’ potential, but what about his running back production? What I found excited me, as Chesney has a history of providing workloads to his top options at running back. In just 2023, Jordan Fuller put forth a season statline of 156 carries for 1,046 yards and 18 TDS with six catches for 39 yards and a TD receiving over 11 games. If you extrapolate that to 12 games, that gets you 246 fantasy points, good enough for a top 12 finish in CFF at the RB position.

Obviously, TD regression will come, but even still, that’s an encouraging sign. The main competition for Pettaway will be Latrele Palmer, a redshirt senior in his final year, who led the Dukes in rushing back in 2021. However, he’s regressed every year to the point he only got 33 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown last year. I’m not worried about it.

I think Pettaway will be too good for this staff not to feature next year as James Madison looks to finally compete for a Sun Belt championship. That’s why I’m more than comfortable taking my shots in the middle rounds.

Tawee Walker – Oklahoma → Wisconsin

2024 Fantasy Impact Grade: D – Late-Round Flyer

Walker could be given a “D” or a “C”, or even a “B” and it entirely depends on your opinions of Chez Mellusi. Wisconsin, even with the change from Paul Chryst’s system to Phil Longo’s system, remains an incredible spot for college fantasy running backs. Despite missing two games, Braelon Allen finished as the RB32 in college fantasy last year, and he’s now off to the NFL.

Longo has been known to produce CFF-relevant backs over the years. Guys like Ty Chandler, Michael Carter, Javonte Williams, etc. So it makes sense to take a look at who will be next up for the Badgers at the position.

Mellusi makes a strong case, as he actually out-carried Allen to start the season and even outproduced him for a time before getting hurt in Week 3. His production had him on track to finish in the same range as Allen did before his injury. As of now, he’s my bet to lead the backfield in 2024.

Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

However, Walker’s transfer to the Badgers adds a wrinkle. Walker had an up-and-down season for the Sooners, starting off with two 15+ point performances in fantasy before being put on the back burner until Week 6, where he put up 19 points. Then he got hurt, was out for a game, and got the workload against Texas and Kansas, two of Oklahoma’s biggest games. Then he was relegated to single-digit carries again the following week. The lack of faith in Walker on a week-by-week basis was clearly why Walker transferred out.

Could the former walk-on actually arrive in Wisconsin and overtake Mellusi? I have my doubts, given his inconsistent performance, but he’s shown enough that if RB options dry up in the later rounds, I’m willing to put a few picks down on him.

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