We’re already halfway through the College Fantasy Football season, so it’s time to look at some midseason moves for your C2C League. At this point, you should have taken a long look at your team. One of the hardest parts of playing fantasy is being able to objectively look at your team and figure out where you stand. Are you a top 3 team and a legitimate contender? Are you a middle-of-the-pack team? Maybe you’re at the bottom of the league and must look toward the future. Whichever category you fit in, it’s time to make some moves that align with your goals for your team.

Legitimate Contender

As a team at the top of the standings with some of the most points in the league, your team looks like a juggernaut. But you can always strengthen your team and keep your foot on the gas. Securing one more high-end CFF option can put your team over the top and ensure you bring home that title.

Jacob Cowing - Football - University of Arizona Athletics
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Top Targets

The players listed below are players that bring additional value beyond the high-end CFF production that they should continue to provide this year. While they may not be high-end devy assets, most of these players should be drafted early on the third day when they finally end their collegiate careers (McBride being the possible exception). Given the additional value they bring, it isn’t unreasonable to part with a young devy asset like Andrew Paul or Adonai Mitchell or a depth piece on the NFL side like James Cook or Donovan Peoples-Jones if it’s going to win you the college side.

Pos Player Years Remaining Fantasy Points/Game
WR Jacob Cowing, Arizona 1 27.8
WR Rashee Rice, SMU 0 26.9
WR Xavier Hutchinson, ISU 0 25.8
RB Jadyn Ott, California 3 24.3
RB DeWayne McBride, UAB 1 28
QB Bo Nix, Oregon 1 35.4

Fantasy Points/Game is based off of a basic league with PPR scoring on Fantrax.

WRs

Jacob Cowing, Arizona- Cowing has led his team in receiving yards every year of his college career and is doing it again after transferring to Arizona. He’s the #3 WR in CFF so far and has one year of eligibility left. However, he may declare for the NFL draft after the year he’s having at the Power 5 level.

Rashee Rice, SMU- Head Coach Rhett Lashlee likes to feature one WR, and this year that is Rice. With 12 or more targets in every game, Rice is a volume monster. He’s also likely a Senior Bowl candidate and could see a rise in the draft process with other top WRs not performing as expected.

Xavier Hutchinson, Iowa State- Another player with double digits targets in every game, Hutchinson has been the focal point of this usually run-heavy offense. Hutchinson is another candidate for the Senior Bowl and draft process riser. He may never be a star at the next level, but he could provide some fantasy value in the NFL.

RBs

Jaydn Ott, California- A player that we at Campus2Canton were not high enough on as a freshman, Ott has been sensational outside of the game against Notre Dame. The focal point of this offense, Ott is one of the top CFF RBs this season. While his NFL future is yet to be determined, he should provide CFF production years to come.

DeWayne McBride, UAB- If you’re wondering why McBride’s fantasy points per game doesn’t match what shows on Fantrax, it’s because he has a zero in week one despite not playing. McBride has at least 120 yards and one TD in every game. McBride’s schedule is soft down the stretch (except LSU, but they aren’t as scary as past years). He could be a league winner who has at least another year of eligibility and possibly two due to COVID.

QBs

Bo Nix, Oregon- The punchline of jokes for years, Nix haters were vindicated after one week against Georgia. Since then, however, Nix has had four consecutive games with over 40 fantasy points and 35 fantasy points last week. Nix faces some bad defenses down the stretch and doesn’t face any that scare you. He also has one year left due to COVID if he wants it. So while his NFL hopes may be slim, he can provide another year of production.

Photo courtesy of odusports.com

Cheap Targets

The players listed below are CFF-only options. While most of them have additional eligibility left that could help you beyond this year, they should not be counted on beyond college. For these players, offering an early-middle round supplemental pick like a fourth or a fifth-round pick should be sufficient to get the deal done in most leagues. Alternatively, offering a devy longshot type player like Jadon Haselwood or Julian Fleming could work as well for teams with more of a devy mindset.

Pos Player Years Remaining Fantasy Points/Game
WR Ali Jennings, ODU 1 26.9
WR De’Corian Clark, UTSA 1 25.3
WR Keylon Stokes, Tulsa 0 23.5
RB La’Damian Webb, So Alabama 1 22.3
RB Dae Dae Hunter, Liberty 2 20.3
QB Chevan Cordeiro, SJSU 1 29.1

WR

Ali Jennings, ODU- The #1 WR in points per game, Jennings has been uber-consistent with over 120 yards and a TD in four of five games. He has double the number of targets as the next closest player on the team and has another year of eligibility left, making him a great target for this year and more than a one-year rental.

De’Corian Clark, UTSA- Clark began the season on a lot of waiver wires. But now, he’s the leading WR for UTSA in terms of fantasy points per game, receptions, yards, and he is the WR8 in CFF. If he’s still available in your league, run and spend 80-90% of your remaining FAAB to get him! Clark has at least 15 fantasy points in every game except against Texas and four games over 20 fantasy points. Clark also technically has one year left as well due to COVID.

Keylon Stokes- Coming off an injury last year, it was easy to forget how productive Stokes had been in the previous years. Stokes has led Tulsa in receiving three straight years from 2018-2020, and he’s doing it again this year. Stokes has at least six catches and 100 yards in every game this year except against Ole Miss. He will face Tulane in a few weeks. But, the rest of his schedule is nothing to worry about and he gets soft matchups in his last three games against Memphis, USF, and Houston.

RB

La’Damian Webb, South Alabama- La’Damian Webb was once a 3-star recruit at Mississippi State. He struggled to stick with a team throughout his college career but has found a home in South Alabama. Webb has 20 touches in every game except one and is involved in the passing game. He somehow has one year of eligibility left and should provide good CFF production for another year after this year.

Dae Dae Hunter, Liberty- After transferring from the disaster that is Hawaii, Hunter found a new home that actually uses his skillset. Hunter has double digits carries and a TD in every game this year and is involved in the passing offense as well. Hunter will have two tough games down the stretch against Arkansas and BYU. But, he does also get Gardner Webb, UConn, and New Mexico State as well. With two more years of eligibility left, Hunter can help now and in the future.

QB

Chevan Cordeiro, San Jose State- Aside from a game against Auburn, Cordeiro has had 27 or more fantasy points in every game this year. San Jose State has a very soft schedule to end the season. With his dual-threat ability, Cordeiro could be a potential league winner down the stretch and has one more year after this year.

Former state champion teammates competing against other for same Clemson football spots
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Rebuild

Not every team can be a contender. In most leagues, only three or maybe four teams have a realistic chance of winning the league without a considerable amount of luck. The “all I have to do is make the playoffs and anything can happen” mentality can pay off, but rarely does. As such, it’s essential to know when to sell off your productive seniors and build for next year and beyond. 

The players below offer some combination of expected future CFF production and devy potential. If you are no longer focused on pushing for the title this year, these are prime players to target with your productive seniors who won’t be on your roster next year. Players like Adrian Martinez, Mo Ibrahim, or Jayshon Jackson are players I would be offering. Antonio Williams may cost you a little more to acquire than the others depending on the league. Adding an early-middle round supplemental pick may get the deal done.

Pos Player Years Remaining Fantasy Points/Game
WR Antonio Williams, Clemson 3 9.1
WR Kobe Paysour, UNC 3 9.1
WR Jared Brown, Coastal Carolina 3 16.5
RB Kaleb Johnson, Iowa 3 8.06
RB Miles Davis, BYU 3 4.98
QB Brady Allen, Purdue 3 0

WR

Antonio Williams, Clemson- The Clemson passing offense looks much improved this year. And while the offensive line play has been a major factor, so has the play of Antonio Williams. The leading WR in receptions for Clemson, Williams gives this offense something it has lacked recently: a dynamic slot option. If his usage continues, he should be a viable CFF option if he can get more stable QB play. And the early career production from the #9 WR in this class also bodes well for his NFL potential

Kobe Paysour, UNC- When Josh Downs went down with an injury, the redshirt freshman Paysour filled his role. He had at least five targets, 70 yards, and a TD in both of the games without Downs. Downs seems likely to move on to the NFL next year, leaving a large vacuum in his departure. Paysour is currently the favorite to fill that role again.

Jared Brown, Coastal Carolina- With their two leading receivers off to the NFL in Jaivon Heiligh and TE Isaiah Likely, Coastal was looking for players to step up. Redshirt freshman Jared Brown has been one of those to step up, increasing his snaps and targets every week. He is now the deep-threat WR in this offense, with over 20 yards per reception in his last three games. His NFL future may be in question coming from this Group of 5 team with a gimmicky offense. But if Brown keeps up his performance so far, he could be a fantasy starter for years to come.

RB

Kaleb Johnson, Iowa- A 3-star RB with excellent size, Johnson was entering a backfield losing its bellcow in Tyler Goodson. Gavin Williams and LeShon Williams were expected to be the candidates to lead this backfield, but it’s been Johnson who has led Iowa in carries over the past three weeks. Iowa’s offense is terrible, so it hasn’t led to consistent fantasy success. But he’s in a run-heavy offense that has produced CFF starters before and occasionally puts players in the NFL.

Miles Davis, BYU- With BYU’s rushing attack looking for a spark, they turned to the redshirt freshman WR turned RB in Davis against Wyoming. He led the team in carries the following week as well until he suffered an injury. He’s likely to be heavily involved when he returns, even if he isn’t a bellcow. With Christopher Brooks out of eligibility after this year, Davis should have the opportunity to be a bellcow next year and be a fantasy starter.

QB

Brady Allen, Purdue- Purdue typically boasts one of the most pass-heavy offenses in the country. Starting QB Aidan O’Connell and backup Austin Burton are both sixth-year players out of eligibility. Allen’s primary competition for the job next year will be Michael Alaimo, a 4-star QB in the class of 2020. It will be a battle to watch, but Allen fits Head Coach Jeff Brohm’s typical QB a little better than Alaimo. Allen’s odds of being an NFL QB aren’t particularly high, but there is some hope there.

One of the most important aspects of trading is knowing who to target. And no, I don’t necessarily mean players. Knowing which teams in your league to target is vital for completing trades and having both parties come away feeling like they made their team better. If you’re a top contender, look at the players on the rosters of the teams sitting in 10th, 11th, and 12th place for CFF starters you could pry away. Conversely, if you’re sitting in 10th, 11th, or 12th and have a senior who is having a productive season, look at the rosters of the teams in second, third, or fourth for players who could help you in the future. The suggestions above won’t be helpful if you’re trying to pry Rashee Rice from a team who is still competing for the title. The easiest trades to make are the ones that genuinely benefit both teams.

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