As an owner of several Campus2Canton teams, diving into college fantasy football was the next step into how deep I have gone in fantasy football. Focusing on Devy and NFL prospects is not as difficult, and the resources available have become quite robust. It used to be difficult to find information, and now it is everywhere.
When building your Campus squad, focusing on winning the college side, the resources aren’t as readily available. It’s not tough to pull up Fantrax and check out the highest-scoring players. That’s a decent place to start in season or when preparing for drafts. But getting ahead of your league mates, identifying college stars or breakouts can take you to the next level.
I recently participated in a mock draft with CFF Guys, CFB Winning Edge, CFF Insiders, JD Yonke, Kevin Brown of Campus 2 Campus, Justin Nottingham, Corey Cavender, Jared of the Chasing the Natty podcast, The Gridiron Scholar John Laub, Mike Bainbridge, and Eric Froton, the FSWA 2020 College Sports Writer of the Year.
You will recognize many of these names, but some are deeper names, guys to target later in your C2C drafts. Players who will give you great college production and help you win your Campus league. I won’t spend a ton of time talking about the top Devy guys. I will tackle rounds one to three in this article, four to six next week, then seven through ten after that.
1.01 Malik Willis, QB Liberty
Willis is getting buzz as a potential first-round NFL pick next year, and he is the consensus first overall in college fantasy. He has a C2C ADP of 102 over the past few months, but the number is quickly rising.
Last season, he threw for 2,250 yards and 20 scores with six interceptions, but the rushing numbers are what makes him so valuable. Willis tacked another 944 yards and 14 TDs on the ground, all of which were in only ten games. We will take more about his NFL prospects over the next year, but Willis is the man in college fantasy.
1.02 David Bell, WR Purdue
A great NFL prospect as well as fantasy, Bell is the first WR taken here and has an average C2C ADP of 11.55. The Purdue product had 625 yards and eight touchdowns in only six games last season and now doesn’t have to contend with Rondale Moore taking targets. Bell is a beast on the field and a lock in your WR1 spot for college fantasy.
1.03 Bijan Robinson, RB Texas
With an average C2C ADP of 3.3, Robinson is the top RB in Devy, C2C, and college fantasy. Texas will score in droves, and he’s going to score a ton of points in his sophomore season. Robinson came on late in 2020, finishing with 703 yards and four TDs rushing while catching 15 passes for another 196 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
1.04 Breece Hall, RB Iowa State
Hall’s C2C ADP is 5.78, and he is one of the top backs in all formats. With Hall, he has produced more the past few seasons than nearly any other back in college football. Last season, he rushed for 1,572 yards and 21 touchdowns. Add in 21 receptions for 180 yards and two receiving TDs; Hall is going to anchor your RB1 spot in college fantasy and never disappoint.
1.05 Mohamed Ibrahim, RB Minnesota
Here is a player you can get later in C2C, with an ADP of 102.9, or acquire cheap and give you great college production. He isn’t much of a factor as a pass-catcher but rushed for 1,076 yards while scoring 15 times in only seven games last season. That is insane production!
1.06 Spencer Rattler, QB Oklahoma
As the QB for one of the highest octane offenses in the country, Rattler is an easy first-round choice in college fantasy. He is also one of the top C2C assets, with an ADP of 1.86. Rattler threw for 3,031 yards with 28 TDs versus seven INTs and gave a little extra value by rushing, scoring six times on the ground in 2020.
1.07 Matt Corral, QB Ole Miss
Corral has risen in C2C ADP, from 81 to 53 over the past few months, and is another of the top QBs in college fantasy. Playing in a Lane Kiffin offense, Corral threw for 3.337 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2020. He is also a bit of a threat as a runner, rushing for 506 yards and four touchdowns. The biggest knock on Corral is turnovers, he threw 14 picks in 2020. He is a gunslinger, and as they say; live by the gun, die by the gun.
1.08 D.J. Uiagalelei, QB Clemson
This was my spot and I really wanted Corral, instead I went with another high profile QB and Clemson’s new starter Uiagalelei. With a 2.44 C2C ADP, he’s also a top asset in other formats. These two games, his 2020 starts, below are why I am happy with this consolation prize.
1.09 Kayshon Boutte, WR LSU
Boutte finished 2020 with 735 yards and five scores, but the last game of the season signaled his arrival. He torched Ole Miss with 14 grabs for 308 yards and three TDs. He’s the fifth WR off the board with a C2C ADP of 14.31 and a valuable fantasy asset as well. Boutte won’t be easy to acquire and is steadily rising.
1.10 Treylon Burks, WR Arkansas
The third wideout off the board in C2C with an average ADP of 13.2, Burks is a beast of a WR, a rising star, and is valuable in college fantasy. Catching 51 passes for 820 yards and seven TDs in nine games, Burks is also used in different ways as the Hogs fed him 15 rushing attempts.
1.11 Sincere McCormick, RB UTSA
With an average ADP of 73.15 in C2C drafts, McCormick is a bit of a deeper guy to target for college fantasy production. He rushed for 1,467 yards and 11 TDs while also catching 20 passes in 2020. Expect another huge season for the Roadrunner back; he is one of the top producers in the NCAA.
1.12 Kyren Williams, RB Notre Dame
The Devy community is mixed about Williams’ pro prospects, but the dude can ball for college. He’s the focal point of the Irish offense and produced 1,438 total yards with 14 scores in 2020. They feed him the ball and also involve him in the passing game. Williams has a C2C ADP of 20.82, but some don’t see him as a viable NFL prospect, and he may be attainable for college production.
2.01 Calvin Austin III, WR Memphis
The second round brings some deeper names, starting with the lead receiver for the Tigers. Memphis gets new gunslinger Grant Gunnell, more on him later, but Austin should still be the target hog. He caught 63 passes for 1,053 yards and 11 scores in 2020; expect more of the same in 2021. Austin has a C2C ADP of 148.7 on average and has meager NFL potential being he’s only 5’9” and 165 pounds.
2.02 Khalil Shakir, WR Boise State
Just ahead of Austin in ADP is Shakir, with an average C2C ADP of 140.3. Shakir is another guy who can give you insane college production at a relatively inexpensive cost. He caught 52 passes for 719 yards and six scores in only seven games last season. Boise State gets him the ball other ways as well; he had 17 rushes for 148 yards on top of the receiving numbers. Shakir is a WR1 who can get you production on the college side and has a possible NFL future.
2.03 Isaiah Spiller, RB Texas A&M
One of the most valuable backs in Devy and C2C, Spiller’s ADP is 8.5, and he can put up RB1 numbers in college fantasy. He rushed for just over 1,000 yards and nine TDs while also catching 20 passes for the Aggies in 2020. Spiller shares touch with a talented group, but he is the alpha dog, and I expect those numbers to replicate and hopefully increase.
2.04 Dustin Crum, QB Kent State
I was a bit surprised Crum lasted this long. He is a strong asset in college fantasy and capable of huge numbers in the MAC conference. In only four games last season, he threw for 1,181 yards with 12 TDs and two INTs. With a C2C ADP of 164.5 and limited NFL prospects, Crum is an attainable player for college production and a player I am targeting in my Campus leagues.
2.05 Romeo Doubs, WR Nevada
The Wolfpack has the QB in Carson Strong and the stud receiver in Doubs to make some noise in 2021. Last season, Doubs caught 58 passes for 1,002 yards and nine TDs in only nine games. He is 6’2” and 200 pounds with a shot at making some noise in the NFL, so he may not be as cheap as some receivers in this mock draft. Doubs has a 124.0 ADP in our C2C mocks and drafts, and he is getting love in all formats.
2.06 Dillon Gabriel, QB UCF
Another QB I am surprised by the fall in this draft, Gabriel is going to have insane numbers in college fantasy. He had 3,570 yards passing with 32 TDs and only four INTs in just ten games last season. Gabriel has a C2C ADP of 82.2, so we definitely know his name in our formats. He has a shot in the NFL, but due to the offense he runs, Gabriel will most likely be only a strong college fantasy asset.
2.07 Bryce Young, QB Alabama
Young didn’t look the strongest in limited action last season, but it’s his offense now. Alabama changed offensive coordinators, Bill O’Brien is at the helm now, but I can’t imagine many changes. Young has the keys to the Cadillac and should have the huge numbers we have come to expect from Tide QBs and is a danger to rush as well. The C2C ADP for Young is 5.1, and he is a top asset in all formats.
2.08 Kevin Marks, RB Buffalo
If I have Marks on all my teams, it still isn’t enough – he is going to eat this year. While Jaret Patterson was rushing for 1,000 yards in six games, Marks was coming in and pummeling defenses too. He rushed for 741 yards in 2020 after rushing for 1,035 in 2019 while Patterson was the workhorse. Marks has 29 receptions over three seasons and is a strong runner who will see the full workload in 2021. He has good size and doesn’t go down easy. His C2C ADP is currently 176, criminally low for a player who may rush for 2,000 yards this season.
2.09 Sam Howell, QB North Carolina
With a 2.73 C2C ADP, everyone knows who Howell is and what he can bring to the table. I actually think he is in for a down season by his standards, with the Tar Heels losing so many key offensive pieces. Howell should still put up solid numbers and not kill you with turnovers.
2.10 Brennan Armstrong, QB Virginia
Here’s the first deep one, Armstrong isn’t even in our C2C ADP but is primed to have some big numbers as a college producer. In nine games last season, he threw for 2,117 yards and 18 TDs, but his rushing numbers give him more value. Armstrong rushed for 552 yards and five scores. Turnovers were an issue, and he threw 11 interceptions in 2020. He’s not a valuable asset as far as the NFL is considered, but Armstrong can get you some good numbers on the college side.
2.11 Jaquarii Roberson, WR Wake Forest
Roberson has a C2C ADP of 174.3, but I have been seeing him go earlier. He emerged as the top option in 2020 for Wake Forest. The senior caught 62 passes for 926 yards and scored eight times, and I fully expect those numbers to increase quite a bit in 2021. He has decent size and could also rise NFL boards. What I am saying is, target Roberson now before he explodes, and his price is much higher.
2.12 Tank Bigsby, RB Auburn
Another insanely talented 2023 RB, Bigsby has a lofty 8.83 C2C ADP and is primed for a big 2021. He rushed for 834 yards and five TDs with 11 catches in 2020, not eye-popping, but he is now the focal point of Auburn’s offense. Bigsby runs with a nasty disposition and does so much well, and it’s tough to see him not having a big 2021 season.
3.01 Marvin Mims, WR Oklahoma
Rattler’s go-to receiver will be sophomore Mims, and he has a helluva freshman season to build off of. He caught 37 passes for 610 yards and nine touchdowns, establishing himself as the alpha dog in Lincoln Riley’s offense. Mims has a C2C ADP of 24.3 and is an elite prospect in Devy too.
3.02 Chris Rodriguez, RB Kentucky
Following Kenneth Gainwell and Antonio Gibson is a tall task, but Rodriguez had an excellent 2020 season. He rushed for 785 yards and 11 TDs in the shortened season and will get a full workload in 2021. The Wildcat back is a late target in C2C with an ADP of 185.3, and I expect that number to rise though.
3.03 John Metchie, WR Alabama
The next Crimson Tide receiver to post insane numbers is presumed to be Metchie, but he will have competition. He has an ADP of 40.0 in C2C, and he’s a player I am not as high on but carries a bigger price tag. Can he build on the 916 yards and six TDs from last season, or is he going to be second fiddle to another emerging Bama WR?
3.04 Reggie Roberson, WR SMU
It feels like Roberson has been a good WR in college since the Obama administration; he’s in his fifth season and will produce on an offense that loves to push the ball. In only five games last season, he caught 22 passes for 474 yards and five scores. His C2C ADP is 172.3 on average, and he’s a good producing wideout you should be able to acquire for cheap production.
3.05 Jaylon Robinson, WR UCF
Robinson transferred from Oklahoma to the Knights and was Dillon Gabriel’s WR2 last season. He caught 55 passes for 979 yards and hit paydirt six times. Robinson is a smaller but electric playmaker, dangerous after the catch, and should be the top receiving option for UCF in 2021. He has a solid 149.2 ADP in our C2C mocks/drafts. Owners do value him, but his NFL prospects are somewhat limited, and he should be attainable.
3.06 Austin Jones, RB Stanford
Jones emerged as the lead back for the Cardinal in 2020, rushing for 550 yards, catching 21 passes, and scoring nine TDs in six games. His C2C ADP is 104.4, and it has been rising in the offseason. Jones is in line for a lot of production in 2021, and this could be a steal at this point in the draft. He has good size at 5’10” and 202 pounds. He could be a guy who gets NFL buzz with another solid season. Right now is likely the cheapest you can get Jones – unless he struggles this year.
3.07 Max Borghi, RB Washington State
Devy pundits seem to handle Borghi like he’s infested with the plague, but Borghi could be one of the best producing backs in college football. I was surprised to see his C2C ADP at 98.7, right in the range of Jones from above. He’s just a back that produces and catches a ton of passes – I love the pick here, and he can be obtained fairly inexpensively as well.
3.08 Ronnie Rivers, RB Fresno State
The Fresno State offense is ripe with college fantasy gold, and Rivers is one of the best backs in college for production. With only six games last season, he rushed for 507 yards and seven touchdowns and caught 27 passes with a pair of receiving touchdowns. The Bulldogs push the ball and feature Rivers, his C2C ADP is 166, and he’s a player I am targeting in college fantasy as well as C2C.
3.09 Jalen Tolbert, WR South Alabama
Tolbert is in the same boat as Rivers, on an offense that can push the ball and feeds him the ball. Tolbert had 64 catches for 1,085 yards and eight TDs last season; expect more of the same in 2021. He’s a lanky WR with a huge catch radius and a terror for small school DBs to handle. On our ADP, he is at 215, a good value at that point in drafts and likely not too expensive to acquire if you need a WR.
3.10 Garrett Wilson, WR Ohio State
A top Devy and C2C player with an ADP of 13.1, Wilson will also be fighting for targets with several other top targets, and we don’t quite know what to expect from him. He’s the most talented WR on the Buckeyes, caught 43 balls for 723 yards and six TDs last season, and should be the alpha receiver in 2021. How does that shake out as far as targets?
3.11 Leddie Brown, RB West Virginia
Brown’s C2C ADP went from 117 in February to 140.5 in March, then dropped to 223.8 in April – hard to get a bead on what C2C owners think of the Mountaineer back! As far as college fantasy, grab Brown, and you will be happy with his production. He rushed for 1,010 yards last season and also caught 31 passes, scoring 11 TDs total. At this point in college fantasy and C2C drafts, it’s hard to find RB1 production like that.
3.12 Drake London, WR USC
The USC offense should feature London this season, and hopefully, Kedon Slovis rebounds a little; London could be in for a monster season. C2C ADP for the junior Trojan in 33.5, almost exactly where he went in this draft too. He caught 33 passes for 502 yards while reaching the end zone three times in 2020. 2021 should see those numbers doubled at least. Grab London before it’s too late.
I will be back next week with rounds four through six and many more names that you should be targeting late in drafts. Or via trade is your college squads need beefing up. Paying attention to college fantasy is a valuable resource in identifying players outside of the Devy circles, focusing on players who have brighter NFL prospects.