College Football is finally here! Week Zero has come and gone, and we finally got some live college football to enjoy. As the season progresses, we will be going over the ever-changing landscapes on player values for devy and Campus to Canton leagues. Whether it’s a good play, bad play, crowded depth charts, or an injury, it’s’s always good to stay on top of the values on your roster.
Zach Charbonnet- RB, UCLA
Charbonnet was a forgotten man at Michigan. While he produced in limited games at Michigan, he was never fully given the starting job. After his sophomore year, he decided to enter the transfer portal on January 30th, 2021. He eventually landed with UCLA. Chip Kelly, head coach at UCLA, has put running backs into the NFL the past couple of years, and Charbonnet also looked to take advantage of this. Kelly has consistently had an impressive rushing attack.
In his first game with the Bruins, Charbonnet had a game that had Michigan fans and Harbaugh detractors screaming into the social media world. He went 6-for-106 and three touchdowns with an average of 17.7 yards a rush. While it was an impressive performance, Hawaii finished as the 106th best rushing defense last year out of 128 teams that played. That defense didn’t improve much coming into this season. Still, Charbonnet looked leaner and impressive. He has a big test against LSU in week one. His stock is rising, but he could be a valuable target for devy and C2C players with a few more performances like week zero.
Jalen Cropper- WR, Fresno State
Cropper has been a fan favorite of the CFF community since his breakout last season. He is the main target for Jake Haener and plays in a very pass-friendly offense. Fresno State finished fifth last year in passing, averaging 356.3 passing yards per game. Cropper had an explosive play this past weekend versus Uconn. While almost all of his yards came on one play, it was an amazing play.
Cropper’s value should continue to increase weekly, being the top target for one of the top offenses in college. He also has enough ability to be an NFL wide receiver as well.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson-QB, UCLA
Dorian Thompson-Robinson is sitting with a smattering of other quarterbacks with the possibility of being a first-round pick in 2022. In his first game of the 2021 season, he jumped off to a poor start. In his first drive, he missed wide-open receivers and overthrew others. He went on to struggle overall passing in the game. He did show a bit with his legs but did take some unnecessary chances and hits while on those runs. While some are saying he could be the next Zach Wilson, he still has a bit of a way to go. His mechanics are still lacking, as is his accuracy when passing the ball. Yet he still plays in a fantasy-friendly offense under Chip Kelly. His value should still be held for CFF and C2C leagues. However, his value could be falling when it comes to an NFL future.
Week zero only had five games, and typically you don’t want to overreact to just one game. While some players didn’t play their best this week, you want to see if it’s a trend or a blip on the radar. Week one is just around the corner, with practically every player in college football taking the field from Wednesday through Monday. Make sure to check back every week for our Stock Watch article.