As we kickoff another season in 2014, let us remind you that our Start/Bench list is void of the obvious names, most listed outside the weekly Top 20. We’ve identified several players that probably land on the fringe of second-guessing. However, staying true to theCFFsite philosophy, we will probably create more second-guessing than eliminating doubt. Therein lies the drama and excitement better known as college fantasy football. Good Luck!
Everett Golson, QB-Notre Dame vs Rice
Irish fans will realize how much they missed Golson’s playmaking ability pretty quickly, as the junior quarterback returns with a favorable Week 1 matchup against Rice.
Jacoby Brissett, QB-North Carolina State vs Georgia Southern
We’ve been saying in the preseason that the Wolfpack were going to provide some fantasy value during the first four weeks of 2014 and Brissett should help backup our prediction.
Kenny Hill, QB-Texas A&M at South Carolina
You have to believe that Head Coach Kevin Sumlin knows a thing or two about choosing the best quarterback on the roster that suits his style of play. One thing is for certain, quarterback Kenny Hill is surrounded by some playmaking talent.
Terrel Hunt, QB & Prince-Tyson Gulley, RB-Syracuse vs Villanova
Hunt’s dual-threat ability should make for a nice 1-2 punch with Gulley this weekend when the Orange host Villanova in Week 1.
Dominique Brown, RB-Louisville vs Miami
It is looking less likely that fellow running back Michael Dyer will be at full strength this week and may not play at all, making Brown a valuable fantasy option in Week 1. A week ago, this would have been a riskier play because Louisville does not play until Monday night.
Jay Ajayi, RB-Boise State vs Ole Miss
We don’t exactly take Ole Miss for a shutdown defense and Ajayi should get a heavy workload right out of the gate. The junior running back will find enough holes in the Rebels defense to reward fantasy owners that take a chance on him.
Shaun Wick, RB-Wyoming vs Montana
The Cowboys will pound the rock in 2014 and teammate DJ May has been limited with a toe injury, so expect Wick to shoulder the load in the opener against Montana.
William Stanback, RB-Central Florida vs Penn State
The Knights proved they could play with the likes of South Carolina and Baylor in 2013, so they’re not lacking confidence. However, quarterback Blake Bortles has taken his game to the NFL, so the offense may rely more on the running game in 2014, and William Stanback is more than capable of handling that responsibility.
James Quick, WR-Louisville vs Miami
We liked Quick and his playmaking ability before the injury to DeVante Parker, but now he will assume a bigger role in the Cardinals passing game.
Gehrig Dieter, WR-Bowling Green at Western Kentucky
The SMU transfer is a nice fit for Dino Babers’ fast-paced offense and his potential is the reason why we listed him as one of the top WR sleepers in 2014.
Speedy Noil, WR-Texas A&M at South Carolina
This may not be the best matchup for Speedy, especially given the cupcakes on the schedule over the next three weeks. However, this is the guy we told everyone was the ‘next coming’ in Aggie-land, so we stand behind our word and open ourselves up to cheers or jeers come Friday.
JW Walsh, QB-Oklahoma State vs Florida St
We’ve already heard that Walsh may lose a dozen or so snaps to Daxx Garman this weekend. When factoring in the Cowboys open against the defending national champion Florida State Seminoles, too much is working against Walsh and his ability to have a major fantasy impact.
Neal Burcham, QB-SMU at Baylor
We can almost guarantee that Burcham will be slinging it early and often and should post nice yardage totals for fantasy owners, but we’re not as optimistic about the Mustangs’ offense ability to put a ton of points on the board.
Clint Trickett, QB-West Virginia vs Alabama
The Mountaineers seem sold on Trickett as their trigger man for the 2014 season, but we are not ready to pull the trigger on starting the senior in Week 1 against the Alabama defense.
Anu Solomon, QB-Arizona vs UNLV
Solomon will take the first snaps with the Wildcats offense Friday night, but we are not ready to rubber-stamp the redshirt Fr. quarterback as the full-time starter until we see it.
PJ Walker, QB-Temple at Vanderbilt
What’s not to like about the dual-threat sophomore quarterback and his upside headed into the 2014 season? Fantasy owners need to temper that enthusiasm for one more week because the Owls’ schedule opens up nicely after a tough opener at Vandy.
DJ Howard, RB-Clemson at Georgia
Howard’s role became more important when the Tigers lost Zac Brooks to a season-ending injury, but we are not convinced that the senior back will receive a workhorse load on the road in Athens this weekend.
Corey Clement, RB-Wisconsin vs LSU
Let’s be honest. The Tigers will have their eyes on Melvin Gordon at all times, which could allow Clement to become the x-factor in Houston this weekend, but we’re not ready to put those chips in the middle of the table.
Leonard Fournette, RB-LSU vs Wisconsin
We know that the Tigers will likely run three backs at the Badgers defense and we can realistically see a scenario where Fournette, Terrence Magee, and Kenny Hilliard each receive 10-plus carries each.
Kenneth Dixon, RB-Louisiana Tech at Oklahoma
This is just a bad matchup on paper for the junior running back. Could we be wrong? Maybe. However, chances are pretty good that other backs on your roster have better Week 1 matchups.
Jerron Seymour, RB-Vanderbilt vs Temple
Seymour was sidelined for the first two weeks of fall camp and has slowly been eased into action. Now it seems that the junior back’s playing status for this week is in doubt, so he is not worth the risk in Week 1.
Corey Coleman, WR-Baylor vs SMU
Coleman is listed on the Bears’ Week 1 depth chart and in our preseason Top 30 WRs, but a recent hamstring issue leaves us with more questions than answers heading into the season opener against SMU.
Ty Montgomery, WR-Stanford vs UC-Davis
We’ve heard that Montgomery will be eased into contact even though he’s had no issues in practice. The Cardinal will not need the senior receiver to dispose of UC-Davis, so there is a chance that Montgomery may sit this one out.
UPDATE--Ty Montgomery has been medically cleared to play and will start the season opener against UC Davis.