Start/Bench—Week 1  

 

Start

Jacoby Brissett, QB-North Carolina St at New Mexico State

We rode Brissett through the first four games of 2014 and there is no reason why we shouldn’t do the same in 2015.

 

Terrel Hunt, QB-Syracuse vs Rhode Island

There is no better time to maximize the dual-threat’s fantasy potential than during the first three weeks of the 2015 season.

 

Blake Kemp, QB-East Carolina vs Towson

Kemp was recently named the starting quarterback after Kurt Benkert was lost for the season and a soft season-opener against Towson is a great matchup to roll the dice.

 

Baker Mayfield, QB-Oklahoma vs Akron

Mayfield has a ton of potential around him and should get off to a fast start in Week 1 against Akron.

 

Tre Madden, RB-USC vs Arkansas St

The Trojans will likely use a stable of backs in the season-opener against Arkansas State, but expect Madden to get a majority of the early work.

 

LeShun Daniels, RB-Iowa vs Illinois St

Daniels brings a combination of speed and power to the running back position, something the Hawkeyes have lacked in recent years.

 

Madre London, RB-Michigan St at Western Michigan

London was obviously good enough in fall camp to separate from the other backs on the roster.  Plus, it’s hard to leave a starting Sparty tailback on your bench.

 

Terrell Newby, RB-Nebraska vs BYU

Newby isn’t exactly Ameer Abdullah and BYU isn’t exactly a Week 1 cupcake, but the junior back is out to prove that he’s the Huskers’ next feature back.

 

ArDarius Stewart, WR-Alabama vs Wisconsin

Stewart has proven to be the most dependable receiver throughout preseason camp and we like him to be the Tide’s No. 1 option at WR to start 2015.

 

Daikiel Shorts, WR-West Virginia vs Georgia Southern

Shorts is the Mountaineers’ most versatile receiver, as he will line up at IR and OR.  Shorts may be one of the more undervalued receivers headed into 2015 and we’re pushing our chips all-in on a big year. 

  

Bench

Reggie Bonnafon, QB-Louisville vs Auburn

Unless the Cardinals’ quarterback situation becomes much clearer before kickoff, we’ll advise fantasy owners to stay away as long as head coach Bobby Petrino is unwilling to name a starter for the season opener against Auburn.

 

Fredi Knighten, QB & Michael Gordon, RB-Arkansas Stat USC

Knighten should finish 2015 as one of the top fantasy quarterbacks in the FBS, but a tough matchup at USC will limit Arkansas State’s offensive output.  Knighten and Gordon should post some decent yardage totals, but the scores will be hard to come by.

 

Tyler Jones, QB & Robert Lowe, RB-Texas St at Florida St

Both Jones and Lowe will be solid fantasy options once the Bobcats get past Florida State in Week 1, but the risk is not worth the reward, especially if you have a handful of better matchups on your roster.

 

Jacobi Owens, RB-Air Force vs Morgan St

A foot injury kept Owens out of spring practice and limited his offseason workouts, so an easy Week 1 matchup may serve as a tune-up for the junior back, who topped 1,000 yards in 2014.

 

Larry Rose, RB- New Mexico St @ Florida

The Aggies are completely overmatched in a Week 1 matchup at Florida and their presumptive inability to score should cause fantasy owners to shy away from starting Rose.

 

Jordan Parker, RB-Middle Tennessee v Jackson St

The Blue Raiders are deep at running back and it may be wise to see how the carries get dispersed before inserting Parker into your weekly lineup.

 

J’Mon Moore, WR-Missouri vs SE Missouri St

Moore missed a portion of fall camp with a shoulder injury and fantasy owners should play it safe this week, especially since the Tigers don’t have much to prove against SE Missouri State.

 

Leonte Carroo, WR-Rutgers vs Norfolk St

Carroo will miss the first half of Rutgers’ season opener for violating curfew and he may not be needed in the second half of a game that may well be in hand.

 

Jared Dangerfield, WR-Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt

There seems to be a wind of uncertainty around Dangerfield’s availability this weekend, so fantasy owners may want to lean on the Hilltoppers other two receivers, Antwane Grant and Taywan Taylor.

 

Donovan Harden and Robert Davis, WRs-Georgia St vs Charlotte

It looks as if Harden will miss some time due to injury because he is not even listed on the Panthers’ Week 1 depth chart.  Davis is listed on the Week 1 depth chart, but there seems to be a cloud of uncertainty around his playing status in the season opener against Charlotte. 

 

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