Season to Be Bowling III

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Tis the Season to Be Bowling III

For the third installment, we’re finally heading to some more well known schools; some more names that I know to suggest paying attention. Before I start talking about them, I like to make an amendment on one of the players that I was told to pay attention to, that I didn’t mention in my previous posts. Tyler Erving from San Jose St. U. He has a NFL RB running style and a balance of power and size. Very likely a great gem for the upcoming draft. Now that he’s mentioned, let’s get down to it.

Dec. 24

Bahamas Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan. The notable name is on the WM side. He’s not only a name to watch for, but he’s potentially the top 4 wide recievers of this upcoming draft for fantasy purposes: Corey Davis. He’s very well known among the devy circles for his size and production. He steadily improved each season, and looks very good on the initial film that I watch of him. Other names to file away are QB Zach Terrell, WR Daniel Braverman, and RB Jarvion Franklin. Braverman especially was the production hog this year, and took the limelight away from Davis. This is good, since that means Davis will be overlooked, but not on my rankings.

Hawai’i Bowl: San Diego St. Cincinnati – On the preseason watchlist, Donnel Pumphrey only caught my attention because of his weird name (you’d be surprised how many weird names led me to fantasy players in the future). Pumphrey is the Aztechs’ offense. He seems to be an all-purpose back with 1.5k rushing and and also one of the leading receivers. I’m interested to put him high on my watch list. On the Bearcats side, QB Gunner Kiel may or may not make it to the NFL. His extensive injury history may cause many to shy away from him. Still, when healthy, he shows a very impressive throwing skillset. I have questioned his ability to breakdown defense though. I’ll keep my mind open. Devy owners may be interested in backup QB Hayden Moore. He was up and down filling in for Kiel, but showed good foundation for a QB with a lot of patience in the pocket. The two WR to really pay attention to for mid-round draft purposes are Shaq Washington and Mekale McKay. 

Dec. 26

So you are playing with your new present, or still recovering from the big dinner with your loved ones and family. It’s time to be treated to a morning coffee, and send family members who aren’t interested in football to the mall to get good post-Christmas deals. You on the other hand should be ready at 11 a.m.for the first of six slates of Bowl Games.

St. Petersburg Bowl: Conneticut v. Marshall – The Thundering Herd always carry some late-round watch guys. For this bowl game, you’re looking at Devon Johnson (RB), Devonte Allen (WR), and DeAndre Reaves (WR). It’s just an appetizer to enjoy.

Sun Bowl: Miami v. Wazzu – Yes, I am extremely biased. Yes, I am still trying to be realistic for fantasy purposes. Miami players always seem to blossom once they hit the NFL, so they are always worth watching despite their unimpressive performances on the college level. On the Hurricanes side, the eligible watch guys are Stacy Coley (WR) and Herb Waters (WR). Coley is the more talented one, and may fit best as a slot guy. He reminds me of a better version of Leonard Hankerson. For devy guys, Brad Kaaya (QB), Joseph Yearby (RB), Mark D. Walton (RB), Lawrence Cager (WR) and David Njoku (TE). On the Cougars side, sophomore QB Luke Falk is a stat machine. Though, I haven’t truly evaluated him, his game vs. Stanford showed some impressive quality as a guy to watch for for devy purposes. His weapons Gabe Marks (WR) and River Cracraft (WR) are names to keep in mind during the off-season.

Heart of Dallas Bowl: Washington v. Southern Miss - Not a lot of names that comes to mind on the Huskies’ side. Devy watchers are loving Jake Browning (QB). He is extremely raw, but he’s also a freshman so there’s lots of room to grow. He caught my eye with his ball placement despite his atrocious footwork. Myles Gaskin, the leading RB, is also not eligible yet, but was very good in leading the Huskies upsetting several PAC12 teams. On the Golden Eagles side, just one name that caught my attention late in the season: Michael Thomas. He possesses a nice size and knows how to use it in the red zone. He is also the leading receiver with 1,201 yards on just 62 catches.

Pinstripe Bowl: Indiana v. Duke – This game could potentially turn into a shootout or personally I hope its a beat down on the Devils. Nate Sudfeld (QB) should be healthy for this game, and eager to show off his arm. He’s not a prospect that would make immediate impact in the NFL, but possesses enough for me to pay attention. The intrigue is RB Jordan Howard. Perhaps a better runner than his predecessor, Tevin Coleman, Howard ran well against some of the stout B1G teams, so that always catches my attention. On the Blue Devils side, look for power runner Shaquille Powell and junior signal caller Thomas Sirk. Neither are exceptional or fantasy draft worthy, but always worth a late watch list guy.

Independence Bowl: Tulsa v. VT – Frank Beamer’s last game before he rides off to the sunset. Before we talk about Hokes, let’s look to the little known Tulsa. This team does have talent on the 3 skill positions. QB Dane Evans has a live arm, but poor fundamentals. One can only wonder if he can be any good in the next level. Zack Langer the RB who came in the season with lots of intrigue, but his season was mostly derailed by nagging injuries. Finally, Keyarris Garrett is an athletic WR, but will be mostly buried in this talented class. On VaTech, there is always some nice talent. Most of the fantasy-relevant ones are more for devy lovers. Isaiah Ford has already flashed a lot of talent that would put him in the conversation with the top WRs of this class, sadly he’s only a sophomore so the waiting continues. Frosh Travon McMillan only came in mid-season, but took the backfield by storm. The Hokies backfield does possess talent, but McMillan completely took that job away and looks to be an exciting prospect who will be eligible in 2018.

Foster Farms Bowl: UCLA v. Nebraska – The last game of the day, but equally exciting for football lovers. Freshman QB Josh Rosen was the buzz of the offseason for the Bruins. He came out looking like an above average passer with plenty of talent to back up the hype. He does show a lot of impatience that derailed what could’ve been an amazing season for the Bruins. I’d be curious to see if Paul Perkins (RB) will declare or not. Paul is an extremely talented RB who could vie for the top 8 RB of this class. Behind him, and for devy lovers, is an equally talented, albeit bone-headed runner Soso Jamabo. Jamabo is known for running away from the law or chasing after Asian girls, even before he took his first college snaps. But he earned some snaps nonetheless when most freshman would’ve probably been redshirted. The Bruins also carry two strong WR that you need to keep an eye on Jordan Payton and Thomas Duarte both are impressive WRs that will make a lot of noise in this draft class.

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