Season to be Bowling IV

Noodle bowl

It’s the Season to be Bowling IV continued in the 4th installment. The games have been great so far, and it only gets better from here on out. Let’s look at the next devy/rookies that are worth paying attention to to you fantasy junkies.

Dec. 29

Armed Forces Bowl: California Golden Bears v. Air Force Falcons. I’ve only watched 3/4 of an Air Force game, but the game that I watched, they surprisingly beat out BSU. Air Force is pretty much a triple-offense, run-heavy team, so it’s hard to see a NFL caliber skill player in general cases. I do have my eyes on leading junior receiver Jalen Robinette. I saw a very raw prospect with good instinct in the open field and nice speed. On the Golden Bears side, underclassmen Jared Goff has been the talk of the draft Twitter circle. The current conclusion is that it would serve him better to stay one more year in school to learn the QB position. On the other hand, he is already among the top of the QB prospects for 2016. There is a lot to like about him, and this game is one that many will pay attention to. While statistically unimpressive, the ground game does carry two RBs worth monitoring: Daniel Lasco and Vic Enwere (kudos to: @FusueVue). Lasco had an injury-riddled season, and Enwere lacks experience, but both have a lot to offer. They get a devy watch list stamp. Lastly, I like to look at Kenny Lawler. He’s extremely stiff for a WR, and does not use his size to his advantage.

Russell Athletic Bowl: UNC v. Baylor Bears. This is a fun one, as both teams carry more well-known names. Signal caller and old man Marquise Williams had a slow start to the season, but finished with a highlight reel play. I doubt he’ll be highly drafted, as he’s not a NFL-caliber type guy (too many zone reads and predetermined throws or runs). Elijah Hood is an underrated runner who is forgotten behind other devy RB 2017 eligible names. He’s a shifty runner with good burst and power, but not exactly elite. The WRs that will be solid role players are Mack Hollins, Ryan Switzer (already said will be returning to school), and Quinshad Davis. As for Baylor Bears, the loss of two starting QB really hurt their season. Nonetheless, this team always carry some good players (though personally I’m extremely critical of the system and its transition to the NFL). I’m going to say true frosh QB Jared Stidham impressed me much more than previous Baylor QBs in his few starts. For the explosive offense, it’s spearheaded by one of the top 5 WR (currently in my rookie dyno draft proj.) Corey Coleman. I’m going to evaluate him with a critical eye, much like many Baylor WRs before him. But from what I can gather, he’s not a one trick pony like Terrance Williams. For devy players watch, Ishmael Zamora, Jay Lee, and KD Cannon are all interesting prospects to watch or at least fun for your CFB DFS. Running back Shock Linwood is probably moving on to the NFL. Outside of a couple of impressive power runs, I really don’t know too much. Devin Chafin is a GL powerback, but filled in well for when Linwood was out.

Arizona Bowl: Nevada v. Colorado St. - The only name that I truly know in this game is Rishard Higgins. Higgins led the FBS in receiving yards last year with Garrett Grayson as his QB and McElwain as his HC. Both have departed since then, so Higgins’ statistics dipped. Nonetheless, he is still among the top WRs to watch for this draft class

Texas Bowl: LSU v. Texas Tech – You don’t need me to tell you about Leonard Fournette, right? But other names you probably should pay attention to are Derrius Guis, a frosh who didn’t get much opportunity during the season, but is dangerous nonetheless. Travon Dural has already been ruled out of this game, but he’s most likely entering the NFL. His prowess was previously overshadowed by Landry and OBJ, but this year he started making a name for himself. On the Red Raiders side, an NFL hopeful who will probably work his way up from the Special Teams is Jakeem Grant. He is a multifaceted player with dynamic plays, but his durability, size, and speed are questionable for the NFL.

Dec. 30

Birmingham Bowl: Auburn v. Memphis - Auburn has been on a slump since their BCS champ season in 2013. Auburn carries a trio of RBs who are good not great including Peyton Barber, Jovon Robinson, Roc Thomas. They’ll be worth watching, but not someone to be excited about. While no longer on the team, D’haquille Williams is another guy for this year’s draft that is worth a late round pick in your rookie draft. He wasn’t anything amazing mind you, but he was better than Sammie Coates of last year. Finally, devy watchers be mindful of frosh QB Sean White. He had a couple of opportunity to play, after the starting QB flamed out. Very inexperienced, but he looked better than highly vaunted Jeremy Johnson. The tigers have a potential 1st round QB in Paxton Lynch. I was not impressed by Lynch in 2014, but he took some strides forward in 2015, and now in the conversation of one of the first QBs to be taken in the up coming draft. Strong arm and great athleticism, I dislike his decision making and pocket awareness.

Belk Bowl: NC State v. Mississippi State – The Wolfpack has a long shot QB that I’m not a fan of, but draft Twitter is excited about. The Ex-Gator current QB Jacoby Brissett will get to show case his impressive size and arm. He has pulled off some impressive wins as the signal caller in NC State, so sometimes these kind of QBs just need some coaching and a chance. The other skill position guy to pay attention to is Matthew Dayes and Jaylen Samuels. Dayes is not a work horse type, but does a lot with a little. Samuels is intriguing because of his versatility. He was one of the few Tight Ends in CFF that players can use. The Bulldogs will have to try to finish out their season strong. They began the year highly favored, but faded quickly. QB Dak Prescott is basically Tim Tebow 2.0, with a small improvement in ball placement, but equally poor patience and Football IQ. If he can get a starting job in the NFL, you’ll be using him as a QB2 for his rushing prowess. With that said, it’s easy to overlook his receiving weapon in De’Runnya Wilson. Wilson is actually a good WR with the tools needed to succeed in the NFL, but it’s quite hard to know what his real potential is from his film due to Prescott. Pay close attention to the things he does well, and you may find a gem on draft day.

Music City Bowl: TAMU v. Louisville – The Aggies is in the midst of a tumultuous transition. Right after the regular season ended, the two 5-star QBs declared that they are transferring out of the school followed by a series of de-commitments. Without a true signal caller, I think this will be more of a ground game with Tra Carson leading the way. There is little to be excited about, but I think he is a draft worthy RB in the late rounds. It will be interesting to see if receiver Josh Reynolds will opt to get out of college station ASAP with everything going on. He actually put up very impressive film in 2014, when the team had some stability at QB. This year was a down year for him. Devy players will look to Ricky Seals-Jones, Speedy Noil, and Christian Kirk. Every single one of these names were highly touted recruits, but Seals-Jones and Noil have red flags off-field. Christian Kirk came on the scene as a true frosh despite already having this impressive set of receivers, and he proved why it was impossible for the coaching staff to redshirt him. He puts on a clinic on both special teams and as a receiving weapon. On the other side of the field will be the big Ls. The team itself carries a lot of playmakers, but not many that are NFL talent. Devy owners should pay attention to Devonte Peete a freshman WR who is tall and has a chance to make noise next year. Longshots such as Brandon Radcliff and Jamari Staples will be leading this offense along with the three-headed QB monster.

Holiday Bowl: USC v. Wisconsin – The day caps off with another favorite school of mine to follow. The Trojans always have high-end talent that gets drafted high, but rarely gets a good NFL player. Nevertheless, the recent crop have become role players and contributors that you’ll like for your fantasy teams at some point. Starting with QB Cody Kessler, he’s smart, accurate (at least the box score says so), and a stat machine, this signal caller has experienced a lot of uncertainties in his college career (two coaching changes, including the bizarre one with Sarkesian). Kessler’s strength may lie in his ability to find his playmakers and get the ball into their hands. On film, he has a weak arm and seem to get bailed out by his surrounding talent a lot. Running back Justin Davis is a hardnose grinder with an overall RB abilities, but just average on all of them. More interesting are the devy talents. Juju Smith-Schuster, Adoree Jackson (plays both ways), and Ronald Jones II is enough to make me salivate what they can do in the next level. Just watch the game and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Words cannot capture what Juju can do, and now imagine him healthy. The Badgers continue to pump out one position of note, and one position only, the running back. The name to pay attention to is Corey Clement. Having an injury filled season, Clement can only hope to save his season with a strong finish in this bowl game.

After this slate, the next few games carry some major names with some major talents. I cannot promise that I will be able to get into them all, as it gets really busy starting this week. If I do not get to writing a preview, I will shoot for a review of the rest of the bowl games. Until then, enjoy!

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