– Article Last Updated: August 2, 2014
Today we bring you over 20 NCAA college football WR’s that should be on your daily fantasy radar this season. Only a few guys stand out as clear #1 type guys – so once the real games being in college football – Daily Fantasy Grind will supply you WR picks just like last season. For now, we preview the guys you should already be familiar with:
Pittsburgh – WR Tyler Boyd as a true freshman last season put up 85 catches, 1,174 yards and 7 TD’s (3 came in one game so you’d like the TD number to go up). The team also recently invited the sophomore to be to the team’s media day – a sign that the team expects even bigger things from him this season. I’d expect Boyd to be a solid #2 with #1 upside against weaker competition.
Duke – WR Jamison Crowder is one of the best WR’s in the country and should be near the top of the WR most of the season. He’s the only WR in the top 10 of college football receiving yards to not move onto the NFL this season. Against cupcake type defensive matchups, he’s nearly a must-start and you can start him against tougher teams, just don’t overpay for him those weeks.
Conneticut – WR Geremy Davis stands out because he was extremely consistent last season for the Huskies. He should be considered a sleeper #3/Flex guy that would be worth starting if you were looking for a steady guy at that spot.
UNLV – WR Devante Davis might not be available on all daily sites – but he’s the best WR in the Mountain West conference. Last season he had 1,290 yards on 87 catches – with 14 TD’s. He’s a solid #2 WR – especially against weak team and might be a value pickup if daily sites don’t recognize his talents.
Central Michigan – WR Titus Davis is worth a look if your DFS lets you pick Central Michigan players. Last season he posted over 1,100 yards and 6 individual games over 100 yards receiving. He’s a boom/bust type player – but against weaker talent can be considered a #2 with #1 upside.
Baylor – WR Antwan Goodley returns alongside QB Bryce Petty – and the two make one of the most dynamic duos in college football. Last season Goodley had over 1,300 receiving yards on 71 catches. Baylor has a fairly weak schedule compared to top teams in the NCAA, so Goodley should be a #1 WR just about every week.
WR Dorial Green-Beckham –might be able to play this season after transferring to the team this off-season. He’s a talented player – who’s a potential #1 or #2 WR against weaker talent. UPDATE: The NCAA denied his transfer request to play this season, so he’ll sit out the entire season.
Houston – WR Deontay Greenberry was near the top of the list during the 2013 daily fantasy season, and he should be near the top again this season. Last season he was pretty consistent and had over 1,200 yards receiving.
Florida State – WR Rashad Greene returns & will benefit playing alongside one of the best QB’s in the country. While FSU does have a tougher schedule – Greene and others might benefit because they will play 4 quarters more often. Last season he had 76 catches and 1,128 receiving yards – but his production did tail off near the end of the season. He should be considered a #2 WR with upside if the price & matchup is right.
East Carolina – WR Justin Hardy has put up back-to-back 1,000+ yard receiving. He returns this season after catching 114 balls last season. He should be considered a solid #1 or #2 option just about every week now that the Pirates move into the AAC conference. Fans are expecting big things from Hardy, and he should be on your radar most weeks this season.
Fresno State – WR Josh Harper returns as likely the Bull Dogs #1 option at WR, but the team will be missing many other weapons that have moved onto the NFL. Harper missed a few games last season, but still racked up 79 catches and over 1,000 yards – so he’s worth keeping an eye on against weaker competition.
SMU – WR Darius Joseph was a viable play last season, especially in PPR’s that awarded 1 point per catch (as apposed to 0.5 or less). He finished the season with 103 catches, 808 yards but only 5 TD’s. Teammate Jeremy Johnson (now on Bengals squad) had 112 receptions – so there should be some room for Joseph to improve this season. He’s probably a sleeper/cheaper #2 WR against weak competition this season.
Kansas State – WR Tyler Lockett is one of the most talented WR’s in the country. He’s an explosive player who had 7 games with over 100 receiving yards (2 over 230 yards) receiving. He also can contribute on special teams. He should be considered a strong #1 or #2 WR most of the season.
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Washington State – WR Game Marks had some off-field issues that might knock him down psychologically in fans minds, but he still has a chance to be a viable #3/Flex type WR in your lineup with upside. The trick with Marks is knowing when to start him, as he rather inconsistent, but can show up in big games like he did last season at Oregon (13 catches / 143 yards / 1 TD).
Arkansas State – WR J.D. McKissic is worth putting on your watchlist this season, but make him prove his production level before risking too much money on him. His numbers were down across the board last season, but still had 82 catches – but only 662 yards (after posting 1,022 on 103 catches as a freshman). If he regains his production he had as a freshman, he could be a sleeper #2/flex against weaker teams.
Boise State – WR Matt Miller set the school record with 88 catches last season. He added on 1,140 yards and 12 TD’s. He should be considered a sleeper #2 WR this season who lacks the weekly consistency to put him in your lineups on a regular basis. Miller did finish last season strong, so if he has the potential to be on your radar most of the season.
Wyoming – WR Dominic Rufran is another sleeper #3/Flex type guys you might have to start if you blow all your budget on QBs & RBs. He had 75 catches last season with 960 yards, so he has the potential to be a #2 guy with upside against weak teams.
Marshall – WR Tommy Shuler has put up back-to-back 100+ catches & 1,100+ receiving yard seasons and returns this season. The Marshall schedule is pretty weak – so Shuler should be a #2 guy with some upside. The only thing you want to see improve is his TD stats – he only had 10 last season and 6 the year before … so I’d likely target him in 1pt/catch PPR leagues.
Arizona State – WR Jaelen Strong felt he could get better after his freshman season which led to 1,122 yards on 75 catches. This season Strong comes into camp … well …. strong … with sports performance coach calling him “a freak.” Paired with QB Taylor Kelly – Strong should be a solid #1 or #2 with upside just about every week. Last season Strong did have good numbers vs Stanford, USC, Notre Dame and other capable defenses.
Ole Miss WR – Laquon Treadwell was a sleeper name last season because he was effective in 1pt/PPR leagues. This season it appears that he’s moving to the outside WR spot, which might lead to less touches. I think Treadwell is worth monitoring because he’s a talented guy who caught 72 balls last season. If he can prove he can be effective on the outside, he’s a sleeper #3/Flex type guy with upside.
CAL – WR Bryce Treggs is strictly a sleeper #3/Flex guy, especially the first 2 weeks when Cal normally plays cupcake teams. He only had 1 TD last season, but had 7 games with over 7 receptions for the Bears.
Cincinnati – WR Shaq Washington shares a name of a larger man, but this Shaq is a small guy at only 5′ – 9″. Last season he had 4 games with over 10 catches, but ended the season with only 1 TD and 783 yards. He’s a possible sleeper #3 WR/Flex guy against weak competition in PPR leagues.
Ball State – WR Jordan Williams had over 1,000 yards receiving and 10 TDs last season, which makes him a sleeper #2 type play.