The 2008 college football season is set to kick off in about 96 hours (depending on your time zone). Everyone is getting their grills ready, their coolers loaded, and their fantasy lineups in for Week One.
Is there another Appalachian State surprise in the works? Nice to have the two Division I champs meeting in the opener…when Appalachian travels to LSU on Saturday. Too bad we can’t sneak Mountaineer QB Armanti Edwards on the start list…
This is the first of our weekly articles furnishing you the best advice on which QBs to start and sit. Some QBs, like Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour (pictured, thanks IconSMI ), are what my esteemed colleague Vince Mullins calls “PermaStarters”….these dudes never sit.
Here are the QBs you should be playing, or sitting, in Week One.
Note: The first few weeks of games will feature many top QBs against opposition that will not offer much of a contest. Most of the good teams will pull their starting QBs early once the game is pretty much out of hand, so be careful. That game vs an FCS-level team may be a cakewalk for the FBS power, but it is not a game where you will see huge individual stats piled up.
CHASE CLEMENT (Rice) and BO LEVI MITCHELL (SMU): Probably the best fantasy game this week, as this CUSA conference matchup will be filled will footballs flying. Clement is a lock to start with a great WR corps led by Jarett Dillard, while SMUs Mitchell is a true-freshman who will look to shine in new coach June Jones run-and-shoot offense.
CHASE DANIEL (Missouri) and JUICE WILLIAMS (Illinois): Last season the Tigers withstood a late rally by the Illini…albeit Illinois used backup Eddie McGee when Williams went down. Daniel and his Mizzou teammates should move the ball at will…while Williams will try everything to catch up.
ZAC ROBINSON (Oklahoma State) and GARY ROGERS (Washington State): This battle in Seattle will not skimp on offense. Robinson is one of the top fantasy QBs this season, while Rogers will get to operate the new no-huddle offense for the Cougars.
THADDEUS LEWIS (Duke) vs James Madison: David Cutcliffe coaching Duke could be one the best things to happen to Lewis. This game will be competitive as JMU was a FCS playoff team last year.
MAX HALL (BYU) vs Northern Iowa: A game that BYU should win handily, but could be close early on. NIU usually fields a good FCS level team, so this could keep Hall in the game longer than expected.
TIM TEBOW (Florida) vs Hawaii: This one should be pretty obvious, even with the injuries to the Gator WR corps. The 2007 Heisman Winner looks to nab another stiff-arm trophy this season.
OTHERS TO START: GRAHAM HARRELL, Texas Tech; WILLIE TUITAMA, Arizona, NATE DAVIS, Ball State; TYLER SHEEHAN, Bowling Green; GIOVANNI VIZZA, North Texas; PAT WHITE, West Virginia.
ON THE FENCE:
CULLEN HARPER (Clemson) and JOHN PARKER WILSON (Alabama): This matchup in Atlanta could be a conservative game, as both are about equal in talent and strength. Clemson’s excellent ground game, with James Davis and C.J. Spiller, probably affects Harper’s production more than anything else. Both QBs will be better plays as the season progresses.
SAM BRADFORD (Oklahoma) vs Chattanooga: One of those mismatches that will probably see Bradford play one-half, and much of that half handing off to the Sooner’s RBs. Bradford will have a great season, and he will be much better when the Big XII action starts.
RUSTY SMITH (Florida Atlantic) and COLT McCOY (Texas): Smith will be a fine fantasy QB once the Sun Belt conference action begins…this is probably the one week not to play him. With McCoy, this game could be an overmatch which will see McCoy pulled early.
OTHERS ON THE FENCE: RUDY CARPENTER, Arizona State; MARK SANCHEZ, USC; MATT GROTHE, South Florida
SIT THEM DOWN THIS WEEK:
BRENT RAUSCH (Hawaii) at Florida: The new Warrior starter will have to deal with an improved Gator defense, and all new starters at WR. New head coach Greg McMacklin was impressed with Rausch in camp, but Honolulu is not the Swamp. Rausch will be a good play later in the season, just not this week.
TODD BOECKMAN (Ohio State) vs Youngstown State: This should be an easy win for the Buckeyes, and expect true-freshman QB Tyrelle Pryor to get some PT during this game. Boeckman will get his chance to build up the stats later in the season.
NOTABLE QBs OFF THIS WEEK:
CURTIS PAINTER, Purdue; CHASE HOLBROOK, New Mexico State;
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