I have zero clue how many people actually play fantasy college football.
Rotoworld.com probably has a better idea, since it deigned to piece together a top-100 list of fantasy QBs that appears to be only half complete. Just scroll down and click on the next page for some more.
It’s necessary to do that to find an ACC quarterback. But once at No. 74 T.J. Yates of North Carolina, the names start rolling in quickly.
Miami freshman Robert Marve at No. 80. Wake’s Riley Skinner at No. 85. The 86th-ranked Drew Weatherford of Florida State (Rotoworld’s succinct advice: “Avoid Weatherford.”) No. 89 Daniel Evans of N.C. State. Virginia’s Peter Lalich checks in at No. 90.
Then comes Maryland’s Chris Turner (official Rotoworld advice: “Turner will enter fall camp battling with Jordan Steffy for the rights to lead the Terps. Even if named starter Turner will be a quarterback to avoid on draft day.”) at No. 93. Virginia Tech’s Sean Glennon arrives at No. 95.
Remember, there are 120 major college programs. These are not encouraging numbers.
Now, fantasy value is hardly the same thing as real-life value. And those rankings might be a shade harsh. But that’s still eight of the ACC’s projected starting quarterbacks who are at least viewed as being in the bottom half nationally in terms of sheer statistical production.
The exceptions are Clemson’s Cullen Harper, Duke’s Thaddeus Lewis, Boston College’s Chris Crane and Georgia Tech’s heaven knows who. It would be stunning to see any more than three conference QBs among the top 50, and even Crane is extremely untested.
Granted, some of the rankings are tied into receivers, and a guy like Glennon who lost pretty much all of his from last year will suffer. And before the sensitive members of ACC Nation chime in, it’s worth pointing out Rotoworld earlier listed six conferences defenses among the country’s top 30 for fantasy football purposes.
But watching ACC passing offenses over the last few years – at least those not led by Matt Ryan – hasn’t always been fun. And that might not be in line to change just yet.