I’m proud to announce that I’m going to be heading up college football content for Dynasty Sports Empire this fall. We are going to cover college football with a fantasy sports slant. “Fantasy college football?!” you ask, incredulously. Yes, it is real, and it is just as much fun as its professional counterpart. So get on board while the major sites don’t have to pay licensing fees for using these amateur athlete’s names and likenesses! Here’s my top reasons why you should try college fantasy football this season:
1. Big Scoring
We’ve all experienced the thrill of owning Peyton Manning when he goes off for a huge game. Or the agony of playing against Peyton Manning when he goes off for a huge game. Well, in college fantasy football, huge games take on entirely different proportions.
September 29, 2012. West Virginia takes on Baylor in a Big 12 matchup, and no one plays defense. The game ends up in a 70-63 Mountaineer win. Baylor QB Nick Florence throws for 581 passing yards and 5 TDs…and was the second most productive QB on the field. WVU’s Geno Smith goes insane, completing a Tecmo Bowl worthy 45 of 51 passes for 656 yards and 8 TDs! Read that line again. In a standard scoring league, that’s 74 fantasy points! Your entire pro team probably had a week with less points this season. Big scoring is a big part of the fun of playing college fantasy football.
2. Advanced Scouting
Andrew Luck. AJ Green. Zac Stacy. Giovani Bernard. Keenan Allen. Cordarrelle Patterson. Eddie Lacy. Bishop Sankey. Sammy Watkins. Tavon Austin. Robert Griffin III. The list of young, up and coming fantasy football difference makers looks a lot like the list of college fantasy football studs over the past couple of seasons. Playing college fantasy football will give you a distinct advantage in advance scouting of these top NFL prospects. You will know whether they are consistent performers or boom-or-bust types. You will know what kind of system they played in in college and whether that matches up with their future NFL role. You will know the breakout rookies before they break out, giving you a distinct advantage over the other owners in your league.
3. You’re never out of it
Because there are so many college football teams, the player pool in a college fantasy football league is way deeper than a standard NFL fantasy football league. This means that, even if you are a notoriously poor drafter (like myself), you’re never out of contention for the title. For example, my college fantasy team started the season 0-3 last year, but I went on to win the championship. If you stay active on the waiver wire and practice a little forward thinking, you can find top performers on the wire all season long. In my primary league (major conference player pool), Johnny Manziel was picked up off the waiver wire in his Heisman trophy season. Jameis Winston was a throw-away last round draft pick last summer. If you stay active in your college fantasy football league, you always have a chance to win. A bad draft or bad luck with injuries can’t kill your team the way it can in an NFL fantasy league.
4. More football to enjoy (and gamble) on
Saturdays are packed with college football action. The quality of games can range from a showdown among national-title contenders in the SEC, to a sloppy matchup among basketball schools at the bottom of the ACC table. When you play fantasy college football, you become a lot more interested in both of those games, watching the Alabama RB as intently as that WR from Wake Forest that you need to go off in his matchup against Duke this week. Paying attention to these lower-tier games also opens up tons of profitable gambling angles (if that’s your type of thing). In my experience, Vegas has a tougher time predicting these smaller match ups, and therefore you’ve got the potential for profit if you pay attention to what’s going on. Additionally, daily college fantasy football has caught on recently. Playing in a regular college fantasy league will give you a list of studs to watch out for in DFS. It will also help you spot the best match-ups to exploit to make money at DFS.
So do you want in? Here’s the plan:
Follow us all summer and all season long at DSE for college football content with a fantasy twist. This summer, we are going to provide you with conference previews, position battles to watch, potential breakout performers, draft strategy advice, and all of the rankings you will need to dominate your college fantasy football draft. In season, we are going to provide you articles with Start/Sit advice, injury updates, top waiver wire pickups, and Prospect Shredders to give you an advanced look at the next crop of NFL fantasy football studs.
Looking for a league to join? I’m starting up a editor’s challenge league. Post in the comment section or respond to me on Twitter at @DSE_PhilOfSport if you want in. This college football season (the first under the new national championship playoff format) is going to be a blast to follow. Playing college fantasy football will make it even more fun. Follow us at The Empire to get the most out of your season.