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Fantasy College Football CFB Rankings: NCAA Top 10 (1/9/18)


A conventional top 10--after last night's epic Championship Game--would be the essence of anti-climactic.

We all know which team reigns supreme, and they wear crimson and white.

But which players on the top teams will be factors in NFL fantasy leagues in 2018 and beyond?

Here are the names to watch from the teams we watched in 2017--for our final rankings of the season (with won-loss records in parentheses), as of January 9, 2018:

 

NCAA College Football (CFB) Rankings

1. Alabama, (13-1)

Nick Saban does it again. But while everyone will be talking about the pro potential of wideout Calvin Ridley (who had just 4 catches for 32 yards in the Championship Game), and rightfully so, linebacker Rashaan Evans, for us, might have a future as a stat-sheet filler in the NFL on the defensive side of the ball. Yes, he had a relatively unspectacular 5 sacks on the season, but he's got a good motor, as they say, and plenty of grit.

2. Georgia, (13-2)

RB Nick Chubb already looks like an every-down back in the NFL, but he was outplayed by running mate Sony Michel (14 carries, 98 yards) in the big game, and we think Michel has the skills to become the prototypical Swiss Army knife at the next level--think: third down back, kick returner, pass-catcher.

3. Oklahoma, (12-2)

Does QB and Heisman Trophy-winner Baker Mayfield have a chance to be an NFL star? Sure. You don't chuck 43 TD passes against just 6 INTs on luck and pluck alone. However, if junior tight end Mark Andrews (62 catches, 958 yards) decides to leave school early, he'll get a good long look in the lead up to the NFL Draft. He's 6-5, 254 pounds, and he's as reliable a receiver as there is in college football.

4. Clemson, (12-2)

Ray-Ray McCLeod (49 catches, 503 yards) has already declared for the draft, and while he definitely has a future as a kick returner we think it's the Tigers defense that is most likely to produce the next big NFL star. Defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (4.5 sacks) is our guy--mostly because he graduated in less than three years. We're assuming he's going to declare for the draft.

5. Ohio State, (12-2)

Should the Buckeyes have been in the play-off? They think so. We don't. QB J.T. Barrett threw for more than 3,000 yards and chucked 35 TD passes against just 9 picks. Will those numbers get him a look as a signal-caller at the next level? If not, what position will he play? Barrett is a winner, so it'll be worth watching.

6. Penn State, (12-2)

The Nittany Lions were so impressive in the Fiesta Bowl, they get back in the final rankings. RB Saquon Barkley (1,271 yards rushing, 18 rushing TDs) has already declared for the NFL Draft, and he's got all the tools to be an impact player right away.

7. Wisconsin, (13-1)

Speaking of impressive, boy did the Badgers open some eyes in the Orange Bowl, dominating a Miami team essentially playing at home--and without a "turnover chain" no less. Tight end Troy Fumagalli (46 catches, 547 yards) is hardly a glamor player, but he's a reliable receiver at an important position in the NFL.

8. TCU, (11-3)

The Horned Frogs are young--bad news for NFL scouts seeking talent, and even worse news for TCU's Big 12 rivals. Defensive end Mat Boessen (11.5 sacks) is an intriguing player, in that he's a bit small by NFL standards for the position but brings a lot of intangibles.

9. UCF, (13-0)

Call this our protest vote. No, the Knights aren't national champs--celebrations aside. But they have a lot of good players--including junior wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith (1,100-plus receiving yards), who has already declared for the NFL Draft. He's got the skills to be an impact guy, but may lack the tools (namely size).

10. USC, (11-3)

Sam Darnold, Sam Darnold, Sam Darnold. We know--4,143 passing yards and all the tools. But then why do we see more Matt Leinart than Carson Palmer in him?