Thursday, August 30, 2007

Week 1 Spotlight

What better way to enjoy a great thing like college football, then with Fantasy College Football. Every week the Drinking the Forty staff will be picking their fantasy team from the top 10 matchups of the upcoming week in College Football. Below, my picks...

Since my fellow staff member did not choose to name his fantasy team, I will just name myself. For the rest of the year, we shall be known as Charlie Weis' Stomach Staples.

Now for the Staples' starting line up for week 1:

QB - Chase Daniel, Missouri- One of the best arms in the Big 12 returns with a good group of receivers and tight ends. Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman might be the best tight end combo in the nation, giving Daniel some safety valves on every pass. The match up problems they present will be enough for Daniel to pass all over the young and weak Illini defense.

QB - Nate Longshore, CAL- Behind John David Booty, Longshore is the best QB in the Pac-10. The Cal offense is explosive and Longshore will be throwing to DeSean Jackson who is one of the top WRs in the nation. Tennessee has a brand new, young secondary and it is likely that Longshore will be able to exploit them for a big game.

RB - Yvenson Bernard, OSU- Great combo RB that can run and catch. OSU will be doing a lot of running, trying to keep the Utah defense off the field. Look for Bernard to get tons of touches on the ground and through the air. This is will a big opener.

RB - James Davis, CLEM – Davis is an All-American candidate at running back for the Tigers. While he is going to be sharing carries with CJ Spiller, Davis definitely will get his touches and punch a few into the end zone. The Seminoles will have a stronger defense, but Clemson is committed to the run and will be trying to force it at FSU.

WR - DeSean Jackson, CAL- I am going to go out on a short limb and say that Jackson is the most explosive all-around player in the nation. He is a lighting quick wide out that is also a dynamic return man in the kicking game. Jackson will have the ball in his hands many times as Cal looks to control the ball against Tennessee. The weak Volunteer secondary will be worn out by Jackson.

WR - James Jackson, GT- The Notre Dame defense was weak last year, and there is not going to be much improvement in the secondary. Jackson may be the best receiver in the ACC and looks to exploit the weak Irish defense for a Big game. Look for the GT offense to roll most of the game.

Offense - Oregon State- Utah is trying to put together a brand new defense that is replacing some big names from last season. That is going to be a tall order with RB Yvenson Bernard and a strong OSU offense as their first opponent. Along with the fact that the home field advantage in Corvallis is one of the best in the nation, the Beavers will be rolling.

Defense – Mississippi- This one has more to do with the opponent than the defense. The Ole Miss defense is respectable and going to get better this year. Memphis has little to offer on the offensive and a revamped offensive line is going to get exposed.

Utah at Oregon State
Colorado State at Colorado
Georgia Tech at Notre Dame
Wake Forest at Boston College
Mississippi at Memphis
Missouri at Illinois
Oklahoma State at #13 Georgia
#15 Tennessee at #12 California
Bowling Green at Minnesota
#19 Florida State at Clemson

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