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Senior Fantasy Football Expert Shawn Childs breaks down and forecasts the top players from the biggest colleges in the nation! In this edition, he takes a look at the veteran quarterbacks Philip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett, along with a couple rookies who will line up in the backfield. Stay tuned for more College Football Player Breakdowns!
RB Nyheim Hines – In his junior season at NC State, Hines gained 1,265 yards with 12 TDs and 26 catches. His value at receiver was much higher in 2016 (43/525). Over three seasons in college, Nyheim caught 89 catches for 933 yards and one TD. He’ll offer explosiveness to the return game thanks to his plus speed (4.38). Hines lacks size (5’8” and 198 lbs.) with questions about his strength to run through tight quarters or add value in pass protection. His quickness isn’t elite, but he does show a spin move at the point of contact. In 2018, I expect Hines to offer the most value in the return game.
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QB Jacoby Brissett – Twice over the last two seasons, Brissett has been asked to cover an elite QB. Over 17 starts in his career, Jacoby has 5-12 record. Last year he passed for 3,098 yards with 13 TDs and only seven Ints. Brissett was sacked 52 times leading to only 6.6 yards per pass attempt. Jacoby added 260 yards rushing with four TDs. Over his junior and senior season at NC State, he threw for 5,268 yards with 43 TDs and 11 Ints while completing close to 60 percent of his passes. Jacoby added 899 yards and nine TDs in the run game.
QB Philip Rivers – Over 12 seasons as the starting QB for the Chargers, Philip hasn’t missed a game in the regular season leading to a 106-68 record. He’s averaged 4,491 passing yards over the last five seasons with 153 TDs and 73 Ints. Rivers attempted over 600 passes only once in his career (2015 – 661), which led the league in addition to his career-best 437 completions. In 2017, Philip passed for 4,515 yards with 28 TDs and only ten Ints. His offensive line allowed a league-low 18 sacks. He has talent and depth at WR, but Rivers did lose his top TE in mid-May. The Chargers would love to run the ball with more success to take the pressure off the passing game and create a ball control offense. Overall, his floor should be 4,000+ yards with 30+ TDs. The development and health of Mile Williams will be the key to Philip’s value in 2018. More of a QB2 with matchup value.
RB Jaylen Samuels – Over four seasons at NC State, Samuels gained 2,958 combined yards with 201 catches and 47 TDs. He split time at RB and WR while even getting some chances to run the ball in wildcat formations. He’s more than a flashy player in the passing game. Samuel comes to the NFL at 6’0” and 225 lbs., which give him a chance to get on the field at the same time as Le’Veon Bell out of the backfield. His route running isn’t elite at this point of his career and his hands will be downgraded when ask to play out of the slot vs. cornerbacks or safeties. More of an insurance policy in the passing game at RB if Bell ever had an injury. Overall, his quickness and explosiveness don’t rank in the difference maker mode.