College Football Preview – Independent Offenses
David Funk, a good friend and writer of the Fantasy Sports Network blog, put together a ranking of the Independent Offenses. He was kind enough allow me to post his breakdown on my site to pass the great information on to you. This is very useful info as you gear up for the college football season, especially if you play the Sporting News College Football Salary Cap game.
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Okay, I’m going to provide some info about the Independent team offenses. I’m not going to rank them because they play too different of schedules, and are obviously not affiliated with a conference. What I will do is provide a brief preview for the current three teams that are available to pick from in fantasy games. Western Kentucky’s switch to D-1A while moving to the Sun Belt Conference won’t be complete until 2009 so they won’t be available to pick this year. The Sporting News game doesn’t allow owners to pick teams from D-1AA or lower, nor do they allow D-1A schools to gain points against them either. Just something to be aware of. Now onto my fantasy college football Independent team offenses preview….
Army(Starters returning: 4)
The good news for the Black Knights is that quarterback Carson Williams returns, and he’s expected to be more consistent this year. The team ranked 111th in rushing a year ago, but Tony Dace and Wesley McMahand have experience. The top two receivers are gone, and the team will have to lean on Mike Wright and Jameson Carter to replace Jeremy Trimble and Corey Anderson. The offensive line was an issue last year, and only two experienced starters return for 2008.
Navy(Starters returning: 4)
Ken Niumatalolo is in his first full year as head coach, and likely won’t change the triple-option offense too much. Quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada is back as starter coming off a year in which he had six 100-yard rushing games. Slot back Shun White is a new starter, but has game experience as does fullback Eric Kettani. The offensive line only returns two starters. The offense has ranked first in the nation in rushing for three straight years.
Notre Dame(Starters returning: 8 )
Anyway you look at it, the Irish were awful on offense after ranking dead last on that side of the ball last season. Quarterback Jimmy Clausen is the returning starter, and he does have talent at the skill positions. James Aldridge, Armando Allen, and Robert Hughes will all see carries as running backs this year. David Grimes and George West have starting experience as receivers, but watchout for big wideout Duval Kamara. The offensive line returns four starters, and they have to do a much better job up front this year.
Overall analysis: The key issue for all three of these teams is the offensive line whether it be because of poor play or inexperience. Notre Dame does have what appears to be a more favorable schedule, but it’s hard to imagine a big jump on offense from them after finishing last in that category a year ago. Navy is a good play because of their running game, but they do have a tough early schedule. They do have experience at the skillset to lead the nation in rushing again for a fourth straight year. Army is a team in transition, but there is hope with Carson Williams returning at quarterback. The Black Knights have to run the ball better in order to be even thought about as an option at this point. Your best option out these three teams is Navy because they should give owners strong numbers in the running game if nothing else.”