College Fantasy Football: Five underperforming QBs
There are a lot of big names in fantasy football that were expected to put up huge numbers and that are owned in a high percentage of leagues but have not performed up to this point in the season. Here is a look at five quarterbacks who are not delivering big returns yet.
In back-to-back weeks the competition has been fierce for Notre Dame in Georgia and Virginia so it’s understandable why Book’s numbers are slightly down plus the Irish had an early bye week so his owners should be handsomely rewarded throughout the season. Owned in 81 percent of leagues, Book is No. 25 in fantasy points among QBs so far with 993 passing yards, eight touchdowns and two picks.
Owned in 67 percent of leagues, Bryant is putting up nice numbers so far this season but only good for No. 34 in fantasy points among quarterbacks and sandwiched between Cal’s Chase Garbers (owned in 1 percent of leagues) and NC State’s Matthew McKay (owned in 5 percent). The Clemson transfer has thrown for 1,025 yards with eight touchdowns and three picks and his numbers might be better if the Missouri running backs haven’t combined for six rushing TDs so far.
Oregon has played in only four games, so Herbert slid down the fantasy point rankings this past week and the Ducks have had some big-time competition in Auburn and Stanford. My guess is that Herbert owners will be just fine moving forward. He’s completed more than 74 percent of his passes so far this season for 1,127 yards with 14 touchdowns and no picks yet and continues to prove he’s a legitimate first-round NFL pick. Herbert is currently No. 23 in fantasy points among QBs but my bet is he moves up quickly.
Virginia’s quarterback is a threat passing and running the ball but Perkins has actually not been putting up huge numbers so far. Through five games - and against tough competition in Pitt, Florida State and Notre Dame - Perkins has thrown eight touchdowns and six interceptions and rushed for only 164 yards and touchdowns. Perkins is owned in 94 percent of leagues but he’s outside the top-20 in fantasy points among quarterbacks.
Tate was sidelined with a leg injury in Arizona’s win Saturday night over UCLA so his numbers suffered but they weren’t all that great leading up to the Bruins’ game, either. In three games this season, Tate, who is owned in 93 percent of leagues but is No. 28 in fantasy points, has thrown for 684 yards with six touchdowns and four picks. His rushing numbers are just OK as well with 238 yards and two scores on 32 attempts.