After an eventful week in the college football world, it is time to do what all teams must do after a game: look ahead. If you want to win your draft, you cannot allow one week to determine what you think of a player. People could come out of week one saying “Bryce Love was a one year wonder he didn’t produce against San Diego State”. Did Le’Veon Bell always rush for 200 yards against Michigan or Penn State? No, but he bounced back and has become a fantasy stud which Love has every chance to become. Which is exactly why how players respond in week two is crucial, several players will be not only looking to bounce back and need to in a big way. Here are a couple players to watch in some of Week 2’s games.
Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Justin Herbert is considered to be the top ranked quarterback prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft. Last week against Bowling Green he had impressive raw numbers, finishing with 281 yards and five touchdowns. However, his completion percentage was an underwhelming 47.6% after he went 10 for 21. To his credit, he did have a beautiful ball when he placed a pass right over the defender to the outstretched arms of his receiver.
This week against Portland State many expect him to have even more yards and just as many touchdowns. We want to see the decision making become better by bolstering his completion percentage and showing he can keep the top quarterback spot week to week in draft experts minds and fantasy players alike.
Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
Another player who underwhelmed high expectations this past weekend was Heisman Contender Bryce Love of Stanford. After only rushing for 29 yards on 18 attempts against San Diego State, both Heisman voters and NFL teams will be looking for some answers. Huge numbers should be expected though in an expected bounce-back performance against rival USC in primetime.
Last year against USC Love balled out by running over them with a solid 160 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown, albeit in a losing effort. With a similar game, most people will end up forgetting about his less than stellar kickoff to 2018.
N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Fans tuned in to watch the Arizona State Sun Devils this past week for one of two reasons, either for new head coach Herm Edwards or for top receiving prospect N’Keal Harry. The Sun Devils won the game for Edwards in his coaching debut, but Harry punished the Road Runners for there sins. He torched them for 140 yards on six catches with two touchdowns. One of his scores should have been a dead play but he reversed field and scored. Plain and simple, he played a complete game.
This coming week he has a tough early season matchup when he plays against #15 Michigan State in a game many will have their eyes on. If Harry can follow up a dominant Week 1 with another show-stopping performance against a top team, it may be the beginning of him locking up the top receiver spot in the NFL Draft.