2023 College Football Week 1 Streamers

by Corey Pieper
2023 College Football Week 1 Streamers

Week 0 was a nice appetizer, but now it's time for the main course! Week 1 is upon us, so I'm moving from draft advice to Week 1 streamers for the 2023 college football season.

College fantasy football is a sport where you have to closely monitor matchups. With traditional fantasy football leagues, you would rarely consider benching your first-round pick because of a matchup. In college fantasy football that is possible, especially in non-conference play like we're in at this moment.

When I was planning out this article, I had planned to base these recommendations on ownership percentage on Fantrax. My goal was to cap my recommendations at 30% ownership. Unfortunately, Fantrax has yet to update their roster percentages for college football for week one. Therefore, like any good quarterback when the play won't work, I'm calling an audible. The recommendations will now be based on players available in my deepest league until the percentages are back.

It was a long offseason, but we made it to the 2023 college football Week 1 streamers!

2023 College Football Week 1 Streamers

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Taulia Tagovailoa, QB, Maryland Terrapins

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The non-conference part of the schedule is where Taulia Tagovailoa thrives. In the last two seasons, Tagovailoa has played in six non-conference games not counting bowl games. In those six games, Tagovailoa has passed for 1,885 yards and 15 touchdowns! He also adds a rushing element with an additional 90 yards and one touchdown in those games, but that is certainly not his specialty.

Tagovailoa also starts his season with what should be his easiest matchup of the season with the Towson Tigers. Towson finished 6-5 last season at the lower FCS level. In their only game against an FBS foe, they were defeated by the West Virginia Mountaineers 65-7.

The only concern in games such as these is that the score gets out of hand so fast that the team moves to the reserves. I'm thinking that before that happens we may see 300 passing yards and three touchdowns. If you're looking for a replacement this weekend, that sounds usable to me.

Daniel Hishaw Jr., RB, Kansas Jayhawks

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With the running back recommendation, I'm going very deep. Daniel Hishaw Jr. is not even the starting running back for the Jayhawks. That would be Devin Neal. So then why would I be recommending a backup running back? My thinking is that Kansas will get up very quickly on FCS level Missouri State University and utilize their backups. That can be a risky proposition because when a clearly superior team gets ahead sometimes they skip traditional backups and test out the depth chart. Before that happens, I think we could see some success from Hishaw Jr. in limited touches.

Last season, due to injuries Hishaw Jr. only was able to play in five games. He took 44 carries in those games averaging six yards per carry. He also had six touchdowns on just 47 total touches! That shows how talented of a back Hishaw is on a per-carry basis. It's a matter of how many touches will Hishaw receive before the score likely gets out of hand. I'm hopeful he can touch the ball 15 and turn that into over 100 yards and a couple of touchdowns. If you need an option at running back consider Hishaw Jr. as a streamable college fantasy football option.

Pofele Ashlock, WR, Hawai'i Warriors

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At this point, there are no pictures yet of Pofele Ashlock. Instead, that is the head coach of the Hawai'i Warriors, Timmy Chang. Chang in his playing career was so successful that he is still second all-time in career passing yardage in NCAA history. That's the type of offense that Chang is hoping will reinvigorate his Hawai'i offense, and after Week 0 it looks possible.

For this recommendation, I'm taking advantage of the Week 0 knowledge that we now have. One of the bigger questions amongst the CFF community all off-season was who would be the primary receivers in the Hawai'i offense. In my conference preview for the Mountain West, I mentioned the return of the run-and-shoot offense to Hawai'i last season not going quite like planned. It was only one game in Week 0, but that one game was encouraging for the Hawai'i offense and Pofele Ashlock.

Last season, Hawai'i played Vanderbilt for their first game and was soundly defeated 63-10. This season started against Vanderbilt again. While Hawai'i was once again defeated, they were much more competitive in a 28-35 loss. For college fantasy football purposes, two receivers were seemingly funneled targets. Steven McBride and Pofele Ashlock each had seven receptions and could both be rostered in PPR leagues. Ashlock finished the game with 127 receiving yards and a touchdown. Hawai'i takes on Stanford this week, which isn't a great matchup. It may not matter though if Hawai'i is going to throw the ball in true run-and-shoot fashion.

Ben Sinnott, TE, Kansas State Wildcats

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As strong as the end of the season was for Ben Sinnott, I was surprised to see him available in my leagues that use a traditional tight end. His season totals of 31 receptions, 447 receiving yards, and four touchdowns don't stand out as a tight end option at all. What's important though is to break his full-season statistics into two separate halves.

In the first seven games of the season, Sinnott only caught 11 passes for 113 yards. He was unable to catch a single touchdown in any of those games. Then, came the second half of the season.

Over the last seven games, Sinnott caught 20 passes for 334 yards and all four of his touchdowns. The logical question is what changed when Sinnott suddenly found a new level of success. The answer is that the Wildcats changed quarterbacks from Adrian Martinez to Will Howard. Howard is back again this season as the starting quarterback for the Wildcats.

I'm not sure if Sinnott can keep up his top-10 overall tight end pace from the end of the season, but I feel comfortable starting him this week against Southeast Missouri State this weekend.

Memphis Tigers DST

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I never mentioned defenses in any of my previews, but I realize that many leagues still play with them. I even have a few myself where they are still required. Unless you have one of the truly elite college defenses such as Clemson or Alabama, there is no better position to stream than defense for college fantasy football. There is typically at least one team that is playing an opponent that is not on their level, and early in the season, there are many options.

This week's recommended defense is the Memphis Tigers. Last season, Memphis allowed 26 points per game. That placed them squarely in the middle of college football in that statistic. However, they start their season with the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. Last season, Bethune-Cookman played two teams that this year would be considered FBS-level competition. In week one, they were defeated by the Miami Hurricanes 70-13. In Week 6, they were defeated by Jackson State 48-8. It is a new season and anything can happen, but that's a trend that leads us to believe that Memphis will have success as a defense on Saturday.


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