2024 Fantasy College Football Sleeper Players

by Andy Stitzer
2019 DRAFT ADP Best Ball Championship Analysis

Fantasy College Football enthusiasts always look for the next diamond in the rough. Finding sleeper players can be the key to winning your league and earning year-long bragging rights. For the 2024 season, we've dug deep into player performances, team changes, and upcoming schedules to bring you a list of potential sleeper picks that could set your team apart.

So. without further ado, let's begin reviewing the list of the five sleeper players of the 2024 Fantasy College Football.

Jonah Coleman, RB (Washington)

Coleman's performance is more predictable than that of many of the athletes highlighted here. He transitioned to Washington with coach Jedd Fisch from Arizona, maintaining a consistent offensive strategy but involving different players. 

This time, Will Rogers will replace Noah Fifita, and Giles Jackson and Jeremiah Hunter will now assume the roles filled by Tetairoa McMillan and Jacob Cowing.

Fisch is set to position Coleman exactly where he needs to be, facing minimal competition for rushes, mainly from Jacory Merritt. Expectations are high for Coleman's performance this season. He impressively rushed for 871 yards across 128 carries in 2023, coupled with 25 receptions. It's well-known that Will Rogers frequently targets his backs in the passing game.

So, whether you are looking for a gem to turn your game around on your college fantasy football endeavor or plan to Bet on NCAAF, you might watch out for Jonah Coleman. 

Ja'quinden Jackson, RB (Arkansas)

Throughout the previous season, Ja'Quinden Jackson, the Utah running back, frequently encountered moments where he appeared injured, often hobbling to the sidelines. Despite this, he would quickly return to the game after receiving necessary medical attention, which sometimes included getting re-taped. 

The nature of football, with its intense physical demands, means few players reach the end of the season completely unscathed. Jackson, in particular, has been battling an ongoing ankle issue that initially arose during fall camp, affecting his performance all season last year. 

After winning against UCLA in September 2023, Coach Kyle Whittingham discussed Jackson's persistent ankle problem, mentioning that the only real remedy would be significant rest. 

Despite these challenges, Jackson has showcased his remarkable talent on multiple occasions this season, with standout performances featuring 129 yards against Baylor, 117 versus USC, and 111 against Arizona State. 

His most memorable moment came during a sweeping 55-3 triumph over the Sun Devils. He broke free for a 54-yard touchdown run only to be tackled into the end zone, aggravating his ankle injury.

Marcus Carroll RB, (Missouri)

Are you familiar with Cody Schrader? Last year, he topped the SEC in rushing yards, which is remarkable since he moved from Division III Truman State in 2021. Missouri plans to utilize Carroll comparably. Carroll is an ideal match for their offensive strategy. 

Last season, Carroll achieved 1,350 rushing yards and scored 13 touchdowns while playing for Georgia State. The offensive setup at Georgia State, which included a quarterback like Brady Cook named Darren Grainger, parallels the situation at Missouri. 

With Cook's talent and Luther Burden III attracting the attention of defenses throughout the game, Carroll is set to excel in this setup.

Played for four years with Georgia State, Carroll had limited involvement during his early years on campus but remained committed. Initially, in his junior year, he wasn't considered a major running back, only making a significant impact in a game against Charlotte, arguably the weakest defense in the FBS. 

However, in his last five games, he scored six touchdowns, and in the games where he had more than 20 carries, he exceeded 100 yards. 

With Darren Grainger frequently taking the ball as quarterback and Tucker Gregg, who had 172 carries last season, no longer in the picture, Carroll is poised to become the primary running back. He has demonstrated his capabilities when given more than 20 touches in a game.

Maalik Murphy, QB (Duke)

Maalik Murphy emerged as a four-star quarterback recruit and was ranked the 12th-best quarterback in the 2022 class. Despite his potential, Murphy primarily backed up Quinn Ewers during his two years at Texas. Last season, Murphy played in seven games, completing 40 of 71 attempts for 477 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions. 

With Texas securing the commitment of esteemed quarterback recruit Arch Manning in the previous spring, Murphy's decision to enter the transfer portal after the 2023 season was somewhat anticipated. 

Murphy has joined Duke, where Manny Diaz, the new head coach and former Miami head coach with two years as Penn State's defensive coordinator, takes charge. Diaz has known Murphy since middle school, establishing a long-standing connection.

Riley Leonard, QB (Notre Dame)

Following the departure of Duke's head coach Mike Elko to Texas A&M, quarterback Riley Leonard entered the transfer portal and is set to step into the starting role at Notre Dame in 2024, succeeding Sam Hartman. 

During his sophomore year in 2022, Leonard showcased his dual-threat capabilities by passing for 2,967 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushing for an additional 699 yards and 13 touchdowns, significantly contributing to the Blue Devils' 9-4 season. 

Unfortunately, Leonard faced challenges the following season due to injuries to his ankle and foot, limiting his play to just seven games. His productivity dipped as he managed 1,102 passing yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions, with a pass completion rate of 57.6% and 352 rushing yards with four touchdowns.

Final Words

While household names will always be a staple in your fantasy lineup, the real art of fantasy football lies in identifying and capitalizing on sleeper picks. The players mentioned above possess the potential to exceed expectations and provide significant value relative to their draft positions. Keep an eye on these athletes in your fantasy football venture as the season approaches, and be ready to snag them up before your competitors do.

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