2012 College Fantasy Football All-American Team

By Todd DeVries
December 07, 2012 5:35 pm
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Another regular season is in the books.  Went by quick, didn't it?

As is the case with every college fantasy football season, some preseason prospects lived up to the hype, some tanked, and others came completely out of the woodwork to become waiver wire gems.  

Today, we celebrate the best of the best.  

Here are your CollegeFootballGeek.com 2012 College Fantasy Football All-American Teams:



QB - Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
37.8 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 63/13 PPG
What more can be said of Johnny Football that hasn't been said already? In most leagues, #Heismanziel was (at best) a late round draft pick with upside.  In fact, he slipped through the cracks in most drafts as let's remember, Johnny wasn't even announced as the Aggie starter until late in August. We quickly took notice to the practice reports and were all over him in our Week 1 Sneaky Plays and Waiver Wire Report. After a cancelled opener with La Tech and a sluggish start against a stout Florida defense, Johnny burst onto the scene in a way reminiscient of Cam Newton's rise to fame in 2010. The rest, as they say, is history.

RB - Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona
27.9 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 70/12 PPG
When Rich Rodriguez signed on as the head coach down in the desert, fantasy managers ears perked up.  Could RichRod rekindle the QB-RB magic he had in Morgantown with Pat White and Steve Slaton?  The answer was a resounding YES. Quarterback Matt Scott turned in an solid fantasy campaign, and Ka'Deem Carey absolutely exploded, scoring more raw fantasy points than any other running back in the country. And he did it all in a pretty quiet manner. Why didn't he receive more acclaim in 2012? Must have been that meddling "East Coast Bias".

RB - Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada
27.3 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 67/12 PPG
Nevada has long been a favorite fantasy destination for CFG. Even before friend of the site Colin Kaepernick rose to prominence. Each year, the Wolfpack spin fantasy gold in that Pistol offense.  The big question this offseason was who would take over for Vai Taua at running back. It didn't take long for us to get our answer. Stefphon Jefferson held off an injured (and overhyped) Anthony Knight and ripped off 1,564 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns.

WR - Tavon Austin, West Virginia
27.0 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 56/12 PPG
We had Austin ranked as the No. 3 fantasy wide receiver this preseason, and he did not disappoint, putting up an impressive 110-1259-12 receiving statline to go along with a more-than-solid 598-3 in the rushing department. Is there a more electric playmaker this side of Eugene?  We think not. Tavon will be missed in Morgantown next fall.

WR - Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
27.6 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 66/5 PPG
It turned out that there WERE enough balls to go around in the Mountaineer's passing game after all.  Bailey racked up 106 receptions, 1,510 yards and a crazy 23 touchdown catches on the year.  If you would've told us before the season that two wide receivers from the same team would rank No. 1 & 2 fantasy-wise on the year, we probably would've thought the USC duo would've done the honors. We had the USC tandem of Lee-Woods ranked No. 1 and 4 this preseason, and the WVU guys No. 3 and 8.

TE - Zach Ertz, Stanford
12.0 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 22/2 PPG
Sadly, it was another down year for tight ends in the world of college fantasy. Long gone are the James Caseys, Rob Gronkowskis and Jermaine Greshams of the world. They are now blessing fantasy managers in the NFL. Zach Ertz overcame the graduation of Andrew Luck to put up a respectable 66-837-6 statline. Nothing special.  Just workman-like.

K - Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State
11.8 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 17/7 PPG
You know what they say about kickers: can't live with 'em, can't.... ah, you get the point. Sharp was a consistent performer this year, not really having any stinkers on the resume.  He averaged more PPG than anybody else at the position, thus he earned first team status in 2012.

DE/SP - Fresno State Bullddogs
14.4 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 29/5 PPG
Who? What! We agree, this one is kind of a shocker. But the numbers back it up. The Fresno defense averaged more fantasy PPG than any other school (standard scoring), and they were pretty consistent throughout the season, posting 9 or more fantasy points in 10 of their 13 games. Where is Alabama on this list, you ask? They finished 4th on the season in defensive fantasy PPG.


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