[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Oklahoma is entering a major transition from a legend in Baker Mayfield to an incredibly gifted Kyler Murray who will seek to make his own mark on the storied school. Transitioning from a legend at QB is not typically as easy as it seems, see Florida since Tim Tebow and Texas since Colt McCoy. Those schools weren’t transitioning to 3 star QB’s either.
Oklahoma has a wealth of talented players that all CFF fans will need to keep an eye on, and saying that the Big 12 “isn’t the best defensive conference” is certainly a nice way of suggesting Oklahoma should put up some points.
CFBDynasty met with OU grad Nathan Marchese, an expert in college fantasy football and Oklahoma football. Definitely give him a follow on Twitter @CFFantasyNate.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][bsf-info-box icon=”Defaults-question” icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#c2933a” title=”In general, how do you feel the 2018 Oklahoma offense will fair in the post Baker Mayfield era?”]
[wp-svg-icons icon=”volume-medium” wrap=”i” size=”20px”] I expect minimal drop off with the Oklahoma offense. Yes, Baker is gone, but the there’s weapons all over the skill positions, the O-Line remains intact, and most importantly; Lincoln Riley is still calling the plays. OU averaged 8.1 yards per play last year, almost a full yard more than the next best P5 team. The offense will continue to be quick, but will look different at times with more QB run game and RPOs. Think Oregon with Marriota. The non-con is lighter this year with no OSU and the B12 is still ripe for big offense vs questionable defense. Riley is a fantasy goldmine. It’s not just Baker…he’s had Westbrook, Justin Hardy, Shane Carden, Dominique Davis, Crabtree, etc.
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[wp-svg-icons icon=”volume-medium” wrap=”i” size=”20px”] Unlike the Rangers allowing Shea Patterson to finish out the length of his football career, Murray will only be able to play 1 season of football per his contract with the A’s. There was talk initially that he may be granted football until his eligibility expired, but that is not the case. Kendall will have 2 years of eligibility left after Murray moves on, but I’m not sold he will just be handed the keys. Spencer Ratliff is the #1 QB recruit in the nation coming in next year that the staff is extremely high on and rightfully so based on his incredible performance at the Elite 11 camp this year. Kendall will also have to fend off Tanner Mordecai and a transfer isn’t out of the question as a stop-gap to Ratliff given that this will now be the 4th straight year a transfer will be the starter. I feel Murray is the better dynasty option given the guarantee for a year, but it would be wise to handcuff Murray with Kendall if you have the roster space.
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[wp-svg-icons icon=”volume-medium” wrap=”i” size=”20px”] Anderson will be the clear lead back with Serman getting to eat some as well. Anderson received 20 carries/game compared to Sermon’s 6 from mid-October on last year. I expect a similar ratio to continue again this year once OU gets into the meat of their schedule. Kennedy Brooks made a name for himself in the spring and will work his way into the mix for a few carries a game. While the RB distribution should remain unchanged, the X-factor here that could alter things is the installment of the QB run game given Murray is a dangerous runner as compared to Mayfield. Murray will see upwards of 10 designed QB keepers/game.
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[wp-svg-icons icon=”volume-medium” wrap=”i” size=”20px”] I am a buyer on Lamb to take another step forward. I love his skillset and I think we will see him take on the lead role in 2018. A new QB at the helm often means dependence on his most reliable target. Brown is boom or bust, which can make him less reliable for Murray and difficult to know when you can count on him to produce in your fantasy lineup. He had 60% of his yards come in just 4 of the 14 games last year. Riley’s lead WR over his 11 year tenure as a WR coach and OC has had an average stat line of 76/1037/12. That’s worthy of taking a bet on a Sooner WR, and my money is on Lamb.
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[wp-svg-icons icon=”volume-medium” wrap=”i” size=”20px”] I think my recent fantasy selections in industry drafts would indicate that I am a believer in Calcaterra. I took him as the 3rd TE off the board in John Laub’s Industry Mock Draft and the 1st TE off the board in the 4th round of the RotoWorld P5 Industry Best Ball draft. I’m not one for taking TEs early, but I see a clear drop off at TE after Okwuegbunam, Calc, and Fant. Andrews managed an impressive 62/958/8 stat line. The staff believes Calc already has better hands and is a more precise route runner than Andrews. He was a spring game standout as well. I have him as my #2 TE behind Albert O.
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[wp-svg-icons icon=”volume-medium” wrap=”i” size=”20px”] OU is a little unique for dynasty in the sense that many of their core producers are so young. Not a single skill position starts a senior. Lamb, Calc, and Sermon are all true sophomores, so dynasty moves here are more suited for deep formats or speculative plays that will require patience. In addition to the aforementioned Kennedy Brooks, a couple names to consider are WR Charleston Rambo and TJ Pledger. Rambo is a rsFR that many of the WRs including Lamb and Brown rave about and could make plays out of the slot this year. Pledger is a top 5 incoming RB that is physical, yet versatile, making him a good fit for the Riley offense.
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