Week 1 is always the toughest week to project fantasy points and we saw some surprising, unexpected results. Let’s go through some of the most fantasy-impactful news and notes from week 1.
Let Down Week for Love and Tate
It wasn’t the start that two Heisman hopefuls desired for Khalil Tate and Bryce Love.
Khalil Tate was the consensus #1 fantasy selection and seemed to have a favorable matchup week 1 when Arizona faced BYU. The BYU defense looked much improved and they were able to control the clock with a great running game, only allow the Arizona offense 23 minutes of possession.
Bryce Love was able to but shut down by the San Diego State defense who held Love to 29 yards on 18 carries, far worse than any of his 2017 games. SDSU sold out against the run which allowed Stanford to pass the ball effectively.
What happened to Nathan Rourke?
Nathan Rourke was projected as an A-list QB by all of the college fantasy outlets and he ended the first game early with no news, seemingly appearing to be pulled for poor play.
Rourke started the game against Howard, one you’d expect him to put up huge 1st-half stats and sit out the 2nd, but didn’t play after the 1st quarter. He went 2-8 with 44 yards, crushing many season-opening games for fantasy owners.
Nathan Rourke engineered the most productive offense in program history in 2017. He was lifted after 3 possessions in the 2018 season opener. Maxwell four yards form a career high in relief. Ohio leads 38-29, 11:04 left
— Jason Arkley (@JasonAmessenger) September 1, 2018
Strange happenings in Athens, Ohio QB Nathan Rourke played 3 series and was pulled, doesn’t seem injury related as of now but backup has lead Bobcats to the lead
Will be interesting to watch a possible QB situation in coming weeks
— BearcatJournal.com (@BearcatJournal) September 1, 2018
Ohio has a week 2 bye. We’re looking forward to hearing insight from the coaches on the QB plan.
What's next for Texas Tech at QB?
When starting QB McLane Carter was injured early in the game against Ole Miss, Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury opted to insert Freshman Alan Bowman rather than Jett Duffey.
Taking Kingsbury’s comments at face value, he was confident Bowman could execute the offense.
Kliff Kingsbury, when asked what went into decision of Bowman over Duffey: “There’s a comfort level with our offense right now that I feel like Bowman can execute it. Thought we were going to get a bunch of man coverage, and he’d be able to kind of see one read and get it there.”
— Don Williams (@AJ_DonWilliams) September 1, 2018
We can speculate that Duffey had an unannounced suspension due to his multiple off-field incidents. He was long-expected to take over as the starter until the incidents, and it’s doubtful that Kingsbury would put up with the trouble unless he had big plans for Duffey.
My only guess is that Jett Duffey has an unannounced suspension because of his off-field issues this offseason, because there’s no chance the Texas Tech offense operates better under Alan Bowman than it would under Duffey.
— Scott Bell (@ScottBellDMN) September 1, 2018
Kingsbury of Bowman and Jett Duffey: “We’ll continue to rep both guys. The good news is they got a ton of reps through spring, through fall camp. Both understand the offense. So we’ll get those two guys ready to play. Not sure how it’ll go reps-wise, who’ll get what, but they’ll both get a ton of reps this week.”