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SEC Preview: Transfers for Texas A&M

Mario Puig

Mario is a Senior Writer at RotoWire who primarily writes and projects for the NFL and college football sections.

For each conference we will list first-, second- and third-team All-Fantasy squads, sleeper and bust sections, and a full inventory of ranked players in that conference. To the right of listed players you will see a parenthetical notation of their positional ranking placement.

All-SEC Fantasy Roster

First team


QB: Chad Kelly, Mississippi (No. 13)

RB: Leonard Fournette, LSU (No. 4)

RB: Jovon Robinson, Auburn (No. 36)

WR: Calvin Ridley, Alabama (No. 35)

WR: Fred Ross, Mississippi State (No. 42)

TE: Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas (No. 10)


Second team


QB: Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee (No. 16)

RB: Jalen Hurd, Tennessee (No. 39)

RB: Bo Scarborough, Alabama (No. 42)

WR: Demore'ea Stringfellow, Mississippi (No. 44)

WR: Malachi Dupre, LSU (No. 54)

TE: Evan Engram, Mississippi (No. 17)


Third team


QB: Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State (No. 22)

RB: Nick Chubb, Georgia (No. 48)

RB: Stanley Williams, Kentucky (No. 49)

WR: Quincy Adeboyejo, Mississippi (No. 55)

WR: Travin Dural, LSU (No. 68)

TE: OJ Howard, Alabama (No. 22)


Sleepers

John Franklin III, QB, Auburn (No. 54)


The Auburn offense was a disaster last year and it's hard to explain why personnel and playcalling alike seemed to be part of the problem, yet the result was still largely inexplicable. Assuming there isn't a permanent curse on the Tigers, it's possible they'll bounce back from last year's disaster, especially if Franklin proves an upgrade over the quarterbacks from last year, Jeremy Johnson and Sean White, who simply couldn't get anything going. A dual-threat rusher like Franklin should have good fantasy value even if he doesn't quite turn out to be the next Nick Marshall. But he could do that, too.


Keith Ford, RB, Texas A&M (No. 57)


Ford is one of two former Oklahoma Sooner running backs who transferred into the SEC for this year, the other being Alex Ross at Missouri. Both players are expected to start for their respective new teams, and Ford is probably the more interesting option just because the offense around him is likely to be more competent than what Ross deals with at Missouri. The lead A&M running back role afforded Tra Carson over 18 carries per game last year, and if Ford can earn something similar, he'll likely put up sizable numbers. The presence of running quarterback Trevor Knight should help open up the middle of the field, too.


Rawleigh Williams, RB, Arkansas (No. 89)


Williams isn't necessarily the only Arkansas runner who will post good numbers this year Kody Walker and Devwah Whaley are both in the conversation but Williams does appear locked in as the lead running back for the Razorbacks. That fact alone makes him a by-default likely source of at least ,1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground. The Arkansas backfield supported two 1,000-yard runners at once with Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins both there, but both have since moved on to the NFL.

Alex Ross, RB, Missouri (No. 92)

The other Sooner running back, Ross will likely step into a starting role for his one-and-done showing with Missouri. He never got a shot at the same at Oklahoma, but Ross consistently demonstrated rare explosiveness during the few times he got on the field for the Sooners. The only limiting factor here and it is a potentially big one is the fact that the Missouri offense was hideously bad in 2015, and it's not guaranteed to get much better in 2016. The 2014 season was when Ross last played regularly, and that year he ran for 595 yards and four touchdowns on just 88 carries (6.8 YPC) while returning two kickoffs for touchdowns.

Mark Thompson, RB, Florida (No. 104)

Kelvin Taylor is gone to the NFL, so someone else has to take over the running game for Florida. Thompson generally looks like the best bet. The competition is the likes of Jordan Scarlett and Jordan Cronkrite, and neither was convincing last year. Thompson, meanwhile, was a high-ranking JUCO recruit this year and already resembles an NFL bruiser at 6-foot-2, 242 pounds.

Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida (No. 100)

Callaway isn't exactly an unknown he was one of the most electrifying receivers in the country last year as a true freshman but he should at least come at a discount in most drafts due to his uncertain playing status. Technically suspended for undisclosed regions, Callaway has still been working out with the team, and his proximity to the program implies he's not truly cut off in any meaningful sense as much as he's simply on notice. Considering he has the quiet potential to emerge as the most productive receiver in the conference, I'd argue Callaway is well worth the risk, especially if others in your league are chasing the Ridleys and Kirks at much higher prices. After catching 35 passes for 678 yards and four touchdowns last year, Callaway should push for 1,000 yards if he plays 12 games.

Busts

Alabama Pass Catchers


The Alabama pass catchers certainly have some value especially Calvin Ridley but generally the crew is likely to be overrated in fantasy drafts. The Crimson Tide is deep with pass-catching options, and that means inconsistency and low ceilings are a considerable risk. Ridley, Robert Foster, ArDarius Stewart, Gehrig Dieter and OJ Howard are all too talented to not get their share of targets, but the share sizes could be meager as Alabama breaks in a new starting quarterback.

Texas A&M Wide Receivers

Christian Kirk is a big name in college football for good reason he's one of the most successful wide receivers in recent memory for his age. Josh Reynolds is a pretty big name too, as he's certainly one of the most feared big-play threats at receiver nationwide. The problem is there might not be many passing stat shares to go around with the scattershot Trevor Knight at quarterback, and the Aggies have an extremely deep group of receivers as many as four future NFL receivers between Kirk, Reynolds, Ricky Seals-Jones and Speedy Noil.

Arkansas Wide Receivers

Seeing a theme here? Arkansas should be different from Alabama and A&M in that the Razorbacks should have a very productive tight end in Jeremy Sprinkle. The wide receivers, though, are a deep, talented group fighting over a relatively meager supply of passing stats. Drew Morgan, Keon Hatcher, Dominique Reed and Jared Cornelius are all starter-level talents, yet the Razorbacks are unlikely to throw the ball more than around 28 times per game.


Ranked player inventory

Alabama: RB Bo Scarborough (42), RB Damien Harris (126), WR Calvin Ridley (35), WR Robert Foster (137), WR ArDarius Stewart (215), WR Gehrig Dieter (227), TE OJ Howard (22)

Arkansas: QB Austin Allen (80), RB Rawleigh Williams (89), RB Devwah Whaley (123), WR Drew Morgan (156), WR Jared Cornelius (189), WR Keon Hatcher (193), TE Jeremy Sprinkle (9)

Auburn: QB John Franklin III (54), RB Jovon Robinson (36), RB Kerryon Johnson (142)

Florida: RB Mark Thompson (104), RB Jordan Scarlett (164), WR Antonio Callaway (100), WR Brandon Powell (220), TE DeAndre Goolsby (22)

Georgia: RB Nick Chubb (No. 48), RB Sony Michel (120), WR Terry Godwin (98), TE Jeb Blazevich (31)

Kentucky: QB Drew Barker (89), RB Stanley Williams (49), WR Dorian Baker (145), WR Garrett Johnson (188), TE CJ Conrad (47)

LSU: QB Brandon Harris (64), RB Leonard Fournette (4), RB Derrius Guice (121), WR Malachi Dupre (54), WR Travin Dural (68)

Mississippi: QB Chad Kelly (13), RB Akeem Judd (140), WR Demore'ea Stringfellow (44), WR Quincy Adeboyejo (55), WR Markell Pack (109), TE Evan Engram (17)

Mississippi State: QB Nick Fitzgerald (22), WR Fred Ross (42), WR Donald Gray (131)

Missouri: RB Alex Ross (92)

South Carolina: RB David Williams (150), RB A.J. Turner (152), WR Deebo Samuel (180)

Tennessee: QB Joshua Dobbs (16), RB Jalen Hurd (39), RB Alvin Kamara (78), Jauan Jennings (197), WR Josh Malone (200), TE Ethan Wolf (49)

Texas A&M: QB Trevor Knight (40), RB Keith Ford (57), WR Christian Kirk (80), WR Josh Reynolds (128), WR Ricky Seals-Jones (209), WR Speedy Noil (212)

Vanderbilt: RB Ralph Webb (67), WR Trent Sherfield (125)