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College Fantasy Football 2019: Flex Player Rankings and Creative Team Names

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2019

TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 03:  Running back Eno Benjamin #3 of the Arizona State Sun Devils rushes the football against the Utah Utes during the first half of the college football game at Sun Devil Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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College fantasy football provides fans with a tougher challenge than NFL fantasy football, but you can win your league if you do your research.

While the names are certainly less familiar to the average person, there are stars who can carry your team and tons useful players who can be reliable on a weekly basis. 

Quarterbacks are important, so make sure to grab players like Jalen Hurts and Sam Ehlinger early, but the flex players will provide the much-needed depth in a sport that features a lot of uncertainty at the positions. 

Here are the best flex options across college fantasy football, featuring only players in the Power 5 conferences.

        

Flex Rankings

1. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

2. Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona State

3. Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

4. Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

5. Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State

6. D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

7. A.J. Dillon, RB, Boston College

8. Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado

9. Jermar Jefferson, RB, Oregon State

10. Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

11. Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State

12. J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State

13. Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota

14. Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

15. Joshua Kelly, RB, UCLA

16. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

17. Ke'Shawn Vaughn, RB, Vanderbilt

18. J.J. Taylor, RB, Arizona

19. Zach Moss, RB, Utah

20. Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson

21. Pooka Williams Jr., RB, Kansas

22. Collin Johnson, WR, Texas

23. Kennedy Brooks, RB, Oklahoma

24. Trey Sermon, RB, Oklahoma

25. Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State

26. Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

27. Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

28. Max Borghi, RB, Washington State

29. Salvon Ahmed, RB, Washington

30. Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

31. Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

32. Kalija Lipscomb, WR, Vanderbilt

33. Stevie Scott, RB, Indiana

34. Anthony McFarland, RB, Maryland

35. Scottie Phillips, RB, Ole Miss

36. JD Spielman, WR, Nebraska

37. Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC

38. CJ Verdell, RB, Oregon

39. T.J. Vasher, WR, Texas Tech

40. Ricky Slade, RB, Penn State

            

Stars

Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

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There are several players in contention for the No. 1 running back, with Jonathan Taylor, Eno Benjamin and Travis Etienne all having a strong claim.

Etienne was one of the breakout stars of last season, finishing seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting while totaling 1,658 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns. However, Clemson is expected to rely on the passing game more this season behind Trevor Lawrence, and those touchdowns are difficult to replicate.

Benjamin is exciting thanks to his touches after getting 300 carries and 35 receptions in 2018, keeping him a solid option all year.

However, Taylor is the best player on the board thanks to his consistency and production on the ground.

The Wisconsin running back has 4,171 rushing yards in just two years in college football, including an NCAA-best 2,194 yards last season. He topped 100 yards in 12 of 13 games last season, breaking 200 yards in five games.

This is just too difficult to pass up from a fantasy perspective, and the 20-year-old should be the top overall pick in all leagues.

         

Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

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No freshman had a better debut last season than Rondale Moore, who tallied 109 receiving yards, 79 rushing yards and 125 kick return yards in his first collegiate game for Purdue.

The receiver continued to make a huge impact during the campaign with 1,258 receiving yards, 213 rushing yards and 14 total touchdowns. He showed over the course of the year he is a menace with the ball in his hands:

Big Ten Network @BigTenNetwork

He's electrified the entire country all season - especially the B1G. So it's no surprise that @BoilerFootball's Rondale Moore is taking home ✌️ B1G awards: B1G Receiver of the Year and Freshman of the Year. https://t.co/2LwtN9o4GP

Cam Mellor @PFF_Cam

Most missed tackles forced after the catch among returning FBS WRs: Rondale Moore: 37 Laviska Shenault: 29 Damonte Coxie: 20 Jayden Reed (transferred, sitting out): 18 Dazz Newsome, Lynn Bowden, Jerry Jeudy, Antonio Gandy-Golden: 17

After a huge freshman year, Moore has a chance to be even better as a sophomore.

Purdue clearly wants to get the ball to the 19-year-old in any way possible, and that alone could lead to huge numbers given his talent.

Even if defenses key on him in 2019, Moore should be able to break through with some big games in the upcoming season.

       

Sleeper

Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State

STILLWATER, OK - OCTOBER 27:  Running back Chuba Hubbard #30 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys runs against defensive lineman Chris Nelson #97 of the Texas Longhorns in the second quarter on October 27, 2018 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
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Oklahoma State had a two-headed rushing attack last season between Justice Hill and Chuba Hubbard, while quarterback Taylor Cornelius was very active in the run game.

However, Hill and Cornelius are now gone, and replacement QB Dru Brown is more of a passer than a runner.

This leaves Hubbard as the best player left offensively, and he should see a lot of touches over the upcoming season. In a Mike Gundy offense, this could lead to some major production from the running back.

Hubbard already had a good year in 2018, totaling 740 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the ground to go with 229 receiving yards and two scores through the air. His versatility could be extremely valuable in this attack, and he could become an every-down player during the upcoming season.

After showing a glimpse of what he could as a freshman, he could be a star in 2019.

         

JD Spielman, WR, Nebraska

MADISON, WI - OCTOBER 06:  JD Spielman #10 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers makes a catch in the third quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Adrian Martinez is one of the most exciting young quarterbacks in college football, totaling 2,617 passing yards and 629 rushing yards last season as a freshman for the Nebraska Cornhuskers despite dealing with injuries.

If he stays healthy, the offense could be elite in 2019, meaning plenty of production to go around.

JD Spielman is already coming off a strong season with 66 catches for 818 yards and eight touchdowns, his second straight year with at least 800 receiving yards. He can now be in for an even bigger year with Stanley Morgan moving on to the NFL.

Morgan had 70 catches for 1,004 yards last season, and those targets will have to go somewhere.

Other players will have to step up, especially considering no other receiver had more than 200 receiving yards last season, but Spielman should be the go-to target as a reliable option who can make things happen.

The fact Nebraska had the No. 88 defense in the country last year should only help as the team must rely on the passing game to stay competitive in 2019.

       

Fantasy Team Names

Judge Jeudy

CeeDee Player

Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Eno Dos Tres

Moore Fantasy Points

Do U Have 2 Let Ehlinger

Jalen Hurts So Good

Prepare Tua Lose

LOL JK Dobbins

Justin Fields Forever