2016 CFB Player Rankings, Spring Practice

By John Laub
John Laub





For the CFB Diehards like myself, April is one of the most anticipated months of the calendar. During the early spring, college teams across the nation practice and conclude the training sessions with inter-squad games. It is the first look at the new rosters without last season’s stars as well as the incoming freshmen and JUCO transfers for the fantasy football fanatics. 


In anticipation of the upcoming crusade, I have provided CFB fanatics a first-look at the top twenty CFB prospects at QB, RB and WR. I hope you enjoy the early rankings.


The CFB ‘16 Playbook will be available in early summer on FootballDiehards.com with updated rankings, profiles and projections.

Updated June 5, 2016 

QB Luke Falk, Washington State  


CFB Quarterbacks  
Ranking   Player Team
1   Deshaun Watson Clemson
2   Patrick Mahomes Texas Tech
3   Greg Ward Jr. Houston
4   Luke Falk Washington St.
5   J.T. Barrett Ohio State
6   Baker Mayfield Oklahoma
7   Quinton Flowers South Florida
8   Chad Kelly Ole Miss
9   Lamar Jackson Louisville
10   Seth Russell Baylor
11   Skyler Howard West Virginia
12   Dane Evans Tulsa
13   Matt Davis SMU
14   Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State
15   Brett Rypien Boise State
16   Nick Mullens Southern Mississippi
17   Joshua Dobbs Tennessee
18   Kenny Hill  TCU
19   Dakota Prukop Oregon
20   Brent Stockstill Middle Tennessee


RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State


CFB Running Backs  
Ranking   Player Team
1   Dalvin Cook Florida State
2   Leonard Fournette LSU
3   Christian McCaffrey Stanford
4   Jeremy McNichols Boise State
5   Royce Freeman Oregon
6   Donnel Pumphrey San Diego State
7   Larry Rose, III New Mexico State
8   Samaje Perine Oklahoma
9   Elijah McGuire UL-Lafayette
10   Wayne Gallman Clemson
11   Brian Hill Wyoming
12   Myles Gaskin Washington
13   Elijah Hood North Carolina
14   Ito Smith Southern Mississippi
15   Jalen Hurd Tennessee
16   Nick Chubb Georgia
17   Saquon Barkley Penn State
18   Bo Scarbrough Alabama
19   Jahad Thomas  Temple
20   Demario Richard Arizona State



WR Courtland Sutton, SMU


CFB Wide Receivers  
Ranking   Player Team
1   Corey Davis W. Michigan
2   Keevan Lucas Tulsa
3   Gabe Marks Washington St.
4   James Washington Oklahoma St.
5   JuJu Smith-Schuster USC
6   Richie James Tennessee
7   Thomas Sperbeck Boise State
8   Isaiah Ford Virginia Tech
9   Courtland Sutton SMU
10   Kenny Golladay Northern Illonois
11   Isaiah Jones East Carolina
12   Shelton Gibson West Virginia
13   Darren Carrington Oregon
14   Taywan Taylor WKU
15   Mike Williams Clemson
16   Calvin Ridley Alabama
17   Christian Kirk Texas A&M
18   KD Cannon Baylor
19   Jehu Chesson Michigan
20   Rodney Adams South Florida


With his Masters in history and professional experience as an educator, John Laub is uniquely qualified to research, analyze and discover new insights and trends in college and professional fantasy football. Laub has played fantasy football for a quarter century and provided FootballDiehards.com with weekly player rankings for nearly two decades. He won $10,000 in 1993, defeating nearly 15,000 owners, and published Audibles: Winning is Everything in the 1990s. He truly is The Gridiron Scholar. 


Twitter: @GridironSchol91 or e-mail: Audibles@aol.com