Utah State Fantasy Buzz

Utah State Fantasy Buzz

The Utah State Aggies, even though they must replace record holding quarterback, Diondre Borel, still bring multiple strong fantasy football options to the table this season. The leader, Robert Turbin who is back finally healthy from injury, will be the workhorse for the Utah State offense in 2011. Also, with the renewed emphasis on not turning the ball over, the tight end position with Senior Kellen Bartlett will be something to watch very closely this fall.

Robert Turbin, Junior, Running Back

In 2009, Turbin rushed for 1,296 yards and 18 touchdowns. Last year Turbin was out most of the season due to injury. Thus, his return to the lineup is a welcome sight for Coach Gary Andersen heading into 2011. If you play in a touchdown friendly league for running backs, Turbin should end up being a great value player later in the draft and could provide depth when your running backs from bigger BCS schools are on bye weeks in their schedule.

Kellen Bartlett, Senior, Tight End

Bartlett had a under the radar season in 2010 while battling injury. He had just 15 receptions for 222 yards. However, this is his senior season and he is finally at full strength. Bartlett is projected to see more passes come his way as the Aggies will try to maintain a conservative game management approach on offense to minimize turnovers. Look for Bartlett to become a security blanket for whichever quarterback wins between Adam Kennedy and Alex Hart in fall camp.

Bobby Wagner, Senior, Linebacker

Wagner is the prototypical definition of a playmaker at the linebacker position. He has led the WAC in tackles the past two seasons. Also, with the switch to a 3-4 defense by new defensive coordinator, Gary Andersen, look for Wagner to post another season of well over 120 tackles and the potential of his interceptions to go up as well. He could be a very strong stat specialist if your league rewards tackles and big defensive plays.

Kerwynn Williams, Kickoff Returner

In 2010, Williams led the nation with five returns of 60 yards or more and also had three returns of 70 plus yards. If Williams can turn some of these opportunities into touchdowns in 2011 you will be able to gain a lot of extra points in your quest for a fantasy football league championship. Also, you should be able to get Williams as a steal later in the draft at the running back position as Kerwynn will be used as a change of pace back for the workhouse Robert Turbin and should definitely be able to match his four rushing touchdowns, if not surpass it, as the Aggies emphasize the running game more in 2011 with the inexperience in place at the quarterback position.


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