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I love fantasy football. It’s the stats. I’ve always loved stats. I read all that I could from the back of football cards when I was kid. Fantasy football makes NFL Sundays more interesting for me. College football, particularly the Wildcats, is so much more exciting than the NFL and there aren’t any fantasy stats to follow. But what if there was…

There are simply too many teams and too many players to have fantasy football for all of FBS college football. However, I could see fantasy football based on each conference.

Here’s what could happen with our beloved K-State players if there was a Big 12 fantasy football league.

QB: Jake Waters would’ve likely been a top 3 quarterback in a draft. I’m sure many would’ve taken Bryce Petty as the first QB and maybe Trevor Knight at number 2. Waters would’ve made sense as the 3rd quarterback. While his passing numbers have been good, in terms of yards, completions and interceptions, he hasn’t found the endzone very often through the air. However, his run game and touchdowns on the ground would make up for it.

RB: Not many people would’ve taken DeMarcus Robinson or Charles Jones very high in the draft. Neither have huge rushing numbers. Both are under 400 yards after 7 games. Jones would’ve been a sneaky-good pick, though. As a 2nd or 3rd option in a fantasy league, his 9 touchdowns would more than make up for his lack of yardage. Gronk should’ve gone undrafted. Not enough carries and too sporadic in the receiving game.

WR: It’s a safe bet that Tyler Lockett would’ve been the first wide receiver off the board in the Big 12 fantasy football draft. Other receivers in more pass happy offenses have surpassed his numbers, but Lockett has been no slouch. His running mate, Curry Sexton, would’ve been the steal of the draft. The senior WR sits at 8th in the conference with 5.7 receptions per game. The only downside is just 2 touchdowns.

TE: Zach Trujilo simply isn’t used enough in this offense to have much impact, but since many Big 12 schools don’t use TEs at all, he would probably be one of the higher ones picked.

K: No one cares about kickers in fantasy football. The Wildcats switching kickers would’ve wreaked havoc for someone.

Def: I said Sexton would’ve been the steal of the draft, but the Wildcat defense would’ve been a great choice, too. Not many would’ve predicted the performance we’ve seen from the K-State defense thus far. The Cats have the #1 scoring defense (19.3 ppg) and #2 in total yards (329.7 ypg). If the fantasy league counts special teams, you can add in bonus points with Lockett’s punt return for touchdown and blocked kicks from Travis Britz.

Sadly, a Big 12 fantasy football league would never work for me. I wouldn’t draft players from other schools. Once someone drafted Waters, I would either pick Joe Hubener or simply not draft a QB at all. Needless to say, I would lose a lot.

I definitely wouldn’t select any Oklahoma State Cowboys. I couldn’t root for any of them this week. Plus, I have a feeling most of the will put up some poor numbers this week.

Go Cats! Beat OSU!

About The Author

Seth is a 2000 graduate of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism at Kansas State. While in Manhattan he wrote for the Kansas State Collegian, reported for the Wildcat 91.9 and interned at KSNT-TV in Topeka. He teaches now, but still play with his journalism degree. Living in the middle of Missouri makes it harder to follow the Cats, but he wears enough purple to draw stares at the grocery store. Follow him on Twitter at @catbacker77

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