Last Updated: Dec 07, 2012 5:48 PM
Another regular season is in the books. Went by quick, didn't it?
As is the case with every college fantasy football season, some preseason prospects lived up to the hype, some tanked, and others came completely out of the woodwork to become waiver wire gems.
Today, we celebrate the best of the best.
Here are your CollegeFootballGeek.com 2012 College Fantasy Football All-American Teams:
COLLEGEFOOTBALLGEEK.COM'S 2012 COLLEGE FANTASY FOOTBALL ALL-AMERICAN TEAM
FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICANS
QB - Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
37.8 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 63/13 PPG
What more can be said of Johnny Football that hasn't been said already? In most leagues, #Heismanziel was (at best) a late round draft pick with upside. In fact, he slipped through the cracks in most drafts as let's remember, Johnny wasn't even announced as the Aggie starter until late in August. We quickly took notice to the practice reports and were all over him in our Week 1 Sneaky Plays and Waiver Wire Report. After a cancelled opener with La Tech and a sluggish start against a stout Florida defense, Johnny burst onto the scene in a way reminiscient of Cam Newton's rise to fame in 2010. The rest, as they say, is history.
RB - Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona
27.9 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 70/12 PPG
When Rich Rodriguez signed on as the head coach down in the desert, fantasy managers ears perked up. Could RichRod rekindle the QB-RB magic he had in Morgantown with Pat White and Steve Slaton? The answer was a resounding YES. Quarterback Matt Scott turned in an solid fantasy campaign, and Ka'Deem Carey absolutely exploded, scoring more raw fantasy points than any other running back in the country. And he did it all in a pretty quiet manner. Why didn't he receive more acclaim in 2012? Must have been that meddling "East Coast Bias".
RB - Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada
27.3 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 67/12 PPG
Nevada has long been a favorite fantasy destination for CFG. Even before friend of the site Colin Kaepernick rose to prominence. Each year, the Wolfpack spin fantasy gold in that Pistol offense. The big question this offseason was who would take over for Vai Taua at running back. It didn't take long for us to get our answer. Stefphon Jefferson held off an injured (and overhyped) Anthony Knight and ripped off 1,564 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns.
WR - Tavon Austin, West Virginia
27.0 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 56/12 PPG
We had Austin ranked as the No. 3 fantasy wide receiver this preseason, and he did not disappoint, putting up an impressive 110-1259-12 receiving statline to go along with a more-than-solid 598-3 in the rushing department. Is there a more electric playmaker this side of Eugene? We think not. Tavon will be missed in Morgantown next fall.
WR - Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
27.6 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 66/5 PPG
It turned out that there WERE enough balls to go around in the Mountaineer's passing game after all. Bailey racked up 106 receptions, 1,510 yards and a crazy 23 touchdown catches on the year. If you would've told us before the season that two wide receivers from the same team would rank No. 1 & 2 fantasy-wise on the year, we probably would've thought the USC duo would've done the honors. We had the USC tandem of Lee-Woods ranked No. 1 and 4 this preseason, and the WVU guys No. 3 and 8.
TE - Zach Ertz, Stanford
12.0 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 22/2 PPG
Sadly, it was another down year for tight ends in the world of college fantasy. Long gone are the James Caseys, Rob Gronkowskis and Jermaine Greshams of the world. They are now blessing fantasy managers in the NFL. Zach Ertz overcame the graduation of Andrew Luck to put up a respectable 66-837-6 statline. Nothing special. Just workman-like.
K - Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State
11.8 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 17/7 PPG
You know what they say about kickers: can't live with 'em, can't.... ah, you get the point. Sharp was a consistent performer this year, not really having any stinkers on the resume. He averaged more PPG than anybody else at the position, thus he earned first team status in 2012.
DE/SP - Fresno State Bullddogs
14.4 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 29/5 PPG
Who? What! We agree, this one is kind of a shocker. But the numbers back it up. The Fresno defense averaged more fantasy PPG than any other school (standard scoring), and they were pretty consistent throughout the season, posting 9 or more fantasy points in 10 of their 13 games. Where is Alabama on this list, you ask? They finished 4th on the season in defensive fantasy PPG.
SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICANS
QB - Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
37.2 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 51/19 PPG
Lynch was one of our favorite sleepers this preseason, and he outperformed even our expectations: 2,962 passing yards, a 24-5 TD-INT ratio, 1,771 rushing yards and 19 scores on the ground. Who would've imagined that he'd lead his Huskies to the freaking Orange Bowl? Certainly not angry Kirk Herbstreit.
RB - Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
29.1 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 38/0 PPG
Gio actually averaged more fantasy PPG than any other running back, but he missed a couple games due to injury, burning fantasy owners on one occasion. Therefore, he gets relegated to the 2nd team. Still, he put together an amazing season which will likely be his last in Chapel Hill before he heads for the riches of the NFL.
RB - Kenjon Barner, Oregon
26.4 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 65/7 PPG
We had Mr. Barner pegged for 24.5 PPG back in August. Despite the fact that he exceeded our projection, it still feels a like Kenjon was bit of a letdown this season. Perhaps it was those stinkers in Weeks 11 and 12 that leave a bad taste in our mouth (although he did rebound beautifully in Week 13 with a 36-point outburst).
WR - Marqise Lee, USC
25.6 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 56/4 PPG
Lee was a monster for the majority of the season, catching 112 balls for 1,608 yards and 14 scores - severely out-dueled fellow Trojan WR Robert Woods in the process. It should be interesting to see how Lee performs next year without Matt Barkley tossing him the rock.
WR - Terrance Williams, Baylor
25.6 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 51/12 PPG
No RG3, no problem. Williams clicked immediately with new starting QB Nick Florence, filled the void left behind by WR Kendall Wright, and put together an excellent 2012 (95-1764-12).
TE - Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
11.9 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 25/2PPG
If the fantasy season started in Week 7, ASJ might have landed himself on the first team. However, those first six weeks count and he was a major bust during that stanza of the season, tallying a measly 30 fantasy points in the five games he played. Down the stretch is where he made his mark. Seferian-Jenkins is only a sophomore, so you can expect him to remain near the top of our TE rankings in 2013.
K - Dustin Hopkins, Florida State
10.8 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 15/7 PPG
Hopkins is the perfect fantasy kicker. 1) The kid can kick. 2) His offense bogs down in the redzone far too often. Add it up and you've got yourself an All-American.
DE/SP - Stanford Cardinal
14.3 Fantasy PPG, Season High/Low: 29/6 PPG
Ask Oregon how stingy this defense was. The Cardinal scored 19 or more fantasy points in six games in 2012. Quality production for a unit that we overlooked in the preseason (ranked No. 28).
Nick Florence, Baylor (32.9 PPG)
Tajh Boyd, Clemson (31.2 PPG)
Collin Klein, Kansas State (30.5)
Cody Fajardo, Nevada (30.1)
Dri Archer, Kent State (24.7 PPG)
Robbie Rouse, Fresno State (24.7 PPG)
Zurlon Tipton, Central Michigan (23.9 PPG)
DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson (20.5 PPG)
Davante Adams, Fresno State (19.6 PPG)
Marcus Wheaton, Oregon State (19.3 PPG)
Joseph Fauria, UCLA (11.4 PPG)