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2018 East-West Shrine Bowl – 8 Players to Watch for Dynasty/Fantasy (and handicapping it)

January 19, 2018 11:28 PM
January 20, 2018 12:11 AM

Note – For those interested in handicapping this game. The current line is listed a ‘pick’ with the East favored. We usually see a clear team to bet in College All-Star games, like candy from a baby -- but not this game.

If I had to play it I’d bet the East because two of their three QBs are highly mobile QBs…an advantage in ‘thrown together’ all star games.


*In no particular order.

See our quick hit scouting on all the East-West prospects at Fantasy Football


WEST WR Jake Wieneke (win-a-key), South Dakota State (6’4.1/218, 9.6” hands) – Has a slight Adam Thielen vibe but I didn’t see Thielen’s level of athleticism on tape. Great size and ability to catch passes over-the-top of defenders. Could be the game MVP. Will be the QB’s best friend in the passing game.   


EAST WR Justin Watson, Pennsylvania (6.0’4”/215/9.3” hands) – Probably the best WR talent for the NFL here. He’s a bit of Cooper Kupp and Chris Hogan. This isn’t the type of game where he’ll shine because the QB play is so underwhelming.  


WEST RB Jordan Chunn, Troy (5’11.4”/234/8.5” hands) – Big, physical runner. Let’s see if he shows anything besides between the tackles/straight ahead running. He has the size to be an NFL impact RB.


EAST RB Blake Mack, Arkansas State (6’1.6”/229/9.8” hands) – A Jordan Reed-like TE prospect, but hard to see him getting enough work with mediocre QBs to show it off. If he can get decent targets his draft stock can start to percolate.  


WEST DE Joe Ostman, Cent. Michigan (6’3”/255) – Probably the best defensive player here. Could be an NFL starter as a rookie…but we’ll see if he dominates the E-W game first.


EAST DE Marcus Martin, Slippery Rock (6’1”/250) – D2 Defensive Player of the Year...the all-time sack leader for a career. Not sure how he’ll do stepping up in competition. Interested to see.


WEST ILB Joel Lanning, Iowa State (6’1.4”/232/32.0” arm) – The starting QB turned OLB, a mobile QB for two seasons, a team captain, converts to ILB and is a first-team all-conference and makes 114 tackles. He’s moving up draft boards, let’s see if he furthers his rise in this game.


EAST SAF Tre Flowers, Oklahoma State (6’3.3”/193/80.0” wing) – Because of his size and reach he could be a guy who moves up draft boards fast if he can show cover skills at corner. He’s listed as a safety, but I hope he plays corner in this game.


About R.C. Fischer

R.C. Fischer is a fantasy football player analyst for Fantasy Football Metrics and College Football Metrics. 


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