Mid-Penn football? How about Fantasy Football?
Entering 2016, the conference features not only some of the best players in the state, but best in the country. So I figured, why not have some fun and have a draft — a High School Fantasy Football draft.
Here’s my perfect lineup for 2016.
Quarterback: Give me Bishop McDevitt’s Tayvon Bowers. He’s got the size, the arm and the talent. The big question… his receivers. McDevitt lost one of the most productive trios in state history in Kobay White, Bryce Hall and Kyree Calli, but Bowers is confident in his new fleet.
“People are probably underestimating what they can do,” Bowers said at Mid-Penn media day. “But I believe in them, I believe in all my teammates.”
There will definitely be more on the Wake Forest commits shoulders this season, but after 3576 yards 42 touchdown passes his junior season, Bowers senior year numbers could be off the charts.
Wide Receiver: According to college scouts this isn’t a question, it’s Harrisburg’s Shaquon Anderson-Butts. The 4 star junior had 36 receptions for 780 yards and 10 touchdowns his sophomore season and has letters arriving in the mail from schools like Clemson and Notre Dame. Right now his top three are West Virginia, Pitt and Penn State. But before making his college decision Anderson-Butts is ready to deliver his junior season. I was surprised to learn he doesn’t play Fantasy Football but he told me himself he’d deliver for a fantasy lineup.
“Of course I’m going to get you higher points this year!” Anderson-Butts told me at Harrisburg practice. Sign me up, I’m betting he will.
Honorable Mentions: Carlisle’s Gavyn and Nate Barnes are my WR2 & WR3. The cousins both had over 900 yards receiving last season and with quarterback Eric Harris back for the thundering herd, the Carlisle passing game is in for a great Fantasy Football season.
Running Back: At running back there is a lot to choose from, but I’m using my pick on East Pennsboro’s Onasis Neely. Last season in a backfield with outstanding power back Ky Dennis, Neely rushed for over 1300 hundred yards and 14 touchdowns. This season he is clearly the feature back and the Panthers return their whole starting line. Neely doesn’t have any big time offers yet but the Junior is already getting interest from schools like Rutgers and Syracuse. Get on the hype train now, next year he’ll be the talk of the “draft.”
Honorable Mention: My RB2 is really second to none. Camp Hill’s Bill Williams has been tearing it up for years. 1231 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2015, the small but powerful back is a threat in the passing and return game too. Camp Hill is replacing quarterback Michael Shuster, so they should lean on Williams to start.
Tight End: Of all the players on my theoretical Fantasy team this next kid has the best chance to actually land on your “real” Fantasy Football team in a few years. Camp Hill’s Zack Kuntz is the concensus top tight end recruit in the country and he’s just a junior. He’s got offers from every where: Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, and Penn State to name a few. Right now Kuntz is just getting ready for the season. It should be an epic one to watch.
Defensive Player: Every fantasy team needs a defense and if I could get just one player I’m taking Central Dauphin’s Micah Parsons. The junior defensive end has been the buzz of summer showcase camps and for good reason. He’s got elite size, strength and speed. The Rams plan to use him at receiver this season too, so hey maybe we can get him some Fantasy Football multi-position eligibility. (Alright now I’m just being a nerd). But seriously you don’t need me to tell you this kid is good, he’s committed to Penn State and the offers keep coming. Opposing quarterbacks be warned, Parsons is coming.
So obviously there are plenty more “Fantasy Football” players out there in the Mid-Penn and across the state. I just drafted my ultimate team, we could draft a whole league if we wanted too. And if you’re not on the radar now, don’t worry, there’s always room for a pickup off the waiver wire.