Drafting freshmen in a college football fantasy league can be risky. There’s no guarantee that they’ll play, and there’s a good chance they might only play a couple of games or years for their team. Still, the top-tier players are worth taking a look at for fantasy football. Some have the potential to start right away, meaning you can get three good years out of them. Today, we look at the top freshman that could have a major impact in college fantasy.
Top 10 college fantasy football freshman sleepers for 2022
Luther Burden III, WR | Missouri
Missouri hasn’t had a 1,000-yard receiver since 2017. But the feeling is that Luther Burden III has the talent to break that trend, and thus is one of our top freshman sleepers in college fantasy football for 2022.
The five-star receiver from St. Louis chose the Tigers over a plethora of Power Five competition and should be an instant impact player that can elevate the passing attack over the next few seasons.
Evan Stewart, WR | Texas A&M
Evan Stewart wasted little time getting people to know him, and his strong spring performance has fans buzzing. Any freshman that can start right away brings value to your team, and drafting Stewart in a keeper league has you set at one position. With the Aggies looking for multiple new playmakers to step up, Stewart’s already inserted himself into a great position within the offense.
Nicholas Singleton, RB | Penn State
Another freshman with tremendous potential. Penn State needs a running back to step up, and Singleton’s already pushing for the starting spot. The five-star from Reading, Pennsylvania, already has good size and is a home-run hitter thanks to his downhill running style with good acceleration. 247Sports compares Singleton to former Georgia running back Nick Chubb, which should drive plenty of excitement around the program.
Cade Klubnik, QB | Clemson
Either DJ Uiagalelei figures it out and becomes a good NFL draft prospect or he struggles and Cade Klubnik takes over. Those figure to be the two most likely options for Clemson’s offense. Either way, Klubnik takes control of the Tigers’ offense. We saw the arm talent in the spring game, though he’ll need some time to adjust to the speed of college. He’s a good runner too, which adds to his value.
Tetairoa McMillan, WR | Arizona
Jedd Fisch is trying to turn things around at Arizona, and his efforts on the recruiting trail already have the Wildcats on track to do that. Tetairoa McMillan is a 6’4” receiver with room to add weight to his frame. Given the new coaching staff is promoting competition, a guy like McMillan could be a legitimate weapon. Jacob Cowing comes from UTEP, which draws attention his way and leaves room for others to create around him.
Ashton Jeanty, RB | Boise State
George Holani comes back to lead the Boise State rushing attack, but he’s the only proven commodity. He’s also missed plenty of time due to injury during his tenure at Boise State. In steps Ashton Jeanty, who’s already drawing rave reviews from the coaching staff. Pegged as the backup now, Jeanty will be the future of the Broncos’ rushing attack.
Damien Martinez, RB | Oregon State
A 5’10”, 220-pound freshman who’s already listed as the co-starter at running back, Damien Martinez is already jumping up college fantasy football draft boards (including the crazy people who do all-freshman drafts). The Lewisville, Texas native helps fill a big hole in the offense that B.J. Baylor — who’s now in the NFL — created.
Matthew Golden, WR | Houston
Houston’s future move to the Big 12 is already yielding dividends. Dana Holgorsen kept Matthew Golden home over heading to TCU, Arkansas, or Baylor, and the four-star player figures to be an early and valuable contributor. Nathaniel “Tank” Dell is the man of the show, but someone else must step up. Dell led the team with 53 more catches and 836 more yards than the second-best option for the Coogs last year.
Jovantae Barnes, RB | Oklahoma
Eric Gray gets his time to shine as the starter, but Jovantae Barnes is going to make sure he pushes the senior while also getting his touches too. Guys on this list have already made an impression on the coaching staff, and Barnes is putting in the work. He’s already added some bulk to his frame in his limited time with the Sooners and appears to be the future of Oklahoma’s rushing attack.
Isaiah Bond, WR | Alabama
Bryce Young completed 366 passes last year. However, 76.5% of those receptions are no longer in Tuscaloosa, meaning someone new must step up.
Jermaine Burton, Tyler Harrell, and Cameron Latu are the most obvious replacements. Ja’Corey Brooks, JoJo Earle, and Traeshon Holden could also be candidates. If not them, then Isaiah Bond is a dark horse candidate to step up. The freshman is an explosive weapon, and if anything, he’ll be a great future value to this offense.