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Penn State Ranks Among Top Colleges In NFL Fantasy Points

Penn State players were able to combine for a total of 1,807.4 fantasy points in the NFL this season, according to ProU Sports. The mark ranks Penn State seventh among all college football programs and second across the Big Ten behind Ohio State.

The only colleges that had alumni score more NFL fantasy points this season are Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Georgia, and Clemson. The Crimson Tide easily had the most at 4,539.6 points from former players — nearly 900 more than LSU, which ranked second.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the Nittany Lions’ fantasy football year:

Running Backs

Former Penn State running backs Saquon Barkley and Miles Sanders put up decent fantasy numbers. Barkley can’t do much behind the not-so-stellar Giants offensive line, and injuries didn’t help his cause. He finished No. 34 in the running back rankings and put up 148.6 PPR points on the season.

Sanders was in a tough situation in Philadelphia, considering the Eagles ran with a committee of backs with Boston Scott, Kenny Gainwell, and Jordan Howard. Even though a number of Eagles backs received carries, he wound up as the No. 44 in running back rankings and finished with 117.2 PPR points on the season.

Wide Receivers

Allen Robinson and Chris Godwin are the main fantasy headlines for the Nittany Lions this year. One was extremely disappointing, while the other had his season cut short due to an injury.

Robinson had a considerably rough season for fantasy football. He finished as the No. 81 wide receiver and contributed only 87.0 fantasy points. Unfortunately for some, his high average draft position just didn’t pan out this year.

Godwin, meanwhile, had a fantastic year in fantasy football this season. Despite tearing his ACL in week 15, he was able to put up insane numbers on the season. He finished No. 15 among wide receiver rankings and ended up with 242.4 points.

Tight Ends

Tight ends are a difficult but important position to pick in fantasy football. Thankfully, former Nittany Lions stars were often great starts.

Mike Gesicki for the Miami Dolphins had a phenomenal year for a fantasy tight end. He finished among the top 10 and tied for No. 8 with Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert with 165 points.

Pat Freiermuth was a monster for the Pittsburgh Steelers during his rookie campaign. He was able to rank No. 13 out of all tight ends in the league and record 151.7 fantasy points over the season. He has a great deal of fantasy upside next year if the Steelers can find a stronger quarterback.

Kickers

Former Penn State kicker Robbie Gould finished as the No. 22 placekicker on the season after missing some time. He racked up 112 points for the San Francisco 49ers.

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Ethan Bell

Ethan is a freshman majoring in journalism at Penn State. He loves all things Pittsburgh sports and is the best league commissioner of all time in Fantasy Football. He is from Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and he swears that Fiori's in Pittsburgh is the best pizza in the world. If you want to get a hold of him, follow him on Twitter @EBell45 or email him at [email protected]

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