(WTNH)–People love fantasy football. They also love high school football.
….You see where we’re going with this?
What if you had a fantasy football draft for high school players? (Editor’s Note: Please don’t do this. They’re high school kids).
Which players would get you the most points? Which kids would you be irrationally rooting for, even if they’re playing against your younger brother’s team or your alma mater?
I guess all of this is another way to say, who are the best offensive players in the state?
Check out our list below:
Patrick Conte, Fairfield Prep.
QB’s are always a hot commodity in fantasy leagues, and there are plenty of players (and plenty of offenses) around the state to choose from. We’d take Conte early, because he’ll put up big numbers in the Jesuits’ high-flying offense.
Tyshaun James, Middletown.
Much like 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year Dario Highsmith, James is a dual-threat QB, who could go for more than 1,000 yards both through the air and on the ground.
Mike Marshall, Crosby.
The experienced Marshall (he’s already started 30 games) threw for 1,490 yards and 13 TD’s in leading the Bulldogs to an NVL Brass Division title last year. He also threw for 2,123 yards as a sophomore in 2014.
Justin Brown, St. Luke’s School (New Canaan).
The 5-10, 200-pound running back is a three-star prospect according to 247Sports.com, and is heading to Temple next year. He’s also from Branford
Matt Brehon, Hillhouse.
He’s got some extra motivation this year, and Brehon is already one of the best backs in the state. Not sure if he’d be great in a PPR league or not, but he’d definitely rack up the touchdowns. Watch out for Hillhouse in Class M this year, too.
Kristian Sapp, Cromwell/Portland.
Sapp combined for over 2,000 rushing and receiving yards last year and has a great chance of going down as Cromwell’s all-time rushing leader.
Ben Mason, Newtown.
He’d also be great in an Individual Defensive Players League, as the bruising linebacker is heading to Michigan next year.
Jhavion Haddock, Creed/Career/Whitney Tech.
He’s been balling since at least 2014, and rushed for 1,522 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. He also had five special teams touchdowns, if those count in your fake high school football fantasy league.
Manny Sanabria, Ledyard.
Glenn Cunningham, Xavier.
The 6-2, 215-pounder will play defense at Fordham, but not before he terrorizes the rest of the SCC.
Tarik Black, Cheshire Academy.
He’s the No. 1-ranked prospect in Connecticut on 247Sports.com’s high school football rankings, and has offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, Stanford, Auburn and UCLA, among others. So yeah, he’s pretty good.
Russell Thompson-Bishop, Bloomfield.
He was one of the best players on the team that beat Ansonia for the Class S title last year.
Nico Ragaini, Notre Dame-West Haven.
Ragaini was the 2015-16 New Haven Register Athlete of the Year, as he also stars in lacrosse. You may want to pick him up in that fantasy high school lacrosse league (could be a first-rounder). As a wideout last year, he caught 68 balls for 903 yards and six touchdowns, and also rushed for eight scores.
Jason Pinnock, Windsor.
He’s a big-time receiver, and also has an offer from UConn as a defensive back.
Ryan O’Connell, New Canaan.
New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli says O’Connell, who led the team in interceptions last year, will likely be the featured back. That means he’ll rack up plenty of yards and TD’s. He also led the team in interceptions last year, so again, he could come up huge in an IDP league.
Mike Bevino, Notre Dame-Fairfield.
Brett Bogdwicz, Bunnell.
The sure-handed wideout caught 47 passes for 11 touchdowns last season and was named all-SWC.
Jalen Datil, Naugatuck.
D. Major Roman, New London.
The big fella caught 43 passes and 3 touchdowns last season. He’s heading to Yale next year.
Ryan Fitton, Staples.
He’s heading to U-C-O-N-N next year, so Huskies fans would take this dude just so they could root for him.
Jeremy imperati, Cheshire Academy (formerly North Haven)
He was a beast in that option-style attack under North Haven coach Anthony Sagnella, and is now suiting up for prep school Cheshire Academy, where he hopes to show off his skills to college coaches.
These are the guys who might be taken in a draft, but would there be some major waiver-wire pickups in the middle of the year? You bet. And that’s what makes the season so much fun.
Have someone you think should be on this list? Let us know in the comments below.