This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
The MAC sent seven teams to bowl games last season, and five of those seven squads had nine or more wins as well. On the other end, six teams in the conferences had four or fewer wins. For the first time in memory, and perhaps ever, the MAC boasts two Heisman Trophy candidates in Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch and Kent State's multi-purpose weapon Dri Archer. But the conference is deep with talent at the skill positions, and due to the under-the-radar nature of the MAC as a whole fantasy owners can find a lot of potential draft bargains.
TOP-FIVE FANTASY STARS
Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois
All Lynch did in his first year as starter is put up nearly 5,000 total yards, including an FBS record for a quarterback of 1,815 rushing yards, with 44 total touchdowns (25 passing, 19 rushing). He will again be the centerpiece of the Huskies offense, and there aren't many quarterbacks who are better fantasy options even with some expected drop-off from last season.
Dri Archer, RB, Kent State
Archer was a multi-purpose stud last season, leading Kent State in rushing (1,429 yards, 16 touchdowns) and receiving (561 yards, four touchdowns) with three kickoff return touchdowns and a touchdown pass. The prospect of more carries creates further upside potential for this season, and reports out of preseason camp suggest Archer will get his hands on the ball even more by returning punts this season.
David Fluellen, RB, Toledo