This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.
Trust me – I had no desire to write anything about COVID-19 when filling in for Jesse this week, but it's simply inescapable. It seems we can't write any fantasy sports column these days without leading off with how the ongoing pandemic is affecting the current landscape. Major sporting leagues like the NFL, NBA and NHL have all had to deal with rampant cancelations, and the NCAA is no different – both in football with bowl season, and in basketball. Leadership in the major leagues has at least adjusted protocol to account for the latest data. Take the NFL, for example. An asymptomatic player must now only quarantine for five days before they are eligible to return, given multiple negative tests, of course. Many other leagues are beginning to follow suit.
But where's the leadership at the college level? Adjustments have at least been made at the conference level to help affected teams, making it so they can postpone games without the penalty of an automatic forfeit. But this is at the conference level. After watching so many bowl games fall apart, with billions of dollars lost, one would think a policy adjustment in basketball might be on tap. One would think. Only time will tell if we can get a bit of normalcy to the schedule by the time the clock strikes 2022.
With that out of the way, let's take a look at the risers and fallers in the sport, many of which will make impactful fantasy contributions