2019 Fantasy Football Draft Kit

2019 Fantasy Football Devy Quarterback Rankings

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Welcome to the inaugural Devy rankings for the 2019 season. This edition will key present to you the 2019 Fantasy Football Devy Quarterback Rankings that best translate to the pros.

For those not familiar with Devy leagues, they are a form of a dynasty league that allows you to draft collegiate players and stash them on your team. That player does not accumulate any stats until they are drafted into the NFL. Once they are drafted, that Devy player that you have stashed will automatically be placed on your team. Devy drafts often consist of 2 to 5 rounds so that the rookie drafts do not get completely depleted.

It is key to keep in mind that these are Devy rankings, not rankings for college fantasy football. For example a player like Zac Thomas QB, Appalachian State may have a great season for fantasy purposes, ranking high in fantasy rankings. However, his game may not translate to the NFL, dropping him lower or even out of the Devy rankings.

Rankings can change drastically based on your league scoring system, so these ranking will be based on a typical PPR scoring (non-superflex) system. With all that said, let us dive into the rankings.

2019 Fantasy Football Devy Quarterback Rankings

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Tier 1

This tier is pretty straight forward. Most people in the industry only have two quarterbacks in Tier 1, but I feel Justin Herbert has the kind of year that jumps him into the elite status and the QB1 talk at the 2020 NFL Draft.

1: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson (Sophomore, 2021 Draft Eligible)

Shocker at No. 1, right?

Lawrence led the Tigers to a National Championship last season and had a remarkable 30:4 TD to INT ratio with a 157.6 passer rating. He does the majority of his work through the air, throwing for 3,280 yards while only rushing for 177, but by no means is he a statue as he was only sacked 11 times. His 6’5″, 205 lb frame has NFL scouts drooling over him.

Not eligible until the 2021 draft, Lawrence should have two more full seasons at Clemson to perfect his game. With a loaded receiver core around him and his stud running back returning, the sky is the limit for Lawrence, making him my No. 1 Devy quarterback.

2: Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (Junior, 2020)

Coming in a close second, who one could argue could be No. 1 due to the fact he has done it for more than a season, is Tagovailoa.

What Tua may lack in arm strength, he certainly makes up with his great mobility, accuracy and composure. He was 6th in the nation with a 69.4% completion rate and 2nd in the nation with 43 TDs thrown.

With only one loss to his record & seven total turnovers last season, there is not much he does wrong on the field. He has a bigger frame than Lawerence (218 lbs), but is much shorter (6’1″). There is no reason to believe that he will not be one of the first, if not the first QB taken in the 2020 draft.

 3: Justin Herbert, Oregon (Senior, 2020)

Herbert shocked many when he decided to return to Oregon for his senior season and not stay in a draft that many thought was weak at the QB position. His numbers have improved every year at Oregon, with his Junior year by far being his most productive (3,151 yds, 29 TDs). Yes, he can be inconsistent at times (2018 he recorded his worst completion percentage 59.4%), but his size (6’6″, 233 lbs) and athleticism are prototypical for the NFL game.

Hebert has to prove this season that he is among the elite QBs in the nation.  I really believe that he is in a great spot to succeed this year with the team around him and the experience under his belt of playing in three seasons.    If he improves his accuracy through the course of the season, & continues to trend upward, he could be in the discussion with Tua for the top spot.


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Tier 2

This tier is a bit more tricky.  You can make a case for these five to be ranked in any order.  Each brings a certain skill set to the table that could translate to the NFL.

4: Adrian Martinez, Nebraska (Sophomore, 2021)

Martinez started as a true freshman last season for first-year head coach Scott Frost.  He flashed glimpses of his potential as a dynamic dual-threat QB.  With some new weapons around him, and a full year in Frosts’ system under his, a big leap forward is not out of the question.

5: Sam Ehlinger, Texas (Junior, 2020)

Entering his third year as the Longhorns starter, Ehlinger looks build off of a sophomore campaign that saw him throw for 3,292 yards with 38 (25 passing, 13 rushing) all-purpose TDs.  With improvement from 2019, Ehlinger could find himself in the conversation to be selected on day one of the NFL draft.

6: JT Daniels, USC (Sophomore, 2021)

2019 was a bit of a disaster for Daniels (14:10 TD to INT ratio) and the Trojans.  Armed with a talented WR core, and a new OC, Daniels s a prime candidate to bounce back and prove why he was heavily recruited as a five-star recruit out of high school.

7: Jake Fromm, Georgia (Junior, 2020)

Fromm has shown that he can produce at Georgia.  After fighting for his job with two other members of this list, he has thrown for 5,376 yards and 54 TDs in two seasons.  A proved winner, he will try to take the next step in his career and bring a National Championship to Georgia in his junior year.

8: Justin Fields, Ohio St. (Sophomore, 2021)

Fields transferred from Georgia to Ohio State this offseason to take over as the starter at OSU.  A former five-star recruit, Fields is electrifying on the field, making plays happen in both the run and passing game.  Whether he shows off his big arm with a gorgeous deep ball, or shows his finesse with a touch pass, Fields comes off as a consistent and accurate passer.

Tier 3

Tier 3 rounds out the top 10 Devy quarterbacks with two QBs who could easily see themselves finishing the year in the top 5 of this list.


9: D’Eriq King, Houston (Senior, 2020)

King may be the most overlooked player in college. All he does is put up big time stats.  He had 3,668 all-purpose yards and 50 total TDs.  Entering his final season, King needs to prove that he can stay healthy, as that is really the only knock on his game.  If he stays healthy for his entire senior season, King should be a Heisman finalist.

10: Jacob Eason, Washington (Junior, 2020)

After losing his job at Georgia due to an injury, Eason decided to transfer home to Washington.  A pro-style QB, Eason has all the physical tools in both arm strength (very accurate as well) and stature (6’6″, 227 lbs) to be a successful collegiate and pro QB.

Best of the rest

11: Ian Book, Notre Dame  (Junior, 2020)

Book was one of the nations most efficient passer last season, breaking the Notre Dame completion percentage for a season. Now the undisputed starter going into spring practice, Book will look to get a bit more vertical with his passing game.

12: Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA (Sophomore, 2021)

With a full season to learn Chip Kelly’s offense behind him, Thompson-Robinson looks to lead the Bruins to a winning season.  He is the centerpiece of the offense that Kelly has spent an offseason recruiting weapons around him.  Now is the time for him to step up and prove that he is capable of being “the man” at UCLA.

13: Brock Purdy, Iowa State (Sophomore, 2021)

Purdy only started eight games for the Cyclones last season as a freshman but finish 6th in the nation with a 169.9 QB PCT.  Poised beyond his years, Purdy will look to build upon the bright spots of his eight games started with a new OC at the helm in 2019.

14: Shea Patterson, Michigan (Senior, 2020)

Patterson threw for 2,600 yards and 22 TDs while only throwing seven interceptions in 2018 for Michigan. Patterson has shown he is a good QB, but he needs to makes the proper strides to show he can be a great one and back up all the hype surrounding the Wolverines this season.

15: Jake Bentley, South Carolina (Senior, 2020)

Bentley decided to return for his senior season to have “One Last Ride” as he put it.  The biggest knock on Bentley is his lack to win big games. With his stud receiver Bryan Edwards also returning, he will look to prove his naysayers wrong and lead the Gamecocks to a winning season in 2019.

16: Kellen Mond, Texas A&M (Junior, 2020)

Mond goes into this season facing no real competition for the job.  That has not happened at A&M in years. With a handle on Jimbo Fisher’s complex pro-style offense, Mond is primed to show the nation he belongs in the conversation as one of the top QBs not only in the SEC but in the country.

17: Jordan Love, Utah State (Junior, 2020)

Love finished 10th in the nation in touchdowns thrown (32) and 16th in passing yards (3,567). Well coached, and in a pro-style offense, Love has NFL scouts buzzing and waiting to see what he does in his Junior year.

18: Charlie Brewer, Baylor (Junior, 2020)

An accurate passer and mobile runner, Brewer was stellar but not spectacular during his first two years at Baylor. The roster is talented in Baylor, but they will only go as far as Brewer will take him.

19: Khalil Tate, Arizona (Senior, 2020)

After a disappointing 2018 campaign, Tate was rumored to want out, and toyed with the idea of transferring. Now fully healthy, he ultimately stayed put at Arizona, and is a prime candidate for a bounce back year.

20: Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma (Senior, 2020)

Having had success as a starter but ultimately loosing his job due to injury, Hurts has felt what both agony and success feel like at Alabama.  He transferred to Oklahoma this offseason with a chip on his shoulder and is out to prove to the nation that he is truly an elite QB.

Bonus Tier: The Young Bucks

This tier highlights four top recruits from the 2019 recruiting class.  I will touch on the top two pocket passer as well as the top two dual threat QBs.  Three of these four should make an immediate impact on day one, while one has to wait patiently for his turn.  All four of these guys are true freshman and are 2021 draft eligible.

Bo Nix, Auburn

Nix is a five-star recruit and the top dual-threat quarterback in his class. An extremely creative playmaker with both his feet and his arm, making him very elusive in the pocket.  His instincts are beyond his years for a freshman, which should go along way as he tries to win the starting job this spring.

Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma

Another five-star recruit out of high school, Rattler the top pro-style QB in his class. He is the most natural thrower out of the freshman on this list, but due to the transfer of Jalen Hurts, he will have to wait his turn to show the Sooners what he can do.

Graham Mertz, Wisconsin

Another pro-style QB, Mertz has a big frame, (6’3″, 205 lbs), with some room to grow.  Mertz is not flashy by any means, but he has good arm strength and mechanics.  With a good spring camp, he could open up as the Badgers starter.

Jayden Daniels, Arizona State

This one has me excited.  Daniels stands at 6’3″, 175 lbs, so he could stand to bulk up a bit, but he is one of the best, if not the best overall athlete among all of the 2019 QB recruits.  Daniels is very dangerous with both his feet and his arm, having success with both throughout his high school career.  His talents suit the Arizona State offense well, and there is no reason he should not start putting up stats early and often for the Sun Devils.


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About Jon Witt

Buffalo Boy born and raised. He loves his Buffalo sports unconditionally, despite them driving him nuts more often than not. Bleeds Dodgers Blue during the summer and wishes he had an NBA team. Plays all sorts of fantasy sports, has been for a very long time. Hit him up @JPW2542 with any comments or questions.

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