2019 Fantasy Football Devy Week 1 in Review

by Jon Witt
2019 Fantasy Football Devy Week 1

Welcome to the 2019 Fantasy Football Devy Week 1 in Review!

Each week the focus will be on two to three Devy players at each position and their key performances of the week.

For those not familiar with Devy leagues, take a look back at the Quarterback, Running Backs and Wide Receivers Devy Rankings for a bit of an explanation to the leagues.

2019 Fantasy Football Devy Week 1 In Review


There were some monster games across the board at the quarterback position this week, but these three stood out as they were all making their debuts with new teams.

Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma

Hurts wasted no time in showing the nation that he can still play the position and play it well.  Not only did he throw for 332 yards, but he also rushed for 176 yards.  He totaled six touchdowns on the day and had a completion percentage 87.  Now I know the level of competition that he played was not the best, but the star quarterbacks do what they should against lesser competition and Hurts did just that in week 1.

Jacob Eason, Washington

After sitting out a year, and transferring to Washington, Eason made his long-awaited debut over the weekend and he did not disappoint.  Eason was 27 for 36 with 349 yards, 4 touchdowns and 0 INTs.  For anyone out there that may have forgotten how good Eason is, this game was a reminder.  A reminder that if it all comes together for Eason, his name could very well be called early on day one of the NFL draft.

Jayden Daniels, Arizona State

This was the type of debut that Herm Edwards and all of the Sun Devil fans had hoped for.  Daniels, the true freshman won the starting job throughout camp, and he looked the part against Kent State.  Daniels did not turn the ball over once, en route to 284 yards through the air with two touchdowns.  He ran one in too, totaling three on the day.  Daniels is an electrifying QB who by the end of the season may very well become must-see TV.

Running Backs

The running back position as a whole put up some gaudy numbers in week one, but only two guys eclipsed the 200-yard mark this week.

Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State

Hubbard had to share the backfield last year as a true freshman, but now that some have moved on to the NFL, the workload is his to carry.  Hubbard ran the ball 23 times for 221 with three touchdowns.  He did not factor into the passing game at all, something that he needs to work on in order to excel at the next level but overall, this was a great game for Hubbard and he showed he can handle the workload.

Travis Etienne, Clemson

It only took Etienne 12 carries to top 200, thanks to a 90-yard scamper for a touchdown.  He finished the game with 205 yards and three touchdowns.  Like Hubbard above, Etienne also needs to work on his receiving skills (1 rec for 3 yards), but he has all the makings of a three-down back.  Being in such a dynamic offense like Clemson will only help Etienne more and more as the season progress as defenses will not be able to stack the box against him.

Wide Receivers

Picking which wide receivers to feature was not easy, but these two studs did exactly what they should have and all proved the hype is real on them.

Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

Arguably the top WR in the game, and the first WR drafted in 2020, Jeudy was heavily targeted on Saturday.  He caught 10 balls for 137 yards and a touchdown.  All eyes will be on Jeudy throughout the year, so he needs to remain consistent.  There is no doubt, with a good season, Jeudy will be a star in the NFL.

Rondale Moore, Purdue

Moore is the primary weapon for Purdue and lines up all over the field.  They do everything they can to get the ball in his hands in space.  He averaged 11.3 yards per catch against Nevada.  Overall, he secured 11 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown.  Purdue may not be all that good this year, so Moore will get everything he can handle.

News and Notes:

With the unfortunate news that USC star QB JT Daniels tore his ACL, some of the key devy players for USC may struggle this year.  I would not panic and close the door on Amon-Ra St. Brown & Tyler Vaughns among others but their production could see a major dip.

A few players to keep an eye one that very well may end up in this article in future weeks:

  • Mason Fine, QB, Northern Texas - 383 yards, 4 TDs
  • Gaej Walker RB, Western Kentucky - 152 yards, 2 TDs
  • Jonathan Ward RB, Central Michigan, 158 yards, 2 TDs
  • Isaiah Hodgins, WR, Oregon State - 9 rec, 170 yards, 2 TDs
  • Cedric Boyd, WR, Hawaii - 14 rec, 224 yards, 4 TDs

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