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2019 Fantasy Football Devy Wide Reciever Rankings


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

This year’s potential draft class is loaded.  In my opinion, it is the deepest position in the draft and could yield up to five first-round picks and is arguably the best receiving talent ever in one year of college football.

For those not familiar with Devy leagues, take a look back at the QB or RB Devy Rankings for a bit of an explanation to the leagues.

As for the wide receivers, below I will analyze the top 25 who are one or two years away from being draft eligible, broken down into tiers.  After that, I go a bit deeper and mention the top freshman entering the 2019 College Football season.

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 Wide Receivers Rankings

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Tier 1

This tier features fives that could very well hear they named called early on draft day. These three are pretty interchangeable, as all three have a legit case to be the top back in college football this season.

1: Jerry Jeudy, Alabama (Junior, 2020 Draft Eligible)

This one is pretty much the consensus across the industry.  Jeudy won the Biletnikoff Award last season as the best wide receiver in college football, and he should win it again.  He is a true speedster with great route running and footwork.  He caught 68 balls last season (14 for TDs) with an average of 19.3 yards per catch.  A home run threat every time he steps on the field, Jeudy is a cannot miss athlete.

2: Justyn Ross, Clemson (Sophomore, 2021)

There is no doubt in my mind that Ross will be #1 on this list next season.  At 6’4″ 201 lbs, Ross is a big, strong, fast wide receiver with outstanding hands.  He is a matchup nightmare for opposing DBs.  As a true freshman, he exploded on to the scene during the College Football Playoffs, with 303 yards and three touchdowns in two games.  With at least two more seasons of Trevor Lawrence throwing him the ball, the sky is the limit for Ross.

 3: Laviska Shenault, Colorado (Junior, 2020)

Despite only playing nine games last season, Shenault caught 86 balls for 1,011 yards and six TDs.  He can hurt you from all over the field and is a dynamic playmaker with the ball in his hands.  He is the type of players you run an offense through, letting him touch the ball as much as possible.  Colorado does a good job with this, as he led all WRs with five rushing TDs in 2018.

4: Rondale Moore, Purdue (Sophomore, 2021)

Moore led the country as a true freshman with 114 receptions.  He broke 36 tackles and 892 of his 1,258 yards were after the catch.  Not the biggest WR (5’9″, 175 lbs), Moore relies on his speed and lateral movement to rack up the yards.  Despite setting the bar really high for himself as a freshman, Moore should continue to see his stock rise this season.

5: CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma (Junior, 2020)

As the #2 last season, next to Hollywood Brown, Lamb still caught 11TDs with 1,158 yards.  I think Lamb is an overall better prospect than Brown.  His hands and body control are unreal, and his athleticism matches anyone on this list.  Lamb has seen his numbers increase each year across the board since arriving at Oklahoma and expects to be a big part of the offense in 2019 despite having his third different QB, Jalen Hurts under center.

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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.

6: Bryan Edwards, South Carolina (Junior, 2020)

Edwards is another who should benefit from his counterpart being drafted.  With Deebo Samual off to the NFL, Edwards expects to be the focal point of the offense.  Not the most athletic wide receiver, Edwards relies more on his size and strength (6’3″, 220 lbs) to create mismatches in the opposing secondary.

7: Tyler Johnson, Minnesota (Senior 2020)

The first senior to appear on this list, Johnson is a great red zone weapon for Minnesota.  He led the country with 10 touchdowns within the red zone.  One of Johnsons best trait is his field awareness.  He always seems to know where the end zone or first down marker is, as 61 of his 78 receptions went for either a first down or a touchdown.

8: Jalen Reagor, TCU (Junior, 2020)

A speedster who could benefit from some added muscle, Reagor is a deep play threat for the Horned Frogs, having 11 plays of 25+ yards or more in 2018.  He also is an impact at the line of scrimmage, as he knows how to perfectly combine his speed and lateral mobility to make a defender miss.

9: Tee Higgin, Clemson (Junior, 2020)

The second Clemson Tiger in the top ten, Higgins is a dominant red zone threat with great hands.  His drop rate was one of the lowest in the country, and he has the second most red zone touchdowns out of the returning WRs in the FBS.  Higgins led Clemson with 59 receptions in 2018.

10: Collin Johnson, Texas (Senior, 2020)

Johnson is a very efficient deep threat WR, having led his conference with 140.0 passer rating on deep targets.  Standing at 6’6″, Johnson often finds himself in a mismatch and should be the clear cut #1 WR in high profile offense this season.

Tier 3

Tier 3 rounds out the top 15 Devy wide receivers

11: Tylan Wallace Oklahoma State (Junior, 2020)

Wallace had a coming out party in 2018 with 1,491 yards (3rd in the nation) and 12 TDs.   He leads all FBS returning WRs in yards per game (114.7) & first downs (67).  The 2020 WR draft class is loaded, but as the focal point in the air attack for OK State, Wallace could easily vault into the first round with another productive season.

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12: Amon-Ra St. Brown USC (Sophomore, 2021)

St. Brown led the Trojans in receptions (60) as a Freshman and caught  70% of his targets.  An athletic, big-play ability type, St. Brown hopes to shine as a Sophomore in new OC Graham Harrell’s Air Raid offense.

13: Henry Ruggs III Alabama (Junior, (2020)

Despite sharing the field with so many talented pass catchers, Ruggs finished the season with an 8.3 yards after catch average.  Known more for his speed, Ruggs has natural separation skills and a knack of breaking tackles.

14: Justin Shorter Penn State (Sophomore, 2021)

Shorter got hurt early on in his Freshman season and was a non-factor for most of the year because of that.  However, Shorter is a former five-star recruit and was arguably the top wide receiver in the class.   He is a big (6’4″, 213) physical receiver who is not afraid of contact.  Poised for a breakout year, Shorter will be in the first tier this time next year.

15:  Seth Williams Auburn Auburn (Sophomore, 2021)

Williams showed a lot of promise (20.5 yards per catch) on a struggling offense last year as a Freshman.  He has plus athleticism and is a natural playmaker.  Some of the nuances of his game (the little things), could use some fine tuning, but the athleticism alone is enough on its own to warrant his spot on this list.

Best of the rest

16: Jaylen Waddle, Alabama  (Sophomore, 2021)

A weapon in both the passing and return game, Waddle has blazing speed and great hands, catching 75% of his targets.  Waddle shines in the slot and has all the making of a great NFL slot WR.

17: Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan (Junior, 2020)

Still trying to figure out exactly which role suits him best (slot WR or downfield threat), Peoples-Jones is a very talented, well-rounded WR that excels in any role that Michigan puts him in.

18: K.J. Hill, Ohio State (Senior, 2020)

K.J. Hill came back for his senior year, taking over as the top target in the passing attack.  He has breakaway speed and is arguably the most dynamic playmaker OSU has on the offensive side of the ball.

19: Tyler Vaughns, USC (Junior, 2020)

Vaughns does most of his damage close to the line of scrimmage and very rarely loses a jump ball.  With other talented WRs around him on USC drawing attention, Vaughns should have a productive season enjoying single coverage most games.

20: Ja’Marr Chase, LSU (Sophomore, 2021)

Chase had an outstanding spring and coaches have seen a massive improvement in his game already.  He has the ability to take the top off the defense or sit in the slot and move the chains.  Look for LSU to be more creative this year with his usage.

21: JD Spielman, Nebraska (Junior, 2020)

Now the top target in a pass-happy offense, Spielman is in line to be one of more productive WRs this season.  Smaller in stature (5’9″, 185 lbs), Spielman goes to work in the slot and close to the line of scrimmage.

22: Tamorrion Terry, FSU (Junior, 2020)

Terry, with the rest of the FSU team, had a down year in 2018.  Terry is armed with blazing speed and size (6’4″, 203 lbs).  His targets should increase this season, and double digits touchdowns with a 1,000-yard season is not out of the question.

23: Denzel Mims, Baylor (Senior, 2020)

Mims is a former basketball player with a track background.  With a 6’3″, 205 lb athletic build, Mims can go up and get the ball and gets physical with the smaller corners.  If he improves his overall consistency and route running, Mims should breakout at Baylor this year.

24: Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty (Sophomore, 2021)

A chain mover for Liberty (50 first downs caught),  Gandy-Golden also has a knack for showing up in the red zone, scoring six of his ten TDs from within the 20-yard line.  Playing at a smaller school, he sometimes gets overlooked, but he has the perfect combination of size and speed that should translate to the NFL level.

25: Kalija Lipscomb, Vanderbilt (Senior, 2020)

A traditional check down receiver, Lipscomb caught 87 balls for 916 yards and nine touchdowns.  He has seen his numbers grown every season at Vanderbilt, and he only needs six more touchdown receptions to set the all-time record at Vanderbilt.

Bonus Tier: The Young Bucks

This tier highlights four top recruits from the loaded 2019 recruiting class with three of the four being five-star recruits.  The Sooners scored big with this class, as the top two will be lining up for Oklahoma this fall. All four of these guys are true freshman and are 2021 draft eligible.

Jadon Haselwood, Oklahoma

Haselwood is a phenomenal route runner who uses his big physical frame to his advantage.  Due to the talented depth at WR that Oklahoma has, Haselwood may not make an impact until his Sophomore campaign.

Theo Wease, Oklahoma

Wease is in the same boat as Haselwood, as it is unlikely he produces in year one but he has shown the most promise in the spring practices.  He is more of an outside receiver than Haselwood and is a big play red zone threat.

Garrett Wilson, OSU

Wilson may be the most complete wide receiver that the Buckeyes have seen.  Not the biggest WR, but has outstanding athleticism and catches everything thrown his way.  Can stretch the field on any play and should factor into the offense on day one.

Frank Ladson, Clemson

Ladson is a tall lanky receiver who needs to fill out his frame a bit, but man can Ladson play.  He is a smooth route runner with top-end speed that knows how to get open.  Clemson is loaded at WR (see above) and has two top freshmen coming in, but Ladson is too talented to not find his way onto the field.

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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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