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2019 Fantasy Football Devy Year in Review

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The College Football regular season has come to an end and Bowl Season is upon us. It is never to early to look ahead and see where college standouts from this season stand going into next year’s Devy season. This is my 2019 Fantasy Football Devy Year In Review!

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.

This article will touch on some of the key Devy players for 2020. It is based on the season that they had in 2019, and it will only include those that have either said they would return to school or those that have to return for another year due to their class. There are a lot of key Devy players that have declared, those players will be covered in future NFL rookie ranks and analysis once they have been drafted.

2019 Fantasy Football Devy Year in Review

Quarterbacks

Trevor Lawrence, Clemson (Sophomore, 2021 Draft Eligible)

The storyline all year with Clemson is that they did not play anyone good, while that may be true, Lawrence still did not disappoint. His numbers across the board increased from his freshman year.  He completed 68.8% of his passes for 3,172 yards and 34 TDs. This season also saw Lawrence show off his running ability a bit more to the tune of 407 yards & 7 TDs. Lawrence has everything that scouts look for in a QB, size, arm strength, the “it” factor. You name it and he can do it. The fact that Lawrence has another year to get better is just scary.

Justin Fields, Ohio St. (Sophomore, 2021)

Justin Fields had a season for the ages and probably helped his draft stock out the most out of anyone on this list. Fields transferred from Georgia took the starting job at OSU and has never looked back. He was third in the FBS with 40 TDs thrown, with 2,953 passing yards. Fields also rushed the ball for 471 yards and found the end zone 10 times on the ground. Despite those gaudy numbers, the stat that sticks out the most is that Fields only threw one, yes one, interception all season. That is pretty remarkable.

Fields is built for the current NFL and fits the mold of the dynamic dual-threat QB that is emerging in the NFL. He will battle Lawrence all next season for the right to be drafted first, but for me, from a fantasy perspective, I would prefer Fields to Lawrence based on his overall athletic ability.

Jayden Daniels, Arizona State (Freshman, 2022)

Statistically, Daniels may not have been the best freshman QB this season, but Daniels showed flashes of promise all season long and was named to the Freshman All-American team. He threw for 2,748 yards (62.3% completion rate), ran for 319 more and totaled 20 touchdowns on the season. Like Fields above, Daniels very rarely turned over the ball, throwing only two interceptions. The future is bright for Daniels, and he has a great coach/mentor in Herm Edwards to help get the most out of him. Daniels would be the first QB I would look at in a Devy draft this upcoming season, with Lawrence and Fields most likely already drafted.

Running Backs

Zamir White, Georgia Bulldogs (Sophomore, 2021)

White hardly touched the ball this season for the Bulldogs, but that was largely due to having D’Andre Swift being ahead of him. However, the former five-star recruit, the top RB in the 2018 class is ready to explode in the coming season. I know it may be tough to get excited about him without any stats to back him up, but if you take a look at what Swift did this season (1,216 yards,7TDs) it will give you a rough idea of what a Georgia RB can do.  Swift will have all the opportunity in the world to put his all-world first step and run through power on display in 2020.  He would be my Devy #1 pick.

Chubba Hubbard, Oklahoma State Cowboys (Junior, 2020)

Now at the time of this article, Hubbard has not declared for the draft, so this all may be for not, but with the season that he has had, he needs to be on this list. He led all of D1 in rushing yards (1,936), all-purpose yards per game (180.1) and was second with 21 touchdowns.  Hubbard had the perfect combination of size (6’1″, 207 lbs) and speed.  Whether he returns to the Cowboys or makes the jump to the NFL, his talent cannot be ignored.

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Max Borghi, Washington State Cougars (Sophomore, 2021)

I will admit, Borghi was not on my Devy RB Preview, and that clearly was an oversight on my part. Borghi is an all-purpose weapon out of the backfield. He totaled 1,356 yards from scrimmage with 81 receptions and 15 total touchdowns. With at least one more season as the focal point of the Cougars offense, Borghi deserved to be rostered on all Devy rosters, as he is sure to be drafted when he becomes eligible.

Wide Receivers

Rondale Moore, Purdue Boilermakers (Sophomore, 2021)

Moore was hampered all season by injuries, making him one of the more disappointments of the season. In four games, he totaled 29 rec, 387 yards, 2 TDs. However, the talent that Moore brings to the table is too much to ignore. He has blazing speed with great lateral movement and a knack for finding the end zone. Hopefully, this season was just a bump in the road for Moore and he returns to stardom in 2020.

Ja’Marr Chase, LSU Tigers (Sophomore, 2021)

Chase should be the top wide receiver taken in your 2020 coming Devy draft. He connected with Joe Burrow all season to lead all of FBS with 1,498 receiving yards with 18 touchdowns.  The 6’1″ sophomore can line up all over the field.  Whether it is moving the chains in the slot or burning a DB down the sidelines, Chase always seems to find the ball.

Jaylen Waddle, Alabama Crimson Tide (Sophomore, 2021)

Waddle was in a similar situation to White, where he had to fend for the ball among multiple elite Alabama WRs.  With potentially two of those WRs jumping to the draft, the Waddle will immediately vault to the top of the WR food chain.  An electric playmaker with outstanding burst, Alabama will surely work him into the offense and get the ball in his hands as much as possible. If you are sitting in the two spot of your draft and Zamir White is gone, you cannot go wrong with taking either Chase or Waddle.

Honorable Mention

Sam Howell, North Carolina Tar Heels (Freshman, 2022)

One can make the argument that Daniels and Howell should be swapped, but I gave Daniels a slight edge based on his athleticism. That being said, statistically, Howell had a far better season. His 35 passing touchdowns were good for fourth in the FBS, while he ranked sixteenth in yards with 3,347. A true pro-style quarterback, Howell has a strong arm with a pretty deep ball.  He thinks well on his feet, improvising often, and never getting too flustered when the pocket collapses. This season may be tough to top, but the more he gets comfortable and gains confidence within the system, the higher his draft stock will go.

Jaret Patterson, Buffalo Bulls (Sophomore, 2021)

Patterson (the MAC freshman of the year in 2018) is a little bit of an unknown, playing for Buffalo in a non-power conference, but he is one to keep an eye on for sure. He ranked in the top ten in attempts (2nd, 312), yards (5th, 1,799) and touchdowns (7th, 19) this season.  A hard-nosed runner with a knack for getting into the end zone, Patterson has a really good chance to go from unknown to star in 2020.

Rashod Bateman, Minnesota Golden Gophers (Sophomore, 2021)

Bateman is headed for the WR1 spot for the Gophers with senior Tyler Johnson set to graduate.  He is a creative route runner with an outstanding release from the line of scrimmage.  He surpassed one thousand yards (1,170) and caught double-digit touchdowns (11) as the WR 2 this year.  I for one cannot wait to see what he does as the go-to guy for the Gophers.


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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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