Welcome to the Devy rankings for the 2020 season. This edition will key in on the 2020 Fantasy Football Devy Running Back Rankings that best translate to the pros.
For those not familiar with Devy leagues, take a look back at the QB Devy Rankings for a bit of an explanation to the leagues.
As for the running backs, this group is lead by two players that decided to come back for their senior season and a back who lead the nation in rushing.
Rankings can change drastically based on your league scoring system. These rankings will be based on a typical PPR scoring (non-Superflex) system. With all that said, let us dive into the rankings.
2020 Fantasy Football Devy Running Back Rankings
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Travis Etienne, Clemson (Senior, 2020 Draft Eligible)
It came as a bit of a surprise that Etienne choose to go back to Clemson. However, with how loaded Clemson is, no one can really blame him. He really does not have much left to prove as his numbers as a two-year starter are pretty outstanding. He has totaled 3,782 all-purpose yards, 49 receptions, and 49 touchdowns.
A true home run threat, Etienne really relies on his speed and he has a knack for having a second gear when he hits the second level. He will be a weapon that Clemson will use all over the field in 2020.
Chuba Hubbard was hard to catch this season ⚡️
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) January 24, 2020
Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State (Junior, 2020)
Hubbard was a problem for opposing defenses all season long. He led all D-1 schools with 2,094 rushing yards and was tied for second with rushing TDs. The offense as a whole is better around Hubbard this season, so it is not crazy to think he could post similar numbers.
Hubbard is a three-down back with a strong 6-1, 200lb frame. He should hear his name called in round 1 of the NFL draft.
Najee Harris, Alabama (Senior, 2020)
Similar to Hubbard above, the 2019 season was his first with the backfield truly to himself. He had a 1,000-yard season (1,224) with 13 TDs. Harris was impressive out of the backfield as well, catching 27 balls for 304 yards and seven TDs. It was nice to see that part of his game evolve as he only had 10 total catches in the previous two seasons.
Harris has a good balance of size (6'2, 227) and speed that should translate well to the NFL.
The best running back in the Big Ten: Journey Brown
? Powerful, downhill runner
? Great leg drive thru contact
? Patience to the hole
He’s gonna be a stud pic.twitter.com/3Dj4lChc4y
— Joe Broback (@joebroback) June 17, 2020
Journey Brown, Penn State (Junior, 2020)
Brown redshirted the 2017 season and barely saw the ball in 2018. He finally got on the field as a starter in the last month of 2019 season. In that time he scored nine of his twelve touchdowns. He rushed for at least 100 in four of those five. Those included a 202-yard performance (on 16 carries!) in the bowl game against Memphis.
Brown has track star speed and explosiveness (he was an all-state sprinter in high school) and is very hard to bring down in the open field. His size and speed are already drawing comparisons to a former Penn State RB in Saquon Barkley (who he trains with). We all know how he turned out.
Bijan Robinson, Texas (Freshman, 2023)
Robinson is the prize recruit for Texas in the 2019 class, as he is viewed as the top all-purpose back in the class. He is a strong, stout 200-pound runner who has tremendous vision out of the backfield.
The only real knock on Robinson is he will have to improve on his blocking skills to become a true three-down back in the pros.
He will share the backfield during his freshman year. However, as a shifty runner who can take it to the house on any possession, Texas will have a hard time keeping him off of the field.
2020 Devy Running Back Rankings
|Rank||Name||Position||College||Eligable Draft Year|
|2||Chubba Hubbard||RB||Oklahoma State||2021|
|4||Journey Brown||RB||Penn State||2021|
|5||Breece Hall||RB||Iowa State||2022|
|6||Max Borghi||RB||Washington State||2021|
|11||Kylin Hill||RB||Mississippi State||2021|
|12||Isaiah Spiller||RB||Texas A&M||2022|
|16||Trey Sermon||RB||Ohio State||2021|
|22||Jermar Jefferson||RB||Oregon State||2021|
|29||Jahmyr Gibbs||RB||Georgia State||2023|
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