When the Devy Breaks travels the college football landscape, keeping you up-to-date on last week’s results, previewing the big upcoming tilts, and providing updated devy rankings.
If you’re familiar with this series from last season you know what to expect. If you’re a new reader, here’s a quick rundown.
Each week I’ll highlight notable performances from the previous weekend and give a preview of the upcoming weekend’s slate. I’ll profile prospects of interest for dynasty and devy owners, especially those with tough matchups against premier defenses. I’ll also include my devy rankings which will be updated periodically throughout the season. My hope is for this weekly series to serve as a succinct breakdown of the trends that could affect dynasty league rookie drafts in 2019 and beyond.
With just four games this past weekend the recap will be brief. But after months of waiting, we have a full slate of action to look forward to heading into Labor Day Weekend with several high-profile matchups.
Colorado State WR Preston Williams torched the Hawaii secondary last Saturday with 188 yards receiving and two touchdowns on nine receptions. A former four-star commit at Tennessee, Williams had just 16 receptions in two seasons before transferring to Colorado State. Williams was suspended earlier this summer but has reportedly turned a corner in his personal life and now looks to replace star WR Michael Gallup as the Rams’ number-one wideout. At 6 feet 4 inches and 210 pounds, Williams looks the part of a future NFL player and is still relatively young (21.4).
Wyoming RB Nico Evans rushed for 190 yards and two TDs in the Cowboys’ 29-7 win against New Mexico State. Prior to last Saturday’s game, the 5-foot-9-inch, 211-pound senior totaled just 108 yards rushing the past three seasons. Evans’ lack of production is largely due to the presence of eventual fourth-round pick Brian Hill, who commanded a massive share of touches during Evans’ freshman and sophomore seasons. We know how important breakout age is for RBs and Evans hasn’t shown enough to this point. However, if Wyoming’s defense continues to play well and Evans retains a workhorse role, he could be in line for a nice statistical season.
GOOD LUCK STOPPING NICO EVANS pic.twitter.com/Nl0kAYU752— patrick mayhorn (@patrick_mayhorn) August 26, 2018
WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK
One of my favorite 2019 RBs is Florida Atlantic’s Devin Singletary. The 5-foot-9-inch, 200-pound junior has averaged 113 yards and 1.7 touchdowns rushing per game in his first two seasons. He’s shown plus receiving ability with 45 career receptions and ranked third in the country in missed tackles forced (83) last season according to Pro Football Focus. This week he’ll face an Oklahoma defense that finished last season ranked 57th in S&P+ against the run but is full of talent and potential. In three career games against Power Five competition, Singletary has averaged just 3.6 yards per carry, so he’s got something to prove. Oklahoma is loaded at RB with Rodney Anderson and Trey Sermon returning. But a reasonable argument can be made that not only is Singletary the best RB in this game, he might be the best RB in the entire country.
Devin Singletary – The most underrated running back in the nation? pic.twitter.com/j0iT6YGZbe— College Town™ (@CollegeT0wn) August 18, 2018
Washington RB Myles Gaskin is another top 2019 draft-eligible prospect in action this weekend. The 5-foot-10-inch, 193-pound senior has been wildly productive throughout his career averaging 111 total yards per game with 49 total touchdowns. He’ll face an Auburn rush defense that ranked 11th last season against the run per S&P+. As you might expect, the 2018 version is loaded with high-end talent at every level. Sophomore RB Salvon Ahmed is too good not to see the field, but if Washington is to win, Gaskin will likely be a big reason why. Set to turn 22 in February, Gaskin’s age is a concern from a dynasty prospective, as is his lack of a breakout season. But as an absolute workhorse in his age-18 season, I’m still bullish on his long-term outlook.
Washington RB Myles Gaskin (@MylesGAS) Highlights— JustBombsProductions (@JBP_Official) May 5, 2018
Despite rushing for over 1200 yards & scoring at least 10 TDs the last 3 years, Gaskin has continued to fly under the radar. That should all change next year. Expect a HUGE season from him
Full Video ?: https://t.co/jbKAMCbXq9 pic.twitter.com/FedWZifTNt
Playing alongside two other high-level talents in Jaylen Smith and Seth Dawkins has kept Louisville WR Dez Fitzpatrick somewhat under the radar. He has a chance to burst on to the national scene when he squares off against a perennially tough Alabama secondary on Saturday night. The 6-foot-2-inch, 200-pound sophomore led the team in TDs last season (9) and finished second in receptions (45) and yards receiving (998), good enough for a solid 0.24 Dominator Rating in his age-19 season. He also converted five of his team-leading 21 red zone targets into TDs.
Check out my updated devy rankings. Feel free to hit me up on Twitter or the message boards to let me know what you think.