College football is officially back! Yes, the NFL is too, blah, blah, preseason, blah. But for those of you who play in devy fantasy football leagues, or just simply enjoy college football action, you’re ready to talk about all your favorite players! Luckily, so are we here at RotoViz! So, without further ado, let’s jump into this breakdown of the latest RotoViz Devy Rankings!
Our Devy rankings team members (Travis, Curtis and Jordan) have all recently updated their rankings across the board ahead of Week 1 of the College Football season and here are the results:
Rotoviz Preseason Devy Ranks
|Rank||Player||Pos Rank||POS||School||RV Score||Patrick||Hoover||May|
|9||Eno Benjamin||4||RB||Arizona State||27||9||7||11|
|13||J.K. Dobbins||6||RB||Ohio State||39||13||11||15|
|15||Bryan Edwards||9||WR||South Carolina||42||15||13||14|
|17||Kylin HIll||7||RB||Miss St.||57||18||17||21|
|18||A.J. Dillon||8||RB||Boston College||59||23||20||16|
|19||Amon-Ra St. Brown||10||WR||USC||59||21||21||18|
|22||Tylan Wallace||11||WR||Oklahoma State||66||14||18||31|
|23||Henry Ruggs III||13||WR||Alabama||74||17||25||32|
|25||Ricky Slade||10||RB||Penn State||81||27||32||22|
|26||Chuba Hubbard||11||RB||Oklahoma State||91||43||19||26|
|27||Jermar Jefferson||12||RB||Oregon State||91||34||27||30|
|34||Justin Shorter||15||WR||Penn State||110||26||29||49|
|35||Justin Fields||4||QB||Ohio State||113||31||49||28|
|37||Garrett Wilson||16||WR||Ohio State||120||49||33||33|
|47||Jerrion Ealy||22||RB||Ole Miss||130||49||49||36|
You may notice that D’Andre Swift is ranked No. 1 overall by all of our rankers. Why is that? It’s most likely because he has fewer questions attached to his profile than just about any other back in the country. Swift entered college as a five-star recruit. He led the Georgia backfield in receptions as a true freshman (sharing work with Nick Chubb and Sony Michel). Then he followed up his impressive freshman campaign with 1346 yards from scrimmage in 2018. He may have split work with Elijah Holyfield (because that’s how Kirby Smart rolls with his backfield), but Swift was the team’s third-leading receiver in receptions with 32. He’s a true modern feature back with the perfect balance of running and receiving skills. If he posts a strong 2019 campaign Swift will easily be drafted inside the top 50 picks of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Rondale Moore just dropped 2,200 all-purpose yards and squats 600 pounds. His freshman season for Purdue was essentially the greatest true freshman effort of all time.
Travis Etienne ran a 4.43 forty-yard dash in high school. He posted a ridiculous 8.04 yards per touch last year with 1736 yards from scrimmage and won the National Championship with Clemson. Etienne’s only question mark is his receiving ability (17 receptions over two seasons).
Jerry Jeudy could win the Biletnikoff Award (for College Football’s Best Receiver) for the second time in a row in 2019. He has the Alabama bump and Tua Tagovailoa throwing him the ball for another year. And as I discussed this summer, he already has one of the most balanced production profiles in the 2020 NFL Draft class given his Adjusted Production Index score.
Laviska Shenault averaged 125 yards and more than a touchdown per game for Colorado in 2018. He returns with his veteran quarterback Steven Montez, and also already has a 70th percentile Adjusted Production Index score among typically drafted NFL prospects.
Jonathan Taylor is going for his third consecutive 2000-yard season. He ran a 4.42 forty-yard dash in high school and boasts NFL strength already.
Justyn Ross, Jalen Reagor, Eno Benjamin, Tyler Johnson, CeeDee Lamb, Cam Akers, J.K. Dobbins, Tee Higgins, Bryan Edwards
This tier is full of physical freaks and crazy producers.
Both Clemson receivers could see improved peak market share numbers with no clear third receiver in place.
Jalen Reagor posted a 44% adjusted dominator rating for TCU in 2018 and allegedly runs a sub-4.3 forty.
Eno Benjamin is a bit undersized but still was able to average more than 25 touches per game for Arizona State.
Tyler Johnson has essentially broken how we measure collegiate receiving production. He could sit out his entire final season and still have a 98th% production profile.
CeeDee Lamb and Bryan Edwards both need to round out their production profiles with better dominator, yards per team pass attempt, and touchdowns per team pass attempt numbers, but look to be in perfect situations for it.
Dobbins and Akers both need to find consistency in 2019, but either could be top 50 picks next spring.
Trevor Lawrence, Kylin Hill, A.J. Dillon, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Jaylen Waddle, Tua Tagovailoa, Tylan Wallace
Finally, some quarterbacks make an appearance in Tier 4. And rightfully so. Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence should be the top quarterbacks in the 2020 and 2021 NFL Draft classes. They’re also currently (easily) the top two Heisman favorites for 2019. For owners looking for “safe” options to retain NFL value, the quarterbacks are the picks here.
Jaylen Waddle, Amon-Ra St. Brown, and Tylan Wallace all burst into stardom in 2018. All three need strong follow-up campaigns to retain value. St. Brown may benefit the most in 2018 thanks to a new pass-happy scheme for USC.
Kylin Hill should have the biggest opportunity of his career with a more conventional quarterback at the helm now in Mississippi State.
A.J. Dillon is a monster at 240 pounds for Boston College. He likely needs to catch some passes to see an uptick in his stock at all.
Henry Ruggs III, Trey Sermon, Ricky Slade, Chuba Hubbard, Jermar Jefferson, Najee Harris, Collin Johnson, Justin Herbert, Zamir White
This tier should be called “The Tipping Point” in devy leagues. The entire tier could see a major swing in value (more so than maybe any other tier) depending on their 2019 campaign.
Ruggs is crazy fast, but if his touchdowns don’t repeat his stock could drop like a rock.
Sermon needs to stay completely healthy, catch some more passes, and prove that he’s the best back on his own team this year.
Ricky Slade and Chuba Hubbard both assume roles that just sent two backs to the NFL Draft in the first 120 picks, but have to overcome new quarterback situations and backfield competition.
Jermar Jefferson is sadly stuck on possibly the worst Power Five team in the country. Gamescript could run his stock into the ground.
Najee Harris and Zamir White will be under the bright lights every weekend with extreme increases in opportunity for two top-five teams in the nation. Both could soar into Round 1 discussion with solid performances given their pedigree.
Collin Johnson will be the anchor of the Texas passing game this season.
Justin Herbert absolutely needs to prove that he can stay healthy and post more consistent adjusted yards per pass attempt.
Keaontay Ingram, Seth Williams, Justin Shorter, Justin Fields, Jake Fromm, Garrett Wilson, Trey Sanders, Stephen Carr, Tamorrion Terry, Kalija Lipscomb, Zach Charbonnet, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Stevie Scott, Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Theo Wease, Jerrion Ealy, Rashod Bateman
This final tier is full of players that may or may not be in the top 50 for some devy owners, but most have a couple favorites here.
Keaontay Ingram will have to fend off Jordan Whittington if he wants to retain any significant value.
Seth Williams could take advantage of a huge opportunity at Auburn. Over 100 receptions are gone from last year’s Auburn Tiger receiving corps.
Justin Shorter should be the new X wide receiver for Penn State and is just one year removed from being considered the top receiver recruit in the nation.
Justin Fields is looking to prove his pedigree as well as the starter for Ohio State this year. The Buckeyes just threw 50 touchdowns last year. If Fields comes even close he’ll shoot up into Lawrence and Tagovailoa territory.
Speaking of Buckeyes, Garrett Wilson is getting a lot of buzz before he’s even played a college snap. Watch for him to immediately become the go-to option and see a meteoric rise in value.
Jake Fromm is a good quarterback, but is likely only in the top tier because he plays for Georgia.
Trey Sanders will likely miss all of 2019, but was the top-rated running back recruit in the nation this year.
All the others need something to break their way in order to improve their draft capital, such as an impressive combine or a huge 2019 campaign to up their devy value.
But hey, college football is back! Anything can happen! Make sure to follow along with my “Devy Weekly” series starting here soon as well as Jordan Hoover’s “When the Devy Breaks” that he’s doing yet again this year.
And if you’re into College Football DFS both me and Ryan Hollinsworth will be cranking out cash and GPP player pool pieces every single week!
Hope you enjoyed this Devy Rankings update! Feel free to reach out to me @FF_TravisM on Twitter if you want to talk more college football or NFL!