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When The Devy Breaks: Don’t Wait to Buy Lynn Bowden Jr.

We made it folks. College football is finally back. And with its return, devy leagues are heating up. The goals for this weekly article series are as follows:

  1. Present a “stock up, stock down” section, highlighting devy prospects either gaining or losing stock
  2. Engage some of the best and brightest devy analysts in the industry via mock drafts, sleepers, and other crucial pieces of insight
  3. Identify weekly trade targets based on current performance and a likely increase in value in the coming weeks

There’s a chance more features could be added in the future, but that’s the basic framework. I hope this year’s content will help to improve your devy and dynasty rosters while also making college football more fun and engaging. Because for all of its flaws, it’s still the best (and weirdest) sport we have. And it’s the pipeline through which future NFL stars travel. So without further ado, let’s get going with Week 1 of the 2019 season.

Stock Up

DeeJay Dallas, RB, Miami (FL)

If you’ve been reading my stuff from earlier this summer you probably already knew about Dallas. His age-20 breakout season initially caught my eye, but his performance against a very good Florida Gators’ defense last Saturday night was further confirmation. Dallas showed his ability both as a runner and receiver commanding 16 of a total 20 RBs touches. At 220 pounds, with return game acumen on his resume, he’s exactly the type of RB we should be focused on. While his price likely jumped following his showing in an island game, he’s likely still relatively affordable. If he continues to serve as Miami’s primary RB however, he won’t be a bargain for long.

Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami (FL)

The race for the top devy tight end spot is wide open. But if Miami continues to feature Jordan, the 6-foot-3, 245-pound sophomore could make a push for the crown. It’s too early to make any steadfast determinations, but his 5-88-1 receiving line against Florida puts him on pace to smash his freshman-year production (32-287-4). Jordan isn’t eligible until 2021 and TEs generally take time to develop in the NFL. But he’s still worth rostering as a high-upside stash, particularly in TE-premium formats.

Stock Down

Feleipe Franks, QB, Florida

Franks finished the 2018 season on a tear. But if his performance against Miami is any indication, regression to the mean might already be underway. The redshirt junior did complete 63% of his throws for 254 yards and 2 touchdowns. But he also tossed two critical interceptions late that nearly cost Florida the game. At 6-foot-6, 230-pounds, his frame will always be enticing to pro scouts. But until we see more consistent play from Franks, he’s likely destined for dart-throw-status in Superflex/2QB leagues only.

Two-Man Devy Mock

This week I invited our Devy Coordinator Travis May to hop on board for a quick mock draft. We went 10 picks deep assuming 1QB/PPR settings. This should give you a glimpse into our thoughts on the top-end of the 2020 and 2021 classes.

Trade Target Of The Week

I feel like I’ve been screaming into the void about Kentucky WR Lynn Bowden Jr. but he remains a prime buy candidate heading into the start of the 2019 season. The 6-foot-1-inch, 199-pound junior broke out last season while dominating the Wildcats’ team targets (30%). Injuries and attrition point to a similar situation in 2019. Throw in Bowden’s return game skills and you have a prospect deserving of our attention. Depending on your league’s roster depth, Bowden might be available via waivers. If that’s the case, congratulations. But even if you have to haggle with another owner, the time to do so is now. It’s only a matter of time before more NFL Draft influencers start pumping up Bowden.

Image Credit: Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Lynn Bowden Jr.

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