Welcome back to When The Devy Breaks, your weekly rundown of the college football landscape and how it affects your devy league rosters. Here are a few quick storylines from last weekend’s slate of action:
- Georgia QB Jake Fromm threw three interceptions in a stunning 20-17 home loss against South Carolina
- LSU QB Joe Burrow continued his Heisman push by carving up a good Florida defense
- Oklahoma’s defense sacked Texas QB Sam Ehlinger nine times en route to a 34-27 win
- Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor was held to 3.1 yards per carry against Michigan State but still scored two TDs leading the Badgers to a convincing 38-0 win
As we gear up for Week 8’s slate, you’ll probably notice a lack of true headlining matchups compared with last week. But with Oregon/Washington, Penn State/Michigan, and Arizona State/Utah on deck, there’s plenty of meat on the bone. But first, let’s circle back to last week’s action to get our bearings.
CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
As the clear-cut WR1 on the best offense in the country, Lamb is showing why he was a mid-first-round devy startup pick this summer. Through six games he’s accounted for 40% of the Sooners’ receiving yards and touchdowns while averaging 21.8 yards per reception.
He leads the nation in TD receptions, scoring on an absurd 36% of his receptions. Lamb’s age (20.5), production, and pedigree all point to a potential star at the next level. The only downside here is that he’s essentially impossible to acquire via trade at this point. If you already have him rostered, he’s a solid hold.
Benny LeMay, RB, Charlotte
Group of Five RBs typically have an uphill climb to stick at the next level. But LeMay is looking like one of the best bets to do so in the 2020 draft class. The 5-foot-9-inch, 215-pound senior has eclipsed 80 yards rushing in five of six games including a respectable 18-81-0 line against Clemson.
But what really sets LeMay apart is his receiving production averaging 1.9 receptions per game since the 2018 season. A combine invite or a strong pro day workout could put LeMay on the late-round draft radar. In devy leagues with deep benches, you could do way worse if you’re looking for a low-risk, high-reward RB.
Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
Back in July, I wrote up Hall as a potential David Montgomery replacement for the Cyclones. It took the 6-foot-1-inch, 205-pound freshman a little while to get going but after a 26-132-3 performance against West Virginia, I’d be shocked if he isn’t the lead back moving forward.
Hall is tied to one of the best sophomore QBs in the country in Brock Purdy. He’s also running behind a veteran offensive line ranked 29th in run blocking per Football Outsiders. It might be tough trying to pry him away from the owner currently rostering him but now is the time.
Justin Shorter, WR, Penn State
When Shorter committed to the Nittany Lions back in 2017, many thought he could become the next great WR1 in Happy Valley. But on a 2019 roster desperate for a secondary option outside of K.J. Hamler, Shorter has been almost invisible. His 8-100-0 line in five games ranks him fourth on the team in receptions and fifth in yards receiving.
It’s tough to completely write off a WR prospect with Shorter’s size and recruiting pedigree. But unless we see a drastic shift sometime soon I’ll need to drastically readjust my expectations here.
Trade Target Of The Week
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
It’s no secret that the Crimson Tide boast the deepest WR depth chart in the entire country. Jerry Jeudy, Devonta Smith, and Henry Ruggs III have all taken turns torching opposing secondaries with help from Tua Tagovailoa. This has left Waddle to mainly serve as the team’s primary punt returner where he’s thrived averaging over 22 yards per return. But he’s more than just a special teams maven.
He’s averaging 18.2 yards per reception so far in his career while sporting a 13% TD rate. With Jeudy, Smith, and Ruggs all draft-eligible following this season, Waddle could be looking at a substantial boost in opportunity next season. If you can acquire him now from an impatient league mate, now’s the time to do so.