Week 4 of college football taught us a few things about teams near the top of the rankings:
- Alabama’s offense might be the best we’ve ever seen.
- Ohio State is a bonafide national title contender.
- Clemson has work to do to meet expectations.
There wasn’t plenty of action outside the upper echelon as well:
- The long hard road finally caught up to USC and BYU.
- Maybe Stanford isn’t entirely dead after all?
- Rutgers is the cure for the common dysfunctional offense. Just ask Michigan.
Welcome to When The Devy Breaks, your weekly rundown of the college football landscape and how it affects your devy league rosters. With one-third of the regular season now in the books, let’s review what happened last week and look ahead to the weeks to come.
Gabriel Davis, WR, UCF
UCF’s offense operating at a high level has become one of the most reliable aspects of college football. And junior WR Gabriel Davis is one of the main reasons why. Despite a revolving door at the QB position, the 6-foot-3-inch, 212-pounder has posted a 0.37 Dominator Rating this season, including a 5-119-3 outburst against Connecticut last week. Davis’ gaudy 19.9 yards per reception is due in part to the Knights’ offensive philosophy, but it also speaks to his explosive downfield ability. If he declares early and runs well at the combine (or his pro day), Davis could be a late riser in the evaluation process next spring.
Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Vanderbilt
Vaughn’s 2018 season put him on the devy map, and his showing this season has been even better. The 218-pound redshirt senior has 72% of the Commodores’ non-QB rushing yards, along with 14% of the team’s total receptions. Vaugh is a tape watcher’s dream, and his true workhorse status and strong receiving profile points to the potential for a similar role at the next level. His age is a bit of a concern, because older RB prospects tend to pan out at a lower rate than their younger cohorts. But a strong combine performance could vault Vaughn into day-two draft status.
Seth Williams, WR, Auburn
After catching the game-winning TD against Oregon in Week 1, Williams was held under 50 yards receiving against both Tulane and Texas A&M. But following a 8-162-2 outburst against Mississippi State last week, it appears his slumber has ended. He has posted a 0.39 Dominator Rating through four games as freshman QB Bo Nix’s most reliable target. The return of speedster Anthony Schwartz also seems to have boosted Williams’ outlook, allowing him to feast on secondaries concerned about the deep ball. Williams isn’t draft eligible until 2021. But, given another season to develop in tandem with a budding star in Nix, his ceiling is extremely enticing.
Ricky Person, RB, NC State
This is the part where I tell you I was wrong. I liked Person two summers ago. I still held out hope this summer despite a subpar season in 2018. But with Person now firmly behind freshman Zonovan Knight, it might be time to give up the ghost. There’s always a chance that injuries could propel him into a larger workload. But as of right now, I’m moving on from this former four-star recruit.
Trade Target Of The Week
Master Teague, RB, Ohio State
The lead-back role for the Buckeyes is a highly coveted position for fantasy football purposes. Right now, it’s J.K. Dobbins. But the next man up looks to be Master Teague. The 5-foot-11-inch, 220-pound redshirt freshman finished with a 12-77-2 rushing line in mop up duty last week against Nebraska. His Week 5 production boost his season-long rushing line to 52-326-3. Teague has been more involved than we previously expected entering the 2019 season, accounting for 29% of the Buckeyes’ RB carries through five weeks. At worst, we likely have to wait until the 2020 season for Teague to assume the RB1 role in Ohio State’s offense (assuming Dobbins declares for the 2020 NFL Draft). But if Dobbins were to suffer injury before then, Teague would become an immediate value.