Welcome back to When The Devy Breaks, your weekly rundown of the college football landscape and how it affects your devy league rosters. Looking ahead to Week 13, it all starts at noon with Penn State at Ohio State. For some in-depth coverage of the game, check out this week’s episode of the RotoViz College Football Show.
We also get Pitt at Virginia Tech, a game with ACC Coastal title implications, while Oregon travels to Tempe to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils. But enough of matchups, let’s switch over to the devy side of things to take a peak at whose stock is rising, and highlight a trade target for the week.
Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Herbert was superb in the Ducks’ 34-6 win against Arizona, throwing for 333 yards and four touchdowns. Through 10 games this season, the 6-foot-6-inch, 237-pound senior is on pace to set career highs in completion percentage (69.6), yards per game (266.2), and TD-to-INT ratio (28-3). And with Tua Tagovailoa‘s draft status suddenly in doubt, Herbert will almost certainly land in the first round of next spring’s draft. At this point, he’s an auto-pick in the mid-to-late first round of any superflex rookie draft even with the 2020 class being one of the best and deepest crops of prospects we’ve seen in some time.
Ronnie Bell, WR, Michigan
On a team with ballyhooed WRs up and down the roster, it’s Bell who has been the most consistent producer for the Wolverines this season. Despite competing for targets with Donovan Peoples-Jones, Tarik Black, and Nico Collins, Bell leads the team in targets (63), receptions (37) and yards (621), accounting for 26% of Michigan’s receiving yards. The three aforementioned teammates all have one year of eligibility remaining, making Bell’s path to a dominant target share next season no sure thing. But Bell has two years left to further solidify his place as Michigan’s primary WR.
Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
Claypool arrived at Notre Dame in 2016 as a high-four-star recruit. But thanks to the RotoViz Box Score Scout, we can see that he largely failed to live up to these lofty expectations heading into his senior season:
But through 10 games this season, Claypool has already set new career highs in both yards receiving (768) and TDs (9) serving as the undisputed number one option for QB Ian Book. At 6 feet 4 inches, 229 pounds, Claypool has intriguing size and will still be just 21.5 years old at the end of the 2019 season. He’s also on pace to secure an all-important breakout season with a current Dominator Rating of 0.31. Athletic testing will be key for Claypool to secure meaningful draft capital come next spring.
Trade Target Of The Week
George Holani, RB, Boise State
Boise State has a reputation for plucking high school talent from the major California programs. It looks like Holani is another prime example. A high-three-star recruit with a 38-inch vertical, the 5-foot-11-inch, 195-pound freshman ranks eighth in the Mountain West Conference in yards rushing (692), surpassing two former Bronco greats, Doug Martin and Jay Ajayi, in freshman-year rushing production. Holani also has 17 receptions and two receiving touchdowns to round out his profile. Tied to a promising freshman QB in Hank Bachmeier, Holani appears primed to become another Broncos’ RB that ends up pushing for draft relevance. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until 2022 to see it. But nonetheless, now’s the time to invest.