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Devy Fantasy Football Rankings & Analysis: Week 5

by Travis May
Oct 4, 2018

If he continues to dominate, Laviska Shenault could be a first-round NFL Draft selection in 2020

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Welcome back to Week 5 of Devy Weekly! If you missed the fourth installment check it out here so you can get up to speed! Essentially, I’ll be taking a close look at the top (future NFL) playmakers in college football every week to help you stay one step ahead of your leaguemates. Whether you play in “devy” dynasty leagues or you simply love to learn about the next generation of NFL studs, this article series is for you!

So without further ado, let’s dive into my updated positional rankings as we head into Week 5 of the college football season!

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  1. Justin Herbert, Oregon
  2. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
  3. Will Grier, West Virginia
  4. Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
  5. Drew Lock, Missouri

Running Backs

  1. D’Andre Swift, Georgia
  2. Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
  3. Travis Etienne, Clemson
  4. Cam Akers, Florida State
  5. David Montgomery, Iowa State
  6. Bryce Love, Stanford
  7. A.J. Dillon, Boston College
  8. J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State
  9. Justice Hill, Oklahoma State
  10. Damien Harris, Alabama

Wide Receivers

  1. A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
  2. Bryan Edwards, South Carolina
  3. Dekaylin Metcalf, Ole Miss
  4. Kelvin Harmon, North Carolina State
  5. N’Keal Harry, Arizona State
  6. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
  7. Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
  8. Jalen Reagor, TCU
  9. Laviska Shenault, Colorado
  10. Collin Johnson, Texas

Tight Ends

  1. Noah Fant, Iowa
  2. Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
  3. Kaden Smith, Stanford
  4. Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt
  5. Josh Oliver, San Jose State

What Changed?

If you’re comparing to last week, you may notice a couple new faces that joined or rejoined the lists. Justice Hill (RB, Oklahoma State), Laviska Shenault (WR, Colorado), and Josh Oliver (TE, San Jose State) hopped into the fold among the elite options at their position. Trey Sermon (RB, Oklahoma), Jhamon Ausbon (WR, Texas A&M), and T.J. Hockenson (TE, Iowa) all dropped out. Let’s talk about the how and why.

Many dynasty players aren’t as high on Justice Hill because of his size, but they need to come around. There were 61 offensive touches in Oklahoma State’s win over Kansas. Hill accounted for 32 of them, and he took those touches for nearly 200 yards. That’s impressive, sustained efficiency. He’s done that for his entire career. NFL scouts are going to love his other-worldly strength, quickness, and decisiveness to get downhill every time he touches the ball. Hill’s on pace for another 1,400-yard season and will likely coast into a second-day NFL Draft selection should he choose to leave school a year early.

Speaking of offensive touches, Laviska Shenault has taken over the Colorado receiving offense in a huge way. There was a huge opportunity entering into this season for Colorado playmakers. More than 200 receptions had to be replaced thanks to the departure of several wide receivers and running backs (via NFL Draft or graduation). Shenault answered the call.

Through four games he’s already caught 38 receptions for 581 yards and four touchdowns through the air (two more on the ground). At 6’2, 220 pounds, Shenault boasts the ideal outside receiver frame and he uses all of it to dominate throughout his routes and at the point of catch. Shenault very well could be the first wide receiver off the NFL Draft board in 2020.

Josh Oliver and his productive streak of dominance can no longer be denied. It doesn’t matter that he plays for San Jose State. Oliver has grabbed at least five receptions in all four games this season. He’s a weapon in the flat, up the seam, and in the red zone. This past weekend, he racked up another 158 yards on eight receptions and scored a touchdown against Hawaii. He is the only Division-I tight end on pace for over 1,000 receiving yards this year now, and he likely won’t slow down. That kind of production was only matched (or nearly matched) by Dallas Goedert and Mark Andrews just one year ago.

Trey Sermon just joined the top running backs list last week, but quickly fell out immediately. Why? Fellow Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson is out for the season. Sermon has a tremendous opportunity to dominate and build his draft stock now. But instead of taking advantage of that, Sermon was the most unimpressive offensive player on the entire Sooners roster against an embarrassingly weak Baylor defense. He only managed 19 yards on eight carries and was overshadowed by a freshman in Kennedy Brooks. Unless Sermon acts like he can run the ball again here soon, he’s staying out of the top options at running back.

Jhamon Ausbon had quite the productive freshman season for Texas A&M, and he looks the part with his routes and physicality. However, his devy stock can’t keep living in the past. Ausbon is averaging just three receptions per game and has failed to find the end zone this season in the new Jimbo Fisher-led Aggies offense. Plus, he just injured his foot and will miss some time. His stock is going to plummet this fall until he’s healthy and begins to dominate like many know he can.

T.J. Hockenson and the Iowa Buckeyes were off this week, so he couldn’t do anything to improve his stock. In the meantime (as mentioned above), Josh Oliver posted another dominant performance. The TE5 slot is wide open right now in devy leagues. Hockenson could reinsert himself into the elite conversation in the near future.

Other Notable Happenings from Week 5

Eno Benjamin is just balling out for Arizona State every week. He dropped 339 yards from scrimmage and four total touchdowns against Oregon State late last Saturday. Benjamin is a likely candidate to join the top ranks at running back here soon with feature back size and abilities.

Dwayne Haskins continues to impress every single week for Ohio State. He led a 94-yard drive in the fourth quarter to beat ninth-ranked Penn State on Saturday and moved ahead of Drew Lock in the top-five quarterback rankings. Every ranking after Justin Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa is wide open at quarterback.

Dillon Mitchell continued his air raid with Justin Herbert throwing him the ball for Oregon. He added another seven catches for 105 yards and a touchdown to his resume. That’s 21 receptions for 344 yards in just the past two weeks for him.

Karan Higdon continues to be the best player for the Michigan Wolverines, and not many seem to be taking note of it. Higdon single-handedly grinded out the Wolverines’ win over Northwestern this past weekend. He forced his way to 115 yards and the only two touchdowns on the team. He’s quietly averaging 120 yards per game this season.

I hope you enjoyed this installment of Devy Weekly! Again, feel free to reach out to me @FF_TravisM on Twitter to chat more about college or the NFL! Good luck in all of your leagues and expect to hear from me again here soon!

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