Devy Fantasy Football Rankings & Analysis: Week 6
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Welcome back to Week Six of Devy Weekly!
If you missed the fifth 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 league mates. 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 Seven of the college football season!
- Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
- Justin Herbert, Oregon
- Will Grier, West Virginia
- Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
- Drew Lock, Missouri
- D’Andre Swift, Georgia
- Travis Etienne, Clemson
- Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
- David Montgomery, Iowa State
- Bryce Love, Stanford
- Cam Akers, Florida State
- A.J. Dillon, Boston College
- JK Dobbins, Ohio State
- Damien Harris, Alabama
- Darrell Henderson, Memphis
- A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
- Bryan Edwards, South Carolina
- Dekaylin Metcalf, Ole Miss
- Kelvin Harmon, North Carolina State
- N’Keal Harry, Arizona State
- Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
- Laviska Shenault, Colorado
- CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
- Jalen Reagor, TCU
- Collin Johnson, Texas
- Noah Fant, Iowa
- Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
- Kaden Smith, Stanford
- Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt
- Caleb Wilson, UCLA
If you’re comparing to last week you may notice a couple new faces that joined or rejoined the lists.
Darrell Henderson (RB, Memphis) and Caleb Wilson (TE, UCLA) hopped into the fold among the elite options at their position. Justice Hill (RB, Oklahoma State) and Josh Oliver (TE, San Jose State) both dropped out. Let’s talk about the how and why.
Darrell Henderson is a beast that will most likely become a household name one day. Henderson has averaged 8.7 yards per carry over the course of his entire career. He’s extremely fast, balanced, strong, and can catch the ball out of the backfield. He has yet to face any real competition this year, but he’s essentially breaking college football right now. Through six games Henderson is averaging 155 rushing yards, 30 receiving yards, 11.8 yards per carry (yes, 11.8, not a typo), and already has 14 total touchdowns. And this is no fluke. His 2017 was just as nearly ridiculous. Henderson could be a day two pick next spring and should continue to rise up devy rankings and NFL Draft boards.
Caleb Wilson faced one of the best teams in the country this past weekend in Washington. He could have easily disappeared from the stat sheet, but he didn’t. Instead, Wilson demanded eight receptions for 102 receiving yards and a touchdown. UCLA’s offense is still struggling to find itself this season with a new coach, running back, and quarterback. Amidst all of that Wilson has been the steady, reliable face of that offense early this year. He’s an excellent receiver that should slide into the slot or H-back role for an NFL team next year without a problem.
Justice Hill is likely destined for a receiving back role in the NFL, at worst. And that’s not really a bad thing. The issue is that we want feature backs in fantasy football, and Hill’s size may limit his potential in that regard. When asked to carry the load against a decent defense Hill can sometimes struggle. He carried the ball 24 times last weekend against Iowa State, but was only able to reach 66 yards on the ground. Hill is still likely a day two pick, but it seems he’s always going to be just on the fringe of greatness, and no more than that.
Josh Oliver really didn’t do anything to drop himself out of the top five tight ends. Caleb Wilson simply forced his way back into the elite conversation against much tougher competition. Oliver still caught four balls for 46 yards against Colorado State. His steady production every week will earn him plenty of attention in the NFL Draft next spring. Oliver could easily find himself as high as TE3 if all goes perfectly.
Other Notable Happenings from Week Five
Travis Etienne continues to dominate in the ground game every single week for Clemson. He just casually dropped another 167 yards and three touchdowns against Wake Forest on just ten carries. That type of explosive playmaking ability should vault him near the top of devy rankings and NFL Draft boards everywhere.
Tua Tagovailoa is just undeniably the most impressive quarterback in college football right now. He tossed another 334 yards and four touchdowns on just 13 passes against Arkansas last weekend. Although Tagovailoa has only thrown 101 passes, he’s up to 18 touchdowns and zero interceptions on the season. He nearly has more touchdowns than incompletions so far. He is the indisputable QB1.
Marquise “Hollywood” Brown (Oklahoma) is on the verge of forcing his way into the elite conversation at wide receiver. He may be slightly undersized, but all he does is make big plays. Brown is on pace for over 1500 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season. In this new age of NFL wide receivers Brown fits right into the short, shifty, fast guys that win on every down.
Lastly, Parris Campbell is also finally making a name for himself like many thought he could catching balls from Dwayne Haskins at Ohio State. Campbell is versatile weapon at wide receiver. He can line up in the slot and win with route running. He’ll move outside and beat a team’s best corner. Campbell can even line up in the backfield or take a jet sweep for a nice gain if you want him to. Expect him to be a late riser in the NFL Draft process.
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!