It’s training camp time, football is back. As we prepare for the upcoming 2018 season and getting into our regular scheduled rookie drafts and even our redraft leagues, its really time for degenerates to start looking into 2019, 2020 and 2021 because if dynasty leagues weren’t enough let’s sign up for Devy leagues as well.
The 2019 drafty class is loaded with Receivers with the likes of Harry, Brown, Harmon and Edwards but the one I think could be the best is Buffalo receiver Anthony Johnson. The thing with Johnson is prior to last season there wasn’t much hype surrounding him, but recently more and more people are starting to see the potential that he has to make a name for himself at the next level. When Johnson balls out again this year having him ranked in the three will seem way too low.
Most are pegging Iowa State tackle breaking machine David Montgomery as the top back going into 2019 but I tend to try to stay away from the cool crowd. FAU’s Devin Singletary is the man to draft with the top pick, especially if you need a future stud RB on your roster. Although he isn’t quite my topped ranked back in Devy he did manage to crack my top 5 overall on my Big Board which you can see later…. or now if you just scroll down and decide not to read anymore. Another back you may not be hearing much noise about yet is Damarea Crockett of Missouri, he won’t beat you with straight away speed but his lateral quickness and cutting ability make him a must own back in any dynasty format.
The 2019 draft eligible QB’s are solid but in my opinion not all that special, if you missed on drafting a QB this year you may have to wait until 2021 to add your future cornerstone. Justin Herbert gets the top grade early on, but I expect this list to fluid and changing week to week. My favorite when all is said and done may very well be Easton Stick of North Dakota State, whatever they are doing there is working.
They say the TE may be a rookie QB’s best friend and Noah Fant of Iowa is the consensus top TE in Devy circles and there may not be another one like him, well not until the next one comes along. Nauta of Georgia and Wilson of UCLA are set to battle it out as the next TE behind Fant.
My top Devy asset comes from the 2020 class in the form of Running back Cam Akers of Florida State, but you all probably knew this already. Akers is special already as are two other backs who are ranked in my top 6 overall that also come from this class. Jonathon Taylor (Wisconsin) and D’Andre Swift (Georgia) both promise to be can’t miss prospects. Right now, is the time to add as many 2020 picks as you can, perhaps trade some 2018 picks if you haven’t had your draft or even 2019 picks and get as many ’20 picks as you can. This RB class is loaded, other backs include JK Dobbins (Ohio State), AJ Dillion (Boston College) and Stephen Carr (USC). The Running back position is back in fantasy and it looks like it has some serious staying power.
With the excitement of the 2020 class comes a little bit of a downturn at the wide spot. Jhamon Ausborn (Texas A&M) Jerry Jeudy (Alabama) and CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma) top my early lists of pass catchers. The one thing that really caught my eye was in addition to Jeudy, Alabama has two other receivers I’d classify in my top 12 with Henry Ruggs and Tyrell Shavers. The Crimson Tide put out top running back talent every year, but you don’t see three top end receiving prospects coming from ‘Bama everyday.
The reason for three top receiving prospects coming from ‘Bama may very well be linked to the reigning National Championship quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who should an ability to make plays with his legs and his arm. My favorite prospect in this position among the 2020 draft eligible signal callers is Tyreek Jackson (Buffalo), another name you better get to know now as I expect big things to happen when he and Anthony Johnson hook up over and over.
In 2021 if you missed on landing your quarterback of the future you have a chance to rectify that error. Josh Fields (Georgia), JT Daniels (USC), Trevor Lawrence (Clemson), Taylor Martinez (Nebraska) are some of the most hyped freshmen in recent memory.
The Devy potential is huge again amongst the backs in the class With Zamir White (Georgia), Master Teague (Ohio State), Ricky Slade (Penn State) and Lorenzo Lingard (Miami). While White will garner most of the attention of your league mates I think I am probably most interested in Ricky Slade who can be had at a fraction of the price tag.
Let’s not forget there are several relevant ’21 playmakers looking to terrorize opposing secondaries for years to come, I have Amon Ra St. Brown (USC) as my top ranked WR and if that name seems familiar it should his brother was one of my top ranked receivers in this year’s draft but unfortunately the NFL disagrees with me. Right behind him is the 1B of this class Justin Shorter (Penn State) who many have slightly higher than St. Brown. The one guy on this list I most look forward to watching develop is the fine pass catcher on Chapel Hill that’s Jordyn Adams (North Carolina) who when all is said and done may top this class as the best all around receiver.
Below is my Top 100 “Big Board” and it looks at the 2019, 2020, and 2021 eligible players that you should target. The list contains a balanced mix of 39 RB’s, 38 WR’s, 20 QB’s and 3 TE’s. With 18 of the top 33 players being of the running back variety you can see the position is back and thriving and looking well going forward. So, without further comment, if you haven’t already scrolled down in advance here are my top 100 Devy players.