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Developing Assets: Off-Season Devy Rankings


I’d say we’re long overdue for a detailed set of devy rankings!

As I’ve studied the current crop of college players (including the incoming freshmen), I’ve realized the true depth of talent that currently inhabits college campuses and the Saturday gridiron. While I love watching these players with an eye toward their potential future to play on Sundays, I remembered the old saying that two heads are better than one.  With that in mind, I asked one of the most respected minds in the devy and dynasty community, Scott Fish, to join me in putting together this week’s devy rankings.

For those of you who might not be familiar with Scott, let me tell you a little more about him. In addition to starting and running FFOasis.com, Scott was one of the original devy players in all of fantasy football around fifteen years ago. FFOasis is also one of the top resources for devy content, not to mention sporting some terrific dynasty coverage.

As I’ve said recently in other articles, I’ve really started to notice devy leagues experiencing a rapid growth in popularity. I am consistently approached with questions and discussions related to college players and I love to see and hear about all of the dynasty players who are branching out to give devy leagues a shot.

As I mentioned, I want to give you a collection of deep rankings today, broken down in every way possible, so here we go!

*Note: All grade listings are as of the beginning of the 2014 college football season.

Overall Devy Rankings


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1 Todd Gurley, RB UGA Todd Gurley, RB UGA
2 Melvin Gordon, RB WISC Melvin Gordon, RB WISC
3 Thomas Tyner, RB OREG Thomas Tyner, RB OREG
4 Laquon Treadwell, WR MISS Laquon Treadwell, WR MISS
5 Dorial Green-Beckham, WR MIZZ Dorial Green-Beckham, WR MIZZ
6 Leonard Fournette, RB LSU Leonard Fournette, RB LSU
7 Jameis Winston, QB FSU Mike Davis, RB S CAR
8 Tyler Boyd, WR PITT Derrick Henry, RB ALA
9 Amari Cooper, WR ALA Tyler Boyd, WR PITT
10 Derrick Henry, RB ALA Amari Cooper, WR ALA
11 TJ Yeldon, RB ALA TJ Yeldon, RB ALA
12 Stefon Diggs, WR MARY Karlos Williams, RB FSU
13 Mike Davis, S CAR Jameis Winston, QB FSU
14 Marquez North, WR TENN Corey Clement, RB WISC
15 Stacy Coley, WR MIA Duke Johnson, RB MIA
16 Alex Collins, RB ARK Jaelen Strong, WR ASU
17 Corey Clement, RB WISC Marquez North, WR TENN
18 Karlos Williams, RB FSU Stefon Diggs, WR MARY
19 Malachi Dupre, WR LSU Stacy Coley, WR MIA
20 Devin Funchess, TE MICH Derrick Green, RB MICH
21 Jaelen Strong, WR ASU Byron Marshall, RB OREG
22 Dontre Wilson, RB OSU Jay Ajayi, RB BOISE
23 Derrick Green, RB MICH Keith Marshall, RB UGA
24 Tevin Coleman, RB IND Malachi Dupre, WR LSU
25 Christian Hackenberg, QB PSU Demore’ea Stringfellow, WR WASH



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1 Jameis Winston, FSU RS So. Jameis Winston, FSU RS So.
2 Christian Hackenberg, PSU So. Marcus Mariota, OREG RS Jr.
3 Brett Hundley, UCLA RS Jr. Brett Hundley, UCLA RS Jr.
4 Marcus Mariota, OREG RS Jr. Christian Hackenberg, PSU So.
5 Asiantii Woulard, UCLA RS Fr. Bryce Petty, BAY Sr.
6 Kyle Allen, TAMU Fr. Kyle Allen, TAMU Fr.
7 Deshaun Watson, CLEM Fr. Asiantii Woulard, UCLA RS Fr.
8 Kevin Hogan, STAN Sr. Deshaun Watson, CLEM Fr.
9 Bryce Petty, BAY Sr. Kevin Hogan, STAN Sr.
10 Keller Chryst, STAN Fr. Braxton Miller, OSU Sr.

Running Backs


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1 Todd Gurley, UGA Jr. Todd Gurley, UGA Jr.
2 Melvin Gordon, WISC RS Jr. Melvin Gordon, WISC RS Jr.
3 Thomas Tyner, OREG So. Thomas Tyner, OREG So.
4 Leonard Fournette, LSU Fr. Leonard Fournette, LSU Fr.
5 Derrick Henry, ALA So. Mike Davis, S CAR Jr.
6 TJ Yeldon, ALA Jr. Derrick Henry, ALA So.
7 Alex Collins, ARK So. TJ Yeldon, ALA Jr.
8 Corey Clement, WISC So. Karlos Williams, FSU Sr.
9 Karlos Williams, FSU Sr. Corey Clement, WISC So.
10 Dontre Wilson, OSU So. Duke Johnson, MIA Jr.

Wide Receivers


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1 Laquon Treadwell, MISS So. Laquon Treadwell, MISS So.
2 Dorial Green-Beckham, MIZZ Jr. Dorial Green-Beckham, MIZZ Jr.
3 Tyler Boyd, PITT So. Tyler Boyd, PITT So.
4 Amari Cooper, ALA Jr. Amari Cooper, ALA Jr.
5 Stefon Diggs, MARY Jr. Jaelen Strong, ASU RS Jr.
6 Malachi Dupre, LSU Fr. MarQuez North, TENN So.
7 Stacy Coley, MIA So. Stefon Diggs, MARY Jr.
8 MarQuez North, TENN So. Stacy Coley, MIA So.
9 Jaelen Strong, ASU RS Jr. Malachi Dupre, LSU Fr.
10 Nelson Agholor, USC Jr. Demore’ea Stringfellow, WASH So.

 Tight Ends


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1 Devin Funchess, MICH Jr. OJ Howard, ALA So.
2 OJ Howard, ALA So. Devin Funchess, MICH Jr.
3 Johnny Mundt, OREG Jr. Johnny Mundt, OREG Jr.
4 Nick O’Leary, FSU Sr. Nick O’Leary, FSU Sr.
5 Tyler Kroft, RUT Sr. Jesse James, PSU Sr.
6 Jacory Washington, LSU Fr. Tyler Kroft, RUT Sr.
7 Luke Kaumatule, STAN Jr. Luke Kaumatule, STAN Jr.
8 Connor Cella, RICE RS Jr. Jacory Washington, LSU Fr.
9 Jesse James, PSU Sr. Dalton Schultz, STAN Fr.
10 Jeb Blazevich, UGA Fr. Jeb Blazevich, UGA Fr.

Now that we’ve covered the top ten from each position, let’s move on to breaking these players down by grades. One thing to remember is that some of the sophomores could actually be draft eligible in 2015 if they have already had a redshirt season.



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1 Karlos Williams, RB FSU Karlos Williams, RB FSU
2 Devante Parker, WR UL Devante Parker, WR UL
3 Austin Hill, WR ARZ Malcolm Brown, RB TEX
4 Rashad Greene, WR FSU Ameer Abdullah, RB NEB
5 Ameer Abdullah, RB NEB Kyle Prater, WR NW



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Scott Fish

1 Todd Gurley, RB UGA Todd Gurley, RB UGA
2 Melvin Gordon, RB WISC Melvin Gordon, RB WISC
3 Dorial Green-Beckham, WR MIZZ Dorial Green-Beckham, WR MIZZ
4 Amari Cooper, WR ALA Mike Davis, RB S CAR
5 TJ Yeldon, RB ALA Amari Cooper, WR ALA
6 Stefon Diggs, WR MARY TJ Yeldon, RB ALA
7 Mike Davis, S CAR Duke Johnson, RB MIA
8 Devin Funchess, TE MICH Jaelen Strong, WR ASU
9 Jaelen Strong, WR ASU Stefon Diggs, WR MARY
10 Tevin Coleman, RB IND Byron Marshall, RB OREG



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1 Laquon Treadwell, WR MISS Thomas Tyner, RB OREG
2 Thomas Tyner, RB OREG Laquon Treadwell, WR MISS
3 Jameis Winston, QB FSU Derrick Henry, RB ALA
4 Tyler Boyd, WR PITT Tyler Boyd, WR PITT
5 Derrick Henry, RB ALA Jameis Winston, QB FSU
6 Marquez North, WR TENN Corey Clement, RB WISC
7 Stacy Coley, WR MIA Marquez North, WR TENN
8 Alex Collins, RB ARK Stacy Coley, WR MIA
9 Corey Clement, RB WISC Derrick Green, RB MICH
10 Dontre Wilson, RB OSU Alex Collins, RB ARK


I’ve seen some rough clips of many of the incoming freshmen and I’ve looked at some of the same rankings on ESPN, Rivals and other recruiting sites just like many of you, but I don’t feel like I have a good grasp on many of these players. Luckily, I consider my friend Scott an expert on these incoming freshmen, so I’ll defer to him for the top ten. He even offered some commentary to help us all learn a little bit more about the new big men on campus.

1.) Leonard Fournette, RB LSU

I drafted this guy as a junior in high school in one league. I’m clearly biased, but I have been watching high school players entering college for nearly a decade and a half and he might be the best I’ve watched. Adrian Peterson didn’t show Fournette’s catching ability (he wasn’t asked to). Fournette isn’t quite as ferocious as Peterson, but it’s close. He has such high upside that he is routinely taken in the first round of developmental drafts that include all college players. If he is not your #1 in this class; you either hate running backs, LSU, or winning.

2.) Malachi Dupre, WR LSU

The LSU Tigers are going to be fun to watch! I absolutely love watching Dupre play. His play style is so similar to AJ Green it’s scary. A few years back, I had ranked Julio Jones above Green coming out of high school and may have gotten that wrong, but there is no one in this class that comes close to Dupre for me. His biggest downfall? He decided to go to LSU, who has had a long track record of fantasy skill position failures at the NFL level. In the last fifteen to twenty years there has been who? Dwayne Bowe and Joseph Addai and that’s it? Hopefully Rueben Randle, Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr., and now Malachi Dupre are the changing of that guard.

3.) Bo Scarbrough, RB Alabama

Much like Derrick Henry, Alabama continues to load up at running back. This time it’s another player who’s 6’2″ and weighs over 230 lbs. He is also rumored to run in the 4.5 range in the 40. I don’t put much stock into rumored high school 40 times, but he doesn’t look slow. He is quick between the tackles and more elusive than you would expect for his size. Naturally his size makes him tough to take down. Say what you will about Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson or even TJ Yeldon, but these guys can play at the pro level. At bare minimum, if you are drafting a freshman, there is some safety in drafting an Alabama 5 star recruit. You can almost pencil in that he will be drafted and be somewhat fantasy relevant.

4.) Racean Thomas, RB Auburn

Now I don’t expect him to take over Tre Mason’s spot immediately, but man this kid looks good on tape. He has excellent vision and change of direction. There are plays where he runs like he is the greased up deaf guy from “Family Guy.” He is not easy to bring down and it’s because of his agility more than his physicality – this could lead to a longer career given his ability to avoid hits. I highly considered moving him above Scarbrough. Don’t be surprised if I do later this year. Maybe even later this week if I watch more of him.

5.) Ermon Lane, WR FSU

Most people have Speedy Noil as their #2 wide receiver, so imagine my excitement when I noticed my partner in Devy at FFOasis also had Ermon Lane as his second rated wide receiver. He’s going to fill in nicely in a Florida State offense that just lost Kelvin Benjamin and added Dalvin Cook. He’s your prototypical #1 wide receiver. He is currently in the 6’3″, 197 lbs. mold and can gain a bit more muscle to his frame. He won’t go down to arm tackles and reminds me a lot of Sidney Rice. Yes, I know what you are thinking, let’s all hope for good health and the 2009 Sidney Rice. When I make player comps, it’s generally on style, not skill level.

6.) Josh Malone, WR TEN

To pull back the curtains, I had this guy two spots lower while writing up these rankings. I fell in love watching him awhile back, but conversations with people I respect fueled the flames of the two guys that follow Malone on these rankings. I decided to go with my gut and move him here on what I’ve seen. He is 6’3″, 195 lbs., but plays like he’s 6’3″, 220. I see Demaryius Thomas in his game, however I swear some of his highlights are basically shot for shot remakes of Keenan Allen in his junior year at California. He is much faster than you might expect for his size, is a long strider and catches passes all over the field. He’s always a threat to take it to the house.

7.) Davante “Speedy” Noil, WR Texas A&M

You have no idea how much I considered ranking him lower. When you have scouted incoming freshman as long as I have, for every Percy Harvin, there are ten guys like Davonte’ Neal and Andre Debose. He is incredibly explosive and like a game-changer. His highlight reels are something to watch. I am sure between him, Kyle Allen (incoming 5 star recruit and top ranked quarterback in the country), and others that Texas A&M will be fun to watch on Saturdays. If Speedy can pack on 15 pounds of muscle to his 6 foot frame, maybe I’d like him more. Players like De’Anthony Thomas came out of high school with great potential and then put on almost no weight despite rumors they had.

8.) Dalvin Cook, RB FSU

So now we have our second Florida State Seminole in this top ten. What I love most about Dalvin Cook isn’t his breakaway speed or change of direction, which he has. What I love most about him is how he makes up his mind immediately and hits the hole or makes the cut. Too many running backs hesitate, Cook appears to just run on instinct and it allows him to get by defenders and hit holes much quicker. He’s a great pass catcher, which is basically mandatory in the NFL now.

9.) Elijah Hood, RB UNC

I can’t believe the balance this kid has. I worry that his vision might be lacking after watching years of James Wilder Jr. show extreme balance with no vision, but I’ll try to give this kid the benefit of the doubt. I have seen the 5’11” 221 lbs. back have a rumored 40 time in the 4.55 range. I actually wouldn’t doubt if it’s a bit faster. He looks every bit of 221 and his game speed looks fast. When you take his compact, but larger build and pair it with incredible balance; you get a running back I’m excited to see in UNC Blue.

 10.) Jeff Jones, RB Minnesota

Maybe this is a homer pick. I might be too far into the forest to see the trees or whatever the idiom is. The Gophers are a run first team in a run oriented conference. Many people discount Big Ten running backs (admittedly they should to a degree), but Jeff Jones was easily the best back at the Under Armour All-American Game and was so good all week that several colleges gave him offers afterwards, including Florida. He is probably the best pass catching back in this class. Twice in that game he made adjustments on balls that excellent wide receivers would have trouble with. One he didn’t catch, but had no business getting close, the other he caught.

Honorable Mentions and other notes: Where is Joe Mixon? My Devy Partner Rob Leath had him as his ninth ranked running back – I had him as my fourth. Any time people I respect have far different views on a player than mine, I go back to the tape. That paired with Ryan asking me to be part of this article prompted me to do a lot of tape watching over the last day or so. I came away thinking he is a legit top prospect, but I liked a bunch of guys more. I also came away liking, but not loving Sony Michel (Georgia running back) and Joesph Yearby (Miami running back).

Thanks again to Scott for his awesome contribution to this article, as well as his contribution to devy leagues as a whole.

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Ryan McDowell

In addition to his role as Senior Staff Writer here at DLF, Ryan is also a husband, father of three and second grade teacher. Ryan is the commissioner of multiple dynasty leagues, most notably the HyperActive Dynasty Leagues. Here at DLF, Ryan’s focus is on identifying, monitoring and analyzing player value. Check out Ryan’s work on the Weekly Impact Events and Dynasty Stock Market, as well as our dynasty ADP data.
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  1. market maker

    March 1, 2014 at 5:02 am

    I know Karlos Williams is new to the position, but I see a runner who’s too upright and can’t get low. Looks like DeMarco Murray out there. Can this be taught? Or am I seeing something different than you two?

    Great Piece!

    • Ryan McDowell

      March 1, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      I like what I’ve seen from Williams, but he’s not a perfect prospect and I assume with the position switch he still has a lot to learn. I don’t mean that in a bad way, only that he is still relatively new to the position.

      I feel like he’s been over drafted in many of the devy drafts and mocks I’ve seen. With that being said, he could be a value next year thanks to the stacked RB group.

      • scottfish

        March 4, 2014 at 11:13 am

        I’m with Ryan. I don’t love Williams, but he has nice upside and was new to RB. The question marks he has… The guys I have below him all have question marks of different varieties as well.

  2. Justin

    March 1, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Probably just an oversight, but why is RB Mike Davis #13 on Ryan’s overall list, but doesn’t make his top 10 RB list?
    That being said, I’m surprised watching his tape that Mike Davis isn’t a more consensus top 6 devy prospect. Solid build, good speed for size, intelligent, and the hands to be the increasingly rare and valuable 3-down PPR stud. Thoughts?

    • Defender

      March 1, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Noticed the same thing.

      • Ryan McDowell

        March 1, 2014 at 5:28 pm

        Yes, an oversight. I knew I’d do one of those. He’d slot in as my RB7. Thanks for catching it!

  3. DJB

    March 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Love this stuff! Keep it coming!

    • Ryan McDowell

      March 1, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks for reading!

  4. Shawn

    March 1, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Any opinions on how the 2014 draft group compares to the potential 2015 group? I’m thinking I defer on a rb in 2014 and pick one from what seems to be a deeper 2015 class. Thoughts?

    • Shawn

      March 1, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      I’m talking about the running back groups specifically

    • Ryan McDowell

      March 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      I don’t think it’s all that close. There may be four or five 2015 RBs I’d take over any of this year’s guys. The strength of this year’s class is the depth at WR, along with a couple of high end TEs, so I would just take the BPA.

      • scottfish

        March 4, 2014 at 11:07 am

        I completely agree with Ryan. Prior to this year’s crop declaring… I think Watkins was 3rd or 4th on my ranks and then the next 2014 guy didn’t crack the top 10. Next year’s class has some great running backs if they all declare, so I understand wanting to defer.

        I think Ryan is dead on. Take the best player available and I’m willing to bet it won’t be a running back anyway.

  5. Rob Leath

    March 1, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I love the fact that these leagues are becoming more popular. It is really a cool aspect of the fantasy game.

    I’m big on Treadwell as well. I feel he will really emerge this year, especially with Montcrief out of the picture.

    I am a huge fan of this freshman RB class. I feel it will be comparable to the rising junior class. I feel the Sony Michel/Nick Chubb situation will turn into another Keith Marshall/Todd Gurley story. Michel arrives as the more heralded recruit; Chubb becomes the better player.

    Not huge on the freshman receivers outside of Dupre/Malone/Lane. I feel the second tier will emerge as better talents, similar to Tyler Boyd last year. I am keeping an eye on guys like Ishmael Zamora and Saeed Blacknall.

    • Ryan McDowell

      March 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      Thanks for the knowledge Rob!

    • what2doeh

      March 3, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      Blacknall was at a LSU camp this summer where it was strongly believed he would commit. After camping with Speedy, Dupre and Trey Quinn (all Louisiana prospects rumored to be strong leans to LSU) he decided to refocus his attention to other schools. He didn’t feel comfortable about where he’d be in the pecking order. A lot can change in 3/4 years though…

  6. Shaun B.

    March 1, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Great article guys, loved reading it.

    I think Funchess now being strictly a WR (and presumably entering the NFL eventually as a WR) changes everything. To me, now allowed to play at his natural weight between 225-235 rather than packing on bad weight just to hit an “acceptable” weight as a TE, he’ll be the cleanest comp to Alshon Jeffery we’ve seen since he came out (I know it hasn’t been long), if he really runs in that 4.5-4.6 range. He’s smooth, and if he can get his concentration drops under control, he’ll once again be known for his great hands. He’s an even more imposing presence at WR than he was as a threat down the seam at TE, and has also shown serious prowess gaining YAC on reception within 5 yards of the LOS. Pretty well-rounded skill-set.

    I think he goes from being my #1 devy TE to about my #4-5 devy WR with this permanent position change and all it entails/implies, with upside to go higher given his ideal size.

    What do you think?

    • MarkinMI

      March 2, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      With Michigan’s heir apparent at TE Jake Butt tearing his ACL last month I’m guessing Funchess will move back to TE but I’m not sure how much that will impact him in the NFL. He’s a pretty bad blocker and I’m not sure he’ll get a shot at TE it kinda reminds me of Colston actually. IMO, Funchess’ NFL fantasy value will depend on him being a TE. He has elite burst and quickness for a TE but he’s fairly average if he’s primarily a WR.

      Butt was the 4th ranked TE in his class coming out of HS and played so well down the stretch that Michigan was able to move Funchess to WR. Funchess will play all over the place this year because Michigan is very inexperienced on the outside and hes their best weapon in the passing game.

      Here’s a link to an Detroit Free Press article on the Butt/Funchess situation http://www.freep.com/article/20140213/SPORTS06/302130069/michigan-football-jake-butt-injury-acl

      • Shaun B.

        March 3, 2014 at 3:35 pm

        You’re more in the loop with Michigan news than I am, but everything I’ve seen/read says he’s now a WR, regardless of Butt’s injury, and this is stuff that has come out recently, after the injury.

        I just can’t shake the feeling, watching him, that if he can fix these frustrating concentration drops, he’s basically an Alshon Jeffery clone (who ran a 4.48 or something 40 at his pro day, which I always adjust up by .1). So let’s say Alshon timed at 4.5-4.6 but plays faster, which is a fair assessment. I think that’s what we’re going to be looking at with Funchess. Similar frame, and ability to come down with contested balls with strong hands and an aggressive “my ball” mentality. While also possessing seriously underrated ability to take a short pass and get impressive YAC. He just needs to grow out of the concentration drops. I think he shows the fluidity and athleticism to become a good, varied route runner.

        • MarkinMI

          March 10, 2014 at 1:53 am

          I think you might romanticizing Funchess’ ability somewhat. I don’t see elite WR skills when I watch him but I’m not a scout and i didn’t stay at a holiday inn last night. As i said earlier I expect Funchess to play all over the field but somebody has to play TE too with Butt injured (that seams funny to write). A lot will also depend on incoming freshman WR Drake Harris too. Basically Funchess will play where he’s needed the most and sadly he’s needed at both WR and TE. FWIW Funchess is currently listed as a TE on the official depth chart. http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/mich-m-footbl-mtt.html

  7. Paul

    March 2, 2014 at 4:50 am

    As always, great content. I have been waiting, impatiently patient for these rankings.

    • Ryan McDowell

      March 2, 2014 at 11:22 am

      Ha ha, thanks Paul!

  8. BJ

    March 2, 2014 at 8:39 am

    I’m curious why no one is talking about Ricky Seals-Jones and why he doesn’t make it in anyone’s devy rankings. The guy was a 5 star and played less than 2 quarters of football and threw up 83 yds and a TD. Thoughts on him?

    • Rob Leath

      March 2, 2014 at 10:10 am

      I love Seals-Jones. Have him as a Top 35 devy player. Overlooked because of injury.

      • scottfish

        March 4, 2014 at 11:04 am

        Russell had him 33, I have him 34… So he’s in all of our top 35 at FFOasis. 🙂

    • Ryan McDowell

      March 2, 2014 at 11:21 am

      I like him and do agree he’s being forgotten after the injury. Not sure he’d crack my top 10 sophomores. Actually, he might be getting a medical RS. Need to check on that.

  9. Andy

    March 2, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I am liking these articles more and more… nice work ryan!

    Don’t sleep on Ezekiel Elliott out of Ohio St. He has great size with good vision and speed. With loss of carlos hyde is due for a big season as the feature back…

    • scottfish

      March 4, 2014 at 11:16 am

      He went 15th overall and 16th overall in 2 of my devy drafts last year… and somehow I had kinda forgotten about him until this post. Thanks for reminding me! He wouldn’t crack any of the above rankings lists right now… but someone to not sleep on considering he was a top 15 devy pick last year in FR/SO devy drafts.

  10. Trevor

    March 2, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Incredible work guys! I love learning about “the farm!”

    2 questions…

    Where does one go to watch tape on incoming freshman and younger football prospects?

    Will FFOasis be hosting any start-up devy dynasty leagues this off-season? Or DLF?

  11. JBFootball

    March 4, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I’m trying to trade for the #1 pick in our college draft. I currently have Melvin Gordon, Mike Davis and Derrick Henry. If I can pull the first pick, I’m torn between Tyner and Fournette. I do like Tyner a lot, but the comparisons to Peterson make Fournette hard to ignore. How do you think Tyner’s play will translate to the nfl? I understand it all depends on where he gets drafted to but do you think he can get enough carries on an NFL team to warrant taking him over a big framed workhorse back like Fournette? I also like the idea of grabbing a mega-stud before he plays a down in college.

    • scottfish

      March 4, 2014 at 11:02 am

      Obviously, I have Tyner 2 spots up in my ranks above, but I wouldn’t say it’s a large margin at all. In fact I have them fairly neck and neck… but one has actually shown me something in the NCAA. I feel like you take the guy that you would regret more if you missed on getting him. I feel from your post that you want to take Fournette. I’d just make the grab for him if I were you. You’ll kick yourself if you don’t. You said you like Tyner. At 1.01 you should be drafting guys you love.

      Another thing you didn’t mention that helps tip the scales… He’s another year removed from the other guys you have. You will get Gordon/Davis next year and Henry the following year. Then you get Fournette the year after. Assuming all declare when they can next. I like spacing out my prospects to help fuel a longer dynasty run.

  12. Scott Fish

    March 6, 2014 at 8:38 am

    I should also note that #6 in my rookie rankings in this article is Josh Malone, not Josh Mahone.

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