Devy Stock Market: Week Eight

Nathan Powell

The fantasy football stock market is constantly fluctuating and it is always important for us to know which players have a price that has become exploitable whether it be to buy or sell. Pieces like this one have been fairly commonplace in the industry for a while in both redraft and dynasty, but I will be focusing on college players for devy dynasty leagues and how their week-to-week performances are affecting their price in those leagues.

Mixon Things Up

Joe Mixon, Oklahoma Running Back

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Joe Mixon came into college as one of the most hyped players in the country,  ranking No. 1 all-purpose back and the No. 21 overall player in the country, according to the 247Sports. After getting into legal trouble off the field, Mixon redshirted in 2014. In 2015, Mixon played behind Samaje Perine, putting up solid numbers with 1109 total yards and 11 touchdowns. In 2016, Mixon and Perine have been a split backfield with 111 carries for Mixon and 88 carries for Perine. With Perine out with an injury, Mixon took advantage by having the best game of his career with 31 carries for 263 rushing yards and two touchdowns, along with four catches for 114 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Both Mixon and Perine are eligible for the 2017 draft, if both enter the draft there will be much banter about which will go first in rookie drafts, I’ll take the big play ability of Mixon there, despite the off the field concerns.

Fournette Flying Again

Leonard Fournette, LSU Running Back

Leonard Fournette has battled injuries during his presumed final season in college, missing three of LSU’s seven games so far this season. This has opened the door for Derrius Guice who has performed very well with 78 carries for 621 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. However, Guice’s success doesn’t make Fournette any less of an elite prospect. Fournette eclipsed 100 rushing yards and 5.3 yards per carry in of his first three games before the injury while sharing time with Guice. While Fournette was out, it did seem like there was a buying window for the running back who was once considered nearly untradeable. However, after Fournette’s 16 carry for 248 rushing yards and three touchdowns performance Ole Miss, it appears that buying window has slammed shut.

Not Your Average Joe Anymore

Joe Williams, Utah Running Back

Two weeks ago, Joe Williams was a relative unknown in the football world with only 552 career Division 1 Rushing yards as a senior. There are many people who still don’t know who Joe Williams is, but he is playing like someone you definitely should. After being sidelined for four of the first six weeks of the season with an injury, Williams has returned to the Utes lineup looking like an absolute workhorse. His last two stat lines are 34-179-1 touchdown and 29-332-4 touchdowns, good for an 8.1 yards per carry over that span on the road against Oregon State and UCLA. When people say the potential studs just keep popping up in this 2017 class, Williams is just another perfect example of that.

Cold as Iese

Nate Iese, UCLA Tight End

It is not often that you see a tight end near the top of weekly yardage leaders, but that was the case for Nate Iese in week eight against Utah as the Senior caught eight passes for 146 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Iese was a relative unknown before last week with a high of 96 receiving yards in his first three college seasons. Iese wasn’t on devy and rookie draft radars before last week, and he likely still isn’t, but if he can string together a few more games like last week, he will get the attention of NFL talent evaluators.

Jonathan, Don’t Give Me Coutee’s

Jonathan Giles and Keke Coutee, Texas Tech Wide Receivers

Two of the best performances in college football in week eight came from the same team, and in a losing effort for that matter. Giles and Coutee combined for 20 catches for 339 receiving yards and three touchdowns in last weeks loss against Oklahoma. Coutee is a sophomore who didn’t do much in his freshman season or in the first three games of 2016, but he has become a featured part of the Texas Tech offense in the last four weeks, increasing his catch total in each game with a total of 24 catches for 436 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Giles, also a sophomore who had limited involvement in his freshman season, has been one of Texas Tech’s best offensive weapons all season with 53 catches for 917 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns, including 136 or more receiving yards and two or more touchdowns in four of seven games.


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