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.
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Running of the bulls – Jordan Cronkrite, RB South Florida
The University of South Florida has had success running the ball in recent years with Marlon Mack and Quinton Flowers. With both now gone, Jordan Cronkrite has taken over the mantle of the team’s leading rusher.
Cronkrite started his college career at the University of Florida but got minimal opportunities in his two seasons in Gainesville, failing to surpass 200 rushing yards in each season. After two seasons, Cronkrite transferred to USF and has taken over the RB1 role for the Bulls in 2018.
Last week, the redshirt junior had his best game in college, leading FBS in rushing yards for the week with 302 and two touchdowns against the University of Massachusetts. Cronkrite’s 13.1 yards per carry in the game raised his average to 8.8 for the season with 606 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Players like Cronkrite rarely enter the NFL early and devy players rarely pay attention to impending redshirt seniors, but he is a back to monitor for the rest of the season for 2019 devy drafts.
Return of the Devy – Jalen Hurd, WR Baylor
Yes, he’s that Jalen Hurd. Jalen Hurd started his collegiate career as a running back at the University of Tennessee in 2014.
Hurd had a very good start to his college career with 2,184 rushing yards and 21 total touchdowns. This success led him to be drafted in devy leagues in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, things soured quickly for Hurd as he lost his starting job to John Kelly and Alvin Kamara. Hurd left the team in 2016 after seven games and opted to transfer, along with a position change.
The position change, as well as the year wait for a transfer led many devy owners to release their Hurd shares, myself included. It was initially reported that he would transition to tight end, but by the time he started playing for Baylor, he landed at wide receiver. With his new school and position, Hurd has found success and consistency in 2018.
Through six games, Hurd has at least four catches for 50 receiving yards in each game, with three games of 100 receiving yards or more. Hurd set a career-high with 11 catches against Kansas State and had his second game of the season with 130 or more receiving yards. Not only has he had success in the passing game, but Hurd has also gotten involved in the running game with 99 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
For devy players who have been holding Hurd since the transfer, they’re committed and likely aren’t dealing him without an overpay after early season success. In devy leagues where you can pick up devy players that have been dropped, he could be a sneaky pickup who people have forgotten about.
Pooka Bazooka – Pooka Williams Jr., RB Kansas
Freshman drafted in devy before they play a college snap are normally reserved for schools consistently churning out NFL talent like Alabama and Clemson. However, Pooka Williams Jr. is showing early on why he should’ve been a devy consideration in the 2018 off-season.
Williams entered Kansas as a four-star recruit per Rivals and his play has lived up to that hype early on. Williams has 534 rushing yards in his first five collegiate games, rushing for 89 yards or more in four games with a yards per carry of 7.5. Williams did have his lowest output of the season with only 65 rushing yards last week against West Virginia.
His stock is clearly up on the season, but if anyone who has him is now souring on his hot start, this could be a short buying window on a player who has shown a lot of promise early in his college career.
A Rondale Fairytale – Rondale Moore, WR Purdue
Like Pooka Williams Jr, Rondale Moore was not highly sought after in the devy community entering campus at Purdue. The three-star recruit (per Rivals) is showing early on why he should’ve been more coveted.
Moore has one game so far this season where he was minimally involved, with only three catches for 16 receiving yards. In his other four games, Moore is averaging 9.5 catches for 110.25 receiving yards and one touchdown per game. Moore is the seventh-ranked true freshman by PFF College thus far this season with an overall of 81.6 (on a scale 1-100).
If his early season success continues, Moore will be one of the most highly coveted players in 2019 devy drafts. Moore’s size – 5’9”, 175 pounds – will be the first knock everyone has on him in the evaluation process. But his success in the passing game as well as early involvement in the running game – with seven carries for 136 yards – shows devy players that this is a talented player who’s hands Purdue knows they need to get the ball into as often as possible.
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