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.
Morgan Production As Loud As An Organ – Stanley Morgan Jr., WR Nebraska
Morgan Jr. is the first of two sons of former NFL players to be featured on this week’s article. Son of former Patriots wide receiver, Stanley Morgan, Stanley Morgan Jr. has continued his success from last year into his senior season in 2018.
In 2017, Morgan Jr. caught 61 passes for 986 receiving yards and ten touchdowns. He had a 29.6% market share of the teams receiving yards with 43% of the team’s receiving touchdowns. Morgan Jr. had a quiet start to the season with no games over 100 receiving yards in the first six and only one trip to the end zone. Last week, he had his best game of the 2018 season with ten receptions for 163 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Despite his 2017 success, Morgan Jr. did not get much devy hype this off-season, as many incoming seniors often get overlooked for younger/higher upside prospects. If we see more from Morgan Jr. like last week against Minnesota, he will be one of the top rookies drafted in devy league rookie drafts.
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My Dad is Michael Pittman – Michael Pittman Jr., WR USC
Son of former Buccaneers running back, Michael Pittman, Pittman Jr. has been touted in the devy community for much of his college career at USC. Unfortunately, the production had not lived up to the excitement entering his junior season. After minimal playing time in his freshman season, Pittman Jr. saw some action in 2017, he caught 23 passes for 404 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Entering this season, Pittman Jr. was expected to be one of USC’s top wideouts and in the last two games, he has lived up to that expectation.
Pittman started the season with five games where he failed to surpass or five catches or 100 receiving yards. In his last two games, Pittman has averaged five catches for 131 receiving yards and 1.5 receiving touchdowns. If Pittman’s success continues through the rest of this season, it could mask the lack of early career production with great final year production.
Both the NFL and fantasy communities could get excited very quickly about Pittman Jr. and he’d end up being an early pick in drafts in both facets. In devy leagues where Pittman Jr. is already owned, it is unlikely that the person who has been holding him would be willing to sell now, but he could be a buy in rookie drafts where he isn’t owned or devy drafts if he decides to bolster his production profile by returning for a senior season.
Brooks To The Bank – Kennedy Brooks, RB Oklahoma
The injury bug has not been friendly to the Oklahoma Sooners backfield thus far this season. Rodney Anderson was lost for the season after just two games and Trey Sermon missed some of last week’s game against TCU with a knee injury. Stepping in for Anderson and subsequent Sermon was Kennedy Brooks.
Brooks has eclipsed 100 rushing yards in two of his last three games and had the best game of his short career last week. Brooks ran for 168 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown. Brooks was the 12th-ranked running back by Rivals in his recruiting class. The talents of Anderson and Sermon have caused some to overlook Brooks, but what he has shown with his limited opportunities that he is someone to look at in 2019 devy drafts.
Not many people get excited for about third-string running backs in devy. So, if Anderson returns for his senior season, Brooks will be one of the most overlooked and underrated devy players of the off-season.
Jumping For Johnson – Tyler Johnson, WR Minnesota
Tyler Johnson showed some flashes in his sophomore year in 2017 with 19.3 yards per catch and seven touchdowns in only ten games. The team only averaged 126.1 passing yards per game, over Johnson’s ten games, he accounted for 53.6% of those receiving yards with 677 receiving yards on the season. In seven games, Minnesota has already surpassed their 2017 passing yards total with 1,549 passing yards.
With that uptick in production, Tyler Johnson’s production has gone up with it. Johnson has also surpassed his 2017 receiving yards total with 705 and just one shy of his touchdown total with six trips to the end zone. Johnson has surpassed 100 receiving yards in five of seven games and had his best game of the season last week with 11 catches for 184 receiving yards against Nebraska.
Johnson was on the devy radar last off-season, but he will be one of the top rookies drafted in leagues where he isn’t owned yet. There is a chance he returns to school, and if he does, he will be highly coveted, even with people’s dislike for incoming seniors.
Tight End Super Show – Albert Okwuegbunam, TE Missouri
Albert Okwuegbunam has been one of the rare tight ends to catch the eye of devy owners this season. He started his college career with 11 touchdown receptions in the SEC at Missouri in 2017. That type of production should not go unnoticed and it has continued in 2018.
Okwuegbunam has caught four passes or more in six of seven games and he had the best game of his career last week with six catches for 159 receiving yards and three touchdowns; not production that you see often from tight ends at the college level.
Okwuegbunam touchdown production and big-play ability put him squarely on devy radar in 2019, particularly in TE-premium leagues where the wait for tight ends to develop in the NFL is more palatable.
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