Whether you are a devy dynasty owner tracking your player or simply trying to stay ahead of your competition when prepping for 2019 rookie drafts, following the weekly world of college football can pay dividends for fantasy players.
Each week this season, I’ll focus on a trio of games throughout the day, along with some key future pros you might want to focus on as you watch.
Wake Up and Watch
South Carolina at Mississippi (SEC, 12:00)
It’s an SEC kind of day. While the two teams in this first matchup are not ranked nor receiving much buzz in general, this game is a feast for dynasty players, featuring some of the top college receiver prospects in the country.
The Gamecocks of South Carolina feature the duo of Bryan Edwards and Deebo Samuel. While Samuel has been called a potential sleeper to be a day one pick in the NFL Draft, Edwards is the player fantasy players are wild about. He’s in the conversation to be the top rookie drafted and will be the youngest player in the league, assuming he makes the leap to the league next year.
South Carolina also has a pair of lesser prospects, quarterback Jake Bentley, who has struggled greatly this season, and junior running back Rico Dowdle. Both are potential day three picks once they leave college.
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The Ole Miss Rebels have had an excellent season, led by senior quarterback Jordan Ta’amu, though he’s not generally considered a strong prospect at the next level. He’s throwing passes to a pair of star receivers who are expected to be first round dynasty rookie picks. AJ Brown is another player in contention for the 1.01 rookie slot. We might have said the same about his teammate DK Metcalf before he suffered a neck injury, ending his season. There is now some doubt about whether Metcalf will even declare for the upcoming draft.
Other teams in early action include:
Louisville at Clemson (ABC, 12:00)
Texas A&M at Auburn (ESPN, 12:00)
Oklahoma State at Baylor (FS1, 12:00)
Georgia at Kentucky (CBS, 3:30)
The midday featured game between traditional power Georgia and the surprising Kentucky Wildcats will decide the SEC East. For those of you scouting the Cats for fantasy football purposes, you’ll have it easy. Watch Benny Snell. The SEC’s leading rusher is the entire Kentucky offense as they have no real threat of developing a passing game. You IDPers will also want to check out Josh Allen, a potential top-ten pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
It is a completely different story for the Bulldogs, who feature a pair of future NFL signal callers in Jake Fromm and Justin Fields. The true freshman has been seeing more playing time as of late. Running backs Elijah Holyfield and D’Andre Swift will also play at the next level and many consider Swift a top three back in all of college football.
Other teams in mid-day action include:
West Virginia at Texas (FOX, 3:30)
Iowa at Purdue (ESPN2, 3:30)
Penn State at Michigan (ESPN, 3:45)
Missouri at Florida (SEC, 4:00)
Alabama at LSU (CBS, 8:00)
The good news for fantasy players watching this game between SEC West powers Alabama and LSU is that it is obviously stacked with talent. The bad news is we have to wait until the spring of 2020 to add many of these players to our dynasty rosters.
Alabama sophomore Tua Tagovailoa is easily the top quarterback prospect in college football. In a superflex devy league, he’s my top-ranked overall devy asset. The team’s top running back prospect is also a true sophomore, Najee Harris, who leads the team with 489 rushing yards. Senior Damien Harris surprisingly made the decision to come back to school this year and he has a chance to be the top back drafted in a weak running back class.
Finally, the Crimson Tide’s top receiver is another true soph, Jerry Jeudy, who has a 31/777/10 line for the season. Underrated junior tight end Irv Smith, Jr. is on pace to post a better statistical season than former Alabama tight end OJ Howard ever produced.
While the LSU Tigers are an impressive top-five team, they don’t have the offensive talent of other teams in the league like Georgia and Alabama. The most exciting long-term prospects in this roster are true frosh receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall, though both have been far down the depth chart this season, recording 18 total catches combined.
Other teams with evening games include:
UCLA at Oregon (FOX, 7:30)
Oklahoma at Texas Tech (ABC, 8:00)
Stanford at Washington (PAC12, 9:00)
2019 NFL Mock Draft
As the NFL Draft has grown in popularity, that means it has become a year-round business and we no longer have to wait until the end of the football season to see where the top players project to land. Multiple sites and writers are nor regularly producing mock draft months out from the actual event and I’ll now be including those in these weekly updates.
Here’s the latest projection from Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports.
1.06 CLE N’Keal Harry, WR Arizona State
1.08 TB Ryan Finley, QB North Carolina State
1.15 DET AJ Brown, WR Mississippi
1.18 OAK Kelvin Harmon, WR North Carolina State
1.20 CIN Kaden Smith, TE Stanford
1.21 BAL Anthony Johnson, WR Buffalo
1.26 SEA JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR Stanford
1.30 NE Marquise Brown, WR Oklahoma
2019 Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft
1.01 N’Keal Harry, WR Arizona State
1.02 AJ Brown, WR Ole Miss
1.03 Bryan Edwards, WR South Carolina
1.04 Kelvin Harmon, WR North Carolina State
1.05 Noah Fant, TE Iowa
1.06 David Montgomery, RB Iowa State
1.07 JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR Stanford
1.08 Dekaylin Metcalf, WR Ole Miss
1.09 Marquise Brown, WR Oklahoma
1.10 Hakeem Butler, WR Iowa State
1.11 Benny Snell, RB Kentucky
1.12 Damien Harris, RB Alabama
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