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.
Show Utah Some Love – Jordan Love, QB Utah State
It is not every day that a Utah State player makes their way to the devy stock market, but the performance of Jordan Love in 2018 warrants this attention. Love has completed 66.7% of his passes with a 24-4 touchdown-interception ratio. He has developed his game well in year two, after a poor 6.5 average yards per attempt number in 2017, his AY/A has risen to 9.8 in 2018.
Love has thrown four or more passing touchdowns in four of ten games and has also been a running threat in the red zone. At 6’3” 225 pounds, he has six rushing touchdowns this season. He is likely unowned in all devy leagues, but his sophomore season will warrant some attention in the later rounds of deep superflex devy leagues.
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Senior Olli-Oop – Qadree Ollison, RB Pittsburgh
Qadree Ollison entered Pittsburgh as a promising young back; the fourth-ranked prospect from the state of New York in his class, per Rivals. Ollison showed some of that promise early on as he had 1,121 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in his freshman campaign. He followed up the solid freshman season with a pair of disappointing seasons, failing to eclipse 400 rushing yards in each.
In 2018, it appears Ollison has returned to his freshman form and then some. His yards per carry is 1.8 yards higher than as a freshman, going from 5.3 to 7.1. He is just 67 yards and one touchdown shy of his freshman totals with three games to play. Ollison had the best game of his college career last week, rushing for 235 yards and three touchdowns against Virginia Tech, running for an average of 14.7 yards per carry in the game.
Ollison is exactly the type of deep player I like to target in devy rookie drafts and rookie drafts in general. Any player who had solid production as a freshman is always worth a second look.
Small Size, Small Sample, Big Plays – Raymond Calais, RB Louisville
At 5’9”, 180 pounds, Raymond Calais isn’t exactly the prototypical running back. However, we’ve seen some of the best change-of-pace backs in recent years weigh in on the smaller side. Entering his junior season in 2018, Calais hadn’t done much at the college level, totaling 214 yards in first two seasons.
In year three, things have gotten more interesting. Calais has four games of 90 rushing yards or more, averaging 8.75 carries for 126.25 yards in those games. He is averaging 9.7 yards per carry on the season with a yards per carry above nice in six of ten games.
Calais is likely to return for his senior season with the limited volume on his resume. However, his success in a small sample should warrant some late round consideration in deep devy leagues. Even if he’s not a devy option, he will be a player to monitor if he gets more volume in 2019 as the coaching staff gains more trust in him.
Show Me The Mooney – Darnell Mooney, WR Tulane
Darnell Mooney has been one of the best deep threats in college football this season, and that is why he should be one of the top non-power five players to watch this off-season. He is eighth in the FBS in yards per catch (20.2) and has accounted for 46.1% of the Tulane receiving yards, along with seven of the team’s 11 receiving touchdowns on the season.
Mooney has been a bit boom/bust, as is the case with most big play receivers. He has 94 or more receiving yards in four of ten games and fewer than 40 receiving yards in three of ten games. In his latest outing against East Carolina, Mooney had his biggest boom of the season with six catches for 217 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Mooney is another player worth monitoring as he enters his senior season in 2019.
Colby “Don’t Call Me Fleener” Parkinson – Colby Parkinson, TE Stanford
Yes, another tight end has emerged for the Stanford Cardinal. Parkinson entered Stanford as the number two tight end in his recruiting class per Rivals. In his freshman season, Parkinson had limited involvement in the offense, but he did have an impressive four touchdown receptions on only ten catches. In year two, his role has increased and he has taken advantage.
The 6’7”, 240 pound tight end has caught 23 passes for 410 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. While he has made some plays throughout the season, it was his breakout performance last week where we saw him put up numbers we rarely see from tight ends at the college level. Against Oregon State, Parkinson caught six passes for 166 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns. With a big game like that, it is likely his offensive involvement will only increase the rest of this year and into next year. Parkinson is worth a consideration in the later rounds of tight end premium dynasty leagues.