Devy Wrap-Up: Week Three

Bruce Matson

Week three is now in the books. We are seeing a lot of players make an impact right out of the gate this season. There have also been some players who have not performed to expectations. Players jumping up and down the ranks is what you would expect in a traditional college football season.

The popular noon-kickoff game was Michigan State on the road against Miami. The Spartans played well in that game and defeated the 24th ranked Hurricanes 38-17. Everyone had their eyes glued to the Alabama-Florida game. Bryce Young led the Crimson Tide to a 31-29 victory. We finished our evening watching a crazy game between Auburn and Penn State. Happy Valley was loud and proud as the Nittany Lions were able to pull away with the W.

With another week of college football behind us, let’s look at some of the key impact players from week three.

QUARTERBACK

DJ Uiagalelei, QB Clemson

We need to remain patient with Uiagalelei. There’s a clear drop-off between him and Trevor Lawrence. He was off on a fair amount of his throws on Saturday. There’s plenty of time for him to develop. As of right now, he does not look like an all-world quarterback. The ship can turn around, but we might want to temper our expectations with him. Against Georgia Tech, he completed 18 of his 25 pass attempts for 126 yards. He did manage for rush for 46, but we need him to be more consistent on a play-by-play basis.

Spencer Rattler, QB Oklahoma

Rattler has not looked like a quarterback who is deemed a heavy favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. He has made some big-time throws, but he has also made some bad decisions. Oklahoma almost lost to Tulane and Nebraska was able to play with them. The Sooners could be traveling down the road to Upset City if they continue to not play to expectations.

Rattler is still a very good quarterback prospect. We do need to pump the breaks and look at him a little closer before we deem him a top-shelf quarterback prospect. For all we know he’s just going through a bad string of games and could bounce back soon. I’m just saying to be open-minded with him just in case his less than optimal place becomes more than a trend.

Matt Corral, QB Ole Miss

Corral was able to do something Spencer Rattler couldn’t do and that was embarrassing Tulane by passing for 335 yards and three touchdowns. He has passed for almost 1,000 yards in three games. We are watching him compete to be the best quarterback in all of college football right now. His list of accomplishments is starting to stack on top of each other. When it comes time for him to enter the draft, he will big-time NFL prospect.

RUNNING BACK

Will Shipley, RB Clemson

Shipley hasn’t put together any big plays, but he has proved over the last two weeks that he is an important asset for Clemson’s offense. The former five-star recruit has the potential to be a hyper-productive PPR scorer due to his chops in the passing game. We are still waiting for him to break off a highlight reel run to put the nation on notice. With his current workload, we should see it sooner than later.

Tyler Goodson, RB Iowa

Goodson is the Rodney Dangerfield of running backs because he needs more respect. He has scored a touchdown in every game this season. On Saturday, he surpassed 150 yards rushing for the first time this season. He’s a very smooth running back who has the speed to break off long gains.

Kenneth Walker, RB Michigan State

Walker should be in the discussion with the top running backs in college football. He runs with Le’Veon Bell-esque patience. His field vision is next level. On top of that, he is leading all of college football with 327 yards after contact. Walker’s emergence this season has elevated Michigan State’s play. The team is currently 3-0 and is coming off a big win against Miami. Honesty, this team might not be undefeated if is he’s not on the roster. He was a huge addition through the transfer portal.

WIDE RECEIVER

Demond Demas, WR Texas A&M

After an unproductive 2020 season, Texas A&M finally unleashed their former five-star recruit this weekend. Demas made his presence felt when he reeled in a 70-yard catch and run for the score. This was his first-ever start and could be a sign of big this to come for the freshman wide receiver from the 2020 recruiting class.

Due to his five-star recruiting status and flashy high school highlights, Demas was a highly coveted devy asset over a year ago. There was a lot of uncertainty in the market, but if he can string together a productive 2021 season, we could see him rise the ranks.

Bijan Robinson, RB Texas

It was another week of Robinson showcasing his elite-level athleticism. He crossed the goal line three times against Rice and rushed for just 126 yards on just 13 carries. His performance was against lower-level competition, but he did what he had to do by displaying his dominance. Robinson is the top devy prospect. He is drawing Saquon Barkley-esque vibes, where everyone knows he is going to be a top dynasty asset once he hits the NFL level.

Leddie Brown, RB West Virginia

Brown saw a pump in his draft value among NFL Draft aficionados over the summer. The senior running back had a slow start to the season with him averaging 3.3 yards per carry in two games. He shelled out against Virginia Tech in week three, rushing for 161 yards and one touchdown. His performance helped the team captured the 27-21 upset.

He is not ranked in our DLF Devy rankings. I imagine he will be a film-grinders dream going into the 2022 NFL Draft. I would look for him to be a late-round pick or even undrafted when it comes time for him to come out for the draft.

Deuce Vaughn, RB Kansas State

As a freshman in 2020, Vaughn achieved a 23.37 percent market share of the team’s passing production. He produced this third-straight 100-yard performance this week versus Nevada. We’ve already seen him produce in the passing game, now we are seeing him dominate in multiple games. Vaughn is developing into a running back prospect devy managers need to keep an eye on. Considering he broke out early in his career and is continuing to produce, it’s going to be interesting to see if he can maintain these numbers once we get into conference play.

TreVeyon Henderson, RB Ohio State

The Buckeyes have been a big let-down this season. They almost lost to Minnesota then lost to Oregon. This week they started flat against Tulsa until they were able to pull away later in the game. One of the few bright spots is freshman running back Henderson. They gave him a lot of run this week allowing him to tote the rock 24 times for 277 yards and three touchdowns. Henderson is an explosion waiting to happen. He is almost untouchable on the devy markets right now since he has transitioned into one of the hottest assets on the market.

Drake London, WR USC

London put on a show against Washington State, catching 13 balls for 170 yards and two touchdowns. The junior currently has a 42.71 percent market share of USC’s offensive production for the year. He ranks fourth among college wide receivers with 375 receiving yards.

With shades of Mike Evans in his game, London excels at getting downfield and making big plays while contested. He has strong hands along with excellent body control. It looks like he has taken a step forward in his development. Dynasty gamers are going to be looking at him as one of the top wide receivers to choose from in 2022 rookie drafts.

Treylon Burks, WR Arkansas

Burks is easily one of the top wide receivers in college football. There was much debate whether or not he was the best receiver in the country over the summer. We saw why he was rated so high by many when he dropped when he caught three passes for 127 yards and one touchdown against Georgia Southern.

One of the amazing things in Burks’ game is his size-adjusted athleticism. We just haven’t had many receivers his size receive the notoriety and potential top-shelf draft capital in the last few years. If he continues to produce, there’s a good chance he could be the top wide receiver selected in this year’s draft.

Wan’Dale Robinson, WR Kentucky

Nebraska did Robinson dirty. Ever since he transferred to Kentucky he has been making big plays. With just three games under his belt, he is just 124 receiving yards away from surpassing last year’s total. Kentucky was able to utilize him in their 28-23 victory against Chattanooga. He has been very impressive this season and still has plenty of game to build up his resume.

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Devy Wrap-Up: Week Three