The fantasy football off-season is a long and arduous journey for many. You battle through the final weeks of winter with a forced smile and a warm, potentially spiked beverage. Yet for many in the fantasy football community, the off-season is a busy time in which you’re recalibrating rosters and forecasting the future.
Devy is one such area this occurs. Devy owners are constantly seeking the next fantasy star, often discovering them during a review of the previous season. The Devy 100 is intended to forecast those next stars and identify which talent is worth investing in. For the first time, these are in a superflex format due to this becoming the default at DLF.
75. Jahleel Billingsley, TE Texas Longhorns (2023 Draft-Eligible)
Profile: After a year of residence in Nick Saban’s doghouse, Jahleel Billingsley is taking his talents to Austin. He popped towards the end of the 2020 season, operating as a versatile weapon who even returned kicks for the Tide following the loss of Jaylen Waddle to injury. In 2021, he struggled to earn looks, as Saban turned to Cameron Latu as his top tight end. The reasons for his mothballing are not entirely clear, but it is clear the relationship went sour in Tuscaloosa.
At Texas, he reunites with former OC Steve Sarkisian. The tools Billingsley possesses are obvious. He is a loose athlete who can line up essentially everywhere and create mismatches with his frame (6’4”, 230). His light frame prevents him from being a bully in the blocking game, but we are here for fantasy points; blocking is for the birds. Billingsley has the upside to be a fantasy factor at a very thin position, but he needs to re-establish his credentials after what was essentially a lost year.
2022 Outlook: Transfer fits can always be somewhat of a mystery, but Sarkisian’s familiarity with Billingsley should allow the tight end to hit the ground running. The Longhorns have another explosive athlete in Ja’Tavion Sanders but Billingsley’s experience should help him retain his status atop the depth chart. If Quinn Ewers is as advertised, this passing game could allow for numerous stars in addition to Xavier Worthy.
74. Jalen McMillan, WR Washington Huskies (2023 Draft-Eligible)
Profile: Few schools have squandered offensive talent in recent years like Washington. The arrival of Kalen DeBoer brings hope those days are behind us, and he has a potential offensive cornerstone in McMillan. McMillan paced the Huskies with a mere 470 yards through the air, with the 470 yards from scrimmage finishing second on the team, a pretty jarring indication of how dismal the Huskies were on offense.
He was a college-ready receiver out of high school, making the limited opportunities early in his career all the more frustrating. His best traits are his footwork and hands; he plays a high-level game between the ears and lets his innate savvy do the work. A plus athlete with advanced skills as a receiver, McMillan is an excellent post-hype breakout candidate.
2022 Outlook: McMillan is the team’s leading receiver from 2021 and returns to the team with Rome Odunze to give the Huskies a quality pair of targets. Indiana transfer Michael Penix should at least raise the floor at quarterback, and DeBoer has found offensive success wherever he has been. McMillan should thrive with an entire new system in 2021 and earn back the well-deserved hype he had early in his career.
73. Troy Franklin, WR Oregon Ducks (2024 Draft-Eligible)
Profile: A coup for Mario Cristobal and staff as they continued to pluck talented prospects from California, Franklin immediately stood out as a true freshman despite their passing unit being a generally mediocre outfit. The tall and lean receiver can chew up acres with each of his strides, gliding past defenders with an explosive first step and long speed. Franklin having success as a 170-pound true freshman is a great sign, and if he can add good weight to his frame without losing his athleticism, the upside is immense.
2022 Outlook: The coaching carousel hit Oregon as well. While Mario Cristobal did an excellent job building a program at Oregon, there were never known for offensive fireworks on his watch. The move to Dan Lanning is an unknown but he saw plenty of explosive offenses during his time in the SEC. The Ducks figure to change their offensive scheme with Franklin serving as a key piece in the transition.
72. Alton McCaskill, RB Houston Cougars (2024 Draft-Eligible)
Profile: After a strong freshman season, it was devastating to see McCaskill suffer a torn ACL in practice. It places his entire 2022 season into jeopardy, and we are certainly not going to see the same player we did in 2021 if he returns. He piled up over 1,000 total yards as a freshman and had established himself as one of the top young runners in the nation.
Fortunately, McCaskill has time. Even if 2022 is a loss, he will be at full speed heading into 2023, the all-important draft year. Despite being 6’1” and over 200 pounds, he has track speed and the frame to power through arm tackles. Like many taller backs, pad level can be an issue, though something he can work through as he gains bulk and experience. The Texas product had an incredibly productive freshman season, has a good frame, and legit track speed. Were it not for injury, he’d be much higher in these ranks.
2022 Outlook: The aforementioned ACL injury makes 2022 a loss. We will have to wait until 2023 to see McCaskill back at full strength. This could, however, offer a serious buying opportunity.
71. Kendre Miller, RB TCU Horned Frogs (2023 Draft-Eligible)
Profile: Miller served as an excellent complement to Zach Evans in 2021, rumbling for 623 yards on a 7.5 yards per tote. It was a strong campaign and his career has been on an intense upward trajectory after TCU was his only Power 5 offer out of high school. Miller puts his foot in the dirt with violence and cuts to the second level, using his sturdy frame and footspeed to pick up chunk gains. He also proved an asset via the air, hauling in a modest 12 passes yet picking up nearly ten yards per reception, including hitting on a few big plays. Miller is still not a big name in the devy community – often going undrafted in deep leagues – making him an excellent investment late in drafts.
2022 Outlook: The transfer of Zach Evans leaves the depth chart wide open. Evans is one of the nation’s most talented runners, and he leaves behind 102 vacated touches. New head coach Sonny Dykes is an offensive mind and should lean on TCU’s talented veterans early. Miller has a golden opportunity to fly up 2023 draft boards.
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