The Devy Fantasy Football Top 100: 30-26

Rob Willette

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.

30. Jase McClellan, RB Alabama Crimson Tide (2023 Draft-Eligible)

Profile:  We missed out on the 2021 breakout season for McClellan. Working behind Brian Robinson, McClellan was earning work out of the backfield and doubling as a receiver who would routinely be fed looks in the passing game. Unfortunately, a knee injury in early October ended his season, leaving him with a mere 73 touches over two seasons.

McClellan is a fantastic athlete who rockets through the line, showing elite burst while finishing runs with power. His aforementioned receiving prowess is where his value really lies, as he can line up out wide and have touches schemed for him or work through routes in the intermediate game. He is a 5’11”, 212-pound back with elite tools and high upside in the passing game. The total package makes him an appealing devy asset despite limited run, with an overall average ranking of 41 per DLF’s devy rankings.

2022 Outlook:  A healthy McClellan will team with transfer runner Jahmyr Gibbs to give the Tide an elite duo. McClellan missed spring practice as he rehabbed but the timing of the injury gives hope he can be ready to go come September. As usual, Alabama has options at the position, but McClellan’s combination of talent and experience gives him a leg up as he vies for significant touches.

29. Devon Achane, RB Texas A&M Aggies (2023 Draft-Eligible)

Profile: One of college football’s most explosive players, Achane is an all-world speedster who makes defenders look as though you need to blow on the cartridge to see if your game has glitched. He does not just have football speed; he is a bona fide track star who has won meets for the Aggies. His burst and long speed are on display each and every week.

Beyond just speed, Achane has proven a massive threat in the passing game with 29 receptions for 358 yards over two seasons, including 261 as a sophomore as he complemented Isaiah Spiller. At 5’9” and 185 pounds, size will be a major question mark and it is fair to wonder how much more weight his frame can hold. However, it is also worth noting he needs to stay lean to run track. He has not had an opportunity to focus on bulking up during the course of his college career. There is potential for Achane to go the Jerrion Ealy route as a thin, productive college runner who doesn’t garner much NFL interest, but I have more trust in Achane’s power and instincts than I did Ealy’s.

2022 Outlook: Even with Isaiah Spiller moving on, it is possible Achane does not move much off his 154 touches from 2021. Being a thumper on the first two downs is just not his game. With LJ Johnson mixing in for some dirty work, Achane should still be heavily involved as a versatile weapon for the Aggies.

28. Blake Corum, RB Michigan Wolverines (2023 Draft-Eligible)

Profile: Standing at only 5’8” yet at a compact 200 pounds, Corum is one of the nation’s more complete runners. His solid build allows him to barrel through the line with confidence while showcasing an excellent initial burst and agility in the open field. While he is unlikely to win footraces in the open field, he sets up defenders with his feet and eyes and routinely adds yardage to his runs.

Corum is a reliable pass-catcher despite a modest 5.9 yards per reception in 2021. He has sure hands and can utilize his explosive cuts to create havoc in the open field. He is a sum of his parts runner who may not be best suited as a lead back at the next level, but there will always be room for reliable, versatile players like Corum and a strong 2022 season accompanied by a steady draft process should vault him into day two.

2022 Outlook:  Michigan’s three-headed monster from 2021 is down to two runners with Hassan Haskins now with the Tennessee Titans. Donovan Edwards is an ascending sophomore who has earned more work, but Corum is a pivotal piece of this offense and should push towards 200 touches. Feeding him early and often will be essential if the Wolverines are to build off of their breakout season.

27. Beaux Collins, WR Clemson Tigers (2024 Draft-Eligible)

Profile:  Clemson has had a parade of long, lean receivers with endless wingspans come through their doors and Collins is one of the more recent additions to this decorated group. As a true freshman in 2021, he became a prominent part of the offense, often lining up in the slot despite a frame which screams outside receiver. He demonstrated surprising quickness off the line and utilized his size well, boxing out defenders and using length to create separation.

Beyond the intermediate game, Collins can chew up yardage with long strides, giving the ability to get vertical and thrive outside as well as inside. He has greatly improved his performance at the catch point, gaining toughness and competitiveness as he works against bigger and more physical defenders. With year one production and a strong frame with room to grow, he could become a star for the Tigers.

2022 Outlook:  The Clemson passing offense was a mess in 221, largely due to the struggles of DJ Uiagalelei. Getting more consistent play under center will be key if this offense takes off, but we know the receivers are ready to deliver. Between Joseph Ngata, EJ Williams, and Dacari Collins, Clemson has options with receivers who look like they could double as basketball wings. Beaux Collins is my pick as the top producer in this group, though any of the quartet emerging as the top option is feasible.

26. Luther Burden, WR Missouri Tigers (2025 Draft-Eligible)

Profile:  If you have a checklist for what you’re looking for in a receiver, Burden checks nearly every box. He has a solid build at 6’0” and 220-pounds. He is an absolute terror after the catch. He showcases his basketball background as he attacks the football and times his jumps. It is hard to find a real wart in his game.

Burden is smooth as can be and his game offers the versatility to play both inside and outside. He opted to stay close to home to play for Missouri, de-committing from Oklahoma last fall and eschewing a ton of blue blood offers to play for the Tigers. The move could prove prudent as Burden could be this team’s top target from day one. His talent level is simply on another level.

2022 Outlook:  Burden could have gone anywhere. Beyond being close in proximity (Burden is from East St. Louis, about two hours from Columbia) Mizzou offers an excellent opportunity for Burden to shine early. Head coach Eli Drinkwitz is a respected offensive mind, and even with questions under center, the Tigers should put together a competent unit. Burden should be one of the more productive freshman in the nation.

rob willette
The Devy Fantasy Football Top 100: 30-26