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Devy Fantasy Football Wrap-Up: Week One

We recap some of the top college performers from last weekend.

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This might be one of the last weekends that you can allow your wife to drag you to the Hobby Lobby. We will soon be deep into conference play, and you are not going to want to miss some of the matchups to come in the next few weeks.

Week one started a little slow. We had a lot of Power Five schools play against inferior programs to start the season. There were some close calls as we saw NC State almost lose to East Carolina. South Dakota State kept things close with Iowa, but it wasn’t enough as they lost 7-3 to the Hawkeyes.

All eyes were on the co-main event in the afternoon until things got out of hand. Georgia proved why they are one of the top teams in the nation by demolishing 11th-ranked Oregon 49-3.

In the main event, Ohio State and Notre Dame took the stage to show off what they had in store for the 2022 season. It was close throughout the game. The Buckeyes eventually pulled away in the second half to win 21-10.

Since week one is in the books, let’s recap some of the top devy prospects.

QUARTERBACK

Bryce Young, Alabama

Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner accounted for six total touchdowns. He completed 18 of his 28 pass attempts for 195 yards and five touchdowns. Young also ran for 100 yards on five carries. Although it was against Utah State, we saw him sling the ball with accuracy. His mental processing is pro-ready. It’s going to be fun watching Young slice through the SEC this year.

Drake Maye, North Carolina

Maye was dropping dimes like a woman with a hole in her purse. He fit the ball into tight windows and was able to make some money throws to help North Carolina get past App State. In two games he has passed for 646 yards and nine touchdowns.

Maye looks like the real deal. Next week we will see him dice up Georgia State before the real test comes on September 24th when he has to take on Notre Dame’s defense.

Anthony Richardson, Florida

Social media caught on fire when Richardson showed off the goods against Utah. He passed for 168 yards and rushed for 106 yards and three touchdowns. There was a long run for 45 yards where he proved he could be the Konami Code quarterback of our dreams. His play style fits into what fantasy gamers look for in a quarterback.

RUNNING BACK

Sean Tucker, Syracuse

You’re probably too low on Sean Tucker. He had a big day, rushing for 98 yards and one touchdown while also catching six balls for 85 yards and a score. His speed was on display during his 55-yard touchdown reception. Tucker was very productive last season, rushing for 1,496 yards and 12 touchdowns. Dynasty gamers should expect to be drafting him in the first round of rookie next draft season.

Jalen Berger, Michigan State

The former Wisconsin Badger looks like he found a new home with the Spartans. Against Western Michigan, he rushed for 120 yards and one touchdown. Considering he burned us during the last couple of seasons, it’s going to take a few blow-up performances before devy enthusiasts start to warm back up to him.

Chase Brown, Illinois

Brown had his second big performance of the season. He just missed the 200-yard threshold by rushing for 199 yards. He’s a very explosive running back. Brown will eat chunks of yards once he gets the ball in space. I can’t wait to see how he looks once the Big Ten schedule starts to get tougher.

Kenny McIntosh, Georgia

McIntosh might be our next Rachaad White. Against Oregon, he caught nine balls for 117 yards. He also rushed 18 yards and one touchdown. Prior to Saturday’s contest against Oregon, he caught just 33 balls in the last three seasons. It’s going to be very important that we pay attention to his role in the passing game because he could develop into a future PPR option. There’s also a good chance the stat line is just random variance, but with all things considered, we should continue to monitor his progress.

Tank Bigsby, Auburn

Bigsby is another stud running back in the 2023 draft class and he left his mark in week one. We saw the Tank ran all over Mercer, rushing for 147 yards and two touchdowns which were 13.38 percent of his rushing output last season. Bigsby is a talented prospect who needs to string together a productive season to stamp off his collegiate career. We are looking at another running back with first-round rookie draft potential.

Raheim Sanders, Arkansas

If you’re looking for a running back that is flying under the radar, look at Sanders. Against Cincinnati, in week one he rushed for 117 yards while catching three balls for 12 yards. The former four-star recruit is a thick running back and is listed at 6-foot-2 and 227 pounds.

Mohamed Ibrahim, Minnesota

After a devastating injury that derailed his 2021 campaign, Ibrahim is ready to finish his collegiate career with a bang. Against New Mexico State he rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Before he ruptured his Achilles tendon, Ibrahim was a serious draft prospect. Let’s see if he can regain his stock as we get deeper into the season.

Braelon Allen, Wisconsin

Even though it’s his second season at Wisconsin, Allen is still just 18 years old. He blew past Illinois State by rushing for 138 yards and touchdowns. His 96-yard touchdown run was one of the top highlights from the weekend. We should expect him to be one of the top rookie draft prospects in 2024.

WIDE RECEIVER

Zay Flowers, Boston College

Flowers started his senior season strong, catching ten passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns. His counting stats might have been dismal last season, but Flowers still managed to own a 33.63 percent market share of Boston College’s passing production. With him already hitting 22.73 percent of last year’s reception total in one game, we should expect him to be more productive this season.

Xavier Hutchinson, Iowa State

Hutchinson started his season off strong, catching eight passes for 128 yards and three touchdowns against Southeast Missouri State. Last season, he caught 83 balls for 987 yards and five touchdowns. The six-foot-three and 210-pound wide receiver could elevate his draft stock with a big season.

Emeka Egbuka, Ohio State

Egbuka is a big-time player. With Jaxon Smith-Njigba out, we saw Egbuka step up to catch nine passes for 90 yards and one touchdown. He also showed his ability to eat yards after the catch on his 31-yard catch run for a touchdown in the first quarter against Notre Dame.

Ainias Smith, Texas A&M

He’s a very dangerous player with the ball in his hands. Even when a prospect is playing against lesser competition as Smith did against Sam Houston, top-end speed will always stand out. There was also a play where he showcased his ball skills by making a tremendous catch along the sideline. We could be seeing Smith breaking out this season.

Jacob Cowing, Arizona

Cowing was very productive during his tenure at UTEP. Last year he caught 69 passes for 1,354 yards and seven touchdowns while owning a 41.32 percent market share of his team’s passing production. In his first game with Arizona, we saw him continue where he left off by catching eight balls for 152 yards and three touchdowns. He owned an incredible 76.38 percent market share of the Wildcats’ passing production.

Jordan Addison, USC

Addison who is making the jump from Pit to USC, made his presence known when he caught five passes for 54 yards and two touchdowns. He scored the first touchdown of the game. He will be one of the top wide receivers in the 2023 draft. Addison and Caleb Williams will be one of the top quarterback-wide-receiver duos in the nation.

Luther Burden, Missouri

The five-star freshman wide receiver currently has the Deebo Samuel role. This makes sense considering he’s a top-tier wide receiver prospect. Against Louisiana Tech he caught three balls for 17 yards and one touchdown while also rushing for 26 yards and one touchdown. His two-touchdown performance to kick off his career is something to note. It’s going to be fun watching him on Saturdays over the next couple of years.

TIGHT END

Brant Kuithe, Utah

Kuithe led Utah with nine catches for 105 yards and one touchdown against Florida. He is one of the best tight ends in the country. Last season, he owned a 20.37 percent market share of Utah’s passing production. We should only build upon his resume this season.

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