Welcome to the Cornerstone Report where we will check in on the young players in football (2023-eligible college players, rookies, and sophomores) each week! As the hottest commodities in dynasty and devy, these players can make or break your teams in the future.
Here are some of the top headlines and reports for the future of the league…
Zach Evans, RB Mississippi dominates early in the season
Transferring from TCU to Mississippi this off-season, the potential for Evans was massive. Despite splitting carries with true freshman Quinshon Judkins so far, Evans is smashing statistically and remains on the rise for the NFL Draft. This week, he dominated Georgia Tech, averaging nearly 7.5 yards per carry and scoring two touchdowns. If he continues at this pace, day two draft capital would be a slam dunk.
Jordan Addison, WR USC draws rave reviews
Making the move to Lincoln Riley’s offense at USC had huge potential for Addison, but he came in late to learn a brand new system. It is obvious there was no trouble with the season he is having so far. Addison has shown a clear connection to QB Caleb Williams. After dominating future NFL CB Kyu Blu Kelly against Stanford, Addison had another huge week against Fresno State. The top 20 buzz grows and comparisons to players like DeVonta Smith and Justin Jefferson have been emerging.
Will Levis, QB Kentucky and Hendon Hooker, QB Tennessee Get First Round Buzz
After Ohio State’s CJ Stroud and Alabama’s Bryce Young, the college QB talent is a bit of a mystery. Levis and Hooker are two SEC QBs with the arm talent and athletic ability to be fantasy producers at the next level, and the buzz continues to grow. Both threw two TDs this past weekend and have shown up against harder opponents earlier in the year. Levis is more of a gunslinger taking chances, while Hooker thrives on his accuracy. Both can move around in the pocket and could be rock-solid superflex players for fantasy next year.
Garrett Wilson, WR NYJ has breakout game
After some questions about his usage, Wilson made himself indispensable in the Jets’ comeback against the Browns. Catching eight passes for 102 yards and two TDs, Wilson looked like an emerging top WR even with Joe Flacco at QB. He has locked firmly into the top role now and should start paying dividends for dynasty teams.
Chris Olave, WR NO gets the air yards
Week two saw Olave have the third most air yards in a game since 2009. With an eye-popping 334 air yards, Olave’s role for the Saints offense is clear. He is a downfield target who commands plenty of targets. Jameis Winston can struggle with downfield accuracy at times, and it showed with Olave only hauling in five receptions off of 13 targets. It is promising for the future however and Olave’s breakout game could be coming.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR DET sets records
There was plenty of off-season disagreement about the value of St. Brown this season and beyond, but the second-year player is already setting NFL records. He is the first player in NFL history to have six straight games with eight receptions and at least one score in each game. Being Jared Goff’s favorite target has paid dividends for fantasy already this season, and St. Brown is ready to explode even further.
Jaylen Waddle, WR MIA connects with Tua Tagovailoa
The addition of Tyreek Hill could have completely stunted Waddle’s progress as a player and fantasy asset, but Tagovailoa showed he could support both this week in an epic comeback. Waddle hauling in the game-winning catch does not hurt either. 11 catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns is an epic performance and more may be on the way.
Trevor Lawrence, QB JAC finally getting comfortable
Fantasy owners have been waiting for Lawrence to show his promise, and the game against the Colts this past week may be the start. It was likely the best AFC South QB performance of the season and Lawrence finally looked comfortable in an offense that worked to his strengths. Don’t expect big 400-yard passing performances anytime soon, but 230 yards and two touchdowns? Those should continue.
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