The Devy Fantasy Football Top 100: 100-96

Rob Willette

As devy dynasty football grows in popularity, finding edges around the margins becomes far more difficult. Your average devy manager can rattle off the four deep of Georgia’s running back depth chart with ease. The proliferation of camps and the presence of social media can make players stars when they are in high school.

Of course, players emerge on the scene every year. Development is seldom linear. Football is a difficult game, and I can say this as a former mediocre high school football athlete who played in the nation’s 31st most talent-rich state, so I know of what I speak.

Below we examine some of the game’s top devy talent as part of the Devy 100.

100. Germie Bernard, WR Alabama (2025 Draft-Eligible)

Profile: Part of an incredibly deep receiver group at Washington, Bernard had limited opportunities to flash his upside. The flashes, however, are enticing enough to keep him on the radar as he follows Kalen DeBoer to Tuscaloosa.

A well-built receiver at 6’1” and 203 pounds, Bernard plays with a physical edge and uses his size to play bully ball after the catch. He is unlikely to win vertically but he can thrive in the intermediate game and has excellent body control along the boundary. He is not a big name in devy circles yet will have every opportunity to quickly ascend rankings in 2024.

2024 Outlook: As you would expect from a team going through a coaching change, the Crimson Tide are a team in transition. Leading receiver Jermaine Burton is off to the NFL while second-leading receiver Isaiah Bond has transferred to Texas. Given his familiarity with the scheme, it would not be a surprise to see Bernard step in as WR1 as he expands his devy profile.

99. DJ Uiagalelei, QB Florida State (2025 Draft-Eligible)

Profile: One last ride with Uiagalelei? We fantasy addicts are nothing if not gluttons for punishment. Now at his third school following a transfer to Florida State, he has one last opportunity to show the type of growth you would want to see from an experienced quarterback.

The former 5-star recruit did make strides in 2023, eliminating some of the negative plays and averaging a career-best 8.4 yards per attempt. His arm may be the nation’s strongest, and he has done a better job of taking a few miles per hour off the fastball and layering in passes at the intermediate level. He has plus athleticism and can utilize his massive frame to run with power in the open field. The traits have never all popped at the same time consistently, but the glimpses are too tantalizing to throw in the towel on him as a prospect.

2024 Outlook: Mike Norvell did strong work with Jordan Travis and now turns his attention to the former Clemson and Oregon State quarterback, hoping the fifth-year quarterback can lead the Seminoles to the expanded playoff after last year’s snub. It is possible Uiagalalei is just tools without the polish to become a premier prospect, but the tools alone make him a worthy late flier, even this deep into his college career.

98. Brandon Inniss, WR Ohio State (2026 Draft-Eligible)

Profile: Playing behind Marvin Harrison Jr and Emeka Egbuka, not much was expected from Inniss in his freshman season. The depth chart was too loaded, and the passing game took a step backward without CJ Stroud. It resulted in Inniss catching only a single pass, though he made it count as it was a 58-yard touchdown in a win over Purdue.

Inniss is more a jack-of-all-trades receiver than one with a true trump card. He competes in every facet of the game, never taking a play off and showing his football character as he fires off the line of scrimmage. Inniss may be best served working the intermediate parts of the field and I question his overall upside, but it is tough to bet against a player who does so many things well.

2024 Outlook: Despite losing All-World receiver Harrison Jr, the Buckeyes possess their typical depth out wide. Egbuka returns as the team’s top receiver with rising sophomore Carnell Tate and elite freshman Jeremiah Smith behind him. Inniss figures to work his way into this rotation, but it is tough to see him truly breaking out this fall.

97. Dylan Edwards, RB Colorado (2026 Draft-Eligible)

Profile: One of the nation’s best pure playmakers at running back, Edwards was a big recruiting coup for Deion Sanders in his first season. Edwards rewarded Prime early, destroying TCU in the opener on his way to 620 total yards and five scores. It was a strong debut, and Edwards dazzled as a receiver with 36 grabs for 299 yards, with four of his scores coming via the air (three against an admittedly dreadful TCU defense).

The major concern is obvious: his size. Listed at 5’9’ and 170 pounds on Colorado’s website, Edwards is incredibly slight and currently fits the archetype of a complementary player at the NFL level. Fortunately, devy managers can be patient, and despite his small frame Edwards is adept at avoiding big hits, letting him work in space. Already a plus receiver, Edwards has all the skill in the world and can become a premier prospect if he can add good weight throughout the duration of his career.

2024 Outlook: Edwards led the 2023 Buffaloes with a mere 321 yards rushing. Colorado’s offensive line was bullied all year, and they failed to generate much push to get the ground game going. Colorado hit the portal to beef up its front and it should allow Edwards – whose role is figures to grow with the transfer of Anthony Hankerson – to become one of the Big 12’s most productive backs.

96. Aidan Chiles, QB Michigan State (2026 Draft-Eligible)

Profile: Uiagalelei’s backup in 2023, Aidan Chiles was a late riser in the recruiting process who excelled in mop-up duty before following former Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith to East Lansing. The Spartans are essentially starting from scratch following the dismissal of Mel Tucker via scandal, offering Chiles a runway to stardom.

At 6’4” with an effortless release, Chiles looks every bit the part of a high-level quarterback. He is a smooth athlete who forces defenses to defend every inch of the field, threatening with both his arm and his legs. The developmental base is so strong that 247 Sports anointed him the second-best quarterback in the transfer portal, behind only incoming 5-star Julian Sayin. Turning only 18 this past September, there is reason to believe he has only scratched the surface.

2024 Outlook: While he certainly will not be handed the job, Chiles is a heavy favorite to start in 2024. He has familiarity with the system and is the most naturally gifted quarterback on the roster. There will likely be growing pains as Michigan State looks to retool but we should be fully introduced to Chiles by the end of 2024.

rob willette