July 20, 2024

Devy Digest: Monday Musings Week 5

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Devy Digest: Monday Musings Week 5

 


Devy Risers

Texas RB- Jonathon Brooks is someone we’ve hyped up for multiple weeks now and he turned in another masterful performance, gaining 218 yards on the ground with 2 touchdowns and a nice reception as well. He is an NFL back and is rising by the week.

Houston WR- Sam Brown is someone that always showed potential. He had some character issues last year, but sometimes, it takes a year for everything to click, and he’s garnered the trust in the coaching staff and his performance on the field should garner the trust of the devy community. He keeps making plays and is a threat to take the top off the offense.

LSU WR- Brian Thomas has really stepped up for LSU and is making waves to be the 1B to Malik Nabers 1A stature in the program. Thomas jumps off the screen with his ability to get open and make plays. He was written off, but he’s made amends and is someone we should get back in on.

Washington WR- Germie Bernard is someone we expected to fill in the outside role if Rome Odunze or Jalen McMillan were to miss time and we saw him fill in nicely against Arizona with specific plays drawn for him to succeed in. This game is a glimpse of what’s to come next year. 8 catches, 5 carries and a touchdown. People are buying Ja’Lynn Polk…you should be buying Germie Bernard.

Devy Quandaries

Texas A&M RB- Le’Veon Moss was part of last year’s hyped recruiting class and he failed to make an impression. They brought in highly coveted running back Rueben Owens and the backfield had some other guys, yet Moss was the lead back in this game and overall he looked good. Watching him in the Spring game, he bulked up and it appeared he fully understood what he needed to do to become effective in the afternoons and is it time to get back in?

Devy Fallers

Georgia RB’s- Andrew Paul and Kendall Milton. Georgia’s backfield was loaded 6 weeks ago, but they’ve been decimated by injuries and this would be the perfect time for these two to step up.  However, they’ve been dealing with nagging injuries as well. Roderick Robinson has a high ankle injury and should be back in a couple of weeks, and with these two not being able to suit up and get on the field, the back field might just end up being a timeshare for the remainder of the year. That would stunt any devy potential they once had and next year Georgia brings in more running backs.

C2C Names to Watch

Arkansas State QB- Jaylen Raynor is a Freshman who has become the starter and is a dual threat. Two weeks ago he made plays with his feet and with a full week’s worth of practice, this past weekend, he made plays with his arm, completing 80% of his passes and threw for 6 touchdowns. He is 22% rostered on Fantrax and he should be on your roster. I would invest 15-46% FAAB (range is higher due to some leagues are 2QB, some are 3QB and some leagues have managers with 10-12QB’s and position is void in the waiver pool-if your league has a lot of QB’s available that have produced then a simple 7-12% might do the job)

Utah State QB- McCae Hillstead is 3% rostered and he is the starting Quarterback for the program going forward and just led them to a win at UCONN. He has put up solid numbers and is someone to add now and could be a useful starter during bye weeks. I would invest 5-25% FAAB(range is higher due to some leagues are 2QB, some are 3QB and some leagues have managers with 10-12QB’s and position is void in the waiver pool-if your league has a lot of QB’s available that have produced then a simple 3-7% might do the job)

Oregon State WR- Silas Bolden is currently 5% rostered and he keeps performing at a high level, against a stout Utah defense he put up 153 all purpose yards and 2 touchdowns. Bolden came up huge with big time catches when his team needed someone to step up. I would invest 8-12% FAAB.

Colorado WR- Omarion Miller is currently 7% rostered and although he has bodies in his way, he still should see playing time and as a True Freshman.  You can also be patient with him. I would invest 11-21% FAAB due to fringe devy potential.

Utah State WR- Jalen Royals is 1% rostered and he has formed a connection with the new starting Quarterback McCae Hillstead. He is someone that is a sneaky add that won’t cost much and has a lot of upside. I would invest in 0-5% and more than likely a $0 or $1 bid might just do it, unless your league is full of sharps.

Musings wrap up

The USC v Colorado game highlighted a lot of players across both teams that all looked pretty good. It was a shame Zachariah Branch was inactive for the game as that could have been a spotlight game for him. The Alabama offense is making a seismic shift that could affect everyone on that team. Jalen Milroe is being asked to run more simplified schemes to help him read defenses and they are letting him use his legs. Due to this the entire Alabama backfield is taking a hit. RB- Jase McClellan leads the way, with Roydell Williams working as the backup, but neither are giving you performances that would make you feel comfortable from a devy perspective and the receiving room is taking a hit overall due to lack of opportunities. The leader of the group is WR- Isaiah Bond whose looked good when giving the chance but through 5 games, only has 12 catches which leads the team. TE- Amari Niblack looked pretty good, Alabama is scheming him up with push passes and being targeted downfield to utilize the positional athletic mismatch versus linebackers. Texas is clicking on all cylinders as they get ready to face Oklahoma next week. Penn State’s RB- Kaytron Allen suffered an injury that we’ll need to monitor. Tennessee was waiting for WR- Squirrel White to become the next guy up and he might have finally figured things out and could be the second half type of receiver to make plays after plays in a system that we like the top targets.