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Second Down: 2020 Devy Fantasy Football Rankings

Football season may seem like it will never get here, but it’s gonna happen! And you’ll be ready with composite Devy Fantasy Football Rankings from John Laub and some of the best analysts in the industry.

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While my district closed schools for the foreseeable future, I have so many endeavors to keep myself busy while self-quarantined in the house. One of the first that popped into my mind was to organize a Devy All-American team in order to assess players for the upcoming season. I asked three distinguished football fanatics to join me in providing player rankings, and I constructed a composite rating at all the positions afterward. My Draft profiles always begin with Devy rankings.

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What are Devy leagues?

It is a Dynasty league on steroids. It is a wonderful fantasy football format that allows diehards to scout, project and manage prospects from high school to the pros. Once a year, owners in Devy Leagues draft college stars and place the prospects on their farm teams.

When the prospect leaves campus and declares for the NFL Draft, the player will be promoted to the active roster of the fantasy manager. Many leagues limit the future professionals to one or two players. Therefore, the annual rookie draft remains fertile.

Owners in Devy Leagues are always looking for a competitive advantage, and my teammates and I have identified college players who should be considered for rosters. These are not general College Fantasy Football rankings for 2020 or NFL rookie ratings for 2021 but underclassmen to target for Devy owners. The rankings will surely transform as the season unfolds and players exceed expectations, disappoint or suffer injuries.

If you are a Devy player, College Fantasy Football Fanatic, Draftnik or Football Diehard, I hope you enjoy the rankings as much as we did while researching the players. It is a delightful hobby–and life–for a gridiron scholar like myself.

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The All-American Devy Team

John Laub, @GridironSchol91,

Chris Stoops, @Stoops1990,

Zack Thomas, @NFL_Zackk,

Ricky Valero, @Rickyvalery,


Why do you enjoy playing in a Devy league?

“I use Devy as the foundation of my fantasy football fandom. I revere both college and NFL alternative-reality leagues, and Devy ones provide me an opportunity to study players well in advance of becoming professionals. It forces me to know all of the college depth charts across the nation in order to improve my fantasy rosters. Also, I have a detailed picture of the prospect well before I begin writing my Scholar’s Study Sheets: NFL Draft Prospects every January. I recommend that everyone tries a Devy league to become more knowledgeable and informed on NFL Draft prospects.”

– John Laub


“I personally enjoy watching college football a lot and my passion is scouting players for the NFL Draft. That’s the main reason why I started The Dynasty Draft Room. I enjoy watching young prospects develop into NFL stars and trying to find what player will have a lot of success at the next level. Playing Devy gives you that “next level’’ of experience in the fantasy football world. It allows you to really watch the younger talent and try to find it before anyone else does.”

– Zack Thomas


“I have always followed College Football and been playing fantasy football for many years, so being able to bring the two together is the perfect match. It conveys a different level of strategy and forces us to dive quite a bit deeper into the potential of a player well before they declare for the NFL Draft if that time ever comes to fruition.”

– Chris Stoops


“Hands down my favorite part is being able to dig deeper into draft classes. You have to actually hunker down and do the research because if you don’t, you will be left behind. I love finding the little-known guy that breaks out before one of my fellow league members.”

– Ricky Valero

Twitterverse on Fire!

Identify the quarterback who you are most interested in acquiring on Devy rosters this year:

  • Sam Howell, UNC: 59%
  • Brock Purdy, Iowa State: 19%
  • Sam Ehlinger, Texas: 10%
  • Kedon Slovis, USC: 12%

John’s Vote: Sam Ehlinger, Texas

“It is Sam Howell for me: 3,641 yards, 38 touchdowns, and only seven picks as a freshman. He has some really nice weapons in Dazz Newsome and Dyami Brown, Jr., who is my big sleeper for 2020. And incoming freshman WR Josh Downs is an exciting player to watch.”

– Brandon Lejeune, @DevyDeepDive

Who is your top Devy asset at this point in time?

“Without question, I am acquiring as many shares as possible of RB Journey Brown, Penn State. In 2017, Brown redshirted and last season shared snaps and carries in the backfield until November. Finally, the sophomore earned the majority of touches, rambling for over 100 yards in four of the final five games while scoring 10 touchdowns. At 5-foot-11 and 207 pounds, Brown is a superb athlete who brings intensity, explosiveness, dedication, and commitment to the field every day. The redshirt sophomore excelled as a sprinter in high school, breaking a 32-year old state record in the 100-meters in 2017. He is now turning the track speed into football stardom. Now is the time to acquire the Nittany Lions’ star in Devy leagues.”

– John Laub


“If this is a one quarterback league we are talking about then WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU is my top Devy asset. He really showed out this year in their National Championship run and has put himself at the top of my board. If we are talking about a SuperFlex or a 2-quarterback league then I think it has to be QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson. Ever since he was a freshman, he has been tearing up the college scene. I expect him to be the first-overall pick in a lot of fantasy leagues and in the NFL Draft next year if he chooses to come out.”

– Zack Thomas


“My top Devy asset at the moment is QB Kyle Trask, Florida. He showed serious flashes last season that leads me to believe he can take that leap to the next level this upcoming campaign. I believe that Trask will be one of the most talked-about signal callers at the end of this upcoming crusade and through the entire draft process.”

– Chris Stoops


Travis Etienne, Clemson: Running backs are scary these days to own and projecting how long they will be around is hard but Etienne is a stud. He is capable of being a three-down back who has the ability to line up anywhere on the football field. He is one of the only guys I foresee that landing spot does not matter.”

– Ricky Valero

Twitterverse on Fire!

Identify the running back who you are most interested in acquiring on Devy rosters this year:

  • Master Teague, III, Ohio State: 16%
  • Zamir White, Georgia: 16%
  • Journey Brown, Penn State: 24%
  • Breece Hall, Iowa State: 44%

John’s Vote: Journey Brown, Penn State

“I’m taking Journey Brown. Dude runs a 4.29 forty and trains with Saquon Barkley in the offseason. Teague’s Achilles injury scares me. White has two ACL tears and looked like he lost some explosion last year. Hall is a close second though.”

– Brandon Lejeune, @DevyDeepDive

Who is your favorite under-the-radar Devy prospect in the Class of 2021?

“If I am going to scream from the rooftops for one player on Devy rosters, QB Sam Ehlinger, Texas is my dude. At 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, the Senior has flown under-the-radar as a draft prospect. Over the past two seasons, he has passed for 6,955 yards, rushed for 1,145 and totaled 80 touchdowns. Currently on the William Hill Sportsbooks, Ehlinger is 20-1 to capture the Heisman Trophy and he will likely garner national media attention over the summer. A dual-threat playmaker, he is the idyllic modern NFL quarterback and will skyrocket up draft rankings next fall.”

– John Laub


“My guy that I’m high on may not be totally under the radar but won’t be talked about high enough is WR Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State. He’s someone I pounded the table for to come out in the 2020 draft, but unfortunately, tore his ACL towards the end of the college season. He’s currently my No. 3 WR in my early rankings for the 2021 NFL Draft. He’s a phenomenal route runner and a guy that can make the tough catch. He reminds me a lot of Stefon Diggs, and he emulates his game in a lot of ways.”

– Zack Thomas


“My favorite under-the-radar Devy Prospect from the Class of 2021 is QB Brady White, Memphis. He had a career year last season and has two returning starters in RB Kenneth Gainwell and WR Damonte Coxie, both of whom played a huge role in the offense. I expect Brady, and the entire Memphis team, to have a huge season in 2021.”

– Chris Stoops


Trevon Grimes, Florida: This is a kid everyone will be talking about at the end of the season. Kyle Trask is a phenomenal quarterback who will find Grimes all over the field, especially in the red-zone. He is a big body wide receiver (6-foot-5) who has the ability to use his long strides to beat corners deep consistently.”

– Ricky Valero

Twitterverse on Fire!

Identify the wide receiver who you are most interested in acquiring on Devy rosters this year:

  • Seth Auburn, Auburn: 17%
  • Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC: 33%
  • Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State: 30%
  • Garrett Wilson, Ohio State: 20%

John’s Vote: Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC

“This one is tough: I’d go Amon-Ra St. Brown. He’s coming off hernia surgery but should be fine for the season. Pittman is off to the NFL so Brown should really acquire the majority of the targets. If I’m in a rebuild, Wilson would have to be considered. “

– Brandon Lejeune, @DevyDeepDive


“Agreed (with Brandon Lejeune). I continue to feel like I need to be higher on T. Wallace, but St. Brown or G. Wilson for me.”

– Cory P., @FF_Guitarist

2020 Devy Rankings


1T. Lawrence (40)T. Lawrence, CLEMT. Lawrence, CLEMT. Lawrence, CLEMT. Lawrence, CLEM
2J. Fields (34)S. Howell, UNCJ. Fields, OSUJ. Fields, OSUK. Slovis, USC
3S. Howell (30)J. Fields, OSUS. Howell, UNCB. Purdy, ISUJ. Fields, OSU
4B. Purdy (24)S. Ehlinger, TEXB. Purdy, ISUS. Howell, UNCK. Trask, FLA
5K. Slovis (19)B. Purdy, ISUK. Trask, FLAS. Rattler, OKLAS. Howell, UNC
6K.J. Costello (17)K. Slovis, USCS. Rattler, OKLAK.J. Costello, MSSTK.J. Costello, MSST
7S. Rattler (16)S. Rattler, OKLAK.J. Costello, MSSTG. Mertz, WISCJ. Daniels, ASU
8K. Trask (13)K.J. Costello, MSSTK. Slovis, USCD. Mills, STANB. Purdy, ISU
9S. Ehlinger (9)B. Nix, AUBS. Ehlinger, TEXK. Slovis, USCI. Book, ND
10J. Daniels (4)A. Martinez, NEBR. Hilinski, SCB. Young, ALAS. Rattler, OKLA

Running Back

1T. Etienne (40)T. Etienne, CLEMT. Etienne, CLEMT. Etienne, CLEMT. Etienne, CLEM
2C. Hubbard (34)C. Hubbard, OKSTN. Harris, ALAN. Harris, ALAC. Hubbard, OKST
3N. Harris (33)B. Hall, ISUC. Hubbard, OKSTC. Hubbard, OKSTN. Harris, ALA
4B. Hall (23)N. Harris, ALAK. Gainwell, MEMB. Hall, ISUP. Williams, Jr, KAN
5M. Borghi (14)J. Brown, PSUI. Spiller, TXAMZ. Charbonnet, MIM. Borghi, WSU
6Z. Charbonnet (12)Z. White, GAB. Hall, ISUJ. Brown, PSUZ. Charbonnet, MI
7K. Hill (11)K. Hill, MSSTM. Borghi, WSUT. Sanders, ALAK. Hill, MSST
8J. Brown (11)M. Teague, OSUK. Hill, MSSTT. Sermon,B. Hall, ISU
9P. Williams, Jr. (9)M. Borghi, WSUP. Williams, Jr, KANM. Borghi, WSUCJ Verdell, ORE
10K. Gainwell (7)Z. Charbonnet, MIJ. Patterson, BUFM. Teague, OSUJ. Whitlow, AUB

Wide Receiver

1J. Chase (39)R. Bateman, MINJ. Chase, LSUJ. Chase, LSUJ. Chase, LSU
2R. Moore (28)J. Chase, LSUJ. Ross, CLEMR. Bateman, MINJ. Ross, CLEM
3J. Ross (28)S. Williams, AUBR. Moore, PURT. Wallace, OKSTA. St. Brown, USC
4R. Bateman (26)R. Moore, PURR. Bateman, MINR. Moore, PURD. Smith, ALA
5A. St. Brown (19)J. Ross, CLEMS. Surratt, WFD. Smith, ALAR. Moore, PUR
6D. Smith (19)A. St. Brown, USCA. St. Brown, USCJ. Waddle, ALAJ. Waddle, ALA
7J. Waddle (14)J. Waddle, ALAJ. Ausbon, TXAMJ. Ross, CLEMT. Terry, FSU
8T. Wallace (11)D. Smith, ALAD. Smith, ALAG. Wilson, OSUT. Grimes, FLA
9S. Surratt (8)S. Surratt, WFT. Wallace, OKSTD. Bell, PURT. Marshall, Jr., LSU
10S. Williams (8)T. Wallace, OKSTD. Coxie, MEMA. St. Brown, USCT. Vaughns, USC

Tight End

1K. Pitts (19)K. Pitts, FLAK. Pitts, FLAB. Jordan, MIA
2B. Jordan (16)P. Freiermuth, PSUB. Jordan, MIAK. Pitts, FLA
3P. Freiermuth (9)B. Jordan, MIAB. Kuithe, UtahP. Freiermuth, PSU
4M. Bushman (3)B. Cupp, TXAMJ. Wydermyer, TXAMM. Epps,
5B. Kuithe (3)J. Ruckert, OSUP. Freiermuth, PSUM. Bushman, BYU


1J. Fleming (9)K. Milton, GAJ. Fleming, OSUB. Robinson, TX
2B. Robinson (9)M. Lloyd, SCB. Young, ALAK. Boutte, LSU
3K. Milton (5)J. Fleming, OSUB. Robinson, TXD. Demas, TXAM
4B. Young (4)DJ Uiagalelei, CLEMD. Demas, TXAMR. Jarrett, MD
5Demas/Boutte (4)B. Robinson, TXDJ Uiagalelei, CLEMJ. Fleming, OSU

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