With the 2019 college football season creeping into November, conference matchups are taking center stage in Week 10 as devy fantasy football prospects look to boost their stock against players of equal talent. This week’s top devy matchups include a Top 10 contest between SEC East rivals Georgia and Florida, plus a couple of Pac-12 showdowns out West.
With four of the top five teams in the nation on bye and only two games between ranked foes, Week 10 sets up as a reasonably dull slate compared to recent weeks. Along with #8 Georgia and #6 Florida playing the usual 3:30 PM SEC game of the week, the other matchup between ranked foes features #15 SMU visiting #24 Memphis with College Gameday in town.
Even with a less than stellar schedule on paper, we could still be in for some fireworks in Week 10. Sometimes these perceived “boring” weeks end with pure chaos happening across the college football landscape. Luckily for devy fantasy football fans, we don’t need Top 25 matchups to enjoy the college football action since we’re looking at how these players are going to project to the next level.
With Week 9 of the college football season in the books, here’s a look at the best devy fantasy football matchups to watch in Week 10. You can also take a look at my weekly stock report on who’s on the rise and who’s stock is going down.
Devy Matchups to watch in Week Ten
Georgia vs. Florida
Georgia: RB D’Andre Swift (2020), WR George Pickens (2022), WR Dominick Blaylock (2022), RB Zamir White (2021), QB Jake Fromm (2020), RB James Cook (2021)
Florida: RB Lamical Perine (2020), TE Kyle Pitts (2021), RB Dameon Pierce (2021)
With multiple running backs and wide receivers with perceived high-round value, Georgia boasts one of the deepest rosters in the nation for devy fantasy football drafters to target. Running back, D’Andre Swift is in a continuous battle with Jonathan Taylor and Travis Etienne for RB1 status in the 2020 NFL Draft, while his backup Zamir White might be the favorite to take that crown in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Georgia also features a pair of intriguing wide receivers that should be on every devy drafter’s radar. George Pickens and Dominick Blaylock have already shown tremendous ability early in their freshman seasons, and the sky truly is the limit for the two 2022 NFL Draft prospects.
Even with tremendous skill-position players around him, Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm is way too up and down for my liking. You never know if you’re going to get the boring, highly-efficient Fromm or the turnover-prone version we saw in Georgia’s upset loss to unranked South Carolina.
With Florida, the majority of their devy value lies in their backfield. Both 2020 NFL Draft prospect Lamical Perine and 2021 NFL Draft prospect Dameon Pierce should have a chance to make NFL rosters in the next few seasons.
Florida tight end Kyle Pitts has seen his real-life and devy fantasy football stock explode eight games into his sophomore season. After only catching three passes for 73 yards as a freshman, Pitts leads Florida in receiving so far in 2019 with 35 receptions, 391 receiving yards, and four touchdowns receptions.
At 6’6″ 240 pounds, Pitts possesses the ideal height and frame to excel at the National Football League. Devy leaguers should be drooling at the thought of drafting Pitts and watching him blossom into a future star.
Utah @ Washington
Utah: RB Zack Moss (2020)
Washington: QB Jacob Eason (2020), RB Salvon Ahmed (2020), TE Hunter Bryant (2020)
Utah’s devy fantasy football prospects begin and end with running back Zack Moss. The Utes rely on excellent defense and a ball-control offense centered around the all-time leading rusher in Utah history. With 587 career carries and counting, Moss has shown the ability to excel in that workhorse role when healthy. Unfortunately for Moss, he’s dealt with numerous injuries throughout his career, including season-ending knee surgery in 2018.
This season, Moss missed time with a shoulder injury, but the power-back looks fully healthy since his return against Oregon State in Week 7. Moss has averaged 112 rushing yards at almost 12 yards per rush in the three games since his return from the shoulder injury. It’s probably not a coincidence that Utah’s lone loss this season is also the game Moss left early due to injury.
The Washington Huskies feature a trio of intriguing 2020 NFL Draft prospects. Georgia transfer Jacob Eason looks better than former teammate Fromm so far this season while running back Salvon Ahmed and tight end Hunter Bryant have continued to excel in the 2019 college football season.
Ahmed might be a guy that is a better college prospect than NFL Draft prospect, but he’ll undoubtedly get a chance to prove himself on the next level. Bryant is an elite prospect that is generally considered a top-five devy tight end. All three players will have their hands full against the talented Utah defense, but these are the matchups that could propel their devy stocks to new heights.
Oregon @ USC
Oregon: QB Justin Herbert (2020), TE Jacob Breeland (2020 – injured), RB CJ Verdell (2021), RB Travis Dye (2021)
USC: WR Amon-Ra St. Brown (2021), WR Michael Pittman Jr. (2020), WR Tyler Vaughns (2020), RB Vavae Malepeai (2020), RB Stephen Carr (2020)
Oregon is led by future first-round quarterback Justin Herbert and one of the best rushing attacks in college football. Oregon has the 38th most rushing yards this season led by running backs CJ Verdell and Travis Dye.
The Ducks are averaging 186.9 rushing yards per game with that number climbing every week. Oregon has averaged 248.7 yards per game in the past three games, including consecutive Pac-12 contests against Washington and Washington State won by a combined six points.
An outstanding running game and a defense ranked in the Top 20 surround Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, but his receivers rarely create much of anything on the outside. That might explain why Oregon’s rushing attempts have steadily increased since the Ducks lost top-five devy tight end Jacob Breeland to a season-ending knee injury.
The Ducks averaged 35 carries per game in the first five games of the season, but they’re up to a whopping 40 carries per game in the three Oregon games since Breeland’s unfortunate injury.
USC’s offense is full of skill position players with varying levels of devy fantasy football value. The Trojans wide-receiver trio of Amon Ra St. Brown, Michael Pittman Jr., and Tyler Vaughns have rotated as the top receiver by the week.
Pittman Jr. has led the Trojans in receiving four times, while Vaughns is right behind him with three games as the leading receiver. St. Brown’s only game leading the Trojans in receiving yardage came in USC’s 30-27 loss to Notre Dame. That holds up in the stat sheet as Pittman Jr. leads the Trojans in receiving with 755 yards, Vaughns is second with 638 yards, while 2021 NFL Draft prospect St. Brown only has 432 receiving yards on the season.
USC’s rushing attack is headed up by running back Vavae Malepeai, but he’s hardly on the devy fantasy football radar. Fellow Trojans running back and passing-game specialist Stephen Carr is a different story, however. Carr excels as a pass-catcher, so he automatically possesses something NFL teams are always looking to roster. Unfortunately, Carr is currently battling a hamstring injury, and he’s questionable for Saturday’s Pac-12 matchup.
Jordan Woodson is a writer for Pro Football Network covering Fantasy Football. You can follow him @Jordan_Woodson on Twitter.