With CFB Week 15 wrapped up and bowl games announced, devy rookie scouting takes center stage from here on out. While some higher-ranked players are sure to skip meaningless bowl games, there’s still an opportunity for lesser-known players to make one final impression on the college football world.
Week 15 of the CFB season featured outstanding performances from Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins and Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins, while Georgia’s offense and Utah’s Tyler Huntley struggled in playoff-elimination games.
Without further ado, I give you my review of Week 15’s best and worst CFB performances in my weekly devy stock report. Be sure to check back this weekend for my updated 2020 dynasty rookie rankings.
CFB Week 15 Devy Stock Report
Standout players that saw their devy stock increase from the previous week include:
After a dominating performance in the ACC Championship, Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins has seen his devy stock soar over the past week. The Virginia secondary had no match for Higgins as the wide receiver sliced the Cavaliers defense up for 182 yards and three touchdown receptions.
Higgins has a career-high 1,082 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns in 2019, but the wide receiver’s success is just as evident on film as it is in the box score. Higgins has always excelled in jump-ball situations, but the Clemson product has shown more ability in the open field this season. Higgins also showed off his tremendous body control with one of the best sideline catches you’ll see all season.
With Higgins expected to be an early pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the opportunity to draft Higgins at a value in devy drafts is pretty much over with. However, the 2020 NFL Draft has significant talent and depth at wide receiver, so you will be able to get him later than you usually would in dynasty drafts.
Higgins was the eigth overall player in my midseason 2020 dynasty rookie rankings, and the wide receiver has done nothing to make me reconsider that ranking. If anything, Higgins might be in the conversation for WR3 behind Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb.
With an impressive junior season in Columbus, Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins has solidified himself as one of the top running backs in college football. While Dobbins might be a notch behind the big three of Travis Etienne, D’Andre Swift, and Jonathan Taylor, the Buckeyes running back is the best running back available in the second-tier of runners.
Dobbins entered 2019 with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, but the Ohio State running back has taken his game to another level this season. After impressing with a combined 2,400 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns in two seasons, Dobbins has reached new heights in 2019 with over 1,800 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns during his junior season.
Dobbins’ strongest asset is his vision out of the backfield while also showing the ability to make defenders miss in the open field. Even with Dobbins used less in the passing game this season, the versatile running back is still just three receptions away from his third consecutive 20-catch season.
With most drafters focused on more prominent names, Dobbins remains one of the best value picks in 2020 dynasty rookie drafts. The running back’s devy stock will largely depend on his landing spot, but Dobbins could excel as a starting running back in the National Football League.
Disappointing players that saw their devy stock decrease in the previous week:
After a pitiful performance in the SEC Championship, the entire Georgia offense finds itself on the CFB Week 15 stock down list. No one that watched LSU dominate the Bulldogs en route to a 37-10 victory can argue with Georgia’s inclusion here. The Bulldogs offense was THAT bad on Saturday afternoon.
It all starts with quarterback Jake Fromm who has seen his 2020 NFL Draft stock plummet after a disappointing junior season. After being seen as a first-round lock entering the season, Fromm would be lucky to hear his name called before the third day of the NFL Draft.
While I’m sure some QB-needy franchise will take the plunge on the inconsistent signal-caller in the early rounds, I’m willing to bet there won’t be many fanbases excited by the selection. Fromm looks the part with a big arm and ideal size for the position, but the quarterback’s inaccuracy would make any fanbase hesitant to go all-in.
Fromm didn’t get much help from his skill-position players on Saturday night as Georgia’s hobbled wide receiver group struggled to create separation all game long. After losing Lawrence Cager for the season and George Pickens suspended for the first half, the last thing head coach Kirby Smart and the Georgia football team needed was another injury in the pass-catching group.
Unfortunately, super-talented Bulldogs freshman Dominick Blaylock went down with a torn ACL during the first quarter of Saturday’s contest. While Blaylock expects to be ready for the 2020 college football season, devy drafters should undoubtedly check the wide receiver’s progress throughout the off-season.
With all eyes on the Pac 12 Championship showdown with Oregon on Friday night, Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley had the perfect opportunity to showcase his talent for the world to see. Instead of solidifying the Utes’ first appearance in the College Football Playoff, Huntley struggled in Utah’s 37-15 defeat to the Oregon Ducks.
Huntley entered the CFB Week 15 with only two interceptions on the season, but the Utah quarterback doubled that number with two in Friday’s contest. Huntley also completed a season-low 58.6% of his passes while taking a season-high six sacks against a swarming Oregon defense.
With Huntley already at the bottom of devy draft lists, a performance like this in the Pac 12 Championship game only hurts the quarterback’s chances of catching on at the highest level. No matter how many teams are in your league, Huntley isn’t worth drafting in either devy or dynasty formats.
Jordan Woodson is a writer for the Pro Football Network covering Devy and Dynasty Fantasy Football. You can follow him @Jordan_Woodson on Twitter.