With Week 13 of the CFB season underway, our devy fantasy preview features Penn State’s trip to Ohio State, Georgia, hosting Texas A&M and a Pac 12 nightcap between Oregon and Arizona State. All three games have major devy and College Football Playoff implications.
While this week slate of games pales in comparison to next week’s juicy Rivalry Week schedule, there are still important games being played in every time slot this week. It all starts at noon eastern when the Penn State Nittany Lions visit the Ohio State Buckeyes and the returning Chase Young in a potential College Football Playoff elimination game.
With Week 12 of the college football season in the books, here’s a look at the best devy fantasy football matchups to watch in Week 13. You can also take a look at my weekly stock report from the previous week.
Week 13 CFB Fantasy Preview
Penn State @ Ohio State
Penn State: WR K.J. Hamler (2020), RB Noah Cain (2022), WR Justin Shorter (2021), RB Journey Brown (2021), RB Ricky Slade (2021), RB Devyn Ford (2022), TE Pat Freiermuth (2020)
Penn State’s passing game is led by redshirt sophomore wide receiver K.J. Hamler and tight end Pat Freiermuth. Unfortunately for the Nittany Lions, leading receiver and top-returner Hamler is questionable for Week 13 after leaving last week’s contest with an injury.
Freiermuth is one of the top tight end prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft, but I think he’s a tier below Miami’s Brevin Jordan and Florida’s Kyle Pitts. Luckily for Freiermuth, the tight end recently confirmed that he’s eligible for the TE-weak 2020 NFL Draft if he chooses to leave school early. Freiermuth is Penn State’s second-leading receiver with only 424 receiving yards, but the tight end excels in the redzone with 15 touchdown catches in two seasons.
Running back Noah Cain is also questionable for Saturday’s contest against Ohio State, but the Nittany Lions have plenty of depth in the backfield to offset Cain’s potential loss. Devy fantasy football players entered 2019, looking towards running back prospects Ricky Slade and Devyn Ford. Still, sophomore Journey Brown has been the most productive player out of the Penn State backfield.
While the Penn State backfield has been treated as a committee all season, Brown leads the Nittany Lions with 521 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. Brown has also been the most productive running back through the air, with 130 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Ohio State: QB Justin Fields (2021), RB J.K. Dobbins (2020), WR K.J. Hill (2020), WR Chris Olave (2021), WR Garrett Wilson (2022), TE Jeremy Ruckert (2021), RB Master Teague (2021)
Ohio State’s offense is led by quarterback Justin Fields, one of the most exciting devy prospects expected to enter the 2021 NFL Draft. The Georgia transfer has been nothing short of spectacular since his arrival in Columbus with 2,164 passing yards this season and a 31-1 TD-INT ratio. Fields also has 377 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.
Fields’ arrival has also been beneficial to the Ohio State running backs. While Fields might siphon some carries away from the backs, the threat of him running also opens up running lanes that weren’t there a season ago. That is evident when you look at what running back J.K. Dobbins has been able to do this season.
Dobbins has been one of the most consistent running backs in college football over the past three seasons, but his efficiency dropped in 2018 with non-running threat Dwayne Haskins under center. Dobbins averaged 7.0 yards per rush in 2017 with J.T. Barrett at quarterback, but that dropped to 4.6 a season ago. Now with Fields under center, 2020 NFL Draft prospect Dobbins is back to averaging over seven yards per rush.
The Ohio State passing attack is led by wide receivers Chris Olave, Binjimen Victor, and K.J. Hill. Olave has recently looked like the best devy prospect of the trio, but Ohio State’s spread-it-out approach makes it difficult to scout every week.
Texas A&M @ Georgia
Texas A&M: WR Jhamon Ausbon (2020), RB Isaiah Spiller (2022), TE Baylor Cupp (2022)
After a sensational freshman season, Texas A&M running back Isaiah Spiller is already considered one of the best devy prospects to watch in the 2022 NFL Draft. Spiller leads the Aggies with nearly 800 rushing yards and eight touchdowns while being just as dangerous catching passes out of the backfield. Spiller is a sensational running back that should be on every devy list until he enters the NFL Draft.
Wide receiver Jhamon Ausbon has jumped well ahead of teammates Quartney Davis and Kendrick Rogers in the devy fantasy football pecking order. Not only is Ausbon having a better statistical season in College Station, but the wide receiver is also a better pro prospect than either teammate.
Georgia: RB D’Andre Swift (2020), WR George Pickens (2022), WR Dominick Blaylock (2022), RB Zamir White (2021), QB Jake Fromm (2020), WR Lawrence Cager (2020)
What else is there left to say about Georgia running back D’Andre Swift? The 2020 NFL Draft prospect is simply one of the best running backs in the nation. If Swift isn’t already on your devy or dynasty rookie draft list, you’re already falling behind your league-mates.
George Pickens and Dominick Blaylock are negatively impacted by Georgia’s run-first offense, but continue to keep both 2022 NFL Draft prospects high in your devy rankings despite subpar statistical weeks. Both wide receivers have a chance to be high draft picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, with Pickens considered one of the best devy prospects in college football.
Oregon @ Arizona State
Oregon: QB Justin Herbert (2020), TE Jacob Breeland (2020 – injured), RB CJ Verdell (2021), RB Travis Dye (2021)
Armed with a great offensive line and running game, Oregon doesn’t ask future first-round quarterback Justin Herbert to do much. Instead, the Ducks use their terrific offensive line and running backs C.J. Verdell and Travis Dye to wear down soft Pac 12 defenses.
When Herbert is asked to make plays, the sensational quarterback is capable of making every throw on the field. Herbert does a tremendous job of protecting the ball, sometimes to a fault as the quarterback doesn’t always take risks necessary at the quarterback position.
Oregon’s commitment to the running game was expediated by the loss of top-five devy tight Jacob Breeland to a season-ending left leg injury. Top Oregon wide receivers Johnny Johnson III, Jaylon Reed, and Juwan Johnson are devy-irrelevant up to this point in their careers.
Arizona State: RB Eno Benjamin (2020), QB Jayden Daniels (2022), WR Brandon Aiyuk (2020)
Running back Eno Benjamin is the top devy prospect on the Arizona State Sun Devils roster, but continue to keep an eye on wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk. Falling right outside of the top-twelve in my mid-season dynasty rookie rankings, Benjamin is looking like a potential second-round pick in 2020 rookie dynasty league drafts.
I highlighted Aiyuk’s breakout season way back in our Week 7, and the wide receiver has continued to shine under head coach Herm Edwards and his coaching staff. Aiyuk has been held to under 50 yards just once this season while racking up seven touchdown receptions. The explosive Aiyuk only needs 178 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions in the final two games to match N’Keal Harry’s season-highs during his Sun Devils career.
Jordan Woodson is a writer for the Pro Football Network covering Devy and Dynasty Fantasy Football. You can follow him @Jordan_Woodson on Twitter.