Welcome to the master list of my devy prospects for single QB leagues! For those new to devy: in a “devy” league, short for developmental, managers can select players who are still in college (or high school) and stash them on a separate, inactive roster until they are drafted into the NFL. In this format, the player values can be all over the place and each manager’s process for player evaluation becomes of utmost importance. 

I have previously released articles with my position-specific rankings which describe in more detail my process and what I look for when ranking devy prospects. Check those out here: QB, RB, WR, and TE

Some of the position rankings have changed as I have moved through the offseason so this is the most updated order. 

It is important when playing in devy leagues to understand the full landscape and where players will fall not only for their draft year but also 2-3 years down the road. This helps you value your devy-depleted rookie picks as well as devy picks when making trades. For instance this year the “devy 1.01” is likely Ja’Marr Chase because he was probably undrafted in many leagues prior to the breakout in 2019. However, the “devy 1.02” is lacking relative value because it’s highly likely players I’ve ranked 2-5 are already on devy rosters. 

Definitions

Rank – This is where I would put a player in the context of who I would prefer on my team. It does not mean this rank is their formal ADP. When drafting I would use my own ranking but also a player’s consensus ADP to judge when to draft them. I have Dyami Brown as WR6 but I know he’s routinely available later. I may use that info to draft a RB first knowing I can get a major WR value in Brown the next round. 

Draft eligible – This is just the first year they are eligible to enter the NFL draft. It does not mean they will enter the NFL draft. 

Offseason hype – A subjective classification, based on how much buzz a player is getting in the devy social media platforms. The hotter the name, the more likely they won’t fall to their listed ADP.

Draft cycle riser (DCR) – This term is used later in the rankings (21-40 and 41-60) to describe players who I feel will get popular after their final seasons when the NFL draft process heats up. Usually players from smaller schools or were lesser rated prospects who have a very good career but remain afterthoughts until the combine. I think drafting players like this who are close to the NFL are valuable in devy leagues. They may not have the flashy upside of an incoming 5-star freshman at Alabama, but they will provide near-term production and you can plug them into a lineup or flip them once they gain steam. Good recent examples of this type of player are Denzel Mims, Anthony McFarland, and Darrynton Evans.

The List! 

Rank Name Position Rank School Draft eligible Offseason hype Additional notes
1 Ja’Marr Chase WR1 LSU 2021 Moderate  
2 Rashod Bateman WR2 Minnesota 2021 Moderate  
3 Rondale Moore WR3 Purdue 2021 Low missed almost all 2019 with injury
4 Travis Etienne RB1 Clemson 2021 Low 4th year in school minor red flag
5 Najee Harris RB2 Alabama 2021 Low 4th year in school minor red flag
6 Seth Williams WR4 Auburn 2021 Moderate stock will soar in 2020
7 Chuba Hubbard RB3 Oklahoma St 2021 Low 4th year in school minor red flag
8 Kenny Gainwell RB4 Memphis 2021 Moderate  
9 George Pickens WR5 Georgia 2022 Moderate  
10 Dyami Brown WR6 UNC 2021 Hot will continue to rise
11 Breece Hall RB5 Iowa St 2022 Low  
12 Journey Brown RB6 Penn St 2021 Hot  
13 David Bell WR7 Purdue 2022 Low pro-ready frame and freshman breakout
14 Tylan Wallace WR8 Oklahoma St 2021 Low 4th year in school minor red flag
15 Tamorrion Terry WR9 FSU 2021 Moderate 4th year in school minor red flag
16 Jaylen Waddle WR10 Alabama 2021 Hot concerns about market share, but film is outrageous
17 Max Borghi RB7 Washington St 2021 None feature back upside in question, good receiver
18 CJ Verdell RB8 Oregon 2021 None  
19 Trey Sanders RB9 Alabama 2022 None needs to secure backup role in 2020; limitless upside
20 Trevor Lawrence QB1 Clemson 2021 Low  

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