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Welcome to the master list of my devy prospects for single QB leagues! This installment will be players ranked 21-40. If you missed it, check out my top 20 devy rankings.

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: QBRBWR, 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!

Overall Rank Name Position Rank School Draft eligible Offseason hype Additional notes
21 Justin Fields QB2 Ohio St 2021 Low  
22 Isaiah Spiller RB10 Texas A&M 2022 Low freshman workhorse bodes well for the future
23 Kylin Hill RB11 Mississippi St 2021 Low limited ceiling
24 Chris Olave WR11 Ohio St 2021 Low  
25 Garrett Wilson WR12 Ohio St 2022 Low would not be surprised if he ends up team’s WR1
26 Joe Ngata WR13 Clemson 2022 Low with Ross’ injury a chance to explode
27 Amon-Ra St. Brown WR14 Southern Cal 2021 Moderate age-adjusted production isn’t elite 
28 CJ Johnson WR15 East Carolina 2022 Hot massive frame and freshman breakout
29 Devonta Smith WR16 Alabama 2021 Hot size, 4th year in school are concerns but likely 1st round pick
30 Trey Lance QB3 North Dakota St 2021 Hot stock on fire and 2021 draft entry looking possible, bump to QB3 is warranted
31 Pat Freiermuth TE1 Penn St 2021 Low  
32 George Holani RB12 Boise St 2022 Low led backfield as true freshman
33 Kyle Pitts TE2 Florida 2021 Hot athletic upside through the roof
34 Kedon Slovis QB4 USC 2022 Hot more efficient freshman season than Howell; competition transferred out
35 Sam Howell QB5 UNC 2022 Moderate  
36 Theo Wease WR17 Oklahoma 2022 Low potential WR1 on elite offense; opportunity abounds with Haselwood out for year
37 Kennedy Brooks RB13 Oklahoma 2021 None CDR
38 John Emery RB14 LSU 2022 Low highest overall upside in RB room
39 Tyrion Davis-Price RB15 LSU 2022 Low more touches than Emery in 2019
40 MarShawn Lloyd RB16 South Carolina 2023 Low opportunity for immediate playing time

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  1. Earl says:
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    Hey guys,

    I have team in 12 team dynasty league. I currently have the 1.02,1.11 and 2.02 picks in rookie draft.

    My team desparately needs some rb help.

    Current rbs are basically David Johnson, David Montgomery and Ronald Jones
    Current wrs are basically Davante Adams, Chris Godwin, Stefon Diggs and Deebo Samuel

    I am wondering if I should consider trying to swap the 1.02 pick for either the 1.04 and 1.07 picks or 1.05 and 1.06 picks. Guess with 1.02 pick I could get either Jonathan Taylor or Edwards-Helaire.

    Any thoughts if you think it would be better just to keep the 1.02 pick or try and trade down for perhaps 2 slightly later picks. If I trade down would u try for the 1.04/1.07 or 1.05/1.06?

    Thanks

  2. al_FF_red

    al_FF_red says:
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    I think I would keep 1.02… in both your potental trades you still only have one pick in the top 5, which is where the RBs will all go

    If you could somehow send 1.02 for 1.04 & 1.05 that would be worth it because you’d land 2 RBs instead of 1…

    With your current picks you can land your fave RB at 1.02 and you could maybe get vaughn at 1.11 (or a WR)… and then almost surely get AJ Dillon or Zack Moss at 2.02 to restock your RB depth

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