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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: 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.
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.
|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|
|36||Theo Wease||WR17||Oklahoma||2022||Low||potential WR1 on elite offense; opportunity abounds with Haselwood out for year|
|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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