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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.
|Rank||Name||Position Rank||School||Draft eligible||Offseason hype||Additional notes|
|41||Tank Bigsby||RB17||Auburn||2023||Low||opportunity for immediate playing time|
|43||Warren Jackson||WR18||Colorado St||2021||Low||late breakout but tantalizing size; 4th year in school; DCR|
|44||Elijah Mitchell||RB19||Louisiana||2021||None||last 2 seasons 2551 yards and 33 TDs with feature back size; 4th year in school; DCR|
|45||Javian Hawkins||RB20||Louisville||2021||Low||undersized, would like to see receiving ability|
|46||Jaret Patterson||RB21||Buffalo||2021||None||4th year in school; preseason second team All American; DCR|
|48||Keontay Ingram||RB22||Texas||2021||Moderate||good runner with 56 rec in 2 years; 2020 breakout potential|
|49||Frank Ladson Jr.||WR19||Clemson||2022||Low||increased opportunity with Ross out|
|50||Drake London||WR20||USC||2022||Low||strong 39-567-5 Fr yr; smooth moves at 6’5″; also on basketball roster|
|51||Demond Demas||WR21||Texas A&M||2023||Moderate||team lost 2 of top 3 WRs; immediate targets available|
|52||Chatarius Atwell||WR22||Louisville||2021||Low||incredible production but needs to pack on weight at 165lbs|
|53||Sage Surratt||WR23||Wake Forest||2021||Low||old for his class; 4th year in school|
|54||Pooka Williams||RB23||Kansas||2021||Low||4th year in school; undersized|
|55||Bryant Koback||RB24||Toledo||2021||None||former SEC recruit; 4th year in school; DCR|
|56||Jadon Haselwood||WR24||Oklahoma||2022||None||out for year with ACL but upside stash|
|57||Kendall Milton||RB25||Georgia||2023||None||may have the most talent in the Georgia backfield|
|58||Bijan Robinson||RB26||Texas||2023||Moderate||top RB recruit in the country|
|59||Brock Purdy||QB7||Iowa St||2021||Low|
|60||Treylon Burks||WR26||Arkansas||2022||None||20% of team passing yards as true freshman; returned punts at 6’3″ 223; QB upgrade in Feliepe Franks|
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