This is the third annual ranking of the Top 100 Devy Prospects for Dynasty Leagues. Before diving into the list of the Top-100 prospects, let’s try something new this year and start with a quick summary of the overall devy landscape at the four major positions.
Next season looks like a down year at the position, with no clear-cut, first-round talents. A couple guys will likely emerge from the pack and work their way into the first-round conversation, but it is difficult to bet on any one single guy at this point in the process. Among the most likely candidates are Justin Herbert (Oregon), Drew Lock (Missouri), Jarrett Stidham (Auburn), Shea Patterson (Michigan), Jake Bentley (South Carolina), Ryan Finley (NC State) and Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State).
The 2020 class already looks more promising at the top. Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama) resembles a young Russell Wilson and sits atop the overall devy quarterback rankings. Jake Fromm (Georgia) has A+ intangibles and just enough physical ability to project as an NFL starter. Plus, some of the quarterbacks listed above as 2019-eligible are more likely to end up in the 2020 class.
Typically, it is not recommendable to spend devy picks on incoming freshman quarterbacks except in the deepest of leagues. However, the 2018 freshman class (2021 NFL Draft class) is special. Justin Fields (Georgia) and Trevor Lawrence (Clemson) look like can’t miss prospects and were fantastic in the spring as early enrollees. If you have a need at quarterback and the patience to wait three years, these two are worth considering in devy drafts.
The 2019 NFL Draft class looks relatively weak at the running back position, especially compared to the loaded 2017 and 2018 running back classes. David Montgomery (Iowa State), Damien Harris (Alabama), Bryce Love (Stanford) and Rodney Anderson (Oklahoma) each look like solid Day 2 prospects but probably aren’t special enough to get into the first round.
The 2020 running back class is setting up to be an absolute monster. The first-round of devy this offseason will be dominated by sophomore running backs. Cam Akers (Florida State) and D’Andre Swift (Georgia) look like surefire future first-rounders. J.K. Dobbins (Ohio State), Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin), Travis Etienne (Clemson) and AJ Dillon (Boston College) aren’t too far behind. Plus, highly touted recruits Najee Harris (Alabama), Stephen Carr (USC) and Trey Sermon (Oklahoma) showed flashes in limited playing and have a real chance to emerge as top prospects as well.