When The Devy Breaks: The Debut of Cam Akers?
Last year I penned a column called CFB Chronicles. I profiled standout performances from a 2017 draft prospect while adding historical context to the stats. The goal was to get a jump on the rookie evaluation process. This year I’ll be taking a similar approach with a slight tweak.
I’ll be expanding the prospect pool to include 2019 and 2020 prospects along with the upcoming 2018 class. Developmental dynasty leagues — or devy for short — allow owners to roster current college players years in advance of them entering the NFL. This format allows sharp, informed fantasy owners to identify rookie draft values years before more casual owners. This depth of knowledge can be invaluable come time for rookie drafts.
If you’re just not that into the idea of devy, that’s perfectly okay. This weekly series will provide plenty of information on the upcoming 2018 draft class as well. For even more dynasty/devy content, make sure to check out the RotoViz Radio College Football Show that I host with Kyle Pollock.
Let’s get started with a review of last weekend’s action.
Colorado State senior wide receiver Michael Gallup had 11 receptions for 137 yards on Saturday against Oregon State. There was plenty of opportunity for more production, but overall, he looked in sync with quarterback Nick Stevens.
Michael Gallup catch from yesterday. Threatens outside, good acc. through his stem, tracks ball over his head & makes great adjustment pic.twitter.com/CvHgYDgcsV
— Ty Wurth (@WurthDraft) August 27, 2017
I’m enthusiastic about Gallup as a prospect, largely due to his 0.44 Dominator Rating from last season. But with just one season of elite performance on his resume, Gallup needs to do more in 2017. He’s off to a solid start.
Stanford junior running back Bryce Love impressed against Rice, racking up 180 yards rushing on just 13 carries. Replacing Christian McCaffrey is a tall task, and although Love was very efficient with his touches, it appears sophomore Cameron Scarlett will be involved as well. How touches are divided up between these two is something I’ll be monitoring.
South Florida senior QB Quinton Flowers — an arbitrage Lamar Jackson — was somewhat uninspiring against San Jose State. He managed 282 total yards and 3 touchdowns, but his statistical ceiling is much higher. Expect more from Flowers this weekend against Stony Brook.
WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK
You may have heard Florida State is playing Alabama on Saturday. It’s kind of a big deal. There’s a multitude of talent on both rosters, but I will be keeping a close eye on Seminoles’ freshman RB Cam Akers. Junior RB Jacques Patrick is considered the team’s starter, but don’t be surprised if Akers — my No. 2 RB for 2020 — gets some run against one of the toughest defenses in the country. Alabama freshman RB Najee Harris — my No. 1 RB for 2020 — has a much tougher road to touches, competing with Bo Scarbrough, Damien Harris, and Brian Robinson. We may have to wait a while for a Harris sighting.
Two other matchups from the same game are also very intriguing. Alabama senior WR Calvin Ridley and Florida State junior WR Auden Tate are both promising 2018 prospects. They’ll be running routes against two of the top secondaries in the country. Both have question marks on their resumes — Ridley’s age, Tate’s lack of production — and how they fair against elevated competition could set the tone for the rest of the season.
On paper, Wyoming/Iowa sounds about as exciting as a Saturday at Bed Bath & Beyond. For dynasty owners however, there’s reason to tune in. Currently conducting a hype train barreling down the tracks, Wyoming junior QB Josh Allen is being touted as a top 2018 QB prospect.
Josh Allen has the strongest arm in College Football😳👀 pic.twitter.com/2NmtKPk3ii
— College Town™ (@CollegeT0wn) August 18, 2017
His efficiency from a year ago has room for improvement, however, completing just 56 percent of his throws against mostly Mountain West competition. But at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, and just 20 years old, it’s not hard to see why he’s so liked. His march to the NFL Drafts begins in earnest on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.