Fantasy Football: Off The Radar Devy Players

Devy drafts come in different sizes and flavors, but for those of us in the very DEEP devy leagues, it is important to have some home run swings at different positions and hope to hit it big.  Below I have outlined a player at each position that is not only under the radar but not even on the devy radar and could end up a steal.  All are draft eligible this year.

Quarterback:  Dwayne Haskins QB/Ohio State

The Big Ten hasn’t produced a first round quarterback since 1995, and by all accounts it doesn’t appear there is a worth quarterback on the horizon.  Enter Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins.  Unlike the most recent starter, JT Barrett, Haskins is a pass first player with a solid arm.  At 6’3, 214 pounds he has enough size for the NFL level.  Haskins filled in for Barrett this year to throw 57 passes.  He ended with a 70.2% completion percentage with 4 TDs and 1 INT.  He isn’t a run first QB but did adapt to the OSU system built for Barrett to run and show his athleticism as well.

In one of the biggest games of the year against rival Michigan, Haskins replaced an injured Barrett and looked extremely impressive.  He is reminiscent of former Urban Meyer QB Alex Smith with the combination of arm and athleticism.  Haskins will step into the starting role this year and could be the best QB the Buckeyes have had under Meyer

Running Back:  Nick Brossette RB/LSU

Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice were major names for the Tigers when they took over the leading role, but Nick Brossette will be quietly stepping into the spotlight as the lead RB for LSU this season.  Brossette has NFL size at 6’0 218 and has looked the part in his limited experience.  This past season, Brossette was 5th on the team in terms of carries, but all 4 of those in front of him are gone.  Brossette was a 4-star prospect when recruited by LSUand should fit the offense like a charm.

The longest look at Brossette was against Chattanooga in Week 2 when he had 11 carries for 63 yards, showing toughness and a fit for the system.  He hasn’t caught any passes over the last two seasons, so the question marks are abound.  But, with his recruiting pedigree and a RB friendly system, he is worth a devy flyer to rise up draft boards this season.

Wide Receiver:  Emanuel Hall WR/Missouri

Missouri QB Drew Lock is getting most of the attention for Mizzou, but the #1 WR this year will be a stellar NFL candidate in Emanuel Hall.  With J’Mon Moore onto the NFL, Hall will  be in line as a trusted target for Lock.  Hall played the deep threat many times this past year hauling in 33 receptions for 817 yards, but at 6’3 200 pounds, his speed and stature should lead to a more all around game.

One of the best games to watch to get a feel for Hall is against the Georgia Bulldogs where the Tigers were down by a lot and throwing the ball all over the places.  Hall caught 4 passes for 141 yards including 2 TDs.  He showed superb ball skills against NFL caliber defenders and even showed that he can get off of the jam at times.  He should showcase a more complete game this season and be a steal in devy drafts.

Tight End:      Jacob Breeland TE/Oregon

This is another case where the QB is the talk of NFL Draft town.  Justin Herbert is a superb talent, but his tight end Jacob Breeland could be the NFL draft riser this fall.  At 6’5 241 pounds, Breeland has big stature and soft hands.  He was used mainly as a red zone threat for the Ducks this past season with 18 catches for 320 yards and 5 touchdowns.  He showcased some good blocking skills and upside to be used as a bigger weapon going into his junior year.

In Oregon’s game against Arizona State, Breeland had 4 catches for 95 yards and was used more between the 20s than usual.  He showcased his ability to sink his hips and get into holes in the zone while showcasing athleticism after the catch.  There is big upside for Breeland who is still fairly young in his development.

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