The following article highlights a few players I am targeting in my depleted devy drafts. For those who are new to devy, a depleted devy draft is one that had devy players selected in fantasy drafts the previous year. There are many sites that focus on the more well-known prospects, so my intention was to bring a few names that are not being discussed enough. With so many different valuations and viewpoints on devy prospects, it’s hard to say when to take a player, but I will identify a player I prefer less than ones I have listed below. I hope you find these brief highlights of guys I am targeting interesting enough to research a little more!
JJ McCarthy, Quarterback, University of Michigan
Weight: 197 lbs
So there is quite the limited sample size here, but I am quite bullish on this signal caller. I live in Metro Detroit and am a big-time Michigan State Spartans fan and McCarthy is someone I think will give MSU fits. I know Cade McNamara helped the Wolverines to their first playoff appearance and a very successful season that included a win over Ohio State and a Big Ten Championship, but McCarthy offers superior athleticism and arm talent. Watching the CFB Playoffs, it’s quite clear who the elite programs are and who are the ones that can only dream of that type of relevancy. McCarthy to me is a program defining type prospect and someone who can elevate Michigan to heights that they have not achieved in quite some time.
I think McCarthy offers high-level arm talent with the ability to take off from the pocket and can be dangerous on the run. He has all of the “wow” throws in his arsenal and I am looking forward to seeing him on the field. He needs to beat out Cade, but I think that is a very real possibility and if that happens this year, I expect a huge jump in his devy stock.
I prefer JJ McCarthy to Phil Jurkovec and Grayson McCall in devy drafts.
Israel Abanikanda, Running Back, Pittsburgh
Weight: 215 lbs
The statistics do not jump off the page, but he did lead Pitt in rushing yards and lead the backfield in receptions. He has the prototypical size I look for in a running back and I am looking for him to take an even larger role in 2022. Abanikanda has explosiveness and power to excel in a more full-time role, although it seems that Pittsburgh likes to utilize the committee approach. I think his blend of size and athleticism will interest NFL teams, and at the end of depleted devy draft, he is an interesting flyer and someone who could garner decent draft capital. He is going to be an exciting prospect to follow in the fall!
I prefer Israeal Abanikanda to Deuce Vaughn. Vaughn is a fun prospect, but checking in at 5’5″ and 168 lbs, he is going to have a lot of people questioning his durability and size come draft analysis season.
Dontayvion Wicks, Wide Receiver, University of Virginia
Weight: 210 lbs
This is one of my favorite devy prospects right now. I saw an interesting tweet from Danny Neckel @DNeckel19 that states:
“Power 5 WR’s in the past three seasons that averaged at least 100 yards per game and 20 yards per catch: CeeDee Lamb, Ja’Marr Chase, and Dontayvion Wicks.”
It’s clear based on 21.1 YPC that Wicks is explosive and has the ability to win downfield. He appears to be a fluid athlete and has flashed sure hands. I thought he was much bigger than his size listed above, which is the ideal size I am looking for in a WR, but he plays much bigger and stronger than most defenders. I really appreciate that he has the ability to manipulate defenders with his nuanced footwork. I think he has a chance to soar up the draft boards in the 2023 draft. I am extremely high on this kid.
I prefer Dontayvion Wicks to Parker Washington, especially since I noticed Washington is being drafted much earlier in the drafts I have participated in.
Michael Trigg, Tight End, Ole Miss
Weight: 245 lbs
I tend to fade most TEs in shallower devy leagues (due to the development time and my impatience), but Trigg does deserve some attention. He plays like a WR and all reports suggest that he is a natural receiver of the ball. The tape out there is limited on Trigg, and his production as a true freshman is modest. But I like TEs who are receivers first and are versatile, which is exactly what Trigg offers. He transferred to Ole Miss with QB Jaxson Dart to form a dynamic duo for the Rebels. He has high-end athleticism and has the chance to explode in this offense. Keep an eye Trigg, his stock has the potential to significantly rise over the next 18 months. His cost now is very modest, so the return here is intriguing.
I prefer Michael Trigg to Jahleel Billingsley.
Thank you for reading this article. Good luck in your drafts and keep on eye on these players to potentially bolster your devy talent.
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