Fantasy Football 2020: So You Want To Play Devy? Here’s Why You Should

By Oz Jones

 

This is a piece for all of you bound and determined to take your fantasy football to the next level. To take that next step in questing for glory, proving your knowledge, and dominating your opponents with your vast, unmatched knowledge of the game.

 

No, I’m not talking about actually trying to win the league this year. Who needs that stress in their life? 

 

I am, instead, talking about life after redraft, a level of enlightenment only certain players reach, and where only the best of the best dwell in glory in fantasy football Valhalla.

 

I’m talking, of course, about Devy Leagues.

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I’m in (now) four devy leagues, adding a new one a year beginning in 2017. And, I’ll be honest: I have yet to win one of these leagues. I am, admittedly, one of those guys whose love of playing devy far exceeds their desire to win the league. And I’ll further admit: the more I play devy, the more I just don’t feel like playing standard redraft anymore. I’m in three redraft leagues, all with different groups of guys from college; I won’t be adding more redraft leagues to my portfolio. (And, frankly, I’d like to bow out of one of them altogether). Devy, is, frankly, just more fun. It’s more of a challenge. There’s more of an actual gamble to it: in drafting a devy player (one who’s currently in college) you’re betting not only that 1. His play/performance holds steady or improves over his time in college, but that 2. He actually sees the field enough to produce when given the opportunity. There’s probably a third issue here as well: that he’s used in college in a way that’s somehow remotely translatable to how he might be used in the NFL (which of course leads to a fourth issue: that pro scouts are smart enough/willing to imagine a role for a certain type of player).

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Before I get too deep in the weeds, let’s clarify what a devy league is so we’re all on the same page. If we’re speaking generally, a devy league is any league where you’re able to draft both current NFL players and players currently on a college roster (in the obvious hopes they’ll be drafted into the league when eligible). In the leagues I’m in, in our first year we’ve begun with a rookie/veteran auction, followed then by a “devy player” draft. In successive years, the draft has then been opened to both current rookies and devy players.

 

That’s…basically it. Because, frankly, the “what” of devy is easy; it’s the “how” your particular devy league is set up where the true challenge of playing devy rears it’s nasty, filthy, beautiful head.

 

I’ll use the leagues I’m in as examples of specific challenges posed and wrinkles added by the particular set-up. Three of my four devy leagues are 32-team leagues, with 40-45 active roster spots and IDPs. (And, two of these leagues have contracts and salary caps to contend with as well.) That means that each week our starting lineups start QB, WR, RB, TE, DT, DE, LB, CB, and S; there’s usually 10 offensive and 11 defensive players started, and only one QB. I know not every league has A, this many teams and B. this many roster spots and C. doesn’t use IDP spots; however, I still think these leagues might offer some general take-away principles that can be applied to a a devy league with, say, only 12 teams, in terms of both macrocosmic approach and also why drafting certain positions matter. I say that also because, not coincidentally, my fourth devy league has only 12 teams but is also superflex; moreover, we have no IDPs in this league. (As it’s my newest league – we’re in the middle of the inaugural draft – I’m eager to see how it shakes out.)

 

I can’t promise to provide a lot of clear-cut answers. What I hope to do, instead, in showing you these variations is allow you to both see the myriad options available in playing devy, and maybe help your brain begin percolating with possibilities.

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League One: The “Simple” League

Devy Simple
Editor’s Note: Apologies for the low resolution.

In terms of overall number of draftable devys, this league is easily the most straight-forward league I’m in. It was also the third devy league we created (I say “we” because many of the same guys play in these leagues), so we’d had a chance to iron out some wrinkles (and I’ll discuss some of those wrinkles later). After last year’s initial veteran/rookie auction, we had a devy draft. This year, the second year, we simply had an eight-round rookie/devy draft; anyone is available to be drafted, provided he’s either an incoming freshman in college or an incoming NFL rookie. So, making a spreadsheet to track devy picks (which I strongly recommend, even if you’re entering them all into the MFL database) for this league requires virtually no work. Here’s what it looks like (picks in red are those devys carried over from the previous year):

INITIAL OBSERVATIONS:

  1. Offensive players tend to dominate. Out of 113 total devys, 98 were used this year on QB (19), WR (40), RB (33), and TE (5) – though there were as many DEs taken as TEs, and LBs actually accounted for seven devys drafted. That’s 86.7% offensive picks. Though this is an IDP league, one where the commissioners set it up deliberately to ensure that a quality IDP guy can be just as valuable as a quality offensive player, there’s still an understandable bias toward offensive players. Much of that is a product, I think, of years of only playing in offensively-focused redraft leagues. The NFL is also much more of a passing league (though I’m young enough to remember when Saquon was drafted second overall in *checks notes* 2018), which may explain the disparity between the number of WR and RB devys drafted. 

 

  1. A product of the first observation: When 2021 draft-eligible offensive talent gets hit so hard, you necessarily have to grab younger players in the hopes of getting a potential NFL producer down the road in 2022 or 20203. (I’m going to examine this a bit more in-depth later.) Which means, necessarily, that there’s more 2021 draft-eligible talent left on the IDP side of the ball. Though, as I noted earlier, offensive devys far outpaced defensive devys, a cursory gander at the spreadsheet above reveals why most of the IDPs were selected: first, I’d expect at least a dozen of the fifteen to be on top-100 boards developing over the next 10 months. But second, and perhaps even more importantly: in a league like this, with only four devy selections and where offensive talent is snapped up, the IDPs drafted will all (I believe) be NFL draft-eligible in 2021, which means “immediate” production for your squad next year.

 

  1. You can also see the role that simple bad luck plays in devy selection. In 2018, Grant Calcaterra went for 26/396/6; he was firmly (an understatement) on the draft radar. And then, concussions; and then, medical retirement. Marvin Kinsey, the RB from Colorado State, was expected to be the bellcow in Fort Collins. Indeed, through eight games in 2019 he had over 700 rushing yards, 6 TDs, and a 5.8/ypc, in addition to a 16/209/2 line via receptions. But by the end of October, he’d been removed altogether from the team. Though Calcaterra was a likely pick, and it’s no certainty that Kinsey would have been drafted, these are devy picks “wasted” through no fault of the owner. (The jury is obviously still out on Bo Nix.)

 

  1. There were two CBs drafted: Patrick Surtain, Jr. and Derek Stingley. Would anyone be surprised (at least right now) if these guys were first-round picks? No, not really. HOWEVER, their selection brings up an interesting point, one worth examining now. In a league with salaries and contracts, there is (virtually always) a rookie salary scale. This manifests in two ways in a devy league: when your drafted devy player enters the league, his salary corresponds to the position in which he’s drafted in real life (RL). Thus, someone like Jerry Jeudy, a previous devy selection who was drafted by DEN at 1.15, would get a salary of (according to this league’s scale) 4.45 million. But because not everyone is a devy, Kenneth Murray (who was not a devy player) was the 1.15 selection in our rookie draft, so he’s also getting a salary of 4.45 million. (While this might sound confusing, I promise it’s really not).

 

What’s this have to do with CBs? Because if you pick them as a devy player because they’re really good (and I’m assuming you’re deliberately avoiding potential scrubs) then their salary is where they’re drafted in real life. This means that if you were on the Jeff Okudah devy hype train (and if you were, major props to you), his RL draft position of 1.06 would cost you, according to this league’s rookie salary scale, 5.8 million. Likewise, devy-drafting CJ Henderson (1.09) would cost you 5.15 million. And if you’ve ever played in a salary league, you know that paying a CB that much is foolish. More CBs each year are becoming fantasy relevant, in large part because of the league’s emphasis on passing: more WRs to cover means (most likely) more CBs on the field to cover them. Any good NFL team needs, at minimum, four quality CBs – which means that 128 CBs could, realistically, provide IDP relevance for you in fantasy.

 

If I can be even more explicit: in our start-up fantasy auction last year, someone got Marshon Lattimore for 4.1 million. He scored 351.50 points, good for 36th best. 35th best was A.J. Bouye (1 million); 37th best was Rock Ya-Sin (3 million). Our top-scoring CB was Logan Ryan, with an ungodly 782.50 points. His salary? 1.25 million.

 

DEEPER-DIVE OBSERVATIONS:

These are the top 10 picks in this year’s league draft (again, our league’s second year) but I’m noting them in three ways: by first 10 NFL offensive rookies drafted, by first 10 NFL rookies drafted regardless of position, and then by first 10 actual players taken (positions 1.01-1.10; you’ll see what I mean). 

 

First 10 NFL offensive rookies: First 10 NFL rookies:

 

First 10 NFL offensive rookies:                           First 10 NFL rookies:

1.01: Clyde Edwards-Helaire                                  1.01: Clyde Edwards-Helaire

1.03: Justin Jefferson                                                1.03: Justin Jefferson

1.08: Denzel Mims                                                     1.08: Denzel Mims

1.11: Michael Pittman                                               1.10: Patrick Queen

1.12: Brandon Aiyuk                                                 1.11: Michael Pittman

1.14: Lynn Bowden                                                   1.12: Brandon Aiyuk

1.16: KJ Hamler                                                         1.14: Lynn Bowden

1.22: Darrynton Evans                                             1.15: Kenneth Murray

1.24: Cole Kmet                                                          1.16: KJ Hamler

1.26: Antonio Gibson                                                1.17: Javon Kinlaw

  1. Though I implied it earlier, let me make this explicit: having the ability to draft devy players necessarily limits the number of actual NFL players available to draft. This is an obvious observation, but it cannot be understated: having a 1st-round pick does not mean you’re coming away with a stud player, especially if your personal proclivities skew toward the offensive side of the ball, and even more especially in a 32-team fantasy league. (I’ll address this issue more in-depth when I examine another league a little later.) While I’m admittedly a big Antonio Gibson fan (I drafted him in three other leagues), ponder for a moment watching Gibson go off the board as the 10th rookie in a standard 12-team redraft league. How many jaws drop at that selection?

 

  1. In fact, I’d argue that this skew toward offensive devy selection FAR out-pacing defensive players is an (obvious) advantage for IDP players in a league like this. Assuming health, Queen, Murray, and Kinlaw should be (at worst) solid contributors and (at best) studs at their position for the next 8-10 years. And in an IDP league, even with the alleged emphasis on the passing game in Denver, who’s a better value in terms of overall points scored, Murray at 1.15 or Hamler at 1.16?

 

  1. Now, take a look at the overall first 10 picks, remembering that this is only the second year of league play, and keeping in mind the draft positions of the players noted above:

 

First 10 overall picks:

1.01: Clyde Edwards-Helaire

1.02: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

1.03: Justin Jefferson

1.04: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

1.05: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

1.06: Sam Howell, QB, UNC

1.07: Jamie Newman, QB, Georgia

1.08: Denzel Mims

1.09: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

1.10: Patrick Queen

 

Your eyes indeed do not deceive you: six of the first ten selections in this combined rookie/devy draft were devys; three of those were QBs. Five of those devys (excluding Howell) are 2021 NFL draft-eligible. The rest of the devys selected in the first round are as follows: 1.13: Kenneth Gainwell (Memphis); 1.18: Journey Brown (PSU); 1.19: George Pickens (UGA); 1.20: Brock Purdy (ISU); 1.25: Breece Hall (ISU); 1.31: Garrett Wilson (OSU); and, 1.32: DJ Uiagalelei (Clemson). If you’re keeping score at home, that’s 13 total devy players in the first round, all of them on the offensive side of the ball. Moreover, Gainwell, Brown, and Purdy are eligible in 2021, Pickens, Hall, and Wilson in 2022. In other words, even before the 2021 fantasy draft rolls around, eight players projected to be high(ish) draft picks in 2021 have already been selected – and that’s just in this year’s 2020 fantasy draft; that doesn’t even count studs like Rondale Moore or Travis Etienne or Travis Lawrence or Justin Fields.

 

  1. In fact: if your team is in need of a QB – maybe yours is old or you just don’t like him – if you didn’t grab one as a devy, either this year or last, you’re screwed. Lawrence and Fields were taken last year; this year, Lance, Newman, and Purdy are gone, as are Tanner Morgan, K.J. Costello, Sam Ehlinger, and Kellen Mond. Heck, if Spencer Sanders balls out this year, he’ll be three years removed from high school – which means he’ll be 2021 eligible also. And let’s be clear: whether you believe that anyone outside of Lawrence and Fields (and maybe Lance) will be worth a darn is actually irrelevant. The point is that unless someone pulls another Joe Burrow (which, sure, is always a possibility), who are you excited about drafting at QB in 2021? 

 

Assume, for the sake of argument, that the above-listed guys are the top 10 QBs entering the 2021 draft, and will be drafted accordingly. (Yes, an obvious and probably incorrect assumption, but just bear with me.) In the 2020 draft, the 11th QB selected was Ben DiNucci at 7.17. There were only two QBs drafted after him (Tommy Stevens and Nate Stanley). What I’m getting at should be clear: ten of thirteen drafted/draftable QBs have already been selected as devy picks. And, as should be painfully obvious, they’re not all Day One selections…or even Day Two.

 

As a final point: 2022 QB devys already taken include Sam Howell, Jayden Daniels, Kedon Slovis, Spencer Rattler, and Bo Nix. At least four of those guys already appear on 2022 mock draft boards. You readers are a smart bunch; you do the math.

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League Two: The “Quirky” League

This was the very first devy league I played in; its inaugural year was 2017. While scoring and IDP are basically the same as the “Simple” league above, and it’s also 32 teams, because it was the first year our thoughts were to allow each manager two devy “rights” per year. This would equate out to 64 devy players drafted each year. The devy “rights,” however, were entities unto themselves… which meant that a few issues immediately arose: A. one had to make/attach their devy pick to an already-owned draft pick; B. one could trade their devy rights in a certain year; and, C. one could technically have, for example, two 2020 devy rights – yet by virtue of trading picks not actually have any 2020 draft picks to which to attach those devy rights, in order to actually make the devy pick. Oh, and D. one could roster no more than four devys at a time.

 

Anyone see where this went? What happened, and happens, is that teams who don’t value their devy rights simply trade them to other teams for players/picks. In any given year, then, you have teams with  four devy rights, teams with none, and teams with only one. These devy rights are valuable, absolutely: because my team was utter garbage (through no fault of my own, obviously), I traded one of my 2020 devy rights for draft picks, in the hopes of simply immediately adding some immediately to my team. Here’s how the spreadsheet looks (yellow indicates 2017, blue 2018, green 2019, purple 2020):

Devy Quirky

OBSERVATIONS:

  1. There are far fewer overall devy players taken. Out of 64 devy players able to be rostered, there are actually only 49 devys on rosters. Which is odd, frankly, because all 64 devy “rights” are available to be used. Again, however, some people don’t use theirs. The greater point here, though, is one of strategy: if you don’t want to use a devy pick this year and would rather trade it for available picks, go for it. The devy “right” becomes a highly sought-after asset (depending on the desperation of the owner, it can fetch a 1st-rd pick). 

 

  1. Again, you see that offensive positions get hammered. Even more, DT, CB, and S had no devy selections this year. Out of 49 devys selected, 45 were on offense (91.8% offensive players selected) and 43 of these 45 were at the QB/WR/RB positions. What’s that tell you? Again: these are the positions that managers naturally gravitate toward. (If you’re looking for a huge neon sign that says DEVY HINTS, that’s it right there.) 

 

  1. Given the relatively small number of devys allowed, the top ten draft picks this year were different, especially as compared to “Simple.” In that league, six of the first ten picks were devys; in this league, only one was a devy.

 

First 10 overall picks:

1.01: Joe Burrow

1.02: Clyde Edwards-Helaire

1.03: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

1.04: Justin Jefferson

1.05: Patrick Queen

1.06: Kenneth Murray

1.07: Ke’Shawn Vaughn

1.08: Denzel Mims

1.09: Antonio Gibson

1.10: Brandon Aiyuk

 

Again, this is directly related to the overwhelming numbers of players left in the available draft pool – though, in fairness, some of these guys that went top-10 here did go in the first round in the “Simple” league: Mims, Aiyuk, and Murray specifically. Pittman was not a top-10 selection here because he was a devy pick from the year before.

 

  1. Last observation: the devy “rights” issue is one that we did away with in new leagues. It’s an interesting quirk, don’t get me wrong, but why not just let people draft whomever they want, devy or rookie, regardless of “rights?” And the greater point, I think, is that if you’re not happy with how your devy league is set up – and we have great commishes, in all three of these leagues, who continually look for ways to not only improve the league but have owner input in those improvements – don’t be afraid to change it up…which we did, when we created a new league the next year (2018). Its name below says it all:

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League Three: The “MASSIVE” League

32 teams. Same scoring. Same positions. But, we made a couple changes. First, we did away with devy rights altogether (a positive). We liked the quirkiness of the “rights” concept, hence why we created a new league instead of modifying an existing one. Second, we also did away with salaries and contracts. We called it “Forever”; we managers and players would be together forever, ‘til death or tax evasion or trades bad health did us part. It was to be our shining city on a hill. 

 

But, we got a little carried away with our enthusiasm for devy picks, because our third change was, well, 10 devy picks per team.

 

Yes, you read that right. In a 32-team league, each team was/is allowed to roster up to 10 devy players. That’s 320 possible devys rostered. (As a thought experiment, how many college players can you think of off the top of your head? 100? 200? 250? Are you digging deep now?) Here’s how the spreadsheet looks after this year’s eight-round, rookie/devy combined draft (blue indicates 2018, green 2019, yellow 2020):

 

Devy Massive
Editor’s Note: I mean, oh my goodness.

 

 

OBSERVATIONS:

  1. And this is obvious: that’s a lot of devy picks. So the first major takeaway has to be: in a league this big, you MUST do your homework. You cannot simply mess around. A league this size (and I’ll be perfectly honest: right now, it’s my favorite devy league) demands that owners monitor not only the NFL but the NCAA – and not just the major Power 5 games. Moreover, a league this size means attention MUST be paid to Group of 6 teams. A quick look back at “Simple” and “Quirky” indicates that while there’s the occasional MWC or AAC player, Power 5 players dominate. In a league like “Massive,” that’s not necessarily the rule. Talent will and should be discovered by both pro scouts and you, devy scout that you are, sitting at home in the comfort of your boxer shorts. However…

 

  1. Power 5 players STILL dominate in terms of overall number…but they’re getting younger and younger. Look at the graphic and see the almost staggering number of incoming college freshmen getting drafted each year. And not just this year: each player’s current college year when drafted is noted. So, yes, J.T. Daniels was drafted as a freshman in 2018, as were Zamir White and Trevor Lawrence; Bo Nix and Zach Harrison were 2019 freshman; this year…frankly, even thinking about counting the number of 2020 freshmen makes my head hurt. Just read the spreadsheet above.

 

But you get my point, I think. The greater the number of devys carried, the deeper the pool of devys naturally has to get. And we cap our leagues at incoming college players; the new devy league I’m in allows us to draft high school players. (I’m still not sure how I feel about that.) 

 

  1. So how does that impact the overall NFL rookies available? Let me note here what I did for “Simple”:

 

First 10 NFL offensive rookies: First 10 NFL rookies:

1.01: Joe Burrow                                                                      1.01: Joe Burrow

1.02: Clyde Edwards-Helaire                                                 1.02: Clyde Edwards-Helaire

1.03: Justin Jefferson                                                               1.03: Justin Jefferson

1.04. Brandon Aiyuk                                                                1.04: Brandon Aiyuk

1.07: Antonio Gibson                                                               1.05: Patrick Queen

1.10: Cole Kmet                                                                         1.07: Antonio Gibson

1.12: Darrynton Evans                                                             1.10: Cole Kmet

1.16: Devin Duvernay                                                               1.12: Darrynton Evans

1.17: Van Jefferson                                                                    1.16: Devin Duvernay

1.21: Adam Trautman                                                               1.17: Van Jefferson

 

While you can already see a winnowing of talent by the 10th offensive rookie (and even before that, I’d argue), other than Queen’s inclusion on the second list (necessitating Trautman’s exclusion), the lists are exactly the same. 

 

Now, take a look at the overall first 10 picks:

 

First 10 overall picks:

1.01: Joe Burrow

1.02: Clyde Edwards-Helaire

1.03: Justin Jefferson

1.04. Brandon Aiyuk

1.05: Patrick Queen

1.06: Journey Brown, RB, Penn State

1.07: Antonio Gibson

1.08: Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson

1.09: Sam Howell, QB, UNC

1.10: Cole Kmet

 

On the surface, this is more similar to the “Quirky” league: three devys in the top 10. BUT: given the massive number of players able to be rostered, it’s only a matter of time before devys began flying off the board. In the first round, 13 devy players were drafted; in the second, 21 devy players. In the first two rounds, 34 of the players drafted were devys, literally an entire round of devy players taken in just two rounds of draft picks. The last offensive rookie drafted in the second round was Dalton Keene at 2.31 (interestingly, his rookie counterpart, Devin Asiasi, was drafted a full round earlier, despite being only 10 picks apart in the NFL draft). What’s the obvious takeaway here? If you want a guy you’re darn positive is going high next year (or the year after), you MUST take him as early as you can (or, conversely, as late as you think you can afford to wait). (Interestingly, in the “Quirky” league’s inaugural year, Saquon Barkley was a top-10 pick, maybe top-5 (I can’t honestly remember). I do remember, however, being shocked by that; I’d planned to try to draft him in the 2nd, at best. 

 

  1. What’s also interesting about a league this size is that defensive players get more love. Just under 21% of all devys drafted play on the defensive side of the ball. A couple reasons contribute to that, I think. First, as there are no contracts and no salaries, a devy’s NFL draft spot doesn’t penalize you in terms of salary (and I’m thinking specifically here of CBs and DTs). Second, however: because there are so many devy spots to fill, more obvious and deliberate attention is paid to stocking up on that side of the ball – because, again, in a league this size there’s no guarantee that a quality IDP player (who certainly might have been available in “Simple” or “Quirky” will even be available to draft). So what do you do? Draft IDP, and draft it hard. One of the managers in this league had eight devy spots left. He took Kyle Pitts and Pat Freiermuth with his first two picks, then went IDP for the remaining devy spots.

 

  1. Because what that indicates, and it’s a point absolutely worth mentioning, is that a league this size allows you to reload players rather than simply replace them. Think your RB corps is weak? Draft a few RBs for next year, or the year after; simply bide your time and you’ll get your players. What the above manager did was identify his team’s area of weakness (TEs) and draft accordingly; THEN, because he knew the proclivities of other managers toward offensive positions, simply drafted the most highly projected defensive players available. Again: see holes, fill holes.

 

  1. The notion of gamesmanship is real in a league this size. You’ve got a sleeper in mind? No, you need five sleepers, ten sleepers in your back pocket to ensure, frankly, that you can come away with just a couple of them. Draft maneuvering in a league like this is a constant, continuous process; moving up and down to acquire “your” guys is vital. You cannot afford to “check out” – because even though we all know that “life happens,” if you take a last minute trip to the grocery store and forget your phone, ohhh buddy. 

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I threw a lot at you here, I admit. And while I don’t have any real answers, so to speak, I hope I’ve given you some things to think about if you’re getting ready to play devy for the first time, or creating your own league, or thinking about making some changes to an existing league.

 

But one thing I want to leave you with is this: have fun. This is just a game. We play to have fun. If you’re getting no enjoyment out of it, stop playing. Enjoy life. One of the (truly) beautiful things about devy, and fantasy football in general, is not the winning – because while awesome, in the grand scheme of things, what’s a couple hundred bucks of winnings really going to do for you? And “bragging rights?” (Sigh.) 

 

Instead (and this is just a thought), rather than drafting players simply to fill roster holes and, presumably, dominate their NFL positions for the next decade, you could always…draft players you actually like. Players you personally root for, for whatever reason. Maybe they play for your hometown team. Maybe there’s just something about how they approach the game; maybe you love that, as talented as they are, they’re the guy signing autographs for kids an hour after the game’s end. Or, similarly, draft players as a way of competing with yourself. See how many devy players that you select end up as actual NFL draft picks, as opposed to guys who go undrafted or wind up as UDFAs.  

 

A personal example: I have a soft spot for the AAC. I think it’s underrated. This means I also kind of have a soft spot for AAC players, especially guys who make plays, day in and day out. Maybe they’re not top-50 picks, but there’s something about them that says, “That’s how you do it.” Case in point: James Proche. Loved his game, loved his attitude, loved his “my ball” mindset any time the pigskin was remotely close to him. Proche isn’t the biggest, quickest, or the fastest, but he’s a dog in the best possible sense of the word. He’s relentless.

 

Proche went in the 5th round to BAL, who’d already taken Devin Duvernay in the 3rd, had spent two high 2019 picks (Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin) on receivers, and had taken a RB in the 2nd round (J.K. Dobbins) to pair with their other three quality RBs. Oh, and the Ravens have one of the most run-oriented offenses in the league. 

 

So, what’s Proche’s role? I don’t know. I firmly believe that if he’s drafted by 16 other teams, he’s absolutely competing for the starting slot role – or, at the very least, quality playing time. But, alas, such was not to be.

 

Do I regret using a devy selection on Proche? Actually, not at all. I wanted to bet on him; I wanted to bet on his talent to actually get drafted. And, honestly, I’m betting that he’ll figure out a way to get playing time. Again: he’s relentless. (And this year I went back to the SMU well again, this time for Reggie Roberson. Love his game also.)

 

I drafted Proche as a devy selection because, above all, I want to have fun in my devy leagues. And, sure, you’re drafting players to win…but don’t forget to draft them because you want to; because you like the player himself. Play devy to bet on the success of these college guys, all of whom are chasing their NFL dream.

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