Happy Thanksgiving Nerds! Hopefully, you’re still in a turkey-induced coma. We have several high-quality rivalries being renewed this week, so get ready for another full day of football. As you start focusing in on whom you want to target in your upcoming rookie drafts, this article can hopefully be a tool to help with that process. I aim to bring you the top dynasty prospects to watch in nationally televised college football games. We are rapidly approaching the end of the college football regular season. And, with that comes the best part of playing dynasty fantasy football, ‘Draft SZN’! Hopefully, this article will give you a leg up on your opponents, so check back here every week for my ‘Who to Watch’ series before you head into the weekend. Use this article each week as a place to refer back to as you get ready to watch each game.
How this article works:
I’ll give you the network, time, and teams playing in nationally televised games. Below that, I’ll list the respective schools’ prospects that are, in my opinion, worth mentioning, their position, the year they are eligible to enter the NFL Draft, and their listed heights and weights.
Feel free to reach out on Twitter (@tristancook_) if you have players you think deserve to be mentioned in next week’s article. Hopefully this will give you a few names to monitor throughout the year.
#1 OHIO STATE @ #13 MICHIGAN
Saturday, 11/30 | 12:00 PM ET, FOX
JK Dobbins #2, RB 2020 (5’10, 217)
The first player to watch in this epic rivalry game is JK Dobbins. He is one of the better RB prospects in the upcoming class and is going to be one of the best players on the field in this game. He remains at a tier slightly lower than Jonathan Taylor and D’Andre Swift, but he is inching closer by the week. He should end up being a mid 1st round pick in most rookie drafts.
Justin Fields #1, QB 2021 (6’3, 223)
The next player to monitor is the Buckeye’s signal-caller, Justin Fields. In his first year as the starter, Fields has demonstrated the abilities that made him a 5-star recruit in Georgia. I fully expect Fields to continue to develop and be one of the top QBs selected when he declares. I’m not sure that he will go earlier than Trevor Lawrence, but Fields is rapidly approaching that level.
Nico Collins #4, WR 2020 (6’4, 220)
Michigan’s best WR is Nico Collins. At 6’4”, 220lbs it is easy to see why he is leading the team in receiving touchdowns. However, he is certainly more than just a red zone threat. He is averaging a team-high 20.9 yards per catch, is leading the team in receiving yards, and is 2ndin catches. He has been an integral part of their passing game, so keep your eyes on #4 for Michigan.
Donovan Peoples-Jones #9, WR 2020 (6’2, 208)
The other touchdown threat for the Wolverines is Donovan Peoples-Jones. He has the physical traits to be an outside receiver at the NFL level but needs to continue to develop and show more consistency. He’ll be an interesting player to watch in the pre-draft process if he declares.
Zach Charbonnet #24, RB 2022 (6’1, 220)
For the Wolverines, I will be watching Zach Charbonnet very closely. He has had a very impressive year, and while he is only a freshman, I’m anxious to see how he stacks up against an elite defense. We still have a while to evaluate Charbonnet as a prospect, but so far I like what I’ve seen.
#3 CLEMSON @ SOUTH CAROLINA
Saturday, 11/30 | 12:00 PM ET, ESPN
Trevor Lawrence #16, QB 2021 (6’6, 220)
I anticipate watching Trevor Lawrence have a strong day against the Gamecocks. He is still my top QB for 2021, and when you watch him play, it’s easy to see why. He has all of the tools you want. Trevor has displayed plenty of mobility, arm strength, pocket awareness, and touch. And, at 6’6”, Lawrence has enough height to make even John Elway happy.
Travis Etienne #8, RB 2020 (5’10, 210)
Next, Etienne is a player that seems to have faded from the forefront of the 2020 class hype. However, that may end up working in our favor. He has incredible speed and explosiveness and anytime he touches the ball he’s a threat to take it to the house. His biggest knock is his pass-catching ability. He still should be an early draft pick in your rookie draft.
Tee Higgins #5, WR 2020 (6’4, 215)
The third player to watch for Clemson is Tee Higgins. It seems as though not everyone is a big fan of Higgins. I think Higgins has as much potential as any of the WRs in this class. The biggest unknown is if he’ll reach that potential or not. Higgins’ best trait is the way he attacks the ball in the air. I think Tee has the talent to be an early 1st round pick, but you likely see him be available later than that.
Justyn Ross #8, WR 2021 (6’4, 205)
The final Tiger I’ll be watching is Justyn Ross. After a breakout freshman season, he has become one of the top receivers for the 2021 class. There will be plenty of time to evaluate Ross as a prospect, but for now, let’s watch him dominate the collegiate competition.
Bryan Edwards #89, WR 2020 (6’3, 218)
For South Carolina, this game is a great opportunity for WR Bryan Edwards to showcase his skills against a top-level opponent. Edwards has made some incredible catches this season, so keep an eye out for him to make another highlight-reel play. I think he will be a mid-2ndround pick at best, but I’ll be looking to get a few shares.
#5 ALABAMA @ #15 AUBURN
Saturday, 11/30 | 3:30 PM ET, CBS
Jerry Jeudy #4, WR 2020 (6’1, 192)
The Crimson Tide have several draft worthy prospects for the 2020 draft, the first of which is Jerry Jeudy. You are undoubtedly familiar with his name, but Jeudy’s game is on a special level. He is a special talent to watch, and you will hear his name called early in the NFL draft and near the top of your rookie draft. He is worthy of all the praise you’ve heard.
Najee Harris #22, RB 2020 (6’2, 230)
In Alabama’s backfield, Najee Harris has continually put up good numbers. He is a bit of a bigger back but has shown very good quickness and agility for his size. Additionally, he has demonstrated more skill as a receiver than many people expected. I think he has a chance to slide in rookie drafts, and should provide some serious value.
Henry Ruggs III #11, WR 2020 (6’0, 190)
Next, Henry Ruggs may not be quite the elite prospect like Jeudy, but what he does have is unmatched speed. He’s continued to develop as a receiver and is garnering more early-round draft buzz. His rookie draft slot will likely vary greatly based on how early he ends up getting drafted and which team selects him.
DeVonta Smith #6, WR 2020 (6’1, 175)
The final WR for Alabama that I will mention is DeVonta Smith. He has emerged this year as an elite TD producer. He has a more slender build than any of the other Crimson Tide WRs but has been able to put up big numbers regardless. He certainly has shown the big-play potential that makes him exciting to watch.
Tua Tagovailoa #13 QB, 2020 (6’1, 218) ***INJURED***
As I’m sure you are aware, Tua Tagovailoa was injured and will be out for the remainder of the season. His draft status and playing future are now somewhat unknown. Alabama has said that he is expected to make a full recovery and barring any setbacks, I still have him as my most talented QB in this class. There is a chance he will decide to return to school, but we will cross that bridge when we get there.
Seth Williams #18, WR 2021 (6’3, 224)
On the Auburn side of the ball, the main player to watch is Seth Williams. He’s having a standout season for the Tigers as a sophomore. He is leading the team with a stat line of 52/735/8. Each of those numbers is far above his second closest teammate. I’m excited to watch Williams develop further and expect a big year from him in 2020.
#12 WISCONSIN @ #8 MINNESOTA
Saturday, 11/30 | 3:30 PM ET, ABC
Jonathan Taylor #23, RB 2020 (5’11, 219)
Jonathan Taylor is my favorite RB in the 2020 class. That may be a bit of a ‘hot take’ but most people have him as one of their top-2 backs, in the same tier as D’Andre Swift. The biggest concerns with Taylor have been his ability in the passing game and his usage. But, I think Taylor has shown us enough this year as a receiver to prove that he can develop at the NFL level. The number of touches is a bit of a concern long-term for me, but the talent is undeniable.
Tyler Johnson #6, WR 2020 (6’2, 205)
On the Minnesota side of the ball, there will be two players to look for. The first is Tyler Johnson. I think that he has tremendous ability and should be a day-2 NFL draft pick. However, it remains to be seen what NFL teams think of him. Keep him in mind as the pre-draft process progresses, because while I really like him, there have been conflicting reports.
Rashod Bateman #13, WR 2021 (6’2, 210)
The other player for the Golden Gophers is #13, Rashod Bateman. While I have admitted that I am a big Tyler Johnson fan, it’s quite possible that Rashod Bateman is going to be even better. He is a dynamic player that can consistently win against college corners. We get to watch him for another year, so remember his name next season.
TEXAS A&M @ #2 LSU
Saturday, 11/30 | 7:00 PM ET, ESPN
Quartney Davis #1, WR 2020 (6’2, 200)
The main player to watch on the Aggies’ side of the ball is WR Quartney Davis. He is an exciting player to watch with the ball in his hands. Also, he has shown a good ability to track the ball and make difficult catches. I think he has a good chance to be a mid-round rookie value pick, like many players this year.
Jhmon Ausbon #2, WR 2020 (6’ 2, 218)
Another name to mention is Jhmon Ausbon. Admittedly, I have not watched a lot of his tape, but his numbers stand out and I will be digging into his film soon. What I do know is that Ausbon is leading the Aggies in receptions and receiving yards. The limited amount of tape I have watched on him has me intrigued, so I will certainly be paying close attention to how he matches up against the very good Tigers’ secondary.
Joe Burrow #9, QB 2020 (6’4, 216)
On the LSU side of the ball, the biggest name for 2020 is Heisman candidate, Joe Burrow. He has exploded onto the national scene this year for the Tigers and is one of the biggest reasons that they are the #2 team in the country. I expect Burrow to be the favorite to be the first QB off the board in your rookie draft, and in SF/2QB leagues, that could be with one of the first picks.
Justin Jefferson #2, WR 2020 (6’ 3, 192)
Justin Jefferson is another one of the potential 2020 WRs that has shown glimpses of high-end ability and production but will likely be pushed down by the numerous potentially elite players in this class. I think that Jefferson could be a steal in the middle part of your rookie drafts.
Ja’Marr Chase #1, WR 2021 (6’1, 200)
The next LSU WR to watch is #1, Ja’Marr Chase. He is a 2021 prospect, but you will see his name called frequently against A&M this week. Chase has an incredible skill set, and as of now, I would bet he would be in the 1stround of 2021 rookie drafts. Watch out for #1.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire #22, RB 2020 (5’8, 209)
The final LSU player I will mention is Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Helaire has shown us incredible contact balance on his way to over 1,100 yards rushing and 15 TDs on the season. He’s picked up steam as this year has progressed. I’ll be watching him if he declares this year.
COLORADO @ #6 UTAH
Saturday, 11/30 | 7:30 PM ET, ABC
LaViska Shenault Jr. #2, WR 2020 (6’2, 220)
Laviska Shenault is going to be the most talented player on the field in this game. You will likely see him lined up in many different spots because he can beat a defense in a variety of ways. He has the power to run over LBs and the quickness to beat DBs. If you haven’t seen the catch that he made last week against Stanford, I suggest you take a look. I want as many Shenault shares as I can get come rookie drafts.
Zach Moss #2, RB 2020 (5’10, 222)
For the Utes, the main man to watch is also #2. Zach Moss has been nearly the entire Utah offense. He has over 900 more rushing yards than the next highest player and is the Utes’ 3rd leading receiver. Moss should have a good day against the Buffs in Salt Lake, and I think he could be a steal in your rookie draft as he is a less-heralded name.
#7 OKLAHOMA @ #21 OKLAHOMA STATE
Saturday, 11/30 | 8:00 PM ET, FOX
CeeDee Lamb #2, WR 2020 (6’2, 191)
On the Oklahoma side of the ball, the main player to watch is CeeDee Lamb. He is a very smooth WR that can dominate against any corner in college. Some people have him in a tier below Jeudy, and I think that’s wrong. If you can get Lamb in the middle of the 1st round, I’d be thrilled about that.
Jalen Hurts #1, QB 2020 (6’2, 219)
I am still not sure how to value Jalen Hurts. I think that it is likely that he will get a chance to be an NFL QB; it is just a matter of how early a team is willing to draft him. If a team commits to building an offense around him the way the Ravens have done with Lamar Jackson, Hurts could be a fantasy stud. For now, we just wait and see what the NFL thinks of him.
Chuba Hubbard #30, RB 2020 (5’10, 201)
There is really only one player I’m interested in watching for the Cowboys, and that is Chuba Hubbard. He is only 168 yards shy of 2,000 rushing yards on the season. He is a home run hitter that can score in the blink of an eye. I think Hubbard will continue to rise up draft boards in both the NFL and dynasty drafts.
Tylan Wallace #2, WR 2020 (6’0, 185) ***INJURED***
The reason that Hubbard is the only player of much interest for OSU is that Tylan Wallace is out for the season. He tore his ACL a few weeks ago in practice and is done for the season. He could potentially return next year, but it is possible he will still declare. I am still a believer, so if he does go pro, you will likely be able to get him at a much lower cost. Hopefully, he returns fully from his injury, because he is fun to watch.
That’s it for this week’s games. I will be previewing a handful of players each week going forward. As I previously mentioned, if there is anyone you’d like me to take a look at, or want to share your thoughts on anything dynasty related, hit me up on Twitter (@tristancook_). Also, check out the tape on some of these guys in the Dynasty Prospects Film Room. Get a free preview of the Dynasty Prospects Film Room all Black Friday weekend.
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