We are officially in week 11! This week has some amazing CFB matchups, so I can’t wait to get into them. The goal is to bring you the top dynasty prospects to watch in nationally televised college football games. We 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.
#4 Penn State @ #17 Minnesota
Saturday, 11/9 | 12:00 PM ET, ABC
KJ Hamler #1, WR 2020 (5’9, 176)
Don’t look now, but Penn State is staking its claim as WRU. The next dynamic WR to be headed to the NFL is KJ Hamler. He’s not the biggest WR, but he has regularly shown us that he has the speed and quickness to get open and make big plays. He is an incredible playmaker, look for him to break this game open.
Jahan Dotson #5, WR 2021 (5’11, 175)
The next player is Jahan Dotson, a former 4-star recruit, who is the team’s second-leading receiver. He had a few encouraging plays as a true freshman in 2018, and has taken a big step forward this year. He’s another slender WR, and won’t be eligible until 2021, but I’m excited to watch play. Remember him for 2021.
Pat Freiermuth #87, TE 2021 (6’5, 256)
Finally, sophomore Pat Freiermuth is an intriguing prospect at TE. He had a very productive freshman year, and has backed it up with a good start to 2019. He has the 2nd most catches and TDs, as well as the 3rd most receiving yards on this #4 Nittany Lions team. He’ll be a name to monitor for the 2021 TE class.
Tyler Johnson #6, WR 2020 (6’2, 205)
Tyler Johnson, who returned for his senior season with the Golden Gophers, remains as one of my favorite WRs in this loaded 2020 class. As I’ve mentioned before, his best attributes are his route running, specifically his ability to get off the line; his yards after the catch; and his contested catches. I previously thought he would be available in the middle of the 2nd round of rookie drafts, however, I am getting a little skeptical that he’ll still be on the board at that time. I think he has 1st round talent and will see his name shoot up draft boards through the pre-draft process.
Rashod Bateman #13, WR 2021 (6’2, 210)
The other Golden Gopher to watch out for is sophomore Rashod Bateman. Bateman is having an outstanding year and is currently leading the team in receiving yards. I think by the time the 2021 rookie draft is here, Bateman will be a 1st round rookie pick. It might seem a little bit outlandish now, but I see the talent there.
#12 Baylor @ TCU
Saturday, 11/9 | 12:00 PM ET, FS1
Denzel Mims #5, WR 2020 (6’3, 215)
The main weapon for the undefeated Baylor Bears is Denzel Mims. He’s still the team’s leader in TDs, receptions, and receiving yards. The senior WR has displayed great body control and the ability to make spectacular catches. He has the size most teams look for in an outside WR. He could be a value pick in the middle rounds of rookie drafts.
Jalen Reagor #1, WR 2020 (5’11, 195)
The main guy to watch when TCU has the ball is Jalen Reagor. If you’re not familiar with his name, look for the blur flying across your screen when TCU’s offense is on the field. Reagor has world-class speed but has shown that he has developed some depth to his game. Every week the biggest question is if the Horned Frogs can get him enough touches. He’ll be a 1st round rookie pick.
#2 LSU @ #3 Alabama
Saturday, 11/9 | 3:30 PM ET, CBS
Joe Burrow #9, QB 2020 (6’4, 216)
Joe Burrow has firmly planted himself in the midst of the Heisman race. In doing so, he’s seen his name mentioned as a potential 1st round pick in the NFL draft. He will face his toughest challenge this week against the Crimson Tide’s tough defense. So, it will be exciting to see how he holds up.
Justin Jefferson #2, WR 2020 (6’ 3, 192)
One of Burrow’s top options is WR Justin Jefferson. He and Ja’Marr Chase are dominating opposing DBs this year. But, as I have noted, this week’s opponent is on a different level than any team the Tigers have played in 2019. If Jefferson can put up big numbers, he will likely see his stock rise. As of now, I see him being a value pick in rookie drafts.
Ja’Marr Chase #1, WR 2021 (6’1, 200)
As you may have noticed by now, there are a lot of good WRs who are projected to be a part of the 2021 class. Ja’Marr chase is the next on that list. He will be ranked up there with the elite WRs of next year’s class, but for the time being, we get to see how he can perform against a top-level defense.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire #22, RB 2020 (5’8, 209)
The last LSU player I will mention is Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He has absolutely dominated the rushing attempts for the Tigers, but he has also shown the ability to catch passes out of the backfield. He comes into this game with 19 catches, and has shown soft hands and good ability after the catch so far. He’ll likely be a mid-late round pick in your rookie drafts.
Tua Tagovailoa #13 QB, 2020 (6’1, 218)
I still have Tua ranked as my top QB in the 2020 class. As of now, Tua is “Questionable” to play in this game. If he is able to suit up, I’m sure there will be plenty of talk about the impact of his injured ankle on his performance. However, regardless of if he plays, or how he plays, I believe he is the best QB in the upcoming class. He’s shown plenty of toughness playing through injuries before, and is firmly my top 2020 QB.
Najee Harris #22, RB 2020 (6’2, 230)
The next player to monitor in this game is RB Najee Harris. He’s shown the ability to be both a powerful running back and competent receiver out of the backfield. I’ve seen him mocked in many different places. But, as of now, I imagine he will be available early in the 2nd round of many rookie drafts. His combine and landing spot likely will impact that, but he’s a talented back.
Jerry Jeudy #4, WR 2020 (6’1, 192)
The name you are likely to see at the top of every 2020 board is Jerry Jeudy. As I have discussed, he has the potential to be a WR1 for any NFL team for a long time. Because of the depth of this class, he won’t be a consensus 1.01 pick, but he’s insanely talented. If you’re going to guarantee that you get Jeudy, you likely will need a top-2 pick in the upcoming draft.
Henry Ruggs III #11, WR 2020 (6’0, 190)
Henry Ruggs III has seen his name zoom up draft boards faster than he can run. And that’s saying something because he is insanely fast. He is more than just a speed receiver though, he has the ball skills to potentially become a 1st round NFL pick. If he is an early pick in the NFL draft, he’ll be joining Jeudy in the 1st round of rookie drafts, and you likely will see many Tyreek Hill comps.
DeVonta Smith #6, WR 2020 (6’1, 175)
Unsurprisingly, the Crimson Tide have yet another good 2020 prospect on their team. His name is DeVonta Smith. You might remember him from his massive 5TD day a few weeks ago. What might surprise you is that despite being the least touted of this trio of WRs, he’s leading the team in receiving yards and TDs. Obviously 5 in one game helps, but he has the talent to be an early NFL pick as well.
USC @ Arizona State
Saturday, 11/9 | 3:30 PM ET, ABC
Tyler Vaughns #21, WR 2020 (6’2, 190)
As I discussed last week, Vaughns is the first of the trio of USC WRs that have an NFL future ahead of them. He has shown dominance at times, but needs to develop some consistency to break into the next tier of WR prospects. I don’t expect a lot of resistance from the Sun Devils DBs, so Vaughns and his Trojan compatriots could be in for big days this week.
Amon-Ra St. Brown #8, WR 2021 (6’1, 195)
St. Brown is the most unique of the three USC WRs I have listed here. He’s been moved all over the field this year, and has produced wherever he is lined up. He’s shown some ability at RB, slot WR or out wide, and his versatility could prove to give him an added advantage in fantasy. He’ll be another name in the 2021 bucket, but he’s penciled in as a late 1st round pick for me.
Michael Pittman Jr. #6, WR 2020 (6’4, 220)
The last player for the Trojans that I’ll talk about is Michael Pittman Jr. He is the most physical and dominant WR for this USC offense, as is evident by the fact that he is leading the team in effectively all receiving stats. His size proves to be an immense mismatch in the red zone or on 50/50 balls, and his physicality makes hard to cover.
Eno Benjamin #3, RB 2020 (5’10, 201)
When ASU has the ball, look for RB Eno Benjamin to be a difference maker. He is another good RB in this loaded 2020 class. For me, he’s a tier below the top guys but is still a 1st round pick. I’ve seen his name slip a little bit as of late, and if that trend continues, I’d be looking to scoop him up in the 2nd round of rookie drafts. I think he, along with many of the players in this class, have 1st round talent. The problem is that there are only so many slots in the 1st round, so some players will get pushed down.
Brandon Aiyuk #2, WR 2020 (6’1, 206)
Finally, Brandon Aiyuk is a player that is worth mentioning. He’s been most of the Sun Devils’ passing game this year, and is an intriguing prospect for me. I think that he’s going to be a late round lottery ticket, but remember his name during the pre-draft process, he could see his stock rise.
#18 Iowa @ #13 Wisconsin
Saturday, 11/9 | 4:00 PM ET, FOX
Ihmir Smith-Marsette #6, WR 2020 (6’1, 183)
For Iowa, watch #6 Ihmir Smith-Marsette. Last year, he was mostly used on special teams, but has transitioned nicely to a more integrated role here in 2019 and is leading the Hawkeyes in receiving yards. He possesses incredible speed, and is always a threat to take it to the house any time he touches the ball.
Jonathan Taylor #23, RB 2020 (5’11, 219)
For Wisconsin, there is really one player that I’ll be focusing on, Jonathan Taylor. He has already eclipsed the 1000 yard rushing mark. And, seeing as only one other skill position player has gained 250 yards, and no one has even sniffed the 500-yard mark, it’s safe to say that Taylor is the entire Badgers’ offense. I can’t wait to see him in an NFL uniform next year.
Missouri @ #6 Georgia
Saturday, 11/9 | 7:00 PM ET, ESPN
Albert Okwuegbunam #81, TE 2020 (6’5, 255)
On Missouri’s side of the ball, the player I’ll be watching most is Albert O, who is generally considered the top TE in the 2020 class. I’m not sure he has quite the elite athletic upside that players like an Evan Engram, but he should be a good NFL TE for years to come.
D’Andre Swift #7, RB 2020 (5’9, 215)
The 1.01 pick for 2020 is still likely going to be D’Andre Swift. He is a little bit shorter than the “prototypical” RB, but that hasn’t slowed him down whatsoever. There isn’t much analysis need at this point, he’s really good, and you’ll see him make some great plays against this Missouri defense…
Jake Fromm #11, QB 2020 (6’2, 220)
Fromm is quite an interesting prospect. He’ll likely declare for the NFL draft and be a relatively high pick. He’s not necessarily the most spectacular QB, but he does everything well and beat out both Jacob Eason and Justin Fields for the starting job in Athens. I’ll be watching from closely.
Liberty @ BYU (bonus game)
Saturday, 11/9 | 7:30 PM ET, ESPN U
Antonio Gandy-Golden #11, WR 2020 (6’4, 220)
I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight a player that many of you may have never heard of before. His name is Antonio Gandy-Golden, and he’s really good at football. He is big, fast, and strong. He also has soft hands, makes contested catches, and is great after the catch. You’ll be hearing about him before too long because he’s a special talent. Currently, he has more than double the next player in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. That’s insane.
Matt Bushman #89, TE 2020 (6’5, 245)
At 6’5 and 245 pounds, Matt Bushman is hard to cover, and he has been the favorite target of Zach Wilson so far this season for the Cougars. Each year in Provo, his production has improved. His size and skill set makes him an intriguing NFL TE prospect. Keep your eyes on him in this game.
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 tape on some of these guys in the Dynasty Nerds Film Room. It’s an amazing tool that I plan to take full advantage of.
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