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Weekly Watch: Week 12

Week 12 already? That means it’s almost rookie SZN and @tristancook_ is here to break down all the players to know in the Weekly Watch!

Week 12 of college football is here! If you’re new to this article, the goal is to bring you the top dynasty prospects to watch in nationally televised college football games. It’s never too early to take a look forward. Who are the top prospects playing? Who will be the sleepers of upcoming rookie drafts? Check back here every week for my ‘Weekly 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 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 a mention in next week’s article. But, hopefully, this will give you a few names to monitor throughout the year.

#7 Michigan State @ #4 Ohio State

Saturday, 11/20 | 12:00 PM ET, ABC

#7 Michigan State

Kenneth Walker III #9, RB 2022 (5’10, 210) 

Credit: Raj Mehta | USA Today Sports

The biggest name to know on the Spartans’ side of the ball remains RB Kenneth Walker III. He has played his way into the discussion for RB1 in the class. I still have him ranked as my RB3, but it’s certainly closer than it was at the beginning of the season. Walker will have a great opportunity to showcase his talents against Ohio State this week. I can’t wait to watch it.

Jalen Nailor #8, WR 2022 (6’0, 190) – HONORABLE MENTION

#4 Ohio State

Garrett Wilson #5, WR 2022 (6’0, 188) 

The top player to watch for OSU hasn’t changed either. Despite heading into last week with a bit of a question mark surrounding his health, Garrett Wilson put up a ridiculous 10/126/3 receiving line. I have Wilson as my WR1 in this class, but I think he’s closer to WR3-5 for most other people. The moral of the story is there isn’t a clear-cut #1 at this point. That may change during the pre-draft process.

Chris Olave #2, WR 2022 (6’1, 189) 

The other 2022 prospect to know for OSU is Chris Olave. He’s been overshadowed lately by both Wilson and sophomore Jaxon Smith-Njigba. But I still think Olave has a ton of talent and could end up being a value pick in rookie drafts. Since he’s been somewhat outplayed, I think his name will drop down draft boards, but I’m still a fan.

TreVeyon Henderson #32, RB 2024 (5’10, 210)

The next name to know is freshman RB TreVeyon Henderson. Henderson has shown power, quickness, balance, explosiveness, elusiveness, as well as an impressive receiving ability out of the backfield. He has to be the top RB in the 2024 class at this point. There’s not much need to analyze his game yet, but he’s going to be a top guy in 2024.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba #11, WR 2023 (5’10, 210) – HONORABLE MENTION

Iowa State @ #13 Oklahoma

Saturday, 11/20 | 12:00 PM ET, FOX

Iowa State

Breece Hall #28, RB 2022 (6’1, 220) 

Credit: Orlin Wagner | AP

You should know the main player for the Cyclones by now. Breece Hall has been my RB1 for a while. I am starting to see Walker and Spiller ranked over him, but not for me… I think he does everything you can ask from an RB and does it quite well. The only concern I have for him is his 40 time. But, 40 times aren’t the biggest data point for RB success, so even if he doesn’t run a blazing time, I won’t be worried.

Charlie Kolar #88, TE 2022 (6’6, 260) 

The other important name to know for Iowa State is TE Charlie Kolar. At 6’6, 260, he is an imposing physical specimen. This TE class is going to be all over the place, but Kolar certainly has the physical attributes to succeed at the NFL level. He’s the second leading receiver for ISU after WR Xavier Hutchinson. Expect to see him utilized as a mismatch because of his size.

Xavier Hutchinson #6, WR 2022 (6’3, 210) – HONORABLE MENTION

#13 Oklahoma

Caleb Williams #13, QB 2024 (6’3, 218) 

The first guy to know is freshman QB Caleb Williams. He struggled and was injured last week in Oklahoma’s disappointing loss to Baylor. Williams will undoubtedly be in the discussion for the top QB prospect of the 2024 class. We have plenty of time to dissect his game, but I’m expecting a bounce-back performance this week.

Marvin Mims #17, WR 2023 (5’11, 177) 

Marvin Mims has long been one of my favorite WRs for the 2023 class. He seems to be a notch or two down for many people, but consider me a fan. Like this entire Oklahoma offense, Mims will be looking to bounce back this week. He only caught 2 passes for 17 yards last week. I fully expect a better performance this week.

Kennedy Brooks #26, RB 2022 (5’11, 211) – HONORABLE MENTION

Eric Gray #0, RB 2022 (5’9, 205) – HONORABLE MENTION 

#10 Wake Forest @ Clemson

Saturday, 11/20 | 12:00 PM ET, ESPN

#10 Wake Forest

Sam Hartman #10, QB 2022 (6’1, 208) 

After a disappointing loss to North Carolina a couple of weeks ago, QB Sam Hartman had a solid bounce-back game in the close win over NC State last week. Hartman was gaining some draft buzz while Wake Forest was still undefeated. I think Hartman is an interesting prospect but should return for the 2022 season to continue to develop.

AT Perry #9, WR 2022 (6’5, 206) 

The other player to watch for the Demon Deacons is WR AT Perry. Standing at 6’5, Perry is a beast on the field. The third-year sophomore has been one of the top targets for Hartman this year. He has a team-high 11 TDs and leads the team in yards per reception. Perry has a real opportunity to shine if he and Hartman return for another season. If so, I’d be on the lookout for Perry to break out in a huge way in 2022. If he declares this year, I will still be interested, but I think his best move is to come back for another season.

Clemson

Justyn Ross #8, WR 2022 (6’4, 205) ***INJURED***

Credit: Matthew Stockman | Getty Images

The guy to know for the Tigers is Justyn Ross. The 6’4 receiver has had quite a tumultuous career at Clemson. He had a neck injury that was career-threatening in 2020. He returned to the football field this year after sitting out the entire 2020 season. Ross is now turning his attention towards preparation for the 2021 NFL draft after needing surgery to address stress fractures in his foot. I have been a fan of Ross for a long time. The injuries will likely make him a value rookie drafts.

Georgia Tech @ #8 Notre Dame

Saturday, 11/20 | 2:30 PM ET, NBC

Georgia Tech

Jahmyr Gibbs #1, RB 2023 (5’11, 200) 

The main man to know in this game is second-year RB Jahmyr Gibbs. He came in as a highly touted RB prospect in 2020 and has been impressive. He is dynamic with the ball in his hands as a rusher, receiver, and returner. If he chooses to declare, Gibbs has a chance to be in the discussion for the top tier of RBs in 2023. He’s still behind Texas’ Bijan Robinson, but he’s in the debate.

Malachi Carter #7, WR 2022 (6’3, 195) – HONORABLE MENTION 

#8 Notre Dame

Kyren Williams #23, RB 2022 (5’9, 199)

Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The names have stayed the same on the Notre Dame side of the ball. The first is RB Kyren Williams. He has been the best offensive weapon for the Fighting Irish this year. Williams had a solid game last week against Virginia. He ran for 70 yards and a TD on 14 carries. He also added 15 yards through the air. I think Williams has a chance to be one of the bigger value picks in both the NFL draft and rookie drafts. He has the ability to be a 3-down back, so if he gets in a good situation, the sky’s the limit. He’s still my RB3.

Michael Mayer #87, TE 2023 (6’4, 251)

The other name to know for Notre Dame is Michael Mayer. Last week, he had a nice bounce-back game, catching 7 passes for 84 yards and a TD. He’s been their top receiving option all year, and I don’t expect that to change this week. Mayer is a mismatch nightmare for defenses and should become an impact TE in the NFL. He still has at least one more year in South Bend, so we have to wait a bit, but he’s absolutely a name to know for 2023 and is my TE1 for that class.

#21 Arkansas @ #2 Alabama

Saturday, 11/20 | 3:30 PM ET, CBS

#21 Arkansas

Treylon Burks #16, WR 2022 (6’3, 225) 

Credit: Arkansas Athletics

The guy to know for the Razorbacks is WR Treylon Burks. He is probably the closest thing to a consensus WR1 in this class. Having said that, he’s not my WR, so it certainly isn’t clear cut. Burks is coming off a disappointing game with 4 catches for only 16 yards against LSU. He is incredibly athletic and has the ability to make some ridiculous catches, so look for him to bounce back against his toughest opponent of the season this week.

Trelon Smith #22, RB 2022 (5’9, 190) – HONORABLE MENTION

#2 Alabama

Jameson Williams #1, WR 2022 (6’1, 189) 

There are quite a few names to know for the 2022 class from Alabama. The first is WR Jameson Williams. Last week, he continued his breakout year with a monster performance against the overmatched New Mexico State Aggies. Williams hauled in 6 passes for 158 yards and 3 TDs and continues to be the Crimson Tide’s big-play weapon. At this point, it’s looking like he’ll end up being the first Alabama WR taken in the NFL draft.

John Metchie III #8, WR 2022 (6’0, 195)

The other WR to watch is John Metchie III. He had a mediocre game against NM State, as Jameson stole the show. I am torn between which WR I like better. A lot will depend on how their testing numbers come back at the combine. They are very different WRs, so it’ll also depend on what a particular team is looking for. Regardless, I think they both are very good.

Jahleel Billingsley #19, TE 2022 (6’4, 230)

The next player to know is TE Jahleel Billingsley. Like many Alabama TEs, he isn’t a huge part of the passing attack. However, Billingsley has the physical attributes that should make him a top TE prospect in this class. He’s usually hovering around the TE3-4 mark in this class. Billingsley will likely be a mid-late round rookie pick, but depending where he goes, he could be the type of player that produces at the NFL level without ever really doing so in college.

Bryce Young #9, QB 2023 (6’3, 214) 

The last name of note is Bryce Young. I don’t need to say a ton more about him. He’s having a spectacular year so far and looks like he’ll bring home plenty of post-season award hardware. I imagine he’ll end up winning the Heisman and going into the 2022 season as the projected 1.01. There’s still time for that to change, but that’s the track we are headed down.

SMU @ #5 Cincinnati

Saturday, 11/20 | 3:30 PM ET, ESPN

SMU

Reggie Roberson Jr. #21, WR 2022 (6’0, 200)

After exciting 2019 and 2020 seasons, there was some draft buzz surrounding Reggie Roberson. Unfortunately, he’s been mediocre at best this year. His 12.6 y/r is the lowest of his career. It will be interesting to see how the NFL views him and where he gets drafted. He’s certainly a name to be familiar with, but not a top-level guy at this point.

Grant Calcaterra #88, TE 2022 (6’5, 247) – HONORABLE MENTION

#2 Cincinnati

Desmond Ridder #9, QB 2022 (6’4, 215) 

Credit: Aaron Doster | USA Today Sports

The best prospect in this game is Cincinnati QB, Desmond Ridder. Ridder and the Bearcats remain undefeated but are at #5 in the CFB Playoff poll. Last week, he had an impressive statistical line against USF, throwing for 304 yards with 2 TDs and completing over 75% of his passes. Ridder showed off his athleticism as well, rushing the ball 13 times for 65 yards and another TD. I think he’s a fascinating prospect.

Jerome Ford #24, RB 2022 (5’11, 220) – HONORABLE MENTION

Alec Pierce #12, WR 2022 (6’3, 213) – HONORABLE MENTION 

Virginia @ #18 Pittsburgh

Saturday, 11/20 | 3:30 PM ET, ESPN 2

Virginia

Jelani Woods #0, TE 2022 (6’7, 265) – HONORABLE MENTION

Calvin Jackson Jr. #8, WR 2022 (5’10, 194) – HONORABLE MENTION

#18 Pittsburgh

Kenny Pickett #8, QB 2022 (6’3, 220)

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

The Pitt Panthers have one of the biggest movers in the 2022 draft class since the start of the season with QB Kenny Pickett. He’s moved all the way up to the #1 QB on Mel Kiper’s most recent draft board. We saw a similar type of ascension from Joe Burrow not too many years ago. Pickett is my QB4, but that says more about the lack of elite QB prospects than any specific ranking. They are all kind of lumped together.

Jordan Addison #3, WR 2023 (6’0, 175)

The other player to know in this game is sophomore WR Jordan Addison. He’s been absolutely ridiculous this year for the Panthers. Addison has 1070 receiving yards and 11 TDs on 60 catches. The next closest players in each category have 37 catches, 566 yards, and 6 TDs. He’s been an absolute monster and should be in the discussion for top WR in the 2023 class.

UCLA @ USC

Saturday, 11/20 | 4:00 PM ET, FOX

UCLA

Zach Charbonnet #24, RB 2022 (6’1, 220) 

Creidt: AP Photo

The name to know for the Bruins is RB Zach Charbonnet. He’s regained the form we saw in his freshman year for Michigan. Charbonnet seems to be all over the board, depending on who you ask or where you look. I think it’s more than likely that he declares for the NFL, but you never know. Charbonnet is my RB8 right now in the class, but the rankings beyond that top handful are very fluid. I think he has talent, just not sure that I’m as high as some people are on him.

Greg Dulcich #85, TE 2022 (6’4, 245) – HONORABLE MENTION

USC

Drake London #15, WR 2022 (6’5, 210) ***INJURED***

The top prospect to know here is Drake London. Unfortunately, he was hurt in the game against Arizona and will be out the remainder of the season. His stats for the season will end at 88 catches, 1084 yards, and 7 TDs. London has forced his way into the top-tier of WRs in this class and had a real chance to be the top WR drafted. At 6’5, there aren’t many people that can do what he does. I’ve seen him listed as the top WR in many places, and it’s hard to argue against it.

Kedon Slovis #9, QB 2022 (6’3, 205) 

There’s a lot of uncertainty in the USC program right now. They have an interim coach, an injured superstar WR, and two QBs. I’m still a fan of Slovis, the NFL prospect, but it’s tough to know what’s happening at USC. He’s a name to know for the NFL draft if he chooses to declare, which I assume he will. He could always transfer if he doesn’t, but it’s hard to predict.

Keaontay Ingram #28, RB 2022 (6’0, 215) – HONORABLE MENTION

#3 Oregon @ #23 Utah

Saturday, 11/20 | 7:00 PM ET, ABC

#3 Oregon

Travis Dye #26, RB 2022 (5’10, 190)

Credit: AP

Unfortunately, the top fantasy prospect for Oregon is out for the year. However, if you’re up late watching #Pac12AfterDark, there still is a name to know. Travis Dye has stepped in nicely for CJ Verdell and is carrying the load for the #3 Oregon Ducks. He’s also currently leading their team in receptions and second in receiving yards. I think Verdell is still the top NFL prospect, but Dye is proving to have a lot of versatility and could potentially be a late-round guy.

CJ Verdell #7, RB 2022 (5’8, 211) ***INJURED***

Johnny Johnson III #3, WR 2022 (6’1, 199) – HONORABLE MENTION

#23 Utah

Cameron Rising #7, QB 2023 (6’2, 220) 

The hot name for the Utes is sophomore QB Cameron Rising. He’s had an impressive year for Utah after taking over for Charlie Brewer early in the season. Rising will likely be in Salt Lake for a few more years, but he could be a name to know for the future.

Brant Kuithe #80 TE 2022 (6’2, 230) – HONORABLE MENTION

Arizona State @ Oregon State

Saturday, 11/20 | 10:30 PM ET, ESPN 

Arizona State

Jayden Daniels #5, QB 2022 (6’3, 185) 

The first player to watch for the Sun Devils is junior QB, Jayden Daniels. He’s had a rather pedestrian year compared to what I had hoped for. Daniels didn’t play very well last week in the 5 point win over Washington. He threw 1 INT and 1 TD, but the more notable part was that he only had 90 passing yards for the whole game. Daniels has been underwhelming this year, so I’m expecting him to return and try to regain some of the draft hype he had going into this year.

Rachaad White #3, RB 2022 (6’2, 210)

Credit: Keith Birmingham | The Orange County Register via AP

ASU wasn’t throwing the ball much last week because Rachaad White was dominating on the ground. He carried the ball 32 times, yes 32 times. White tallied 184 rushing yards and 2 TDs on those 32 carries. He also hauled in 5 passes for 53 of ASU’s 90 receiving yards. I’ve seen White all over RB draft rankings as well, but he’s certainly a name to know for 2022.

Oregon State

BJ Baylor #4, RB 2022 (5’11, 205) – HONORABLE MENTION

That’s it for this week’s games. 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 Nerds’ Film Room. And, if you’re interested in joining the #NerdHerd? Use the code “tcook” for 15% off any membership. Sign up here and get an edge on all of your league mates today! You can get access to the DynastyGM tool (including our Trade Calculator and new Trade Finder), the Prospect Film Room, an extra weekly podcast, full rankings, and much, much more! 

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