Here we are, at week 12, and nearing the end of the college football regular season! My goal with this article is 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.
#5 ALABAMA @ MISSISSIPPI STATE
Saturday, 11/16 | 12:00 PM ET, ESPN
Tua Tagovailoa #13 QB, 2020 (6’1, 218)
Once again, Tua’s status is uncertain going into this game. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him sit out this week against the Bulldogs. As far as his scouting report goes, nothing has changed. I still think he’s the best QB in the 2020 eligible class. The gap between him and #2 has gotten considerably smaller, but Tua is still my top QB.
Najee Harris #22, RB 2020 (6’2, 230)
I think that there are going to be some differing opinions on Najee Harris. While he is big for an RB, he still possesses the quickness and agility that we commonly see with smaller players. Depending on his draft pedigree, he has a real possibility of becoming a value pick. With the talent in this class, he will likely get pushed down in drafts further than he otherwise would go.
Jerry Jeudy #4, WR 2020 (6’1, 192)
In non-SF leagues, Jerry Jeudy is almost guaranteed to be one of the top two selections in your rookie draft. Jeudy has had a slightly quiet year for his level of talent, but I’m unconcerned. He is an incredible prospect and will be very deserving of an early draft selection. Look for him to have a big week against Mississippi State.
Henry Ruggs III #11, WR 2020 (6’0, 190)
Henry Ruggs III is someone that has been mocked early in NFL drafts. He’s produced good numbers this year for the Crimson Tide and has drawn warranted praise from NFL scouts. He has incredible speed and continues to develop the rest of his game. He should be a post-combine riser.
DeVonta Smith #6, WR 2020 (6’1, 175)
DeVonta Smith exploded onto the scene with his 5 TD game a few weeks back. He has continued to produce very good numbers and has subsequently seen his name be mentioned earlier and earlier in drafts. He may be the 3rdbest Alabama WR, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t good.
Kylin Hill #8, RB 2020 (5’11, 215)
The main player I’ll be watching for the Bulldogs is RB Kylin Hill. He runs with a sense of physicality and strength that is punishing at times. If he’s able to develop a bit more patience in his running style he could be a late riser on draft boards. I think he’ll be a 2ndround pick in a lot of rookie drafts.
KANSAS @ #22 OKLAHOMA STATE
Saturday, 11/16 | 12:00 PM ET, FS1
Pooka Williams Jr. #1, RB 2021 (5’10, 170)
Pooka Williams Jr. is a player I really enjoy watching. He is undersized for an RB, which could limit his potential at the NFL level, but as we have seen on multiple occasions, it is not impossible to succeed. He consistently looks like the best player on the field for KU and could be an open-field nightmare if put into the right offense in the NFL. Williams has the ability to take any play to the house, so keep your eyes on him.
Chuba Hubbard #30, RB 2020 (5’10, 201)
As I have mentioned, Chuba Hubbard seems to move up my draft board every week. And, he once again has continued to do so. He’s an explosive back that can take any run to the house. He had been going in the early 2nd or late 1st of rookie drafts, but I don’t think he’ll be available thereafter the NFL draft. He will probably go in the 7-10 range of many rookie drafts when it’s all said and done.
Tylan Wallace #2, WR 2020 (6’0, 185) ***INJURED***
While Wallace has a torn ACL and is done for the season, he is still worth mention. He’s eligible to declare after this year and may choose to do so. If he chooses to return to Stillwater for his final year, he’ll probably be a mid-late 1st round rookie pick. If he declares this year, he will probably be a value pick assuming he recovers from his injury without any issues.
#4 GEORGIA @ #12 AUBURN
Saturday, 11/16 | 3:30 PM ET, CBS
D’Andre Swift #7, RB 2020 (5’9, 215)
D’Andre Swift is still my pick for the 1.01 in this year’s rookie drafts. He checks all the boxes you want out of an every-down RB. As I mentioned previously, if the top pick is not Jeudy, it will almost certainly be D’Andre Swift. Enjoy watching him go up against Auburn this week.
Jake Fromm #11, QB 2020 (6’2, 220)
Fromm remains firmly in the 2nd tier of QB prospects in the 2020 class for me. He still has a chance through strong performances during the remainder of the season and in the pre-draft process to elevate his draft stock to be on par with Tua and Burrow, but as of now, he is significantly behind them. There’s also an outside chance that he returns to Athens. I’d say it’s unlikely, but there’s a chance.
Seth Williams #18, WR 2021 (6’3, 224)
For Auburn, there is one main player I’ll have my eyes on, and his name is Seth Williams. He is only a sophomore, but I’m a fan of what I’ve seen so far. Williams leads the Tigers in all receiving categories and is still getting better. His big frame makes him a red-zone target, and we have seen that translate to a team-high 8 receiving TDs.
#10 OKLAHOMA @ #13 BAYLOR
Saturday, 11/16 | 7:30 PM ET, ABC
CeeDee Lamb #2, WR 2020 (6’2”, 191 lbs.)
Lamb is a player that some people favor to Jerry Jeudy. I personally prefer Jeudy, but I can see a reasonable argument to be made. Lamb is one of the most fluid receivers in the country. He has strong hands and the ability to consistently catch the ball away from his body. Lamb is going to be a mid-first round pick in your rookie draft at worst.
Jalen Hurts #1, QB 2020 (6’2, 219)
Jalen Hurts has been incredible this season for Oklahoma. He has shown his dual-threat ability on multiple occasions and is actually leading the Sooners in rushing yards. His NFL potential is still an unknown, but we have seen players like Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson, and Kyler Murray prove that “prototypical” QBs may be a thing of the past.
Denzel Mims #5, WR 2020 (6’3, 215)
Denzel Mims is going to be an interesting player to monitor leading up to the NFL draft. He continues to make spectacular catches every week and has demonstrated the ability to regularly win contested catches. I imagine that he will end up as a mid-round rookie pick in most leagues. At this point, I think he has the skill to make that a value.
SOUTH CAROLINA @ TEXAS A&M
Saturday, 11/16 | 7:30 PM ET, SEC Network
Bryan Edwards #89, WR 2020 (6’3, 218)
This game features a couple of WRs that I’ll be watching. For South Carolina, keep your eyes glued to #89, Bryan Edwards. I think there is a real possibility that he makes his way into the end of the 1st round of rookie drafts. I was high on him going into the 2019 pre-draft process, but Edwards decided to return to school.
Quartney Davis #1, WR 2020 (6’2, 200)
The A&M WR I’ll be watching is Quartney Davis. Davis has continued to be productive in this Aggie offense. He is yet another WR that could be a value in rookie drafts, he has the talent to make a solid impact at the NFL level, but because of the plethora of prospects, he may very well be pushed down.
ARIZONA STATE @ OREGON STATE
Saturday, 11/16 | 7:30 PM ET, FS1
Eno Benjamin #3, RB 2020 (5’10, 201)
Another name that may turn into a value pick is Eno Benjamin. He continues to be pushed down by the talent of this class. While I agree that he is not the most supremely talented player in 2020, I think he has been pushed too far. I will likely end up with several Eno shares this draft season because I’ll probably be able to scoop him up early in the 2ndround of drafts.
Isaiah Hodgins #17, WR 2020 (6’4, 209)
A name that I have yet to hear enough chatter about is Isaiah Hodgins. He is putting up absolutely monster numbers this year, coming into this game with nearly 70 receptions and 12 TDs. Hodgins is a mismatch for any defender at 6’4, and will likely put up big numbers against the Sun Devils. I’ll be buying Hodgins as often as I can in rookie drafts.
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.