Championship week has come and gone with some stellar performances. It marks the end of a lot of college, devy and fantasy players seasons seasons, and it also means a lot more players have just one game left to make an impact on game film.
Everyone knows about the teams vying for the playoff spots, but just watching the playoff would be a giant discredit to your fantasy team. Every bowl game will have some form of NFL talent from the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl (yes that's a real bowl game) all the way to the Peach Bowl. 40 bowl games will be what finishes an incredible year of college football and devy watching.
That being said, let's give you some names to watch and some rankings to hate as you get cozy for the holidays and some fun and ridiculous bowl games.
Riser: Dwayne Haskins Jr.
Faller: Drew Lock
Small School: Justice Hansen
Featured Player: Brett Rypien
Rypien is seeming to climb up a lot of people’s boards - including my own - in 2018. Boise State isn't known for producing NFL quarterbacks, but Rypien is smashing the stigma surrounding that with his play on the field this year. His coming out party was when Boise State traveled to Stillwater to face the 24th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys. He finished that game going 39/56 for 380 yards and 3 touchdowns, showing great anticipation and tremendous deep ball placement. If he can continue his development behind an established starter in the NFL, he could become a starter in his own right in the proper system.
Riser: Darrell Henderson
Faller: Bryce Love
Small School: Qadree Ollison, Pitt
Featured Player: Rodney Anderson
Rodney Anderson unfortunately tore his ACL this year, a disappointment to many people who thought he could be the RB1 of this class. He only played in two games in 2018 but his 2017 résumé is enough to keep him high in the draft rankings. I personally love his vision and breakaway speed when he reaches the second level of the defense. He will be someone to watch fall in the draft process, but when rookie drafts roll around scoop him up early. He has an injury history with his back and knee almost guaranteeing him to drop come April, so he may be cheap come the new season.
Riser: Collin Johnson
Faller: A.J. Brown
Small School: Andy Isabella, UMass
Featured Player: D.K. Metcalf
If you’re sensing a theme, Metcalf’s biggest worry and stopping him from reaching his potential is injury. He suffered a neck injury, always be a red flag for any team. It was not as severe as Mike Williams was a few years ago when he was at Clemson, but the extent of the injury is still unknown to many. If he is cleared at the combine then his stock will shoot through the roof, but if there are red flags remaining then watch it plummet. He will be a must watch throughout the whole draft process to see what red flags either pop up or dissolve.
Riser: Irv Smith Jr.
Faller: Caleb Wilson
Small School: Logan Parker
Featured Player: Noah Fant
Fant is without a doubt the best tight end in this class. He has established himself at the top of the list with his pass catching ability, blocking, and overall athletic play, This is the type of tight end that has become a staple and benchmark for success in the NFL. It's easy to make the comparison because both attended Iowa, but I see a lot of George Kittle in Fant. Don't be shocked to see him taken very early in rookie drafts next year, especially in tight end premium leagues.
These rankings will change for sure as more players are watched and as the draft process continues including the completion of the Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine. Be sure to follow me on twitter @DHH_Mandrew and @DynastyHHPod to stay up to date with all the mock drafts and rankings we will be pushing out as the draft gets closer.