3 Devy Sleepers You Need to Keep an Eye On
The college football season is off and running faster than ever, and some guys have broken out. Some of those guys were clear guys that anyone could point to as breakout candidates. However, some guys were deep sleepers that have burst onto the scene and put people on notice. Anyone can point to Zach Charbonnet or even Jalen Hurts as that breakout sleeper who can play in the NFL. Those breakout sleepers are next year’s obvious stars, such as Eno Benjamin last year. The sleeper picks, last year, such as a guy like Josh Jacobs, are a very good example of why it’s key to pay attention to these sleepers.
Thus, this season likely sees those sleepers be either NFL prospects this year or key guys next year to pay attention to in dynasty leagues. And as such, here are my top three sleepers to pay attention to as you.
Chuba Hubbard is this year’s best sleeper
After Justice Hill left for the NFL, there was a pretty clear gap to be filled on this Oklahoma State offense. And thus far new starting RB Chuba Hubbard has been up to that and then some. His speed has been more evident than anything, and he showed that off in spurts last year. There might not be a new dynamic player on the scene. For me right now, he is my fourth-ranked for this upcoming class for good reason. In 3 games, he has 521 yards rushing and seven touchdowns. However, his elusiveness and speed, in general, are incredible.
Speed and Burst
Chuba Hubbard’s speed and short area burst are money y’all pic.twitter.com/pEql9GhQQx
— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) September 14, 2019
From this past Saturday against Tulsa, Hubbard went off for over 250 rushing yards, but it was this play that showed off the most NFL traits out of any he had on the day. While it is a fantastically blocked play the offensive line, Hubbard shows off the gas pedal and short-area burst here on his way to the end zone. That type of acceleration through short areas is how big plays happen. There are no questions about Hubbard’s long speed, but some guys have that long speed and do not have the burst to pair with it. Hubbard absolutely has that juice.
Chuba Hubbard…..agility, elusiveness, whatever you want to call it, this man has it. pic.twitter.com/TIZP5gnBkA
— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) July 21, 2019
This was last year in his limited stints as the backup to Justice Hill. Notice the quick footwork and elusiveness, but more so, notice how quickly he gets going after each successful cut. There are circus plays like this that will not work in the NFL for certain running backs, but Hubbard can pull it off simply because he gets to top speed so quickly after each cut. The moves in succession and contact balance are two other great points to point out about Hubbard, who has been nothing short of a stud thus far. Keep an eye on Hubbard. This guy could be something special.
Max Borghi is the air raid chosen one
Usually, I would tell you all to stay away from a Washington State running back. We saw a promising running back in James Willimas go undrafted last year and not land on even so much as a practice squad. However, Borghi not only has the receiving and rushing ability that the NFL looks for but his ability to split out wide and into the slot is something that will rocket his draft stock above Williams’s draft stock.
Max Borghi 😍
– Natural hands as he catches it away from his body flowing up towards the LOS
– Quick feet, smooth jump cut outside
– Incredible contact balance due to strong center of gravity and awareness to put his hand down
– Incredible body control to contort inside pic.twitter.com/6souRso6bn
— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) May 9, 2019
In many ways, Borghi at the next level can see usage similar to that of James White at the next level. But his contact balance and quickness are attractive qualities to any NFL team scouting him. As a true Sophomore, Borghi is a deep sleeper in dynasty leagues and could be one of those steals. Borghi’s traits are developing and growing. He should eclipse 500 yards receiving this point and 1,000 yards rushing as well. Even in the air raid system, Borghi is thriving and has all the NFL traits to be a good running back.
Isaiah Hodgins is the best sleeper in the PAC-12
This guy might not be the best sleeper on the list, but he is easily my favorite sleeper. Hodgins is a big bodied 6’4″ wide receiver out of Oregon State who is not nearly getting enough national attention as it stands currently. Hodgins has great athleticism at his and some especially surprisingly good fluidity at his size. When there are receivers at his size, sometimes they are clunky with their feet and hips and means they can’t separate or run routes, but Hodgins is not that type of receiver.
I’ve heard good things about Isaiah Hodgins and man this is a great job of selling that double move. Sold with his release, hips, and most importantly, eyes. Good stuff. pic.twitter.com/i27ozH34iw
— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) August 31, 2019
This double move that Hodgins executes is so effortlessly done for a guy his size. You can see the fluidity and sharpness in his cut, but it is all very efficient and well done. His eyes sell this double and with a head fake inside, he gets this corner completely baited coming downhill. His feet move quickly, and that is what allows him to snap these breaks off so sharply but fluidly as well. Hodgins has won against the best of them out there and has an NFL future. He’s another deep sleeper to pay attention to in dynasty leagues.
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