I’m choosing to highlight my personal favorite fantasy football format today: The Devy Superflex League. If you’re unfamiliar, Devy is a step up from Dynasty formats in that you select college players including incoming freshmen. In my favorite league we have 14 managers and the Devy Draft each year is 10 rounds. That means we’re drafting 140 new college players every year – exciting stuff!! Today I’m focusing on five under-the-radar Devy Superflex prospects that I think can make all the difference for your team.
Joe Milton (QB-TENN)
Joe Milton is such an intriguing Devy Prospect. As a University of Michigan Alum (December 2009) and hardcore Michigan Wolverines fan, I’ve known about this kid for a long long time. While at Michigan he was incredibly raw, but his arm strength is the stuff of legend. The Big House, where Michigan plays, is one of the largest football stadiums in the country. I once saw a video where Milton is standing in the middle of the field and throws a football that goes OUTSIDE of the stadium, over the top…incredible stuff.
Milton never really got his chance to be the full-time starter for the Wolverines, and as such, transferred to Tennessee. Soon after, the legend of his arm strength continued to grow. When a Tennessee WR was asked about Milton’s arm strength after their first practice together he stated “he split my hand open” and proceeded to show a huge laceration to his hand, simply by catching a football thrown by Milton.
Not many people are aware of this, but Joe Milton beat out Hendon Hooker to be Tennessee’s starting QB for the 2022 season. Then, he suffered an ankle injury in Week 2 against Pittsburgh which allowed Hendon Hooker to take over. However, toward the end of last season, Hooker himself succumbed to a major ACL injury, and Milton was thrust back into the fray. That’s when he made a believer out of me. Milton finished the 2022 season with 971 passing yards, 10 TDs, and no INTs with a 64.6% completion rate. This culminated in a MASTERFUL performance in the Orange Bowl that saw Milton lead the Volunteers to a 31 -14 throttling of Clemson with 19/28 for 251 yards and three TDs on the way toward being the Orange Bowl MVP.
The most impressive things to me about the above at the lack of interceptions and the high completion percentage. The talent has always been there with Milton, the refinement has not been. Milton showed he has evolved into a complete NCAA QB and I expect him to produce HUGE numbers this year at the helm of the vaunted Tenn offense. He can be had for a very late Devy pick.
Sam Hartman (QB-ND)
Sam Hartman quietly led the ACC in passing yards and TDs last year and Wake Forrest broke the all-time ACC passing records for both for his career. Perhaps he hasn’t drawn any attention from anyone because he was playing at Wake Forrest? If so, he’s now corrected that by transferring to be the starting QB for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Hartman’s tape shows that he can make every throw in the field and maximizes the talent of his WRs. I expect big things under the prime-time lights at ND. No one has heard of Hartman yet, but, that is about to change.
Nico Iamaleava (QB-TENN)
Say what?! Two Tennessee QBs BOTH as sleeper Devy guys?! You’re damn right! Nico played high school football at the well-known Long Beach Poly where he made trick throw after trick throw. I HATE comparing players to AMAZING players because it never seems fair to me, but, when I watch Nico’s tape I see Pat Mahomes. He’s incredibly raw and plays that backyard style of ball, but the throws he can make on the field are wild. Nico is my favorite QB prospect from this class (yes, over Arch Manning). He’ll sit this year behind Milton and learn, and be ready to set the NCAA on fire in 2024.
Trey Holly (RB-LSU)
I’m going with an incoming frosh for this Devy sleeper. Holly is underside at 5’8” and 180 lbs. but is electric. And as an incoming freshman, he has a lot of time to add some bulk to his small frame. Part of the reason I love this kid is his destination. LSU is an RB factory and I think Holly will be next in line.
Makai Lemon (WR-USC)
Rounding out the list is another incoming freshman prospect. Lemon is a highly touted 4-star coming in at 6’0” and 180 lbs. My favorite thing about Lemon as a prospect? The fact that he played his HS football at Los Alamitos. Why does that matter? Because he happens to have been the WR1 for his vaunted 5-star QB Malachi Nelson, who ALSO committed to USC. These two are going to make magic together just like they did back in high school starting in 2024 when Caleb Williams enters the NFL.
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