Coming off the wildest week of the year when we saw 11 ranked teams lose, things have officially reached the boiling point for devy. Lots of new teams are creeping their way into the rankings the week of Halloween which means new players get to fight for the spotlight.
However, there is a much scarier concept that devy and fantasy players must prepare for. No amount of garlic or crosses can save from the scariest thing this Halloween, the 2019 quarterback class. This class has quickly gone from bad to worse; if Justin Herbert decides to stay in school, we will be reaching 2013 levels of bad. If Mike Glennon is there all time leading scorer then it is a bad class to say the least. There is still time, albeit not much, to make a potential turnaround for these quarterbacks.
Will Grier, West Virginia
Game: vs. Texas, 3:30 EST, FOX
Will Grier needed a big bounce back game from West Virginia's upset loss to Iowa State two weeks ago and he responded with a dominant performance. Against Baylor, he ended up going 17/27 for 353 yards and 3 touchdowns. This week, however, he needs to face an evolving Texas defense that is starting to find its identity. Texas will be extra fired up after being dominated by Oklahoma State as they will be looking to rebound. Grier will need to continue to improve his decision making from this point forward because if Herbert stays in school he very well could be the top quarterback come April.
Drew Lock, Missouri
Game: vs. Florida, 4:00 EST, SEC Network
If you have read my devy articles up to this point, you know I'm not the biggest Drew Lock fan. He hasn’t helped himself one bit this year with how he has played. He came out of his toughest stretch of games against Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama barely completing half his passes and only scoring once. Lock is looking like a Day 3 prospect at this point but he can potentially climb back into Day 2. To build his draft resume he will need to turn things around against a tough Florida defense to kick off that campaign.
Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
Game: vs. Nebraska, Noon EST, FOX
Dwayne Haskins has been a slight glimmer at the end of this dark tunnel that is this draft class. The only problem is that when he is in this cave of the 2019 draft class he has shown he will panic and the results aren’t good when he can’t see light at the end of the tunnel. He forces passes and tries to extend plays which results in nothing good for the Buckeyes offense. As we saw in the TCU and Purdue games, when he takes on too much he ultimately is a detriment to team success. This can be managed, however, and in the grand scheme of things makes him a decent pro prospect. He has the right decision making and the arm to be an NFL quarterback. He - much like Grier - has a chance to be the top quarterback in this class if he can use these last couple of games to pad his resume.
Nate Stanley, Iowa
Game: vs. Purdue, 3:30 EST, ESPN2
Stanley is coming off arguably the worst game of his career where he went 18/42 for 203 yards and 2 interceptions against a stout Nittany Lions defense. Things won't be easier this week when an always emotionally charged Purdue. Purdue made life miserable for Heisman candidate Dwayne Haskins in their upset victory and I expect them to apply the same pressure to this Iowa offense. Stanley has the weapons in Noah Fant and T.J Hockenson to overcome the pressure as long as he gets the ball to them. This game is under the radar with all the top-ranked matchups on the docket, but expect a high scoring game with Stanley leading the charge.
The prospect of Justin Herbert staying in school it has made every top-ranked quarterback’s game a must watch. One of these men will be the top quarterback on draft boards come April if Herbert stays. Until then, all we can do is watch and absorb as much as we can.