NFL Week 2 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

NFL Week 2 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

Last week’s daily fantasy recommendations were a good start to the 2020 season, and we’ll look to keep it going with useful recommendations for DraftKings and FanDuel ahead of Week 2.

 

QB: Tom Brady vs. CAR (DraftKings) | Lamar Jackson @ HOU (FanDuel)

Brady: $6,500 | Jackson: $9,500

 

As stated last week, Lamar Jackson is always a strong play in lineups, and the ability to fit more stars into lineups on FanDuel allows that here. For a value pick at quarterback, Tom Brady should be ready to put up numbers against a Panthers team that couldn’t contain the Raiders offense last Sunday.

 

RB: Derrick Henry vs. JAX

DraftKings: $7,900 | FanDuel: $8,300

 

Week 1 was an indication that Derrick Henry is going to be handed the ball a ton this season, and all the talk from the Titans has been that Henry has zero limitation to the number of times he’ll touch the ball. Get him in lineups against a Jaguars team he’s destroyed in the past.

 

RB: Jonathan Taylor vs. MIN

DraftKings: $5,700 | FanDuel: $5,800

 

The salaries for Jonathan Taylor have not yet been adjusted enough, but he should soon be among the highest priced running backs each week. With the upside of 20-25 touches, Taylor is tough to pass up in lineups.

 

WR: Davante Adams vs. DET

DraftKings: $8,100 | FanDuel: $8,600

 

Coming off a 14/156/2 line in the season opener, the Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams connection is already firing on all cylinders in 2020. Matt Patricia might try to take away Adams, but it’s easier said than done versus Green Bay’s target monster.

 

WR: Calvin Ridley @ DAL

DraftKings: $6,800 | FanDuel: $7,100

 

There was a lot of talk about Calvin Ridley being ready to take the next step this season, and the third-year receiver looks poised to become an easy 1,000-yard receiver after putting up 130 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1. Ridley could again put up huge numbers in a potential shootout versus the Cowboys.

 

WR: Scotty Miller vs. CAR

DraftKings: $4,100 | FanDuel: $5,200

 

This is with the presumption that Chris Godwin will miss Sunday’s game with a concussion, but Scotty Miller is still a bargain regardless of Godwin’s status. It sounds like Tom Brady and the Bucs talked up Miller to FOX announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman ahead of Week 1, and Brady probably trusts him after a nice performance in the opener.

 

TE: Rob Gronkowski vs. CAR

DraftKings: $4,100 | FanDuel: $5,400

 

Rob Gronkowski didn’t put up numbers last week against the Saints, but he received a large percentage of the snaps. The former All-Pro should get on track in Week 2. Tampa Bay will be determined to not fall to 0-2, and it’s not a bad idea to get a few Bucs players in your lineup.

 

FLEX: Tevin Coleman @ NYJ

DraftKings: $4,000 | FanDuel: $5,000

 

Traveling across the country to New Jersey, the Niners will get away from the poor air quality that had Tevin Coleman limited last week. Coleman could be fresh after receiving six touches/targets on six snaps, and Kyle Shanahan might reward the dynamic runner with a bigger share of the workload after he put himself at risk for his team by playing in Week 1.

 

D/ST: Rams @ PHI

DraftKings: $2,800 | FanDuel: $4,500

 

The Eagles get Lane Johnson back in the lineup, but it might not be enough to limit Aaron Donald from wrecking Philadelphia’s offensive line. The Rams offer high sack and turnover upside for Week 2.

 

Remaining salaries

DraftKings: $0

FanDuel: $600

 

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Other recommended Week 2 options

 

QB: Jared Goff @ PHI

DraftKings: $5,800 | FanDuel: $7,300

 

RB: Miles Sanders vs. LAR

DraftKings: $6,000 | FanDuel: $6,800

 

RB: Zack Moss @ MIA

DraftKings: $4,800 | FanDuel: $5,200

 

WR: Brandon Aiyuk

DraftKings: $4,300 | FanDuel: $4,900

 

WR: Jalen Reagor vs. LAR

DraftKings: $4,100 | FanDuel: $5,100

 

TE: Jonnu Smith vs. JAX

DraftKings: $4,200 | FanDuel: $4,900

Week 2 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Week 2 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

For all your start/sit decisions, our weekly rankings are updated as needed through Sunday morning, or you can ask any question you have with Fantasy Consigliere.

 

Quarterback

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Tom Brady (v CAR)

Brady didn’t have the Tampa Bay debut he would have liked last week, but he still put up 20+ fantasy points without Mike Evans or Rob Gronkowski making a huge impact, and now the offense gets a cupcake matchup against the Panthers in Week 2. Look for Brady and his guys to come out angry and fire on all cylinders after a real game to build some chemistry. I have Brady as a top-five play.

 

Thumbs Up: Aaron Rodgers (v DET)

If last week was any indication, it looks like we will be getting the chip-on-his-shoulder version of Rodgers in 2020, and Detroit—coming off a tough loss in the opener—isn’t in position to stop him as they deal with some injuries on defense. Excluding the final game of 2018 in which he was concussed early, Rodgers has thrown for multiple scores in each of his past eight outings versus the Lions. I’m expecting to see more frozen ropes to Davante Adams and others on Sunday.

 

Thumbs Up: Jared Goff (@ PHI)

The numbers obviously don’t pop in the box score (20-of-31 for 275 yards and one interception), but Goff played really well last week, and I think the showing bodes well for his overall outlook this year. The concern about a matchup in Philly isn’t high based on a) how the Los Angeles offensive line played against a talented Dallas front, and b) the Eagles’ defensive line being unable to make much of an impact versus a sub-par Washington line. Goff should produce as a low-end QB1.

 

Thumbs Up: Derek Carr (v NO)
Similar to Goff, the numbers unfortunately didn’t match the actual performance for Carr in Week 1, but there is reason to be encouraged—as Henry Ruggs III flashed big-play ability, and the passing attack in general looked good but saw modest production with Josh Jacobs scoring three touchdowns. Things may need to be opened up for the opening of Allegiant Stadium versus a New Orleans defense that is better attacked through the air than on the ground; Carr is a high-floor streamer that could see increased upside in Week 2.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Deshaun Watson (v BAL)

We’ll see if the extended preparation time is able to make a difference, but Watson and the Texans were destroyed by the Ravens last November, 41-7, and Baltimore’s defense doesn’t look any friendlier in 2020. In the loss, Watson combined for just 182 scoreless yards (with two turnovers), and there would probably be more concern about Houston than there currently is if not for some late success in the opener when the game was all but decided. I have Watson as my QB15 for Week 2.

 

Thumbs Down: Carson Wentz (v LAR)

Many are pointing to the offensive line as reason for Philadelphia blowing a 17-point lead against Washington, but Wentz simply has to play better, and the Rams aren’t an opponent to get on track against. Although the former No. 2 overall pick has pulled a rabbit out of his hat in tough spots before, the Week 1 performance felt like a new low, and I’d have a difficult time trusting Wentz after he held onto the ball too long and forced passes into coverage last week.

 

Thumbs Down: Daniel Jones (@ CHI)

You could see the flashes out of Jones on Monday night, but as said before the season, he might not be a quarterback that can be started confidently until the tough matchups over the first four weeks are in the books. Last season, Chicago limited Jones to just 4.2 yards per attempt in a low-scoring affair, and New York is still getting things together on their retooled offensive line. Look elsewhere for now.

 

Thumbs Down: Russell Wilson (v NE)

I still have Wilson ranked as a low-end QB1, and you probably aren’t benching him after he put up the most points at the position in Week 1. However, the Patriots remain perhaps the most stingy secondary in football after forcing three Ryan Fitzpatrick interceptions last week, and Bill Belichick will do what he can to make Sunday night a low-scoring matchup. Those with another QB1 option (Aaron Rodgers was a late-round pick as a second quarterback in many leagues, for example) could think about subbing out Wilson.

 

Running back

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Nick Chubb (v CIN)

Part of me thinks that it’s time to give up on the Browns after a 32-point loss in the opener, but maybe the Ravens are just that good, and going down 24-6 at halftime didn’t give us an accurate look at the kind of run-heavy system Kevin Stefanski wants to have. Cleveland would be wise to feed Chubb—who averaged 6.0 yards per carry on ten attempts last week—against a Cincinnati defense that allowed Chargers rookie Joshua Kelley to rush 12 times for 60 yards and a score in the opener. I’d say both Chubb and Joe Mixon should bounce back as RB1 options on Thursday night.

 

Thumbs Up: Ronald Jones II (v CAR)

Jones II undoubtedly passed the eye test in last week’s loss to the Saints, and his usage (19 touches) should have fantasy owners feeling confident about him as Tampa Bay’s clear lead back. The Panthers had the NFL’s worst run defense in 2019 and just allowed an overall RB1 week to Josh Jacobs, so Jones II should be positioned for a big day if the Bucs don’t change things up for some reason. Get the third-year back in lineups as a high-upside RB2.

 

Thumbs Up: Sony Michel (@ SEA)

Cam Newton should be a borderline QB1 after a dominant rushing performance in his Patriots debut, but I doubt Seattle is quite as vulnerable as the Dolphins were, and increased attention on the quarterback will open things up for Michel. Most are looking at the split backfield as cause for concern when it comes to New England’s starter, but he was expected to be eased in, and I would point to Michel converting the team’s first (and only) goal-line carry in Week 1 as reason to be optimistic about him as a low-end RB2/FLEX.

 

Thumbs Up: James Robinson (@ TEN)

The Jaguars were clearly being truthful about Robinson as their starter and lead back this year, as the undrafted rookie turned 17 touches into 90 yards in an upset victory over the Colts. Tennessee won’t be an easy matchup despite a solid showing by Melvin Gordon against them in Week 1, but Robinson’s workload will make him a worthy start.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Malcolm Brown (@ PHI)

Brown was excellent on Sunday night, but it’s important to not overreact based on one game, and the Eagles actually played strong run defense for as bad as they were overall in the opener. I’m expecting Sean McVay’s offense to slant more towards the pass this week, so Brown could go from waiver-wire darling to Week 2 disappointment for those expecting immediate returns with him in their lineup.

 

Thumbs Down: Benny Snell (v DEN)

Mike Tomlin has said that James Conner (ankle) has a shot to play this weekend, but if he’s out, Snell could still be a risky start versus a stout Denver defense. On Monday night, it took 31 carries for Derrick Henry to reach 116 yards, and Pittsburgh would be expected to simply air it out if needed with Ben Roethlisberger controlling the offense. If he draws the start, I’d say Snell is more of a touchdown-dependent RB2 than the borderline RB1/RB2 that Conner usually is.

 

Thumbs Down: Frank Gore (v SF)

I guess this is the week of avoiding new starters at running back, but Gore is another option that will face a tough matchup in New York’s first game without Le’Veon Bell. For the most part, the upside isn’t that high for the veteran runner, as he’s scored just two rushing touchdowns over his past 36 games, and Adam Gase will continue to rotate backs. I’d rather play a “backup” like Joshua Kelley or Latavius Murray.

 

Thumbs Down: Tevin Coleman (@ NYJ)

Coleman needs to remain rostered in all formats after just five touches in the opener, as he had a limited role to the air quality in San Francisco, and it was clear Kyle Shanahan wanted to give him the ball when on the field with a carry or target on all six of his offensive snaps. That said, the Jets are a difficult draw for Week 2, and it might be best to keep Coleman on the bench as he splits time with Raheem Mostert and Jerick McKinnon.

 

Wide receiver

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: A.J. Brown (v JAX)

Brown was a definite disappointment for those who needed a big game on Monday night (especially anyone that stayed up late on the east coast), but he could have easily exploded with a couple of missed would-be touchdowns that Ryan Tannehill didn’t even see—including a 90-yarder that analyst Louis Riddick pointed out on the ESPN broadcast. Tennessee has obviously watched tape and should make it a point to get Brown the ball against a 1-0 Jaguars team that won’t be taken lightly.

 

Thumbs Up: Julian Edelman (@ SEA)

A 23-yard run combined with five receptions for 57 yards quietly led to a solid performance from Edelman in the opener, and he could be the focal point on Sunday night as New England tries to pull off a road upset. The personnel is obviously different for Seattle, but Edelman has gone for lines of 9/109/1 and 7/99 in two career matchups against them (including Super Bowl XLIX), and he should be able to find the holes in zone coverage to produce WR2 numbers again.

 

Thumbs Up: CeeDee Lamb (v ATL)

Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup are both must-starts this week for a great matchup, but there will also be room for Lamb to be a significant factor with Blake Jarwin (knee) done for the season. In his debut, the No. 17 overall pick caught five-of-six targets for 59 yards and played 82% of the team’s offensive snaps, so fantasy owners can confidently get him in lineups as a high-upside FLEX for a probable shootout.

 

Thumbs Up: Tre’Quan Smith (@ LV)

The concern here is the Saints having enough weapons to simply turn to Taysom Hill, Latavius Murray, Ty Montgomery, and others with Michael Thomas (ankle) out of the lineup, but Smith is at least worth considering as a big-play FLEX—especially since the Raiders have a young cornerback group that can be exploited on a double move with one Drew Brees pump fake. Nelson Agholor or Bryan Edwards can also be a capable MNF replacement for those holding out hope that Thomas will suit up.

 

Others: Marquise Brown (@ HOU), A.J. Green (@ CLE)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: D.K. Metcalf (v NE)

Metcalf took advantage of a great matchup in Week 1 to put up a 4/95/1 line against Atlanta, but things get a lot more challenging on Sunday night with Stephon Gilmore and the Patriots coming to town. Last year, Metcalf didn’t even catch a pass when shadowed by Patrick Peterson in Week 16, so it’ll be a fun battle if we see Gilmore tasked with taking away the athletic wideout this week.

 

Thumbs Down: Will Fuller (v BAL)

Aside from David Johnson, the chemistry between Deshaun Watson and Will Fuller was basically the lone bright spot for Houston’s offense in Week 1, but the pairing might struggle this week against the confident Baltimore secondary. Also, it’s worth noting that Fuller’s two biggest games in 2019 were followed up by a combined six receptions for 52 scoreless yards, so he could quickly cool off. I have the Texans’ No. 1 target ranked as more of a volatile FLEX.

 

Thumbs Down: Marvin Jones (@ GB)

Kenny Golladay (hamstring) missing another game would probably lead to more targets for Jones, but I think he’d be better off as the No. 2 this week ahead of a matchup against Jaire Alexander. Since the Packers drafted Alexander in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Jones—who had previously destroyed Green Bay—has combined for three receptions in two matchups. I have the veteran ranked outside the top 30 at receiver.

 

Thumbs Down: Keenan Allen (v KC)

Again, it’s important to not overreact based on one game, but Allen might be the player I’m most concerned about from a fantasy perspective based on what happened last week—as Mike Williams seemed to be the preferred target for Tyrod Taylor. Although we saw Allen have a couple of big games last year against the Chiefs, I’d like to see it happen with Tyrod before confidently getting him back in the WR1/WR2 ranks.

 

Others: Tyler Lockett (v NE), Preston Williams (v BUF)

 

Tight end

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Rob Gronkowski (v CAR)

Gronkowski was a “Thumbs Down” for the opener due to the matchup, but I think we will see him unleashed on Sunday as Tampa Bay looks to bounce back from their loss in New Orleans. Any preseason talk of Gronk being the No. 3 tight end with a limited role shouldn’t have even been entertained as serious, but 77% of the snaps played last week officially puts it to bed.

 

Thumbs Up: Hayden Hurst (@ DAL)

While he didn’t have the Atlanta debut that fantasy owners would have liked, Hurst had a tough draw against Seattle, and the matchup will be much easier on Sunday for another likely shootout. Remember, the Cowboys will be without linebacker Vander Esch (collarbone), and Hurst could see plenty of favorable looks with Mike Nolan’s defense sending resources to contain (or attempt to contain) Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley.

 

Thumbs Up: Dan Arnold (v WAS)

Dallas Goedert gave Washington fits in Week 1 as an athletic tight end that can get vertical, and Arnold brings the same kind of skillset to start cashing in on the summer hype. Other options probably have a higher floor, but Arnold is a top-20 play for me in Week 2.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Chris Herndon (v SF)

Herndon had a very healthy role in the opener (six receptions for 37 yards on seven targets), but I wouldn’t count on a big game this week against an athletic San Francisco linebacker group. In general, I expect we will see a focused defense for the Niners as they fight to avoid an 0-2 start and talk of a Super Bowl hangover.

 

Thumbs Down: Jordan Akins (v BAL)

The positives piled up for Akins in the opener—production (39 yards and a touchdown), playing time (81% offensive snaps), and passing the eye test (impressive run-after-catch)—but as stated for Austin Hooper here last week, the Ravens allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends in 2019. There are probably better options.

 

Thumbs Down: Logan Thomas (@ ARI)

We don’t know what kind of numbers George Kittle (4/44) would have put up last week if he wasn’t impacted by a mid-game knee injury, but standout rookie linebacker Isaiah Simmons has the athleticism to erase opposing tight ends, so Arizona shouldn’t be the pushovers to the position they were in 2019. Thomas should be downgraded despite a touchdown last week.

 

Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Our weekly rankings are for 0.5 PPR leagues, but you can ask any and all start/sit questions via Fantasy Consigliere. The rankings will be updated regularly through Sunday morning.

 

Quarterback

1. Lamar Jackson (@ HOU)
2. Patrick Mahomes (@ LAC)
3. Dak Prescott (v ATL)
4. Tom Brady (v CAR)
5. Josh Allen (@ MIA)
6. Matt Ryan (@ DAL)
7. Kyler Murray (v WAS)
8. Aaron Rodgers (v DET)
9. Drew Brees (@ LV)
10. Jared Goff (@ PHI)
11. Russell Wilson (v NE)
12. Ben Roethlisberger (v DEN)
13. Cam Newton (@ SEA)
14. Deshaun Watson (v BAL)
15. Jimmy Garoppolo (@ NYJ)
16. Matthew Stafford (@ GB)
17. Joe Burrow (@ CLE)
18. Derek Carr (v NO)
19. Carson Wentz (v LAR)
20. Philip Rivers (v MIN)
21. Gardner Minshew (@ TEN)
22. Ryan Tannehill (v JAX)
23. Tyrod Taylor (v KC)
24. Kirk Cousins (@ IND)
25. Daniel Jones (@ CHI)
26. Teddy Bridgewater (@ TB)
27. Mitchell Trubisky (v NYG)
28. Baker Mayfield (v CIN)
29. Dwayne Haskins (@ ARI)
30. Drew Lock (@ PIT)
31. Sam Darnold (v SF)
32. Ryan Fitzpatrick (v BUF)

 

Running back

1. Derrick Henry (v JAX)
2. Christian McCaffrey (@ TB)
3. Ezekiel Elliott (v ATL)
4. Dalvin Cook (@ IND)
5. Alvin Kamara (@ LV)
6. Saquon Barkley (@ CHI)
7. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (@ LAC)
8. Josh Jacobs (v NO)
9. Nick Chubb (v CIN)
10. Joe Mixon (@ CLE)
11. Jonathan Taylor (v MIN)
12. Aaron Jones (v DET)
13. Austin Ekeler (v KC)
14. Kenyan Drake (v WAS)
15. Todd Gurley (@ DAL)
16. Ronald Jones II (v CAR)
17. Miles Sanders (v LAR)
18. David Johnson (v BAL)
19. Chris Carson (v NE)
20. Raheem Mostert (@ NYJ)
21. Melvin Gordon (@ PIT)
22. Mark Ingram (@ HOU)
23. Kareem Hunt (v CIN)
24. Devin Singletary (@ MIA)
25. James Conner (v DEN)
26. Antonio Gibson (@ ARI)
27. J.K. Dobbins (@ HOU)
28. Sony Michel (@ SEA)
29. David Montgomery (v NYG)
30. James Robinson (@ TEN)
31. Nyheim Hines (v MIN)
32. Joshua Kelley (v KC)
33. James White (@ SEA)
34. Malcolm Brown (@ PHI)
35. Latavius Murray (@ LV)
36. Frank Gore (v SF)
37. Leonard Fournette (v CAR)
38. Jordan Howard (v BUF)
39. Cam Akers (@ PHI)
40. Tarik Cohen (v NYG)
41. Adrian Peterson (@ GB)
42. Zack Moss (@ MIA)
43. Tevin Coleman (@ NYJ)
44. Chase Edmonds (v WAS)
45. D’Andre Swift (@ GB)
46. Peyton Barber (@ ARI)
47. Benny Snell (v DEN)
48. Kerryon Johnson (@ GB)
49. Alexander Mattison (@ IND)
50. Darrel Williams (@ LAC)
51. Boston Scott (v LAR)
52. Tony Pollard (v ATL)
53. Jamaal Williams (v DET)
54. Matt Breida (v BUF)
55. Jerick McKinnon (@ NYJ)
56. Chris Thompson (@ TEN)
57. Carlos Hyde (v NE)
58. J.D. McKissic (@ ARI)
59. Rex Burkhead (@ SEA)
60. Brian Hill (@ DAL)
61. Myles Gaskin (v BUF)
62. Royce Freeman (@ PIT)
63. Giovani Bernard (@ CLE)
64. Jalen Richard (v NO)
65. Darrell Henderson (@ PHI)
66. Gus Edwards (@ HOU)
67. Duke Johnson (v BAL)
68. Jordan Wilkins (v MIN)
69. Jaylen Samuels (v DEN)
70. Corey Clement (v LAR)
71. LeSean McCoy (v CAR)
72. A.J. Dillon (v DET)
73. Mike Davis (@ TB)
74. Dion Lewis (@ CHI)
75. Devontae Booker (v NO)

 

Wide receiver

1. Davante Adams (v DET)
2. Julio Jones (@ DAL)
3. Tyreek Hill (@ LAC)
4. DeAndre Hopkins (v WAS)
5. Allen Robinson (v NYG)
6. Calvin Ridley (@ DAL)
7. Mike Evans (v CAR)
8. JuJu Smith-Schuster (v DEN)
9. Amari Cooper (v ATL)
10. Robert Woods (@ PHI)
11. D.J. Moore (@ TB)
12. Adam Thielen (@ IND)
13. Michael Gallup (v ATL)
14. T.Y. Hilton (v MIN)
15. D.J. Chark (@ TEN)
16. Terry McLaurin (@ ARI)
17. Cooper Kupp (@ PHI)
18. Marquise Brown (@ HOU)
19. Odell Beckham Jr. (v CIN)
20. Keenan Allen (v KC)
21. A.J. Green (@ CLE)
22. Julian Edelman (@ SEA)
23. Stefon Diggs (@ MIA)
24. Tyler Lockett (v NE)
25. D.K. Metcalf (v NE)
26. CeeDee Lamb (v ATL)
27. Diontae Johnson (v DEN)
28. Tyler Boyd (@ CLE)
29. Will Fuller (v BAL)
30. Marvin Jones (@ GB)
31. Henry Ruggs III (v NO)
32. Brandon Aiyuk (@ NYJ)
33. Tre’Quan Smith (@ LV)
34. Scotty Miller (v CAR)
35. Emmanuel Sanders (@ LV)
36. Courtland Sutton (@ PIT)
37. Breshad Perriman (v SF)
38. Sammy Watkins (@ LAC)
39. John Brown (@ MIA)
40. Jarvis Landry (v CIN)
41. DeSean Jackson (v LAR)
42. Anthony Miller (v NYG)
43. Darius Slayton (@ CHI)
44. Christian Kirk (v WAS)
45. Parris Campbell (v MIN)
46. Mike Williams (v KC)
47. Corey Davis (v JAX)
48. Mecole Hardman (@ LAC)
49. Sterling Shepard (@ CHI)
50. Jerry Jeudy (@ PIT)
51. Robby Anderson (@ TB)
52. Curtis Samuel (@ TB)
53. Jalen Reagor (v LAR)
54. Bryan Edwards (v NO)
55. Laviska Shenault Jr. (@ TEN)
56. Allen Lazard (v DET)
57. DeVante Parker (v BUF)
58. Brandin Cooks (v BAL)
59. Larry Fitzgerald (v WAS)
60. John Ross (@ CLE)
61. Kendrick Bourne (@ NYJ)
62. N’Keal Harry (@ SEA)
63. Hunter Renfrow (v NO)
64. James Washington (v DEN)
65. Preston Williams (v BUF)
66. Nelson Agholor (v NO)
67. Randall Cobb (v BAL)
68. Cole Beasley (@ MIA)
69. Russell Gage (@ DAL)
70. Steven Sims (@ ARI)
71. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (v DET)
72. Golden Tate (@ CHI)
73. Adam Humphries (v JAX)
74. Van Jefferson (@ PHI)
75. Justin Jefferson (@ IND)
76. Chris Conley (@ TEN)
77. Miles Boykin (@ HOU)
78. Danny Amendola (@ GB)
79. Demarcus Robinson (@ LAC)
80. Michael Pittman Jr. (v MIN)
81. Olabisi Johnson (@ IND)
82. Greg Ward (v LAR)
83. Chase Claypool (v DEN)
84. Zach Pascal (v MIN)
85. Josh Reynolds (@ PHI)
86. Dontrelle Inman (@ ARI)
87. Trent Taylor (@ NYJ)
88. K.J. Hamler (@ PIT)
89. Kenny Stills (v BAL)
90. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (v LAR)
91. Jakeem Grant (v BUF)
92. Willie Snead (@ HOU)
93. Joe Reed (v KC)
94. Keelan Cole (@ TEN)
95. Isaiah Ford (v BUF)
96. Tee Higgins (@ CLE)
97. Devin Duvernay (@ HOU)
98. Cordarrelle Patterson (v NYG)
99. Ted Ginn (v NYG)
100. Damiere Byrd (@ SEA)

 

Tight end

1. Mark Andrews (@ HOU)
2. Travis Kelce (@ LAC)
3. Rob Gronkowski (v CAR)
4. Zach Ertz (v LAR)
5. Darren Waller (v NO)
6. Tyler Higbee (@ PHI)
7. Evan Engram (@ CHI)
8. Hayden Hurst (@ DAL)
9. Jared Cook (@ LV)
10. Noah Fant (@ PIT)
11. Jonnu Smith (v JAX)
12. Dallas Goedert (v LAR)
13. Hunter Henry (v KC)
14. Mike Gesicki (v BUF)
15. T.J. Hockenson (@ GB)
16. Chris Herndon (v SF)
17. Eric Ebron (v DEN)
18. Austin Hooper (v CIN)
19. Dan Arnold (v WAS)
20. O.J. Howard (v CAR)
21. Irv Smith Jr. (@ IND)
22. Tyler Eifert (@ TEN)
23. Jordan Reed (@ NYJ)
24. Greg Olsen (v NE)
25. Mo Alie-Cox (v MIN)
26. C.J. Uzomah (@ CLE)
27. Logan Thomas (@ ARI)
28. Jimmy Graham (v NYG)
29. Dawson Knox (@ MIA)
30. Kyle Rudolph (@ IND)
31. Will Dissly (v NE)
32. Gerald Everett (@ PHI)
33. Ian Thomas (@ TB)
34. Jordan Akins (v BAL)
35. Dalton Schultz (v ATL)
36. Nick Boyle (@ HOU)
37. Ross Dwelley (@ NYJ)
38. Harrison Bryant (v CIN)
39. Robert Tonyan (v DET)
40. Darren Fells (v BAL)

 

Defense/ST

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (v DEN)
2. Buffalo Bills (@ MIA)
3. San Francisco 49ers (@ NYJ)
4. Tennessee Titans (v JAX)
5. Arizona Cardinals (v WAS)
6. Chicago Bears (v NYG)
7. Los Angeles Rams (@ PHI)
8. Baltimore Ravens (@ HOU)
9. Kansas City Chiefs (@ LAC)
10. Philadelphia Eagles (v LAR)
11. Green Bay Packers (v DET)
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (v CAR)
13. New England Patriots (@ SEA)
14. Indianapolis Colts (v MIN)
15. New Orleans Saints (@ LV)
16. Seattle Seahawks (v NE)
17. Denver Broncos (@ PIT)
18. Minnesota Vikings (@ IND)
19. Washington Football Team (@ ARI)
20. Miami Dolphins (v BUF)
21. Cleveland Browns (v CIN)
22. New York Jets (v SF)
23. New York Giants (@ CHI)
24. Dallas Cowboys (v ATL)
25. Cincinnati Bengals (@ CLE)

 

Kicker

1. Justin Tucker (@ HOU)
2. Harrison Butker (@ LAC)
3. Wil Lutz (@ LV)
4. Robbie Gould (@ NYJ)
5. Greg Zuerlein (v ATL)
6. Younghoe Koo (@ DAL)
7. Zane Gonzalez (v WAS)
8. Mason Crosby (v DET)
9. Matt Prater (@ GB)
10. Dan Bailey (@ IND)
11. Ryan Succop (v CAR)
12. Chris Boswell (v DEN)
13. Tyler Bass (@ MIA)
14. Daniel Carlson (v NO)
15. Jason Myers (v NE)
16. Jake Elliott (v LAR)
17. Rodrigo Blankenship (v MIN)
18. Nick Folk (@ SEA)
19. Sam Sloman (@ PHI)
20. Joey Slye (@ TB)
21. Cody Parkey (v CIN)
22. Ka’imi Fairbairn (v BAL)
23. Michael Badgley (v KC)
24. Cairo Santos (v NYG)
25. Dustin Hopkins (@ ARI)

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 2, 2020

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 2, 2020

The waiver wire is crucial for your fantasy season, and every Tuesday, we will have a premium article for Fantasy Consigliere members evaluating the top adds of the week. These rankings may vary depending on your scoring settings and overall league/roster construction, so feel free to reach out with any questions. [Note: all players are rostered in less than 60% of ESPN leagues]

 

[UPDATE: Tre’Quan Smith has been moved up to No. 6 following the news of Michael Thomas being out multiple weeks.]

 

1. Joshua Kelley, LAC RB

There is a great chance anyone using Fantasy Consigliere rankings already had Kelley rostered, but he’s somehow owned in just 11.3% of ESPN leagues right now. If still available, Kelley’s combination of talent and opportunity makes him an easy choice as the top add of the week.

 

2. Sammy Watkins, KC WR

While most will think last Thursday night’s performance (7/82/1) will turn into a disappearing act for Watkins, we think he can put up big numbers all year. Including the postseason, Watkins has averaged 92.5 receiving yards per game over his past four outings.

 

3. Sony Michel, NE RB

Michel saw limited work as expected coming off a foot injury, so those going crazy about the backfield split (Michel, James White, and Rex Burkhead all played 19 snaps) shouldn’t be too worried. New England’s starter will remain the favorite for early-down and goal-line work on a run-first offense, and Cam Newton should only open things up.

 

4. Malcolm Brown, LAR RB

Brown looked great on Sunday night, and you could probably make a case for him as high as the top spot. That said, fantasy owners should keep in mind that Week 1 isn’t everything, and Brown was actually our No. 1 waiver priority for the first article last season after 11 carries for 53 yards and two scores in the 2019 opener.

 

5. Nyheim Hines, IND RB

Eight receptions (on eight targets) and two touchdowns would have been enough for Hines to be a priority heading into Week 2, and Marlon Mack’s unfortunate Achilles injury makes him a must-roster in all formats. Jonathan Taylor is now the starter and an RB1, but Hines—who has underrated speed—will remain a very effective target for Philip Rivers underneath.

 

6. Tre’Quan Smith, NO WR

With Michael Thomas (ankle) set to miss an extended period of time, Smith is now one of the top pickups of the week. The third-year receiver has WR2 upside catching passes from Drew Brees in one of the NFL’s top offenses.

 

7. Chase Edmonds, ARI RB

Kenyan Drake was working his way back from a foot injury, but Edmonds played 34% of Arizona’s offensive snaps on Sunday—turning nine touches into 45 yards and a score. The second-year back was notably talked up as a starting-caliber runner by Kliff Kingsbury over the summer.

 

8. Adrian Peterson, DET RB

Peterson immediately took control of the Detroit backfield in his team debut, rushing 14 times for 93 yards and adding three receptions for 21 yards. We’ll see if D’Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson get more looks in future weeks, but AD is certainly worth placing a claim on for teams that need help at running back.

 

9. Scotty Miller, TB WR

Miller caught five-of-six targets for 73 yards in the opener, and fantasy owners should have been listening to FOX’s Troy Aikman when he said Tampa Bay’s No. 3 receiver will have a big year. Now, there will be quiet weeks when Mike Evans and Rob Gronkowski get more involved, but Miller is worth picking up for receiver-needy teams on a high-powered offense.

 

10. James Robinson, JAX RB

The only running back in the NFL to handle 100% of his team’s Week 1 carries, Robinson grinded out 62 yards on 16 attempts in his debut, and he also added a 28-yard reception on his lone target. The only thing holding the undrafted rookie back from being higher is Ryquell Armstead (COVID-19 list) returning at some point.

 

11. Mike Williams, LAC WR

Despite entering Week 1 with a shoulder injury that made him questionable for the late afternoon start, Williams not only played for Los Angeles, but also looked really good—catching four passes for 69 yards on a team-high nine targets. Williams being Tyrod Taylor’s favorite target over the recently-paid Keenan Allen isn’t an impossibility.

 

12. Benny Snell, PIT RB

Aside from a serious injury, Monday night was basically a worst-case scenario for James Conner owners, as Pittsburgh’s starter went down with what is said to be a mild ankle injury, and Snell capitalized by rushing 19 times for 113 yards. If Conner misses time, Snell will be at least a low-end RB2, and Week 1’s showing earned him more standalone value.

 

13. Jalen Reagor, PHI WR

Although Reagor only caught one pass in his first career game, it was a 55-yard reception, and he also got behind the Washington defense for a would-be touchdown that Carson Wentz overthrew. If you can have patience, Reagor will bring big-time upside if/when he becomes a full-time player (59% snaps played in the opener).

 

14. Anthony Miller, CHI WR

Miller is another player that could easily be ranked higher than this, but he inexplicably played just 42% of Chicago’s offensive snaps in the opener. The talent is there, though, so hopefully a game-winning touchdown reception will lead to more playing time and targets in Week 2 and beyond.

 

15. Brandon Aiyuk, SF WR

We didn’t see Aiyuk make his debut in Week 1 due to a hamstring injury, but he should “pop” as a playmaker similar to what we saw out of other rookie wideouts over the weekend. With Deebo Samuel (foot) on IR and George Kittle (knee) banged up, Aiyuk might be fed targets in a great matchup if active on Sunday versus the Jets.

 

16. Jared Goff, LAR QB

The box score didn’t stand out for Goff against the Cowboys (275 yards and one interception), but he played a lot better than the numbers suggest, and Los Angeles using no huddle with quick passes should only open up the vertical passing games when opponents start to creep up or tire out. Goff has QB1 upside.

 

17. Mike Gesicki, MIA TE

18. Jonnu Smith, TEN TE

19. Dallas Goedert, PHI TE

20. Parris Campbell, IND WR

21. Corey Davis, TEN WR

22. Hunter Renfrow, LV WR

23. Peyton Barber, WAS RB

24. Justin Jefferson, MIN WR

25. Alshon Jeffery, PHI WR

26. Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX WR

27. Russell Gage, ATL WR

28. Allen Lazard, GB WR

29. James Washington, PIT WR

30. Van Jefferson, LAR WR

Week 1 Fantasy Football Awards 2020

Week 1 Fantasy Football Awards 2020

Team of the Week

 

QB: Aaron Rodgers

Russell Wilson was the highest scorer of the week at quarterback, but Rodgers gets the nod here after torching Minnesota for 364 yards and four touchdowns on the road. While we shouldn’t overreact to one week (and the performance could end up saying more about Mike Zimmer’s young secondary than anything else), those who are optimistic about Rodgers can keep rolling with him for next week against Detroit before a string of potential shootouts (@ NO, v ATL, @ TB, @ HOU).

 

RB: Josh Jacobs

Any concerns about Jacobs’ overall role in Year 2 should already be erased, as in addition to a monster rushing performance (93 yards and three touchdowns), the second-year back also added four receptions for 46 yards on six targets in a 34-30 victory. If Jacobs—who looked noticeably faster on Sunday—is going to handle 25+ touches every week, he will soon be viewed as a consensus high-end RB1.

 

RB: Christian McCaffrey

It didn’t even feel like McCaffrey had a great game, but he is still on track to finish as the week’s overall RB2 (depending on tonight), so basically nothing has changed for Carolina’s offensive centerpiece. We should see more involvement in the passing game most weeks after just three receptions on four targets yesterday.

 

WR: Davante Adams

Adams had always created problems for Mike Zimmer’s defense when they had strong cornerback play, and he really took advantage of a young secondary in the opener by catching 14-of-17 targets for 156 yards and two touchdowns. The 34.6 fantasy points in 0.5 PPR leagues currently puts him atop the fantasy leaderboard for Week 1.

 

WR: Calvin Ridley

He benefitted from an Atlanta comeback attempt, but Ridley is already living up to high expectations in 2020—catching nine passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. With the Falcons still looking very shaky on defense, Ridley could be primed for a monster season; fantasy owners should view him as at least a high-end, high-upside WR2 every week.

 

TE: Mark Andrews

It turns out the Browns are still the Browns, and Andrews showed they remain vulnerable against opposing tight ends by catching two scores and leading the position in fantasy points for Week 1. The connection between Andrews and Lamar Jackson in the red zone gives him perhaps the highest touchdown potential in the league at tight end.

 

FLEX: Malcolm Brown

As always, there are several candidates for the FLEX spot, but Brown was perhaps the most impressive after turning 21 touches into 110 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-17 victory over Dallas. Although the matchup will probably be a bit tougher next week in Philly, LA’s offensive line looked good, and Brown needs to be rostered in all leagues.

 

D/ST: Washington

After falling behind 17-0 to the Eagles on Sunday, Washington’s defensive line completely took over the game in a comeback win—including eight sacks of Carson Wentz. Overall, Ron Rivera’s defense allowed just 265 yards and forced three turnovers in a 17-point fantasy performance.

 

K: Daniel Carlson

There were no huge games for kickers in Week 1, but Carlson tied for the most fantasy points (12) and made all four of his kicks—one of which was from 54 yards. The former Auburn standout looked confident and should be counted on by Jon Gruden if that continues.

 

Surprise of the Week: Chargers offense

Those who have Fantasy Consigliere shouldn’t have been surprised by Joshua Kelley (12 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown), but most of the fantasy football world is, and he should only see an increased role after impressing head coach Anthony Lynn. Where the surprise really comes is at receiver, as Keenan Allen caught just four passes for 37 yards, and a banged-up Mike Williams (4/69) actually looked like the preferred target for Tyrod Taylor. We’ll see if things change in Week 2.

 

Disappointment of the Week: Michael Thomas

Henry Ruggs III was a consideration here because he looked on his way to a monster day before an injury at the end of the first half led to a quiet second half, but Thomas—a first-round pick in most leagues—caught just three passes for 17 scoreless yards. The outing was certainly not what fantasy owners were hoping for facing a defense he went 11/182/2 and 8/114/1 against in 2019.

 

Rookie of the Week: Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Joshua Kelley again deserves mentioning, but Edwards-Helaire looked like a superstar-in-the-making last Thursday night, and it could have been an even bigger debut if he was able to covert one of his many goal-line opportunities. When CEH gets more involved as a receiver (which he undoubtedly will), watch out.

 

Week 1 MVP: Josh Jacobs

The clear focal-point for the Raiders in Week 1, Jacobs handled 29 touches and seems like a threat for three scores any time he steps on the field. Again, any concerns about Jacobs seeing less than a featured workload should already be gone, as Jon Gruden will feed the 2019 first-round pick on a weekly basis in 2020.

 

NFL Week 1 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

NFL Week 1 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

The first daily fantasy recommended lineup for DraftKings and FanDuel includes four electric wide receivers and an elite running back play.

 

QB Jimmy Garoppolo vs. ARI

DraftKings: $5,800 | FanDuel: $7,400

 

Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 741 yards and eight touchdowns in two games against the Cardinals last season, so he’s a great value play despite the 49ers receiving corps dealing with some injury issues entering the opener. As always, you could also go with the difference-making Lamar Jackson at quarterback while saving salary elsewhere in the lineup.

 

RB: Dalvin Cook vs. GB

DraftKings: $7,900 | FanDuel: $8,700

 

Ideally, Dalvin Cook and the Vikings will come to an agreement on a contract extension before kickoff on Sunday, but the star running back will be the focal point of Minnesota’s offense regardless of his contract status. With Stefon Diggs now in Buffalo and rookie Justin Jefferson working his way into a larger role, Cook should be very involved as a receiver early in the year.

 

RB: Jonathan Taylor @ JAX

DraftKings: $5,700 | FanDuel: $5,400

 

The Colts are banged up on the offensive line ahead of Week 1, but they are set to have the advantage against a bottom-of-the-league Jaguars team this weekend regardless. Marlon Mack will be the starter, but the Jacksonville defense could be softened up enough for Jonathan Taylor to enter the game and break a big run or two.

 

WR: Julio Jones vs. SEA

DraftKings: $7,700 | FanDuel: $8,200

 

Julio Jones had ten receptions for 152 yards against the Seahawks last season, and Seattle isn’t likely to have many answers for the best receiver in the game this time around—including with a healthy Matt Ryan now under center for Atlanta after Matt Schaub was forced into action in 2019.

 

WR: D.K. Metcalf @ ATL

DraftKings: $5,800 | FanDuel: $6,400

 

D.K. Metcalf had just three receptions in the Seattle-Atlanta matchup last year, but two of those were touchdowns. Russell Wilson clearly has a lot of confidence in the second-year receiver after a strong postseason. Metcalf brings an excellent mix of big-play ability and touchdown/red-zone upside.

 

WR: Henry Ruggs III @ CAR

DraftKings: $5,100 | FanDuel: $5,100

 

Entering his third season in command of Jon Gruden’s offense, Derek Carr should look sharp again like he did early in the season opener last season when Gruden had all summer to implement a winning gameplan. This Sunday, that could mean getting the ball into the hands of rookie first-rounder Henry Ruggs III, who can record fantasy points in bunches with his home-run ability.

 

TE: O.J. Howard @ NO (DraftKings) | George Kittle vs. ARI (FanDuel)

Howard: $3,700 | Kittle: $8,000

 

The Saints can be challenging for opposing tight ends, but the hope is that O.J. Howard can find a seam and break a big play in an offense that has a bunch of playmakers to worry about. It also might be a good idea to pair George Kittle with Jimmy G, which works in the recommended FanDuel lineup.

 

FLEX: Marquise Brown vs. CLE

DraftKings: $5,100 | FanDuel: $5,900

 

Marquise Brown had his best game of the season in the opener last year, and it sure sounds like the Ravens want to throw the ball down the field more in 2020. A lapse or two in coverage by the Browns could lead to huge points for “Hollywood” in Week 1.

 

D/ST: Patriots vs. MIA

DraftKings: $3,200 | FanDuel: $4,600

 

The Eagles are another high-upside play, but the Patriots are playing at home and Bill Belichick has had months to put together a gameplan for an AFC East matchup to open the year.

 

Remaining salaries

DraftKings: $0

FanDuel: $300

 

. . .

 

Other recommended Week 1 options

 

QB: Tom Brady @ NO

DraftKings: $6,500 | FanDuel: $7,600

 

RB: Josh Jacobs @ CAR

DraftKings: $6,800 | FanDuel: $8,200

 

RB: Sony Michel vs. MIA

DraftKings: $4,600 | FanDuel: $6,000

 

WR: Davante Adams @ MIN

DraftKings: $7,300 | FanDuel: $8,000

 

WR: John Brown vs. NYJ

DraftKings: $5,600 | FanDuel: $6,100

 

TE: Hayden Hurst vs. SEA

DraftKings: $4,300 | FanDuel: $5,200

Week 1 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Week 1 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

For all your start/sit decisions, our weekly rankings are updated as needed through Sunday morning, or you can ask any question you have with Fantasy Consigliere.

 

Quarterback

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Jared Goff (v DAL)

One of the most underrated fantasy quarterbacks for the 2020 season is also one of the most underrated in Week 1, as Goff is positioned to put up big numbers against a remade Dallas secondary for the opening of SoFi Stadium. Todd Gurley is gone, but that should only slant things toward the passing attack where Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Tyler Higbee, and others can all contribute. Assuming the offensive line will hold up, Goff is a top-seven play for me.

 

Thumbs Up: Derek Carr (@ CAR)

Carr and the Raiders have been extremely methodical in both season openers under Jon Gruden over the past two years, and that is a testament to the head coach’s offensive mind—particularly when given time to prepare. The efficiency of Carr (22-of-26 in last season’s opener) should be boosted by an explosive skill-position group and a cupcake matchup against a very vulnerable Carolina secondary.

 

Thumbs Up: Tyrod Taylor (@ CIN)

Cincinnati was looking like an improved defensive team after singing cornerbacks Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander in the offseason, but the former is out with a pectoral injury, and the latter is questionable after missing a chunk of training camp. Even without Mike Williams in the lineup, Taylor is a recommended streamer thanks to his dual-threat upside in a good matchup.

 

Thumbs Up: Jimmy Garoppolo (v ARI)

Whether or not the skill-position talent is fully healthy—Deebo Samuel (foot) and Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) are both questionable—Garoppolo is in position to have a huge day versus a Cardinals defense that he ripped for 329.7 yards per game and eight scores in 2019. Arizona again projects to be a defense better attacked through the air than on the ground coming off an NFL-high 109.9 passer rating allowed last year.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Dak Prescott (@ LAR)

The weeks where Prescott isn’t a top-five option will likely be rare in 2020, but this looks like one of them as Dallas travels to take on a star-powered Los Angeles defense that surely remembers being destroyed last December when they allowed 44 points. Although Dak has enough weapons to avoid Jalen Ramsey and put up numbers, I feel better about quarterbacks like Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo in plus matchups. If you have another option, it might be wise to wait until Week 2 to start your QB1.

 

Thumbs Down: Daniel Jones (v PIT)

As mentioned multiple times over the summer, Jones’ early-season schedule is absolutely brutal, and it will start on Monday night against Pittsburgh—who forced a league-high 38 turnovers in 2019. It feels like the Giants could decide to be more conservative to open the year by feeding Saquon Barkley and hoping the remade defense can make it a somewhat low-scoring game. Jones falls outside the top 24 for me this week.

 

Thumbs Down: Joe Burrow (v LAC)

Even without Derwin James (knee), the Chargers remain very stingy on defense, so it will be a tough first test for Burrow after a non-normal offseason of preparation. Similar to what I believe will happen with the Giants, we could see Burrow operating conservatively as to not challenge Casey Hayward, Chris Harris Jr., and Desmond King at cornerback. I’d recommend looking elsewhere.

 

Thumbs Down: Kyler Murray (@ SF)

It will be tough to take Murray out of lineups because of the upside, and those that want to roll with him can be comforted some by his performances against San Francisco as a rookie (22.9 fantasy points per game). However, the Niners have had a full offseason to not only prepare for Arizona’s offense, but also reflect on their Super Bowl loss; I expect them to be ready for Murray on Sunday.

 

Running back

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: David Johnson (@ KC)

Johnson sounds like he has a lot to prove this season with a new team, and Thursday night will give him a shot to start off strong for a probable shootout against Kansas City. They got away from it in the postseason loss, but Houston pounded the ball when they upset the Chiefs last October, so DJ could be featured from the jump as the franchise’s best all-around back since Arian Foster. I have Johnson as a low-end RB1 for the opener.

 

Thumbs Up: Tarik Cohen (@ DET)

He would get a slight downgrade if David Montgomery (groin) is able to play, but Cohen should have a significant role either way with Mitchell Trubisky hoping to avoid mistakes and keep the starting job over Nick Foles. Last season, the Lions were one of the worst teams in the league against pass-catching backs, allowing an NFL-high eight receiving touchdowns and the second-most receiving yards (864). Cohen is a strong RB2/FLEX to open the year.

 

Thumbs Up: Joshua Kelley (@ CIN)

Rookies could be at a disadvantage this season, but running back is a position that usually has an easier transition to the next level, and Kelley might immediately be the 1B to Austin Ekeler with Justin Jackson working back from a toe injury. I think the former UCLA standout could handle double-digit carries in his debut and is worth considering as a FLEX play for a Los Angeles team that wants to be balanced.

 

Thumbs Up: Darrel Williams (v HOU)

Although Clyde Edwards-Helaire will undoubtedly be the guy in Kansas City, we shouldn’t overlook Williams as a possible contributor—particularly early in the season. It’s worth noting that the 25-year-old was actually the preferred option for Andy Reid’s offense on third downs last season before Damien Williams took over down the stretch, and CEH might need to prove himself as a pass protector. It’s not a bad idea to roll with Williams in deeper leagues ahead of a high-scoring matchup.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Nick Chubb (@ BAL)

You aren’t benching Chubb—a first- or second-round pick in most leagues—but he could have a slow start against a Baltimore defense that limited him to 15 carries for 45 scoreless yards in their second matchup last season (after being stung for 165 yards and three scores earlier in the year). Consider Chubb more of a solid RB2 in a matchup with a stout front that added All-Pro Calais Campbell in the offseason.

 

Thumbs Down: Kenyan Drake (@ SF)

Drake is another player that played great in the first matchup versus a tough defense last year (162 total yards and a score versus San Francisco on Halloween) before being contained just a couple of weeks later against them (3.6 yards per touch on 22 touches). The matchup combined with returning from a foot injury leaves Drake as more of a low-floor, low-end RB2 for Week 1.

 

Thumbs Down: Ronald Jones II (@ NO)

I am high on Jones II for the season and think he can hold off Leonard Fournette if given a fair shot, but the matchup is definitely tough to start things off against a New Orleans defense that allowed the fourth-fewest rushing yards per game in 2019. If the Bucs immediately give Fournette the goal-line looks and LeSean McCoy a chunk of the receiving work, Jones II could find it difficult to return RB2 value between the 20s.

 

Thumbs Down: Detroit RBs (v CHI)

You probably don’t need me to tell you, but it might be a good idea to completely avoid the Detroit backfield due to the matchup and overall uncertainty about touches between Kerryon Johnson, D’Andre Swift, and Adrian Peterson. I like Kerryon to emerge from the group if he can stay healthy, but he’s just my RB40 this week.

 

Wide receiver

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: A.J. Brown (@ DEN)

I had Brown as my “Thumbs Up of the Week” before news broke about Von Miller’s ankle injury that will likely knock him out for the year, and Denver’s worsened pass rush will only boost the matchup for him and the Tennessee offense. If Vic Fangio wants to sell out to stop Derrick Henry like they did last season, Brown should have plenty of space to catch-and-run at the second level. He’s a top-six play for me.

 

Thumbs Up: Keenan Allen (@ CIN)

Perhaps the most insightful part of Hard Knocks this year was Anthony Lynn saying he tells the offensive staff to “feed Keenan Allen” every day, and LA’s top wideout should be a target monster early in the season with Mike Williams (shoulder) out of the lineup. Again, the Bengals have a very attackable cornerback group, and it will be a challenge to contain one of the game’s best route runners.

 

Thumbs Up: DeSean Jackson (@ WAS)

Jackson almost seems too obvious as an upside play in Week 1, but making a point to eliminate the deep ball (which Ron Rivera will certainly do) and actually stopping it on the field are two different things. In last year’s opener, Jackson went off for a 8/154/2 line on nine targets against Washington, and he will be Philly’s undisputed No. 1 wideout with Alshon Jeffery (foot) and Jalen Reagor (shoulder) out.

 

Thumbs Up: Henry Ruggs III (@ CAR)

Does anyone think Jon Gruden will be able to contain his excitement about Ruggs III after several months of imagining the fit in his offense? For those who don’t know, the rookie is much more than a one-trick deep threat, and I don’t see the Carolina defense slowing him down. I already have Ruggs III ranked as a high-upside WR2 with blowup potential.

 

Others: Sammy Watkins and Mecole Hardman (v HOU)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Amari Cooper (@ LAR)

Cooper’s weekly ceiling is among the best in the game, but everyone knows by now that it comes with basically a bottomless floor—and Jalen Ramsey tends to bring out the worst in opposing receivers. Even if Ramsey stays on one side of the field, Cooper will see enough of him to downgrade significantly; I’d rather play an upside target in a better matchup if possible.

 

Thumbs Down: DeAndre Hopkins (@ SF)

The “Thumbs Down” options are receiver are absolutely loaded with star players this week, but if there is a spot where defenses much have the upper hand early in the year, it might be when they have a lockdown cornerback. Now, Richard Sherman isn’t going to shadow Hopkins, but Arizona’s new receiver hadn’t been on the field much over the summer, and I don’t think Kyler Murray will force it early. I have Hopkins outside my top 25 wideouts.

 

Thumbs Down: Odell Beckham Jr. (@ BAL)

He found the end zone with a late score in their second meeting, but Beckham Jr. was mostly bested by star cornerback Marlon Humphrey in 2019 (two receptions for 20 scoreless yards in the first meeting), and we don’t know what kind of volume will be there in Kevin Stefanski’s offense. As always, it will take just one play for OBJ to be worth a start, but he’s my WR30 right now—and even that might be a couple of spots too high.

 

Thumbs Down: Mike Evans (@ NO)

Those who use our draft rankings know that we view Chris Godwin as the No. 1 fantasy wideout (and a top-three real-life receiver), but the Saints have historically used Marshon Lattimore to shadow Mike Evans, and that’s expected to continue on Sunday. Outside of a monster game from Tampa Bay’s offense in the 2018 opener, Evans has totaled 223 yards and zero scores in five games against New Orleans since Lattimore was drafted.

 

Others: DeVante Parker (@ NO), A.J. Green (v LAC)

 

Tight end

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Eric Ebron (@ NYG)

A new coaching staff could lead to the Giants being much better against opposing tight ends than they were in 2019, but their personnel is still a question mark at linebacker, and Ben Roethlisberger will likely be looking to exploit that with Ebron on Monday night. In particular, I think we’ll see Ebron’s size used in scoring territory when matched up against a smallish secondary; I have him as a top-eight option.

 

Thumbs Up: Jonnu Smith (@ DEN)

The Broncos are hoping to be more athletic at linebacker to help in pass coverage this year, but again, selling out to stop the run should help create space for the weapons in Tennessee’s passing attack—including Smith, who Bill Belichick called the best tight end in the league when the ball is in his hands. I’m not worried about a one-catch performance in last year’s matchup, as this is a completely different offense than it was early in 2019.

 

Thumbs Up: Jordan Akins (@ KC)

If you’re going with a desperation play for some reason, you can’t go wrong with one in the game with the highest over/under of the week (54.5). Akins sounds like the top tight end for Houston this year, and he should see some favorable coverage with the Chiefs needing to defend field-stretchers Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks, and Kenny Stills.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Mike Gesicki (@ NE)

Gesicki could absorb a bunch of targets this week after head coach Brian Flores said the players coming off injury (DeVante Parker and Preston Williams) might be limited, but that could just mean Bill Belichick will be able to focus on stopping the third-year tight end. Knowing how the Patriots will switch the game plan depending on opponent, I’m expecting to see the big-bodied Joejuan Williams used to take away Gesicki.

 

Thumbs Down: Rob Gronkowski (@ NO)

I don’t think it will take long for Gronk to be viewed as a top-five option at tight end by the consensus, but for Week 1, the matchup is reason to hold back, as All-Pro linebacker Demario Davis won’t make things easy on Tampa Bay’s tight ends. The touchdown upside just barely keeps Gronkowski in the TE1 ranks for his NFL return.

 

Thumbs Down: Austin Hooper (@ BAL)

The Ravens allowed by far the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends last season (6.3), and first-round pick Patrick Queen’s athleticism at linebacker should help that stinginess continue in 2020. I’m expecting a quiet Cleveland debut for Hooper before his outlook improves for a quick turnaround against Cincinnati next Thursday night.

 

Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Don’t overreact to the Week 1 rankings (which vary significantly from the draft rankings), as with so much unknown due to no preseason games combined with limited training camp work, they are weighted heavily based on matchups and—for the most part—against rookies. Hopefully the early-season offense isn’t too sloppy, but that’s a definite possibility in 2020. [Note: weekly rankings are for 0.5 PPR leagues, but you can ask any and all start/sit questions via Fantasy Consigliere] 

 

Quarterback

1. Patrick Mahomes (v HOU)
2. Lamar Jackson (v CLE)
3. Russell Wilson (@ ATL)
4. Josh Allen (v NYJ)
5. Drew Brees (v TB)
6. Tom Brady (@ NO)
7. Jared Goff (v DAL)
8. Matt Ryan (v SEA)
9. Deshaun Watson (@ KC)
10. Carson Wentz (@ WAS)
11. Jimmy Garoppolo (v ARI)
12. Derek Carr (@ CAR)
13. Ben Roethlisberger (@ NYG)
14. Dak Prescott (@ LAR)
15. Cam Newton (v MIA)
16. Ryan Tannehill (@ DEN)
17. Aaron Rodgers (@ MIN)
18. Kyler Murray (@ SF)
19. Tyrod Taylor (@ CIN)
20. Kirk Cousins (v GB)
21. Teddy Bridgewater (v LV)
22. Philip Rivers (@ JAX)
23. Gardner Minshew (v IND)
24. Daniel Jones (v PIT)
25. Mitchell Trubisky (@ DET)
26. Matthew Stafford (v CHI)
27. Drew Lock (v TEN)
28. Joe Burrow (v LAC)
29. Dwayne Haskins (v PHI)
30. Baker Mayfield (@ BAL)
31. Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ NE)
32. Sam Darnold (@ BUF)

 

Running back

1. Dalvin Cook (v GB)
2. Christian McCaffrey (v LV)
3. Josh Jacobs (@ CAR)
4. Saquon Barkley (v PIT)
5. Alvin Kamara (v TB)
6. Ezekiel Elliott (@ LAR)
7. Austin Ekeler (@ CIN)
8. Derrick Henry (@ DEN)
9. Joe Mixon (v LAC)
10. Aaron Jones (@ MIN)
11. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (v HOU)
12. David Johnson (@ KC)
13. James Conner (@ NYG)
14. Todd Gurley (v SEA)
15. Nick Chubb (@ BAL)
16. Cam Akers (v DAL)
17. Melvin Gordon (v TEN)
18. Chris Carson (@ ATL)
19. Raheem Mostert (v ARI)
20. Boston Scott (@ WAS)
21. Kenyan Drake (@ SF)
22. Mark Ingram (v CLE)
23. Marlon Mack (@ JAX)
24. Le’Veon Bell (@ BUF)
25. Devin Singletary (v NYJ)
26. Jonathan Taylor (@ JAX)
27. Antonio Gibson (v PHI)
28. David Montgomery (@ DET)
29. Sony Michel (v MIA)
30. Ronald Jones II (@ NO)
31. Jordan Howard (@ NE)
32. James White (v MIA)
33. Tarik Cohen (@ DET)
34. James Robinson (v IND)
35. Joshua Kelley (@ CIN)
36. Darrel Williams (v HOU)
37. Kareem Hunt (@ BAL)
38. J.K. Dobbins (v CLE)
39. Phillip Lindsay (v TEN)
40. Leonard Fournette (@ NO)
41. Matt Breida (@ NE)
42. Kerryon Johnson (v CHI)
43. Malcolm Brown (v DAL)
44. Chris Thompson (v IND)
45. Tevin Coleman (v ARI)
46. Duke Johnson (@ KC)
47. D’Andre Swift (v CHI)
48. Latavius Murray (v TB)
49. Zack Moss (v NYJ)
50. Nyheim Hines (@ JAX)
51. Frank Gore (@ BUF)
52. J.D. McKissic (v PHI)
53. Adrian Peterson (v CHI)
54. Rex Burkhead (v MIA)
55. Jalen Richard (@ CAR)
56. Jamaal Williams (@ MIN)
57. Chase Edmonds (@ SF)
58. Giovani Bernard (v LAC)
59. Alexander Mattison (v GB)
60. Tony Pollard (@ LAR)
61. Jerick McKinnon (v ARI)
62. Carlos Hyde (@ ATL)
63. Darrell Henderson (v DAL)
64. LeSean McCoy (@ NO)
65. Peyton Barber (v PHI)
66. Corey Clement (@ WAS)
67. Justin Jackson (@ CIN)
68. Gus Edwards (v CLE)
69. Darwin Thompson (v HOU)
70. A.J. Dillon (@ MIN)
71. Brian Hill (v SEA)
72. Benny Snell (@ NYG)
73. Mike Davis (v LV)
74. Dion Lewis (v PIT)
75. Anthony McFarland Jr. (@ NYG)

 

Wide receiver

1. Chris Godwin (@ NO)
2. Davante Adams (@ MIN)
3. Julio Jones (v SEA)
4. Tyreek Hill (v HOU)
5. Michael Thomas (v TB)
6. A.J. Brown (@ DEN)
7. Allen Robinson (@ DET)
8. JuJu Smith-Schuster (@ NYG)
9. Robert Woods (v DAL)
10. D.J. Moore (v LV)
11. Keenan Allen (@ CIN)
12. D.K. Metcalf (@ ATL)
13. Calvin Ridley (v SEA)
14. Stefon Diggs (v NYJ)
15. Henry Ruggs III (@ CAR)
16. D.J. Chark (v IND)
17. Adam Thielen (v GB)
18. Tyler Lockett (@ ATL)
19. Cooper Kupp (v DAL)
20. Marvin Jones (v CHI)
21. Will Fuller (@ KC)
22. Terry McLaurin (v PHI)
23. Michael Gallup (@ LAR)
24. DeAndre Hopkins (@ SF)
25. T.Y. Hilton (@ JAX)
26. Julian Edelman (v MIA)
27. Marquise Brown (v CLE)
28. Tyler Boyd (v LAC)
29. Odell Beckham Jr. (@ BAL)
30. DeSean Jackson (@ WAS)
31. John Brown (v NYJ)
32. A.J. Green (v LAC)
33. Anthony Miller (@ DET)
34. Sammy Watkins (v HOU)
35. Courtland Sutton (v TEN)
36. Amari Cooper (@ LAR)
37. Diontae Johnson (@ NYG)
38. CeeDee Lamb (@ LAR)
39. Jalen Reagor (@ WAS)
40. Brandin Cooks (@ KC)
41. Jerry Jeudy (v TEN)
42. Mecole Hardman (v HOU)
43. Jamison Crowder (@ BUF)
44. DeVante Parker (@ NE)
45. Sterling Shepard (v PIT)
46. Christian Kirk (@ SF)
47. Randall Cobb (@ KC)
48. Kendrick Bourne (v ARI)
49. Emmanuel Sanders (v TB)
50. Mike Evans (@ NO)
51. Hunter Renfrow (@ CAR)
52. Jarvis Landry (@ BAL)
53. Bryan Edwards (@ CAR)
54. Darius Slayton (v PIT)
55. Mike Williams (@ CIN)
56. Preston Williams (@ NE)
57. Brandon Aiyuk (v ARI)
58. Parris Campbell (@ JAX)
59. Allen Lazard (@ MIN)
60. Curtis Samuel (v LV)
61. N’Keal Harry (v MIA)
62. Robby Anderson (v LV)
63. Laviska Shenault Jr. (v IND)
64. Scotty Miller (@ NO)
65. Larry Fitzgerald (@ SF)
66. Cole Beasley (v NYJ)
67. Corey Davis (@ DEN)
68. Russell Gage (v SEA)
69. Danny Amendola (v CHI)
70. James Washington (@ NYG)
71. Nelson Agholor (@ CAR)
72. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (@ WAS)
73. Kenny Stills (@ KC)
74. Golden Tate (v PIT)
75. Justin Jefferson (v GB)
76. Steven Sims (v PHI)
77. Miles Boykin (v CLE)
78. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (@ MIN)
79. Breshad Perriman (@ BUF)
80. Tre’Quan Smith (v TB)
81. Michael Pittman Jr. (@ JAX)
82. Chris Conley (v IND)
83. Van Jefferson (v DAL)
84. John Ross (v LAC)
85. Bisi Johnson (v GB)
86. Cordarrelle Patterson (@ DET)
87. Greg Ward (@ WAS)
88. Adam Humphries (@ DEN)
89. Josh Reynolds (v DAL)
90. Tim Patrick (v TEN)
91. Dontrelle Inman (v PHI)
92. Trent Taylor (v ARI)
93. Auden Tate (v LAC)
94. Chase Claypool (@ NYG)
95. Demarcus Robinson (v HOU)
96. Willie Snead (v CLE)
97. Jalen Guyton (@ CIN)
98. Joe Reed (@ CIN)
99. Javon Wims (@ DET)
100. Damiere Byrd (v MIA)

 

Tight end

1. George Kittle (v ARI)
2. Travis Kelce (v HOU)
3. Zach Ertz (@ WAS)
4. Darren Waller (@ CAR)
5. Mark Andrews (v CLE)
6. Tyler Higbee (v DAL)
7. Evan Engram (v PIT)
8. Eric Ebron (@ NYG)
9. Jonnu Smith (@ DEN)
10. Hunter Henry (@ CIN)
11. Hayden Hurst (v SEA)
12. Rob Gronkowski (@ NO)
13. Noah Fant (v TEN)
14. Chris Herndon (@ BUF)
15. Jared Cook (v TB)
16. T.J. Hockenson (v CHI)
17. Blake Jarwin (@ LAR)
18. Mike Gesicki (@ NE)
19. Austin Hooper (@ BAL)
20. Dallas Goedert (@ WAS)
21. Jack Doyle (@ JAX)
22. O.J. Howard (@ NO)
23. Irv Smith Jr. (v GB)
24. Greg Olsen (@ ATL)
25. Jordan Akins (@ KC)
26. Tyler Eifert (v IND)
27. Jimmy Graham (@ DET)
28. Kyle Rudolph (v GB)
29. Gerald Everett (v DAL)
30. Dan Arnold (@ SF)
31. Ian Thomas (v LV)
32. Will Dissly (@ ATL)
33. Dawson Knox (v NYJ)
34. Darren Fells (@ KC)
35. C.J. Uzomah (v LAC)
36. Jordan Reed (v ARI)
37. Logan Thomas (v PHI)
38. Robert Tonyan (@ MIN)
39. Devin Asiasi (v MIA)
40. Nick Boyle (v CLE)

 

Defense/ST

1. Buffalo Bills (v NYJ)
2. New England Patriots (v MIA)
3. Indianapolis Colts (@ JAX)
4. Philadelphia Eagles (@ WAS)
5. Baltimore Ravens (v CLE)
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (@ NYG)
7. Chicago Bears (@ DET)
8. Tennessee Titans (@ DEN)
9. Los Angeles Chargers (@ CIN)
10. San Francisco 49ers (v ARI)
11. Denver Broncos (v TEN)
12. Kansas City Chiefs (v HOU)
13. Minnesota Vikings (v GB)
14. Dallas Cowboys (@ LAR)
15. Detroit Lions (v CHI)
16. New York Jets (@ BUF)
17. Green Bay Packers (@ MIN)
18. Los Angeles Rams (v DAL)
19. Las Vegas Raiders (@ CAR)
20. Washington Football Team (v PHI)
21. Arizona Cardinals (@ SF)
22. Cincinnati Bengals (v LAC)
23. Seattle Seahawks (@ ATL)
24. Atlanta Falcons (v SEA)
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@ NO)

 

Kicker

1. Harrison Butker (v HOU)
2. Justin Tucker (v CLE)
3. Robbie Gould (v ARI)
4. Greg Zuerlein (@ LAR)
5. Jake Elliott (@ WAS)
6. Wil Lutz (v TB)
7. Younghoe Koo (v SEA)
8. Matt Prater (v CHI)
9. Jason Myers (@ ATL)
10. Dan Bailey (v GB)
11. Mason Crosby (@ MIN)
12. Ryan Succop (@ NO)
13. Daniel Carlson (@ CAR)
14. Michael Badgley (@ CIN)
15. Tyler Bass (v NYJ)
16. Zane Gonzalez (@ SF)
17. Chris Boswell (@ NYG)
18. Ka’imi Fairbairn (@ KC)
19. Joey Slye (v LV)
20. Brandon McManus (v TEN)
21. Rodrigo Blankenship (@ JAX)
22. Sam Sloman (v DAL)
23. Stephen Gostkowski (@ DEN)
24. Nick Folk (v MIA)
25. Graham Gano (v PIT)

2020 Fantasy Football Mock Draft 8.0 (12-Team, 0.5 PPR)

2020 Fantasy Football Mock Draft 8.0 (12-Team, 0.5 PPR)

The final fantasy football mock draft of the year (using the FantasyPros draft simulator) is for a 12-team, 0.5 PPR league.

 

Mock 1.0: 12-team, 0.5 PPR

Mock 2.0: 14-team Superflex, 0.5 PPR

Mock 3.0: 10-team, Full PPR

Mock 4.0: 12-team QB Premium, Non-PPR

Mock 5.0: 10-team, 0.5 PPR

Mock 6.0: 12-team, Full PPR Auction

Mock 7.0: 16-team, Full PPR

 

Round 1

1.01: Christian McCaffrey, CAR RB
1.02: Saquon Barkley, NYG RB
1.03: Ezekiel Elliott, DAL RB
1.04: Alvin Kamara, NO RB
1.05: Dalvin Cook, MIN RB
1.06: Joe Mixon, CIN RB
1.07: Michael Thomas, NO WR
1.08: Derrick Henry, TEN RB
1.09: Miles Sanders, PHI RB
1.10: Davante Adams, GB WR
1.11: Tyreek Hill, KC WR
1.12: Julio Jones, ATL WR

 

Thoughts: Henry will be an absolute workhorse this year, and anyone with a late pick should be thrilled with him falling outside the top-six picks.

 

Round 2

2.01: DeAndre Hopkins, ARI WR
2.02: Nick Chubb, CLE RB
2.03: Kenyan Drake, ARI RB
2.04: Austin Ekeler, LAC RB
2.05: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC RB
2.06: Chris Godwin, TB WR
2.07: Allen Robinson, CHI WR
2.08: Josh Jacobs, LV RB
2.09: Patrick Mahomes, KC QB
2.10: Travis Kelce, KC TE
2.11: Lamar Jackson, BAL QB
2.12: Kenny Golladay, DET WR

 

Thoughts: I don’t see any chance in the world that Edwards-Helaire will last until the No. 17 overall pick in actual drafts, but this is a good time to let people know that you need to be flexible and not have your mind set on a particular player because it’s impossible to know how a draft will play out.

 

Round 3

3.01: George Kittle, SF TE
3.02: Aaron Jones, GB RB
3.03: Adam Thielen, MIN WR
3.04: Mike Evans, TB WR
3.05: Amari Cooper, DAL WR
3.06: Calvin Ridley, ATL WR
3.07: Odell Beckham Jr., CLE WR
3.08: Todd Gurley, ATL RB
3.09: JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT WR
3.10: Chris Carson, SEA RB
3.11: D.J. Moore, CAR WR
3.12: Leonard Fournette, TB RB

 

Thoughts: Tripling down at running back wasn’t the plan, but I arguably have three top-15 options in a 12-team league where the position could quickly thin out.

 

Round 4

4.01: Mark Andrews, BAL TE
4.02: A.J. Brown, TEN WR
4.03: Cooper Kupp, LAR WR
4.04: Robert Woods, LAR WR
4.05: D.J. Chark, JAX WR
4.06: Zach Ertz, PHI TE
4.07: Jonathan Taylor, IND RB
4.08: James Conner, PIT RB
4.09: Melvin Gordon, DEN RB
4.10: Raheem Mostert, SF RB
4.11: Terry McLaurin, WAS WR
4.12: Tyler Lockett, SEA WR

 

Thoughts: Quietly a WR1 last year, there is hope Chark can be just as good—or even better—as the top offensive option for a Jaguars team that will need to throw.

 

Round 5

5.01: D.K. Metcalf, SEA WR
5.02: Courtland Sutton, DEN WR
5.03: T.Y. Hilton, IND WR
5.04: Mark Ingram, BAL RB
5.05: Dak Prescott, DAL QB
5.06: DeVante Parker, MIA WR
5.07: Le’Veon Bell, NYJ RB
5.08: Keenan Allen, LAC WR
5.09: David Johnson, HOU RB
5.10: Russell Wilson, SEA QB
5.11: Darren Waller, LV TE
5.12: Stefon Diggs, BUF WR

 

Thoughts: Pairing D.J. Chark with Allen is something I did in another mock, and I love the combination of floor and upside to support my running backs.

 

Round 6

6.01: Devin Singletary, BUF RB
6.02: Kyler Murray, ARI QB
6.03: A.J. Green, CIN WR
6.04: Evan Engram, NYG TE
6.05: Marquise Brown, BAL WR
6.06: David Montgomery, CHI RB
6.07: Deshaun Watson, HOU QB
6.08: Michael Gallup, DAL WR
6.09: Tyler Higbee, LAR TE
6.10: Cam Akers, LAR RB
6.11: Tyler Boyd, CIN WR
6.12: Matt Ryan, ATL QB

 

Thoughts: I considered taking Deshaun Watson here, but “Hollywood” is another No. 1 wideout that balances out my roster at the two most important positions.

 

Round 7

7.01: D’Andre Swift, DET RB
7.02: Jarvis Landry, CLE WR
7.03: Drew Brees, NO QB
7.04: Deebo Samuel, SF WR
7.05: Kareem Hunt, CLE RB
7.06: Jordan Howard, MIA RB
7.07: Josh Allen, BUF QB
7.08: Ronald Jones II, TB RB
7.09: Carson Wentz, PHI QB
7.10: Julian Edelman, NE WR
7.11: Sony Michel, NE RB
7.12: Aaron Rodgers, GB QB

 

Thoughts: The Leonard Fournette signing obviously hurt, but I’ll take Jones II all day as my RB4, as he can still be a stud if he holds onto the lead role with a hot start.

 

Round 8

8.01: James White, NE RB
8.02: Matt Breida, MIA RB
8.03: Will Fuller, HOU WR
8.04: Marvin Jones, DET WR
8.05: Antonio Gibson, WAS RB
8.06: Phillip Lindsay, DEN RB
8.07: Diontae Johnson, PIT WR
8.08: Brandin Cooks, HOU WR
8.09: 49ers, SF D/ST
8.10: Sterling Shepard, NYG WR
8.11: CeeDee Lamb, DAL WR
8.12: Tarik Cohen, CHI RB

 

Thoughts: Gibson is definitely a risk running behind a sub-par offensive line with just 33 career carries at Memphis, but the middle rounds is when you can take a big swing.

 

Round 9

9.01: Marlon Mack, IND RB
9.02: J.K. Dobbins, BAL RB
9.03: Jamison Crowder, NYJ
9.04: John Brown, BUF WR
9.05: Christian Kirk, ARI WR
9.06: Henry Ruggs III, LV WR
9.07: Kerryon Johnson, DET RB
9.08: Anthony Miller, CHI WR
9.09: Preston Williams, MIA WR
9.10: Darius Slayton, NYG WR
9.11: Steelers, PIT D/ST
9.12: Ke’Shawn Vaughn, TB RB

 

Thoughts: Miller got hot down the stretch in 2019, and there is a chance he can carry it into his third season after recently being talked up by Matt Nagy; Miller is the clear No. 2 behind Allen Robinson.

 

Round 10

10.01: Darrell Henderson, LAR RB
10.02: Tevin Coleman, SF RB
10.03: Jerry Jeudy, DEN WR
10.04: Latavius Murray, NO RB
10.05: Hayden Hurst, ATL TE
10.06: Duke Johnson, HOU RB
10.07: Robby Anderson, CAR WR
10.08: Zack Moss, BUF RB
10.09: Emmanuel Sanders, NO WR
10.10: Ravens, BAL D/ST
10.11: Derrius Guice, FA RB
10.12: Mike Williams, LAC WR

 

Thoughts: Hurst is a relatively safe pick at tight end as he takes over the role that led to a midrange TE1 finish for Austin Hooper in 2019—and the former first-round pick arguably has even more upside.

 

Round 11

11.01: Alexander Mattison, MIN RB
11.02: Hunter Henry, LAC TE
11.03: Chase Edmonds, ARI RB
11.04: Adrian Peterson, WAS RB
11.05: Tony Pollard, DAL RB
11.06: DeSean Jackson, PHI WR
11.07: Justin Jefferson, MIN WR
11.08: Tom Brady, TB QB
11.09: Mecole Hardman, KC WR
11.10: Jalen Reagor, PHI WR
11.11: Boston Scott, PHI RB
11.12: Alshon Jeffery, PHI WR

 

Thoughts: I was going to wait until the final round to take a quarterback and keep stocking up on the skill positions, but Brady is too good of a value to pass up due to his upside in Bruce Arians’ offense.

 

Round 12

12.01: Matthew Stafford, DET QB
12.02: Sammy Watkins, KC WR
12.03: Golden Tate, NYG WR
12.04: Baker Mayfield, CLE QB
12.05: Ryquell Armstead, JAX RB
12.06: Bills, BUF D/ST
12.07: Michael Pittman Jr., IND WR
12.08: Curtis Samuel, CAR WR
12.09: Larry Fitzgerald, ARI WR
12.10: Hunter Renfrow, LV WR
12.11: Jared Cook, NO TE
12.12: N’Keal Harry, NE WR

 

Thoughts: Armstead carries risk after missing a chunk of training camp, but his physicality could allow him to eventually seize the early-down job ahead of Devine Ozigbo and James Robinson.

 

Round 13

13.01: Ben Roethlisberger, PIT QB
13.02: Bears, CHI D/ST
13.03: Damien Harris, NE RB
13.04: LeSean McCoy, TB RB
13.05: Mike Gesicki, MIA TE
13.06: Jonnu Smith, TEN TE
13.07: Nyheim Hines, IND RB
13.08: Brandon Aiyuk, SF WR
13.09: Justin Jackson, LAC RB
13.10: Rob Gronkowski, TB TE
13.11: Joe Burrow, CIN QB
13.12: A.J. Dillon, GB RB

 

Thoughts: Aiyuk is another player that could be a burnt pick if he doesn’t transition quickly coming off a hamstring injury, but the upside is big as San Francisco’s new perimeter receiver.

 

Round 14

14.01: Breshad Perriman, NYJ WR
14.02: Darrel Williams, KC RB
14.03: Jamaal Williams, GB RB
14.04: T.J. Hockenson, DET TE
14.05: Chris Thompson, JAX RB
14.06: Daniel Jones, NYG QB
14.07: Jerick McKinnon, SF RB
14.08: Austin Hooper, CLE TE
14.09: Noah Fant, DEN TE
14.10: Cam Newton, NE QB
14.11: Carlos Hyde, SEA RB
14.12: Chiefs, KC D/ST

 

Thoughts: I don’t feel great about having three players from the Jacksonville offense, but Thompson can be a quality FLEX as a familiar pass-catching option in Jay Gruden’s offense.

 

Round 15

15.01: Joshua Kelley, LAC RB
15.02: Devonta Freeman, FA RB
15.03: Devine Ozigbo, JAX RB
15.04: Allen Lazard, GB WR
15.05: Harrison Butker, KC K
15.06: Patriots, NE D/ST
15.07: Rashaad Penny, SEA RB
15.08: Rams, LAR D/ST
15.09: Saints, NO D/ST
15.10: Justin Tucker, BAL K
15.11: Dede Westbrook, JAX WR
15.12: Justin Rohrwasser, NE K

 

Round 16

16.01: Vikings, MIN D/ST
16.02: Wil Lutz, NO K
16.03: Packers, GB D/ST
16.04: Greg Zuerlein, DAL K
16.05: Robbie Gould, SF K
16.06: Matt Gay, FA K
16.07: Matt Prater, DET K
16.08: Broncos, DEN D/ST
16.09: Michael Badgley, LAC K
16.10: Jake Elliott, PHI K
16.11: Zane Gonzalez, ARI K
16.12: Ka’imi Fairbairn, HOU K

 

Final Roster

QB: Tom Brady, TB
RB: Derrick Henry, TEN
RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC
WR: D.J. Chark, JAX
WR: Keenan Allen, LAC
TE: Hayden Hurst, ATL
FLEX: Todd Gurley, ATL RB
D/ST: Rams, LAR
K: Robbie Gould, SF
BE: Marquise Brown, BAL WR
BE: Ronald Jones II, TB RB
BE: Antonio Gibson, WAS RB
BE: Anthony Miller, CHI WR
BE: Ryquell Armstead, JAX RB
BE: Brandon Aiyuk, SF WR
BE: Chris Thompson, JAX RB

2020 Fantasy Football: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

2020 Fantasy Football: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Whether it’s due to COVID-19 uncertainty or lack of preseason action, our draft rankings for 2020 vary quite a bit from the consensus—even more so than usual—so as Bruce Wayne once said, “I’m playing this one pretty close to the chest” by keeping them as secretive as possible. With that, the draft version of “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down” is exclusive to Fantasy Consigliere members until next Thursday before the opening game between the Chiefs and Texans. [Note: all rankings listed below are for 0.5 PPR leagues]

 

Quarterback

 

Thumbs Up of the Year: Tom Brady, TB

Wolf Sports ranking: #3 … FantasyPros consensus: #11

 

It makes zero sense that Brady is barely ranked higher than last year’s finish (QB12), as his bottom-tier supporting cast in New England is being replaced by a loaded group in Tampa Bay—and he’s still an elite real-life quarterback. TB12 joined the Bucs not only to win, but also to put up numbers, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them run it up when they get the chance. People that question Brady’s skillset entering his age-43 season must not watch closely enough; don’t bet against the GOAT.

 

Thumbs Up: Jared Goff, LAR

Wolf Sports ranking: #10 … FantasyPros consensus: #17

 

Goff was quietly on pace for 5,258 yards and 35 touchdowns in five games last December, and Sean McVay switching up the personnel depending on the opponent—with increased reliance on 12 personnel to help in pass protection—should allow him to stay hot in 2020. Overall, the offense is now completely in Goff’s hands with Todd Gurley gone, and he is ready for it. Consider LA’s triggerman a cheap QB1 that’s often sitting there to take in the late rounds.

 

Thumbs Up: Jimmy Garoppolo, SF

Wolf Sports ranking: #17 … FantasyPros consensus: #23

 

Garoppolo is entering his second full season as the starter under Kyle Shanahan, and he should be primed for a big year—particularly with Deebo Samuel (foot) and Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) both looking like hopeful returns for Week 1. If that’s the case, the Niners will have their young core set on offense, and Jimmy G has the talent to realistically make a leap similar to Matt Ryan did under Shanahan when he won NFL MVP with 4,944 yards and a 38:7 touchdown-interception ratio in 2016. Also, the schedule is very favorable through the first four weeks (v ARI, @ NYJ, @ NYG, v PHI) to get Garoppolo going early as the passing attack builds chemistry.

 

Thumbs Up: Josh Allen, BUF

Wolf Sports ranking: #6 … FantasyPros consensus: #7

 

My positional ranking for Allen is only one spot higher than the consensus, but he is still worth calling a “Thumbs Up” with many labeling him one of the biggest potential busts in 2020 (plus, I have him ranked in a tier with Dak Prescott and Russell Wilson as a top-60 pick). Even if we see a decrease in rushing attempts, Allen will continue to carry big-time upside as a dual-threat quarterback, and working on his passing mechanics in the offseason should have him ready to take another leap with Stefon Diggs joining the offense. An MVP season is certainly possible and would be the final nail in the coffin of pre-draft doubters.

 

Others: Daniel Jones (NYG), Derek Carr (LV)

 

Thumbs Down of the Year: Aaron Rodgers, GB

Wolf Sports ranking: #16 … FantasyPros consensus: #13

 

This one scares me the most out of all the “Thumbs Down” options because we could see an angry Rodgers torch opponents with a chip on his shoulder following the selection of Jordan Love in April’s draft. However, the big-ticket offensive additions for Green Bay this offseason were Love, rookie runner A.J. Dillon, and veteran Devin Funchess (who opted out), so the same crew is basically back as Rodgers’ weapons. A potential stretch of shootouts in the first half (@ NO, v ATL, @ TB, @ HOU) will be telling.

 

Thumbs Down: Drew Brees, NO

Wolf Sports ranking: #14 … FantasyPros consensus: #10

 

In general, quarterback is probably the toughest position to rank this year with so many possible QB1 options sitting in QB2 range, so you need to try to pick out the red flags. For Brees, he turned 41 earlier this year, and unlike Tom Brady, there are at least signs of some decline in terms of arm strength. A bigger concern, though, is Taysom Hill getting more action than expected with Sean Payton wanting to get the succession plan ready for 2021—something that had been alluded to earlier this year.

 

Thumbs Down: Baker Mayfield, CLE

Wolf Sports ranking: #27 … FantasyPros consensus: #18

 

Ranked as a top-five option by the consensus in 2019, Mayfield was a major disappointment, and I’m not sure a run-first offense brought over by Kevin Stefanski is reason for optimism from a fantasy perspective. Last season, Kirk Cousins set career-highs in touchdown percentage, touchdown-interception ratio, and yards per attempt in Stefanski’s offense, but he was never really a fantasy difference-maker outside of a two big weeks. I don’t see Mayfield—a younger quarterback with two star runners to hand it off to—having any more upside than Cousins did.

 

Thumbs Down: Joe Burrow, CIN

Wolf Sports ranking: #25 … FantasyPros consensus: #20

 

There has seemed to be very limited talk about the impact COVID-19 may have on young quarterbacks, but Burrow is far from a lock to come in and light the world on fire, so it’s a surprise that he’s ranked ahead of proven options like Jimmy Garoppolo or Kirk Cousins. I’m a believer in Burrow’s long-term outlook for a young offense, but in redraft leagues, he is better left on the waiver wire for now. Remember, the Bengals have to face Pittsburgh and Baltimore for 25% of their games, and their No. 1 overall pick hasn’t had close to a full offseason to build a rapport with his receivers—particularly A.J. Green (hamstring) and John Ross (various).

 

Others: Cam Newton (NE), Gardner Minshew (JAX)

 

Running Back

 

Thumbs Up of the Year: Jonathan Taylor, IND

Wolf Sports ranking: #14 … FantasyPros consensus: #19

 

Everything needs to be considered, but the biggest mistake people make is not putting enough value on pure talent. Marlon Mack is a very good running back and should remain a factor all year for Indy, but Taylor has best-running-back-in-the-league upside with 4.39 speed, and he’ll be running behind a dominant offensive line. Notably, the Colts have said they think the rookie can turn ten-yard gains into 50-yard gains, and they may have no choice but to feed him by midseason if that becomes a reality. Don’t overreact to a slow start; Taylor carries league-winning upside.

 

Thumbs Up: Nick Chubb, CLE

Wolf Sports ranking: #8 … FantasyPros consensus: #10

 

Similar to Josh Allen, I’m not that much higher on Chubb in terms of positional ranking, but he’s another player that some analysts are way too worried about. In my opinion, the usage down the stretch last year—under a coaching staff that was in over their heads—can be thrown out the window, as Chubb should be the workhorse all year (despite Kareem Hunt’s presence) and projects to have more luck finding the end zone after being held without a score in 11 games last year. The upside is 1,800+ rushing yards and 12+ touchdowns.

 

Thumbs Up: Ronald Jones II, TB

Wolf Sports ranking: #26 … FantasyPros consensus: #36

 

I originally ranked Jones II as my RB22 and had thoughts of even moving him a spot or two higher, but the Leonard Fournette signing complicates things. That said, the hate has gone way too far, and while I don’t fully trust Bruce Arians to tell the truth, he’s called Jones II a three-down starter with Fournette in place as a great insurance policy. The touchdown potential on an offense that should often be in scoring territory has me leaning towards Fournette (who took that RB22 spot) as the top-ranked runner for now, but Jones II can still provide strong value as an upside RB2/FLEX after showing flashes in 2019.

 

Thumbs Up: Joshua Kelley, LAC

Wolf Sports ranking: #34 … FantasyPros consensus: #58

 

Someone is going to get at least a large chunk of the touches Melvin Gordon leaves behind in Los Angeles (17.0 per game last year), and my money would be on Kelley over Justin Jackson. I compared the fourth-round rookie to David Johnson as a natural runner with tremendous vision/patience, and he could immediately handle the short-yardage carries on a conservative, run-first offense. Even if he starts the year as the No. 3 back, Kelley should be the Chargers’ 1B before long.

 

Others: Cam Akers (LAR), Jordan Howard (MIA)

 

Thumbs Down of the Year: Kenyan Drake, ARI

Wolf Sports ranking: #19 … FantasyPros consensus: #12

 

I have been lower on Drake all offseason for a few reasons (mainly a small sample size and the overall strength at running back), and a couple of more red flags were added last month when a) Kliff Kingsbury talked up Chase Edmonds, and b) the starter ended up in a walking boot. Now, that is not to say Drake will be anything less than the feature back, but he’s never handled more than 170 carries in a season, and the strong play down the stretch in 2019 was actually very volatile (in eight games, he had three weeks with 100+ rushing yards and three weeks below 38 rushing yards). Based on the price, I would look elsewhere.

 

Thumbs Down: Kareem Hunt, CLE

Wolf Sports ranking: #33 … FantasyPros consensus: #26

 

Hunt would carry high-end RB1 upside if Nick Chubb ever goes down and he’s installed as the feature back, but as a standalone option, I’m skeptical about him being ranked comfortably in the top 30. In Freddie Kitchen’s offense, Hunt was used heavily as a receiver (5.5 targets per game), though I’m not sure that’s repeatable with Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, and Austin Hooper all needing looks. If we see Chubb get the 20+ carries he should on a weekly basis, Hunt would appear to be overvalued ahead of starters like Devin Singletary and David Montgomery.

 

Thumbs Down: D’Andre Swift, DET

Wolf Sports ranking: #38 … FantasyPros consensus: #27

 

Missing several practices in recent weeks due to a leg injury is adding more risk to Swift as a FLEX option this year, and Kerryon Johnson—who just turned 23 in June despite entering his third season—should have the clear upper hand for touches on a Detroit team that expects to compete. That would leave Swift relying on change-of-pace work, and the targets might not automatically be substantial with Kerryon also capable of catching passes (not to mention Matthew Stafford leaning on Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, T.J. Hockenson, and Danny Amendola). I’d avoid with an ADP just outside the fifth round.

 

Thumbs Down: Phillip Lindsay, DEN

Wolf Sports ranking: #42 … FantasyPros consensus: #34

 

The money paid to Melvin Gordon in the offseason (a two-year, $16-million deal) suggests that Denver—despite what they have suggested—won’t have him and Lindsay be co-starters at running back, and the incumbent could become an afterthought on an offense that loaded up on skill-position talent earlier this year. I could be wrong, but as long as Gordon is healthy, it feels like Lindsay’s standalone value might be too volatile to consider as anything more than a decent FLEX that won’t have goal-line touches or significant receiving work.

 

Others: Le’Veon Bell (NYJ), James White (NE)

 

Wide Receiver

 

Thumbs Up of the Year: A.J. Brown, TEN

Wolf Sports ranking: #6 … FantasyPros consensus: #16

 

I don’t pay much attention to other rankings throughout the industry, but the biggest mystery to me is Brown somehow being ranked outside the top 15 at receiver. As a rookie, the former Ole Miss star put up a 52/1,051/8 line on 84 targets (barely five per game; to compare, Kareem Hunt was on pace for 88 targets last year), and he will now have improved chemistry with Ryan Tannehill and should be funneled looks in Year 2. Finishing as the overall WR1 is a definite possibility, and Brown has the talent to eventually take the crown from Julio Jones as the league’s best receiver.

 

Thumbs Up: Stefon Diggs, BUF

Wolf Sports ranking: #16 … FantasyPros consensus: #27

 

There is definitely something to receivers often struggling in their first year with a new team (as you’ll see for the “Thumbs Down of the Year”), but Diggs has worked hard to build a connection with Josh Allen, and people fail to mention that both John Brown and Cole Beasley improved their numbers with Buffalo last season. Specifically, Diggs’ skillset is the perfect match as a No. 1 target for Allen, and the big plays should be there both due to an improved deep ball and via broken plays. Career-highs across the board wouldn’t be a surprise for Diggs in 2020.

 

Thumbs Up: Marquise Brown, BAL

Wolf Sports ranking: #24 … FantasyPros consensus: #30

 

Despite coming off a foot injury that ended his Oklahoma career and limited his offseason as a rookie, Brown took the league by storm alongside Lamar Jackson to start last year with lines of 4/147/2 and 8/86 over the first two weeks—showing a glimpse of the upside that we could see in 2020 and beyond. Not being 100% led to mostly quiet weeks the rest of the way in 2019, but “Hollywood” flashed in big spots (including 7/126 in the playoffs), and he’s now healthier and stronger. Draft him as a high-upside WR2.

 

Thumbs Up: CeeDee Lamb, DAL

Wolf Sports ranking: #36 … FantasyPros consensus: #44

 

He’s going to open his career as the No. 3 wideout behind both Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, but you won’t usually be disappointed when you bet on talent, and Lamb has drawn rave practice reviews in the No. 88 jersey. With Randall Cobb and Jason Witten leaving a combined 166 targets up for grabs from a season ago, Lamb should get a decent amount of those looks while often working out of the slot against overmatched corners. I’d be comfortable taking the No. 17 overall pick as early as the seventh or eighth round in 12-team leagues.

 

Others: Terry McLaurin (WAS), Henry Ruggs III (LV)

 

Thumbs Down of the Year: DeAndre Hopkins, ARI

Wolf Sports ranking: #13 … FantasyPros consensus: #6

 

I guess you can make the case for Hopkins as a receiver with double-digit touchdown upside on an emerging offense, but it’s difficult for me to buy into him as a top-five option at the position (which is where he’s being drafted, including ahead of my overall WR1 Chris Godwin). The Cardinals have talked up pretty much everyone recently, so Hopkins—who hasn’t really practiced at all with his new team—probably won’t be fed the amount of targets that investors would like to believe he will be. Finally, looking too far ahead at the schedule can be a mistake, but the slate of No. 1 corners that Hopkins will match up against in the second half is flat-out scary; I don’t see Kyler Murray forcing the ball his way if he doesn’t need to.

 

Thumbs Down: D.J. Moore, CAR

Wolf Sports ranking: #21 … FantasyPros consensus: #10

 

Moore was white hot when from the start of November through Week 15 (before getting injured in the year’s second-to-last game), but can that pace (110/1,625/7) come close to being achieved in a new offense with a new quarterback under center? Joe Brady will bring over a spread-the-wealth attack from LSU, and Christian McCaffrey may be the only constant with Moore, Robby Anderson, and Curtis Samuel all capable of big games at receiver. Statistically, the former first-rounder could be more volatile and take a small step back in 2020.

 

Thumbs Down: Jarvis Landry, CLE

Wolf Sports ranking: #46 … FantasyPros consensus: #31

 

The reasons to downgrade Landry are similar to the ones for Kareem Hunt, as things may end up running mostly through Nick Chubb and Odell Beckham Jr. on a conservative offense. Offseason hip surgery is just something else to worry about, and the pure upside for Landry might not be on par with options being drafted well behind him (but ranked ahead of him for us) such as Will Fuller, Henry Ruggs III, or Mecole Hardman. Others will disagree, but I personally view the lottery tickets as better values in the middle rounds.

 

Thumbs Down: Amari Cooper, DAL

Wolf Sports ranking: #22 … FantasyPros consensus: #14

 

The ADP is falling for Cooper and rising for Michael Gallup as the season approaches, and I think the main reason for that is fantasy owners are hesitant to invest an early pick in a player with Cooper’s weekly floor. The monster games will undoubtedly be there, but they’ve often come against Philly (who now has Darius Slay), and Dak Prescott won’t force things in tough matchups. Having just 39 scoreless yards in Week 15 and Week 16 (combined) last year is something else that needs to be considered as a factor—especially since it wasn’t the first time Cooper came up short in the fantasy playoffs.

 

Others: Tyler Lockett (SEA), Courtland Sutton (DEN)

 

Tight End

 

Thumbs Up of the Year: Rob Gronkowski, TB

Wolf Sports ranking: #4 … FantasyPros consensus: #11

 

Perhaps the best touchdown maker in NFL history, Gronkowski didn’t come out of retirement to hang out with Tom Brady and maybe catch some passes as the No. 3 tight end (as some have reported). Aside from having built-in chemistry with his quarterback ahead of a COVID-impacted season, Gronk should see plenty of favorable coverage down the seams and in the red zone with defenses needing to account for both Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. Drop him down a couple of spots in full PPR leagues, but Gronkowski has the upside to lead the position in touchdowns.

 

Thumbs Up: Mike Gesicki, MIA

Wolf Sports ranking: #10 … FantasyPros consensus: #13

 

No one really knows what kind of offense Chan Gailey will run in his first year in the NFL since 2016, but I would be surprised if Gesicki wasn’t a big part of it. The former Penn State standout has the body control of a receiver at six-foot-six, and we will hopefully see him used more in scoring territory—including out wide and in the slot—where his combination of size and athleticism gives him an advantage over most defenders. Gesicki has a real shot of being viewed as an elite option by this time next year.

 

Thumbs Up: Chris Herndon, NYJ

Wolf Sports ranking: #15 … FantasyPros consensus: #19

 

As stated many times, Adam Gase called Herndon a “unicorn-type player” last summer, but injuries led to what was essentially a lost season in 2019. While durability could remain an issue, Herndon has the makings of an impact player on an offense that lacks proven skill-position talent; Ryan Griffin notably scored five touchdowns and caught 82.9% of his targets as the starter in Adam Gase’s offense last year, so Herndon carries TE1 upside.

 

Thumbs Up: O.J. Howard, TB

Wolf Sports ranking: #17 … FantasyPros consensus: #25

 

It’s great to hear that both Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have been in Howard’s ear (as positive voices) to build up his confidence, and reliance on 12 personnel should leave room for him to reach his ceiling this year alongside a future Hall of Famer. Before last season, Howard had started his career with 11 touchdowns on 60 receptions and averaged eye-popping numbers in terms of yards per reception (16.6) and yards per target (11.5).

 

Others: Jonnu Smith (TEN), Dan Arnold (ARI)

 

Thumbs Down of the Year: Jared Cook, NO

Wolf Sports ranking: #13 … FantasyPros consensus: #10

 

The good news is that the list of players Sean Payton has talked up as needing more touches/targets includes Cook, but the bad news is that it also includes Taysom Hill, Alvin Kamara, Ty Montgomery, and Tre’Quan Smith. Something has to give, and I think it could be Cook’s unsustainable finish in 2019—when he scored six times on 20 receptions over the final six weeks and averaged a whopping 21.5 yards per catch. I’d prefer both Mike Gesicki’s upside and the mid-round trio of Tyler Higbee, Hayden Hurst, and Evan Engram.

 

Thumbs Down: Blake Jarwin, BAL

Wolf Sports ranking: #22 … FantasyPros consensus: #18

 

Unless the Cowboys field some all-time great offense, I have a difficult time seeing how Jarwin will finish as a TE1, which seems to be a trendy prediction despite the consensus in general being less bullish with a TE18 rank. Either way, Jarwin is going to be clearly behind Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb in the pecking order, and I don’t think it’s wise to simply project him to get the 83 targets vacated by Jason Witten. Go with one of the stars if you want a piece of the Dallas passing attack.

 

Thumbs Down: Austin Hooper, CLE

Wolf Sports ranking: #16 … FantasyPros consensus: #12

 

I know the Browns paid big money to sign Hooper in free agency, but would anyone try to argue that Cleveland’s low-volume passing attack is a better fantasy fit than the high-powered Atlanta offense? If last year’s Minnesota team is the blueprint (which it seems to be with multiple tight ends and limited receiver depth), Hooper will need to bank on the touchdowns like Kyle Rudolph did with six of them to make up for a five-year lows in receptions and yards. Consider him a better real-life contributor than fantasy option.

 

Thumbs Down: Dallas Goedert, PHI

Wolf Sports ranking: #21 … FantasyPros consensus: #17

 

Even with Jalen Reagor (shoulder) likely to miss the start of the season, the Eagles are in much better shape at receiver than they were in 2019, so Goedert is a candidate to regress following a 58/607/5 line last year. We will of course see multiple tight ends continue to be used in Doug Pederson’s offense, but Goedert—who averaged 28.6 yards per game in the first nine outings last season and 58.3 yards per game over the final six games (when injuries set in for Philadelphia)—will be more of a touchdown-dependent option.

 

Others: T.J. Hockenson (DET), Ian Thomas (CAR)

2020 Fantasy Football Dynasty Rankings (Overall)

2020 Fantasy Football Dynasty Rankings (Overall)

Returning Fantasy Consigliere members that play in dynasty leagues are in great shape with rosters that often include major hits from our rankings in previous years (Derrick Henry, Chris Godwin, A.J. Brown, etc.), but who should new players be drafting in startups? You can also view the rankings by position here; both articles will be updated throughout the year. [Note: the rankings are for 0.5 PPR formats, but you can ask any questions about any league you might have]

 

Last updated: 9/11/20

 

Overall Rankings

1. Christian McCaffrey, CAR RB
2. Saquon Barkley, NYG RB
3. Derrick Henry, TEN RB
4. Jonathan Taylor, IND RB
5. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC RB
6. Nick Chubb, CLE RB
7. Chris Godwin, TB WR
8. Joe Mixon, CIN RB
9. Josh Jacobs, LV RB
10. Alvin Kamara, NO RB
11. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL RB
12. A.J. Brown, TEN WR
13. Michael Thomas, NO WR
14. Dalvin Cook, MIN RB
15. Miles Sanders, PHI RB
16. Julio Jones, ATL WR
17. Lamar Jackson, BAL QB
18. Davante Adams, GB WR
19. Patrick Mahomes, KC QB
20. Tyreek Hill, KC WR
21. George Kittle, SF TE
22. Allen Robinson, CHI WR
23. JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT WR
24. Travis Kelce, KC TE
25. Calvin Ridley, ATL WR
26. Todd Gurley, ATL RB
27. Cam Akers, LAR RB
28. J.K. Dobbins, BAL RB
29. Mike Evans, TB WR
30. Henry Ruggs III, LV WR
31. D.K. Metcalf, SEA WR
32. Melvin Gordon, DEN RB
33. Kenyan Drake, ARI RB
34. Austin Ekeler, LAC RB
35. Aaron Jones, GB RB
36. Stefon Diggs, BUF WR
37. CeeDee Lamb, DAL WR
38. Kenny Golladay, DET WR
39. James Conner, PIT RB
40. Terry McLaurin, WAS WR
41. Joshua Kelley, LAC RB
42. Odell Beckham Jr., CLE WR
43. DeAndre Hopkins, ARI WR
44. Jalen Reagor, PHI WR
45. Devin Singletary, BUF RB
46. D’Andre Swift, DET RB
47. Chris Carson, SEA RB
48. Amari Cooper, DAL WR
49. Justin Jefferson, MIN WR
50. Michael Gallup, DAL WR
51. Marquise Brown, BAL WR
52. David Montgomery, CHI RB
53. David Johnson, HOU RB
54. D.J. Moore, CAR WR
55. D.J. Chark, JAX WR
56. Josh Allen, BUF QB
57. Dak Prescott, DAL QB
58. Darren Waller, LV TE
59. Kyler Murray, ARI QB
60. Deshaun Watson, HOU QB
61. Kareem Hunt, CLE RB
62. A.J. Dillon, GB RB
63. Zach Ertz, PHI TE
64. Mark Andrews, BAL TE
65. Mike Gesicki, MIA TE
66. Ronald Jones II, TB RB
67. Sony Michel, NE RB
68. Kerryon Johnson, DET RB
69. Le’Veon Bell, NYJ RB
70. Jared Goff, LAR QB
71. Cooper Kupp, LAR WR
72. Russell Wilson, SEA QB
73. Matt Ryan, ATL QB
74. Tevin Coleman, SF RB
75. Raheem Mostert, SF RB
76. Antonio Gibson, WAS RB
77. Daniel Jones, NYG QB
78. Keenan Allen, LAC WR
79. Tom Brady, TB QB
80. Robert Woods, LAR WR
81. Deebo Samuel, SF WR
82. Leonard Fournette, TB RB
83. Courtland Sutton, DEN WR
84. Brandon Aiyuk, SF WR
85. Jerry Jeudy, DEN WR
86. Tyler Boyd, CIN WR
87. Damien Harris, NE RB
88. Rob Gronkowski, TB TE
89. Noah Fant, DEN TE
90. Tyler Higbee, LAR TE
91. Adam Thielen, MIN WR
92. DeeJay Dallas, SEA RB
93. Evan Engram, NYG TE
94. Hayden Hurst, ATL TE
95. Matthew Stafford, DET QB
96. Joe Burrow, CIN QB
97. DeVante Parker, MIA WR
98. Tyler Lockett, SEA WR
99. Carson Wentz, PHI QB
100. Jonnu Smith, TEN TE
101. Jimmy Garoppolo, SF QB
102. Tua Tagovailoa, MIA QB
103. Denzel Mims, NYJ WR
104. A.J. Green, CIN WR
105. Mecole Hardman, KC WR
106. Ryquell Armstead, JAX RB
107. Zack Moss, BUF RB
108. Chase Edmonds, ARI RB
109. Jordan Howard, MIA RB
110. Bryan Edwards, LV WR
111. Christian Kirk, ARI WR
112. Phillip Lindsay, DEN RB
113. Marlon Mack, IND RB
114. Matt Breida, MIA RB
115. Mark Ingram, BAL RB
116. O.J. Howard, TB TE
117. Bryce Love, WAS RB
118. T.J. Hockenson, DET TE
119. Ke’Shawn Vaughn, TB RB
120. Diontae Johnson, PIT WR
121. Will Fuller, HOU WR
122. Mike Williams, LAC WR
123. T.Y. Hilton, IND WR
124. Tee Higgins, CIN WR
125. Brandin Cooks, HOU WR
126. Aaron Rodgers, GB QB
127. Kirk Cousins, MIN QB
128. Darrell Henderson, LAR RB
129. Julian Edelman, NE WR
130. Curtis Samuel, CAR WR
131. Justin Herbert, LAC QB
132. Antonio Brown, PIT WR
133. Drew Lock, DEN QB
134. Sam Darnold, NYJ QB
135. Ryan Tannehill, TEN QB
136. Tarik Cohen, CHI RB
137. James White, NE RB
138. Latavius Murray, NO RB
139. John Brown, BUF WR
140. Sterling Shepard, NYG WR
141. La’Mical Perine, NYJ RB
142. Baker Mayfield, CLE QB
143. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT QB
144. Drew Brees, NO QB
145. Hunter Henry, LAC TE
146. Jarvis Landry, CLE WR
147. Parris Campbell, IND WR
148. Van Jefferson, LAR WR
149. Marvin Jones, DET
150. Chase Claypool, PIT WR
151. Hunter Renfrow, LV WR
152. Dallas Goedert, PHI TE
153. Cole Kmet, CHI TE
154. Chris Herndon, NYJ TE
155. Derek Carr, LV QB
156. Marcus Mariota, LV QB
157. Cam Newton, NE QB
158. Boston Scott, PHI RB
159. Taysom Hill, NO QB
160. Tony Pollard, DAL RB
161. Alexander Mattison, MIN RB
162. Austin Hooper, CLE TE
163. K.J. Hamler, DEN WR
164. Sammy Watkins, KC WR
165. Jalen Hurts, PHI QB
166. N’Keal Harry, NE WR
167. Anthony Miller, CHI WR
168. Michael Pittman Jr., IND WR
169. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, PHI WR
170. Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX WR
171. Nyheim Hines, IND RB
172. Irv Smith Jr., MIN TE
173. Eno Benjamin, ARI RB
174. Nelson Agholor, LV WR
175. Darius Slayton, NYG WR
176. Jamison Crowder, NYJ WR
177. Antonio Gandy-Golden, WAS WR
178. James Washington, PIT WR
179. James Robinson, JAX RB
180. Robby Anderson, CAR WR
181. Breshad Perriman, NYJ WR
182. John Ross, CIN WR
183. Miles Boykin, BAL WR
184. Golden Tate, NYG WR
185. Rashaad Penny, SEA RB
186. Benny Snell, PIT RB
187. Chris Thompson, JAX RB
188. Malcolm Brown, LAR RB
189. Darrynton Evans, TEN RB
190. Ian Thomas, CAR TE
191. Anthony McFarland Jr., PIT RB
192. Jerick McKinnon, SF RB
193. Duke Johnson, HOU RB
194. Teddy Bridgewater, CAR QB
195. Dwayne Haskins, WAS QB
196. Devin Duvernay, BAL WR
197. Corey Davis, TEN WR
198. DeSean Jackson, PHI WR
199. Justice Hill, BAL RB
200. Ty Montgomery, NO RB
201. Jamaal Williams, GB RB
202. Giovani Bernard, CIN RB
203. Emmanuel Sanders, NO WR
204. Josh Reynolds, LAR WR
205. Randall Cobb, HOU WR
206. Damien Williams, KC RB
207. Cole Beasley, BUF WR
208. Justin Jackson, LAC RB
209. Darrel Williams, KC RB
210. Qadree, Ollison, ATL RB
211. James Proche, BAL WR
212. Devine Ozigbo, JAX RB
213. Joe Reed, LAC WR
214. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI WR
215. Alshon Jeffery, PHI WR
216. Frank Gore, NYJ RB
217. Jarrett Stidham, NE QB
218. Nick Foles, CHI QB
219. Philip Rivers, IND QB
220. Tyrod Taylor, LAC QB
221. Gardner Minshew, JAX QB
222. Mitchell Trubisky, CHI QB
223. Gerald Everett, LAR TE
224. David Njoku, CLE TE
225. Will Dissly, SEA TE
226. Devin Asiasi, NE TE
227. Dan Arnold, ARI TE
228. Eric Ebron, PIT TE
229. Rex Burkhead, NE RB
230. Trayveon Williams, CIN RB
231. Royce Freeman, DEN RB
232. Gus Edwards, BAL RB
233. Tyler Johnson, TB WR
234. Tre’Quan Smith, NO WR
235. Andy Isabella, ARI WR
236. Isaiah Coulter, HOU WR
237. Carlos Hyde, SEA RB
238. Hakeem Butler, FA WR
239. JaMycal Hasty, SF RB
240. Dawson Knox, BUF TE
241. Jack Doyle, IND TE
242. Jared Cook, NO TE
243. Adam Trautman, NO TE
244. Jalen Richard, LV RB
245. Adrian Peterson, DET RB
246. Jordan Akins, HOU
247. J.D. McKissic, WAS RB
248. Corey Clement, PHI RB
249. Jaylen Samuels, PIT RB
250. Jacob Eason, IND QB
251. Tyrell Williams, LV WR
252. Allen Lazard, GB WR
253. Dalton Keene, NE TE
254. Jordan Love, GB QB
255. Jameis Winston, NO QB
256. Steven Sims Jr., WAS WR
257. Russell Gage, ATL WR
258. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB WR
259. Josh Gordon, SEA WR
260. Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE WR
261. Blake Jarwin, DAL TE
262. Scotty Miller, TB WR
263. Chris Conley, JAX
264. Demarcus Robinson, KC WR
265. Phillip Dorsett, SEA WR
266. Trent Taylor, SF WR
267. Gabriel Davis, BUF WR
268. Bisi Johnson, MIN WR
269. Andy Dalton, DAL QB
270. Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA QB
271. Adam Humphries, TEN WR
272. Jakeem Grant, MIA WR
273. Auden Tate, CIN WR
274. Dede Westbrook, JAX
275. John Hightower, PHI WR
276. Jace Sternberger, GB TB
277. Trace McSorley, BAL QB
278. Jake Fromm, BUF QB
279. Kelvin Harmon, WAS WR
280. Mohamed Sanu, FA WR
281. Javon Wims, CHI WR
282. Logan Thomas, WAS TE
283. Greg Olsen, SEA TE
284. Cameron Brate, TB TE
285. Brycen Hopkins, LAR TE
286. Kaden Smith, NYG TE
287. LeSean McCoy, TB RB
288. Peyton Barber, WAS RB
289. Dion Lewis, NYG RB
290. Justin Watson, TB WR
291. Devonta Freeman, FA RB
292. Trey Burton, IND TE
293. Brian Hill, ATL RB
294. Kyle Rudolph, MIN TE
295. Jimmy Graham, CHI TE
296. Albert Okwuegbunam, DEN TE
297. Laquon Treadwell, FA WR
298. Jalen Hurd, SF WR
299. Greg Ward, PHI WR
300. Lamar Miller, NE RB

2020 Fantasy Football Dynasty Rankings (Positional)

2020 Fantasy Football Dynasty Rankings (Positional)

Ahead of the biggest draft weekend of the year, our dynasty rankings have been fully updated for Fantasy Consigliere members—and they will now be continually updated for all changes as needed throughout the fall. The overall Top 300 can be viewed here[Note: the rankings are for 0.5 PPR formats, but you can ask any questions about any league you might have]

 

Last updated: 9/11/20

 

Quarterback

1. Lamar Jackson, BAL
2. Patrick Mahomes, KC
3. Josh Allen, BUF
4. Dak Prescott, DAL
5. Kyler Murray, ARI
6. Deshaun Watson, HOU
7. Jared Goff, LAR
8. Russell Wilson, SEA
9. Matt Ryan, ATL
10. Daniel Jones, NYG
11. Tom Brady, TB
12. Matthew Stafford, DET
13. Joe Burrow, CIN
14. Carson Wentz, PHI
15. Jimmy Garoppolo, SF
16. Tua Tagovailoa, MIA
17. Aaron Rodgers, GB
18. Kirk Cousins, MIN
19. Justin Herbert, LAC
20. Drew Lock, DEN
21. Sam Darnold, NYJ
22. Ryan Tannehill, TEN
23. Baker Mayfield, CLE
24. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
25. Drew Brees, NO
26. Derek Carr, LV
27. Marcus Mariota, LV
28. Cam Newton, NE
29. Taysom Hill, NO
30. Jalen Hurts, PHI
31. Teddy Bridgewater, CAR
32. Dwayne Haskins, WAS
33. Jarrett Stidham, NE
34. Nick Foles, CHI
35. Philip Rivers, IND
36. Tyrod Taylor, LAC
37. Gardner Minshew, JAX
38. Mitchell Trubisky, CHI
39. Jacob Eason, IND
40. Jordan Love, GB
41. Jameis Winston, NO
42. Andy Dalton, DAL
43. Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA
44. Trace McSorley, BAL
45. Jake Fromm, BUF
46. Kyle Allen, WAS
47. Case Keenum, CLE
48. Alex Smith, WAS
49. Joe Flacco, NYJ
50. Mason Rudolph, PIT
51. Nick Mullens, SF
52. P.J. Walker, CAR
53. Robert Griffin III, BAL
54. Jacoby Brissett, IND
55. Josh Rosen, TB
56. Brett Hundley, ARI
57. Chase Daniel, DET
58. Blaine Gabbert, TB
59. Ryan Finley, CIN
60. Matt Barkley, BUF
61. Brian Hoyer, NE
62. James Morgan, NYJ
63. Colt McCoy, NYG
64. Jeff Driskel, DEN
65. A.J. McCarron, HOU
66. Chad Henne, KC
67. Nathan Peterman, LV
68. Blake Bortles, FA
69. Chad Kelly, FA
70. Josh Dobbs, PIT
71. C.J. Beathard, SF
72. Matt Schaub, ATL
73. Devlin Hodges, PIT
74. Nate Stanley, FA
75. Anthony Gordon, FA

 

Running back

1. Christian McCaffrey, CAR
2. Saquon Barkley, NYG
3. Derrick Henry, TEN
4. Jonathan Taylor, IND
5. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC
6. Nick Chubb, CLE
7. Joe Mixon, CIN
8. Josh Jacobs, LV
9. Alvin Kamara, NO
10. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
11. Dalvin Cook, MIN
12. Miles Sanders, PHI
13. Todd Gurley, ATL
14. Cam Akers, LAR
15. J.K. Dobbins, BAL
16. Melvin Gordon, DEN
17. Kenyan Drake, ARI
18. Austin Ekeler, LAC
19. Aaron Jones, GB
20. James Conner, PIT
21. Joshua Kelley, LAC
22. Devin Singletary, BUF
23. D’Andre Swift, DET
24. Chris Carson, SEA
25. David Montgomery, CHI
26. David Johnson, HOU
27. Kareem Hunt, CLE
28. A.J. Dillon, GB
29. Ronald Jones II, TB
30. Sony Michel, NE
31. Kerryon Johnson, DET
32. Le’Veon Bell, NYJ
33. Tevin Coleman, SF
34. Raheem Mostert, SF
35. Antonio Gibson, WAS
36. Leonard Fournette, TB
37. Damien Harris, NE
38. DeeJay Dallas, SEA
39. Ryquell Armstead, JAX
40. Zack Moss, BUF
41. Chase Edmonds, ARI
42. Jordan Howard, MIA
43. Phillip Lindsay, DEN
44. Marlon Mack, IND
45. Matt Breida, MIA
46. Mark Ingram, BAL
47. Bryce Love, WAS
48. Ke’Shawn Vaughn, TB
49. Darrell Henderson, LAR
50. Tarik Cohen, CHI
51. James White, NE
52. Latavius Murray, NO
53. La’Mical Perine, NYJ
54. Boston Scott, PHI
55. Tony Pollard, DAL
56. Alexander Mattison, MIN
57. Nyheim Hines, IND
58. Eno Benjamin, ARI
59. James Robinson, JAX
60. Rashaad Penny, SEA
61. Benny Snell, PIT
62. Chris Thompson, JAX
63. Malcolm Brown, LAR
64. Darrynton Evans, TEN
65. Anthony McFarland Jr., PIT
66. Jerick McKinnon, SF
67. Duke Johnson, HOU
68. Justice Hill, BAL
69. Ty Montgomery, NO
70. Jamaal Williams, GB
71. Giovani Bernard, CIN
72. Damien Williams, KC
73. Justin Jackson, LAC
74. Darrel Williams, KC
75. Qadree Ollison, ATL
76. Devine Ozigbo, JAX
77. Frank Gore, NYJ
78. Rex Burkhead, NE
79. Trayveon Williams, CIN
80. Royce Freeman, DEN
81. Gus Edwards, BAL
82. Carlos Hyde, SEA
83. JaMycal Hasty, SF
84. Jalen Richard, LV
85. Adrian Peterson, DET
86. J.D. McKissic, WAS
87. Corey Clement, PHI
88. Jaylen Samuels, PIT
89. LeSean McCoy, TB
90. Peyton Barber, WAS
91. Dion Lewis, NYG
92. Devonta Freeman, FA
93. Brian Hill, ATL
94. Lamar Miller, FA
95. Jeff Wilson, SF
96. Mike Davis, CAR
97. Kalen Ballage, FA
98. Darwin Thompson, KC
99. Wayne Gallman, NYG
100. Dare Ogunbowale, JAX
101. Lynn Bowden Jr., MIA
102. Dexter Williams, FA
103. Mike Boone, MIN
104. Ito Smith, ATL
105. Elijah Holyfield, FA
106. Josh Adams, FA
107. Travis Homer, SEA
108. Rodney Anderson, FA
109. Jason Huntley, PHI
110. Patrick Laird, MIA

 

Wide receiver

1. Chris Godwin, TB
2. A.J. Brown, TEN
3. Michael Thomas, NO
4. Julio Jones, ATL
5. Davante Adams, GB
6. Tyreek Hill, KC
7. Allen Robinson, CHI
8. JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
9. Calvin Ridley, ATL
10. Mike Evans, TB
11. Henry Ruggs III, LV
12. D.K. Metcalf, SEA
13. Stefon Diggs, BUF
14. CeeDee Lamb, DAL
15. Kenny Golladay, DET
16. Terry McLaurin, WAS
17. Odell Beckham Jr., CLE
18. DeAndre Hopkins, ARI
19. Jalen Reagor, PHI
20. Amari Cooper, DAL
21. Justin Jefferson, MIN
22. Michael Gallup, DAL
23. Marquise Brown, BAL
24. D.J. Moore, CAR
25. D.J. Chark, JAX
26. Cooper Kupp, LAR
27. Keenan Allen, LAC
28. Robert Woods, LAR
29. Deebo Samuel, SF
30. Courtland Sutton, DEN
31. Brandon Aiyuk, SF
32. Jerry Jeudy, DEN
33. Tyler Boyd, CIN
34. Adam Thielen, MIN
35. DeVante Parker, MIA
36. Tyler Lockett, SEA
37. Denzel Mims, NYJ
38. A.J. Green, CIN
39. Mecole Hardman, KC
40. Bryan Edwards, LV
41. Christian Kirk, ARI
42. Diontae Johnson, PIT
43. Will Fuller, HOU
44. Mike Williams, LAC
45. T.Y. Hilton, IND
46. Tee Higgins, CIN
47. Brandin Cooks, HOU
48. Julian Edelman, NE
49. Curtis Samuel, CAR
50. Antonio Brown, FA
51. John Brown, BUF
52. Sterling Shepard, NYG
53. Jarvis Landry, CLE
54. Parris Campbell, IND
55. Van Jefferson, LAR
56. Marvin Jones, DET
57. Chase Claypool, PIT
58. Hunter Renfrow, LV
59. K.J. Hamler, DEN
60. Sammy Watkins, KC
61. N’Keal Harry, NE
62. Anthony Miller, CHI
63. Michael Pittman Jr., IND
64. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, PHI
65. Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX
66. Nelson Agholor, LV
67. Darius Slayton, NYG
68. Jamison Crowder, NYJ
69. Antonio Gandy-Golden, WAS
70. James Washington, PIT
71. Robby Anderson, CAR
72. Breshad Perriman, NYJ
73. John Ross, CIN
74. Miles Boykin, BAL
75. Golden Tate, NYG
76. Devin Duvernay, BAL
77. Corey Davis, TEN
78. DeSean Jackson, PHI
79. Emmanuel Sanders, NO
80. Josh Reynolds, LAR
81. Randall Cobb, HOU
82. Cole Beasley, BUF
83. James Proche, BAL
84. Joe Reed, LAC
85. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
86. Alshon Jeffery, PHI
87. Tyler Johnson, TB
88. Tre’Quan Smith, NO
89. Andy Isabella, ARI
90. Isaiah Coulter, HOU
91. Hakeem Butler, FA
92. Tyrell Williams, LV
93. Allen Lazard, GB
94. Steven Sims Jr., WAS
95. Russell Gage, ATL
96. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB
97. Josh Gordon, SEA
98. Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE
99. Scotty Miller, TB
100. Chris Conley, JAX
101. Demarcus Robinson, KC
102. Phillip Dorsett, SEA
103. Trent Taylor, SF
104. Gabriel Davis, BUF
105. Bisi Johnson, MIN
106. Adam Humphries, TEN
107. Jakeem Grant, MIA
108. Auden Tate, CIN
109. Dede Westbrook, JAX
110. John Hightower, PHI
111. Kelvin Harmon, WAS
112. Mohamed Sanu, FA
113. Javon Wims, CHI
114. Justin Watson, TB
115. Laquon Treadwell, FA
116. Jalen Hurd, SF
117. Greg Ward, PHI
118. Collin Johnson, JAX
119. Equanimeous St. Brown, GB
120. Devin Funchess, GB
121. Kendrick Bourne, SF
122. Kenny Stills, HOU
123. Ted Ginn Jr., CHI
124. Quintez Cephus, DET
125. Danny Amendola, DET
126. Damiere Byrd, NE
127. Gary Jennings, FA
128. Riley Ridley, CHI
129. Jakobi Meyers, NE
130. Jauan Jennings, FA
131. Isaiah Ford, MIA
132. DaeSean Hamilton, DEN
133. Dante Pettis, SF
134. Darnell Mooney, CHI
135. K.J. Hill, LAC
136. Marqise Lee, NE
137. Robert Foster, FA
138. Keke Coutee, HOU
139. Deon Cain, FA
140. Rashard Higgins, CLE
141. Willie Snead, BAL
142. Corey Coleman, FA
143. Dezmon Patmon, IND
144. Quez Watkins, PHI
145. Tajae Sharpe, MIN
146. KeeSean Johnson, ARI
147. Marcell Ateman, FA
148. Jalen Guyton, LAC
149. Ryan Switzer, FA
150. Trey Quinn, FA

 

Tight end

1. George Kittle, SF
2. Travis Kelce, KC
3. Darren Waller, LV
4. Zach Ertz, PHI
5. Mark Andrews, BAL
6. Mike Gesicki, MIA
7. Rob Gronkowski, TB
8. Noah Fant, DEN
9. Tyler Higbee, LAR
10. Evan Engram, NYG
11. Hayden Hurst, ATL
12. Jonnu Smith, TEN
13. O.J. Howard, TB
14. T.J. Hockenson, DET
15. Hunter Henry, LAC
16. Dallas Goedert, PHI
17. Cole Kmet, CHI
18. Chris Herndon, NYJ
19. Austin Hooper, CLE
20. Irv Smith Jr., MIN
21. Ian Thomas, CAR
22. Gerald Everett, LAR
23. David Njoku, CLE
24. Will Dissly, SEA
25. Devin Asiasi, NE
26. Dan Arnold, ARI
27. Eric Ebron, PIT
28. Dawson Knox, BUF
29. Jack Doyle, IND
30. Jared Cook, NO
31. Adam Trautman, NO
32. Jordan Akins, HOU
33. Dalton Keene, NE
34. Blake Jarwin, DAL
35. Jace Sternberger, GB
36. Logan Thomas, WAS
37. Greg Olsen, SEA
38. Cameron Brate, TB
39. Brycen Hopkins, LAR
40. Kaden Smith, NYG
41. Trey Burton, IND
42. Kyle Rudolph, MIN
43. Jimmy Graham, CHI
44. Albert Okwuegbunam, DEN
45. Harrison Bryant, CLE
46. Robert Tonyan, GB
47. Vance McDonald PIT
48. Colby Parkinson, SEA
49. Drew Sample, CIN
50. Jordan Reed, SF
51. Tyler Eifert, JAX
52. Nick Boyle, BAL
53. Darren Fells, HOU
54. Mo Alie-Cox, IND
55. Josh Oliver, JAX
56. Foster Moreau, LV
57. C.J. Uzomah, CIN
58. Ryan Griffin, NYJ
59. Hunter Bryant, DET
60. Jacob Hollister, SEA
61. Maxx Williams, ARI
62. Kahale Warring, HOU
63. Jeremy Sprinkle, WAS
64. Tyler Kroft, BUF
65. Jake Butt, DEN
66. Adam Shaheen, MIA
67. Jason Witten. LV
68. Delanie Walker, FA
69. Josiah Deguara, GB
70. Chris Manhertz, CAR
71. Nick Keizer, KC
72. Ricky Seals-Jones, KC
73. Dalton Schultz, DAL
74. Jesse James, DET
75. Ross Dwelley, SF
76. Tyler Conklin, MIN
77. Charlie Woerner, SF
78. Josh Hill, NO
79. Anthony Firkser, TEN
80. Geoff Swaim, TEN

Fantasy Football 2020: Payout Structures For A Shortened Season

Fantasy Football 2020: Payout Structures For A Shortened Season

Following news over the weekend that just 6% of COVID-19 deaths have been caused by the virus alone (i.e. with no underlying health conditions), it looks like the pandemic is nearly defeated.

 

That said, COVID combined with civil unrest during an election year should at least have fantasy commissioners planning for potential contingency plans if the NFL season is impacted, so we’ve broken down some options about handling any disruption in terms of payouts and crowning a champion. The breakdown is for a basic 10-team league with a $100 buy-in to simplify the options for people of all league sizes/formats to easily adjust it to theirs. And it is for a four-team playoff that runs through Week 17 (again, can easily adjust with many not playing the final week).

 

The Scenarios

 

Season ends before Week 14 (fantasy playoffs) with at least five weeks played (minimum games subject to vote): 

 

-OPTION A: Top overall scorer gets $210, No. 2 scorer gets $150, and everyone else gets back $80… no official champion.

-OPTION B: East Division winner and West Division winner each get $180, and everyone else gets back $80… no official champion.

-OPTION C: East Division winner and West Division winner each get $150; top overall scorer gets $100; and everyone else gets back $75… no official champion.

-OPTION D: Everyone gets money back… no official champion.

 

Season ends after Week 13 but before Week 14 (i.e. playoff teams set but don’t happen):

-OPTION A: Playoff teams all get $250… no official champion

-OPTION B: Division winners get $300, wild card teams get $200… no official champion.

-OPTION C: No. 1 seed gets $350, No. 2 seed gets $300, No. 3 seed gets $200, No. 4 seed gets $150… no official champion.

 

Season ends after Week 14 but before Week 15 (tiebreakers determined by seeding):

 

-OPTION A: Playoff teams all get $250… no official champion.

-OPTION B: Top playoff scorer gets $400, three other teams get $200… no official champion.

-OPTION C: Top playoff scorer gets $400, No. 2 scorer gets $300, other two teams get $150… no official champion

 

Season ends after Week 15 (tiebreakers determined by seeding):

 

-OPTION A: Playoff winners each get $500… no official champion.

-OPTION B: Playoff winners each get $500… official champion determined by most points in Round 1.

-OPTION C: Playoff winner with most points gets $750, other playoff winner gets $250… no official champion.

-OPTION D: Playoff winner with most points gets $750, other playoff winner gets $250… official champion determined by most points in Round 1.

 

Season ends after Week 16 but before Week 17 (tiebreaker determined by seeding):

 

-OPTION A: Whoever is winning championship matchup gets $750 and is official champion.

-OPTION B: Whoever is winning championship matchup gets $750, but no official champion.

-OPTION C: Final two teams split $500… no official champion.

 

Our Recommendations

 

Things can be put to a vote in your league, but we think these are the fairest options.

 

Season ends before Week 14 (fantasy playoffs) after at least five weeks played:

-OPTION C: East Division winner and West Division winner each get $150; top overall scorer gets $100; and everyone else gets back $75… no official champion.

 

Season ends after Week 13 but before Week 14 (i.e. playoff teams set but don’t happen):

-OPTION B: Division winners get $300, wild card teams get $200… no official champion.

 

Season ends after Week 14 but before Week 15 (tiebreakers determined by seeding):

-OPTION B: Top playoff scorer gets $400, three other teams get $200… no official champion.

 

Season ends after Week 15 (tiebreakers determined by seeding):

-OPTION B: Playoff winners each get $500… official champion determined by most points in Round 1.

 

Season ends after Week 16 but before Week 17 (tiebreaker determined by seeding):

-OPTION A: Whoever is winning championship matchup gets $750 and is official champion.

2020 Fantasy Football Mock Draft 7.0 (16-Team, Full PPR)

2020 Fantasy Football Mock Draft 7.0 (16-Team, Full PPR)

The second-to-last fantasy football mock draft of the year (using the FantasyPros draft simulator) will be for a 16-team, full PPR league.

 

Mock 1.0: 12-team, 0.5 PPR

Mock 2.0: 14-team Superflex, 0.5 PPR

Mock 3.0: 10-team, Full PPR

Mock 4.0: 12-team QB Premium, Non-PPR

Mock 5.0: 10-team, 0.5 PPR

Mock 6.0: 12-team, Full PPR Auction

 

Round 1

1.01: Christian McCaffrey, CAR RB
1.02: Saquon Barkley, NYG RB
1.03: Ezekiel Elliott, DAL RB
1.04: Alvin Kamara, NO RB
1.05: Dalvin Cook, MIN RB
1.06: Derrick Henry, TEN RB
1.07: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC RB
1.08: Kenyan Drake, ARI RB
1.09: Michael Thomas, NO WR
1.10: Miles Sanders, PHI RB
1.11: Davante Adams, GB WR
1.12: Nick Chubb, CLE RB
1.13: Austin Ekeler, LAC RB
1.14: Josh Jacobs, LV RB
1.15: Joe Mixon, CIN RB
1.16: Julio Jones, ATL WR

 

Thoughts: Edwards-Helaire was the easy pick for me in a PPR league, and you could maybe make a case for him as high as No. 3 overall. It was interesting to see Kenyan Drake go in the top eight.

 

Round 2

2.01: Tyreek Hill, KC WR
2.02: Travis Kelce, KC TE
2.03: Aaron Jones, GB RB
2.04: Leonard Fournette, JAX RB
2.05: DeAndre Hopkins, ARI WR
2.06: Chris Godwin, TB WR
2.07: Mike Evans, TB WR
2.08: George Kittle, SF TE
2.09: James Conner, PIT RB
2.10: Patrick Mahomes, KC QB
2.11: Allen Robinson, CHI WR
2.12: Kenny Golladay, DET WR
2.13: D.J. Moore, CAR WR
2.14: Melvin Gordon, DEN RB
2.15: Adam Thielen, MIN WR
2.16: Amari Cooper, DAL WR

 

Thoughts: I hadn’t planned to target Mahomes in the second round, but he was the best value on the board, and now I have a great stack for a big league like this one and won’t have to worry about a long wait for a potential quarterback target later.

 

Round 3

3.01: JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT WR
3.02: Courtland Sutton, DEN WR
3.03: Zach Ertz, PHI TE
3.04: Todd Gurley, ATL RB
3.05: Odell Beckham Jr., CLE WR
3.06: David Johnson, HOU RB
3.07: Chris Carson, SEA RB
3.08: Jonathan Taylor, IND RB
3.09: A.J. Brown, TEN WR
3.10: Calvin Ridley, ATL WR
3.11: Lamar Jackson, BAL QB
3.12: Tyler Lockett, SEA WR
3.13: Mark Andrews, BAL TE
3.14: Robert Woods, LAR WR
3.15: Cooper Kupp, LAR WR
3.16: Terry McLaurin, WAS WR

 

Thoughts: I honestly don’t feel great about this pick and would have loved for Todd Gurley or David Johnson to be there, but Carson at least provides a solid rushing floor.

 

Round 4

4.01: Darren Waller, LV TE
4.02: D.J. Chark, JAX WR
4.03: Le’Veon Bell, NYJ RB
4.04: Tyler Boyd, CIN WR
4.05: D’Andre Swift, DET RB
4.06: Devin Singletary, BUF RB
4.07: T.Y. Hilton, IND WR
4.08: David Montgomery, CHI RB
4.09: D.K. Metcalf, SEA WR
4.10: Keenan Allen, LAC WR
4.11: DeVante Parker, MIA WR
4.12: Cam Akers, LAR RB
4.13: Dak Prescott, DAL QB
4.14: Mark Ingram, BAL RB
4.15: Raheem Mostert, SF RB
4.16: Ronald Jones II, TB RB

 

Thoughts: Allen was clearly the top wideout on the board at this point, as he should remain a big factor in the Los Angeles offense despite a shift to more of a conservative attack.

 

Round 5

5.01: Jarvis Landry, CLE WR
5.02: Kareem Hunt, CLE RB
5.03: Julian Edelman, NE WR
5.04: A.J. Green, CIN WR
5.05: Kerryon Johnson, DET RB
5.06: Stefon Diggs, BUF WR
5.07: Michael Gallup, DAL WR
5.08: Marquise Brown, BAL WR
5.09: Phillip Lindsay, DEN RB
5.10: Deshaun Watson, HOU QB
5.11: Jordan Howard, MIA RB
5.12: Will Fuller, HOU WR
5.13: Brandin Cooks, HOU WR
5.14: Deebo Samuel, SF WR
5.15: Tarik Cohen, CHI RB
5.16: Zack Moss, BUF RB

 

Thoughts: Gallup was a another selection that was pretty comfortably atop the board in a full PPR league, and fantasy owners shouldn’t worry about there being enough target to go around in Dallas.

 

Round 6

6.01: Russell Wilson, SEA QB
6.02: Marvin Jones, DET WR
6.03: Evan Engram, NYG TE
6.04: Justin Jefferson, MIN WR
6.05: Tyler Higbee, LAR TE
6.06: Diontae Johnson, PIT WR
6.07: J.K. Dobbins, BAL RB
6.08: Kyler Murray, ARI QB
6.09: Matthew Stafford, DET QB
6.10: James White, NE RB
6.11: Hayden Hurst, ATL TE
6.12: Hunter Henry, LAC TE
6.13: Jamison Crowder, NYJ WR
6.14: Christian Kirk, ARI WR
6.15: Jared Cook, NO TE
6.16: Rob Gronkowski, TB TE

 

Thoughts: Running back is starting to thin out some, but White should have a weekly role in New England’s offense as a checkdown target for Cam Newton; he got a slight edge over Matt Breida.

 

Round 7

7.01: Matt Ryan, ATL QB
7.02: Tom Brady, TB QB
7.03: Josh Allen, BUF QB
7.04: CeeDee Lamb, DAL WR
7.05: Carson Wentz, PHI QB
7.06: Drew Brees, NO QB
7.07: Matt Breida, MIA RB
7.08: Anthony Miller, CHI WR
7.09: Darrell Henderson, LAR RB
7.10: Sterling Shepard, NYG WR
7.11: Tevin Coleman, SF RB
7.12: Alexander Mattison, MIN RB
7.13: Jared Goff, LAR QB
7.14: Golden Tate, NYG WR
7.15: Ben Roethlisberger, PIT QB
7.16: Antonio Gibson, WAS RB

 

Thoughts: Runs at both tight end and quarterback led to zero running backs coming off the board since my last pick, so I am able to add Breida after passing on him last round. I feel great about the position for a 16-team league considering I took a quarterback in the second round.

 

Round 8

8.01: Latavius Murray, NO RB
8.02: Marlon Mack, IND RB
8.03: Preston Williams, MIA WR
8.04: Duke Johnson, HOU RB
8.05: Tony Pollard, DAL RB
8.06: Robby Anderson, CAR WR
8.07: Darius Slayton, NYG WR
8.08: Ke’Shawn Vaughn, TB RB
8.09: DeSean Jackson, PHI WR
8.10: Mecole Hardman, KC WR
8.11: Boston Scott, PHI RB
8.12: John Brown, BUF WR
8.13: Emmanuel Sanders, NO WR
8.14: Jalen Reagor, PHI WR
8.15: Henry Ruggs III, LV WR
8.16: Adrian Peterson, WAS RB

 

Thoughts: Hardman was going to be my pick Round 7 until Breida was on the board, but he’s still there for me here as I get the three-man Kansas City stack.

 

Round 9

9.01: Justin Jackson, LAC WR
9.02: Damien Harris, NE RB
9.03: Curtis Samuel, CAR WR
9.04: N’Keal Harry, NE WR
9.05: Nyheim Hines, IND RB
9.06: Steelers, PIT D/ST
9.07: Sammy Watkins, KC WR
9.08: Breshad Perriman, NYJ WR
9.09: Mike Williams, LAC WR
9.10: Jerry Jeudy, DEN WR
9.11: A.J. Dillon, GB RB
9.12: Parris Campbell, IND WR
9.13: Steven Sims, WAS WR
9.14: Joshua Kelley, LAC RB
9.15: Allen Lazard, GB WR
9.16: Sony Michel, NE RB

 

Thoughts: There are a couple of tight ends that were considered, but adding Watkins to my Kansas City core was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. If Tyreek Hill ever goes down, this team will be tough to beat.

 

Round  10

10.01: 49ers, SF D/ST
10.02: Chase Edmonds, ARI RB
10.03: Brandon Aiyuk, SF WR
10.04: Ravens, BAL D/ST
10.05: Aaron Rodgers, GB QB
10.06: Noah Fant, DEN TE
10.07: T.J. Hockenson, DET TE
10.08: Jerick McKinnon, SF RB
10.09: Mike Gesicki, MIA TE
10.10: Hunter Renfrow, LV WR
10.11: Carlos Hyde, SEA RB
10.12: Michael Pittman Jr., IND WR
10.13: Dallas Goedert, PHI TE
10.14: Chris Thompson, JAX RB
10.15: Randall Cobb, HOU WR
10.16: Larry Fitzgerald, ARI WR

 

Thoughts: Well, I won’t have everyone fall to me after passing on them (my target was Noah Fant or Mike Gesicki), but Renfrow is a nice depth piece that can start behind Keenan Allen and Michael Gallup if the Chiefs cancel each other out as standalone options.

 

Round 11

11.01: Ryquell Armstead, JAX RB
11.02: Darrynton Evans, TEN RB
11.03: Dede Westbrook, JAX WR
11.04: Derrius Guice, WAS RB
11.05: Anthony McFarland Jr., PIT RB
11.06: Mohamed Sanu, NE WR
11.07: Jonnu Smith, TEN TE
11.08: Darrel Williams, KC RB
11.09: Denzel Mims, NYJ WR
11.10: Bills, BUF D/ST
11.11: Patriots, NE D/ST
11.12: Daniel Jones, NYG QB
11.13: Jamaal Williams, GB RB
11.14: Colts, IND D/ST
11.15: Bryce Love, WAS RB
11.16: DeAndre Washington, KC RB

 

Thoughts: I could have gone with DeAndre Washington as a handcuff for CEH, but the long wait had my lean towards Smith with the hopes he can make a statistical leap in his fourth season.

 

Round 12

12.01: Bryan Edwards, LV WR
12.02: Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX WR
12.03: Benny Snell, PIT RB
12.04: James Washington, PIT WR
12.05: Broncos, DEN D/ST
12.06: LeSean McCoy, TB RB
12.07: Gus Edwards, BAL RB
12.08: Bears, CHI D/ST
12.09: Blake Jarwin, DAL TE
12.10: Giovani Bernard, CIN RB
12.11: Rex Burkhead, NE RB
12.12: Cam Newton, NE QB
12.13: Saints, NO D/ST
12.14: Baker Mayfield, CLE QB
12.15: Ryan Tannehill, TEN QB
12.16: Jimmy Garoppolo, SF QB

 

Thoughts: Bernard is certainly worth a flier selection as Joe Mixon suddenly carries some risk without a new contract (while dealing with migraines); the Cincinnati backup would be an immediate RB2 if he ever makes starts.

 

Round 13

13.01: Tee Higgins, CIN WR
13.02: Alshon Jeffery, PHI WR
13.03: Buccaneers, TB D/ST
13.04: Jalen Richard, LV RB
13.05: Vikings, MIN D/ST
13.06: Austin Hooper, CLE TE
13.07: Jack Doyle, IND TE
13.08: Joe Burrow, CIN QB
13.09: Lamar Miller, NE RB
13.10: Rashaad Penny, SEA RB
13.11: Chris Herndon, NYJ TE
13.12: La’Mical Perine, NYJ RB
13.13: Teddy Bridgewater, CAR QB
13.14: Kirk Cousins, MIN QB
13.15: Gardner Minshew, JAX QB
13.16: Lynn Bowden Jr., LV RB

 

Thoughts: Doyle is a high-floor option that gets a boost in PPR leagues with Philip Rivers under center, so I like him as a cheap complement to Jonnu Smith’s big-play ability at tight end.

 

Round 14

14.01: Drew Lock, DEN QB
14.02: Malcolm Brown, LAR RB
14.03: Brian Hill, ATL RB
14.04: Ito Smith, ATL RB
14.05: J.D. McKissic, WAS RB
14.06: Frank Gore, MIA RB
14.07: Dare Ogunbowale, TB RB
14.08: Derek Carr, LV QB
14.09: Dion Lewis, NYG RB
14.10: Antonio Brown, FA WR
14.11: Philip Rivers, IND QB
14.12: Jaylen Samuels, PIT RB
14.13: Devonta Freeman, FA RB
14.14: Royce Freeman, DEN RB
14.15: Trayveon Williams, CIN RB
14.16: Mike Davis, CAR RB

 

Thoughts: Why not take a flier on Antonio Brown with my final pick? In a 16-team league, he could be a big-time difference-maker in the second half if signed by a contender.

 

Round 15

15.01: Chargers, LAC D/ST
15.02: Justin Tucker, BAL K
15.03: Cole Beasley, BUF WR
15.04: Eric Ebron, PIT TE
15.05: Chase Claypool, PIT WR
15.06: Danny Amendola, DET WR
15.07: Rams, LAR D/ST
15.08: Cowboys, DAL D/ST
15.09: Russell Gage, ATL WR
15.10: DeeJay Dallas, SEA RB
15.11: Peyton Barber, WAS RB
15.12: Corey Davis, TEN WR
15.13: Tyrell Williams, LV WR
15.14: Taysom Hill, NO QB
15.15: Harrison Butker, KC K
15.16: Ian Thomas, CAR TE

 

Round 16

16.01: Wil Lutz, NO K
16.02: Chiefs, KC D/ST
16.03: Matt Prater, DET K
16.04: Greg Zuerlein, DAL K
16.05: Robbie Gould, SF K
16.06: Chris Boswell, PIT K
16.07: Matt Gay, TB K
16.08: Zane Gonzalez, ARI K
16.09: Dan Bailey, MIN K
16.10: Jake Elliott, PHI K
16.11: Younghoe Koo, ATL K
16.12: Ka’imi Fairbairn, HOU K
16.13: Jason Myers, SEA K
16.14: Stephen Gostkowski, FA K
16.15: Seahawks, SEA D/ST
16.16: Austin Seibert, CLE K

 

Final Roster

QB: Patrick Mahomes, KC
RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC
RB: Chris Carson, SEA
WR: Keenan Allen, LAC
WR: Michael Gallup, DAL
TE: Jonnu Smith, TEN
FLEX: James White, NE RB
D/ST: Rams, LAR
K: Jake Elliott, PHI
BE: Matt Breida, MIA RB
BE: Mecole Hardman, KC WR
BE: Sammy Watkins, KC WR
BE: Hunter Renfrow, LV WR
BE: Giovani Bernard, CIN RB
BE: Jack Doyle, IND TE
BE: Antonio Brown, FA WR

 

2020 Team Fantasy Preview: Washington Football Team

2020 Team Fantasy Preview: Washington Football Team

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Player Outlooks (2020)

 

QB Dwayne Haskins: Washington is expected to be a run-first team that relies on strong defense under Ron Rivera, so Haskins’ upside projects to be limited on an offense that really lacks established playmakers behind Terry McLaurin. The second-year quarterback is just a year removed from throwing for 50 touchdowns at Ohio State, though, so perhaps he will make big strides in 2020 to provide plus fantasy value. For now, consider him a streamer for cupcake matchups.

 

QB Alex Smith: Smith has made a remarkable recovery from a life-threatening leg injury suffered in 2018, and while Haskins will likely remain the starter, those in superflex leagues can draft the veteran as a late stash. Since 2011, the former No. 1 overall pick has gone 75-35-1, and Ron Rivera might want him out there if Haskins struggles early.

 

RB Adrian Peterson: Somewhat quietly, Peterson has rushed for 1,940 yards over the past two years in Washington, and he has no plans to slow down in his age-35 season. However, we could see the team pivot towards younger options with Antonio Gibson and Bryce Love behind him, and AD may settle in as a low-floor FLEX.

 

RB Antonio Gibson: Comparisons can get out of control in the summer, but it’s at least notable that the coaching staff compared Gibson to Christian McCaffrey, and the rookie is a tweener with experience at both running back and receiver at Memphis. Last year, Gibson scored 12 touchdowns on just 71 touches; he can be a star if given enough touches at the next level.

 

RB Bryce Love: From a fantasy perspective, no preseason action hurts evaluating the running backs more than anything else, as it’s difficult to know how the workload will be split. That’s especially true in Washington with Derrius Guice released, but Love has the talent to rise to the top, and he was a dynamic player in college. Don’t be surprised if the former Stanford standout eventually leads the way with 12-15 carries per game.

 

RB Peyton Barber: Barber totaled over 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns as Tampa Bay’s primary runner in 2018/2019 (23 starts), but it will be interesting to see what kind of role he has in Washington. The room remains crowded even without Derrius Guice, but Barber liked the opportunity enough to sign earlier this year and could make the backfield an absolute headache for fantasy owners.

 

RB J.D. McKissic: If your head isn’t spinning enough, McKissic is also in the mix and could be the team’s traditional pass-catching back (compared to Antonio Gibson as more of a do-it-all weapon). Even in deeper PPR leagues, the veteran isn’t currently a recommended play.

 

WR Terry McLaurin: Set to play the role D.J. Moore had in Scott Turner’s system—which led to an 87/1,175/4 line last year—McLaurin looks primed for a Year 2 leap following a very impressive rookie campaign. Remember, McLaurin will be catching passes from his college quarterback, and their chemistry should be improved with an NFL season together already under their belts. Consider him an upside WR2 with a high floor.

 

WR Steven Sims: The sample size was small, but Sims had 16 receptions for 190 yards and four touchdowns over the final three games last year, and he should have a quality role to open the 2020 season. The 23-year-old is worth a late-round dart throw in deeper leagues.

 

WR Antonio Gandy-Golden: He’s not working as a starter in camp, but Gandy-Golden—drafted in the fourth round of April’s draft—has the upside to be the No. 2 behind Terry McLaurin, especially because their skillsets complement each other. At Liberty, AGG went for a 70/1,304/9 line as a senior and averaged 18.6 yards per reception. His six-foot-four frame should make him a favorite in scoring territory.

 

WR Dontrelle Inman: Inman is reportedly running as a starter so far for Washington, so that continuing into the regular season would put him on the FLEX radar. First up will be a Week 1 matchup against an Eagles secondary that has question marks behind Darius Slay (who projects to mostly cover McLaurin).

 

WR Trey Quinn: Quinn only had 198 yards on 47 targets last season (4.2 yards per target; last among all wide receivers), and he is unlikely to have a significant role to open the year with Antonio Gibson and Steven Sims providing more explosiveness as underneath targets.

 

TE Logan Thomas: The depth chart for Washington is wide open at tight end, and Thomas is trending up as the probable starter. A former college quarterback at Virginia Tech, Thomas has great size (six-foot-six) and athleticism (4.61 40-yard dash) to make an impact if he’s on the same page as Haskins.

 

TE Jeremy Sprinkle: Sprinkle is the returning starter at tight end and played well last season, but he isn’t expected to have a substantial receiving role and will be a better real-life player for Washington. If Thomas lives up to his potential, Sprinkle will be a tough sell as a streamer.

 

Other Notes

 

Best 2020 value: RB Bryce Love (FantasyPros ADP: RB90)

The ranking for Love (RB69) is higher than his ADP, but both are way too low for a guy that rushed for 2,118 yards and 19 scores as one of college football’s best players back in 2017. We don’t really know how the pecking order of Washington’s backfield will play out, so there is no reason for a runner with Love’s talent to be undrafted.

 

Best dynasty investment: RB Bryce Love

There is of course no guarantee that Love will reach the heights he did at Stanford, but the former Heisman runner-up possesses a dynamic skillset to hit the home run while also possessing toughness between the tackles. If he earns a significant role, this could be the last buying opportunity for dynasty owners.

 

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2020 Team Fantasy Preview: Tennessee Titans

2020 Team Fantasy Preview: Tennessee Titans

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Player Outlooks (2020)

 

QB Ryan Tannehill: Tannehill is a tough player to rank, as he performed like one of the best real-life and fantasy quarterback when he took over as the starter in 2019, but the sample size was small, which pushes more established quarterbacks over him. That said, entering Year 2 in Arthur Smith’s system could open things up to overcome a drop in efficiency (9.6 yards per attempt and a touchdown percentage of 7.7%), so Tannehill will carry definite upside in the later rounds.

 

RB Derrick Henry: With most viewing Christian McCaffrey and Saquon Barkley as the top picks in all formats, the debate usually begins at No. 3 overall—and Henry’s best case is his December dominance (130.4 rushing yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game in nine outings over the past two years) to potentially help you take home a fantasy title. Whether or not he becomes more involved as a receiver after recently being talked up for improvements, “King Henry” should be a top-five option in 0.5 PPR leagues.

 

RB Darrynton Evans: Perhaps the Titans signing Henry to an extension will mean they want to take some of the touches off his plate, but it’s unlikely there will be enough scraps for Evans to make a significant impact in redraft leagues. The rookie is a good fit as a change-of-pace slasher, though, so he could eventually settle in as a big-play flier.

 

WR A.J. Brown: Brown was a complete monster when he became a full-time player for Tennessee in 2019, and he finished as the WR15 on just 84 targets as a rookie. Of course, the Titans will remain a run-first team built around Derrick Henry, but Brown should be funneled targets when they do throw, and even just a small uptick in weekly looks will be enough for a player with Brown’s talent.

 

WR Corey Davis: He’s still just entering his age-25 season and has flashed throughout his career, but Davis is set as the No. 2 wideout, and there will be concern about enough targets to go around on a run-first offense. Just looking at the second half of last season, Davis—who is now coming off toe surgery—caught 21 passes for 284 scoreless yards in 2019; he won’t be a highly recommended pick in most leagues.

 

WR Adam Humphries: Humphries drew hype last summer after the Titans signed him to a four-year, $36-million deal, but he saw just 47 targets in 12 regular season games and should continue to be a better real-life target than fantasy option. Even in full PPR leagues, you are probably better off looking elsewhere for now.

 

WRs Kalif Raymond and Cody Hollister: There is barely enough room for Davis and Humphries to be relevant, so the depth at the position isn’t currently on the fantasy radar. Even an injury to A.J. Brown would provide a minimal boost to Raymond and/or Hollister.

 

TE Jonnu Smith: While the statistics might not have caught up (35/439/3 last season), Smith looked like one of the best tight ends in the league down the stretch in 2019, and he is a candidate to make a leap this fall. Among players with 25+ targets last year, only Jared Cook (10.9) averaged more yards per target than Smith (10.0) at tight end; draft him as an upside TE2.

 

TEs Anthony Firkser, MyCole Pruitt, and Geoff Swaim: It seems like the backup tight end for Tennessee has been able to produce sporadically in recent years, but determining who slides in behind Jonnu Smith is the bigger question. With the position in good shape around the league, the trio of Firkser, Pruitt, and Swaim won’t be worth consideration.

 

Other Notes

 

Best 2020 value: WR A.J. Brown (FantasyPros ADP: WR15)

If people want to undervalue Brown because they don’t think the efficiency is sustainable, that’s fine; but talent supersedes all, and the former Ole Miss standout is arguably a top-five NFL receiver already. Getting him as low as the fourth or fifth round is stealing.

 

Best dynasty investment: WR A.J. Brown

We viewed Brown as an elite prospect entering the league, and he has the talent to eventually take the mantle from Julio Jones as the best wideout in football. With some still hesitant about him, now could be your last chance to acquire Brown at a discount.

 

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2020 Team Fantasy Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2020 Team Fantasy Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Player Outlooks (2020)

 

QB Tom Brady: Brady finished as a low-end QB1 last year while surrounded by a bottom-tier supporting cast, so why is he still ranked as such this season? The likely explanation is that most believe TB12 is no longer an elite quarterback, but we feel differently, and putting up numbers was a big reason for him choosing the Bucs. Look for him to remain a lethal, pinpoint passer in his age-43 season.

 

RB Ronald Jones II: As the lead back on an offense that projects to be a top-five unit, Jones II will hopefully reach his full potential in his third season—and it’s worth noting that the slashing runner just turned 23 earlier this month. The risk will come if he can’t be trusted as a receiver or pass protector, but Jones II seems ready for the opportunity to play with Tom Brady.

 

RB LeSean McCoy: McCoy is expected to settle in as the No. 2 or No. 3 back in Tampa Bay, but a path to becoming the starter is possible if Brady and Bruce Arians are given reasons to not trust Jones II or rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn. That said, McCoy is now 32, was a healthy scratch for the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV, and didn’t sign with a team until August. He won’t be much more than a late-round bench stash in 12-team leagues.

 

RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn: He was given post-draft praise from the Buccaneers and has the all-around skillset to contribute on offense (4.51 speed with good hands for a bigger back), but Vaughn’s stock has tumbled in recent weeks with the McCoy signing and appointing of Ronald Jones II as the starter. The rookie may not be worth a bench stash with so many fliers to consider at both running back and receiver.

 

RB Dare Ogunbowale: There is a chance Tampa Bay keeps just three backs on the roster, but Ogunbowale needs to be monitored as perhaps the best pure pass-catcher on the depth chart. Last year, the 26-year-old caught 35 passes, and he could realistically end up as the team’s designated receiving option if the others don’t show well early on.

 

WR Chris Godwin: Somehow being drafted as the WR6, Godwin is coming off an 86/1,333/9 line in 13-and-a-half games and will now be catching passes from Tom Brady, who is a strong stylistic fit for his skillset. For those concerned about offensive changes kicking Godwin out of the slot too much, he came into the league as more of a perimeter receiver and should be used in a variety of ways. You could make a case for him as the WR1.

 

WR Mike Evans: Many are concerned that not having Jameis Winston’s recklessness at the controls will lead to a decrease in raw production for Tampa Bay’s pass-catchers, but don’t you think Tom Brady is going to get his numbers one way or another? Evans can be his present-day Randy Moss, and while the floor won’t be as high as Godwin’s, the upside is 150+ yards and multiple scores in any given week. Draft him as a top-ten option at the position.

 

WR Scotty Miller: The Buccaneers will run base 12 personnel, but there can be room for receivers other than Godwin and Evans to be productive against certain opponents, and Miller is the favorite for traditional slot duties. As a sixth-round rookie, Miller saw 13 combined targets in two games with more than 50% of the offensive snaps played.

 

WR Justin Watson: While the sub-six-foot Miller is a slot in the mold of Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, the six-foot-three Watson can be a bigger option if that’s what the offense wants. The former Penn standout has previously been talked up for his intelligence, so that could be something that gets him on the field.

 

WR Tyler Johnson: Johnson needs to clean some things up before he’s trusted as a full-time player, but the long-term outlook is promising for a guy that projects best as a big, crafty slot receiver. The rookie notably played great against top competition at Minnesota; we’ll see if he can develop quickly to establish himself as the No. 3 behind Godwin and Evans at some point this fall.

 

TE Rob Gronkowski: A recent report suggests that Gronkowski could be third in snaps out of the Tampa Bay tight ends, but we aren’t buying it. For one, it’s just difficult to imagine Gronk coming out of retirement to stand on the sidelines for half the game. Also, he should remain one of the best blocking tight ends in football—which should keep him on the field. Gronk has double-digit touchdown upside but is currently viewed as a low-end TE1 by most.

 

TE O.J. Howard: Catching passes from a Hall of Fame quarterback could re-unlock Howard’s potential after a disappointing 2019 season, and hearing that Brady and Gronkowski are talking him up should only boost his confidence. For his career, over half of Howard’s targets (140) have gone for a first down (71). There is room for him to make a sizeable fantasy impact.

 

TE Cameron Brate: On the other hand, Brate should have some productive games because of his effectiveness in scoring territory, but it’s tough to see him having reliable fantasy value in 10- or 12-team leagues. Unless Gronk or Howard goes down, Brate will be a touchdown-dependent flier.

 

Other Notes

 

Best 2020 value: RB Ronald Jones II (FantasyPros ADP: RB35)

Really, the entire Tampa Bay offense appears to be undervalued, but Jones II is the pick since his ADP—which may be lagging behind at least a few spots for some reason—leaves him comfortably outside RB2 range. In fact, the Fantasy Consigliere draft guide (released over a month ago) said our RB26 ranking “could be low” for the projected starter, and that was before he was given a strong endorsement from Bruce Arians.

 

Best dynasty investment: WR Chris Godwin

Whether it’s because he wasn’t viewed highly coming out of Penn State or isn’t a talker like some other receivers, Godwin somehow doesn’t get discussed among the game’s best and still comes at a serious value in dynasty leagues. You could argue that Godwin—entering his age-24 season—should be the first wideout off the board in any format (redraft or dynasty).

 

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2020 Team Fantasy Preview: Seattle Seahawks

2020 Team Fantasy Preview: Seattle Seahawks

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Player Outlooks (2020)

 

QB Russell Wilson: There was reason to be a little less optimistic about Wilson based on how last season ended (229.3 yards per game with a 9:4 touchdown-interception ratio over the final seven weeks), but with the Seahawks apparently wanting to play like it’s the fourth quarter all the time, the ceiling is higher than ever. Unless we see Pete Carroll decide to fall back on the running game, Wilson will have big-time upside and should be drafted as a top-five quarterback.

 

RB Chris Carson: He’s coming off a fractured hip, but Carson should be good to go for the opener, and the veteran is looking to have his third season in a row with 1,300+ total yards and nine total touchdowns. Notably, Carson has averaged 18.2 fantasy points per game when given 20+ touches in his career, and he’s entering the final year of his rookie deal.

 

RB Carlos Hyde: Hyde won’t have the role he did with the Texans when he rushed for his first 1,000-yard season in 2019, but Seattle isn’t a bad landing spot as an early-down complement and handcuff to Carson. That said, Rashaad Penny (knee) will hopefully come back at some point, and Hyde has been a player that gets going with a heavier workload—which he won’t be given barring injury.

 

RB DeeJay Dallas: He’s somehow getting almost no buzz in the fantasy football world, but Dallas is already being talked up by Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson—with the latter calling him his “favorite rookie” and the former talking up the fourth-rounder’s pass-catching abilities. Dallas could open the season as the Seahawks’ third-down back and has the skillset to expand his role if he impresses.

 

RB Rashaad Penny: Penny isn’t a lock to play in 2020 after a serious knee injury suffered last December, and the potential impact of COVID makes him a tough sell to stash in redraft leagues. Seattle may decide to get the former first-round pick fully healthy for 2021 with Carson set to hit free agency.

 

WR D.K. Metcalf: Already an elite vertical threat on the outside, Metcalf should be primed for a Year 2 leap on more targets for an offense that projects to open things up. The former Ole Miss standout will carry sky-high upside as a WR2; in 11 games with more than five targets as a rookie, Metcalf averaged 87.4 receiving yards per game (including playoffs).

 

WR Tyler Lockett: The passing attack opening up would create more optimism, but Lockett notably had just 23 receptions for 290 yards and two touchdowns in the final seven games last year (when the Seahawks relied more on the run), and he could be pushed back into more of a low-volume role this season—especially if Seattle ends up re-signing Josh Gordon or singing Antonio Brown. Despite finishing as the WR14 in 2019, Lockett is more of a low-end WR2 at a loaded position.

 

WR Phillip Dorsett: Pete Carroll has called Dorsett the fastest player they’ve had, and he is firmly in play as a weekly flier that can easily get behind the defense and connect on a Russell Wilson deep ball. However, the Week 1 matchup will be against an Atlanta defense that has limited the big plays under Dan Quinn, so Dorsett won’t be worth drafting in 10- or 12-team leagues.

 

WR David Moore: It’s only been on 43 combined receptions, but Moore has averaged 17.3 yards per reception over the past two seasons, and he will be worth monitoring in the event of an injury to Seattle’s receiving corps. Still just 25, Moore also has the size to contribute in scoring territory as he did in 2018 with five touchdowns.

 

WR John Ursua: Ursua was limited to one reception as a rookie, but he made the team as a seventh-round pick, and the Seahawks like his prospects as a potential slot receiver for them. While he’s not expected to have a role to start the season, dynasty owners should at least have Ursua on the radar.

 

TE Greg Olsen: Olsen actually finished as a top-15 option at tight end last year, and he can hopefully stay healthy again after dealing with foot injuries for a couple of seasons in Carolina. For now, consider the veteran a low-end TE2 until we see how the playing time is divided in a crowded room.

 

TE Will Dissly: The sample size is small, but Dissly has scored six times on 31 receptions to start his career, and his connection with Russell Wilson shouldn’t be overlooked. Similar to Olsen, it might be best to take a wait-and-see approach for the 24-year-old (particularly because he’s coming off a torn Achilles), though his touchdown potential remains very high in 2020 and beyond.

 

TE Jacob Hollister: Could there be a three-way split at tight end for Seattle? Hollister caught 41-of-59 targets for 349 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games last season, and he probably won’t be pushed aside completely. Again, this looks like a situation to evaluate early in the season before jumping into it.

 

TE Colby Parkinson: The tight end room would have really been crowded if Parkinson didn’t fracture his foot earlier this summer, but he’s now a candidate to essentially be redshirted with the Seahawks in good shape at the position. When healthy, Parkinson can contribute as a vertical threat at six-foot-seven with underrated athleticism.

 

Other Notes

 

Best 2020 value: RB DeeJay Dallas (FantasyPros ADP: N/A)

Dallas has plenty of positives when looking for a diamond in the rough as an NFL player and potential fantasy asset: playing on a run-first offense, being drafted by a franchise that preaches competition, former high school quarterback, great pass-catching skillset, etc. You can read his full scouting report here, but the rookie runs with great determination and is an excellent stash if you can be patient.

 

Best dynasty investment: WR D.K. Metcalf

Dallas could be the choice here, but Metcalf has top-five receiver upside and might be viewed as such in 2021 drafts if he builds on his impressive rookie campaign. Over his final ten games last year, Metcalf had six games with at least six receptions and 70 receiving yards.

 

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2020 Fantasy Football Mock Draft 6.0 (12-team, PPR Auction)

2020 Fantasy Football Mock Draft 6.0 (12-team, PPR Auction)

This week’s fantasy football mock draft using the FantasyPros draft simulator will be a little different: a 12-team auction draft with PPR scoring. [Note: players I nominate will be in italics; players I draft will be in bold]

 

Mock 1.0: 12-team, 0.5 PPR

Mock 2.0: 14-team Superflex, 0.5 PPR

Mock 3.0: 10-team, Full PPR

Mock 4.0: 12-team QB Premium, Non-PPR

Mock 5.0: 10-team, 0.5 PPR

 

Round 1

RB Todd Gurley: $31
RB Christian McCaffrey: $75
RB Joe Mixon: $41
RB Kenyan Drake: $43
RB Saquon Barkley: $63
RB Alvin Kamara: $53
WR Michael Thomas: $56
RB Ezekiel Elliott: $60
RB Dalvin Cook: $56
QB Lamar Jackson: $28
RB Derrick Henry: $46
WR Davante Adams: $45

 

Thoughts: Alvin Kamara looked like the best value of the round and I probably should have just double-downed at running back, but I’ll take Lamar Jackson as my quarterback—which I had no plan to do; he just was too good of a value to pass up.

 

Round 2

WR Tyreek Hill: $31
WR D.J. Moore: $25
RB Austin Ekeler: $50
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire: $45
RB Miles Sanders: $42
RB Aaron Jones: $36
WR DeAndre Hopkins: $28
RB Josh Jacobs: $41
WR Julio Jones: $35
WR Kenny Golladay: $31
RB Nick Chubb: $31
QB Patrick Mahomes: $32

 

Thoughts: In a full PPR league, I’m fine with going top-heavy as Edwards-Helaire’s price comes in cheap considering the upside (Austin Ekeler just went for $5 more), though Julio Jones and Nick Chubb both look like good values afterwards.

 

Round 3

TE Travis Kelce: $31
WR Amari Cooper: $23
WR Chris Godwin: $36
WR Allen Robinson: $29
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster: $32
TE George Kittle: $35
RB Leonard Fournette: $35
QB Dak Prescott: $26
WR Mike Evans: $27
WR DeVante Parker: $25
TE Hunter Henry: $13
WR Odell Beckham Jr.: $27

 

Thoughts: I nominated Cooper—like Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore before him—to get others to bid higher, but he actually came in cheaper than I thought, especially looking at the run after him. Allen Robinson was the closest I came to a pick, but I capped it at $25.

 

Round 4

WR Keenan Allen: $21
RB Le’Veon Bell: $34
WR Adam Thielen: $22
WR A.J. Brown: $23
RB David Johnson: $29
TE Zach Ertz: $27
WR Calvin Ridley: $29
RB Chris Carson: $30
TE Evan Engram: $15
QB Matt Ryan: $11
QB Deshaun Watson: $19
WR Julian Edelman: $15

 

Thoughts: There hadn’t been a running back nominated for several picks, so Bell was chosen with the hopes that he would be pushed up some. I’ve made some bids over the past couple of rounds, but it’s important to remain patient.

 

Round 5

WR Marquise Brown: $13
TE Mark Andrews: $19
WR Cooper Kupp: $25
RB James Conner: $24
QB Tom Brady: $7
RB Matt Breida: $11
WR Robert Woods: $20
RB Melvin Gordon: $22
WR D.K. Metcalf: $14
QB Aaron Rodgers: $5
WR Stefon Diggs: $14
WR Courtland Sutton: $17

 

Thoughts: I was willing to go as high as $18 to get the stack of Brown and Lamar Jackson, and then I tried sneaking through Mark Andrews right after but capped it at $15. I like Woods as a complement to Hollywood’s potential volatility in full PPR leagues.

 

Round 6

QB Kyler Murray: $11
RB Mark Ingram: $20
WR D.J. Chark: $13
RB Jonathan Taylor: $15
QB Matthew Stafford: $3
WR Tyler Lockett: $19
WR Jerry Jeudy: $1
RB Devin Singletary: $22
RB Ronald Jones II: $17
WR Terry McLaurin: $14
RB Darrell Henderson: $5
QB Russell Wilson: $9

 

Thoughts: I’m not going to stay I’m mad about having Lamar Jackson on my team for a very reasonable $28, but seeing Russell Wilson go for single-digits hurt some. We’ll see who I can get for $1 later on after declining to bid on Jerry Jeudy.

 

Round 7

RB David Montgomery: $15
RB Kareem Hunt: $11
TE Tyler Higbee: $8
WR T.Y. Hilton: $11
TE Darren Waller: $7
TE Austin Hooper: $4
WR Emmanuel Sanders: $1
RB Raheem Mostert: $10
WR Jarvis Landry: $8
WR Tyler Boyd: $7
WR Darius Slayton: $3
RB Zack Moss: $5

 

Thoughts: I went up to $8 for the bid on Higbee in a full PPR league, but Waller for $7 just a couple of picks later was another value that stung. Fortunately, I still have by far the most capital to play with to create a balanced roster the rest of the way.

 

Round 8

WR CeeDee Lamb: $2
WR Michael Gallup: $7
TE Rob Gronkowski: $4
RB D’Andre Swift: $7
RB Kerryon Johnson: $6
RB James White: $7
WR A.J. Green $5
RB Cam Akers: $4
WR Marvin Jones: $4
WR Will Fuller: $4
QB Ben Roethlisberger: $1
RB Tevin Coleman: $5

 

Thoughts: I didn’t think I’d be able to get Lamb for just $2, but that’s what happened, and the roster has a good chunk of the Dallas passing attack; for $9, I could have a steal if Amari Cooper ever misses time. Akers as my RB3 for $4 is strong value.

 

Round 9

WR Jalen Reagor: $3
QB Jared Goff: $3
WR Justin Jefferson: $2
RB J.K. Dobbins: $3
WR N’Keal Harry: $1
QB Daniel Jones: $3
TE Jonnu Smith: $1
RB Boston Scott: $4
TE Blake Jarwin: $1
QB Josh Allen: $4
K Justin Tucker: $1
D/ST Patriots: $1

 

Thoughts: I obviously didn’t need a quarterback with Lamar Jackson there, but I have the money to pair Goff with my collection of Los Angeles weapons as an insurance policy.

 

Round 10

TE Jared Cook: $3
WR Deebo Samuel: $3
TE Mike Gesicki: $3
TE Hayden Hurst: $3
RB Tarik Cohen: $4
TE Irv Smith Jr.: $1
WR Christian Kirk: $3
RB Jordan Howard: $7
WR John Brown: $1
WR Brandon Cooks: $10
WR Diontae Johnson: $4
RB Phillip Lindsay: $4

 

Thoughts: Getting Samuel for just $3 freed me up to overpay for my final two position players—Howard and Cooks—so I really like how things played out; the biggest change I would have made is paying big money for another stud running back, but Edwards-Helaire and Mixon should carry me.

 

Round 11

D/ST Ravens: $1
D/ST Steelers: $6
RB Sony Michel: $4
RB Latavius Murray: $4
RB Marlon Mack: $4
WR Anthony Miller: $3
WR Jamison Crowder: $3
RB Antonio Gibson: $4
D/ST 49ers: $3
QB Carson Wentz: $1
WR Sterling Shepard: $4
RB Alexander Mattison: $3

 

Thoughts: I can spend my final $1 on any kicker, so there was no sense messing around with anything less than a max $6 bid for Pittsburgh’s defense (my top unit) after others pushed them to $3.

 

Round 12

RB Carlos Hyde: $1
K Harrison Butker: $1
WR Golden Tate: $4
RB Damien Harris: $1
D/ST Bills: $2
WR Henry Ruggs III: $3
WR Mike Williams: $3
RB Jamaal Williams: $3
D/ST Rams: $2
TE T.J. Hockenson: $3
WR Robby Anderson: $2
RB Duke Johnson: $8

 

Thoughts: Another team could have bid $2 on Butker and forced me to go elsewhere, but I’ll take him to fill out my roster. The rest of the draft will proceed without me nominating players.

 

Remaining Draft Log

RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn: $3
WR Preston Williams: $4
WR Curtis Samuel: $2
D/ST Saints: $2
D/ST Bears: $1
TE Dallas Goedert: $2
WR Alshon Jeffery: $1
QB Drew Brees: $4
D/ST Vikings: $2
RB Tony Pollard: $4
WR Mecole Hardman: $1
RB Adrian Peterson: $4
K Wil Lutz: $2
TE Jack Doyle: $3
WR Brandon Aiyuk: $1
D/ST Broncos: $1
K Greg Zuerlein: $2
QB Cam Newton: $3
K Justin Rohrwasser: $1
QB Baker Mayfield: $2
D/ST Chiefs: $3
RB Chase Edmonds: $3
D/ST Chargers: $1
RB Nyheim Hines: $4
K Robbie Gould: $2
K Matt Gay: $1
K Matt Prater: $2
K Dan Bailey: $2
K Zane Gonzalez: $1
WR Breshad Perriman: $2
D/ST Bengals: $1
QB Ryan Tannehill: $3
D/ST Jets: $1
RB DeAndre Washington: $1
RB Justin Jackson: $4
RB LeSean McCoy: $2
K Stephen Gostkowski: $2
K Jason Myers: $1
WR Sammy Watkins: $2
WR Michael Pittman Jr.: $1
WR DeSean Jackson: $2
WR Allen Lazard: $1
RB Derrius Guice: $1
K Michael Badgley: $1
K Jake Elliott: $1
RB A.J. Dillon: $1
RB Jerick McKinnon: $1
K Ka’imi Fairbairn: $1

 

Final Roster

QB: Lamar Jackson, BAL ($28)
RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC ($45)
RB: Joe Mixon, CIN ($41)
WR: Robert Woods, LAR ($20)
WR: Marquise Brown, BAL ($13)
TE: Tyler Higbee, LAR ($8)
FLEX: Michael Gallup, DAL ($7)
D/ST: Steelers, PIT ($6)
K: Harrison Butker, KC ($1)
BE: Brandin Cooks, HOU WR ($10)
BE: Jordan Howard, MIA RB ($7)
BE: Cam Akers, LAR RB ($4)
BE: Deebo Samuel, SF WR ($3)
BE: Jared Goff, LAR QB ($3)
BE: CeeDee Lamb, DAL WR ($2)
BE: Justin Jefferson, MIN WR ($2)

2020 Team Fantasy Preview: San Francisco 49ers

2020 Team Fantasy Preview: San Francisco 49ers

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Player Outlooks (2020)

 

QB Jimmy Garoppolo: Injuries to the San Francisco receiving corps might take some of the shine off Garoppolo for fantasy owners, but he is entering his second full season in Kyle Shanahan’s offense and notably starts the year with a very favorable schedule (v ARI, @ NYJ, @ NYG, v PHI). After finishing as a top-15 option at the position in 2019, we could see Jimmy G throw for 30+ touchdowns and push for QB1 value.

 

RB Raheem Mostert: No longer having the cloud of a contract dispute should make you feel better about drafting Mostert, but the risk is certainly there in a system that can seemingly plug any number of runners in and have success—especially with Jerick McKinnon now healthy. While Mostert is probably the back to own for San Francisco, a pick in the first five rounds might be too rich of a price to pay.

 

RB Tevin Coleman: Mostert was obviously the star with a record-breaking NFC Championship performance last January, but let’s not forget about Coleman, who had 105 yards and two scores in the Divisional Round before the duo combined for just 17 carries in the Super Bowl. The 27-year-old was hampered by a high-ankle sprain in the regular season, so he should be better this fall and has the best all-around skillset in the backfield.

 

RB Jerick McKinnon: Reports have suggested McKinnon will be the Niners’ third-down back in 2020, and it will be great to see him back on the field following two lost seasons. From a fantasy perspective, his presence will impact the floors of both Mostert and Coleman, but there might not be enough standalone value (barring injury) for McKinnon to be a significant factor outside of full PPR leagues.

 

RB Jeff Wilson: Wilson scored five touchdowns on just 30 touches last year, but if everyone stays healthy, he could end up being a healthy scratch more often than not. Tevin Coleman going down and opening up goal-line touches would be the clearest path for Wilson to potentially be worth picking up.

 

RB JaMycal Hasty: Hasty went undrafted earlier this year, but any running back on the depth chart of a team coached by Kyle Shanahan is worth monitoring. At Baylor, Hasty showed good contact balance in a compact frame at five-foot-eight, and he caught 25+ passes in each of the past three years.

 

WR Deebo Samuel: For those who draft late, we should fortunately have some clarity about Samuel’s status as he recovers from a broken foot; but for everyone else, the risk needs to be weighed heading into a year in which IR spots may need to remain open. When he gets on the field, Samuel should be a solid WR2, and his competitiveness at least provides some optimism about a quick return.

 

WR Brandon Aiyuk: Kyle Shanahan has claimed that Aiyuk was ranked as the team’s top receiver in a stacked draft class, so San Francisco clearly expects big things from their first-round pick. Overall, Aiyuk is a prototypical “X” receiver with plus size, speed, and athleticism (40-inch vertical); he will shoot up the rankings if Deebo Samuel isn’t cleared for Week 1.

 

WR Trent Taylor: Taylor missed last season with a foot injury, but he is hoping to establish himself as the team’s primary slot receiver and edge out George Kittle as Jimmy Garoppolo’s favorite target. Realistically, Taylor has shown enough to be a contributor, but reliable fantasy value could be difficult to come by with so many options around him.

 

WR Kendrick Bourne: Bourne’s connection with Jimmy G and the trust he’s earned from the coaching staff makes him a likely candidate to step up after all the injuries, but he could remain a better real-life contributor than fantasy option. When everyone is healthy, Bourne will be—at best—the No. 3 receiver on an offense that will also feature the running backs and tight ends.

 

WR Jauan Jennings: The selection of Jennings earlier this year seemed a bit repeatable with Jalen Hurd already on the roster, but it turns out the insurance could pay off—assuming the rookie shows enough this month. Jennings is very physical and could have gone higher than the seventh round if he ran even a few ticks higher than 4.72 at the Combine.

 

WR Dante Pettis: Pettis will hope to put it all together in Year 3 after falling out of favor in 2019, but even the injuries ahead of him on the depth chart might not be enough to give him a Week 1 role. The former second-round pick needs to show well over the next couple of weeks.

 

WRs J.J. Nelson and Tavon Austin: Nelson and Austin could be fighting for one roster spot at the situational deep threat the team lacks with Marquise Goodwin gone, but fantasy owners should be looking elsewhere if looking for a weekly dart throw.

 

TE George Kittle: While the debate to be the TE1 leans towards Travis Kelce for most, Kittle certainly has a strong case to be drafted first at the position (and as early as the second round in all formats). In 11 games with more than five targets last year, Kittle averaged 85.8 yards per game, and he should be featured as San Francisco’s hopes to overcome injuries/development early in the season. The 26-year-old should get double-digit scores at some point after just 12 through three years.

 

TE Jordan Reed: We are long removed from Reed catching 87 passes for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns with Washington (back in 2015), but health has been the big issue, and the 49ers likely wouldn’t have signed the veteran if he wasn’t in shape to produce entering his age-30 campaign. With San Francisco apparently having targeted Austin Hooper in the offseason, the No. 2 tight end is projected to have increased importance; don’t be surprised if Reed has a substantial role alongside Kittle.

 

Other Notes

 

Best 2020 value: RB Tevin Coleman (FantasyPros ADP: RB44)

Raheem Mostert will take a chunk of the carries, and Jerick McKinnon is expected to see a lot of work in the passing game, but Coleman can do everything at a high level—including as the probable short-yardage runner. Again, Mostert should be drafted first, but the disparity between he and Coleman in terms of ADP is too great.

 

Best dynasty investment: QB Jimmy Garoppolo

Garoppolo just took San Francisco to the Super Bowl in his first full season as a starter and has gone 21-5 to start his career; we think he’s significantly undervalued as a quarterback. It wouldn’t be a shock to see Garoppolo have a season similar to Matt Ryan’s MVP year—which happened in the second season under Shanahan.

 

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2020 Team Fantasy Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers

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Player Outlooks (2020)

 

QB Ben Roethlisberger: The fitness of Roethlisberger is often a talking point leading up to seasons, but there appears to be little question that the two-time Super Bowl champion is determined and in good shape after his 2019 season was wiped out by an elbow injury. The biggest concern with Roethlisberger from a fantasy perspective is that the Steelers might want to play to their excellent defense and run the ball more, but Big Ben has a lot of sway offensively and probably has the freedom to sling it around if he wants to. With a number of emerging options at receiver, this is one of the best supporting casts Roethlisberger has ever had.

 

RB James Conner: Selections of running backs (Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland) in the middle rounds of the draft in each of the past two years might be some cause for concern, but Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin says that Conner will carry the load on offense when healthy. Durability might cause fantasy owners to shy away, but Conner—in a contract year—offers immense upside as a versatile weapon (he had 55 receptions two seasons ago) in one of the friendliest offenses for running backs.

 

RB Benny Snell: Tomlin has said that Snell is the next guy up that can carry the load if Conner goes down with an injury, so he’s the handcuff to roster. It sounds like Snell is more of a true backup and insurance behind Conner, but the Kentucky product showed as a rookie that he could take some short-yardage work from the starter.

 

RB Jaylen Samuels: While a do-it-all type of weapon for the Steelers in real life, Samuels’ fantasy value is probably the lowest it’s been after Pittsburgh added another runner in the draft a few months ago. Samuels would likely need a Conner injury and to fill in on third downs for solid 2020 fantasy value in normal-sized leagues.

 

RB Anthony McFarland: Early reviews for McFarland during camp have been very positive, and he’s certainly someone to keep an eye on as a big-play threat for Pittsburgh. However, the COVID-impacted offseason might make it less likely that McFarland can win a large enough role for a Year 1 fantasy impact as long as Conner and Snell remain healthy.

 

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster: Dealing with both injuries and no Roethlisberger at quarterback, JuJu is coming off a disappointing third NFL season following his 111/1,426/7 campaign in 2018. Smith-Schuster might not have the massive ceiling everyone thought he did heading into last year if the ball is spread around more and the Steelers don’t throw the ball as often as they have with Roethlisberger over the years, but the big thing he has going for him is great trust from his quarterback. It’s no lock, but JuJu could still be a target monster if things line up for him.

 

WR Diontae Johnson: One of the most popular “breakout” picks this summer, Johnson had an impressive rookie season with 59 receptions for 680 yards and five touchdowns. The third-round pick was already a smooth operator at receiver, and Tomlin says he’s transformed his body this offseason. If Pittsburgh throws the ball 600+ times like the top volume passing attacks did last season, there’s definite 1,000-yard upside.

 

WR James Washington: While Johnson is getting a lot of the hype, Washington should not be slept on heading into 2020. He had a relatively rocky start to his career, but the 2018 second-round pick appeared to be gaining the trust of Roethlisberger last year before injury struck, and he had more yards (735) than Johnson last season while averaging 16.7 yards per reception. Washington’s big-play upside is intriguing.

 

WR Chase Claypool: One reason Washington might not be getting much hype this summer is that some expect Claypool to instantly have a massive role for the Steelers. Pittsburgh obviously has high hopes for Claypool after taking him in the second round this year, and he has the talent to be a factor in the red zone in particular if he can quickly gain the trust of Big Ben.

 

WR Ryan Switzer: Entering a critical season, Switzer almost looks like a different person after adding more muscle during the offseason. Perhaps the former North Carolina star can find a niche inside when Pittsburgh spreads it out, but he’ll likely be a better real-life contributor that can chip in on special teams.

 

WR Deon Cain: After going late in the 2018 draft, Cain was off to a promising start in his first training camp with the Colts before he tore his ACL during the preseason. Another year removed from the injury, Cain is an interesting potential target if he can win a roster spot and get an opportunity on Sundays. The talent is there, but Pittsburgh’s receiving corps is a tough group to crack.

 

TE Eric Ebron: Ebron is clearly optimistic about the chance to play with Roethlisberger and the Steelers, and it sounds like he believes he’ll have a large role on offense. The yardage might be capped, but this feels like it could be a connection that hits on double-digit touchdowns.

 

TE Vance McDonald: While Ebron is expected to slide into the No. 1 tight end role, McDonald already has chemistry with Roethlisberger and has been able to make an impact when healthy. It will likely be difficult to trust McDonald in fantasy lineups this season, but he helps round out a stacked Pittsburgh offense.

 

Other Notes

 

Best 2020 value: RB James Conner (FantasyPros ADP: RB18)

The durability issues are built into Conner’s current ADP, as he would arguably be a surefire RB1 or at least high-end RB2 selection if you could guarantee full health for all 16 games, even in a year with many excellent running back options in the first couple of rounds. To note, Conner is somehow currently ranked as just the No. 52 overall player on ESPN, so that could be something to take advantage of.

 

Best dynasty investment: WR James Washington

Four receivers in particular from Pittsburgh offer theoretical WR1 upside, but James Washington can be had at the greatest value as things currently stand. It would not be a huge surprise if he explodes with a 1,000-yard season this year, but the deep threat could also land with another team and become a strong WR1 or WR2 option in the future if the fantasy value doesn’t work out with the Steelers.

 

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2020 Team Fantasy Preview: Philadelphia Eagles

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Player Outlooks (2020)

 

QB Carson Wentz: The Eagles upgraded the supporting cast for Wentz this offseason by adding a bunch of speed at receiver, so there is a real chance he is able to show the upside we saw in 2017 when he was an MVP candidate. Other than durability, the concern is an apparent plan to get Jalen Hurts snaps as a rookie, but Wentz should put up numbers when he’s on the field, and having a familiar system in place should help in a weird season. While the top nine at the position seems clear, Wentz is in play as the QB10.

 

QB Jalen Hurts: Philadelphia spending a second-round pick on Hurts when they have Carson Wentz under contract through 2024 was a definite head-scratcher, but the former Oklahoma and Alabama quarterback has the accuracy to be a very good starter in the NFL. For now, Hurts’ best shot at standalone fantasy value will be as a Taysom Hill-like contributor; he’s just on the radar in superflex leagues.

 

RB Miles Sanders: There might not be a running back that has generated more buzz over the past several months than Sanders, and he should be locked in as a low-end RB1 with upside for more. As the lead back last year (after Jordan Howard went down), Sanders averaged 15.7 carries, 4.2 receptions, 105.8 total yards, and 0.67 touchdowns per game to rank as an RB1 in the second half of the season. Full PPR leagues in particular can draft him as a first-round pick.

 

RB Boston Scott: The Eagles not signing a veteran yet is great news for Scott’s redraft outlook, and he has the desired combination of handcuff upside and potential standalone value in 2020. Last season, Scott averaged 17.6 fantasy points per game in the fantasy playoffs, and  he’s caught 27-of-29 targets to start his career.

 

RB Corey Clement: Clement didn’t record an offensive touch in four games last season before being placed on IR with a shoulder injury, and the role isn’t projected to be large enough for standalone value this year with Miles Sanders being called the team’s workhorse. The 25-year-old will only be worth picking up in the event of an injury.

 

WR Jalen Reagor: The top rookie wideouts are all crowded in terms of redraft value, but don’t sleep on Reagor—who is an electric playmaker that can get deep or make something happen with the ball in his hands underneath. Philly’s first-round pick is already lining up as a starter alongside DeSean Jackson in camp, and if he can transition quickly with limited practice time, the ceiling is high as a late-round option.

 

WR DeSean Jackson: Excluding the fireworks in Week 1 (8/154/2), Jackson played just 14 snaps for the Eagles last year as he dealt with a core muscle injury, and now they are relying on him to stay healthy in 2020. The floor is obviously low, but Jackson will be a huge piece when available, and it’s tough for opponents to send too much attention his way with Miles Sanders, Zach Ertz, and others underneath.

 

WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside: It would be a disappointment if Arcega-Whiteside wasn’t able to bounce back from a sub-par rookie campaign to win the No. 3 receiver job this month—especially with Alshon Jeffery (foot) out. JJAW has the size that the rest of the (healthy) receiving corps lacks, which hopefully will lead to opportunities in scoring territory.

 

WR Greg Ward: Ward worked his way onto the active roster and ended the year as Philadelphia’s No. 1 receiver in 2020, but unless a string of injuries hit again, it’s difficult to see him having consistent value in redraft leagues. At best, Ward will be the No. 6 option behind Zach Ertz, Miles Sanders, Jalen Reagor, DeSean Jackson, and Dallas Goedert.

 

WR Alshon Jeffery: The team has said otherwise, but reporters have suggested that Jeffery might not suit up for the Eagles again as he works his way back from a foot injury, and it’s tough to recommend him entering a season that could require fantasy owners needing to leave IR spots open (due to COVID). That said, the hate has gone too far, and Alshon would potentially have low-end WR2/FLEX appeal due to his presence in the red zone.

 

WRs John Hightower and Quez Watkins: Veteran Marquise Goodwin opting out might open up another roster spot at receiver, but rookie speedsters Hightower and Watkins are blocked by DeSean Jackson and wouldn’t be more than a weekly dart throw if the starter were to go down. Both guys will likely see bigger early contributions in the return game.

 

TE Zach Ertz: Ertz has clearly been the favorite target of Carson Wentz over the years, but it will be interesting to see if things change some this season with the offense being more balanced (and hopefully healthy). We would say Ertz is better ranked in the tier with Darren Waller and Mark Andrews than he is George Kittle and Travis Kelce.

 

TE Dallas Goedert: All the pieces added this offseason might hurt Goedert more than anyone, as the Eagles could decide to be more versatile (i.e. less reliant on 12 personnel), and other options ranked in TE2 territory—such as Eric Ebron—arguably have greater upside (assuming Ertz stays healthy). Goedert will probably need another several touchdowns to repeat his TE10 finish.

 

Other Notes

 

Best 2020 value: WR DeSean Jackson (FantasyPros ADP: WR60)

It’s a bit of a surprise that Jackson is being drafted as low as he is, but he carries major upside for a player often going well into the double-digit rounds. The ability of Jalen Reagor to stretch the defense could even allow Jackson to see more underneath targets for a higher floor.

 

Best dynasty investment: WR Jalen Reagor

He might not have all-world speed, but in terms of pure play style, Reagor compares favorably to Tyreek Hill and could be getting overlooked among a strong group of rookie wideouts. Philly’s first-round pick possesses the all-around skillset—including leaping ability with a 42-inch vertical—to be a future star.

 

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