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Week 6 Fantasy Preview- Woos and Boos

RotoBaller fantasy football analyst Brandon Murchison is joined by co-host Nick Hefley in a new episode of WooFantasy! In this episode, the guys talk about the latest in player news and round-up the latest on the injury front. Also, the famed Woos and Boos segment goes through each game and provides you with the name that should be in and out of your lineups.

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Plenty of things to discuss this week! How will the injury to Dak Prescott affect the Cowboys offense for the remainder of the year? The Chiefs backfield now has Le'Veon Bell in the mix. How will the touches shake out between he and Clyde Edwards-Helaire? Can the players like Mike Davis and Travis Fulgham continue their hot streaks? This and MUCH MORE!

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Week 3 Fantasy Preview - Woos and Boos

RotoBaller fantasy football analyst Brandon Murchison is joined by co-host Nick Hefley in a new episode of WooFantasy! In this episode, the guys talk about the latest in player news and round-up the latest on the injury front. Also, the famed Woos and Boos segment goes through each game and provides you with the name that should be in and out of your lineups.

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Week 3 Fantasy Football Preview

Injuries continue to be the name of the game with stud running backs Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffrey going down in Week 2. How will the countless injuries across multiple positions affect your rosters moving forward? We tackle roster-shaping moves you can make and MUCH MORE in this latest episode.

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Week 2 Fantasy Football Sleeper and Value Plays

The "King", Scott Engel and "The Living Fantasy Legend" Joe Gallina identify the best fantasy football sleepers and value plays for season-long and DFS lineups for Week 2 of fantasy football. Target these players for use if you need a lineup plug-in or are looking to save some DFS cash in your DraftKings and FanDuel lineups..

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Scott and Joe offer five sleepers and value plays each. Who can you turn to when you are seeking a quality lineup replacement or a DFS difference-maker?

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Week 1 Fantasy Preview- Woos and Boos

RotoBaller fantasy football analyst Brandon Murchison is joined by co-host Nick Hefley in a new episode of WooFantasy! In this episode, the guys talk about the latest in player news and round-up the latest on the injury front. Also, the famed Woos and Boos segment goes through each game and provides you with the name that should be in and out of your lineups.

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With so many injuries mounting as we approach the games in Week 1, will we see more split workloads than we were anticipating? Wide receivers (Courtland Sutton, Kenny Golladay) are already experiencing health issues. Are they in or out of your lineups? We answer those questions and so MUCH MORE in this week's episode!

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Fantasy Football Bold Predictions For The 2020 Season

The "King", Scott Engel and the "Roto Chef", Pierre Camus issue their boldest Fantasy Football predictions for the upcoming season. You cannot miss out on the players covered here. If you did not draft them, consider trading for the guys included in this video rundown.

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Fantasy Football Bold Predictions for the 2020 Season

Scott and Pierre state their cases for the best breakout performers, stars on the rise and sleeper gems to acquire. Who will bust out and what players will be remembered for rising to higher levels than many expected?

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2020 Experts Draft Coverage

RotoBaller fantasy football analyst Brandon Murchison is joined by co-host Nick Hefley in a new episode of WooFantasy! In this episode, the guys take you through the latest information after the NFL cut-downs. Also, all the surprising moves made and their impact on fantasy football. They also give you some insight into those last-minute drafts with coverage of the 2020 Experts League. A 12-team PPR format with some of the brightest minds in the game today.

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NFL Cuts and the Effects on Fantasy Football

Some big names have been moved over the course of the last few days and the after-effects have been felt around the world of fantasy football. Leonard Fournette's new home has many feeling great about his 2020 prospects while the hopes of a Ronald Jones emergence have been dashed. Also, Adrian Peterson's release has set-up Antonio Gibson on a rocket up the draft boards. Can he live up to the hype? All this and MORE!

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Leonard Fournette Fallout and Latest Player News

RotoBaller fantasy football analyst Brandon Murchison is joined by co-host Nick Hefley in a new episode of WooFantasy! In this episode, the guys recap their latest auction draft that took place this weekend, giving you tips and strategies moving forward. Also, they get into the wild week in player news capped off by the surprising release of Leonard Fournette. Where will he land and how do we value the players left behind on the Jaguars depth chart?

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Leonard Fournette's New Home and Valuing the Jaguars Backfield

With Leonard Fournette being shown the door by the Jaguars, the landscape around fantasy football has changed. Where do we see him suiting up next and what will be his value in the new home? Also, the players left behind in Jaguars backfield have adjusted values. Who should you be rostering and why? Joe Mixon has received a new deal with the Bengals. How will this help his fantasy value moving forward and will it affect the mindset of Alvin Kamara as he searches for an extension? All this and MORE!

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Updated 2020 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings: Post-NFL Draft

Welcome back RotoBallers! Below you will find our staff's updated 2020 fantasy football rookie rankings (top 130). These rankings are being released after the 2020 NFL Draft, but things will of course change as we get closer to the start of the NFL season. Adjustments to these rookie rankings will be made all offseason long up until Week 1, so be sure to check back regularly for updates. You can also see all of our team's other great articles and analysis of the 2020 NFL rookies, now that the NFL Draft has concluded, including more detailed breakdowns and analysis of the rookies by position:

Four of our lead fantasy football analysts - Pierre Camus, Brandon Murchison and Phil Clark - have analyzed last year's college football season, the NFL Combine, the NFL offseason moves and of course the results of the NFL Draft - they are ready to rock. Below you will find their consensus staff rookies ranks for 2020 fantasy football, which will be updated regularly up until the start of the 2020 season. Feel free to click those links and give these fine gentlemen a follow, or let them know how much you love or hate their rankings.

Be sure to also check out our 2020 fantasy football rankings dashboard. It's already loaded up with tons of other great rankings. In case you missed it, you can also see our PPR rankings, Half-PPR rankings, Standard rankingsBest Ball rankings and Dynasty League rankings. Bookmark that page, and prepare for all of your drafts.

 

NFL Rookie Rankings for Fantasy Football (Post-Draft)

Rankings table below last updated on August 28th, 2020.

Tier Rank Player Name Pos Pierre Brandon Phil
1 1 Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB 1 1 1
1 2 Jonathan Taylor RB 4 2 2
1 3 Cam Akers RB 6 3 4
1 4 J.K. Dobbins RB 5 4 5
1 5 CeeDee Lamb WR 2 5 8
1 6 Jerry Jeudy WR 3 6 9
2 7 D'Andre Swift RB 13 7 3
2 8 Jalen Reagor WR 7 10 6
2 9 Henry Ruggs III WR 15 9 7
2 10 Joe Burrow QB 8 13 12
2 11 Justin Jefferson WR 10 12 13
2 12 Zack Moss RB 16 11 10
2 13 Brandon Aiyuk WR 14 19 11
3 14 Tee Higgins WR 9 17 19
3 15 Ke'Shawn Vaughn RB 23 8 15
3 16 Michael Pittman Jr. WR 11 21 14
3 17 Tua Tagovailoa QB 12 20 21
3 18 Denzel Mims WR 17 14 23
3 19 A.J. Dillon RB 20 18 16
3 20 Laviska Shenault Jr. WR 22 16 18
3 21 Antonio Gibson RB 24 15 17
3 22 Bryan Edwards WR 18 23 24
3 23 Darrynton Evans RB 19 25 25
4 24 Antonio Gandy-Golden WR 26 24 22
4 25 Joshua Kelley RB 25 22 29
4 26 Justin Herbert QB 21 32 27
4 27 Chase Claypool WR 27 27 34
4 28 Anthony McFarland Jr. RB 36 28 26
4 29 Devin Asiasi TE 37 33 20
4 30 Lynn Bowden Jr. RB 32 26 33
4 31 Lamical Perine RB 29 29 35
4 32 Devin Duvernay WR 28 43 28
4 33 Cole Kmet TE 34 35 32
4 34 KJ Hamler WR 39 34 31
4 35 Tyler Johnson WR 38 31 38
4 36 Eno Benjamin RB 33 38 43
5 37 Van Jefferson WR 35 40 41
5 38 Donovan Peoples-Jones WR 30 44 45
5 39 Adam Trautman TE 42 36 42
5 40 Jordan Love QB 31 52 39
5 41 Harrison Bryant TE 52 41 30
5 42 Jalen Hurts QB 40 49 36
5 43 DeeJay Dallas RB 48 47 37
5 44 JaMycal Hasty RB 44 45 51
5 45 Gabriel Davis WR 43 51 49
6 46 Albert Okwuegbunam TE 56 54 40
6 47 Dalton Keene TE 54 42 55
6 48 Joe Reed WR 60 37 54
6 49 Quintez Cephus WR 47 30 78
6 50 K.J. Osborn WR 50 55 50
6 51 Michael Warren II RB 62 46 56
6 52 Josiah Deguara TE #N/A 50 60
6 53 Brycen Hopkins TE 51 69 47
6 54 Quez Watkins WR 41 71 63
6 55 Darnell Mooney WR #N/A 58 59
6 56 Isaiah Hodgins WR 65 39 73
7 57 Jacob Eason QB 46 57 75
7 58 James Proche WR 59 73 48
7 59 Collin Johnson WR 57 74 52
7 60 Rico Dowdle RB #N/A 53 70
7 61 John Hightower WR 53 72 61
7 62 Hunter Bryant TE 77 65 44
7 63 K.J. Hill WR 49 59 79
7 64 Colby Parkinson TE 67 48 77
8 65 Thaddeus Moss TE 45 67 80
8 66 Cole McDonald QB 55 77 62
8 67 Scottie Phillips RB 66 64 #N/A
8 68 Jason Huntley RB #N/A 62 69
8 69 Salvon Ahmed RB 76 61 64
8 70 Jauan Jennings WR 75 70 58
8 71 Raymond Calais RB 80 60 68
8 72 Jake Fromm QB 68 56 86
9 73 Anthony Gordon QB 58 84 #N/A
9 74 Tavien Feaster RB 63 81 #N/A
9 75 Darius Anderson RB #N/A 63 82
9 76 Darrell Stewart Jr. WR 73 #N/A #N/A
9 77 Freddie Swain WR 72 76 72
9 78 Stephen Sullivan TE #N/A #N/A 74
9 79 Isaiah Coulter WR 61 78 83
9 80 Charlie Woerner TE 74 #N/A #N/A
9 81 Quartney Davis WR 70 86 67
9 82 Nate Stanley QB 64 79 81
9 83 James Robinson RB 69 90 66
9 84 Marquez Callaway WR #N/A 66 84
9 85 Javon Leake RB 81 98 46
9 86 Dezmon Patmon WR #N/A 75 #N/A
9 87 Jake Luton QB 71 80 #N/A
10 88 Jared Pinkney TE 84 68 #N/A
10 89 Steven Montez QB 78 #N/A #N/A
10 90 Sean McKeon TE 79 #N/A #N/A
10 91 Sewo Olonilua RB #N/A 89 71
10 92 Jacob Breeland TE #N/A 88 76
10 93 J.J. Taylor RB 83 82 #N/A
10 94 Tony Jones Jr. RB #N/A 83 #N/A
10 95 Jeff Thomas WR #N/A 104 65
10 96 Patrick Taylor Jr. RB #N/A 85 #N/A
10 97 Cheyenne O'Grady TE #N/A 116 57
10 98 Omar Bayless WR 82 92 #N/A
10 99 Juwan Johnson WR #N/A 87 #N/A
10 100 Kalija Lipscomb WR #N/A 96 85
10 101 Brian Lewerke QB #N/A 91 #N/A
10 102 Ronald Cleveland WR #N/A 111 73
10 103 Rodney Smith RB #N/A 93 #N/A
10 104 Levante Bellamy RB #N/A 94 #N/A
10 105 Jacques Patrick RB #N/A 95 #N/A
10 106 Benny Lemay RB #N/A 97 #N/A
10 107 Isaiah Wright WR #N/A 99 #N/A
10 108 Bryce Perkins QB #N/A 100 #N/A
11 109 Kendrick Rogers WR #N/A 101 #N/A
11 110 Adrian Killins Jr. RB #N/A 102 #N/A
11 111 Lawrence Cager WR #N/A 103 #N/A
11 112 Ty'Son Williams RB #N/A 105 #N/A
11 113 Aaron Fuller WR #N/A 106 #N/A
11 114 Pete Guerriero RB #N/A 107 #N/A
11 115 Travon McMillian RB #N/A 108 #N/A
11 116 Matt Colburn RB #N/A 109 #N/A
11 117 Reggie Corbin RB #N/A 110 #N/A
11 118 Shun Brown WR #N/A 112 #N/A
11 119 Calen Holt RB #N/A 113 #N/A
11 120 Moe Neal RB #N/A 114 #N/A
11 121 DeShawn McClease RB #N/A 115 #N/A
11 122 Richie Worship RB #N/A 117 #N/A
11 123 Tanner Mangum QB #N/A 118 #N/A
11 124 Anthony Johnson WR #N/A 119 #N/A
11 125 Damion Jeanpiere Jr. WR #N/A 120 #N/A
11 126 Trey Sermon RB #N/A 121 #N/A
11 127 Brody Oliver WR #N/A 122 #N/A
11 128 Kennedy McKoy RB #N/A 123 #N/A
11 129 Jacob Dolegala QB #N/A 124 #N/A
11 130 Trevon Brown WR #N/A 125 #N/A
11 131 Nyqwan Murray WR #N/A 126 #N/A
11 132 Dorian Baker WR #N/A 127 #N/A


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2020 Fantasy Football Running Back Rookie Rankings: Post-NFL Draft

Welcome back RotoBallers! Below you will find our staff's updated 2020 fantasy football rookie running back rankings. These rankings are being released after the 2020 NFL Draft, but things will of course change as we get closer to the NFL season. Those of you who are regular RotoBaller readers have likely already seen our updated overall fantasy football rookie rankings, released the morning after the draft. Now it's time to break those down in detail, going position by position with some tiered rankings analysis.

The RotoBaller crew has been busy fine-tuning all fantasy football rankings in the hours immediately following the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Draft. The first task was to focus on the recently-selected prospects in order to prepare dynasty owners for upcoming rookie drafts. Analysts Brandon MurchisonPhil Clark, and Pierre Camus have put together their early consensus running back rookie rankings for our loyal readers to use to their advantage.

Running back is always a focal point of any fantasy team. It's harder than ever to know which RB to trust, as so many teams rotate backs and rely on multiple players for production. As always, we take a forward-looking approach with our evaluations. These are subject to change as things unfold over the offseason, but for now here is a first look at our running back rankings for the 2020 rookie draft class.

 

NFL RB Rookie Rankings for Fantasy Football (Post-Draft)

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Tier Rank Player Name Team Pierre Brandon Phil
1 1 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC 4 2 2
1 2 Cam Akers LAR 2 3 4
1 3 Jonathan Taylor IND 9 1 1
1 6 J.K. Dobbins BAL 10 4 5
2 8 D'Andre Swift DET 18 5 3
3 15 Zack Moss BUF 15 16 14
3 16 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB 29 11 10
3 22 A.J. Dillon GB 42 15 13
3 23 Antonio Gibson WAS 35 20 17
4 24 Anthony McFarland Jr. PIT 27 22 27
4 25 Joshua Kelley LAC 25 26 25
4 29 Darrynton Evans TEN 26 33 26
4 33 Eno Benjamin ARI 30 29 44
5 38 Lamical Perine NYJ 40 31 38
5 41 DeeJay Dallas SEA 47 34 37
7 58 JaMycal Hasty SF #N/A 65 52
7 64 Salvon Ahmed SF 68 56 63
8 69 Michael Warren II PHI #N/A 76 56
8 70 Raymond Calais TB #N/A #N/A 67
9 76 Jason Huntley DET #N/A #N/A 69
9 81 Rico Dowdle DAL #N/A 75 70
9 82 J.J. Taylor NE #N/A 77 68
9 83 Tavien Feaster JAX 73 72 #N/A
9 87 Javon Leake NYG #N/A 108 47
10 88 James Robinson JAX #N/A 91 65
10 93 Scottie Phillips HOU 60 100 #N/A

 

Tier 1 - RB Rookie Rankings

Dynasty owners seem to have immediately decided that Clyde Edwards-Helaire is the top running back in rookie drafts, with many viewing him as the 1.01. I definitely view him as a top-five rookie for 2020 and there's no doubt that landing in KC was great for a pass-catching back like him. There is a ceiling on his production though, as the rushing volume won't be there even if he does claim the lion's share of carries and make Damien Williams expendable.

The path toward a 1,000-yard rushing season would be a tough one for him initially in such a pass-oriented offense. His role as a receiver gives him fantasy RB2 potential though. You can read my full take on Clyde Edwards-Helaire and whether he is indeed the next Brian Westbrook right here.

Unpopular opinion #1 - Jonathan Taylor isn't the top rookie or the top running back in this draft class. He isn't necessarily going to step in and take 80% of the carries while Marlon Mack is relegated to the bench. Not that Mack is so spectacular (otherwise they wouldn't have drafted Taylor) but he did average 4.7 and 4.4 yards per carry the past two years. Taylor was a second-round pick, not a first. Simply put, the Colts will do what nearly every NFL team does - use a committee.

One knock on Taylor, aside from the heavy usage in college which I am not concerned with, is that he isn't much of a receiver. That leaves him with a lower ceiling, as Nyheim Hines will also have a role. All told, the best-case scenario could be a 60-25-15 split in touches, with a more realistic scenario being one where Taylor and Mack split carries for much of the season. Don't get me wrong, he could develop into a fantasy RB1 but we can't let his 4.4 time at the combine overshadow the questions in his profile.

Unpopular opinion #2 - Cam Akers is my top rookie RB. I understand that the Rams' offensive line took a huge step back, grading out as PFF's 31st-ranked unit in 2019. As you may know, Akers ran behind one of the worst offensive lines in college throughout his career, so if anything he'll see this as an upgrade. He has the right combination of toughness and speed to make plays on his own without relying on gaping holes up front. He also has little competition for the starting role, as Darrell Henderson did nothing last year and won't be more than a change-of-pace back. I can't say the same about Taylor on any of these counts.

 

Tier 2 - RB Rookie Rankings

D'Andre Swift stands alone in the second tier and that's all because of my less-than-generous ranking. Therefore, justification is required.

Unpopular opinion #3 - Swift will not be a weekly starter for fantasy teams in 2020. I like Swift and had him as my RB2 in this rookie class before the NFL Draft. He should be in the top tier based on his ability. Landing spot and opportunity usually overshadow ability in the NFL, however, and Swift went to the worst possible spot. I'm not just blaming the ghosts of Ameer Abdullah and Jahvid Best either.

The Lions already had a capable running back in Kerryon Johnson, who coach Matt Patricia seems to hate for no particular reason. Johnson won't simply disappear, so this is likely to be a committee situation off the bat, much like Taylor in Indy. Swift will be limited by the competition but also the lack of rushing opportunities in general by this offense.

Detroit had a relatively balanced run/pass split in 2019, mostly out of necessity. Swift supporters and Lions fans may argue that Matthew Stafford missing half the season altered the season and limited everything offensively. This is certainly true, but why would Stafford returning create a bigger emphasis on the running game? If anything, the Lions may lean on their franchise QB as they usually do.

The defense also carries much of the blame for lack of rushing opportunities, as they ranked 26th in points allowed and 31st in yards allowed. Generally speaking, the worse the defense, the less the offense can establish the run. The selection of Jeff Okudah and Julian Okwara will help, but they won't suddenly be a top-10 defense. Unless Okwara can be an instant impact player, they have no viable pass-rusher other than Trey Flowers. As good as Swift may be, the volume just won't be there, leading him to be overdrafted based on his college career.

 

Tier 3 - RB Rookie Rankings

I thought I might be higher on Moss than most, but that didn't turn out to be the case. Moss didn't wow with his combine numbers, but NFL front offices don't care about that nearly as much as football fans and pundits. He steps into Frank Gore's spot in Buffalo and it's already been reported that he will have a similar role as the 1B to Devin Singletary. Gore saw 166 rush attempts last year and that's a fair estimate for Moss.

Unpopular opinion #4 - A.J. Dillon and Ke'Shawn Vaughn will be massively overvalued in dynasty. I like Vaughn as a player, but the Tampa Bay offense isn't geared toward the running game. Things will shift slightly with Tom Brady under center as opposed to Jameis Winston, but this is still a Bruce Arians offense. He just doesn't care that much about the running back position. He could carry weekly value if he outperforms Ronald Jones significantly, but that's an assumption we're making based on hope more than anything. Premium subscribers can read a more detailed evaluation and see where I have his rookie draft position in my one-man rookie mock article.

Dillon is another beneficiary of recency bias and combine stats. He's big and runs fast, granted. That doesn't always lead to production, however. Former BC alum Andre Williams was seen in a similar vein after he had a productive college career and ran a 4.56 40. He was last seen in the XFL. For some reason, Jamaal Williams gets constantly disrespected by the fantasy community, so the idea that someone can step in to replace him is appealing. Dillon isn't a shoo-in to do so and not worth a selection in the first two rounds.

 

Tier 4 - RB Rookie Rankings

We can see a path to production for Joshua Kelley, if he can just beat out Justin Jackson to be the RB2 in L.A. Likewise, Anthony McFarland doesn't stand out in any particular area, but with only injury-prone James Conner and plodding Benny Snell ahead of him in Pittsburgh, he could earn carries. The player I'm keeping a closer eye on is Darrynton Evans.

You'd think landing on a team that features the leading rusher in the NFL, Derrick Henry, who also led the league with 303 carries and a 69% team share would be a bad thing. It would definitely take an injury to make Evans start-worthy, but if that happens then he would be the hottest pickup of the year. Dion Lewis is gone and there is nobody else I could even name in the Titans' backfield (David Fluellen?). The Titans had a top-10 offensive line last year and added Isaiah Wilson in the first round to address a weakness on the right side. Evans might do absolutely nothing in 2020, but he's a stash I'm happy to have on my roster.

 

Tier 5 and Lower - RB Rookie Rankings

Lamical Perine has seen his stock rise after falling to the Jets. I'd like to see an Adam Gase offense do something... anything to prove that a running back can thrive under him. In the last three years as head coach of the Dolphins and Jets, his offenses have ranked 29th, 18th, and 31st in rushing yardage and in the bottom-three in rushing touchdowns each time. The one time he had a fantasy stud at RB was Jay Ajayi as a rookie coach in 2016. We know how that turned out, with Ajayi inexplicably being traded midway through the following season.

As a lifelong Miami fan, I'd love to say that DeeJay Dallas could do something at the pro level. He probably won't though, as nothing more than a solid but unexciting third running back who is adept at helping out in the passing game.

Don't count on any undrafted free agent pulling a Phillip Lindsay and becoming an absolute steal at the end of rookie drafts. If I'm taking a chance on any of them, it would one of Michael Warren II, Tavien Feaster, or Scottie Phillips.

As a tough runner, some feel that former Cincy Bearcast Michael Warren II could find a short-yardage role in Philly. The upside is limited, but at this point you're simply hoping for someone who can see touches.

It looks like the Jags may not find a trade partner for Leonard Fournette, but it would be a shock if he's still on the roster in 2021. Given his injury history, Feaster could make a dent in a relatively shallow backfield if he can leapfrog Ryquell Armstead on the depth chart.

If you are among the many who think David Johnson's best days are behind him, Phillips could be an interesting flier. Bill O'Brien killed our vibes on Karan Higdon last year and we know Johnson will be run into the ground until he breaks down, so it would take an injury to make Phillips relevant. That isn't so far-fetched if you watched DJ last year, though.

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2020 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rookie Rankings: Post-NFL Draft

Welcome back RotoBallers! Below you will find our staff's updated 2020 fantasy football rookie wide receiver rankings. These rankings are being released after the 2020 NFL Draft, but things will of course change as we get closer to the NFL season. It's been well-documented that the 2020 wide receiver class is one of the best to come our way in quite some time. The NFL draft didn't disappoint, with six receivers getting drafted in the first round, and two more receivers getting drafted with the first two picks of the second round.

Those of you who are regular RotoBaller readers have likely already seen our updated overall fantasy football rookie rankings, released the morning after the draft. Now it's time to break those down in detail, going position by position with some tiered rankings analysis. The RotoBaller crew has been busy fine-tuning all fantasy football rankings in the hours immediately following the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Draft. The first task was to focus on the recently-selected prospects in order to prepare dynasty owners for upcoming rookie drafts. Analysts Brandon MurchisonPhil Clark, and Pierre Camus have put together their early consensus wide receiver rookie rankings for our loyal readers to use to their advantage.

The big surprise in the first round came when CeeDee Lamb slipped all the way to the Dallas Cowboys, who now have one of the best wide receiver corps in the NFL. On the other hand, Denzel Mims and Jalen Reagor were drafted to the NY Jets and Philadelphia Eagles, two teams that desperately needed help at wide receiver which means they should both contribute immediately. Some of these highly touted wide receivers were drafted into great landing spots which elevates their fantasy value. Brandon Aiyuk operates great in space and was drafted to the ideal team, the San Francisco 49ers, who love to get the ball to their wide receivers in space. Tee Higgins was drafted to the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round, is likely to start immediately and should eventually replace AJ Green who will be 32 when the season starts as the Bengals X receiver. On top of all that, Higgins will be playing with Joe Burrow for the better part of his career which is a huge plus. Now, I will evaluate some of the top receivers and their 2020 outlook, broken down by tier.

 

NFL WR Rookie Rankings for Fantasy Football (Post-Draft)

Be sure to also check out our fantasy football rankings and analysis for the 2020 rookie running backs, rookie tight ends, rookie quarterbacks, and our top 130 rookies list.

Tier Rank Player Name Team Pierre Brandon Phil
1 4 Jerry Jeudy DEN 1 7 6
1 5 CeeDee Lamb DAL 3 6 7
2 7 Jalen Reagor PHI 5 12 8
2 10 Henry Ruggs III LV 14 8 9
2 11 Justin Jefferson MIN 11 13 11
2 13 Tee Higgins CIN 12 10 19
3 14 Michael Pittman Jr. IND 8 21 15
3 17 Laviska Shenault Jr. JAX 19 17 16
3 18 Denzel Mims NYJ 17 18 18
3 19 Bryan Edwards LV 13 19 21
3 21 Brandon Aiyuk SF 21 24 23
4 27 KJ Hamler DEN 24 27 28
4 28 Chase Claypool PIT 22 28 30
4 30 Antonio Gandy-Golden WAS 32 25 33
4 31 Lynn Bowden Jr. LV 34 35 29
4 32 Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE 20 43 40
4 35 Tyler Johnson TB 39 32 35
4 36 Devin Duvernay BAL 37 39 31
5 42 Van Jefferson LAR 38 42 42
6 47 Darnell Mooney CHI #N/A 49 #N/A
6 49 Gabriel Davis BUF 61 54 45
6 50 Quez Watkins PHI 46 53 62
6 51 James Proche BAL 58 57 49
6 52 Collin Johnson JAX 51 61 53
6 53 K.J. Osborn MIN 56 58 51
6 55 John Hightower PHI 53 59 61
6 56 Isaiah Hodgins BUF 57 45 73
7 60 Joe Reed LAC #N/A 63 55
7 61 Jauan Jennings SF 75 50 58
7 62 K.J. Hill LAC 66 40 79
7 63 Quintez Cephus DET 44 64 78
8 65 Freddie Swain SEA 65 62 #N/A
9 73 Isaiah Coulter HOU #N/A 68 #N/A
9 75 Marquez Callaway NO #N/A 69 #N/A
9 77 Darrell Stewart Jr. GB 69 #N/A #N/A
9 78 Dezmon Patmon IND #N/A 70 #N/A
9 84 Quartney Davis MIN 64 88 66
10 89 Juwan Johnson NO 67 90 #N/A
10 100 Omar Bayless CAR #N/A 85 #N/A
10 102 Kalija Lipscomb KC #N/A 101 72
10 105 Jeff Thomas NE #N/A 121 64
10 110 Isaiah Wright WAS #N/A 97 #N/A
10 116 Kendrick Rogers DAL #N/A 106 #N/A
10 121 Lawrence Cager NYJ #N/A 113 #N/A
10 129 Aaron Fuller SEA #N/A 122 #N/A
10 131 Dorian Baker CLE #N/A 124 #N/A

 

Tier 1 - WR Rookie Rankings

Jerry Jeudy was the clear No. 1 wide receiver prospect heading into the 2020 NFL Draft. A few days prior to the draft, stories began circulating which cast doubt about Jeudy's surgically repaired knee and it's possible that news caused him to slip down to the Broncos at 15th-overall. While Jeudy is one of the most complete wide receiver prospects to enter the league over the last few years, demonstrating smooth and near-perfect route running, his landing spot has some question marks as Drew Lock will be entering his first year as a starting quarterback in the NFL.

In limited action in 2019, Drew Lock was rather conservative, throwing for just 6.5 yards-per-attempt and an average depth-of-target of just 7.1 yards. While playing conservatively, Lock did take care of the football last year, throwing for seven touchdowns and just three interceptions. Lock's downfield passing numbers were similar to Derek Carr's in 2019, so 2020 will be a big year for him because he has a chance to grow from last year's performance.

Pat Shurmur is the new offensive coordinator in Denver and has a great track record with quarterbacks, which means he should be able to get the best out of Lock, which is also good news for Jeudy. Regardless of quarterback play, Jeudy is the No. 1 wide receiver in the 2020 rookie class and should be the first wide receiver drafted in upcoming rookie drafts because he should have success in the league for the next decade.

 

Tier 2 - WR Rookie Rankings

Jalen Reagor was drafted into the best landing spot out of all the wide receivers in the 2020 draft class. DeSean Jackson missed almost all of the 2019 season due to injury and as a result, the Eagles lacked speed at wide receiver which contributed to Carson Wentz throwing for just 6.7 yards-per-attempt, his lowest mark since he was a rookie. Reagor runs great routes, can separate, and he brings speed to the table, something the Eagles didn't have in 2019.

Reagor's speed is going to help the Eagles who already have one of the best young quarterbacks in the league (Carson Wentz), a budding star at running back (Miles Sanders) and arguably the best duo of tight ends in the league (Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert). While Reagor is the third-ranked receiver in dynasty formats, you can argue that he should be the first receiver drafted off the board in re-draft leagues given his landing spot.

Henry Ruggs III was the first wide receiver selected in the 2020 NFL draft and the Raiders took him for a reason, they really need some speed on offense. In 2019 Derek Carr threw for 7.9 yards-per-attempt which was the highest mark of his career, but he only threw the ball an average of 6.9 yards downfield per attempt which was a very low mark.

At first glance, Ruggs appears to be miscast in Oakland given the fact that Carr doesn't really push the ball down the field a lot, but Ruggs brings a dimension of speed to the Raiders that they haven't had for quite some time. Given Ruggs' speed, Jon Gruden should be able to scheme deep-shots to him and get him the ball in space so he can catch and run. Josh Jacobs is a rising star in this league and commands respect from opposing defenses, which means that the Raiders are sure to use play-action to get Ruggs the ball deep.

 

Tier 3 - WR Rookie Rankings

Michael Pittman Jr. is the wide receiver to target in this third tier. Pittman has the height, speed, and ability to separate that will make him a star in this league. On top of that, his father was a running back in the NFL and won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers, which means he has the pedigree to be a professional football player.

Although new Colts quarterback Philip Rivers has lost some of his arm strength over the years, in 2019 two wide receivers, Mike Williams and Keenan Allen, went over 1,000 yards receiving with him throwing them the ball. Rivers will have one of the best offensive lines in the league blocking for him which is good because he's not very mobile, so he will have time to get the ball down the field.

Pittman shouldn't draw extra attention because the Colts drafted a stud running back in Jonathan Taylor and they still have TY Hilton who will line up opposite Pittman. All signs point to Pittman having a big 2020 season and solid career in Indianapolis.

 

Tier 4 - WR Rookie Rankings

Tyler Johnson was a stud wide receiver for the University of Minnesota, and while he isn't exactly a burner, he can play, catching 13 touchdowns and 1,318 receiving yards in 2019. Johnson was drafted to Tampa Bay, who already has a crowded receivers corps with Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, but as we saw in 2019, injuries can happen.

In 2019, the Buccaneers ran 11-personnel on 51% of their plays, so Johnson does have an opportunity to get on the field as a rookie. This offense is going to be explosive in 2020 with Tom Brady leading it and Johnson has a legitimate chance to excel immediately, especially since the opposition will be paying attention to the likes of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski when he's on the field.

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2020 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rookie Rankings: Post-NFL Draft

Welcome back RotoBallers! Below you will find our staff's updated 2020 fantasy football rookie quarterback rankings. These rankings are being released after the 2020 NFL Draft, but things will of course change as we get closer to the NFL season. You might have already seen the first iteration of our updated fantasy football rookie rankings, released the morning after the draft. Now, it's time to break down each position in detail.

The RotoBaller crew has been busy fine-tuning all fantasy football rankings in the hours immediately following the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Draft. The first task was to focus on the recently-selected prospects in order to prepare dynasty owners for upcoming rookie drafts. Analysts Brandon MurchisonPhil Clark, and Pierre Camus have put together their early consensus wide receiver rookie rankings for our loyal readers to use to their advantage.

Quarterbacks are tricky as they are not truly valuable outside of Superflex and 2-QB leagues due to their inherent replaceability for typical fantasy leagues. The 2020 Draft had its fair share drafted, but if you're looking for anything resembling a safe floor, I'd suggest looking elsewhere. Each and every QB drafted this year has his warts but luckily, a massive upside to go along with them. As always, we take a forward-looking approach with our evaluations. These are subject to change as things unfold over the offseason, but for now, here is a look at our quarterback rankings for the 2020 rookie draft class.

 

NFL QB Rookie Rankings for Fantasy Football (Post-Draft)

Be sure to also check out our fantasy football rankings and analysis for the 2020 rookie running backs, rookie wide receiversrookie tight ends, and our top 130 rookies list.

Tier Rank Player Name Team Pierre Brandon Phil
2 9 Joe Burrow CIN 7 9 12
2 12 Tua Tagovailoa MIA 6 14 20
3 20 Justin Herbert LAC 16 23 22
5 37 Jalen Hurts PHI 28 44 36
5 40 Jordan Love GB 31 48 39
6 54 Jacob Eason IND 41 55 75
7 59 Cole McDonald TEN 50 67 60
8 68 Jake Fromm BUF 48 66 80
8 71 Nate Stanley MIN 62 73 #N/A
8 72 Anthony Gordon SEA 55 81 #N/A
9 74 Jake Luton JAX 63 74 #N/A
9 79 Steven Montez WAS 70 #N/A #N/A
10 117 Brian Lewerke NE #N/A 107 #N/A
10 119 Bryce Perkins LAR #N/A 111 #N/A

 

Tier 1 - QB Rookie Rankings

Joe Burrow is the unequivocal QB1 in this class. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. The Bengals did not think twice about drafting him and neither should you (if your draft position allows it). Burrow's historic Heisman campaign at LSU last season is only marred by the fact that he was not as successful the season before. The addition of Joe Brady and shift from a pro-style to a spread offense unlocked Burrow's game along with his teammates at LSU.

Burrow set the college passing touchdown record with 60 (and just six interceptions) while his completion percentage jumped nearly 20 percent from 57.8% to 76.3% between his redshirt junior and senior year. While he did a ton of talent/help around him in the form of NFL-level players such as Justin Jefferson, Ja'Marr Chase, Terrace Marshall, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Saahdiq Charles, Damien Lewis, and Lloyd Cushenberry III, Burrow's ability to extend plays behind the LOS along with his natural touch on throws should allow him to translate well to the league.

He will be joining a Bengals team that is not without some talent of its own. In the second round of the 2020 Draft, Cincinnati added a premium prospect in Tee Higgins who was a top WR recruit out of high school and shined over the past two years at Clemson with 16 total touchdowns more than 2000 receiving yards. Higgins will be added to a solid receiving corps that featured Tyler Boyd, Auden Tate, and a former first-round pick, John Ross (who showed flashes in 2019). Not to mention, Burrow will potentially be throwing to A.J. Green if he does not get traded and have the luxury of handing the ball off to a premier running back, Joe Mixon if he does not hold out. The offensive line is improved as well since they are getting back a healthy Jonah Williams, their first-round pick in 2019 Burrow should be drafted in the top-3 of Superflex/2QB  leagues and towards the end of the first in typical dynasty rookie drafts.

Unpopular opinion #1 - Tua Tagovailoia is a luxury pick, not a building block.

While I do believe that Tua Tagovailoa is an incredibly talented quarterback, it is ridiculous to ignore the recent injury history. Tua is coming off of a hip injury that was discussed as potentially career-ending due to the severity. Luckily, he had great doctors on his side who repaired the broken ligament, and now, he is reportedly 100% healthy and recovered. While I am no doctor (despite being a RotoSurgeon), I am of the belief that Tua, even when cleared to play in September, is still at high risk of re-injury. The hits in the NFL come from significantly larger, and stronger individuals in college.

Despite the league doing everything in its power to mitigate the damage done to their star assets, it is nearly impossible to guarantee that they will not take a few hard licks during the coarse of a season. What happens when Tua is deemed a runner on a play and gets cracked from the side repeatedly throughout a year? Part of his appeal is his mobility, teams will have to determine whether it is worth taking away a dimension of his game in favor of his health. Alabama essentially did that in 2019 and we saw the offense take a step back from the incredible heights it reached the year before.

I have not even brought up the fact that Tagovailoa has had surgery to repair both ankles within the past two years. While this surgery was midseason to get him back on the field sooner, it is still very worrying to pile on to him. The term "injury-prone" is thrown around a lot and typically frowned upon from medical experts, however, when a player is showing you time-and-time again that his body cannot stay together while playing this game at a high-level, it might be appropriate in certain cases to stick them with that label.

Tua is a risky first-round pick in multi-QB leagues and should only be drafted by teams who can afford that risk. The upside is insane if he does manage to stay healthy, I just do not like those odds with a premium pick.

 

Tier 2 - QB Rookie Rankings

Justin Herbert might be an underwhelming QB prospect but boy, is he athletic.

Herbert is the prototypical tall, white QB that NFL front offices (like Denver) drool over because of the "tools". The fact of the matter is, while Herbert did have some success in Oregon, he was helped out a ton by a scheme that asked him to make a ton easy throws like screens and other open throws to the flat or just past the LOS that boosted his completion percentage and surface stats. Herbert completed just around 60% of passes that were not screen throws last season and did not show consistency in the intermediate part of the field, where an NFL QB should be asked to throw significantly more than in college.

To be fair, Herbert did not have close to the pass-catching talent that Hurts, Burrow, and Tua had in their respective offenses but that does not absolve him.

Herbert shouldn't be fully characterized as "inaccurate," however he does struggle in some aspects of the game that you would desire from a QB prospect and missing open receivers in the middle of the field a big worry. Accuracy is hard to teach, very few QB prospects truly become more accurate as they enter the league. Fortunately, there is no denying that he has a big arm and his athleticism will allow him to create with his legs when the right pass is not there.

If he can consistently make big plays downfield and not turn the ball over often, he should be a successful NFL quarterback despite probably not ever entering that upper-echelon of passers. A good comp for him is some mix of Ryan Tannehill and Josh Allen. Herbert should be in the league for a long time and be given every opportunity to succeed if health is not an issue. He's a fine upside pick in rookie drafts for his potential rushing production alone.

 

Tier 3 - QB Rookie Rankings

Jordan Love is an intriguing case. The Packers traded up from pick 30 to 26 in the first round to acquire the volatile QB who many deem as a bust from the jump. Love was favorably viewed after posting a 32 TD, 6 INT, 9.4 AY/A season while completing 64% of his passes in 2018 but absolutely fell off statistically in 2019. He threw nearly as many touchdowns and interceptions 20:17 lowered his completion percentage and his AY/A dipped to a 2017-like 6.4.

This raises eyebrows as to whether 2018 was just an aberration or if the loss of five out of his top-six primary receiving weapons (Darwin Thompson, Jalen Greene, Aaren Vaughns, Ron'Quavion Tarver, Dax Raymond), head coach and offensive coordinator played a major part in his regression. I'm tempted to believe the latter and that Love is not just some toolsy fluke.

Love is unfairly comped to Patrick Mahomes by some draft touts and it is wholly unfair to him to set some crazy standard like that. What Love does well is similar to what Mahomes does well in pocket-escapability and big-time throws but they are not on the same level. He is able to make throws on the move and sling dimes while at it.

Love is worth the upside, particularly in a plus-landing spot like Green Bay but is not worth taking too early in rookie drafts given that he is probably three or four years away from starting (much like the incumbent starter for the Packers).

Unpopular opinion #2 - Jalen Hurts is a gadget QB, not a future face of a franchise.

Jalen Hurts is Taysom Hill, if Taysom Hill was good at being Taysom Hill. Point being, he is so athletic that he belongs in the league but he just is not an accurate enough passer to cut it as a full-time QB. I am sure that in a spot-start situation, he could be a QB1 in fantasy due to his potential rushing production but that is not the ideal scenario for an NFL team to win unless in transitions its entire offense to a Ravens'-like mold on the fly.

What I see the Eagles doing with Hurts is operating him in short-yardage/goal-line situations to alleviate the hits that Carson Wentz will take. Hurts is not the "heir apparent" by any means. Wentz is only 27 and both of their contracts will run along the same timeline They'll utilize Hurts' size, athleticism, and durability on sneaks and QB runs that could option into passes to mix things up and give Wentz a break.

Hurts is deemed as this pick with massive upside, and it is possible he lives up to it if he was ever given the opportunity to start for a season, however, it would be unwise for any NFL team to make that decision if their goal was to win games.

 

Tier 4 and Lower - QB Rookie Rankings

This is really where we scrape the bottom of the barrel.

Jacob Eason and Jake Fromm were both potential Day 2 selection during the draft but saw their stock fall to Day 3. Eason landed in the more advantageous, long-term spot in Indianapolis while Fromm fell to the Bills in Round 6. Fromm is the antithesis of incumbent starter, Josh Allen, and has less of a challenge to eventually start if Allen goes down. Eason would have to challenge Jacoby Brissett for the QB2 role with the Colts and would likely lose that battle.

Fromm is much more game-ready than Eason due to his natural touch and awareness, however, Eason's upside is much larger due to his size and arm strength. Also, Philip Rivers is probably not the QB of the future with the Colts, opening up the door for Eason to have a slim chance of taking over in a year or two. Josh Allen is still extremely young and with his progression from year one to year two, it is doubtful that the Bills move on for at least a few years sans an absolute meltdown in performance.

Cole McDonald has a fun name and fun game but it is hard to see him taking over as a starter at the NFL level due to his unusual delivery and erratic game. He is athletic, stands at 6'4" 220lbs, and is quite capable of hitting some deep shots downfield. He has some of the best highlights in college. Unfortunately, a highlight reel won't win you games in the league.

Cole McDonald is a fun project for the Titans and is worth that late-round flier in multi-QB leagues given that he is capable of using his legs (750 rushing yards and 11 TDs last two years). He could easily become the Titans' QB by beating out former Toledo and AAF QB Logan Woodside and maybe start a few games this season if Tannehill goes down.

Nate Stanley landed in Minnesota where he would probably never be asked to throw given how little their scheme asks of QBs along with his inability to do much besides stand in the pocket.

Anthony Gordon is a low-key winner after signing with the Seahawks. While there is no chance in hell that he starts in place of a healthy Russell Wilson anytime soon, the QB2 job there is basically his already because there are only two QBs in that room. Gordon showed flashes in Mike Leach's spread offense last season and looked like someone who could be drafted not only off of his tape but because of Gardner Minshew's success translating to the league. Gordon might struggle when asked to operate a pro-style scheme but at least for fantasy purposes, he could get a few spot starts if he sticks around.

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2020 Fantasy Football Tight End Rookie Rankings: Post-NFL Draft

Welcome back RotoBallers! Below you will find our staff's updated 2020 fantasy football rookie tight end rankings. These rankings are being released after the 2020 NFL Draft, but things will of course change as we get closer to the NFL season. Those of you who are regular RotoBaller readers have likely already seen our updated overall fantasy football rookie rankings, released the morning after the draft. Now it's time to break those down in detail, going position by position with some tiered rankings analysis.

The RotoBaller crew has been busy fine-tuning all fantasy football rankings in the hours immediately following the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Draft. The first task was to focus on the recently-selected prospects in order to prepare dynasty owners for upcoming rookie drafts. Analysts Brandon MurchisonPhil Clark, and Pierre Camus have put together their early consensus tight end rookie rankings (with overall rookie rankings listed) for our loyal readers to use to their advantage.

The tight end position is arguably the least-reliable position for immediate contributions considering the nuances that many rookies need to learn - run blocking, pass blocking, route trees, motion concepts, etc. Since 1996 only three rookie tight ends have scored over 100 points and only five have finished in the top-10 at the position during that season. In addition, the 2020 NFL Draft class was deep at many positions but tight end was certainly not one of them, so while we explore the rookie tight end class, it's important to keep in mind that most of these players will have little success during their first season and only a small handful of them are likely to become fantasy-viable in general. That's why it's so crucial that you select the right one in upcoming drafts.

 

NFL TE Rookie Rankings for Fantasy Football (Post-Draft)

Be sure to also check out our fantasy football rankings and analysis for the 2020 rookie running backs, rookie wide receiversrookie quarterbacks, and our top 130 rookies list.

Tier Rank Player Name Pos Pierre Brandon Phil
4 26 Cole Kmet TE 23 30 24
4 34 Devin Asiasi TE 36 36 32
5 39 Adam Trautman TE 33 38 43
5 43 Harrison Bryant TE 54 37 34
5 44 Albert Okwuegbunam TE 49 41 46
5 45 Brycen Hopkins TE 45 52 48
6 46 Dalton Keene TE 52 46 #N/A
6 48 Josiah Deguara TE #N/A 47 59
7 57 Thaddeus Moss TE 43 51 81
8 66 Hunter Bryant TE #N/A 71 57
8 67 Colby Parkinson TE 59 60 73
9 80 Charlie Woerner TE 71 #N/A #N/A
9 85 Stephen Sullivan TE #N/A #N/A 74
9 86 Sean McKeon TE 74 #N/A #N/A
10 91 Cheyenne O'Grady TE #N/A 109 50
10 98 Jared Pinkney TE #N/A 84 #N/A
10 99 Jacob Breeland TE 72 105 76

 

Tier 1 - TE Rookie Rankings

Tier 4 for All Rookie Positions/Ranks

Cole Kmet was the first tight end off the board and joins a ridiculously large tight end group in Chicago that is currently at ten after undrafted free agent signings. Obviously, the room will not end up that crowded, but the Bears did just throw $9 million guaranteed at Jimmy Graham on a two-year deal, which suggests they view him as a starting option.

Graham hasn't been effective in years, so Kmet could easily beat him out, but the rookie is not a strong enough blocker to currently start in the Bears offense, which asks their tight end to go in motion and block out in space a fair bit. If Kmet does improve there and gets on the field more, he could become fantasy relevant by the end of the season or in 2021 since the tight end is a crucial part of the Bears system and the Notre Dame product is a good in-line threat.

His hands are solid, but not great, and he's not going to do much damage after the catch so his upside will always be dependent on seeing a large enough target share and getting red zone looks, but there aren't many sure-fire hits at the tight end position anyway.

Devin Asiasi becomes an intriguing name because of where he landed. We all know the Patriots have loved to use their tight end in the past, but with Tom Brady gone and Bill Belichick likely not far behind him, the Patriots offense could look vastly different in a year or two. Asiasi is a bit of a raw prospect with only one year of production in college and work still to do on filling out his frame and getting stronger as a blocker.

However, he has upside as a receiving target, with good hands and solid quickness for the position. The Patriots are notoriously hesitant to allow rookies on the field, so Asiasi will need to show himself to be a consistently strong blocker at the NFL level before he sees any action, but his overall athleticism and solid hands give him more potential upside than Kmet, just with a much lower floor.

 

Tier 2 - TE Rookie Rankings

Tier 5 for All Rookie Positions/Ranks

Adam Trautman may be my favorite tight end in this class from a long-term fantasy perspective. He's a bit raw since he came into college as a quarterback, but he has ideal size for the position and tremendous athleticism. He was a basketball player, so he can keep defenders on his back and go up and high point a pass, but he also has the versatility to line up in different formations.

He's learning the technical aspects of blocking, but he has shown an aptitude and a desire for it, which is encouraging. He also landed in an ideal long-term spot. He won't contribute much as a rookie given his necessary growth and the presence of Jared Cook, but Cook is 33 and signed for only one more year, so Trautman could emerge in 2021 as a top-10 fantasy tight end in the Saints high-powered offense.

Harrison Bryant is a gifted receiver who ended up in a poor spot. The Browns just signed Austin Hooper to be the highest-paid tight end in football and still have David Njoku on the roster - a former first-round pick with elite athleticism who they couldn't find a way to get production out of when he was healthy. Bryant's future will entirely depend on how he is deployed because he is not strong enough or a good enough blocker to be a traditional tight end.

He will need to go in motion or line up out wide and operate mainly as a receiver. That's problematic on a roster that already has Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, and Austin Hooper. Until one or more of those players leaves town, it's hard to see Bryant having much fantasy value, but with trade rumors circling around OBJ, you could take a stab at the rookie and hope he becomes a Gerald Everett-type in the Browns offense.

Albert Okwuegbunam also landed in a bad spot for consistent fantasy value. Yes, he gets to play with his former college teammate Drew Lock, but he's also playing behind last year's first-round pick Noah Fant. The two are similar as "speed" players at the position, but Fant has much better quickness which allows him to get open underneath more often than Okquegbunam showed in college. The rookie's ceiling appears to be as a back-up tight end who could hit a splash play or two with his good straight-line speed.

Brycen Hopkins is another player who landed in a poor spot for immediate production. A solid receiving option with elite route running ability and the hands to be an effective downfield threat, Hopkins joins a tight end room that already has two similar players in Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee.

Despite not being exceptionally big, Hopkins is a willing and able blocker in space, so he fits in perfectly with the Rams offensive scheme; he just won't have much playing time early on to demonstrate that. Higbee is under contract until 2023, but Everett will come off the books after this season, so there is a chance for Hopkins to carve out a large share of the tight end role if the Rams decide not to bring Everett back. It's a roll of the dice, but the upside is there for him to be just behind Trautman in terms of ultimate fantasy success in his current system.

 

Tier 3 - TE Rookie Rankings

Tier 6 for All Rookie Positions/Ranks

Dalton Keene was the other tight end the Patriots took in the draft. An extremely versatile athlete, Keene managed to show out despite few opportunities at Virginia Tech. He proved to be a strong blocker with good hands that was able to break tackles and fight for jump balls.

As an alleged exceptional worker, Keene has the chance to be the type of player that is far more successful as a professional than a collegiate athlete, and he's in the system to do it. Based on his flashes of playmaking ability and his grinder mentality, I'd pick Keene over Asiasi as my long-term bet in New England, but it just might take a few years.

 

Tier 4 and Later - TE Rookie Rankings

Tier 7 for All Rookie Positions/Ranks

Thaddeus Moss is another one of the players in the aforementioned Bears tight end room after latching on as one of the higher-profile undrafted free agents. Randy Moss' son is not a dynamic athlete, which is likely why he slipped in the draft, but he is a physical and capable blocker, which will keep him on the field in the NFL, particularly in the red zone. Since Moss also has a wide catch radius and solid hands, his ability as a blocker could allow him to become a touchdown-dependent threat in the NFL, much in the same way Kyle Rudolph has.

Colby Parkinson landed in possibly the best spot after being drafted by the Seahawks. Pete Carrol's offense loves to use the tight end and so does Russell Wilson, which is why an unknown player like Will Dissly was able to rise to fantasy prominence this past season. However, Dissly has now suffered season-ending leg injuries in back-to-back seasons which left Jacob Hollister as the top option in Seattle.

Parkinson is a massive 6'7" and has shown the ability to make strong catches with his hands, which gives him an incredible catch radius. He's a willing blocker, so he doesn't need to be removed from the field in run situations, and his size obviously gives him huge touchdown potential. He works best in a tandem with a small more athletic player like Hollister, so Parkinson has the upside in this offense to be snagged late in dynasty drafts.

Sean McKeon picked a good spot for himself by signing an undrafted free agent contract with the Cowboys, who brought Jason Witten out of retirement because they were so disappointed with their tight end performance. McKeon is similar in that he's not an elite athlete but has exception hands and the ability to make difficult contested catches. He's an effective blocker but not exceptionally big or strong, so he won't be an every-down player; however, he could easily fill the role that Witten had for years in Dallas as a smart player who gets the most of his limited athletic ability.

Hunter Bryant is more of a move tight end who will contribute as a wide receiver rather than an in-line blocker. He has great ability after the catch and solid quickness, which will enable him to lineup flexed out wide in the slot. Bryant will likely not emerge as a starter at tight end given his size limitations and the presence of T.J. Hockenson, but Detroit doesn't exactly have a stable underneath option in their passing game, so it might come down to a battle between Bryant and fellow rookie Quentin Cepheus to see who fills that role. Bryant's ceiling is likely capped in that situation, but he has enough athleticism to become an intriguing stash in deeper leagues as a potential big slot receiving option.

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2020 SBFFC Main Event

RotoBaller fantasy football analyst Brandon Murchison is joined by co-host Nick Hefley in a new episode of WooFantasy! In this episode, the guys are on location for the SBFFC Main Event. A high stakes fantasy football draft with some of the sharpest minds in the game.

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How Do Player Values Change in High Stakes Drafts?

High stakes drafting can see players being valued from many different perspectives. Some prefer to go very running back heavy in the early portions of the draft, while others like to acquire the upper echelon receivers in a full point PPR format such as the SBFFC. Brandon and Nick give you some insight into these varying draft strategies by looking at their own teams as well as others across other divisions. All in an attempt to better prepare you for any upcoming drafts.

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Fantasy Football: Drafting From The No. 4 Spot

The "King", Scott Engel tells you how to prepare for drafting from the fourth slot in your upcoming Fantasy Football drafts. Who should you target in the first round and beyond?

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Fantasy Football Draft Approaches From the No. 4 Slot

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Talking Tight Ends with the Guru John Hansen- Woo Fantasy Podcast

RotoBaller fantasy football analyst Brandon Murchison is joined by co-host Nick Hefley in a new episode of WooFantasy! In this episode, the guys are joined by SiriusXm host John Hansen as they go over the landscape of the tight end position. Who are some of the names that the Guru is high on for the 2020 season and which players is he telling you to avoid?

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Is This the Deepest the Tight End Position Has Been?

With the influx of young players at the position in recent seasons, 2020 could be the best year to wait on drafting your TE1 in fantasy. With good value further down the board, there is no longer a dire need to draft one of the top names in the early rounds. Players like Noah Fant, Jonnu Smith, and Blake Jarwin could prove to be tremendous value plays later in drafts as you fill out your roster at the other skill positions. The question will be, who will become this year's Darren Waller? Tune in to find out!

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FLEX Snake Draft Recap and Analysis - Woo Fantasy Podcast

RotoBaller fantasy football analyst Brandon Murchison is joined by co-host Nick Hefley in a new episode of WooFantasy! In this episode, the guys recap this past weekend's FLEX League festivities. Brandon was involved in the Snake Draft and drew the second position. How did his draft unfold? How can you use these expert's opinions on player values to help shape you draft?

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Fantasy Football Ramifications of Players Opting Out?

Many players are making the decision to opt out of the 2020 season due concerns over the pandemic? How does this change the world of fantasy football? One big name in particular is Damien Williams. Whose opt out has sky-rocketed the value of Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He now finds himself firmly entrenched as a first-round draft pick. Where are you comfortable drafting him and how will this help shape your roster for 2020?

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Cam Newton and FSGA Draft Recap with Scott Engel - Woo Fantasy Podcast

RotoBaller fantasy football analyst Brandon Murchison is joined by co-host Nick Hefley in a new episode of WooFantasy! In this episode, the guys welcome Scott Engel onto the podcast to discuss the fantasy implications with Cam Newton signing with the New England Patriots. Who will this help from a fantasy production standpoint? Also, we dive into Engel's recent FSGA experts draft and talk players that are rising and falling in drafts.

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Can Cam Newton Return to Form in New England?

With Newton now tagged as the expected starting QB for the Patriots, what do we expect? Can he return to form from his 2015/17 campaigns? Or will the mounting injuries continue to take their toll on him and affect his fantasy production? How will the weapons around him perform? Will Julian Edelman continue to be a valuable PPR asset? Can N'Keal Harry see a rise in production? How does the backfield shake out between Sony Michel, James White, and Damien Harris? We answer all these questions and MUCH MORE!

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Fantasy Football Draft Slot Strategy: No. 3 Overall

The "King", Scott Engel tells you how to prepare for drafting from the third slot in your upcoming Fantasy Football drafts. Who should you target in the first round and beyond?

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30 Burning Questions (and Answers) for 2020 Fantasy Baseball

Upon hearing that Major League Baseball was finally set to return to action and the fantasy season was back, a million questions popped in my head. Sadly, I forgot most of them by the next day so I'm left with just 30, coincidentally a nice even number.

Actually, my initial plan was to do 60 questions, one for each game of the new season, but that proved too ambitious. Instead, I'll honor the new active roster sizes with these 30 questions. Then again, if you add up the questions and answers together, it still makes 60... eh, let's not worry about it.

Numbers aside, here are the most pressing questions that fantasy managers might have before the 2020 season gets underway.

 

Draft Strategy

Who benefits most from a 60-game season?

The biggest preseason ADP fallers right before spring training 1.0 was shut down include those with injury and/or playing time concerns. Studs like Justin Verlander and Giancarlo Stanton tumbled a round or two but now should move back to previous rankings. James Paxton has shot up about 100 spots in my rankings. Young pitchers who might have been on innings restrictions like Jesus Luzardo, A.J. Puk, Chris Paddack, Griffin Canning, and Lance McCullers Jr. are obvious winners too.

Who is hurt most by a 60-game season?

The fact that the season is now one-third its normal length means that end-of-year adjustments will be minimal. Those fringe prospects or stars-in-waiting with service time considerations who become September call-ups can provide a boost to fantasy teams down the stretch. Players like Austin Hays, Kyle Lewis, and Gavin Lux provided some pop down the final playoff stretch last season. Now, it's unlikely we will see late-season movement considering that the rosters will actually shrink as the season progresses. Those in deep leagues or AL-Only/NL-Only formats will have a harder time finding help later on as well. In other words, draft wisely.

Are starting pitchers devalued in a short season?

The prevailing wisdom among fantasy pundits was that grabbing a top-tier ace would be more important than ever relative to the previous few years. Aces are in short demand; only 15 pitchers broke the 200-inning threshold last year and early ATC projections had a whopping total of one pitcher posting an ERA under 3.00 this season (Jacob deGrom of course). Seven of the first 25 draft picks are typically starting pitchers and that shouldn't change. The drop-off after approximately pick 120 may be more pronounced now, however, as mid-rotation and end-of-rotation pitchers may see shorter outings. The cream of the crop may be more valuable than ever, so grabbing aces early is still a viable strategy. The middle rounds should focus more on bats, as streaming and plugging in relievers for ratios seems to be a better strategy.

Is this the year to punt steals in roto leagues?

There are two ways to look at it.

A) The gap between league leaders and everyone else will be minimal, so don't overpay for a specialized category if it hurts you in the power or average categories.

B) Stolen bases are in short supply already and this is going to be a sprint, not a marathon (to coin a phrase for the first time ever) so prioritizing speed is a must.

I lean toward the former approach, as I've always preferred to gather my SB from a variety of players in small bunches rather than putting all my eggs in one basket. For perspective, after 60 games last year, Adalberto Mondesi led MLB with 22 SB. Next was Mallex Smith, who had 14 steals along with a .191 average. The rest of the pack was largely muddled and many of the top base thieves were among the top draft picks because of their five-cat contributions (Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Christian Yelich, etc.) If you go pitching-heavy early then you may consider punting or taking a chance on a speedster to at least keep you out of the basement in that category. Otherwise, find balance in your lineup and don't worry about that area too much.

Do I avoid closer committees or punt saves?

Our staff had a variety of opinions on this subject. Generally, it's a good idea to get saves wherever you can. As with everything else, this year is a different beast. With so much bullpen turnover, fantasy owners tend to grab closers-in-waiting just in hopes of earning a handful of saves at some point during the season. There just isn't enough time for managers to mess with the fireman role trying to figure out who will lock down the job. My best guess is that we will be able to predict the saves leader for each club better than usual, so there's no need to avoid closers at any point as long as you don't overpay.

If my league drafted back in February or March, should we draft again?

Why wouldn't you? Back in March before Spring Training 1.0 was suspended, our RotoBaller Experts League voted on whether to go ahead and draft during the uncertainty of the approaching pandemic before it hit the U.S. or to wait. My thought process then: "They'll probably start the season in May, maybe June at the latest. What's going to change from now until then?" Ah, the good old days. We were so naive and innocent then...

While the early rounds shouldn't see a massive ADP shift, many injured players will be ready to go, prospects will see their debuts delayed (see below), and rule changes such as the universal DH (also see below) will affect many player values. Don't get me started on first-half/second-half splits and park factors! It's unlikely anyone is thrilled with their original team at this point so just call a mulligan and enjoy drafting a second time. That's the best part of the fantasy season anyway.

 

Rule Changes

What impact will the universal DH rule have in fantasy?

It goes without saying (but here goes anyway) that National League starting pitchers will see slightly inflated ratios as a result of facing another capable batter. Eight of the 10 highest Team ERA totals belonged to American League teams, with Colorado and Pittsburgh the only NL representatives.

Several NL batters will also get a regular gig now that another lineup spot has opened up. The crowded Reds outfield might have seen young stud Aristides Aquino start the year in the minors, but now he has a shot to contribute regularly.

What about the three-batter limit for relievers?

Normally, anything that affects middle relievers wouldn't be on the radar for fantasy leagues. We win and lose roto leagues with starting pitchers and closers, not the guys doing the dirty work in between. That was before 2020. We've already heard that organizations like the Dodgers and Brewers are planning to keep their starters on a four-inning limit for the first turn or two in the rotation. That could end up being 16% of the season.

We're going to see a lot more relievers in action than usual, so the plan to incorporate more arms for longer stretches along with the impending death of the LOOGY means that fantasy owners should react accordingly. The cream of the crop like Ryan Pressly, Seth Lugo, Drew Pomeranz, Dellin Betances, Colin Poche, Emilio Pagan, and Joakim Soria should be rostered in all 12-team leagues. Some other relievers could also emerge to have fantasy value without relying on saves or holds.

Who is helped by expanded rosters (30-man active roster to start the year, 60-man Player Pool)?

Many teams will opt to roll with a deeper bullpen along with some additional utility players, but that doesn't carry much weight in fantasy. The most intriguing aspect of the expanded rosters is the fact that some teams will start the year with top prospects on the roster rather than waiting for the traditional post-All Star break or September callups. In fact, several players who were just drafted a month prior to the new Opening Day could find their way onto the 60-player pool.


Players like Julio Rodriguez and Jarred Kelenic would have made for exciting second-half pickups and now they enter the conversation as late-round draft fliers.

Could there be players not on the 60-man Taxi Squads who will have fantasy relevance?

It's possible, as some teams elected to leave extra spots open in order to fill them later on. The Orioles took this to the extreme by picking only 44 players in their initial player pool. Some prospects could move their way up to active rosters, but by that point it's unlikely they will be able to make a big splash in fantasy leagues. This isn't the season for second-half speculation.

Does the extra-inning rule with a runner starting on second base matter?

Not really. If you think about it, extra-inning games don't end until someone scores anyway. This just might expedite the process a bit. Actually, I'm not sure what this rule really accomplishes. If you don't like free baseball, you're not a true fan!

Will the players be affected by not having crowds in the stands?

For the Marlins, there won't be any difference at all! *ba dum tss


The correlation between home attendance and team win percentage is fairly strong. Of the top 10 teams in attendance last year, half were playoff teams and only two had losing records.

Of course, if there's a causal relationship, it would be that winning leads to fans showing up. The lack of fans might neutralize a bit of the home-field advantage teams like the Cardinals and Cubs have, but it isn't likely to have a statistically significant impact that can be predicted in terms of performance. Anyway, park factors are still in effect now that we know teams are playing in their own stadiums. Don't worry too much about it.

 

Pitchers

Is Justin Verlander back to 100%?

If you believe his personal Instagram account, then hell yeah! He began throwing off a mound in mid-June and should ramp things up in recovery from his groin surgery. Not to speak on behalf of Mr. Upton's personal physician but it appears he will resume dominating hitters with no restrictions by the time the season begins. I have him ranked sixth among starters, 22 overall.

What about James Paxton?

Likewise, Paxton is likely to be in the Yankee rotation for the start of the year after dealing with back issues that required surgery. He has been throwing simulated games for well over a month now, so bump him back up your draft board. In fact, if the additional spin rate on his fastball proves as effective as Lucas Giolito last year, he could turn into a short-season pitcher MVP for fantasy owners.

What is the Dodgers rotation going to look like?

Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and David Price are no-brainers for the first three spots. It looked as if Alex Wood had the inside track on a rotation spot back in March; as long as he's healthy there is no reason he wouldn't claim one. Julio Urias is the best bet to earn the last spot and has some of the best upside outside the top-100 overall picks. Ross Stripling still gets love because of his 2018 season but he's likely stuck as a swingman or long reliever. Rookies like Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin are still a year away from fantasy relevance unless numerous injuries pop up. Don't even think about Jimmy Nelson.

Are six-man rotations becoming a thing?

They sure are, at least for some teams. Once again, the Mariners are leading the pack here - they've already declared they will start with their own Hydra consisting of Yusei Kikuchi, Marco Gonzales, Kendall Graveman, Justus Sheffield, Justin Dunn, and Taijuan Walker. Keep in mind, the Hydra is not exactly known for its good looks.

Graveman's cutter never looked more fearsome...

The Angels are also deploying a six-man rotation, but that is mainly due to Shohei Ohtani's presence. The Dodgers easily could employ six arms out of the names listed above, but it looks like they will stay at five for now. Even if most teams stay with a five-man rotation, innings could be capped for many starters all year long.

Which closers should I target/avoid?

I'll pass this question on to our Eric Samulski, who provided a great explanation on how to approach saves in a shortened season. The biggest takeaway is that the top-tier closers that are trusted by their managers should be safer to draft at or slightly ahead of their ADP, while the fringe/committee closers should be avoided. That means Joe Jimenez > Nick Anderson. 🙁

Speaking of Rays, can I trust any Tampa starter?

Not really. No team loves tinkering with its staff and employing the "opener" strategy more than Tampa Bay. Guys like Yonny Chirinos and Ryan Yarbrough saw their IP totals fluctuate each week and while they provided solid ratios, they don't necessarily move the needle in fantasy. Even Blake Snell is hard to trust based on his earlier comments regarding salary. On the one hand, you can't blame a guy for wanting to get paid, but now I wonder if he shows up and, if so, how much his heart is going to be into giving 100%. You should be fairly safe with 36-year-old Charlie Morton, but for what it's worth OOTP 21 simulated a 4.80 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 6-7 record for him. That's gotta mean something.

 

Hitters

Who are the biggest risers with the National League DH being introduced?

Players who now warrant a harder look in deep mixed leagues include: Jake Lamb, Austin Riley, Ian Happ, Jesse Winker, Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce, Tyler O'Neill, and Hunter Pence. For a comprehensive list of players who gain value, check out this article by Matt Wallach.

Really, we're all winners from not having to watch pitchers bat any longer. Just ask Padres fans or anyone who's ever had the misfortune to watch Joey Lucchesi try to take an at-bat.

Who in the Yankees outfield among Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Hicks is healthy?

Possibly all of them. Stanton's injury was simply a calf strain, so he should have no limitations. At least until his next injury.

Hicks is a different story, as he is recovering from Tommy John surgery last October. He has been throwing and batting recently, so he may be good to go.

Judge is the iffiest based on his injury type. He suffered an injury to the ribs and pneumothorax, which has taken longer to heal. He just began taking swings, so it's a step in the right direction but he may not be 100% by Opening Day. There is a great deal of risk with all of these players, most of all Judge, so draft accordingly.

Will Pete Alonso be a top-20 offensive player again?

Nobody's rooting against the Polar Bear to mash at the rate he did last year, but we need to tread carefully. There is a good possibility that he sees a drop in his 30.6% HR/FB rate. Power-heavy players are going to assume bigger risk over the shorter season anyway because they are prone to slumps and high strikeout numbers, along with lower averages. He hit a respectable .260 last year, but any decrease in performance could bring him closer to the middle of the pack among first baseman. For someone being drafted in the second round, that would be a massive loss of ROI.

Do I take Adalberto Mondesi or let someone else?

If you're in a points league, avoid him like the doorknob on a gas station bathroom. In four of the five major platforms, Mondesi is projected to finish as the 19th shortstop or worse. Let that sink in.

In roto, he can easily propel you to a win in steals along with strong power numbers at the position. Or he could slump terribly like he did in June and July of last year. His lingering shoulder issues aren't very reassuring either. Mondesi is currently going 37th overall in NFBC drafts, so if you're not the risk-averse type like me (see below) and want to secure speed early, go for it. I'll probably let someone else take him, for what it's worth.

Is Yasiel Puig going to sign somewhere?

It appears the Giants are still the frontrunners and rumors have them inking him to a deal very soon. That makes him a nice value at his current 186 overall ADP, especially now that the DH is in place for NL clubs. He would stay within the division to play more games against the Rockies and against his former club, the Dodgers.

Which hitters will be great draft values over 60 games?

Every time I discuss my philosophy of targeting safer players who provide a strong average and a high floor at a cheap cost, Pittsburgh outfielder Bryan Reynolds always pops to mind. He slashed .314/.377/.503 as a rookie along with 16 HR, 68 RBI, and 83 R. The Pirates won't be the best offense in the league, or the division, but he will hit at the top of the order with RBI man Josh Bell not far behind. Grab players like Reynolds, Jeff McNeil, Jean Segura, and Kolten Wong before the competition.

 

Rookies

Which top prospects have the best chance to make a difference on offense?

Before I name names, remember this caveat: many of the young studs who begin 2020 on MLB rosters may find themselves back in the minors by the time the fantasy playoffs arrive. Rosters shrink as the season progresses and with more teams in the playoff hunt, they may be less likely to rely on rookies.

That said, the top names to watch in fantasy this year are (in order): Gavin Lux, Jo Adell, Evan White, Dylan Carlson, Luis Robert, Carter Kieboom, Nick Madrigal, Ryan Mountcastle, Alec Bohm, Jarred Kelenic, Wander Franco, Julio Rodriguez.

Franco is the top prospect in MLB and the best dynasty asset, but his playing time at age 19 will likely be limited if he even takes the field for the Rays.

Which top pitching prospects can help in 2020?

As far as rookie pitchers, here are my top 2020 options, also in order: Jesus Luzardo, Nate Pearson, Mitch Keller, A.J. Puk, Brendan McKay, Spencer Howard, Dustin May, Casey Mize, Sixto Sanchez, Kyle Wright.

Luzardo's ADP is too rich for my blood, so I'm more likely to take a shot later on Pearson, Puk, or McKay.

Are 2020 draftees ready and able to help MLB teams already?

Not initially, but don't be surprised if some make their big-league debuts sooner than usual. Several have been added to their team's Taxi Squad already such as sixth pick Emerson Hancock (Mariners) and others like top pick Spencer Torkelson (Tigers), third pick Max Meyer (Marlins), or 10th pick Reid Detmers (Angels) could make an appearance later on. They aren't worth a roster spot in re-draft leagues but bear monitoring on waivers if their time comes.

What's the deal with Nick Senzel?

As with all injured players, he should have benefited from the extra rest time. He has been declared "ready to go" as of a month ago and is one of the players who now has a clearer path to at-bats with the new DH rule. He could be a steal outside of the top 200 picks.

Who's the better pick: Luis Robert or Victor Robles?

I'm rolling with Robles here. A lot of people are picking Robert as the presumptive AL Rookie of the Year, but he's a much bigger risk and is probably being overdrafted at 75 overall. Robles is usually taken just before him at 71 overall in the NFBC and isn't without warts himself. ATC projections have Robles hitting .265 and he is likely to start the year batting seventh, which would hurt his counting stats. In Robert's case, he is projected by Roster Resource to bat eighth and will be facing big-league pitching for the first time. Robert's SB upside isn't greater than Robles' and the difference would be negligible in such a short season anyway. Don't take on the risk with Robert that early - he may be a year or two away from fantasy stardom.

Aren't rookies going to be risky this year?

Aren't they risky every year? Don't you hate when someone answers a question with a question? It's almost like a non-answer, isn't it?

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Justin Jefferson - Fantasy Football Rookie Profile

For the past three seasons, the Minnesota Vikings had one of the better starting WR duos in the league when their top two targets were on the field together. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen presented major challenges for opposing secondaries. But during the 2019 season, Diggs openly expressed unhappiness with his role in the offense, as his reception total fell from 102 to 63 in a run-based offense.

Diggs was dealt to Buffalo in March, and the Vikings sought his replacement in the NFL Draft. They landed Justin Jefferson from LSU with the 22nd overall selection. Coming from a historic offense in 2019, Jefferson posted very impressive totals, and a good chunk of that production can also be attributed to his diverse skill set, which drew raves from scouts and NFL Draft analysts.

Some NFL experts have already made the leap to predict Jefferson can be better than Diggs. Even if he is not quite as productive as Diggs was early in his pro career, Minnesota will be looking for him to make a quick impact and the hope is eventually he can become a standout starting WR for the Vikings. He joins a run-first offense, yet will have significant expectations right away. He does have the potential to emerge as a strong fantasy WR2 over time.

 

Profile

Team: Minnesota Vikings
College: LSU
Height/Weight: 6’1”, 202 lbs
NFL Draft Slot: Round 1, Pick 22

 

The Jefferson File

Year Class G Rec Yds Avg TD
2017 FR 2 0 0 0
2018 SO 13 54 875 16.2 6
2019 JR 15 111 1540 13.9 18
Career 165 2415 14.6 24

Justin Jefferson's college statistics via sports-reference.com

In a spectacular junior season, Jefferson was the leading pass-catcher in the nation, was second in touchdowns and third in receiving yards. His Peach Bowl performance of 14 receptions for 227 yards and four touchdowns seared his name into the record books, as the TDs set a College Football Playoff Game record and tied for the most in any bowl game.

LSU’s 2019 offense may be remembered as one of the greatest of all time, but Jefferson was not just a product of the system.

 

Watching Jefferson on film, it is apparent that he created a lot of his own success, even though it was difficult to hone in on him defensively with all of the other weaponry the Tigers employed. He has very good hands and body control.

Jefferson has outstanding leaping ability and knows how to win on contested catches. Pro Football Focus noted that Jefferson’s contested catch rate of 92.3% led all of the 89 eligible pass-catchers who saw at least 10 contested targets.

Contested catch rates graphic via Pro Football Focus

His route running is smooth. Jefferson is not a pure speed merchant, yet has shown the penchant for using decent speed and quickness to add yardage after the catch. He is fundamentally strong and is very savvy in terms of how he recognizes and attacks coverages. He can threaten defenses from anywhere on the field.

Jefferson should be a very productive pro receiver in terms of making big plays, as he can win on 50/50 balls, back-shoulder throws, fades, and in the areas near the goal line. He is also a very willing run blocker, and that will ensure he stays on the field often in the NFL. The one concern as he prepared to enter the pros is that he did much of his damage as a junior from the slot, and if he was not picked by a team that ticketed him for a similar role, he could face another hurdle in adjusting to the NFL.

PFF also pointed out that Jefferson ran 575 of his 583 total routes from the slot last season. He led the nation with 37 explosive plays of 15 yards or more from the slot. He forced 24 missed tackles from the slot.

 

Fit and Outlook

When Jefferson was drafted by Minnesota, not many disputed that he was the best remaining WR on the board. But he was going to a team that already had a well-established slot receiver, Adam Thielen. Published reports have indicated that the Vikings are comfortable with Jefferson moving outside, and the rookie has expressed confidence he can make the adjustment.

Before his junior season at LSU, Jefferson played mainly on the outside as a sophomore. As stated by 247 Sports, Jefferson worked on the outside on 553 of his 697 snaps in his second year at LSU. The 2018 Tigers relied more heavily on the running game, yet Jefferson still was the most productive pass-catcher on the team, with 54 receptions for 875 yards and six touchdowns.

Jefferson has already shown he can work on the outside, even though his best production has come from the slot. He has also been hailed for his strong work ethic, willingness to learn and a tireless approach to practicing. The Vikings’ official site has already reported that Jefferson has been in regular contact with Thielen as he learns the playbook.

Jefferson was a first-round target not just because of his very promising skills, he is also considered to be a highly dedicated student of the game and a very smart player. Those traits are added pluses to his natural abilities and add to his appeal. So while there will be a natural learning curve in the pros, including playing on the outside at a higher level, Jefferson seems to have the physical and mental skills to develop into a very good NFL wideout.

In his first season, Jefferson will join an offense that frustrated Diggs. Minnesota had the third-highest run/pass ratio in the league in 2019. Kirk Cousins ranked 24th in passing attempts and 16th in yardage. Jefferson will get the chance to start right away as the projected No. 2 WR for the Vikes, but he will have to prove he can be efficient and make key plays instead of depending on the heavy sort of volume he saw in his final year at LSU. Jefferson may make a quick impact as a scoring target near the goal line, and his yardage totals can certainly be respectable, but there is not a lot of upside in terms of receptions for 2020.

Injuries have been an issue for Thielen, though, and if he misses any time in 2020, Jefferson could be pushed into a prime role in the passing game. There is not much quality depth behind Thielen and Jefferson on the Minnesota depth chart. Such a situation could have its positives for Jefferson, as he could be fed much more targets and potentially work out of the slot.

In the FFPC, Jefferson has an overall ADP of 144 and 45th at wide receiver. He is being drafted after WRs such as Jamison Crowder and James Washington, so rookie year expectations are not high for him as later-round pick, but he is not being completely ignored. His consensus Dynasty ADP ranking is ninth overall and fourth at WR.

Some NFL experts believe Jefferson lacks the speed to become a No. 1 WR in the NFL. Other analysts see an Odell Beckham Jr./Reggie Wayne type ceiling. There have also been comparisons to Marvin Jones. Over time, his blend of skills should translate into very good all-around production. Once Jefferson hits his prime, you may see him make all kinds of flashy catches in many different types of situations. He may never be quite among the league leaders in receptions, yet the yardage and TD totals could boost him into high-end fantasy WR2 territory.

Thielen will turn 30 before the season starts. That is not old for a WR yet, but from the longer-term perspective, but he could be two to three years away from decline, which means Jefferson could become Minnesota’s WR1 in a few seasons. If you were able to nab him in a dynasty draft, Jefferson could be a solid fantasy WR2 for you by his third pro campaign. The upside may really start to flash in 2021.

2020 PROJECTED STATS: 53 receptions, 750 yards, six TD

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Chase Claypool - Fantasy Football Rookie Spotlight

The Steelers utilize the NFL Draft as a major basis for their key roster spots. Pittsburgh did not have a first-round selection for the first time in over 50 years in 2020, as noted by Steelers Depot. By viewing their current depth chart at the skill positions, it is evident they rely heavily on homegrown talents.

The Steelers’ starting QB, RB, and the top-three WRs were all drafted by the team. Pittsburgh has put a specific emphasis on trying to bulk up the WR position over the past few seasons. When they drafted Notre Dame’s Chase Claypool with the No. 49 overall choice this season, it was the fourth consecutive year in which they used a pick between 49 and 66 on a wideout.

Pittsburgh rounded out their current receiving core with Claypool as their clear size/strength type, and he also figures to play a prominent role as a top target after this season.

 

Profile

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
College: Notre Dame
Height/Weight: 6’4”, 217 lbs
NFL Draft Slot: Round 2, Pick 17

Year G Rec Yds TD
2016 8 5 81 0
2017 11 29 402 2
2018 13 50 639 4
2019 13 66 1037 13
Career 45 150 2159 19

Chase Claypool's college stats at Notre Dame via sports-reference.com

 

The Claypool File

As you can see from the college stats above, Claypool progressively improved every season at Notre Dame, breaking out in his final season with the Fighting Irish. His 13 TD receptions were tied for sixth in the nation. Claypool then impressed with a strong week of practices before catching a scoring pass in the Senior Bowl. He delivered an impressive showing at the combine. The Pittsburgh Tribune Review pointed out his 4.42 40-yard dash time was seventh fastest among all WRs, and was the second-fastest among players weighing at least 230 pounds, according to ESPN.

His time in the 40 was a key to maintaining a high NFL Draft profile, as some scouts had questioned his speed. But the showing convinced Pittsburgh to take Claypool as the 11th WR off the board in a very deep class at the position. Claypool stood out as a big target with considerable TD potential, and he is also quickly evolving as a route runner who can threaten defenses in a variety of ways.

Other than his speed, the main concern about Claypool was the route running, but as indicated in the video scouting report above, he has been developing better techniques over time. He also does need to work on beating press coverage from bigger and stronger defenders. Working with Steelers veteran WR coach Ike Hilliard should only help him refine his crafts at the pro level in rather quick fashion. There is no rush for him to play a major role as a rookie, although Mike Tomlin has said he won’t prevent Claypool from making a big initial push if he wants to.

While he works on adjusting to the pro game, Claypool still has a distinctive skill set that will be totally unique among the Steelers’ top projected WRs. Only JuJu Smith-Schuster (6’2”, 215) is sizable target when you look at the team’s prime three wideouts other than the rookie. Claypool already figures to be that ideal big receiver for Ben Roethlisberger, one that can win on contested catches and near the goal line.

Claypool has good hands and a terrific wingspan that allows him to pluck the ball out of the air on a variety of throws, and he can even adjust to poorly thrown passes that might come out of the chutes of Roethlisberger’s backups. He is a prototypical big wideout who gets it done on 50/50 balls, back-shoulder throws and on slants and fades in scoring situations. Claypool has outstanding concentration and body control.

But Claypool is more than just a “go up and get ‘em” type. He has made impressive improvements on shorter routes in his time at Notre Dame, and he is also dangerous after the catch. He is a very physical WR who will battle for tough catches and also help his QB on throws into tight windows. Claypool has shown the ability to line up at several spots in the passing game, and can even be used as a tight end in some instances. He is also a very good run blocker, which should help ensure he is on the field often.

 

2020 Projection

As a rookie, Claypool figures to certainly be behind Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson on the 2020 depth chart. James Washington should be above him initially as well. Claypool can be eased in as a contested catch and TD specialist who can also occasionally contribute on other key passing downs. He will not be a prime target in the Pittsburgh passing game, but he should be an important role player.

The Steelers have adequate returning wideouts that can anchor the position and let Claypool ease into the offense. Smith-Schuster will obviously be the No. 1 target, with Johnson looking like a promising breakout performer for 2020. Washington can be explosive but is unreliable. Yet he should operate as the third WR to begin with as the niche downfield option for Roethlisberger. Claypool could eventually surpass him as a preferred option for the Steelers QB.

Claypool has an FFPC ADP of 274, which puts him off the fantasy draft board in many seasonal leagues. You can see in the graphic below that his ADP has fluctuated a bit so far, but he has mostly remained an afterthought in redraft formats.  He does not project to be better than the third WR for the Steelers and will not be rushed into the forefront at WR, so you may not be missing out on anything this year if you pass on Claypool.

2021 PROJECTIONS: 52 receptions, 655 yards, five TD

 

Dynasty Outlook

In dynasty leagues, however, Claypool could have increased appeal as soon as his second pro season. It is common knowledge that this is the final year of Smith-Schuster’s contract, and this should be his last season in Pittsburgh. The Steelers have comfortably moved on from many star veteran WRs with ease over the years. Hines Ward, Plaxico Burress, Mike Wallace and Santonio Holmes were all replaced, and Antonio Brown can hopefully be left in the past at some point. The team has frequently looked to eventual successors for starters in the draft, as James Conner was selected ahead of the expected Le’Veon Bell fiasco. The Steelers are always planning ahead, and have obviously done so at WR in their past two drafts.

When Smith-Schuster is gone in 2021, there appears to be a great opportunity for Johnson and Claypool to slide in as the team’s two top wideouts. If Johnson busts out as hoped this year, Claypool could have fantasy WR3 promise in his second pro season. An impressive rookie campaign in which he flashes some promise and performs adequately when called on can elevate his possible appeal for 2021.

I was very satisfied to land Claypool with the eighth pick of the third round in my dynasty rookie draft. That means I could have a fantasy starter on my roster for ’21 at a value tag. If he takes longer to make an impact, I still expect him to make some fantasy noise by his third NFL season. I strongly believe he at least has fantasy WR2 potential by 2022.

Claypool has drawn current pro comparisons anywhere from Allen Lazard and Devin Funchess to Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, A.J. Green and even Calvin Johnson, which may be a bit of overhype. You should not expect much from him fantasy-wise as a rookie, but Claypool should start making his presence felt on your dynasty rosters by Year Two.

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Updated Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Post-NFL Draft Risers and Fallers

As the calendar begins to lean towards the summer, that tells fantasy owners to ramp up their preparations for the upcoming season. But what is on tap first for many is the rookie draft. We've been through the scouting combine, the NFL Draft has come and gone, and we know where these rookies will be playing in 2020. The all-important landing spot has caused some repercussions in the rankings for these players. We have seen some players move up the board, while others have found their appeal take a bit of a hit.

Of course, we see the top of the rankings board filled with the players we were expecting to see land in fantasy friendly spots (i.e. Jonathan Taylor, CeeDee Lamb, and Jerry Jeudy). But what we saw with the 2020 NFL Draft was front offices placing more of an emphasis on depth at the skill positions and fit within their schemes. Not many were expecting to see Clyde Edwards-Helaire as the first running back off the board, but his fit within the Kansas City Chiefs offense is natural and now has him as one of the top players off the board in rookie drafts. This can not go overlooked as you prepare for drafts. Rookie drafts, and dynasty in general, owners must have an eye towards the future as well as trying to compete to win now.

With my rookie rankings now updated, it is time to look at the players that have moved up the board that you should be targeting in drafts. And of course, we must look at a few of the names that have slipped due to their landing spot and that you might need to avoid as your drafts begin to unfold.

 

Brandon's Updated Dynasty Rookie Rankings

Rank Player Name Position
1 Jonathan Taylor RB
2 Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB
3 J.K. Dobbins RB
4 Cam Akers RB
5 D'Andre Swift RB
6 CeeDee Lamb WR
7 Jerry Jeudy WR
8 Joe Burrow QB
9 Ke'Shawn Vaughn RB
10 Tee Higgins WR
11 Jalen Reagor WR
12 Henry Ruggs III WR
13 Justin Jefferson WR
14 Zack Moss RB
15 Antonio Gibson RB
16 Denzel Mims WR
17 Michael Pittman Jr. WR
18 Laviska Shenault Jr. WR
19 Tua Tagovailoa QB
20 Joshua Kelley RB
21 Bryan Edwards WR
22 Brandon Aiyuk WR
23 A.J. Dillon RB
24 Anthony McFarland Jr. RB
25 Justin Herbert QB
26 Chase Claypool WR
27 Antonio Gandy-Golden WR
28 Devin Asiasi TE
29 Lamical Perine RB
30 Darrynton Evans RB
31 Tyler Johnson WR
32 Lynn Bowden Jr. RB
33 Adam Trautman TE
34 Cole Kmet TE
35 Van Jefferson WR
36 Eno Benjamin RB
37 Michael Warren II RB
38 Jalen Hurts QB
39 Dalton Keene TE
40 KJ Hamler WR
41 Donovan Peoples-Jones WR
42 Isaiah Hodgins WR
43 Harrison Bryant TE
44 Devin Duvernay WR
45 DeeJay Dallas RB
46 Colby Parkinson TE
47 Jordan Love QB
48 Quintez Cephus WR
49 Albert Okwuegbunam TE
50 Jacob Eason QB
51 Josiah Deguara TE
52 Gabriel Davis WR
53 Jake Fromm QB
54 JaMycal Hasty RB
55 Marquez Callaway WR
56 Jauan Jennings WR
57 Thaddeus Moss TE
58 K.J. Osborn WR
59 Darnell Mooney WR
60 Jason Huntley RB
61 Hunter Bryant TE
62 Rico Dowdle RB
63 K.J. Hill WR
64 John Hightower WR
65 Jared Pinkney TE
66 Quez Watkins WR
67 Salvon Ahmed RB
68 James Proche WR
69 Collin Johnson WR
70 Raymond Calais RB
71 Darius Anderson RB
72 Scottie Phillips RB
73 Brycen Hopkins TE
74 Dezmon Patmon WR
75 Freddie Swain WR
76 Cole McDonald QB
77 Isaiah Coulter WR
78 Joe Reed WR
79 Nate Stanley QB
80 Jake Luton QB
81 Tavien Feaster RB
82 J.J. Taylor RB
83 Tony Jones Jr. RB
84 Anthony Gordon QB
85 Patrick Taylor Jr. RB
86 Quartney Davis WR
87 Juwan Johnson WR
88 Jacob Breeland TE
89 Sewo Olonilua RB
90 James Robinson RB
91 Brian Lewerke QB
92 Omar Bayless WR
93 Rodney Smith RB
94 Levante Bellamy RB
95 Jacques Patrick RB
96 Kalija Lipscomb WR
97 Benny Lemay RB
98 Javon Leake RB
99 Isaiah Wright WR
100 Bryce Perkins QB
101 Kendrick Rogers WR
102 Adrian Killins Jr. RB
103 Lawrence Cager WR
104 Jeff Thomas WR
105 Ty'Son Williams RB
106 Aaron Fuller WR
107 Pete Guerriero RB
108 Travon McMillian RB
109 Matt Colburn RB
110 Reggie Corbin RB
111 Ronald Cleveland WR
112 Shun Brown WR
113 Calen Holt RB
114 Moe Neal RB
115 DeShawn McClease RB
116 Cheyenne O'Grady TE
117 Richie Worship RB
118 Tanner Mangum QB
119 Anthony Johnson WR
120 Damion Jeanpiere Jr. WR
121 Trey Sermon RB
122 Brody Oliver WR
123 Kennedy McKoy RB
124 Jacob Dolegala QB
125 Trevon Brown WR
126 Nyqwan Murray WR
127 Dorian Baker WR

 

Dynasty Rookie Risers

Antonio Gibson (RB, WAS)

Gibson is someone I have been high on throughout the process and has caught the eye of many fantasy owners with his selection to the Redskins. A player that was going overlooked before the NFL Draft, Gibson now finds himself firmly as a prospect to target in the second round of rookie drafts.

He can play at either running back or receiver in certain packages for the team that lost pass-catching threat, Chris Thompson, to the Jaguars. His explosive potential (12 TD on 71 touches in 2019) will undoubtedly be utilized by the Redskins. In what could be a busy backfield in 2020 (Derrius Guice, Adrian Peterson, and Bryce Love), Gibson could make plays with limited touches and carve out a role as a flex play in PPR formats.

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Joshua Kelley (RB, LAC)

Another player that was a little below the radar before the NFL Draft, Kelley's selection to the Chargers is an intriguing landing spot. The team will likely feature Austin Ekeler in the backfield, leaving Kelley to compete with Justin Jackson as the compliment. Although the team does like Jackson, Kelley will be more adept to fill the Melvin Gordon III role.

A very productive back in college (1,000 yards and 12 scores in back to back seasons), Kelley does not shy away from contact and could come away with a short-yardage/goal-line back role early on. If he can come away with a consistent amount of touches in this offense early on, he will be well worth the second-round price tag that he currently has.

 

Michael Pittman Jr. (WR, IND)

Pittman was the recipient of a fantastic landing spot coming out of the draft. He fills the role of a big-bodied receiver that the Colts have been desperately needing. He could develop a quick rapport with Philip Rivers, which could bode well for his scoring potential. But once Rivers is out of the picture the learning curve could take hold once again.

The big statistical jump for Pittman in 2019 (101 receptions for 1,269 yards and 11 TD) could be a sign of things to come as he should quickly take hold of the WR2 spot for the Colts. He is another player that has landed solidly into the second round of rookie drafts and holds a potentially high ceiling for fantasy owners.

 

Bryan Edwards (WR, LV)

Edwards is a player that was seeing a rise in his draft stock throughout the offseason. His selection to the Raiders cemented that rise as he could quickly become an integral part of the Raiders passing game. Coming in and competing against the likes of Tyrell Williams, Hunter Renfrow, and fellow rookie Henry Ruggs III, Edwards' ability should allow him to stake a claim on a starting job early in his career.

The downside for Edwards could be the play of Derek Carr, but with the number of weapons now at his disposal, it will be a make-or-break season for Carr. Edwards could become a player that produces despite the situation, much like A.J. Brown a season ago. He is a fringe second-round pick at the moment but has the skillset and potential to produce with the top names in this year's class.

 

Dynasty Rookie Fallers

Laviska Shenault (WR, JAX)

This is a bit of a downgrade for Shenault based on the landing spot. The Jaguars do not boast one of the league's premier passing attacks and he will be competing for usage with plenty of other receivers. Also, Shenault's attributes would be better utilized with a coaching staff that uses a more creative offensive scheme.

Instead, he will be at the mercy of a run-based attack, which will limit the scoring potential. Before the draft, I had Shenault as a fringe first/second pick. But with this landing spot, he drops down just a bit.

 

Zack Moss (RB, BUF)

It pains me to say this with Moss, but his landing spot with the Bills is one that could prove to be problematic. One of my top backs in the pre-draft process, Moss now finds himself in a committee backfield with rising talent Devin Singletary. The plan will be for the two of them to be a "thunder and lightning" duo, but Moss has the talent to be a three-down back in his own right.

There is some thought that this is more of an indictment on the Bills' thoughts on Singletary's ability to handle a heavy workload, but we saw this offense do very well down the stretch featuring him. Moss will file into the Frank Gore role in this offense, limiting his PPR potential. He is still a second-round prospect in rookie drafts, but that comes down from what should have been a first-round pick.

 

Donovan Peoples-Jones (WR, CLE)

One of the darlings from the scouting combine, Peoples-Jones was quickly shooting up pre-draft rankings boards. But he was still only valued as a Day 3 pick in the draft and was selected by the Browns.

The path to targets will be a tough one for him as time on the field will be sparse. His skillset leaves him limited and could likely be looking at a reserve role in the league during his stint. Someone that just a month ago was sneaking into the second round of rookie drafts, Peoples-Jones now likely falls out of the third round with the limited upside.

 

Cole Kmet (TE, CHI)

Kmet was largely considered the top tight end heading into the NFL Draft. But although the landing spot with the Bears seems intriguing, it will ultimately limit his upside. The Bears tend to underutilize the position from a fantasy standpoint with only two notable performances over the last six years (Trey Burton in 2018 and Martellus Bennett in 2014).

Kmet can buck the trend for this team but will be playing behind Jimmy Graham in 2020 and the offense could need an overhaul after next season. It's feasible that the Bears stunt his growth and progression at the next level, capping his fantasy potential. A player that could have been a fringe second-round pick now finds himself as a prospect floating around the end of the third or into the fourth in rookie drafts.

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Fantasy Football Podcast: Dynasty League Quarterbacks

Anthony looks at some NFL off-season news, free agents, top rookies and more to determine the immediate and long-term impacts for fantasy football owners. Some of the players discussed in today's episode include:


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