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Top Draft Values and Targets: RotoBaller Staff Picks


We've already dug into the top busts and avoids for 2020 fantasy football drafts according to the RotoBaller NFL staff. Now, we will focus on the top draft targets and ADP values for 2020 fantasy football.

Our analysts have agreed to sum up their thoughts on the top players to target in drafts based on low ADP, increased role, or other variables. For some of our guys, these players are absolute must-haves!

Here are the top players at each position that we recommend drafting.

 

What QB are you targeting most in 2020?

Matthew Stafford. Prior to injury in 2019, he was a top-10 QB having one of the best starts to a season in his career. Going into 2020, he is being severely overlooked. The Lions Defense projects to be bad, putting Stafford and company in a position to throw and get points in the board. If he gets close to the 8.2 YPA from last year, Stafford could see value as a low-end QB1. -Brandon Murchison

Matthew Stafford. Despite not leading his teams to the playoffs, Matt Stafford has quietly been efficient for much of his career. Though he only ended up playing 8 games last season, he continued to deliver for owners. He provides hidden fantasy value on an otherwise weak NFL team. -Rishi Patel

Matthew Stafford. He averaged over 20 ppg before getting hurt and was on pace for a top-five finish. With all his weapons back and good continuity on offense, he's the ideal late-round QB. -Jason Katz

Deshaun Watson is falling just a tad out of favor in the fantasy community with the loss of DeAndre Hopkins, but between Fuller, Cooks, Stills, Coutee and Cobb, he'll have plenty to work with and should finish right near the top of the pack in the position with a chance to even be the number one overall QB. -Andrew Ericksen

Deshaun Watson because he finished as QB1 in PPG in 2017, QB4 in 2018, and QB2 in 2019. He loses Hopkins, but has plenty of veteran receiving options and a ton of rushing upside. -Andrew Lalama

Matt Ryan. As much as I'd like to say Daniel Jones because the Giants' offense could be explosive, turnovers could be an issue and I'm not convinced the O-line will improve enough. I'm targeting QBs a little earlier than usual this year but Ryan falls into a range where I'm comfortable taking him, around 80 overall. It's a pass-happy team (they led the league with 666 passing plays in 2019 - ominous but true), he has elite wideouts to target, and has as safe a floor as anyone at the position. -Pierre Camus

Tyrod Taylor. His draft price is dirt cheap. He's got a great rushing floor. If you miss out on the top tier QBs, might as well wait, pickup Tyrod late and ride him til the wheels fall off and Herbert starts. -Eli Grabanski

 

What RB are you targeting most in 2020?

Leonard Fournette. Through three seasons, Fournette has finished as an RB1 three times. He has absolutely no touch competition and is a lock for 300 touches. Even if his targets get cut in half, positive touchdown regression will propel him to his fourth consecutive RB1 finish. He's currently priced at RB16, which I would say is his floor, but as history has shown, there is literally a 0% chance he doesn't finish higher. The only way Fournette fails is injury and he played in 15 games last season, missing only the meaningless Week 17. -Jason Katz

Nick Chubb. As owners and experts around the industry seem to be scared of the presence of Kareem Hunt, I will gladly take a small discount in value on Chubb. He should be a no-brainer first-round pick that you can get in the second. With an improved offensive line and defense, Chubb could be called on quite a bit and has a chance to lead the NFL in rushing. -Brandon Murchison

Kenyan Drake is so clearly the top running back in a system that he has already proven he can flourish in. If he stays healthy this year, he has as good a chance as anyone outside the big three to finish first at the position. -Andrew Ericksen

Ronald Jones. he's grown on me for mid-round RBs. He's not a bad pass-catcher, catching 31 passes last year (only 1 drop). Coaches have talked about how he looks improved. He has a pretty good offensive line and having Tom Brady as his QB should help with red zone opportunities. -Eli Grabanski

Jonathan Taylor because he was drafted high by the team with the best offensive line in football. He aced the draft process and only has to fend off Marlon Mack, who is basically the definition of a JAG. Involvement in the passing game is the only question mark. -Andrew Lalama

Devin Singletary. Now a sophomore, Devin Singletary will look to build on a decent rookie campaign as the clear RB1 in Buffalo. With the Bills expected to take a step forward in 2020, there is no reason to believe this RB can’t be primed for a huge workload and production. -Rishi Patel

Cam Akers. Give me 110% exposure to Akers this season. He's going to be the RB1 for the Rams and has the explosiveness that Todd Gurley II lacked last season. This offense, particularly the O-line, isn't what it used to be. But any NFL running back who sees the majority of touches for his team has top-20 value by default. It's obvious the team doesn't view Darrell Henderson as more than a change-of-pace back and Malcolm Brown is just veteran depth. This is the type of player that could be a league-winner. -Pierre Camus

 

What WR are you targeting most in 2020?

DK Metcalf. If he saw 100 targets and put up 900 yards as a rookie with limited knowledge of routes and pro coverages, imagine what he'll do this year. Metcalf emerged as Russell Wilson's go-to target late last season and now will see an expanded role with more versatile routes. He is an alpha receiver ready to explode and could surpass guys like Odell Beckham and Keenan Allen for fantasy purposes. -Pierre Camus

JuJu Smith-Schuster was a no-doubt WR1 going into last year and this year, he's definitively going outside the top ten. 2019 was a season of perspective for him and we saw a much lower floor than we anticipated, but JuJu's an elite competitor and his signal caller is back. Be ready for him to go off this year like we thought he would last year. -Andrew Ericksen

A.J. Brown. People will undervalue him due to unsustainable efficiency numbers. He also didn't do much in the playoffs. I will still target him because his situation has changed from last year. He is now the number one receiver for a QB who will be comfortable in his offense. Brown has been ultra-productive throughout his career - at one point he was the number one fantasy receiver in college. I'm betting on talent and see no reason his volume won't be there. They have limited other options in the passing game. -Andrew Lalama

D.J. Chark. It's a joke he's not a third-round pick. Chark is set up for a WR1 finish with a full offseason working with Gardner Minshew and no competition for targets. He profiles as a true alpha on a barren WR depth chart. I love Chark. -Jason Katz

Marquise Brown. Though the Ravens are a run-first team, speedster Marquise Brown has bulked up this offseason and is looking for a bigger role this season as the WR1. Lamar Jackson can’t always throw the ball to Mark Andrews, opening the door for Brown to rack up some targets. -Rishi Patel

Terry McLaurin. I love Terry McLaurin this year. He was one of PFF's highest-graded receivers last year, his new playcaller Scott Turner threw the ball often last year in Carolina, and Dwayne Haskins should develop further after another season in the league. -Eli Grabanski

Anthony Miller. My love for Miller knows no bounds and I do not want to leave a draft in 2020 without him. With Taylor Gabriel gone, Miller should find consistent work from the slot and has the upside of a WR3 that you are able to draft as a WR4/5. -Brandon Murchison

 

What TE are you targeting most in 2020?

Rob Gronkowski. He is arguably the greatest TE of all time and didn't come out of retirement to sit on the bench. The only concern is the lack of TE utilization by Bruce Arians. But Tom Brady will have a say in this offense and his familiarity with Gronk will lead to enough red-zone targets to make him pay off his ADP. I don't believe in the Bucs running game at all. -Andrew Lalama

Hayden Hurst. Much like with Anthony Miller, I have been very high on Hurst since his signing in Atlanta. Matt Ryan loves to throw to the tight end position, and Hurst's athleticism gives the team a weapon over the middle of the field that they have yet to have at the position. If he continues to be drafted outside the top-10, grab him in your draft and laugh all the way to the bank. -Brandon Murchison

Noah Fant. Former first-round pick, Pat Shurmur loves feeding his tight-ends, and for what it's worth former Iowa tight ends have done well in recent times (see George Kittle). -Eli Grabanski

Noah Fant. The Broncos loaded up their offense this offseason after new QB Drew Lock impressed to end last season. Noah Fant is coming off a decent rookie season, and can be a great red-zone presence on this team as he looks to increase his role on this offense. -Rishi Patel
T.J. Hockenson's rookie campaign started with a boom, then quickly turned into a disaster. It's rare to see rookie tight ends contribute right away and Hockenson turned out to be no exception. But his upside is as high as anyone outside the top five or so at the position and he's one of a small handful of tight ends outside the top tier who have the ability to be a difference-maker at the position given his talent and likely opportunity. -Andrew Ericksen

Mike Gesicki is my breakout pick for 2020 at TE. I'm a fan of waiting on the position for guys like Fant or Hockenson but I think Gesicki has the best opportunity for a huge jump in target share. The Dolphins just saw their WR3 and WR4 opt out (Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns), Preston Williams is coming off ACL surgery, and DeVante Parker... well, I can't bring myself to believe in a sustained breakout. Call it homerism, but I think the Miami offense will be much better and Gesicki will see a ton of balls thrown his way by default. -Pierre Camus

Cop out answer here, but any of the later-round guys. Noah Fant, Blake Jarwin, Jonnu Smith, Ian Thomas, Dallas Goedert. I'll take any of them. TE is so deep this year and there are so many talented guys poised to get opportunity for the first time this season. I'm willing to roll the dice on a breakout rather than spend on the earlier round TEs. -Jason Katz



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Lineup Order Risers and Fallers: AL West 2020 Review

It’s the offseason and there are about to be a bunch of moving parts. This allows for speculation in terms of players gaining or losing playing time, moving up or down a batting order and much more. The idea here is to highlight some lineup situations for each team and some potential winners or losers... Read More


2021 1st & 2nd Year Players with James Anderson - Benched with Bubba (Episode 317)

Bubba (@bdentrek) is joined by James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) on episode 317. The guys will go over 30+ first and second-year players. They will discuss their current ADP's in the 2 Early Mocks, what to expect of the players in 2021, and much more. They also go over some listener questions, compare Juan Soto to Mike... Read More


Daily MLB Injury Roundup for October 21st, 2020

RotoBaller has assembled a list of daily MLB injury updates to help you prepare both your seasonal and daily fantasy baseball (DFS) lineups, every day of the MLB season. Below is our updated list of injured MLB players for October 21st, 2020. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below... Read More


Daily MLB Injury Roundup for October 20th, 2020

RotoBaller has assembled a list of daily MLB injury updates to help you prepare both your seasonal and daily fantasy baseball (DFS) lineups, every day of the MLB season. Below is our updated list of injured MLB players for October 20th, 2020. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below... Read More


Bubba and Bat Flip 54: 2 Early Mocks APD Player Debates - Benched with Bubba (Episode 316)

Bubba (@bdentrek) is joined by Bat Flip Crazy (@BatFlipCrazy) to take a deeper look at the 2 Early Mocks ADP. They go over some of the positions and look at players with similar ADPs and debate. Going around the diamond discussing some players people are high on and some they are down on with a... Read More


Daily MLB Injury Roundup for October 18th, 2020

RotoBaller has assembled a list of daily MLB injury updates to help you prepare both your seasonal and daily fantasy baseball (DFS) lineups, every day of the MLB season. Below is our updated list of injured MLB players for October 18th, 2020. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below... Read More


Daily MLB Injury Roundup for October 17th, 2020

RotoBaller has assembled a list of daily MLB injury updates to help you prepare both your seasonal and daily fantasy baseball (DFS) lineups, every day of the MLB season. Below is our updated list of injured MLB players for October 17th, 2020. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below... Read More


2021 Early Mock ADP Values & Reaches: WPC+ Videocast

Pierre Camus and Nicklaus Gaut prepare for the 2021 fantasy baseball season with a look at early mock draft results from the RotoBaller Expert mock. Like and subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on Youtube to get all our latest podcasts and catch us on iTunes and BlogTalkRadio as well! Be sure to also tune into RotoBaller... Read More


Statcast Season Review: 2020 Barrel Leaders (Hitters)

The 2020 MLB season will always be one for the record books, even if everything that took place will have multiple asterisks attached to it. Evaluating Statcast numbers is a nice way to find hot and cold hitters, as well as underachievers and overachievers. Now that the regular season is over, let's reflect on the... Read More


Daily MLB Injury Roundup for October 16th, 2020

RotoBaller has assembled a list of daily MLB injury updates to help you prepare both your seasonal and daily fantasy baseball (DFS) lineups, every day of the MLB season. Below is our updated list of injured MLB players for October 16th, 2020. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below... Read More


Daily MLB Injury Roundup for October 15th, 2020

RotoBaller has assembled a list of daily MLB injury updates to help you prepare both your seasonal and daily fantasy baseball (DFS) lineups, every day of the MLB season. Below is our updated list of injured MLB players for October 15th, 2020. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below... Read More


Daily MLB Injury Roundup for October 14th, 2020

RotoBaller has assembled a list of daily MLB injury updates to help you prepare both your seasonal and daily fantasy baseball (DFS) lineups, every day of the MLB season. Below is our updated list of injured MLB players for October 14th, 2020. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below... Read More


Bubba and Bat Flip 53: 2 Early Mocks APD Trends & More - Benched with Bubba (Episode 315)

Bubba (@bdentrek) is joined by Bat Flip Crazy (@BatFlipCrazy) to take a deeper look at the 2 Early Mocks ADP. They dig into trends, some interesting risers/fallers, and much more. They also go over some listener questions at the end to keep the Fantasy Baseball information coming even in the offseason. Be sure to subscribe... Read More