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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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