The meaningful part of the preseason for fantasy owners is over. Its time to put all the research and draft prep to the test. Covid 19 couldn't stop the movement! Before we all zone out and get parked on the couch for 9 hours watching #Redzone for the next 17 Sundays, I’m going to take my stab at predicting the best and worse of this upcoming fantasy season.
Fantasy Breakouts - Players to target at Current Value
QB – Teddy Bridgewater, CAR – For the first time since his devastating injury, Teddy B gets to run his own team. He has a plethora of passing options and a very bad defense, which will allow for plenty of opportunity to rack up the fantasy stats.
Honorable mention: Kyler Murray, ARI
RB – Josh Jacobs, LVR – Jon Gruden has been moaning and groaning all off-season about how Josh Jacobs was robbed of the Rookie of the year award in 2019. He has talked about getting him more involved in the passing game. That combined with the rushing workload he will already receive means plenty of fantasy feasting for Josh Jacobs.
Honorable Mention: Cam Akers, LAR
WR – Marquise Brown, BAL – Marquise Brown was little more than a boom-or-bust Flex WR in fantasy leagues last year due to being in an out of the lineup with injuries. This off season he has bulked up and should be fully for 2020. Expect the Ravens to regress a bit in terms of rushing efficiency, which will lead to more passing and more consistent production for the Second-year speedster.
Honorable Mention: Allen Lazard, GB
TE – Blake Jarwin, DAL – I’ve been all aboard the Blake Jarwin hype train this offseason. Jason Witten is finally gone (again), and there are targets galore available for Jarwin. Dak Prescott being on a mission for a new contract means plenty of passing numbers to go around, and Jarwin will benefit.
Honorable Mention – Noah Fant, DEN
Fantasy Busts - Players to avoid at current draft value
QB – Aaron Rodgers, GB – The Packers have made it perfectly clear that they want to run the ball early and often. Rodgers is still an all-time great QB, but the volume doesn’t look to be there in 2020 to make him a reliable weekly starter in fantasy drafts.
Honorable Mention: Drew Brees, NO
RB – Kenyan Drake, ARI – There is no doubt that the 2nd half on 2019 that Kenyan Drake put together after being traded to Arizona was incredible. That being said, its highly unlikely he can put together a full 16 game season with that production, but he is being drafted as if it is a certainty. Chase Edmonds will be a nuisance to Drake owners, and make his 1st round ADP too rich for my blood.
Honorable Mention: Chris Carson, SEA
WR – Chris Godwin, TB – The most shocking thing I have noticed in 2020 fantasy drafts is Chris Godwin having a higher ADP than Mike Evans. A lot of drafters are banking highly on Brady continuing his slot WR love in Tampa as he did in New England, but Bruce Arians doesn’t roll that way. Brady will be chucking in deep, and Rob Gronkowski will take more of those mid field targets from Godwin than most realize.
Honorable Mention: DeAndre Hopkins, ARI
TE – Tyler Higbee, LAR – Similar to Kenyan Drake, Tyler Higbee had a historic finish to 2019. Fantasy owners are reacting to heavily to that small sample size, and it will cost the dearly. Gerald Everett is healthy and will get more of the targets than people are expecting.
Honorable Mention: Evan Engram, NYG
Fantasy MVP – Alvin Kamara, NO – Alvin Kamara put a scare in fantasy owners with his cryptic tweets signaling a possible holdout due to contract issues, but I am not buying it. Kamara is healthy and motivated to get paid, and the Saints will rely heavily on him to carry the Saints to a top seed in the NFC and possibly a Super Bowl title in Drew Brees’ final season.
Fantasy Rookie of the Year – Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC – This is basically a no brainer. Combine the Chiefs high powered offense, with the fact that he is by far the most talented RB on the roster with Damein Williams opting out, and you have a recipe for fantasy success.
Fantasy Comeback player of the Year – Cam Newton, NE – It baffles me that people can praise Bill Belichick for being able to win with anyone, but have doubts about a healthy Cam Newton being able to be productive in New England. Josh McDaniels will put Cam in position to be productive, and expect him to
return to top 6 QB form in 2020.
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