Now that the 2020 NFL Draft is done, it’s time to decide which fantasy players are winners and which may be losers.
The draft is now complete, and now we have to start planning for our fantasy drafts. Which players are set up for fantasy success? Which players may see their stock falling? What picks seem good but are really bad and vice-versa? Well, I’m here to predict what players come out of this draft as winners, and which come out as losers.
A lot of QBs
In a draft class full of Tackles and WRs, there are plenty of QBs thinking Christmas came early. I classify them as:
- Got protection: Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield
- Josh Jones and Jedrick Wills should be upgrades at LT from the get-go.
- Got weapons: Dak Prescott, Drew Lock, Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Carson Wentz
- Dak got Lamb, Lock got two receivers in Denver’s first two picks, Derek Carr got three receivers from the Raiders’ first four picks, and Garoppolo added Brandon Aiyuk to his arsenal.
- Carson Wentz got Jalen Reagor, who is extremely versatile, and Jalen Hurts will not be coming for his spot. I don’t buy Hurts hype for a second. At best he is Taysom Hill.
- Got both: Kirk Cousins and Sam Darnold
Whether they got new toys or more time in the pocket, I expect each of these QBs to have better years in 2020 and beyond.
This QB is not like the ones previously mentioned. Eason is a winner because of what he got drafted into. He has a big arm and needs refinement before he starts in the NFL. Now Eason gets to learn behind Philip Rivers, then comes into a team with Jonathan Taylor, receiving options, and good protection led by Quenton Nelson. He may be worth the early investment in dynasty settings.
Looking at the Packers’ draft one thing is certain: beyond Davante Adams there are no receivers on the squad. While this will irk Aaron Rodgers, it will benefit their 2nd round selection AJ Dillon. With no receivers to help out Rodgers, this means more of the onus will be placed on the running game to succeed. If you read my article on Dillon, you’ll know he’s suited for this situation in Green Bay.
Chase Young had everyone’s attention before the draft. Now he has the attention of every lineman Washington will face. With the added threat of a superstar like Young, Montez Sweat could see his production skyrocket as teams struggle to deal with both pass-rushers. I expect Sweat to benefit heavily from Young’s presence in the Washington pass-rush.
The biggest winner of all and the projected top pick in most drafts: Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He’s a quick back that can catch out of the backfield. With Patrick Mahomes throwing to him, this is the perfect fit.
This was an obvious choice. The Packers drafted no WRs, drafted an RB that can’t catch, and used their 1st round pick on his replacement. That should say it all.
From a pure fantasy point of view, he is a loser here. The JK Dobbins pick is sure to eat into Jackson’s carries, especially with a crowded backfield with Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards. Even further, Baltimore failed to replace OG Marshal Yanda. This means Jackson will have less success running up the middle against an AFC North that has daunting interior defensive linemen.
With Jonathan Taylor coming to town, Mack will almost certainly lose touches. He will remain as a pass-catching back, but he will give up significant touches to Taylor.
The Rams are replacing Gurley, but they aren’t addressing why Gurley couldn’t replicate his 2018 magic. Akers will fall into a bad situation for an RB in LA. The offensive line is aging and there isn’t as much of a passing threat with Brandin Cooks shipped off to Houston. I just feel like he’s being set up to fail if LA doesn’t address these issues in the near future.