Updated: Aug 17, 2020
In these uncertain times, we are certain of one thing…we need football, specifically fantasy football more than ever. As usual, RB’s dominate the top of my draft board, occupying 5 of the top 6 spots. My top 2 spots are pretty cut and dry with McCaffrey and Barkley. The real fun starts at number 3. Here is my draft board:
1. Christian McCaffrey (RB1) Panthers: The biggest dual threat RB in the game. McCaffrey had an absurd 116 catches for 1005 yard and 4 receiving TD's to go along with 1387 yards and 15 TD's on the ground in 2019. CMC not only has 40-50 point upside, he also has the highest floor of any player in the game. This is an easy 1-1 pick for me.
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2. Saquon Barkley (RB2) Giants: 2019's consensus #1 overall pick, was a bit of a letdown for those who drafted him. Having said that, I expect Saquon to live up to the hype this year. He will get plenty of opportunities behind an improved O-line in New York. Saquon posted 52 catches in 2019, a number which I believe will only increase going forward. Look for a major bounce back in 2020.
3. Michael Thomas (WR1) Saints: Thomas was targeted early and often in 2019, piling up 185 targets on the year. His 149 catches and 9 TD's were everything you could have hoped for. With a healthy Drew Brees back in New Orleans, Thomas should see similar targets this season. Look for another huge year for MT.
4. Ezekiel Elliott (RB3) Cowboys: Zeke is one of the true bell cow RB's in the NFL. The Cowboys want to establish the run to set up the pass. Look for Zeke to carry the ball over 300 times again in 2020. Elliott has found the end zone 48 times in his young career and I look for that number to increase by 15-18 TD's in 2020.
5. Alvin Kamara (RB4): Saints: It's hard to call a Top 5 pick a "buy low" candidate, but I think Kamara is exactly that in 2020. He rushed for a respectable 1,357 yards and 12 TD's in 2020. Where Kamara disappointed was in the receiving game. I expect Kamara to bounce back in 2020. Look for 1300-1400 yards on the ground to go along with 75-80 catches thru the air.
6. Dalvin Cook (RB5) Vikings: Cook is a monster when he is healthy. As we all know, staying healthy has been the issue. Cook was relatively healthy in 2019, playing in 13 games. While we may never see him play a full 16 games, Cook is as steady as they come when he is on the field. A nice combination of power and speed on a run-first team.
7. DeAndre Hopkins (WR2) Cardinals: Hopkins was targeted 150 times in Houston last season, while consistently facing double coverage. A change of scenery, mixed with playing in Kliff Kingsbury's offense should lead to major production for Hopkins. Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk are great compliments to Hopkins and should open things up for him. Hopkins will be on a mission this year, looking to show Houston that they made a big mistake.