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Fantasy Football Superlatives: 2020 Edition

  • The Draft Network
  • July 27, 2020
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The NFL season is only six weeks away, meaning fantasy football draft season is reaching a fever pitch. All NFL players are scheduled to report to training camp this week, and the first glimpse of players in action will only stoke the flames.

TDN’s Carter Donnick has a running series of NFL superlatives for each team, division by division. Let’s do the same for fantasy football, with some nuggets of information that may make you re-evaluate particular players on your draft board. Here are my six superlatives for the 2020 fantasy season:

Most Likely To Make You Question Why You Had Him So Low: Keenan Allen

Philip Rivers won’t be under center as the Los Angeles Chargers’ starter for the first time in Allen’s career, but let’s not forget about how good of a player he’s become. Since overcoming his health woes in the mid-2010s, Allen has emerged as a consistent top-flight receiving option. Since 2017, he’s averaging 101 catches, 1,263 yards, and six receiving touchdowns per season. He also has the fifth-most targets in the NFL (444) in that time frame. The combination of Tyrod Taylor and Justin Herbert won’t be as beneficial for Allen as Rivers was, but even if he’s only 85% as productive, that’s still worthy of a top-40 selection in PPR formats. He’s going outside of the top 50 on three major sites. 

Most Likely To Fumble Away A Fantasy Championship: Chris Carson

I’ll admit it, I’m a Chris Carson truther. It’d take a lot for me not to have him in RB2 territory. But I have to acknowledge the fumbling issues that could cost him his job (even if his hip is healthy). Carson led all running backs with seven fumbles last season, two more than the next closest rushers (Dalvin Cook, Derrick Henry). The addition of Carlos Hyde this offseason seems like more of an insurance policy, but the Seattle Seahawks did inexplicably spend a first-round pick on Rashaad Penny not too long ago. Penny will get some looks, when healthy, if Carson opens the door for him by putting the ball on the ground. No fantasy manager wants to see one of their starting running backs relegated to the bench during the fantasy playoffs and that is a risk worth accounting for with Carson. 

Most Likely To Throw, Rush For, And Catch A Touchdown In The Same Game: Deshaun Watson

Picture this: It’s Week 7. The Houston Texans are gearing up for their home matchup with the Green Bay Packers before their bye week. Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks, and David Johnson are hurt, with optimism they can return with some extra rest after the bye. Kenny Stills is questionable and Keke Coutee is still a healthy scratch for some reason. Who’s Watson going to throw to? Randall Cobb? DeAndre Carter? The memory of Andre Johnson? Nah. Watson has to do it all himself, racking up a career-high 100 yards on the ground out of necessity with multiple scores, plus he also catches a touchdown from Cobb on a trick play. Texans lose 34-28.

Most Likely To Catch 15 Touchdowns On 50 Receptions: Jared Cook

Cook had a monster run to end the 2019 season. Over the final 10 games he played, Cook caught 35 passes for 615 yards and nine touchdowns. Extrapolated out over a full 16-game season, that equals 56 catches and 14.4 touchdowns. I mean… could he really? Is it that crazy? Probably. But 10 scores on 50 receptions doesn’t seem so bold.

Most Likely To Take You On An Emotional Roller Coaster: Daniel Jones

There’s a growing trend of fantasy managers targeting Jones as their QB1 later in drafts. While the excitement is understandable and I’m very much in line with the wait-on-QBs approach, get ready for an emotional ride in 2020. Jones’ highs are matchup-winning, but his lows can be devastating. Once he became the New York Giants’ starter, Jones averaged 18.98 fantasy points per game. That was the 10th-best mark among all quarterbacks from Weeks 3-17. However, “up-and-down” doesn’t even begin to describe Jones’ consistency. He had four games last season with 28 or more fantasy points and five games with fewer than 12 fantasy points. Keep in mind, the average QB12 each week last season finished with 19.03 fantasy points. Given his volatility and fumbling issues, rostering Jones will be a roller coaster ride all season.

Most Likely To Be Next Year’s Biggest Sleeper: Marlon Mack

Once rookie Jonathan Taylor takes over the Colts’ backfield, Indianapolis will never look back. That means Mack will be dropped in most formats and will be forgotten about (aside from a Taylor injury) as he enters free agency. However, depending on where he lands, he could be a valuable player in 2021. Mack was the RB15 in average PPR fantasy points per game in 2018 and the RB24 in that same category last season. Despite not getting a lot of work in the receiving game, Mack was a very useful RB2. Keep an eye on where he lands next season, because he might have more fantasy value than many anticipate. 

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