2020 Fantasy Hell 2! Return to Hell!
Chris Robin https://twitter.com/DetroitBeastie
Most good horror movies have a sequel. Some of them turn into a six movie franchise. Don’t expect a six article franchise here, four at the most! The first Fantasy Hell article was a huge hit. So why wouldn’t we revisit the idea?
In most horror movie sequels the killer is shot, stabbed, electrocuted, drowned and stabbed again yet they still rise. Almost having super human strength they still chase and stalk their victims. You’ll be happy to know I used the same power to research and give you this list!
Return to Hell is a little different that the original. Much like a successful horror movie who switches directors for the sequel! This list is comprised of guys who hold massive value or could breakthrough in 2020. There are just a few question marks and some light roadblocks in the way.
Let’s return to hell shall we?
Kirk Cousins QB – Minnesota Vikings
Hear me out on this one! For some odd reason Kirk has been all the talk on social media. Granted not by the most reputable people but still being added to a ton of polls and discussions. Insufferable people to say the least. People on his side are able to find all the amazing lovey dovey articles to post. While the people arguing Kirk isn’t top 10 ten are finding the fantasy article to further their argument. It’s absolute hell trying to debate and wade through the Kirk lovers and the Kirk haters. I get the real life vs. fantasy life debate but there seems to be no common ground. I’m going to walk away and abstain from any further debate.
Stefon Diggs WR – Buffalo Bills
If you look at his 2019 season there was a lot of ups and downs. To be fair, it was a lot of mediocrity. Diggs was only targeted 10+ times once. He also didn’t catch anymore than 7 passes in a single game last season. His best game was in week 6 vs. Philadelphia. After week 6 Diggs only scored twice. He only had three games over 100 yards after week 6 as well. Everyone thinks the move to Buffalo will do him well. I’m hoping the same! In the meantime it’s hell figuring out his value for trade purposes.
Juju Smith-Schuster WR – Pittsburgh Steelers
Another polarizing athlete in terms of owning or passing him up in drafts. I think we can all admit Juju had a horrible 2019 season. Which season is the actual Juju? 2018 or 2019? The difference between the two seasons is 874 yards and 4 touchdowns. I’m sure anybody reading this is aware of the same old arguments. Without Antonio Brown Smith-Schuster is a flop. Big Ben is healthy and a full go for the 2020 season meaning, Juju should play well. There are so many questions and outliers here. To me, owning Juju isn’t hell. It’s this off-season and what do we do with him that’s hell!
Marquise “Hollywood” Brown WR – Baltimore Ravens
Once again, we’re in that gray area. What are you doing with Hollywood Brown? 2019 was his rookie season and by all means was quite successful! 584 yards and 7 touchdowns. As we look ahead to the 2020 season what’s in store for Brown? I’m sure you’ve all seen the video of him at home catching passes with his helmet on. Marquise has beefed up a bit and looks to take the next step in 2020. Will his progress be stunted by the addition of rookie RB J.K. Dobbins? Or rookie WR’s Devin Duvernay and James Proche? Again, the hell isn’t in owning him. The hell is dealing with the off-season and hierarchy of how the depth chart shakes out.
Tyler Higbee TE – Los Angeles Rams/Jared Goff QB – Los Angeles Rams
The excitement for Tyler Higbee has been growing the last few months. The hype train has also left the station and is picking up steam. What side are you on? Jared Goff seemingly took a step backwards in 2019. From a passing yardage standpoint the stayed the same. His passing TD’s dropped by 10 and he added to his INT total by 4. With addition off rookie RB Cam Akers and rookie WR Van Jefferson where does that leave Tyler?
Robby Anderson WR – Carolina Panthers
What are your expectations for Robby in 2020? Higher than normal? Lower? Or about the same? Robby cashed in after a strong finish to the 2019 season. In turn it has created this massive buzz concerning his 2020 prospects. In a way it’s created this confusion and hesitation to buy in 2020. Being stuck on the clock in your fantasy draft trying to decide between Robby and another starting RB/WR is the hell here!
Golden Tate WR – New York Giants
This one isn’t that special. It’s a little lazy if you ask me. There has been little to no news in regards to Tate. Which isn’t always a bad thing! I have stated before that professional football players age like dog years. 1 year in the NFL is equal to 7 years in real life. Tate is 31 years old and will be 32 at the beginning of August. He’s been a very nice complimentary PPR piece (2014-2017) but times are changing. The production has come to a screeching halt. So what does that mean for the 2020 season? I’m going to pass on Tate and save myself the trip to fantasy hell.
Jimmy Garappolo QB – San Francisco 49ers
I mentioned Jimmy in the Real Life vs. Fantasy Life article. Fantasy football fans have long made fun of Jimmy for being just a game manager or relying on his defense to carry the team. Which I don’t think is a big deal. In 2019 he threw for 3,978 yards and 27 TD’s! That is actually fantastic for fantasy purposes. Only reason I mention Jimmy here is because that was his one and only stud starting QB season. Are we all in on him in 2020? Or we pumping the breaks and tempering expectations? That decision alone in a ticket to fantasy hell.
N’Keal Harry WR – New England Patriots
Not being rude or a jerk but what is the fascination with Harry? He had 105 total receiving yards and 2 TD’s in 2019. Like all fantasy football discussions I’ve seen both sides of this argument. The entire Patriots team is in transition after the departure of Tom Brady. What happens next? Could it be a one way ticket to fantasy hell?
Gardner Minshew QB – Jacksonville Jaguars
Personally, I’m a fan of Gardner! He captured all of our hearts in 2019! Statistically speaking he had a great 2019 season! 3,271 passing yards with 21 passing touchdowns. Once again, I have to ask who thinks he can grow and improve from his 2019 season in 2020?
Chase Edmunds RB – Arizona Cardinals
Let’s get into the back-up RB discussion and handcuff portion of the article. Chase has shown flashes when filling in for the injured David Johnson. DJ is gone now and enter Kenyan Drake. Drake has immediately filled the void for us when talking upper echelon PPR RB’s. Drake was tossed around in MIA then came on very strong for ARZ in 2019! I firmly believe Edmunds is a strong handcuff to own in 2019 but it’s hell trying to figure out how things will shake out for the Cards in 2020.
Rashaad Penny RB – Seattle Seahawks
I know I know, Penny’s rehab has been derailed and in all likelihood will start the season on the PUP list. Only reason I mention Penny is because he was already in my notes before the news of Seattle extending an offer to Devonta Freeman. Hard pass on Penny. Why would you willingly draft him and punch your ticket to fantasy hell?
Jamaal Williams RB – Green Bay Packers
We all know Aaron Jones is the RB1 in Green Bay. After the Packers drafted A.J. Dillon it sent social media into a frenzy and further affirmed how negligent and toxic Twitter is. Moving on we have a running back situation to discuss in Green Bay. To me, it’s not close. Aaron Jones is their starting running back leaving J-Will and AJ to fight for carries and/or the RB2 role. Still very early but makes it hell trying to figure out what is going on behind Aaron Jones.
Devin Funchess WR – Green Bay Packers
Only reason I’m mentioning Devin is because the Packers picked him and have been toying with where they may play him. Is Funchess even worth our time? I get the whole process of kicking the tires or leaving no stone un-turned but c’mon now. I’ll admit the Packers are a little light in the wide receiver department. That’s what makes this situation such hell. Good luck figuring out what role Funchess will play. If any of you figure it out let me know please!
Dwayne Haskins QB – Washington Redskins
Maybe the criticisms of Dwayne are a little early but that doesn’t mean we should stop talking about them. There are so many moving parts with this one. Is it the Redskins organization? Is it the coaching staff? Or is it the young age and immaturity of Dwayne himself? Those three questions alone make it hell trying to figure out what we should do with him. I’ve had several discussions with some well respected fantasy writers about Haskins. Now a days the super flex fantasy league is becoming the most popular scoring format to use. I’m not going to get down on any owner who drafts Haskins just want to make sure you’re aware of what you are getting yourself into!
Here are few guys I mentioned in past articles. Such as Fantasy Purgatory and Real Life vs. Fantasy Life. They also double as hell to own. I’m not going to run these player profiles into the ground. Just doing my part to raise awareness!
Kerryon Johnson RB – Detroit Lions
Kyle Rudolph TE – Minnesota Vikings
Jared Cook TE – New Orleans Saints
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