2020 Fantasy Football ROOKIE Mock Draft (Round 2)

2020 Fantasy Football ROOKIE Mock Draft (Round 2)
3/31/20
Chris Robin https://twitter.com/DetroitBeastie

Another off-season and what a wild one it has been! We’re nearing the start of April and all professional sports are suspended and seasons are in question. So in turn we have a ton of spare time! Spare time means content and discussions! The NFL draft is close and that means rookie mock drafts!

If you missed round 1 of my rookie mock check it out right here! https://www.dfscheatsheet.com/2020-fantasy-football-rookie-mock-draft-round-1/nfl/03/

We all have our own opinion. We all have our own research. That’s the beauty of fantasy sports and mock drafting. 2019 was a great draft class. 2020 is even stronger!

It’s an exciting time in football. There has been a changing of the guard at the quarterback position. The older studs like Brady, Brees and Rivers have had their day. Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson have taken over their respective positions.

This 2020 draft class is filled to the brim with young and hungry guys looking to stake their claim to the throne. This is a very strong class of kids and its loaded with offensive talent. Running backs and wide receivers galore!

If you and your league get together to draft rookies separately then I salute you! It just adds more fun to the process! The more I get into the process the more I see how loaded this 2020 draft class is! This should be fun! Lets go!

ROUND 2

Colorado WR Laviska Shenault

13. Laviska Shenault WR-Colorado

I’ll admit I may be a little high on him. In the rankings we’ve done and across the industry 13-14 is his sweet spot. He’s a bigger bodied kid who is able to break tackles and gain hard yardage. The biggest concern with Shenault are injuries. He has played through most of them but I firmly believe his ability to stay healthy is what will define his success in the NFL.

LSU QB Joe Burrow

14. Joe Burrow QB-LSU

Where do I start? Burrow put up video game numbers his championship senior season. That’s all well and good but what does that mean for his professional career? I hate to jump the gun but the world knows Cincinnati is drafting him number one overall. Burrow is outstanding at reading defenses and understanding coverage. His release point and footwork are both NFL ready. He has all the makings of your prototypical stud NFL QB. My only concern is the lack of support around him in Cincinnati. LSU has some legit stud talent all NFL ready in this years draft. Can Joe play at a high level in the NFL? My magic 8 ball says yes.

Utah RB Zach Moss

15. Zack Moss RB-Utah

If you’re into a tough punishing RB the Moss is your guy! Built with a strong compacted body he is a yards after contact machine. He mixed his powerful burst with spins and cuts with phenomenal balance. Moss isn’t known as a stud receiving back but that’s not a huge knock seeing how he’s still learning to pass block. Moss is young coaches dream. Hard working and strong and willing to learn.

USC WR Michael Pittman Jr.

16. Michael Pittman Jr. WR-USC

Pittman is a big bodied wide out who is a red zone nightmare. 6’4 223lb kid who is still filling out! He’s a good route runner and all the boxes are checked with him. Athleticism and the ability to high point balls and cut on a dime all make up his game. However, he’s a tad sluggish off the line and doesn’t offer much in terms of elusiveness. I’ve read a few articles mentioning he may be a one year wonder. Claiming his prior seasons were, “just ok” at best. Pittman has NFL pedigree. His father Michael Pittman Sr. was a running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He’s a third round type real life selection but has massive upside in the second round of rookie drafts.

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa

17. Tua Tagovailoa QB-Alabama

Tua has big game experience and mastered Alabama’s offense with the ability to read a defense and shred it accordingly. First thing anyone has mentioned in discussion of Tua is the hip injury. “He will never be the same again” type talk. Look, does this injury outweigh the kids potential? He has the arm strength of a pro QB and the wheels to turn a negative play into a positive. He’s mobile with a soft touch. Guess I’m more optimistic than most but I see no issue with his professional career. There are plenty of ways to get to him on defense but what about the adjustments a good offensive coach can make? Don’t reach in your rookie draft but jump when the time is right!

South Carolina WR Bryan Edwards

18. Bryan Edwards WR-South Carolina

Physical specimen who is strong footed with excellent vision. A slot guy better suited as a WR2 does most of his work in the middle of the field. If he can work on his hands the upside grows.

Arizona State RB Eno Benjamin

19. Eno Benjamin RB-Arizona State

Eno is one fun running back to watch! He’s able to spin and cut around defenders while grinding out tough yardage. He must improve his pass blocking ability or he will have a limited role in the NFL. Eno is still work in progress but what a wonderful way to start your NFL career! Shout out to Ethan on this one!

Arizona State WR Brandon Aiyuk

20. Brandin Aiyuk WR-Arizona State

Aiyuk has plenty of room to grow as a professional wide receiver. His route running and hands have plenty of inconsistencies. He’s an awesome return guy and can bring game breaking type plays. He can contribute right away in the slot or while returning punts or kicks. Aiyuk should learn and grow right in front of us. I’m excited to watch his path!

University of Michigan WR Donovan Peoples-Jones

21. Donovan Peoples-Jones WR-Michigan

Jones was a five star recruit coming into the University of Michigan. Safe to say the awful QB play in college held him back a little bit. DPJ’s hands, size, ball skills and athletic ability are all top notch! His body control and concentration are also advanced. Jones can help right off the bat with returns and in the slot.

Minnesota WR Tyler Johnson

22.Tyler Johnson WR-Minnesota

Tyler can win battles for the ball in contested situations. He’s physical with great route running skills. The biggest knock on Johnson is his ability to get separation and get away from the defense. If he can get off the line free there will be no issue. Tyler has some work to do in the next level of his career.

Vanderbilt RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn

23. Ke’Shawn Vaughn RB-Vanderbilt

Vaughn has good vision between the tackles but is basic in terms of an NFL RB. He’s a work in progress and a good choice if you have time to let a RB develop on your roster.

Penn State WR KJ Hamler

24. KJ Hamler WR-Penn State

His lack of size almost certainly puts him in the slot. He can hang his hat on his route running and run after catch skills. Still young and willing to learn KJ needs to hit’s the weights. He has a clear path to playing time and should learn and develop quite well on the field.

That’s it for round 1!

During my process of researching and actually writing this all out I noticed a few things. There are 15-20 kids that have an unbelievable ceiling with immense upside. I know “upside” is a fun buzz word in all fantasy outlets but it fits and I’m able to get my point across to you as the reader. This years rookie drafts are going to be loads of fun!

Thank you for reading! Any questions or comments?

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PGA Core Plays – Genesis Open

PGA Core Plays
The Genesis Open
By Derek Hill

 

The Genesis Open

 

The Genesis Invitational has undergone a slight change from years past. It was previously known as the Genesis Open. Starting this year, it took on an invitational format with Tiger Woods acting as host. The field is absolutely loaded and will include 120 players. This will most likely be the most challenging non-major field of the year, and likely has a more difficult field than you see at The Masters. 8 of the top 10 players in the world will be in the field this week including each one of the top 6 players. The talent doesn’t drop off much after these players. There is a long list of big names ready to challenge for the win this week.

Riviera Country Club is a fantastic course. It is a very well-rounded challenge. When looking at the 7,322 yardage for the course, you might think distance is not a factor. When you take a closer look, you’ll see that that is not the case at all. There are 2 very short par-5s as well as a very short par 4. That leaves 7 par 4s that are over 450 yards. You will see a lot of approach shots from outside 170 yards this week. Long hitters will have an advantage this week, but you may also want to consider players who are shorter hitters but have a good long iron game. Don’t dismiss the short game. SG: Around the green will be an important statistic this week as Riviera has some of the toughest greens to hit in regulation. There will be plenty of guys trying to get up and down for par. Putting will be important as well. Don’t be surprised if you see guys marking their ball and getting a read when they’re left with < 3 feet. Riviera has the most missed putts inside 3 feet on tour.

Does it seem like I’ve mentioned just about every aspect of the game as being important this week? That pretty much is the case. That’s why it is known as a well-rounded course and a true test of golf. It requires players to hit every club in their bag as well as forces them to hit every kind of shot possible.

A few hints you may want to look into yourself. Find guys that make eagles at an above average rate. #1 is a short par 5 that concedes more eagles than any other hole on tour. Also, when in doubt, go with a lefty on this course. They have more success here than just about anywhere else.
Here are the guys I like this week:

Top-End Pick: Bubba Watson

Bubba is an obvious pick this week. How can you not go with a guy who has 3 wins here since 2014. He knows the course well enough to have an advantage over most of the rest of the field. That alone will pick him up a few shots on the field. When you take a look at his game, he has a lot that works in his favor this week. He obviously has the distance off the tee, but he also is 3rd in approaches from 175-200 yards which will be a common occurrence this week. It never hurts that he is 14 in SG: putting and 5th in overall putting.

 

Other guys I like:

Justin Thomas: If not for a late meltdown last year, he would be the defending champion at Riviera. If you eliminate his missed cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii early last month, he has just 1 finish outside the top5 in his 6 starts so far this season. That is basically the summary of why he is 1st in the FedEx Cup rankings. If you look at his statistics, he is pretty good across the board with little weakness. Riviera is a course that takes some getting used to and those familiar with it have an advantage. He is starting to feel more comfortable, gradually improving his finishes there since 2016: 54th, 39th, 9th, 2nd.

Tony Finau: Finished 2nd in 2018 and 15th in 2019. While it is early in the season, Finau ranks highly in some relevant categories this week including 7th in SG: around the green and 7th in approaches 175-200 yards. Has finished inside the top 15 in his last 4 starts

Others to consider: Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy

Mid-Tier Pick: JB Holmes

In his last 3 events he has finished: T16, T16, T14. He has missed just 1 cut in 13 appearances at Riviera since 2006. He is very familiar with the course, playing here every year since 2008. He has 5 top-10s and is the defending champion.

 

 

 

Other mid-tier guys I like:
Jason Day: Most of what I said last week about Jason Day applies again this week. His stellar short game plays just about anywhere. It will be important again this week. Jason Day is 1st in SG around the green and 7th in SG: Tee to Green. The biggest disadvantage Day has is his unfamiliarity with the course when compared to other contenders. He missed his first 2 cuts at Riviera in 2010 and 2011 when it hosted the Northern Trust Open. He has made his last 2 cuts there, but last played in this event in 2017.

Jordan Spieth: 2 top-10s and 4 top 25s in 7 tries at Riviera. Coming off of a T9 finish at Pebble Beach. His short game is coming back to him. He ranks 2nd in SG: Around the green.

Others to Consider: Marc Leishman, Charles Howell III, Adam Scott

Value Play: Aaron Baddeley

I can’t remember a time that I liked Baddeley as much as I do for the event this week. He is 14 for 17 in cuts made at Riviera, including a win in 2011. It’s not surprising to see his success here as he currently ranks 3rd in SG: Around the Green. Riviera requires good touch around its small greens. He has played some solid golf over the last few weeks. Coming off a T25 finish at the AT&T Pro-Am.

 

 

Other guys I like:

Carlos Ortiz: 3 for 3 in cuts made at Riviera. Coming off of a 9th place finish last year. Solid player from tee to green including his ability to score well on long par 4s. Players will see plenty of those this week.

Jason Kokrak: Has played at Riviera 8 times and has only missed the cut once. He placed 2nd in 2016 when the Northern Trust was played at Riviera CC. Above average player off the tee and approaching the green.

Others to consider: James Hahn

 

 

Derek Hill Grew up in rural Utah. Married my his wife,  Krista in 2010. Derek and Krista have 2 young daughters. Derek earned an undergrad degree from UVU, a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Weber State University, and Masters in Nursing Anesthesia from Samford University.  Derek