I’m a little more brash than most when it comes to getting “My guys”. I will often risk planning one or two rounds in advance to make sure I get one of them later on. Let me dive into my list and I’ll show you who I’m talking about:
Aaron Jones RB GB
For my early round “My guy”, I was seriously tempted to put Miles Sanders. With all the hype though around him, it would be far from an original take. Just know that I have him as my RB6 and would happily take him in the back half of the first round. Back to the guy in the picture though! All the talk on Jones is about regression, but with an ADP of 2.07, how much does the guy have to regress before he doesn’t return value? I just don’t see a world where it gets that bad (at least for this year). I’ve heard every excuse for why rookie AJ Dillon is going to come in and steal all of Jones’ goalline work, but if anything, Dillon should only cut into Williams’ work. The GB backfield was already a committee last year with Williams putting up over 700 all-purpose yards, so there is plenty of work left over for Jones. I’m not expecting him to repeat as the season RB2, but the ADP hit this guy has taken is seriously unwarranted. If he’s available in the second round I’m almost always taking him.
Cooper Kupp WR LAR
Like Aaron Jones, Cooper Kupp is another player I’m all over after what I see has been a huge overreaction to his conclusion of last season. From what I’ve gathered, people’s biggest gripe is that Kupp finished last season as the WR31 in fantasy over the course of the last 8 weeks. There are numerous reasons why this could be the case, stemming from Brandin Cooks’ concussion problems and the Rams switching to 2 WR sets as a result. This change hurt Kupp in his slot role and heavily favored PPR darling, Robert Woods. With the return of Josh Reynolds and addition of rookie Van Jefferson, there is little reason to believe the Rams’ offense won’t resemble the one they utilized with a healthy Brandin Cooks. If I’m in the 3rd round with Melvin Gordon, Adam Thielen, and Amari Cooper off the board, I will gladly reach for Kupp without thinking twice.
Kareem Hunt RB CLE
If I can get Hunt off of the board as my RB3, I almost instantly become happy with my draft no matter what happens later. I often end up taking him in the 5th round, but I wouldn’t be afraid of reaching from the 4th if there’s a lot of owners yet to take their second running back at that point or if there are plenty of good options for WR2 that I feel comfortable waiting on. Hunt had one of the highest floors in his 8 games last year during his first season with the Browns outsourcing Chubb in all but 2 of them. Blame it on Freddie Kitchens all you want, but if last year is the floor and his time in KC is the ceiling, I could care less who the coach is. I see him with automatic Flex or even RB2 appeal, so I will happily pay that price to lock him up.
John Brown WR BUF
After looking through my teams for inspiration writing this article, I realized just how many shares of John Brown I have. Here’s the full reasoning on why to trust Brown. In the absence of Thielen, Diggs had his shot to be a WR1 for the Vikings. Brown also had his first shot to be a WR1 for the Bills after being signed from free agency. Despite the vikings being the arguably more high-powered offense while the Bills were a more calculated, defense-first team, Brown outperformed Diggs in fantasy. This is not a situation where Diggs fully adopts the highest target share in the Bills offense, meaning that Diggs’ ADP in the 6th round is likely too high, and Brown in the 12th is way too low. Short answer, Brown is coming into 2020 ahead in Buffalo and has had plenty of success as their WR1.
Jared Goff QB LAR
I’m not saying you have to be as crazy about Goff as I am, but he should definitely be on your radar. What do I mean? I would happily build up an unstoppable fleet at other skill positions and wait to take Goff as my first, repeat, first QB on my team. People love to argue and bicker about who the wide receiver to own on the Rams is, and there’s a whole separate divide of people pro-Higbee and people who are anti-Higbee. The point here is that Goff has a lot of very shiny toys to play with in the Rams’ offense. I already expressed how eager I am to reach for Cooper Kupp this year, but even if I’m wrong and Robert Woods in one of Doctor Strange’s 14 million outcomes winds up the receiver to own from the Rams, Goff still has to have a huge season to make that happen.
Nyheim Hines RB IND
I will be the first to admit that drafting Hines in the 11th round is a dart throw. However, how many RBs can you draft in that area that aren’t mainly to be used as handcuffs? Regardless, Philip Rivers is coming to town, and despite how much I question Indy’s approach to the QB position, he’s locked in for the starting job. That in mind, every running back (not you, Marlon Mack) needs to be looked at a little more closely for fantasy. I can’t think of a quarterback more apt to checking the ball down, and that’s coming from a lifelong New England fan. With OTA’s not happening this year and having only training camp with no preseason, it wouldn’t surprise me if rookie Jonathan Taylor takes awhile to step up to a full role as the RB1 on the team. In the time while that happens, someone has to take passes from Rivers, and it sure won’t be Marlon Mack with his skillset being limited to primarily rushing the ball. I’m fully aware that Hines could be irrelevant again in fantasy come as early as week 5. However, I’ll gladly take his late-round price to squeeze some very reliable fantasy performances out of him. That’s right, I think you should start Hines in your flex spot week one.
Sam Darnold NYJ QB
Is gonna be top 10 QB this coming season don’t laugh it’s happening. Entering year two ( the same year Ryan Tannehill took the Miami Dolphins to their last playoff birth ) of Adam Gases offense expect Darnold two take massive leaps. With a new Offensive line and better weapons at WR with Perriman and Mims joining the fold.
Nick Chubb CLE RB
Listen we all saw what Nick Chubb did last year without Kareem hunt in the backfield in a terrible offense. However New head coach Kevin Stefanski is a run heavy coach. Buy him alllll
Melvin Gordon DEN RB
New deal, new coach, new team, and a whole new Gordon. Look out for a monster season out of Gordon.
Sony Michel NE RB
Look we all seen what Sony did while at GA catching the football and running it. With that said he hasn’t been a pass catcher in Bill Belichicks offense for whatever reason. Now with Cam at QB look for Michel to fin himself as a top 15 Back.
Kenny Golladay DET WR
Look at the numbers he’s been putting up without Starting QB Matthew Stafford, now just imagine what he’s gonna do with Stafford.
Cooper Kupp LAR WR
Ppr Machine what else do you need here. if he’s healthy take him as many times as possible
DJ Chark JAX WR
When Minshew took over as the number 1 QB in Jackson Chark exploded as Jacksonville’s clear number 1 WR
Hayden Hurst ATL TE
It’s simple here Ryan loves going to his TE and made Austin Hooper a lot money this offseason as a free agent. If Hurst can stay healthy oh boy look out.
Noah Fant DEN TE
A young QB with loves to fling it to anybody open. And with defenses doubling Sutton and Juedy on the outside Fant should Expose Linebackers and safeties everywhere.
Everyone knows that chemistry is a major factor to offensive and defensive success in the NFL. Most good offenses come with a speedster to take the top off of defenses, and an intermediate route-runner who can make tons of space. While your fantasy team obviously doesn’t always have guys playing on the same field at the same time, there are plenty of ways to implement team chemistry onto your fantasy squad. For the sake of this, I’m going to leave out QB/WR stacks and RB handcuffs. Obviously a great QB/WR stack can make a good week even better, and handcuffing an injury-prone RB protects the floor of the starter, so these are good combinations to have. While both are great examples of places where chemistry can boost the performance of your team, I wanted to think outside of the box today. Let’s dive in and I’ll show you what I’m talking about!
Brandin Cooks (WR – HOU) and Darius Slayton (WR – NYG)
I was considering putting AJ Green in this spot instead of Brandin Cooks, but I felt Cooks was the better fit due to the ceiling that would come with being Deshaun Watson’s #1 target. Regardless, Cooks is usually coming off of the board in the 6th round of 12-team drafts, making him either a WR3 or Flex depending on your league’s format. We know he’ll return plenty of value if he stays healthy, but the concussion risk is what’s holding him in the 6th round to begin with. For a great solution to pad any weeks Cooks may spend injured, look no further than Darius Slayton in the 9th round. Slayton has a healthy floor as he should come into 2020 as the lead receiver for the giants after establishing a strong connection with Daniel Jones in the second half of last season. Further adding to the appeal, Slayton lines up most frequently on the outside while teammates Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate are both slot-specialists. To me this is a recipe for Slayton breaking out as the clear favorite in the Giants passing game, and a great security blanket to target after drafting an injury prone player like Cooks. While I won’t go into detail, my emergency backup if Slayton gets taken early is Jets WR, Jamison Crowder.
Deebo Samuel (WR – SF) and Nyheim Hines (RB – IND)
This combination best suits the scenario where both QB and TE have been taken in the first 8 rounds, but can be applicable to any team. In this stage of the draft, you’re likely either filling in your last flex spot or beginning to add depth to your skill positions. Last season, Deebo emerged as San Francisco’s clear WR1 in a run-heavy offense for game-manager Jimmy Garoppolo. Prior to June, his ADP floated around the 5th round. However, following a Jones Fracture in his foot, he’s expected to miss the early part of the season, driving his ADP down into the 9th round. This means that he could be a steal of a player once he’s back to health, but only if you can find a way to manage in the early weeks that he spends holding a spot on your roster. Enter Nyheim Hines. His ADP is currently around the 12th or 13th round, but as there’s no real replacement for him if he gets sniped from you, I would encourage reaching as early as the 11th to secure him. For why he pairs perfectly with Deebo, Hines is a clearly defined receiving back on a team that signed a quarterback who loves throwing to running backs. Marlon Mack is irrelevant as a pass-catcher, and Jonathan Taylor will likely see a slow start to the season entering as a rookie amidst limited off-season reps. This makes Hines the perfect player to lease as a starter for the first few weeks of the season at a very low price before Deebo sees time back on the field.
T.J. Hockenson (TE – DET) and Jack Doyle (TE – IND)
Many people hold a similar mentality when it comes to drafting tight ends; “If you can’t secure one of the top tight ends in the draft, take 2 shots at the end of the draft.” How you take those shots matters though! The golden recipe is one player with a high ceiling, and one player with a high floor. If you go for 2 tight ends with high ceilings, you run the risk of both players busting and you ending up with nothing. If you go for 2 with high floors, you put a hard cap on the points you can add to your fantasy lineup. The ceiling TE in this equation is T.J. Hockenson of the Lions. Hockenson showed real promise at being a staple pass-catcher in Matthew Stafford’s arsenal before both players suffered season-ending injuries. He also emerged as a fantasy relevant tight end as a rookie, which is almost unheard of. With both players coming back in Hockenson’s second year, the sky really is the limit after seeing the foundation that was set in 2019. When looking for the yin to Hockenson’s yang, none other than Jack Doyle screams off of the page. I won’t beat a dead horse by mentioning who’s throwing the ball, but the departure of former teammate Eric Ebron to Pittsburgh is enticing in it’s own right for the sake of Doyle. Here’s the quick list of what you need to know: Doyle is currently being drafted as the TE22 after finishing 2019 15th in receptions and 15th in touchdowns. Ebron leaves 52 vacated targets and 3 vacated touchdowns, so the fact that Doyle has up to that amount of work to fulfill makes drafting him a no-brainer. This isn’t a player who’s just expected to have a high floor, it’s one who has already demonstrated it. If you draft this pair of tight ends, you may never have to think about the position for the rest of the year.
I’ve never seen anyone discuss this topic, so if you’ve made it this far, thanks for your interest! The point of these pairings is that each player’s advantages negate the other respective player’s pitfalls. If you have any other combinations you see in this regard, let me know! If you see problems with the players I chose and think I’m just an idiot with a loud opinion, well…let me know! I look forward to all discussions that follow!
Some of our best ideas aren’t always our own. If you surround yourself with positive like minded people the only options are to learn and grow. You are the company you keep. When you’re in a situation or have a platform such as this to provide content and opinions, you find success working with others.
Take advice, be kind, share ideas and be open to change. Acting like the smartest person in the room won’t get you very far. Don’t make the mistake of succumbing to your own ego. I’m just a spoke on the wheel of fantasy sports content. Sure I have fun and cool ideas but what about long term success? I’ve found that this entire format can dry up quick and what am I left with? Recycling ideas with little to no support.
I’ve long been into the mindset of supporting others and being a soundboard for ideas that are not my own. Ever evolving and building long lasting relationships. As an only child I’ve been told that it’s in my nature to be selfish and not good at sharing. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Especially in this case. I’m only as good as the people around me. I cannot do this alone. I need the advice, respect and support from all of you.
Together we are stronger, together we are unbroken, together we can do anything. The idea for this article came from a friend of mine, Adam. He supports my ideas, I support his! Create an atmosphere around you where people feel comfortable sharing ideas and telling you their thoughts. It’s a two way street that demands respect. Thank you Adam! I support you and I respect you.
Let’s get into IDP (individual defensive player) trade values in comparison to the offensive skill positions. I have seen a slew of questions across all social media platforms. “In a dynasty start up with IDP what’s a good round to start drafting IDP?” Or trade questions like this, “I was sent an offer to trade away Bobby Wagner (SEA LB) for my RB2 or 3, what do I do?” Let me help you!
As you can see in the graphic above, this is my top-20 IDP for dynasty formats headed into the 2020 season. With all the mock drafts going on and rookie drafts which are already completed, when and where do I start grabbing defensive players?“ It’s a legitimate question which I plan on answering in full below!
In comparison to the IDP top-20 above is my personal super-flex top-20. You don’t have to be an IDP fan to notice the stark difference in lists. Patrick Mahomes, Christian McCaffery and Lamar Jackson are all NFL super-stars. So the point of this article is to describe where we should make our first IDP selection and what to expect with trading. It always seems to be confusing. So much so it’s turning people away from IDP! We can’t have that!
I’ve long said in the right scoring format our defensive players can score just like our offensive players. I don’t like talking and/or writing about topics I don’t personally know about. Would make no sense for me to tell your story and vice-versa. As recent as last season I was involved in a full blown IDP dynasty start up. I was told the scoring format would be equal across the board. Meaning, you could build a championship defense just as well as an electric offense.
As you can see above this is the scoring format for my IDP league. Let’s discuss the differences and similarities! The first thing that should jump out to you is how fantasy friendly the IDP’s are to your team. Mind you this is custom setting and a custom format for my league. Nonetheless still close to a default scoring system. A sack is 6 points. Same a rushing TD for a RB or a receiving TD for a WR. A passing TD for your QB is 6 points pretty standard but on the IDP side an interception is 5.5 points. Almost a wash. One of the more important statistics for our starting RB’s is total yards right? Here you can see that 1 rushing yard equals 0.25 points. On the defensive side a solo tackle is 3.25 points. Hopefully I haven’t lost you! Lets talk about what I just mentioned step by step!
In the right scoring format, such as this, you can see that a stud RB can accumulate points at the same clip as a stud LB. TD’s, sacks, interceptions, receptions and assisted tackles are all basically the same in terms of points. That’s an important factor when drafting your team. So at what point do we start drafting defensive players? As we all know not all players are created equal. Why is that? Why are the top-ranked linebackers not being drafted among the top-ranked running backs? It’s quite simple. Guaranteed workload and opportunity!
Anyone can sit down pre-draft and/or Sunday morning and know what to expect from a first round talent and consensus #1 overall pick like Christian McCaffrery. In 2019 CMC averaged 17.9 rushing attempts a game, 7.3 receptions a game for an overall average of 60.8 rushing yards a game and 52.6 receiving yards a game. 60.8 x .25 = 15.2. 52.6 x .25 = 13.15. 15.2 + 13.15 = 28.35. So before even stepping on the field you could pencil CMC in for 28.35 points per game. As I’m sure you’ve noticed I didn’t factor TD’s into the equation. If you didn’t know, projecting TD’s is the hardest and most violate statistic there is.
Lets do the same breakdown but with a stand-out stud and consensus first overall IDP, Indianapolis Colts LB Darius Leonard! Leonard had 121 total tackles in 2019, 71 solo and 50 assisted, 5 sacks and 5 INT‘s. Meaning Leonard made on average 10.08 tackles a game. So we’re looking at about 24.48 fantasy points per game. 71 solo tackles x 3.25 = 230.75. 50 assisted tackles x 1.75 = 87.5. 230.75 + 87.5 = 318.25/13 (total games played) = 24.48. Much like TD statistics for offensive players turnovers and sacks are hard to judge.
For the sake of this comparison you have CAR RB Christian McCaffrery at around 28 fantasy points a game while IND LB Darius Leonard comes in around 24 fantasy points per game. What does that tell us? Numbers aside, it tells me that you can personally build a championship defense on your roster just as easily as stacking offensive talent! Personally I would draft an IDP like Leonard, Nick Bosa or Roquon Smith as early as the 3rd or 4th round. Maybe I’m partial to IDP but drafting Leonard in the 3rd makes sense given the scoring format. Below is a photo of my personal IDP roster. Earlier I mentioned being open and honest and only speaking on topics that I know. I can’t tell your story! I don’t know it that well! So looking at my roster you can clearly see I have a few heavyweight defensive players.
When it comes to playing with a full compliment of defensive players, I only have a few rules:
1. Collect linebackers!
In most IDP scoring formats tackles are the name of the game. Linebackers accumulate tackles, sacks and turnovers. They make your IDP roster go-round! I’ve said it several times but LB’s are the RB’s of your defensive roster. When drafting fantasy players build entire stables of running backs. Handcuffs, rookies and safe veterans. You should do the same with your linebacking core. Build a stable of LB’s that can be interchangeable, impressive and pack a punch!
2. Don’t fade defensive backs!
In some IDP leagues cornerbacks and safeties are not separate positions. Just a general DB roster spot. If that’s your case then I wouldn’t even consider CB’s! Roster and start as many top-notch safeties as you can. For example, Jamal Adams, Landon Collins and Budda Baker. As stated above tackles are the point getters for you team! What better way to accumulate points then having a collection of ball hawking active safeties? If your league is like mine CB’s and S are two separate positions. If you look at any IDP ranking list you have to scroll and scroll until you get to the highest ranking cornerback. If a CB is really good at what he does the opposing QB avoids him. Meaning a stud CB is a better real life player then a fantasy player.
3. Don’t overlook the importance of a good defensive lineman!
D-line and the position as a whole has been very scarce the last few years. Until recently, 2019, it’s been a very tough position to dial into. In the more advanced IDP settings defensive end and defensive tackle are separate slots on your rosters. If your DL spot encompasses BOTH DE and DT then have no fear! Plenty of options there! Like the Bosa brothers or Watt brothers. If your league is set up to split the defensive line then your playing with the big dogs! Meaning looking week to week for a start-able defensive tackle can be a long and arduous process!
I never want to lie and mislead any of you. So I’d be remiss if I didn’t discuss trade values and the art of trading in an IDP league. What to expect and what to do! This just in! I have no ground breaking advice. Nothing that’s going to knock off your socks! Only years of personal experience. Which, some would say is the best option. I’ve been sent several messages and emails all in relation to trades in IDP leagues. Much like anything we do in life it helps to be informed! More importantly, know the scoring format in your league. Do your research! Don’t be afraid to tell the other team you need time! Crunch numbers and take notes! There is no rush. Use a trade calculator if need be. My most important advice when it comes to trading is be mindful and smart. Don’t sell yourself short. It’s ok to decline or send a counter offer. It’s business 101 to reject the first offer. Just a personal opinion of mine.
Look, I’m not the end all be all for fantasy sports. Just a passionate guy who likes discussing all things fantasy. Just so happens I’m very interested in IDP content. Only reason I prefaced things this way is due to all the negative and negligent advice now-a-days on social media. Never a concern of mine seeing how if you’re reading this then you look upon fantasy sports as a fun hobby and don’t take it too serious!
We’re not quite into the dog days of summer yet, but close enough! I’d like to keep it strictly business and just about fantasy football but we all know that’s tough. Not how I operate!
We got word early this week about baseball resuming with, “summer camps” at each teams respective ball park. In turn, multiple athletes are opting out. The dominoes will soon fall in my opinion. Before you rake me over the coals and ask, “why is Chris being such a pessimistic jerk?” just know I want ALL sports to resume in a safe and orderly fashion.
Turning our attention back to football, fantasy football, more importantly! The thought of a full NFL schedule this fall really tickles my fancy! The older I get the more thankful I am for the past. Let me explain. As I sit here it’s 90 degrees and sunny, not a cloud in the sky here in Michigan. Yet I can picture, very vividly, being outside early October. The air is crisp, I’m raking leaves and trying to get it all done in advance of the Lions game at 1p.
This excitement is a top-10 feeling to me. Looking ahead to the NFL schedule is more than just the compliment of games. It’s a mindset that evokes pleasure and causes an incontestable feeling of joy. Some of you, on the West Coast, don’t experience fall and winter like we do in Michigan and the East Coast. It’s a season and feeling better suited for another time.
As we prepare to draft, make waiver claims or do some off-season trading I think we should look ahead to the 2020 NFL schedule! More importantly, fantasy stuffed games! I look at fantasy sports the same way the weather man looks at his forecasts. You have some legit numbers and facts but the meat of it all is guessing mixed with opinions. Here are some personal favorite NFL games heading into the 2020 season week by week!
WEEK 1 (9-13-20)
HOU @ KC
Lets be honest with each other. It would’ve been very easy to put Kansas City in this article each week. We all know what Pat and the boys will be up to this season! I’m more excited to see what Watson, Cooks and DJ have in store.
TB @ NO
Week 1 at 4:25p in New Orleans all eyes will be on this game. We get the heavyweight match-up between Tom Brady and Drew Brees! So many offensive weapons on both sides! I’m preparing you now, get used to seeing a lot of NFC South divisional games ahead in this article!
WEEK 2 (9-20-20)
BAL @ HOU
Another favorite option by all football fans and fantasy players alike, Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. Just so happens they are in HOU week 2. We know Watson can keep pace. What we don’t know is how bad the Texans defense will be early in the season. My guess is bad.
ATL @ DAL
I’ve heard a lot about Matt Ryan on even numbered years. I’ve actually discussed it a time or two. If Ryan holds true to form he should put up a frenzy of statistically positive points in 2020. What I find most intriguing about this early season contest is how in sync will the Cowboys be? Dak and his contract discussion all off season should be in the rear-view by now but at what cost?
WEEK 3 (9-27-20)
KC @ BAL
I sat and watched my blinking cursor for about ten minutes thinking of adjectives and how I wanted to mention this game. Lamar vs. Mahomes, what can I say that would get you even more excited then you are now? I’m guessing nothing! Is it possible the best game of the entire season is in week 3? What a time to be alive!
WEEK 4 (10-4-20)
CLE @ DAL
The Cleveland Browns? Really? Yes! Let’s say CLE really puts it all together in 2020 week 4 sounds like big enough buffer to get it all going! In Dallas shocking all of us and becoming the powerhouse team they are built to be! Eh, what do I know?
ARZ @ CAR
For some odd reason this game stood out to me on the week-4 schedule. The Cardinals are going to Carolina and they will put an absolute beat down on Teddy and the Panther faithful.
LV v BUF
Mark my words, this week-4 match-up will be the best game on the schedule early October. A Buffalo Bills team on the rise in Vegas vs. an offensive grouping of very young studs! Look for this one to go back and forth, touchdown after touchdown. I don’t know who wins and I don’t really care. All I care about are the glorious fantasy points that will accumulate!
ATL @ GB
As a fan of the NFC and more importantly the NFC North I always love when these two teams get together. Ryan vs. Rodgers has been a top-notch head-to-head for years yet no one really talks about it. Second week into October in Green Bay at 8:15p, Sunday Night Football! Gather round and watch two fantastic QB’s duel it out!
WEEK 5 (10-11-20)
BUF @ TEN
If Tennessee can re-capture any of magic they had late last season then this team should be fun to watch! I mentioned Buffalo earlier so this might just be my favorite game on the week 5 schedule!
WEEK 6 (10-18-20)
ARZ @ DAL
I have an odd feeling Dallas takes it on the chin at home a few times this season. This is one of those times! By this time in the season we should know if Kyler is legit or not. We should also know how Hopkins and Kenyan Drake are getting along. I think just fine, the final score will tell us that!
NYJ @ LAC
Maybe it’s just me but I’m looking forward to this game! Darnold, Bell and Mims v Herbert, Ekler and Keenan Allen. The only reason why I’m point this game out is because I firmly believe Herbert finally gets his first official start of the season here and doesn’t look back!
WEEK 7 (10-25-20)
CLE @ CIN
The battle for Ohio! As a Michigander you’re brought up to dislike Ohio early and often. I’m going to set that aside for this match-up. I’ve always been partial to bad teams. What are the chances both of these teams have winning records ahead of this week 7 battle in Cincinnati?
WEEK 8 (11-1-20)
IND @ DET
I’m not a fortune teller and I surely don’t have a crystal ball but what if this game is one of those sneaky out of no-where really good fantasy games? Who knows? Would you agree at least we will get Stafford and Kenny G? The rookies Jonathon Taylor and Michael Pittman Jr.?
LV @ CLE
The more I’ve been reading and discovering the NFL schedule the more I’m starting to like Vegas and Cleveland for fantasy purposes. So week 8 is a perfect storm! Mind you, this entire article is all my own opinion! All these games and personal thoughts could go up in flames or I could look like genius!
WEEK 9 (11-8-20)
NO @ TB
I’m a sucker for a good sequel! Especially horror movies! While I don’t see this being a bloody slasher flick I do see it comparable to Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Better then the original! Tompa Bay vs. Brees part 2!
DEN @ ATL
Denver will be in Atlanta week 9 and although I don’t expect DEN to have a stellar record at this time I envision Atlanta’s defense to be exhausted and beat up at this point. Very leaky while Drew Lock to Jerry Jeudy have career games.
WEEK 10 (11-15-20)
SF @ NO
I didn’t notice until right this moment how many times I’ve mentioned New Orleans! Wasn’t done on purpose! This time it’s in favor of the 49ers, slightly! Again, I don’t care who wins. Only points and fireworks! Week 10 in the bayou should have plenty.
HOU @ CLE
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. CLE is playing well, they’ve won a few games and are in the hunt still (within reason). Home game in week 10, stadium is completely packed and they get absolutely blown-out. Sound familiar? Watson throws for 3 TD’s while rushing for one. Baker lays an egg and throws a few INT’s. Classic Cleveland!
WEEK 11 (11-22-20)
TEN @ BAL
I might be in the minority here but I really am a fan of the Titans and the fantasy studs on their roster. Plus they are in Baltimore which means Lamar Jackson. How could you go wrong with this one?
LAC @ DEN
Lets say I was wrong with my assessment of Justin Herbert taking over and not looking back in week 6. This is the week they give him the starting gig and he doesn’t look back!
WEEK 12 (11-29-20)
KC @ TB
Ah Kansas City again! This time in Tampa Bay! With it being week 12 safe to say most teams know where they stand. Playoffs, in the hunt or already too far behind? Who knows but this game is going to fantastic! Does Tom still have what it takes? Anybody feeling a 2 minute drill for the win in this one?
SEA @ PHI
End of September in Philly! Seattle comes to town and absolutely wails on the Eagles here. Is Wentz still the starting QB? What’s going on with rookie WR Jalen Reagor? Only two things I know for certain in this one, Miles Sanders is a RB1 and DK Metcalf is a WR1.
WEEK 13 (12-6-20)
DAL @ BAL
Remember earlier how I mentioned Dallas taking it on the chin a few times this season? This is one of those times. Although five months away would you agree that Baltimore winds up being 11-2 or 10-3 at this point? A win here at home clinches the division for the Ravens? I tend to agree and it’s a beat down. Don’t be that upset! Dallas players get some garbage time points and we all leave happy!
WEEK 14 (12-13-20)
KC @ MIA
Week 14 in MIA? Kansas City players can single handily win you your week here. Don’t get cute! Start your studs people!
BAL @ CLE
Week 14 in CLE? Baltimore players can single handily win you your week here! Don’t get cute! Start your studs! See what I did here! Man oh man do I love copy and paste!
WEEK 15 (12-20-20)
KC @ NO
Most people might find this game among their favorites of the entire season and I wouldn’t blame them! Another heavyweight match-up! What projects as one of the best teams in the NFC vs. the cream of the crop in the AFC. For the sake of the article and our fantasy teams lets say both teams still have a thing or two to play for here!
WEEK 16 (12-27-20)
Let’s hope at this point your fantasy season is over and you’ve done what we all expected of you, champ!
TB @ DET
For selfish reasons I’m hoping to attend this game to see some live action Tampa Bay action. Who knows what to expect? Seriously? Are the Bucs sitting their studs after already clinching a playoff spot? Are my Detroit Lions still in the hunt? These late season games are so hard to judge! Not only are they six months away but its Tampa and Detroit!
WEEK 17 (1-3-21)
NYJ @ NE
Let’s expect both teams are already eliminated from playoff contention. That being said, it’s still an AFC East divisional game against two teams who hate each other. I’m not expecting a ton of fantasy points, well not from the regular guy, just an all out slobber knocker of a game that’s fun to watch!
Thank you for reading and humoring me! Trust me I know it’s a ridiculous idea but what else are we to do in July? Again, thanks for all the support and all the great interactions on social media!
Well friends, we’ve reached the summer! More importantly, the end of June and start of July! Where do we go from here? To be honest go outside! Enjoy the summer! Feel the sun on your skin, grass on your feet and jump in a lake!
Look, I didn’t assemble you all here to tell how to spend your summer time. I wanted to open on a lighter note, it kind of my thing. Realistically I wanted to chat with all of you.
When it comes to opinion pieces and fun article ideas a lot of what you read are my thoughts. Plain and simple! Nothing more nothing less. I can write for hours on end spouting off statistics and percentages but that’s not always fun. That’s not always interesting. Since day one I’ve hung my hat on witty conversations and my outlandish opinions.
When the idea for this article arose those were my thoughts exactly! Give my personal opinion in a fun and interesting way. True to form, my process! As we spend the day outdoors, in the sun, swimming, grilling and lighting off Roman candles lets remember why we celebrate this day. Independent Day. Our country is very divided at this time and your thoughts and reasoning are your own. Although we celebrate being free today lets carry the love for ourselves and others over to tomorrow as well. Just an additional day is all I ask.
As we get into the article Tim and I will go back and forth on each combo! Tim has the first word! Shout out to Sideline Squib for letting Tim and I get together for some fun!
Sam Darnold and Denzel Mims
Sam Darnold is a 23 year old who had a horrid offensive line for his first two seasons in the NFL, but the Jets have significantly upgraded the line in the draft, by taking Mekhi Becton in the first round and Cameron Clarke, a great value in the fourth round. Becton should have an immediate impact and start from day 1 allowing Darnold to have more time to scan the field and find an open teammate. Darnold lost his deep threat in Robby Anderson to free agency this off-season and added Denzel Mims with some high draft capital in the second round. Mims broke out in his sophomore season at Baylor University with a stat line of 61/1087/8 at the age of 19.9 according to playerprofile.com Expect Mims to have a great rookie season with him being the target leader on the team, only competing with Jamison Crowder, Breshad Perriman and Le’veon Bell, all three of which might not be on the team after this season, due to contract years and potential trade rumors. He should be able to step into the number one role fairly easily and early on in his career. – Tim
Sam Darnold and Denzel Mims New York Jets
As the summer heat intensifies so does my love for this duo in New York. These two kids (23 and 22 years old) are now the corner stones for Jets, along with Bell on offense. I’ve been on the Darnold train for a few months now. Which puts me in the minority. Sam had his second professional season derailed by mono last season but was on pace for career numbers. Is it wrong of me to think Sam breaks out in a big way this coming season? Which makes Denzel Mims a very attractive option at WR. – Chris
Drew Lock and Cortland Sutton
Drew Lock now entering his sophomore season with the Denver Broncos, Lock gets some added offensive weapons in the NFL draft with his new wide receiver two and three, Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler and the addition of his former Missouri teammate Albert Okwuegbunam, tight end. The Broncos also added Melvin Gordon in free agency to pair with Phillip Lindsay in the backfield. Gordon and Lindsay are both good pass catching backs and should be utilized by the young, talented quarterback. Lock only appeared in five games in his rookie campaign and averaged just 204 passing yards per game with a 7/3 touchdown to interception ratio completing 64.1% of his passes which would be middle of the road. Lock has no excuses for this season with the amount of weapons the Broncos now have. Along with the new rookies, Cortland Sutton is the Broncos young wide receiver number one at age 24 entering his third season with the team and took a really big step forward last year, establishing himself as an up and coming star at the position. Sutton has large frame and should be a red zone machine this year with the newly acquired weapons helping to move the ball down the field a little easier. Expect the chemistry between Drew Lock and Courtland Sutton to only get stronger and see them both grow this season and beyond. – Tim
Drew Lock and Courtland Sutton Denver Broncos
Let me be honest here, a lot of the chatter around Lock hasn’t been so much about him but the young stud weapons around him. No matter how you explain it Drew Lock is the guy quarterbacking this team. Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler, Melvin Gordon, Philip Lindsay, Noah Fant and Coutland Sutton are all at Lock’s disposal. The issue here is his lack of real game action. Only starting five games at the end of the 2019 season, Lock make the most of his time on the field. Throwing for 1,020 yards on 100 completions with 7 TD’s. With Lock at the helm and the potential of these positional players the combo of Lock/Sutton is sky high! – Chris
Dwayne Haskins and Terry McLaurin
Dwayne Haskins is entering his sophomore season as well just turning 23 years old this off-season. Haskins improved over his last three games of his nine games played with the Redskins last season, finding his footing with fellow college teammate Terry McLaurin who was a breakout player in his rookie season with the Redskins. McLaurin’s first five NFL games were a great start to a very talented young wide receiver with a stat line of 23/408/5. With Haskins and McLaurin already having that chemistry from Ohio State and now one year in the NFL, Mclaurin will be Haskins’ safety blanket this season and feed McLaurin the ball. Expect these two to take a step forward in becoming a great tandem for years to come! – Tim
Dwayne Haskins and Terry McLaurin Washington Redskins
I’m not a fan of Dwayne Haskins. Has nothing to do with his character or where he played college ball. As a fantasy sports writer it would be negligent of me to write bad or criticize a guy based solely on my opinion. So in turn I’ve done my due diligence and I must admit, Haskins long term prospects aren’t as grim as I once thought. The college football connection Dwayne and Terry have can’t be dismissed. I’m going to start slow with this combo, let it develop over time and be patient. Plus 1,000+ WR’s with 5-6 TD’s a season don’t grow on trees right? – Chris
Daniel Jones and Darius Slayton
Daniel Jones showed a promising rookie campaign with the Giants and was able to put together a good season in 13 games played. Jones showed his arm strength and big play ability while also showing off his legs a little bit which is a plus for fantasy purposes. It’s always a plus when a rookie quarterback and rookie wide receiver, both flash in their first season together, it shows they trust one another and have that chemistry of being in that same draft class. Darius Slayton is that rookie for the Giants. Slayton showed his ability to have stud games with two 30+ point fantasy point performances. Expect Slayton to be a little more reliable with his second year in the system with Daniel Jones behind center, making this tandem breakout potentials this season. – Tim
Daniel Jones and Darius Slayton New York Giants
Would I look foolish if I told you how excited I am for this young QB/WR combo? Didn’t think so but I just wanted to see where we stand. Danny dimes and a big arm and this coming season, 2020, Daniel Jones is going to break out in a big big way! Get as many shares as you can, telling you now! 550+ passing attempts in addition to 25+ total TD’s for Jones this season is a real possibility! Any team with a stud RB like Saquon will always have a chance to put up massive yards through the air. The biggest beneficiary here is Slayton. I’m hopeful Darius can learn from a PPR monster like Golden Tate and be the WR1 for the Giants in 2020 and beyond! – Chris
Baker Mayfield and Donovan Peoples-Jones
Baker Mayfield set the record for most touchdown passes by a rookie with 27 in 2018. Mayfield was not able to improve on his rookie season, even with the addition of Odell Beckham Jr. and Kareem Hunt, in fact Mayfield took a big step backward throwing five less touchdowns, seven more interceptions and completion percentage dropped from 63.7% to 59.9%. Mayfield gets even more weapons added to his team this off-season in Austin Hooper, Donavon People-Jones and OT Jack Conklin. If Mayfield can’t perform like he did his rookie season with the weapons now surrounding him, then the Browns should probably look for a new face of their franchise. Donavon Peoples-Jones needs to prove himself in pre-season to earn his role as the number three receiver but will have to compete with fellow teammate Rashard Higgins. Even if Peoples-Jones beats out Higgins for that spot, he will still be behind Beckham Jr., Landry, Hooper, Hunt and possibly Chubb for target share. Everyone previously mentioned, except for Hunt, is set to be on the team for the 2021 season as well leaving Peoples-Jones in the shadows for yet another season following his rookie campaign. – Tim
Baker Mayfield and Donovan Peoples-Jones Cleveland Browns
Where do I begin? There are a lot of opinions in relation to the Browns already. Opinions lead to questions. The biggest concern I’ve seen so far are all the mouths to feed. Which is fine, not a deal breaker but do you think Baker can support all these talented positional players? Glad you asked, I do not believe he can. As we just saw young TE David Njoku has requested a trade? Has Njoku given a reason? Is he nervous about Hooper taking targets and touches away? Or is he scared about the competition? I know this isn’t a glowing endorsement for Peoples-Jones but here me out. I doubt DPJ makes much noise this season but I’m investing in dynasty formats. Something doesn’t feel right to me in Cleveland. It’s only a matter of time before OBJ freaks out and requests a trade right? Or let’s say Hooper doesn’t live up to the huge contract? Again, something feels off to me in Cleveland and I firmly believe DPJ gets a shot sooner rather than later! – Chris
Tua Tagovailoa and Preston Williams
Tua Tagovailoa played his college ball at Alabama where he came on to the scene in the 2017-2018 season when he came into the National Championship game to replace Jalen Hurts and led the Crimson Tide on a comeback to win the national championship. Tagovailoa might have the most upside of the incoming rookie class at quarterback, but is definitely a question mark with all of his previous injury history. Tagovailoa has had five injuries in his three year career at Alabama. Those injuries being a broken index finger, Sprained right knee, high ankle sprain in each ankle, and the most recent, a dislocated right hip that came with a wall fracture, the ankle sprains and hip dislocation all required surgery. After the hip dislocation, there were doubts that Tagovailoa would ever be able to play football again. Before the devastating injury, Tagovailoa was being considered as the number one overall pick in the 2020 draft until his hip injury occurred , which caused him to drop to the number five overall pick behind fellow quarterback Joe Burrow who went number one to the Bengal’s. Tagovailoa might be eased into the starting role, where he sits behind the veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, to learn the ropes of the offense and have a little more time to rest his hip. Whether Tagovailoa sits an entire year or starts week one, he has crazy upside and is destined to shine in the NFL if he can stay healthy. Fellow teammate Preston Williams is coming off of his own season ending injury of an ACL tear in week 9 of 2019. Williams was off to a great start for a rookie, especially an un-drafted free agent. Williams would have been on pace for a stat line of 64/856/6, which would’ve been among the other top rookie wide receivers in 2019. Williams is on track to be back in action fully healthy week 1 and should be a great target for Tagovailoa once he is the starting quarterback. Expect these two to have a strong connection as the dolphins did not address any skill positions in the draft, showing complete faith in Williams. – Tim
Tua Tagovailoa and Preston Williams Miami Dolphins
Another interesting topic in terms of playing time. Wouldn’t you agree? With it only being the start of July we really have no idea how the starting QB snaps are going to shake out. All we know is that Miami is trending in the right direction and they didn’t draft Tua 5th overall to sit on the sideline. Preston is also an interesting topic for discussion. Williams is also a popular breakout candidate given his age and skill set. Who am I to argue? This combo has all the makings of a long term connection on a young up-and-coming franchise! – Chris
Patrick Mahomes and Mecole Hardman
Patrick Mahomes is, well Patrick Mahomes. That’s all that needs said about him. Mecole Hardman is entering his sophomore season with the Chiefs and is a playmaker. The Chiefs originally drafted Hardman to replace Tyreek Hill due to his off the field issues last off season, but instead, now the Chiefs have two of the fastest offensive players in the NFL. Hardman showed off his speed having multiple breakaway touchdown scores. Hardman will be battling Sammy Watkins for the number two wide receiver role on the team, but still behind Hill, Travis Kelce, and possibly newly drafted Clyde Edwards-Helaire for targets. The speedsters usually last a long time in the NFL for example Ted Ginn Jr. and DeSean Jackson, So don’t expect him going anywhere anytime soon, which means Hardman and Mahomes have quite a while to get their connection down to be on a more consistent pace. Hardman might not be a great week in, week out play for fantasy, but his big play ability always helps if you need a guy in a pinch. It also doesn’t hurt when you have Mahomes throwing the ball around for three to five touchdowns a game. – Tim
Patrick Mahomes and Mercole Hardman Kansas City Chiefs
Hardman is a 22 year old kid with some wheels who racked up 538 receiving yards and 7 total TD’s in 2019 on only 26 receptions. That’s 20.7 yards/reception. I find that mind blowing! So sky’s the limit. Mercole’s potential is to the moon and back right? Given the other offensive positional players in KC I can see almost the exact same stat line for Hardman in 2020. Hill, Kelce, Clyde Edwards and Damien Williams are all other members of this offense and will more then likely touch the ball more often and at a better pace with Hardman. Let’s say Hill gets hit with the injury bug early on in 2020. Who is the biggest benefactor? To be clear, I’m not wishing harm on any football player along with anyone else on this earth but we must think about these types of things when building a fantasy football team. Personally, Hardman could and should be the WR1 in KC if an unfortunate situation were to arise. Also, I know it’s silly to talk and/or assume this way but again, it’s a legitimate thought. Oh, I failed to mention Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes here! Go Google him and report back. – Chris
Gardner Minshew and DJ Chark Jr.
Gardner Minshew is more of a game manager than anything, with only having 21 touchdowns and 6 interceptions across 14 games played last season. Minshew needs to work on his accuracy of 60.6% completed passes. Being a game manager isn’t bad, it just doesn’t produce a lot of fantasy points and doesn’t help the weapons around Minshew that much. Being a game manager only helps the team when the team is in a close game, winning, or relying on a great defense. None of those examples helping towards Fantasy production. Minshew and DJ Chark Jr. had a very good connection last year where Chark Jr. broke out hauling in 73 catches for 1008 yards and 8 touchdowns. Chark Jr. has not dropped a catch able pass since 2018, so he is a reliable target to throw the ball to, but will it be in his range to haul it in with Minshew at quarterback is the question. – Tim
Gardner Minshew and D.J. Chark Jr. Jacksonville Jaguars
I find this QB/WR combo very interesting for a few reasons. Let me explain. As it stands now both guys couldn’t be farther apart in ADP (average draft position). Minshew’s ADP sits at 167.7 while Chark’s ADP is holding firm at 55.2. Chark also checks in as WR22 while Gardner is all the way down as QB25. Meaning at their respective draft day price tag Minshew is basically free while Chark is rather cheap for his upside. I see both kids putting up almost mirror images of their 2019 season. So much so that it’s basically a no-brainer to draft each player in 2020. – Chris
Joe Burrow and Tee Higgins
Joe Burrow, the transfer from Ohio State to LSU had an unforgettable season last year, leading the Tigers to a title. Burrow was the number one overall pick in the draft in April and is going to be the Bengal’s starting quarterback from day one. The Bengal’s are a weird team to evaluate because they have a lot of talent in AJ Green, Tyler Boyd, John Ross, Joe Mixon, Auden Tate, and now throw Tee Higgins into the mix. The Bengal’s needed to add depth on the offensive line this off season which they added two guards in the draft, and they’re getting their first round draft pick from 2019 offensive tackle Jonah Williams back from an injury. Burrow should thrive in this offense. Higgins and Burrow have been working out together this off season, another reason to love the tandem. Higgins is the future of the Bengal’s wide receiving core. Expect AJ Green to either be injured at some point in the season, be dealt by the trade deadline or leave in free agency after this season. Tyler Boyd is not the kind of receiver to take over as a number one, he needs the attention drawn away from him, leaving Higgins primed for the number one role when Green is gone. This is a crucial piece to the Bengal’s franchise, the last time the Bengal’s drafted a quarterback to be their starter and wide receiver in the same year it was in 2011 when the Bengal’s took AJ Green number four overall and Andy Dalton number 35 overall, and we know how those two have been in the NFL together with that chemistry. – Tim
Joe Burrow and Tee Higgins Cincinnati Bengals
Not much I can say in comparison to what Tim has said above. The most important thought that has popped up time and time again to me is the idea of growing together. Imagine drafting a national championship QB and pairing him with a 22 year old 6’4 WR who had massive success in college (SEC)? It’s a match made in heaven! Correct me if I’m wrong but Cincinnati has seemingly put together a very young and strong offense. One that will be the envy of the league for years to come! – Chris
Justin Herbert and Mike Williams
Justin Herbert had a lot of question marks while at Oregon with his accuracy issues and decision-making ability, so it will be interesting to see how he translates and improves those to the NFL. Herbert has the weapons to succeed with Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Hunter Henry, and Austin Ekeler but his decision making will be his deciding factor when it comes to his NFL success. Mike Williams is entering his fourth year of his career and has only had one year of 1,000+ yards which was this past season when he had 1,001 yard,. Williams showed as a red zone threat in 2018 hauling in 10 touchdowns but disappeared last season with only two touchdowns. If Williams can combine those two statistics he can be a top 12 wide receiver in the NFL. – Tim
Justin Herbert and Mike Williams Los Angeles Chargers
What rookie QB are you most excited about long term? I’m going to take this opportunity to answer my own question, Justin Herbert! I’m head over heels with this kids long term outlook! I mean what’s not to love? 6’6 22 year old kid with an absolute cannon for an arm. Let me give you fake scenario, tell me what you think? Say Herbert was drafted by Miami, Cincinnati or a team like the Vegas Raiders or even Indianapolis? A team where he was drafted to be the QB1 right off the bat. How much higher would his ADP be right now? Or his seasonal projections? You’re probably wondering why I’ve mentioned all this since the draft didn’t go down this way. Well, I said all that nonsense to express how special Herbert is going to be in the NFL for years on end. Tyrod Taylor is currently on top of the QB depth chart in LA. Tyrod is a serviceable NFL QB, personally I’m a fan of his but there’s just no chance the Chargers keep Justin down for any length of time in 2020. Even Tyrod will succumb to Herbert’s talents sooner rather then later. The cheery on top? Keenan Allen, Austin Ekler and Mike Williams! – Chris
Kyler Murray and Christian Kirk
Kyler Murray is entering his sophomore season with the Cardinals and is electric with the ball in his hands. He can make something out of nothing with his legs and his arm strength. Murray won NFL offensive rookie of the year last year with a very impressive stat line throwing for 3,722 yards and 20 touchdowns while throwing 12 interceptions. Murray also added another 544 yards on the ground to go with four rushing touchdowns. Murray gained Demander Hopkins this off-season and now has Kenyan Drake for a full season, to go with his weapons of Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk. Kirk and Kyler have had a full season together now and Kirk is due for a positive touchdown regression only coming away with three last year, all three coming from the same game. That game showed the chemistry that Kirk and Murray were building and will only grow stronger, Fitzgerald is getting older and Kirk is a great option to be a wide receiver two. These two should take a big step forward in their second year together. – Tim
Kyler Murray and Christian Kirk Arizona Cardinals
How crazy are mock drafters going over Kyler Murray? Top-3 QB crazy! I’m not denying the kids talent and the player making studs around him but I could argue both sides. Both sides being he is a top-3 QB and no Kyler isn’t a top-3 QB. That’s not the reason and idea behind this article. I will leave that up to you. In terms of a young QB/WR combo, Kyler Murray and Kirk are exactly what this idea is all about! DeAndre Hopkins is now a Cardinal. That should free up Kirk quiet a bit in Arizona! – Chris
Josh Allen and Gabriel Davis
Josh Allen is entering his third season in the NFL and has still yet to find his accuracy to go along with his strong arm. Allen improved his completion percentage from his rookie season (53%) to his sophomore season (58%), but it is still not good. Allen gets the addition of Stefon Diggs(trade) and Gabriel Davis(draft) this off-season which will help him in gaining more yards and probably touchdowns, but that doesn’t help his accuracy issues. Gabriel Davis doesn’t have much draft capital invested in him, and is second string wide receiver at best, possibly even third string. I don’t see Davis having a significant NFL career, and being washed out of the league within his first three seasons. – Tim
Josh Allen and Gabriel Davis Buffalo Bills
When it comes to fantasy football QB’s their rushing yards are extremely important! Josh had one heck of a 2019 season and I’m expecting the same out of him in 2020! More passing yards and more rushing yards with a few less total TD’s. Another long term patient investment is Gabriel Davis. Davis was drafted by Buffalo in the 4th round out of UCF. I’m not expecting much from Davis in 2020 but I do expect a few highlight reel plays downfield this season laying the foundation for success in 2021 and beyond! – Chris
Lamar Jackson and Marquise Brown
Lamar Jackson now entering his third season with the Ravens and has had insane value for fantasy with the rushing upside he brings to the table. Jackson is not known as one of the most accurate passers in the league, however he had a 66% competition percentage last year, taking a big step forward. Jackson’s touchdown rate per pass attempt was crazy high last year at 8.97% which the average rate is typically around 4.5%-5.5%. Expect that number to go down this year just due to it being unsustainable. Brown is now entering his sophomore season with the Ravens and should be fully healthy now. Brown was battling a foot injury for the majority of his rookie campaign and wasn’t able to get steady reps with Jackson. Brown has the talent to be a teams wide receiver one and should be able to live up to the hype. These two should find more chemistry this season and Jackson should be able to find Brown a little more and rely on him more. – Tim
Lamar Jackson and Marquise Brown Baltimore Ravens
I’m quiet sure if you’re reading this then you know how special Lamar Jackson is. He was the 2019 MVP for heavens sake! When it comes to “Hollywood” Brown he is the definition of boom-or-bust. That being said if Lamar is going to have long term success in the NFL he’s going to have sit back in the pocket more instead of instantly running. It wont hurt his numbers too much in 2020 as they should settle in to an above average elite level. It will however benefit Brown very much. More targets, receptions, yardage and TD’s. This young QB/RB combo is as easy as it gets for an article like this. – Chris
Jalen Hurts and Jalen Reagor
Jalen Hurts won’t have much if any impact when it comes to throwing the ball until probably the 2022 season unless an injury comes about to Carson Wentz. Jalen Reagor has a lot of upside for big play ability and creating yards after the catch, but the Eagles head coach, Doug Pederson, has already came out and said that Reagor will learn from behind DeSean Jackson as a deep threat. If this is the case then Reagor won’t hold much fantasy value unless Jackson goes down, or Reagor learns a different position. – Tim
Jalen Hurts and Jalen Reagor Philadelphia Eagles
I would have liked to slot in the combo of Carson Wentz and Reagor but that wouldn’t be true to my 25 and younger QB/WR combos. I mentioned it earlier in the article and it’s not a good move to assume and/or hold out of injuries but if walks like a duck and quacks like a duck then more then likely it’s a duck! Hopefully you’re understanding what I’m getting at. No ill will towards Wentz but he has missed major time. To be fair, he’s also put up some impressive numbers! I want to see Carson succeed! I want us all to succeed! Any good fantasy football player is looking 2-3 steps ahead. Adding Hurts and stashing Hurts is winning move. It’s a preemptive move that could pay dividends in the long run. Ask yourself this, if Carson Wentz does miss any time in 2020 what player would be the biggest and hottest commodity? I’m going to say Jalen Hurts! Agree or disagree? – Chris
Jacob Eason and Michael Pittman Jr.
The earliest, the rookie Jacob Eason will see the field is his sophomore season if Phillip Rivers retires, even if he retires, Eason is not guaranteed the starting spot. Eason was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL draft this off season. Eason comes from Washington University where he was a great high school prospect who committed to Georgia, but then transferred to Washington where he had to sit out the 2018 season and declared for the draft after an impressive junior season. Eason has the skills of being a competent quarterback in the NFL. It really just depends on if he gets the opportunity or if the Colts will continue to work with current backup to Rivers, Jacoby Brissett. The colts loaded up on offensive weapons in the draft this year with their first pick in the second round being Michael Pittman Jr., son of former NFL running back for the Arizona Cardinals, Michael Pittman Sr. Pittman has the athletic genes to succeed in today’s NFL and his size of 6’4” and 223 lbs. Pittman is an outside threat which is exactly what the Colts offense needs to pair with Parris Campbell and TY Hilton. Eason and Pittman should be able to grow together in the Colts system, with Pittman gaining early playing time in his rookie season, as the teams wide receiver number two. – Tim
Jacob Eason and Michael Pittman Jr. Indianapolis Colts
Along the lines of a preemptive move and being patient this is just that! Phil Rivers is the QB1 in Indy this season. I love the idea of Eason learning and growing from Rivers and Brissett with the goal of being the Colts QB1 in 2021 and beyond. When it comes to Pittman Jr. look for him to be a force right out of the gate in 2020. The 6’4 223lb USC product is going to be a big time WR in the NFL for years to come. Pittman takes his first step towards that dream in 2020! – Chris
Jared Goff and Van Jefferson
Jared Goff is set for a big season this year especially at a cheap price. Goff needs his offensive line to step up this year for him to boom. Last season in the last 5 weeks, the Rams increased their 12 personnel sets by a significant amount which allowed for two tight ends to be on the field, one would stay in and block, Tyler Higher, Robert Woods and Cooper Krupp all thrived during this timeframe. Goff gets the addition of a rookie sleeper that could have a big impact to the offense right away, in the name of Van Jefferson. Jefferson the talented wide receiver out of Florida is in competition with Josh Reynolds for the third wide receiver in the Rams offense, which should be competing for a top offense this season. Goff and Jefferson might have a rough start to the season when it comes to chemistry, but should be able to find their path mid way through the season or early next year. -Tim
Jared Goff and Van Jefferson Los Angeles Rams
I think Van Jefferson is able to pass Josh Reynolds on the depth chart. It won’t be easy but the work he puts in and the knowledge gained during that battle will carry into a successful rookie season for Van. Moving along to Goff where do we go? What happened? All that aside I’m on board with Tim here and I also believe Goff bounces back in a big way in 2020. If that’s the case his WR’s and rookie RB Cam Akers are the biggest winners. I have this weird feeling Woods is traded away in 2020. I have this scenario in my head where Kupp, Van and Akers all play lights out and the Rams get rid of Woods to sure up some sort of their defense or add draft picks. I know it’s far fetched and it’s only the start of July but I’m an abstract thinker! What can I say? – Chris
Deshaun Watson and Keke Coutee
Deshaun Watson has proved himself over and over again every season he’s been in the league, but that was with DeAndre Hopkins catching passes from Watson. This year the Texans parted ways with Hopkins and acquired Brandin Cooks and David Johnson. Watson will definitely see his stats drop some this year without Hopkins catching the impossible passes, but keep an eye on Keke Coutee as a sleeper for this Texans team. Coutee is a sneaky grab in dynasty with him being only 23 years old and Cooks is potentially one concussion away from the end of his career and Will Fuller constantly dealing with injuries. Fuller is a high injury risk and it would not be surprising to see him sidelined again this season at some point. Expect Coutee to step into either of their places with ease, already having some chemistry with Watson. – Tim
Deshaun Watson and Keke Coutee Houston Texans
I’ll admit, this one is stretch. A stretch Arm-Strong type stretch. Deshaun Watson is just that young and good. The credibility of the article and my work would’ve suffered if I didn’t mention Watson here! Expect 4,000+ passing yards, 27+ total TD’s and 500+ rushing yards in 2020. Deshaun is a star and can carry this entire team on his back. That’s it! That’s the paragraph! – Chris
I have always taken great pride in my writing. I have also taken great pride in my relationships with my readers. When I sat down to write my most recent article, Dynasty Assets I wanted to take the idea of fantasy assets and value to another level. I’m aware of the very thin line between discussing asset vs. value.
In terms of fantasy football we all have our own ideas and thoughts. We also share some of the same ideals and fandom. Since day one my idea was to always engage readers and spark unique ideas and conversation. Push our limits and boundaries when discussing our ideas.
When it comes to fantasy football every body wants their opinion heard. Some more than others. Along the way we must learn to respect everyone regardless of the situation. Treat everyone with a positive attitude and with an outlook of optimism.
Let’s get back to the topic at hand. Dynasty asset vs. fantasy value. I tried my best in the opening of my previous article to explain it. I think it best to explain further. Just know I’ve heard all the comments and spirited opinions in relation to the idea.
The best way for me to put it is an excerpt from Dynasty Assets, “For example, when you scroll down and get to the Baltimore Ravens the obvious choice is Lamar Jackson right?Yes and no. He is far and away the best fantasy asset to own in BAL but there is absolutely no value there due to his ADP and trade value.” Let me elaborate please. Lamar Jackson is the unquestioned starting quarterback in Baltimore. The reigning NFL MVP. He is also the biggest fantasy asset for the Ravens.
When we get into the value portion of Lamar Jackson I mentioned the fact he has no value due to his ADP and trade value. I also mentioned the same fact for a few other NFL players such as Christian McCaffery. Here’s my thought process about that. If you own a player of CMC, Mahomes and/or Jackson’s caliber and receive a trade offer would you accept? I know what you’re think now. Depends on what the offer is. Is there truly an offer on this Earth that you’d accept to trade away any of these men? The mistake I made in this process was thinking my idea would be universally accepted. I see the error in that now.
Moving on, I’d like to clear the air and given a more definite dynasty asset article. Clean cut, precise and to the point!
Kyler Murray is the dynasty must have in the Cardinals organization. Of course they now have DeAndre Hopkins and with the temperance of Kenyan Drake last season we could all mildly argue this topic but why? How many of you have either seen or heard where Kyler is going is super flex drafts? Pretty high right?
The Atlanta Falcons boast a deep and rich offense. Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Hayden Hurst, Jake Matthews and now newly signed Todd Gurley. Yet the dynasty must have in Atlanta is Calvin Ridley. Most fantasy players are extremely excited about his 2020 season. Rightfully so given his age and past seasons success.
If you were to ask a casual NFL fan they’d say, “Wow Baltimore has a good team!” For people like us, in-depth fantasy football players, we’d say, “Holy crap this team is loaded with young stud talent from top to bottom!” With that being said think I speak for all of us when I say Lamar Jackson is the biggest dynasty must have in Baltimore.
I’ve always said the NFL is more fun when the Bills and/or Cincinnati is good. That being said, Buffalo is primed and looking to win the AFC East in 2020. The team currently has a number of young, talented and hungry kids. Their quarter back, Josh Allen, leading the charge. Josh Allen finds himself as a top-10 fantasy QB headed into the 2020 season and I couldn’t agree more. Allen is the must have dynasty asset in Buffalo. This decision was made easier given all the confusion about the RB position. Singletary or Moss? Moss or Singletary?
Would it be lazy of me if I just copied and pasted what I wrote about Carolina in my last article? What you call lazy I call efficient! Regardless, I’m not going to. The Panthers must have fantasy asset is Christian McCaffery. It’s that simple. Moving on, next!
The Chicago Bears have long been a thorn in the side of the Detroit Lions. There has been a lot of talk about CHI and their starting QB situation. Is Mitchell really the guy there? Chicago brought in Nick Foles but for what? To light a fire under Trubisky? Or to take over the starting QB gig? There are no answers at this time. Only thing I can say for certain is 2nd year RB David Montgomery is the dynasty asset to own in Chicago. Another guy people have been wishy-washy about on social media. I firmly believe D-Mont breaks out in 2020 after the Bears finally figure out how to use him! Early and often!
As a Detroit Lions fan, feel as if I’m allowed to feel pain for other historically bad NFL franchises. Cincinnati has had some glory days and I believe they are on the upswing. Number one overall draft selection Joe Burrow should be the man for many years. That being said, Joe Mixon is the dynasty asset to own in CIN. He’s an RB1 and makes for a great fit in any format!
As I’ve said before and what I’ve gathered from all of you the Browns are an odd bunch. Does anyone remember this time last year? All the hype and excitement surrounded Cleveland? Well we all know how that worked out. 3rd in the AFC North at 6-10. Baker Mayfield had an awful season. Let’s fast forward to the 2020 season shall we? There is little to no chatter about the Browns yet they still have the same team. So where do we turn for the biggest fantasy asset? Baker? Odell? Landry? Hunt? All could and should be great fantasy assets in 2020 but there can only be one stud fantasy asset. That player is Nick Chubb! On the heels of 1,400+ rushing yard season Chubb enters the season as strong top-10 RB and I don’t expect that to change much!
This is where it gets fun! On paper the Dallas Cowboys offense looks mighty good! On the field it should be even better! In terms of a dynasty asset we want young upside kids right? Along the lines of CeeDee Lamb. Of course but there’s no getting around Ezekiel Elliot here. No way no how! Zeke is still very young! Only 24 years old as he enters his 5th season as the Dallas running back. Not trying to get ahead of myself but it’s quite clear he’s a lock for 1,200 all purpose yards and 7 total touchdowns. He will turn 25 in late July but that’s not issue for me and shouldn’t be for you. Zeke Elliot is the Dallas Cowboys biggest dynasty asset and a top-10 dynasty asset overall.
Personally speaking the Denver Broncos are in a good spot! Their first two picks in the 2020 draft were wide receivers. Jerry Jeudy 15th overall followed by K.J. Hamler in the 2nd round, 46th overall. Just a quick recap! So as we look up and down the Denver roster there are a lot of bright spots. Drew Lock has hit a wave of hype this spring. Melvin Gordon III and Philip Lindsay will team up in the backfield. No matter where I look or what I do I’m always brought back to Jerry Jeudy. The 6’1 15th overall pick is going to shine in the Mile High city. I’m not one to argue or cause problems but don’t think I’ll have any issues telling you all Jerry Jeudy is the fantasy asset to own in Denver!
I just going to say it. Kenny Golladay is the biggest asset to own in dynasty. If you remember I mentioned D’Andre Swift as the Lions biggest asset last month. Since then I’ve noticed Swift climbing draft boards while Kenny G’s value has remained the same. In some cases it’s dropped a little bit. My thought process here is the fact you have two kids to choose from. One was just drafted while the other lead the league in TD receptions last season. I’m sorry I’m not sorry but I’m going to side with the guy who has done well and quite frankly, still has room to grow. Maybe this is a different story next year but let’s cross that bridge when we come to it!
GREEN BAY PACKERS
You might think of Green Bay as vanilla and boring for fantasy purposes. I agree to a certain extent but they have a handful of guys that are lights out. Correct me if I’m wrong but all I’ve heard this spring is how Aaron Jones will quickly be replaced by rookie RB A.J. Dillon. I’ve mentioned this a time or two and have made my opinion clear. In terms of the biggest fantasy asset to own in Green Bay it’s wide-receiver Davante Adams. Adams is easily a top-10 WR and is hovering in that top-10/15 overall territory. 2019 was up and down due to a turf toe issue and fell shy of 1,000 receiving yards. That being said he’s being under valued in some fantasy circles. Don’t make that mistake! Davante is a lock for 120 targets and I fully expect 150+ targets. Big season ahead for Davante!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know DeAndre Hopkins is gone. Houston has added David Johnson and Brandin Cooks but how excited are we for them? Meh right? This is Deshaun Watson’s team. Make no mistake about it. Unless Bill O’Brien finds away to screw it up and trade him away too. Highly doubt it but for the sake of my writing thought it’d be funny to mention. Deshaun Watson is the must have asset on this team! Plain and simple!
I apologize for getting this far into the article and not mentioning an IDP! If you’re reading this then you know how into IDP I am! Maybe it’s taken me this long to mention an individual defensive player for two reasons. One, IDP is nowhere close to as popular as a SF league. Two, realistically who is going to assign and/or keep an IDP over an offensive player? Both true statements but also not many defensive players are as good as Colts LB Darius Leonard! The must have dynasty must have on this team is no doubt rookie RB Jonathon Taylor. Leonard is no slouch either! Just wanted that to be know! An honorable mention if you will!
Jacksonville is a perplexing situation for fantasy purposes. There are many cases to be made for a few of their offensive players. Minshew, Fournette, Chark, Westbrook and rookie WR Laviska Shenault. In any case the most must-have asset in Jacksonville is D.J. Chark!
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
The defending 2019 Super Bowl Champions boast one heck of a returning roster in 2020! Their offense is absolutely loaded. Yet the must-have dynasty asset is as simple as it gets! Patrick Mahomes Kansas City’s QB is set up for many years of real life success and in turn, fantasy football dominance! Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and rookie draft darling Clyde Edwards-Helaire are all on my radar here but this choice is a no-brainer. No argument number one choice.
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS
I created a social media poll as part of research for this article in regards to this very organization. Josh Jacobs vs. Henry Ruggs! It was a blowout in Jacobs favor. Rightfully so! Josh is 22yrs-117 days old. While Ruggs is 21yrs-135 days old. There is a very small difference in age while Jacobs has already had a fantastic season under his belt. Josh’s rookie season was outstanding (1,150yds & 8 TD’s). There is no doubt in my mind and there should be none in yours wither. Josh Jacobs is the dynasty must-have in Vegas.
LOS ANGELES RAMS
What side of the fence are you on when it comes to Cam Akers vs. Darrell Henderson? As it stands now hopefully you know my stance on all this rookie RB hype. It has been out of control but I get it. All sports have been suspended and we’ve all had too much time on our hands. Back to LAC and their offensive situation. Goff, Woods and Cooper Kupp are the vets and mainstays in this Ram’s offense. Talking dynasty it’s always out with the old and in with the new. Meaning, Cam Akers is the dynasty darling and must-have Rams player!
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Word on the street and in the fantasy community is that LAC are a mess and in disarray. They let Phil Rivers walk and now plan on using QB Tyrod Taylor to open the season. Melvin Gordon III is gone and in Denver. Meaning, it’s Austin Eklers backfield. Keenan Allen is still their WR1, so I disagree slightly when saying the Chargers are a mess. The biggest take here with LAC is the QB they drafted in April. 6’6 kid from Oregon, Justin Herbert! He is the dynasty must-have on the Chargers. I’ve had a few great conversations with followers on social media about the timeline and development of Herbert. It’s all speculation and personal preference but I do firmly believe Justin starts a handful of games later in the season and doesn’t look back!
The Dolphins are trending up. They had a fantastic 2020 Draft and as of now they have a whopping 11 draft picks in 2021. This time next year they should be bursting at the seems with young stud talent. With QB Tua Tagovailoa leading the charge. Let’s not spend too much time on this one. I know, you know and we all know Tua is the must-have dynasty asset on this team. I’m excited to see what he can do. If he does what he’s supposed to then Howard, Breida, Parker and Gesicki should all benefit and become better! Really looking forward to the future roster of this team!
With the recent news of Dalvin Cook holding out where do we go with our rankings, projections and must own advice? I’m so lost and freaking out! NOT! Wouldn’t it be awful if I actually lived like that? I’m not a mind reader and I don’t have a crystal ball so I have no answer to the Cook situation. Until told otherwise there is little to no change in my belief Dalvin Cook is the must-have dynasty asset in MIN. I could see a setting where rookie WR Justin Jefferson gets into this conversation. Maybe a year or two from now. Just know he’s on the radar!
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Feel as if I could copy and paste what I wrote for New England in my last article. Really though, what does life look like in New England after Tom Brady. Should we now refer to their seasons as ATB? After Tom Brady? So this season will be 2020 ATB. Is that offensive? Who knows, just know it’s a joke. Lets get back on track here. Honestly I’m excited to find out who the most must-have dynasty asset is in New England. Am I able to show love to IDP here? Sure I am! It’s my article! Stephon Gilmore is the must-have dynasty asset for those of you who play IDP. I love it, it makes sense but it’s rude to all of you don’t. I’ve been going back and forth between Damien Harris and Jarrett Stidham. I’m going to give the edge to Stidham here seeing how he should be their starting QB in 2020. For all of you, “Tom Brady was a system quarterback” people this one should make you make you happy. If Bill and Robert Kraft made Tom Brady star then what’s stopping them from making Jarret one?
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
New Orleans heads into 2020 as one of the favorites in the NFC. Rightfully so. Long as Drew Brees is their QB it will be that way. Hopefully NO has started to look ahead into the future at the QB position. That’s a topic for another day and time. In terms of a must-have dynasty asset lets discuss this. On the table here is RB1 Alvin Kamara and WR1 Michael Thomas. I decided to ask social media. This is what I received!
@Odinbn said, “Kamara, he can create for himself.” He went on to say, “MT will only go as far as Brees can take him.” https://twitter.com/Odinbn
@acenydet said, “Give me Kamara. 3 down backs that can catch are harder to find then superstar wide receivers.” https://twitter.com/acenydet
@ChrisMo2413 chimed in with, “Michael Thomas. Now that everyone and their uncles are sharing touchdowns scored in New Orleans. It really does limit Kamara’s upside as a fantasy asset. Borderline top-5 instead of the unanimous 1 like MT.” https://twitter.com/ChrisMo2413
Thanks to everyone to replied and gave their thoughts!
NEW YORK GIANTS
Hear me out here, just for a sentence or two. Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley right? Really the only two guys that you could even mention here. We all know the importance teams place on a stud QB while a young stud RB’s gets the shaft. A la Le’Veon Bell, Melvin Gordon and now Dalvin Cook. Seeing how Danny Dimes and Saquon were drafted a season apart it makes sense they are the same age. Only separated by 118 days Saquon is a tad older and the must-have dynasty asset on the Giants roster! I had you for a minute! Did you think I was going to give the nod to Danny Jones? Nah, you know me better than that!
NEW YORK JETS
Another team that’s been down a while, the New York Jets. Yet another team on the rise. Maybe I’m crazy. Maybe I’m stupid? Maybe I think outside the box? I’ll choose the latter option and tell you how excited I am for the Jets and Sam Darnold. The decision to draft massive Louisville OT Mekhi Becton 11th overall followed by Baylor WR Denzel Mims at 59th overall is very telling. You know what it told me specifically? The Jets organizations commitment to Sam Darnold. I implore you to make that same commitment on your dynasty fantasy football teams. Darnold is the must-have dynasty asset on the New York Jets. J-E-T-S JETS! JETS! JETS!
If you remember correctly in my last article Dynasty Assets I mentioned Jalen Hurts as the Eagles biggest fantasy asset. I caught some heat for it but navigated around it cause it was a logical case. This is one of the reasons why I wanted to write another article explaining my case and the difference I have between asset/value. So on the flip side who do you think the biggest must-have dynasty player the Eagles have? Jalen Reagor maybe? I’m sure we could all argue that but I’m not looking to fight and it doesn’t make sense given the fact Carson Wentz in the Eagles QB. I’ve long expressed my distain for Wentz but that’s my problem, not yours. I’m not in the business of giving crap advice thus hurting your research and fantasy teams. Carson Wentz is the must-have dynasty asset in Philadelphia for now. I’m aware of the massive contract he signed (4yrs $128 million) but does anyone else think he’s on thin ice? Woah woah woah! Easy now! Never said I felt that way! Just a thought I had! Worth a thought!
Another sticky situation when it comes picking the right guy here. So lets talk it out! Lets cut to the chase shall we? Juju Smith-Schuster or James Connor? Hate to say this but who had the worst season in 2019? Lets recap what each did in 2018 real quick. Juju, 1,426 receiving yards and 7 total TD’s. James Connor 973 rushing yards and 13 total TD’s. In 2019 Juju started 12 games and had 552 yards and 3 TD’s. While Connor only started 10 games and produced 464 yards with 4 total TD’s. Safe to say they both had forgettable 2019 seasons right? Personally I think Juju was the bigger let down. After Antonio Brown freaked out and left the fantasy community was excited to see Juju as Pittsburgh’s WR1. That didn’t happen. So where do we turn for the biggest must-have on the Steelers team? In terms of IDP value this team is loaded with talent but I do believe James Connor is still the biggest must-have in Pittsburgh. There’s been a ton of buzz around rookie RB Anthony MacFarland and even speedster WR Dionate Johnson but again, James Connor is still the guy to own in Pittsburgh!
SAN FRANCISCO 49ers
The defending NFC Champions are loaded with talent. I expect them to compete for another Super Bowl spot in 2020. When it comes to a fantasy must-have talent only one guy comes to mind. George Kittle! Almost positive no one is going to argue me here. It’s that simple right?
In my last article I mentioned Russell Wilson being the biggest fantasy asset on the Seahawks. So again you may ask, “what’s the difference between biggest fantasy asset vs. must-have dynasty asset?” I explained myself in the opening but to elaborate a little it can all be explained with the format of your league. Re-draft vs. dynasty. Dynasty is long term, multiple seasons and beyond compared to re-draft just one season. Dynasty owners can be very fickle and with Russ being 31 years old some people don’t want to buy as much as others. It’s crazy right? Now enter D.K. Melcalf, the 6’4 229lb 22 year old stud. DK had a fantastic rookie season and dynasty owners are licking their chops thinking about his future stat lines. Consider me one of those dynasty owners! DK Metcalf is the must-have dynasty asset to have from the Seattle Seahawks!
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
As the days fly by and summer approaches the excitement/hype for the Buccaneers grows. I think it’s well warranted. Don’t you? They just added arguably the best QB of all time to pair with two stud WR’s. So it’s pretty to easy for me to tell you that Chris Godwin is the must-have dynasty asset in Tampa.
Took some heat recently for my assessment of the Titans in my previous article for not mentioning A.J. Brown. I’ll admit, I left him out completely. Wasn’t the right time to mention him. I did that on purpose due to the thought process in my past article. Now we fast forward a week and I’m giving must own dynasty assets. Enter A.J.Brown! The Titans played in the AFC Championship last season and were given credit for destroying the New England Patriots dynasty! This team is much more than some Cinderella story. They have become dangerous and dynamic. If they can continue to mold and gel with each other expect another deep playoff run in 2020 and expect A.J. Brown to anchor fantasy teams at WR for years to come!
I’ve always been honest with all of you. So why stop now? If you missed what I said about the Redskins in my last article here it is! I have a secret to tell all of you. As a little boy in Detroit the Redskins were my second favorite team. I only say that as a diversion due to the fact I have no idea where to start with this team and it’s fantasy prospects. I’m not a fan of Dwanye Haskins. Derrius Guice can’t stay healthy to save his soul. So right off the bat two guys I think we need to see prove something before we’re all in on them right? So as of right now I’ve taken you through 31 professional football teams and I’ve given you an asset and a lot of value. Yet here we are with Washington and I have nothing to give you. Is that my fault for not doing my job or the Redskins organization for not doing theirs? So continuing on with secrets and honesty here’s another secret. I’m fully aware Terry McLaurin is the biggest dynasty stud/must-have on the Redskins team. I was trying to funny and witty with my comments here. A few people took me too serious and here we are! Scary Terry aka F1 aka Terry Mclaurin is the must-have dynasty asset in Washington! Happy now?
It’s been an odd off-season. I’m sure we can all agree on that. What hasn’t changed is the love and excitement for mock drafting and dynasty startups! Constant rankings, projections and polls have lit up social media.
My idea here isn’t new but I do plan on making it fresh! With the official start of summer dead ahead how about we talk about a few things that will last well into the summer and fall! Dynasty assets!
Mentioning a player from each NFL franchise that I consider the best fantasy asset is the plan!
Full disclosure, I got in bed last night and could not stop thinking about this article and the direction I wanted to take it. I thought two things. Do I want this to be about long term dynasty value or a player from each team that is the biggest long term fantasy asset? Might not sound too different to you but my idea is to touch on both points with each NFL team discussed.
For example, when you scroll down and get to the Baltimore Ravens the obvious choice is Lamar Jackson right? Yes and no. He is far and away the best fantasy asset to own in BAL but there is absolutely no value there due to his ADP and trade value. Does that make sense? Hopefully! Let’s have some fun!
As far as immediate dividends it’s Kenyan Drake here right? When you look further its all about Kyler Murray as the Cardinals QB1. Kyler holds the biggest piece of dynasty importance in Arizona. Be careful here though due to his ADP. Murray not be the best value here in 2020 due to his high price tag but it will pay off long term!
We all know who the big dogs are in Atlanta, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. In terms of high dynasty value that ship has sailed. Make no mistake! Ryan and Jones still hold a fantastic amount of fantasy value, dynasty value, not so much. I’m looking at Calvin Ridley and Hayden Hurst here. If you’re on social media or paying attention to all fantasy chatter then you’d know about the Ridley buzz. In turn, Hayden Hurst is the dynasty asset to own in ATL. He was stuck behind BAL TE Mark Andrews and the Falcons made a play for him. Look for Hurst to have a top-10 season at tight end in 2020!
Where do I begin? You may be shocked at this one but there isn’t a cheap option any where on this team! Lamar Jackson’s price is on the moon. Ingram is on the wrong side of 30. While the Hollywood Brown hype train is chugging too fast for my liking. So where does that leave us? Rookie RB J.K. Dobbins! Yes! I’m not going to repeat or go over all the Dobbins love, we all know what he’s about and who he should become in Baltimore.
The Bills are trending up but that’s a topic for another article. In terms of fantasy football they have several juicy pieces! After going through the Bills roster with a fine toothed comb I’m stuck between two guys! Rookie RB Zach Moss and rookie WR Gabriel Davis. I’ve been shocked since the draft how quick people are dismissing Devin Singletary. Regardless of what side of the fence you’re on pay attention to Gabriel Davis. I’ve never been into Cole Beasley and John Brown. Stefon Diggs is the WR1 in Buffalo now without question. Diggs is the biggest fantasy asset in Buffalo.
This portion of the article writes itself. Christian McCaffery. Christian McCaffery. Christian McCaffery. The best fantasy running back on earth at the moment. His value is absolutely astronomical right now but so what? If you own him thank your lucky stars. If you’re trying to acquire him better re-mortgage your house. He is the best fantasy asset to own in Carolina and maybe the entire NFL.
Not many people are talking about the direction of the Bears offense this off-season. As a fellow NFC fan I play close attention to the Chicago Bears. In terms of a fantasy asset I was pulled in a few different directions. First being David Montgomery. He has picked up some fantasy value so far this off season but it didn’t feel right. Then I looked at the WR’s. Anthony Miller or Allen Robinson? After dissecting the situation I felt great saying Anthony Miller is the asset to own in Chicago. With an ADP in the 130s and a WR ranking around 60 Miller carries a ton of good value that could return great value in 2020!
It’s an exciting time to be a Cincinnati Bengals fan! Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, AJ Green, Tee Higgins, John Ross and Tyler Boyd are all looking to make their mark in 2020! That’s all fine and dandy but which guy is the biggest asset? Everyone of these guys has a claim to that throne. It’s pretty obvious here, Joe Burrow. The #1 overall pick was drafted for reason and will no doubt serve a purpose. In terms of value, much like CMC and/or Lamar Jackson there is little to no value. These men command such high price tags that we need to look at them as long term investments. Much like a stock or our 401K’s. Joe Burrow is currently at the top of the rookie asset class and should drafted more of an investment rather than for value.
What I find most exciting about this team is all the moving parts of the offensive talent. Bakers value isn’t very high at the moment, not like it was this time last season, so the value isn’t there. When it comes to their RB’s, Chubb is being drafted as a top-10 back leaving little wiggle room for value. Hunt is the back-up in CLE and we currently don’t know how he will used. So what are we left with? The Browns wide receivers! Odell Beckham Jr. is still a polarizing player. You either love him or hate him, there is no in-between. So I find myself with Jarvis Landry. Jarvis is both the biggest asset and value on this team. His ADP is currently way off in left field given his talent and production.
America’s Team! “We Dem Boyz!” Which boy is the biggest fantasy asset though? After the 2020 NFL Draft the Cowboys find themselves just overflowing with offensive talent yet a QB, Dak Prescott, seemingly asking for the world in a new contract. This one is simple, Ezekiel Elliott is the biggest and best fantasy asset in Dallas. Little to no value being a top-5 RB but again with such stud talent and production who needs value?
Another young up-and-coming team! If you’re reading this then I’m quite sure you know about all the Drew Lock hype thus leaving him off my list in both categories. I’m skipping past the RB’s, Gordon/Lindsay, and going right to the young newly drafted wide receiver! Jerry Juedy is the run-away consensus for biggest fantasy asset in DEN but he’s on the short list of players who holds great value too! By the skin of his teeth too! His ADP is around 40ish and being drafted as a WR20ish. So in turn he’s still on value side of fantasy drafts. Keep a watch on his ADP cause it could shift on dime. His value could plummet but take solace in the fact his fantasy importance will remain strong!
If you haven’t noticed by now, I’ve been thinking out loud and just writing it all out for the sake of this article. When it comes to dynasty the age of a player is important just don’t let it be a problem! Don’t turn into Age Obsessed Dynasty Guy! I’m going to keep it simple here and stick with the offensive rookies the Lions drafted in April. I’ve heard next to nothing about rookie WR Quintez Cephus! While on the other hand D’Andre Swift has received all the love and praise for his most recent recorded workout video. It’s nothing ground breaking or a hot take but Swift is the biggest dynasty asset in Detroit.
GREEN BAY PACKERS
If you haven’t heard the Packers didn’t draft a single wide receiver in the 2020 draft. So giving you a WR as their biggest fantasy asset is ripe for the picking! Which one though? It’s not Davante Adams although he is hands down their best WR. Really quick while I have you here do me a favor and look into acquiring him at a discount. I’ve seen a ton of fantasy slander for Adams on social media lately. Doesn’t hurt to check. In terms of a dynasty asset and/or value I firmly believe Allen Lazard. When others zig I like to zag. Marquez Valdes-Scantling has been picking up some recent buzz so that puts Lazard in a sweet spot as the Packers best fantasy value/asset!
With the departure of DeAndre Hopkins and addition of Brandin Cooks it threw a wrench into what I was trying to do with fantasy value in Houston. I did my best to explain the difference between value and being an asset in the opening so I have no issue telling you Deshaun Watson is the biggest fantasy asset in Houston. Everyone knows how talented Watson is and what he can do on the field so the value isn’t there but your investment in Watson as your QB1 will be well worth it!
Is anybody else sick of hearing all about Parris Campbell? Me too but where there’s smoke there’s fire. Meaning, all this hype surrounding Parris is well founded. Given the fact Phil Rivers is now the Colts QB expect all WR’s in IND to see a rise in targets! Campbell’s value is holding firm and he’s teetering on the edge of biggest asset along with Jonathon Taylor. Only issue with JT is his high rookie price tag. Maybe this time next season Taylor will be the biggest asset given his 2020 season but lets cross that bridge when we come to it!
Let’s be honest, Jacksonville doesn’t have much going for them at the moment. They do however, have a collection of talented wide receivers! DJ Chark, Dede Westrook and rookie WR Laviska Shenault. In terms of a dynasty asset I want all the Westbrook shares. 2020 will be the last year of his rookie deal and that matters! Trust me!
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Where do we start? The defending Super Bowl Champions boast one of the best overall teams in the NFL. Where does that leave us in terms of value and assets? This team is loaded with assets! Mahomes, Hill and Kelce. These three are tops at each position so the value is not there. All three are fantastic assets and will once again return value in 2020. The biggest asset in KC in 2020 is Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Not to be lazy but we all know about CEH. His ADP, his trade value and projections. I’m not looking to hammer home all the CEH details just know he’s one of the best assets and better long term fantasy investments you can make.
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS
This shouldn’t come as a shock but the biggest fantasy asset in Las Vegas is Henry Ruggs. Again, this choice was as simple as it gets and was done for me. You don’t draft a kid 12th overall if you’re not going to make him a star! That’s it! As simple as is gets!
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
I’ve made no secret about my love for Keenan Allen. Hate it or love it Allen is stud PPR receiver. With the addition of Justin Herbert I’ve fallen deeper in love with Keenan Allen. Agree or disagree Allen is the both the biggest fantasy asset and holds the most value of any Charger. Fantasy owners are still skipping over Allen and not respecting his skill set. Is there a chance he falls out of the top-50 ADP? Absolutely! That’s not a knock on Keenan it’s a knock on your league and the people drafting in it! Don’t make this mistake. Make the investment! If it tanks I’ll refund your money and publicly apologize.
LOS ANGELES RAMS
Cam Akers is the run-away choice here right Chris? Ha! Wrong! Not when Cam is being drafted as RB16! That ADP completely kills any value you hope to have with him. Again, I’ve mentioned the toxicity of social media and hyping rookies up too much blah blah blah so I’m not in the business of repeating myself. I am however in the business of giving you a dynasty asset from the LA Rams. It’s Cooper Kupp. Still shocking how Cooper gets no love. Goff should bounce back big time in 2020 and mark my words, Kupp will be a WR1 in 2020. He’s the biggest asset and has the most value in LA! As I told you earlier, a player that has both is a rarity!
I don’t know about you but I’m excited about the long term outlook in Miami. Aside from that lets take a quick look inside the fantasy outlook of the Dolphins. Right off the bat we have to look at Tua. He may be the biggest asset this time next year but lets cool our jets. I’m not big into Jordan Howard or Matt Bredia at the moment so that leaves us at WR. Preston Williams or DeVante Parker? Drum roll please, the biggest fantasy asset in MIA at the moment is Parker. He came on so strong last season yet no one is paying his any attention so far in 2020. The return on his investment should hit an all time high once Tua is their starting QB. In the meantime draft him or trade for him and set it and forget it!
The Vikings seemingly never hit a bottom. They keep in the real life division race all will producing fantastic fantasy players! Dalvin Cook is a top-10 RB and some say top-5. Which ever ranking you agree with he’s a fantasy stud RB meaning little to no value. The fantasy community knows what Adam Thielen is all about leaving little to no value. What a starting NFL QB with complete job security? Does that interest you? Good! As it should! Kirk Cousins is the biggest fantasy asset in Minnesota and it’s not close!
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
What does life after Tom Brady look like in New England? I picture it as a war torn type nuclear bomb Will Smith movie. Completely barren and full of panic. Regardless, it’s time to move on. So when looking into the Patriots fantasy prospects where do we look? I’m going to back Damien Harris here! Sony Michel had a sub-par season. Julian Edleman is 34 so hard pass. The only other option here to me is K’Neal Harry. I just don’t see it! Harry is another kid who you’re either all in on or not touching with a 10 foot pole. I’m the later. Expect Harris to get some major run in 2020. He’s absolutely dirt cheap and the payout for you and your team could be fantastic!
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Alvin Kamara is their starting RB and is a top-10 pick. By now you know what I’m going say, there is little to no value here. Michael Thomas is a top-5 pick. Same exact thing, no value. My first thought is Latavius Murray! Do any of you remember what he did in two games last season when Alvin was out? Murray is a legit RB1 as a starting running back. You can never project injuries nor would you want to. Murray is a stud handcuff and is without a doubt the biggest fantast asset on the Saints. His ADP is outside the top-200 which is nuts! Buy! Buy! Buy!
NEW YORK GIANTS
This was more difficult than I thought! Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram and Darius Slayton. It’s like a carnival game, pick one any one! To be clear I’m not making a joke of the Giants just the situation I find myself in. At this point in the article I shouldn’t have to say it but I will anyway, Saquon is a stud RB so he’s off the table. Although he is the teams best asset he doesn’t hold the best value. Sterling Shepard does. Sterling is always tossed aside in fantasy circles. Why is that? The up and down of his injuries resulting in the loss of playing time? I get it just be mindful of this Giants team in 2020. We’re all excited about Danny Dimes and praying he takes a huge bump this coming season.
NEW YORK JETS
I’m a big Sam Darnold guy. Unpopular opinion, he’s the biggest fantasy asset in the Jets organization. I’ve seen some chatter about Jamison Crowder and it’s well founded! He was my fall back option although I never once doubted Sam. Darnold is entering his second season in the NFL and he has some major pieces around him. What makes this so good is the fact no one really cares about drafting Sam. He’s a fall back option, a guy you draft late when you wait on a QB. Sam Darnold will skyrocket to fantasy stardom in 2020. I truly believe the New York Jets have found their future star QB!
There is a lot to go through here. Just not sure I want to. The Miles Sanders hype has reached The Beatles type mania. My gosh! What sneaky value we were looking to find in 2020 is long gone and it’s not coming back. What about their thin WR core? DeSean Jackson, Zach Ertz and Isaiah Coulter are the guys. In terms of value DeSean Jackson has a ton of it. Zach Ertz is a top-tier tight end so he’s out. Everybody is going wild for Jalen Reagor so at the moment his value is too high to provide anything but hype. This may come from left field but I love the value Jalen Hurts can bring your team. Lets be honest, how many of us are lying in wait for Carson Wentz to go down? In the meantime PHI has said they plan to work in Hurts to their offense. Good fantasy football players are thinking ahead. Sometimes 2-3 moves ahead. Imagine the massive explosion of value Hurts would command if he was thrust into the Eagles starting QB spot???
I’ve never been one to push my thoughts and ideals on others. I find we all get along better when we’re able to make our own decisions. Win or lose we can live with our decisions since they were our own! In saying that, James Connor is the biggest asset on the Steelers. I’ve made no secret for my love and passion about James Connor as a football player and a human being. His drive and work ethic will always help him succeed. As cliché as it sounds when Ben Roethlisberger is the starting QB the starting RB in PIT has done well. Connor is both the biggest asset and holds the most fantasy value of any Steeler. He’s another guy being tossed aside for a younger and hungrier rookie RB. It’s a mistake.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ers
How do you feel about Raheem Mostert? Hopefully great cause he’s San Francisco’s best fantasy asset. I juggled Raheem and Jalen Hurts here and came up with two conclusions. Hurts is the best value in San Francisco while Mostert is best asset. Simple right? Not being smart here. That’s it!
As a fantasy sports writer and fantasy football player I’m full blown in love with D.K. Metcalf. As we should all be but this is still Russell Wilson’s team. Russ is the biggest fantasy asset on the Seahawks. I don’t care about value here. Wilson is a stone cold stud and a top-10 fantasy QB. Don’t over think it.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
I hate to be repetitive in my writing! It’s not fair to you as the reader and it’s just not smart to do. Unless it’s something you’re extremely passionate about. In this case, it’s just not smart to pass up Ronald Jones for Ke’Shawn Vaughn. After that Tampa Bay is loaded with offensive talent. So where do we go? Tom Brady, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard headline this TB offense. Yet Ronald Jones is still the biggest fantasy asset! That alone is major feat on roster with this much talent.
Much like Kirk Cousins in Minnesota Ryan Tannehill in Tennessee has no competition as the starting QB. He also boasts the 2019 rushing champion in Derrick Henry at RB. The importance and pressure a stud running back takes off the QB is immeasurable. There are a lot of question marks all over the board heading into the 2020 season. Ryan Tannehill repeating what he did in 2019 is one of them. It doesn’t bother me, not when Taylor Lewan is the starting offensive tackle, Henry is the starting RB and Corey Davis is your starting WR. Ryan Tannehill is both the biggest asset in Tennessee and it’s biggest value piece.
I have a secret to tell all of you. As a little boy in Detroit the Redskins were my second favorite team. I only say that as a diversion due to the fact I have no idea where to start with this team and it’s fantasy prospects. I’m not a fan of Dwanye Haskins. Derrius Guice can’t stay healthy to save his soul. So right off the bat two guys I think we need to see prove something before we’re all in on them right? So as of right now I’ve taken you through 31 professional football teams and I’ve given you an asset and a lot of value. Yet here we are with Washington and I have nothing to give you. Is that my fault for not doing my job or the Redskins organization for not doing theirs?
Lets be honest for a moment. How many of the “Guys” from I Hate Fantasy Football Players did you relate to? Not saying you personally just league mates or close personal friends? Judging by the comments I’d say a lot of you!
As most of us are home this holiday weekend it’s always great to sit back, relax and recharge. With the start of summer upon us we all shift to a different attitude. A positive outlook if I may say. Most days the sun is out and up for twelve hours. The weather is absolutely perfect. We’re able to spend more time outside doing whatever it is that we enjoy. Optimism at its finest!
Right now is just a good time to clear your head and reset your brain. Out with the old and in with the new kind of thing. Almost like a purge! Clear out all those nasty thoughts! Write them down then burn the paper. Scream into your pillow! Go to confession at church! Or write a I Hate Fantasy Football Players Pt.2!
So as we continue on today be mindful of a few things. This article is my winter purge. Hopefully I’m given amnesty and/or asylum by you the reader. This article is nothing personal! I’m not attacking anyone personally! Just a fun way to spin my thoughts and ideas!
This one hits close to home. I feel as if this is a phase for all of us. In the current day and age of social media it’s easy to get caught up in always saying yes. “Yes I will join another dynasty start up!” Who cares if it’s #756 of the off-season! I get it! We don’t want to be rude when our friend asks or our favorite follow on Twitter asks. Who am to judge? Telling you right now you’ll grow out of it! If not, that’s fine too. Only reason I mention In Too Many Leagues Guy is because of the self sabotage it creates. Trouble keeping up with trade offers, forgetting to put claims in and even forgetting to set your weekly roster! Why put that kind of stress and anxiety on yourself?
2. Expert Opinion Guy. (AKA: end all be all guy)
If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a million times, social media is toxic! It’s actually fantastic and quiet helpful too. All depends on what you’re looking for! By a show of hands, how many of you have gotten into a battle and/or tussle with someone on social media? Wow! That many of you? I’d be lying if I said I didn’t see that coming. Why? Let me guess! Was over a stat or ranking of player. No one wants to admit their wrong, or too high or even too low. This guy is among the worst person you can encounter on social media. I picture Steve Irwin (crocodile hunter guy) shouting, “Oh crickey mate!” It’s a lose/lose situation! There is absolutely no point arguing or trying to prove your own valid point! Even with facts, photos or back from others Expert Opinion Guy doesn’t care! He keeps going and going and going! Don’t let Expert Opinion Guy get to you! Keep it moving and if possible sever all contact! You’ll be better off for it!
3. Always Takes and Never Gives Guy.
Another slime ball snake, this guy is truly a miserable misguided human being. Have any of you heard the old saying, “you can only keep what you have by giving it away!”? I’ve learned over the years were not all the same. As human beings we are all different and unique. Yet a large group of us share some similarities. Take for example the fantasy sports community. Or the fantasy sports writers community. It’s a large, fun and supportive environment. Quite selfless if you ask me. Yet every once in a while you’ll run into the, “hey I need a favor!” guy. We’ve all come across a person like this in our lives. Whether its at work, school or our social life. Gets what he needs an disappears! Now translate that to your fantasy league! It can be one of a million things! Push that trade through, I’ll owe you one. Lets swap draft picks, I’ll owe you one! Or the infamous, “borrow me a few bucks for the league dues, I’ll owe ya one!” Just an absolutely greasy rat. When you call on the favor to be re-paid it’s always, “uhhh I don’t remember that?”
4. Late Paying League Dues Guy.
Almost a seamless transition from greasy rat guy to Late League Paying Dues Guy! What do you find worse? A league mate skipping out on dues or the commissioner ripping people off? Regardless of your answer, everything get tricky when dealing with money. Just like a relationship after you’ve had sex. I’m in no way qualified nor do I want to get into sex and relationships. Trust me, not good for anyone involved. Moving on, when it comes to cash payouts and fantasy football there are a select few people who lose their minds! Cheaters, manipulators and owners willing to cross lines all for a few bucks. We’ve all seen it and unfortunately most have been a part of something like this. The only positive here is the fact that if you fool me once you’re out of the league. These kind of deadbeats seem to weed themselves out and bounce from league to league like some kind of boneless loser. Good riddance!
5. Trade Veto Guy.
Everyone one of these “Guys” really pisses me off but there is a special place on our shit list for trade veto guy. Without fail, trade veto guy acts out of selfishness and/or fear. I’ve long been of the belief that who am I to veto and/or judge how another owner manages his/her team? Yet every flipping year we run into this coward! “Hey bro I can’t let that trade go though! It hurts the long term prospects of the league mannnnn!” Ha! Uh, no! It hurts your ego and this seasons long term prospects of your team winning! Maybe if you built better relationships with other team owners or took the head out of your own ass you’d get to work and do a better job of building your own roster! Instead you’re too busy being worried about what every one else is doing! Shut your mouth, take it like a man and let us have fun and trade! If you’re not trading you’re not trying! Whew! That felt good to get out!
6. Constant Contact Guy
Every league has one! Let me explain! It can be two fold. Waiver wire constant contact guy. Constant contact trade guy. Two separate guys or in a rarest of cases the same guy! Meaning, after every move you make to better your team this guy always has something to say. I mean EVERYTHING you do! Every add, every drop, every offer, every trade and every single mother flipping time you update your, “OTB (on the block)”! It gets ridiculous but if you’re easy going enough it can be fun! “Hey man, I see you traded away Calvin Ridley for Brandin Cooks but why?” Or the lovely, “Why’d you cut that guy?” message. Listen, I’m always thankful and happy for good active owners but I’m never in any mood to hold your hand and walk your through every single move I make and why! To be honest with all of you, sometimes I don’t know why I add and drop who I do. Other times I’m thinking 3-4 steps ahead! It happens how it’s supposed to and I’m rarely willing to give the entire league a thesis project on my waiver wire habits! Leave it alone! Leave me alone!
7. Age Obsessed Dynasty Guy.
What’s the real issue here? A team owner freaking out and basing all research on age and years played in the pros right? It’s extremely frustrating talking to or trying to trade with this guy. I came across a post on social media today in regards to an age obsessed dynasty guy drafting some of these rookie WR’s (Mims and Higgins) over DET WR Kenny Golladay. I’m going to refrain from giving my opinion on this one. Just know I find it absolutely ridiculous! AOD (Age Obsessed Dynasty) Guy can also double as EO (Expert Opinion) Guy. Two peas in a pod. Two people I want nothing to do with!
Lucky number 7! Thank you for reading along! Thank you for following, all the comments and fantastic interactions! I look up to all of you! I respect all of you too! If we can all continue to lifting each other up and supporting one another then sky’s the limit!
Here are a few bonus guys I’d like to mention!
This player is close to Always Takes Never Gives Guy. Although the definition of collusion is, secret cooperation between people in order to do something illegal and/or underhanded. It’s cheating! Lets call it what it is! Cheating! Taking the easy way and/or cheating in any aspect of life isn’t tolerated well. There is no place for cheating fools in fantasy football. It is quite common but it’s up to us to weed it out root and stem!
No Woman Allowed Guy.
Really? It’s 2020! This isn’t the woman’s right liberation of 1960. Men are allowed to use the woman restroom. Woman are able to use the men’s bathroom. What ever gender you “identify” as is it. In today’s day and age we’re all allowed to follow are dreams. This is the United States! Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness people! Expand your horizons and educate yourself! I know quite a few ladies who would mop the floor with me as far as stats and fantasy sports are concerned!
Flexing Thursday Night Football Players Guy.
This idea caught my eye today on social media! I laughed out loud when I read everyone’s disgust for the TNF Guy! To each is own although historically for fantasy purposes our Thursday Night Football players don’t play well! I have no harsh feelings for TNF Guy one way or another. Just a fun thought to close out the article!
Again, thank you for reading! Fantasy football is supposed to be fun! I wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all the first responders and male/female service woman that work tirelessly everyday to protect our way of life!
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!
If you’ve played fantasy sports as long as I have you get to know your league and the team managers well. Even if you have taken an orphaned team over in a league full of strangers it’s always the same! Certain owners fill certain criteria.
If you’ve been in one league you’ve been in them all. Just like seeing a pair of boobs. If you’ve seen one pair you’ve seen them all but that doesn’t take away the excitement of seeing more right?
Most of the time our leagues are filled and played with people we know and sometimes love. The only constant is the disgust and disdain we feel in certain situations. How many times has another owner left your trade offer message on read?
There is always an owner(s) who love a crafty vet! There is always an owner(s) who loves just rookies! There is always an owner(s) who is always rebuilding. There is always an owner who has held the league hostage by dominating for years on end. There is always an owner(s) who is always in rebuild mode. There is always an owner(s) who is perpetually stuck in last place.
What is your biggest fantasy football pet peeve? Here is a list of some well known fantasy team owners we cannot stand! In no particular order.
1. Never Happy, Always Changing Roster Guy.
We all know this one. Making roster moves constantly. Dropping one player for another then adding back the guy that was cut in the first place. Always hanging in that 5th to 6th spot in a 12 team league. In doing so there is perpetual hope they can climb the standings. Yet never does.
2. Leaves You on Read Guy.
One of my biggest fantasy pet peeves ever! “I’m looking to trade!” This is the message you get in your group chat. After sending a well thought offer over followed by a quick, “sent” to the owners inbox. It sits there with no reply, no counter and zero communication!
3. Home Team Guy.
This guy just winds up screwing himself. Goes out of his way to draft or add players from his hometown team and/or favorite team. In some cases it can pan out given what team is supported most. More than likely it just becomes a hindrance. The “Homer Guy” is also likely to become, “Only Getting my Guy” guy. In my Morals & Mottos article #2 was always get your guy. Within reason though. Home Team Guy turns into over reaching guy who then turns into doesn’t win a thing guy.
4. Way-Too-Serious Guy.
Fantasy football should be fun. If not, walk away. I have championed this and yelled it from the mountain tops. The Way-Too-Serious guy lives his life based on his fantasy football teams results. Throwing beer, breaking televisions and yelling at his kids. It’s not fun and it gets ugly fast. Personally, this is the lowest of the low.
5. First Pick Guy.
Few things about this guy. Has your leagues commish shockingly and surprisingly just landed the #1 overall selection? Weird right? What about the First Pick Guy who tries to hold the league hostage? Thinking they can do and say whatever they want. Or thinking the entire league wants this pick and is willing to sell the farm to obtain it. Either way, “Number One Pick Guy” will find a way to screw it up.
6. Horrible Trade Offer Guy.
A large majority of you hate this guy. If I take it a step further, this is your biggest fantasy pet peeve. Personally, I find it funny! I could argue both sides so why don’t I? When Horrible Trade Guy sends an offensive offer to Way-Too-Serious Guy sit back and watch the show. If you’re anybody else just decline and move on. What is your stance on taking a photo of a horrible offer then posting in your group chat?
7. Auto-Drafter Guy.
Auto-Drafter Guy is like your fun Uncle who you idolized growing up. He shows up to Christmas dinner late with a six-pack of beer. Lives life on his own terms type of thing. When it comes to draft day you get all the owners together, everyone is on the same page yet Auto-Draft Guy is in the wind. The simple action of setting a queue would suffice right? Auto Draft Guy actually screws people over due to the best possible player available being automatically chosen each time!
8. Expert Fantasy Advice Guy.
Isn’t this the guy the best? Not. I’ve compared fantasy football to guessing the weather. You can only do so much research. You can only make so many projections. It really is all a guessing game. So when some dummy in your league starts spouting off advice and criticisms on the decisions you’ve made tell him to get lost.
9. Takes Trash Talk Too Far Guy.
Are you easily upset? How mad would you be if I told you this Sunday my fantasy team is going to bend you over? That’s a pretty common trash talk statement. In the leagues I play in at least. At what point does an owner cross the line? Your kids? Wife? Deceased parents? Anyway you slice it once the line is crossed there is no going back. Don’t be a jerk. Don’t be this guy.
10. Disappearing Act Guy.
Every single league has this guy. Normally this owner is awesome right out of the gate. A ton of interaction leading up to the draft. Present during the draft and after! Then poof! Gone! Once his roster is full he’s gone! Doesn’t set his roster week to week. When he checks back in the realization of how bad it’s gotten sets in and he gives up. Gives up with 10+ games left in the season. This owner should be banned across the board.
11. Negative Nancy Rat Guy.
To be clear this guy is a snake and acts like a used car salesman. The idiot who offers you a trade and says, “You’re totally winning this offer bro!” Yeah? If that’s the case why don’t you keep the guy?! He’s also the snake who tries to get other owners together in a collusion type effort. Yet is a big enough rat to tell on others at the drop of a hat. Be aware of this guy. He always shows his true colors! This owner needs to be removed root and stem!
12. Four Leaf Clover Up His Butt Guy.
Pretty self explanatory! I’ve seen cases where it’s the most unassuming team owner. The last minute person you asked to join just to fill the league in time to draft. Your grandma? Father in-law? Most of the time it’s an owner who know nothing about football. Just likes the color of the team jerseys.
In closing, if any of you don’t understand one of these then that’s which fantasy player you are! What? Bad Trade Offer Guy doesn’t make sense! I like that guy! Guess what? You’re probably Bad Offer Guy!
Thank you for reading! Any questions or comments?
Did I miss someone? Who would you add? Let’s talk about it!