My Guys!

My Guys!
8/14/20
Chris Robin, Ben Anderson and Ethan Cowlbeck

We all have certain players we enjoy drafting and owning on our teams! Unless you’re a cold hearted shlub like https://twitter.com/DetroitBeastie . The rest of us keep tabs on certain players we call, “My Guys!” The idea was came from whiz kid https://twitter.com/DJ_Beck_ and the rest is history! We sent out the signal and got a reply from https://twitter.com/bennieboy26

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

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold

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

Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb

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

Denver Broncos RB Melvin Gordon photo courtesy USAtoday.com

New deal, new coach, new team, and a whole new Gordon. Look out for a monster season out of Gordon.

Sony Michel NE RB

New England RB Sony Michel

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

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay

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

Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp

Ppr Machine what else do you need here. if he’s healthy take him as many times as possible

DJ Chark JAX WR

Jacksonville Jaguars WR D.J. Chark

When Minshew took over as the number 1 QB in Jackson Chark exploded as Jacksonville’s clear number 1 WR

Hayden Hurst ATL TE

Atlanta Falcons TE Hayden Hurst

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

Denver TE Noah Fant

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.

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Pairings for the Fantasy Chemist

Pairings for the Fantasy Chemist
8/14/20
Ethan Cowlbeck https://twitter.com/DJ_Beck_

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!

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State of the Atlanta Braves

State of the Atlanta Braves
8/6/20
Ben Anderson https://twitter.com/bennieboy26

The Braves have gotten off to a hot start this season, but with every year there are highs and lows. Atlanta hit a low point this past week losing second year ace Mike Soroka to an Achilles tear. This puts Atlanta’s already young pitching staff in a very tough situation very early on this shortened season. Atlanta isn’t facing just pitching woes, the bottom third of their lineup is literately hit or miss with Riley, Ender,and Camargo all batting around .200 and late in games and it’s haunting them. Let’s look into some possible roster moves!

PITCHING

#1 Marco Gonzalez (28)

SEA SP Marco Gonzales

Seattle signed through 2024 with 25 Option
2019 stats 3.99 ERA 16-13 34 starts 200 plus innings Whip 1.31 9 Ks per 9.

#2 Trevor Bauer (29)

CIN SP Trevor Bauer

Cincinnati FA season end
2019 stats 4.48 ERA 11-13 34 starts 213 innings Whip 1.25 10.7 Ks per 9

#3 Jeff Samardzija (35)

SFG SP Jeff Samardzija

San Francisco FA season End
2019 stats 3.52 ERA 11-12 32 starts 181 innings Whip 1.11 6.7 Ks per 9

#4 Robbie Ray (28)

ARZ SP Robbie Ray

Arizona FA season end
2019 stats 4.34 ERA 12-8 33 starts 174 innings Whip 1.34 12.1 Ks per 9

#5 Mike Clevinger (29)

CLE SP Mike Clevinger

Cleveland under control until 2023
2019 stats 2.71 13-4 21 starts 126 Inngs Whip 1.55 12.1 Ks per 9
Cleveland has been trying to cut salary while saving up to keep Francisco Lindor. Best way to do that is to move the more expensive players on the roster. Cleveland’s rotation is going to be fine with Bebier, Carrasco and Plesac.

#6 Joe Musgrove (27)

PIT SP Joe Musgrove

Pittsburgh under control until 2023 27
2019 Stats 4.44 ERA 11-12 31 Starts 170 innings Whip 1.22 8.3 Ks per 9

#7 Mike Minor (32)

TEX SP Mike Minor

Texas FA season end
2019 Stats 3.59 ERA 32 starts 208 inngs Whip 1.24 8.6 Ks per 9

Smaller moves that would pack a punch!

Wade LeBlanc BAL
Julio Teheran LAA
Martin Perez BOS
Ivan Nova CHW
Mike Fiers OAK
Zach Davies SDP
Tanner Roark TOR

HITTING

NYY 3B Miguel Andujar

Miguel Andujar R (25) NYY designated Andujar for assigment during this article.

New York under team control through 2024 3B/LF NYY
New York sending Andujar to their Covid-19 taxi squad tells you one thing, they’re more then happy with Urshella playing 3B.

Eduardo Escobar S (31)

ARZ 3B/SS Eduardo Escobar

Arizona INF/OF under team control through 2021 season

Jose Ramirez S (27)

CLE 3B Jose Ramirez

Cleveland 3B/2B under team control through 2022 with a option for 23.
Why would the Indians move Ramirez? They need the salary relief if they want to resign or keep Francisco Lindor long term.

Tommy La Stella L (31)

LAA 2B/3B Tommy La Stella

Angels 3B/2B FA at seasons end.
A reunion? I personally think one is in order here and almost a perfect match.

Justin Turner R (35)

LAD 3B Justin Turner

Dodgers 3B/1B FA at seasons end.
The Dodgers can afford to make moves like sending Turner out if they choose.

Brian Anderson R (27)

MIA 3B/RF Brian Anderson

Miami 3B/RF under control through 2024
It wouldn’t be a good trade deadline if the Marlins weren’t trying to move their top offensive player.

JD Davis R (27)

NYM 3B/LF JD Davis

New York Mets 3B/LF Under control until 2025
Another perfect match, unfortunately he plays for a division rival so he won’t come cheap.

Matt Chapman R (27)

OAK 3B Matt Chapman

Oakland 3B under control until 2024

Billy Bean is the definition of cheap wife who refuses to spend money. Bean has a long history of trading off his best players before they get pricey. Aka Every good player over the last 20 years in Oakland.

Evan Longoria R (34)

SFG 3B Evan Longoria

San Francisco 3B under control through 2022 with a option for 23
Playoff record is strong and is a real professional, but can he stay healthy?

Kyle Seager L (32)

SEA 3B Kyle Seager

Seattle 3B under team control through 2021 with a option for 22
In the midst of a career year, Seattle would be wise to drop him like he’s hot.

Joey Gallo L (26)

TEX 1B/3B Joey Gallo

Texas OF/3B under team control through 2022
People hate on Gallo due to his hot and cold bat. While the last few seasons he’s been working on making more contact, that’s exactly what’s he’s been doing hitting .253 in 2019 and so far in 2020 his batting .270 I’ll take that with 40 homers

Starling Castro R (30)

WSH INF Starling Castro

Washington 2B/3B under control through 2021

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All stats and information researched on Baseball reference.
Written and researched by Ben Anderson @Bennieboy26

2020 Young QB/WR Combinations

Young QB/WR Combinations
7/4/2020
Tim Eidens https://twitter.com/TimEidens35
Chris Robin https://twitter.com/DetroitBeastie

Happy Fourth of July!

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

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2020 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (Round 1)

2020 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (Round 1)
3/29/20
Chris Robin https://twitter.com/DetroitBeastie

Football is upon us! In terms of drafting the content is a little early. The big names have already built projections and published books and magazines. Being early is not a bad thing. If you’re like me too much content isn’t a thing. Given the current situation across the county mock drafting and fantasy football discussions are needed!

Normally the fun leading up to the fantasy football draft season is talk of the top 10. Or who is the consensus number one. This season it’s quiet clear. Right?

What sets fantasy football aside for me is all the strategy that goes in. Some owners like crafty veterans while others want all rookies. There is no right way! It’s your team! You’re able to build it how you want!

I’m asking you all now to please get involved in a dynasty start up. I’m not trying to push my ideals on anyone but I promise you’ll thank me later! Fantasy football is a 365 24/7 kind of commitment!

We all find our own way in terms of fantasy sports. There is no wrong way! Build how you want and build to maximize your enjoyment.

I’m going to get into a mock draft series and publish the results! 12 team, full PPR scoring. Also six points per passing touchdown. I’m in a unique position to set the rules as I see fit. Lets get right into it!

ROUND 1

Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffery

1. Christian McCaffrey RB-Carolina Panthers

CMC is the clear cut #1 choice this season. He is durable and the best dual threat RB we’ve seen in a long time. He rarely missed time and Carolina gives this kid as much as he can handle! Is it crazy to think he has a better 2020 then 2019? CMC finished 150 points ahead of all other RB’s. That why I feel stupid asking, can he produce more? McCaffrey is lights out!

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas

2. Michael Thomas WR-New Orleans Saints

Given the scoring rules, MT is a monster in PPR formats. Any format really! Drew Brees is back for another season in NO so why would the production drop? Thomas set an NFL record with 149 receptions for 1,725 yards and 9 touchdowns. Sometimes these quick bios write themselves!

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley

3. Saquon Barkley RB-New York Giants

One of the only guys who can give CMC a run for his money. The Giants are improving and I’d expect Saquon to improve as well. I firmly believe we haven’t seen what Barkley can truly do.

Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins

4. DeAndre Hopkins WR-Arizona Cardinals

In a shocking wave of events Hopkins was traded to Arizona. Did any of you think that was going to hurt his value? No way. Not a chance. Hopkins is safe pick and will ALWAYS produce. Personally moving from Watson to Murray may look like a little downgrade. As Murray gains more experience and the Cardinals find their groove this combo can and will explode.

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry

5. Derrick Henry RB-Tennessee Titans

King Henry! The 2019 rushing champion. Derrick had a phenomenal playoff run last season. This kid is a monster and will continue racking up yards and touchdowns. Doesn’t catch many passes but what does that matter when you’re running for 100+ yards each week?

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliot

6. Ezekiel Elliot RB-Dallas Cowboys

You either love Dallas or you hate them. For fantasy purposes you have to put that nonsense aside! Zeke had a great 2019 and why would that change in 2020? 1,200+ yards with 10+ touchdowns is his 2020 outlook. That’s top 10 talent to me!

Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams

7. Davante Adams WR-Green Bay Packers

Adams is a top 3 wide receiver. Injuries have held him back and hampered his climb to a top 5 draft day selection. I firmly believe he’s in the mix as a top 5 selection. I’ve also heard rumblings from fantasy players doubting his skill set and production. Don’t let Adams slide too far in your draft. He’s a stud!

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson

8. Lamar Jackson QB-Baltimore Ravens

I hate that a QB has found their way into the top 10 of my mock. I’m a, “NO QB in the first round” kind of guy! In this case I think we can all make an exception! Lamar gives you QB and RB in one deal! I will tell you now and we can move on, I didn’t think he was going to be this special coming out of college.

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara

9. Alvin Kamara RB-New Orleans Saints

This time last season how many of you were debating Alvin, CMC or Saquon as the number one pick? How many of you chose Kamara? Was a costly mistake. He didn’t look good much of the 2019 season. Come to find out he was dealing with a leg injury. Now 2020 draft Alvin in the top 10 and watch him rebound!

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill

10. Tyreek Hill WR-Kansas City Chiefs

Tyreek is a bad man and a dangerous wide receiver. His QB is this kid named Patrick Mahomes. This combo can and will yield amazing results. I don’t have to sell you on Hill just wanted to add my two cents.

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook

11. Dalvin Cook RB-Minnesota Vikings

Look, I’m a big fan of Cook and what can do. To me, you have to hit a home run with your first round selection. My only concern is injuries. In a perfect world if we could be assured of an injury free season, Cook would be a top 7 guy.

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones

12. Julio Jones WR-Atlanta Falcons

I had this weird thought of a decline in production for Julio in 2020. What’s been the biggest knock on Jones? He doesn’t score enough touchdowns! Jones can still help your team in other ways. Catches and yards! Julio plays have his games indoors on turf in ATL, don’t be fooled, Julio Jones is still a top notch draft selection!

That’s it for round 1!

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2020 MLB Mock Draft (Round 15)

What sets fantasy baseball aside for me is all the strategy that goes in. Some owners like crafty veterans while other want young prospects. There is no right way! It’s your team! You’re able to build it how you want!

I’m asking you all now to please get involved in a dynasty start up. I’m not trying to push my ideals on anyone but I promise you’ll thank me later! The excitement that builds inside of me this time of year can only be explained as Christmas 1989 and getting my first Nintendo. Only this time you get to relive that excitement over and over.

We all find our own way in terms of fantasy sports. There is no wrong way! Build how you want and build to maximize your enjoyment.

What I’m going to bring you this time around is a 14 team mixed league mock draft. 5×5 rotisserie scoring format. Which means, batting average, home runs, RBI’s, stolen bases and runs for hitters. Wins, saves, ERA, strikeouts and WHIP for pitchers.

ROUND 15

197. Nate Lowe 1B-Tampa Bay Rays

If Nate gets full time AB’s in Tampa expect a monster!

198. Jose Urquidy SP-Houston Astros

Almost assured a spot in the rotation. Nothing not to like here.

199. JD Davis 3B-New York Mets

Solid BA with 20+ HR’s

200. Masahiro Tanaka SP-New York Yankees

Great team and throws strikes! Expect plentys of wins.

201. Ryan McMahon 2B-Colorado Rockies

Multi-position eligibility mixed with a top 10 hard hit rate percentage. Oh! Did I mention he plays at Coors field?

202. Joc Pederson OF-Los Angeles Angeles

Struggles to hit .250 and the LAD shield him from left handed pitching. Still a good source of power.

203. Matthew Boyd SP-Detroit Tigers

Lefty pitching for a bad team but was top 10 in K% last season.

204. James McCann C-Chicago White Sox

James is as solid as they come at catcher. He’s now the back up but two catcher leagues grab McCann.

205. Jake Odorizzi SP-Minnesota Twins

Finally showed some consistency and I believe its real.

206. Justin Upton OF-Los Angeles Angels

Another injury discount after a ruined 2019 season.

207. Caleb Smith SP-Miami Marlins

MIA has a few young stud pitchers and Caleb is leading the way.

208. Kolten Wong 2B-St. Louis Cardinals

Was given a full time gig and had a career year. Rock solid bat.

209. David Price SP-Los Angeles Dodgers

The move to LA is a massive boost for his price. If he stays healthy could be a huge steal here. Still has outstanding stuff.

210. Austin Riley OF-Atlanta Braves

Needs to improve his contact rate. Not assured of a spot but has awesome pop.

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Hang here for Round 16 this evening! What would your round 15 look like?

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2020 MLB Mock Draft (Round 8)

What sets fantasy baseball aside for me is all the strategy that goes in. Some owners like crafty veterans while other want young prospects. There is no right way! It’s your team! You’re able to build it how you want!

I’m asking you all now to please get involved in a dynasty start up. I’m not trying to push my ideals on anyone but I promise you’ll thank me later! The excitement that builds inside of me this time of year can only be explained as Christmas 1989 and getting my first Nintendo. Only this time you get to relive that excitement over and over.

We all find our own way in terms of fantasy sports. There is no wrong way! Build how you want and build to maximize your enjoyment.

What I’m going to bring you this time around is a 14 team mixed league mock draft. 5×5 rotisserie scoring format. Which means, batting average, home runs, RBI’s, stolen bases and runs for hitters. Wins, saves, ERA, strikeouts and WHIP for pitchers.

ROUND 8

99. Mike Soroka SP-Atlanta Braves

Mike doesn’t give up hard contact! He had a 2.68 ERA last season. Soroka has weak strikeout rate (7.3K/9). That doesn’t bother me much, with a low ERA the K’s will come.

100. Yasiel Puig OF-Free Agent

I was a little apprehensive to draft him given the fact he still doesn’t have a home. The Colorado Rockies rumors are false while the White Sox rumors are heating up. Either way lets expect 25+ HR’s 80+ RBI and a strong average.

101. Jon Berti 3B-Miami Marlins

No one has mention Berti! Jon is eligible at SS/3B/OF. A super late bloomer, Jon was given a chance last season and at 30 years old was quite solid! Berti should run enough this season to make this draft choice well deserved!

102. Luis Robert OF-Chicago White Sox

Now we’re talking! Aside from RP’s I love me some prospects! Luis went 30-30 in the minors last season and he’s ready for the show! I’m telling you now you’re going to want as many pieces of this White Sox roster as possible!

103. Max Kepler OF-Minnesota Twins

Max had a breakout season in 2019! Another guy I have a soft spot for! I’ve owned Kep in dynasty since 2016 and my patience paid off! What I love is his price and draft stock have not gone through the roof! 80 R/30 HR/85 RBI is a legitimate possibility!

104. Aroldis Chapman RP-New York Yankees

What can I say here? Chapman is closing for a fantastic team and should see plenty of save opportunities. 35+ saves and a 2.35 WHIP is stud status. I’ve often wondered what he thinks about this Astro’s cheating scandal and the HR Altuve hit off of him.

105. Jo Adell OF-Los Angeles Angels

Should be in the running for ROY and has MASSIVE upside with his power/speed. In that LAA lineup should fit in perfectly!

106. Jeff McNeil OF-New York Mets

Jeff has multi-positional eligibility and gives your team a great BA boost. Is his power legit?

107. Gavin Lux 2B-Los Angeles Dodgers

Lux will help your BA, has a ton of speed and nice pop. I’m just so excited about the rookie season ahead!

108. Miguel Sano 3B-Minnesota Twins

Sano drives me nuts but his power is real. In this Twins lineup I’m buying!

109. Max Fried SP-Atlanta Braves

Max is no doubt part of the Braves rotation but he needs to limit the hard hit contact.

110. Michael Brantley OF-Houston Astros

Did you know Brantley was a top 20 hitter last season? I know! He was way undervalued and I see no reason why he doesn’t do it again in 2020!

111. Nicholas Castellanos OF-Cincinnati Reds

As a Tigers fan I’m happy for Nick! With the Reds he should produce plenty of runs and push for 30 HR’s!

112. Amed Rosario SS-New York Mets

I’m hoping for some growth and loads of steals! Playing time won’t be an issue and the Mets are getting better!

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Hang here for Round 9 tomorrow! What would your round 8 look like?

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