Updated: Nov 25, 2020
It’s about that time of year where football fans start planning their fantasy drafts. It’s such a simple activity, yet it’s so riveting. Everyone has their own opinions on players and everyone has their own draft strategy, but if you need some help with yours, you’ve come to the right place. Hope you enjoy my top 50 fantasy prospects for this season!!
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1. Christian McCaffrey, RB1, Carolina Panthers, RB
Is this any surprise? CMC should be #1 on everyone’s list. He dominates both as a receiver and as a runner. This offseason, he inked an extension, though, but I still don’t expect any kind of contract hangover. He will have a new coach (Matt Rhule) and new QB (Teddy Bridgewater), but Rhule is a great offensive mind, and Bridgewater is used to having an elite, elusive back because he had Alvin Kamara in New Orleans. Watch CMC dominate again this season.
2. Saquon Barkley, RB2, New York Giants
If Barkley can stay healthy, this is where he sits. His numbers as a rookie were elite. He had 2,028 total yards, 91 receptions, and 15 total TDs that year. If he even comes close to those numbers he’s worth taking with the #2 pick.
3. Ezekiel Elliott, RB3, Dallas Cowboys
I’m a big fan of Zeke this year. Dallas’s passing game is gonna be elite this year, with Dak throwing to Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup. That’s gonna create great running lanes for Zeke. Plus, he still has one of the best O-Lines in the league and he’s improved as a receiver. Watch out for Zeke this year.
4. Alvin Kamara, RB4, New Orleans Saints
Here’s where it gets tougher to rank. Kamara is a superb athlete, but his workload and durability are the concerns. However, last year was the only year in which he experienced real injury issues. Plus, his workload on the ground isn’t too much of a concern since he catches so many passes. He said he played at 75% health most of last season, so I expect him to return to top five form at 100%.
5. Derrick Henry, RB5, Tennessee Titans
Henry was 2019’s biggest breakout. He’s a monster who carries the best rushing workload out of any NFL RB. However, he doesn’t catch passes at nearly the clip as my top four guys, so that decreases his value in PPR. I’d say he’s top three in Standard scoring, though.
6. Dalvin Cook, RB6, Minnesota Vikings
Dalvin could legit be RB1 this season, but he could also be RB20. He’s oft-injured and his contract situation is less than ideal. This is a contract year, though, so he could be extra hungry to compete. Or, he didn’t put in the work this offseason while he waited for a contract. However, he’s still elite, as he finished last season with the second most fantasy points per game for RBs. He’s a high-risk, high-reward type of guy here.
7. Michael Thomas, WR1, New Orleans Saints
MT is quite the opposite of Dalvin. You know exactly what you’re getting; the most productive fantasy WR in the NFL. He’s only this low because the Saints added Emmanuel Sanders and Alvin Kamara will be healthy. Otherwise, he’s the same guy who put up 149 receptions on 185 targets last season.
8. Davante Adams, WR2, Green Bay Packers
Adams finished as WR23 last season, but that’s misleading because he only played in 12 games. In actuality, he should’ve been WR6 because he averaged 17.7 fantasy points per game. I expect him to be even higher than that this season. Sure, the Packers are a run-first team, but Adams is Aaron Rodgers’ only reliable target. If Adams stays healthy, expect him to be elite.
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9. DeAndre Hopkins, WR3, Arizona Cardinals
It felt so weird writing that Hopkins is a Cardinal, but yet here we are. He had an “off” year in 2019 and was still WR5. The Cards should have a pass-happy offense that will benefit both Kyler Murray and DHop. With this year’s shortened offseason, chemistry between Kyler and DHop could be a little off, but I don’t see that being a problem during the second half of the season.
10. Julio Jones, WR4, Atlanta Falcons
Julio is always a top five receiver. He was WR3 last season, and for good reason. His problem has always been getting in the endzone , though. As big of a dude as he is, Matt Ryan doesn’t target him enough in the red zone. Hopefully that changes this season.
11. Tyreek Hill, WR5, Kansas City Chiefs
Cheetah had it rough last year in terms of health, as he suffered an early injury and then Patty Mahomes suffered a midseason injury. We all know what they both can do when healthy. When (not if, when) Tyreek gets open downfield Mahomes will find him, and that should be frequent this season.
12. Josh Jacobs, RB7, Las Vegas Raiders
This is higher than you’ll usually see Josh Jacobs, but I see him becoming a star. In just 13 games, he ran for 1,150 yards on 242 carries. I expect him to have 300+ carries this season. HIs involvement in this passing game is questionable, but that won’t matter too much when he’s taking 20 carries per game.
13. Miles Sanders, RB8, Philadelphia Eagles
On the other hand, Sanders doesn’t have any questions in the passing game. He caught 50 balls last season on a limited workload. With Jordan Howard gone, he’ll easily pass 250 touches. However, he still won’t have the workload of Josh Jacobs in the committee backfield of Philly.
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14. Joe Mixon, RB9, Cincinnati Bengals
Everyone will think of Mixon as the guy who faltered early in 2019, but he really surged late in the season. In weeks 14-17, he eclipsed 100 yards on the ground three times. With a new QB (Joe Burrow), another year with coach Zac Taylor, and an improved O-Line, expect bigger things from Mixon this season.
15. Chris Godwin, WR6, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Godwin was the biggest WR breakout in 2019. He finished as WR2. One would think that he would be better with Tom Brady, but is that really true? For all the hate Jameis Winston gets, he still threw for 5,000+ yards last season. Can TB12 do that? I’m not sure, but we should still see Godwin get over 1,100 yards.
16. Aaron Jones, RB10, Green Bay Packers
Jones was great last season, but was that really sustainable? He somehow managed 16 rushing TDs, which is virtually impossible for him to hit again. He’ll have Jaamal Williams and A.J. Dillon taking touches from him, too. He’ll still be good, but don’t expect RB2 status again.
17. Mike Evans, WR7, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Consistency has always been the issue with Evans. Sure, he’ll put up 150 yards and 3 TDs one game, but the very next he could have 20 yards on 2 receptions. I do expect Tom Brady to help solve this to an extent, though. Brady loved having a deep, jump ball target in Randy Moss. Evans is the most comparable receiver to Moss that Brady has ever had.
18. Kenyan Drake, RB11, Arizona Cardinals
Drake broke out after being traded to the Cards last season. Arizona will be a huge threat in the passing game, with DHop, Larry Fitzgerald, and Christian Kirk. That means Drake will have plenty of running lanes, like I stated about Zeke before. Having a full season in Arizona will certainly boost Drake’s fantasy stock.
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19. Nick Chubb, RB12, Cleveland Browns
Chubb is a great running back, but the presence of Kareem Hunt in Cleveland’s backfield really, really worries me. Hunt was on the path to become elite and he could steal major touches from Chubb. Chubb had 151.4 fantasy points in his first eight games (the games in which Hunt was suspended), but then had 103.8 points when Hunt played. Just something to think about when looking at Chubb.
20. Austin Ekeler, RB13, Los Angeles Chargers
Ekeler was the league’s second best receiving back last year behind CMC. He was RB4 and an absolute PPR gem. The Chargers lost Melvin Gordon, so why wouldn’t Ekeler be higher? I put him here because they’ll have a new starting QB in Tyrod Taylor or Justin Herbert, but it may not really matter once the season starts.
21. Travis Kelce, TE1, Kansas City Chiefs
Kelce was TE1 last season, and I see no reason that’ll change. He did all that on just 5 TDs, so if Patty gets him the ball in the endzone, expect an even better 2020 from Kelce.
22. Kenny Golladay, WR8, Detroit Lions
Golladay is one of the league’s brightest young stars on a surprisingly potent Lions offense. Matt Stafford is a good fantasy QB, but Golladay only had him for half the season last year. So, assuming Stafford can play the majority of the season, Golladay should be even better this season.
23. Leonard Fournette, RB14, Jacksonville Jaguars
Fournette quietly had a tremendous season in 2019. What was surprising to me was that he put up a whopping 76 receptions on his way to being RB7. On top of that, he found the endzone just three times, so if he scores more tuddies, he’ll be an absolute force.
24. Amari Cooper, WR9, Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys added CeeDee Lamb, which can either hurt or help Cooper. Lamb will take targets from Cooper or leave him with more single coverage. He’s a very up-and-down receiver in terms of fantasy, so after a big week, I’d sell him high and get a more consistent player.
25. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR10, Pittsburgh Steelers
Everything went wrong for JuJu last season. Big Ben got hurt in week 2 and JuJu missed some time, too. I expect a big bounce back, though. He needs to have a good season if he wants an extension soon. With Big Ben back, watch out for JuJu this year.
26. George Kittle, TE2, San Francisco 49ers
Kittle missed two games last season and still finished with over 1,000 yards. Kelce may have been TE1, but Kittle averaged the exact same amount of fantasy points with 15.9 per game. Another nice fantasy thing about Kittle is that he recovers so fast. He shouldn’t have missed just two games last season, but he’s a physical freak and a true warrior. He may not have as high of a ceiling as Kelce in fantasy, but he’s just as good in real life.
27. Allen Robinson II, WR11, Chicago Bears
I’ve seen a ton of people underrate Robinson even though he was fantastic last season with Mitch Trubisky. He had 10+ fantasy points in 13 of his 16 games. If Nick Foles starts, I think Robinson could be even better. The dude is gonna be just 27 years-old when the season starts, even though it feels like he’s much older for some reason. Don’t be afraid to make Robinson your WR1 or WR2 this season.
28. Adam Thielen, WR12, Minnesota Vikings
Thielen had an off year in 2019, but with Stefon Diggs gone, he’s Kirk Cousins’ best option to throw to. People forget how much of a PPR gem Thielen was, so as Minnesota’s true #1, that could be even more true.
29. D.J. Moore, WR13, Carolina Panthers
Moore broke out last season, but not to the extent most people think. He was WR16, but most people have him in the top 10 this year. Robby Anderson will steal some targets and he has a new QB now. Moore is still a bonafide WR2, but WR1? I don’t know about that.
30. Chris Carson, RB15, Seattle Seahawks
Raashad Penny may always be breathing down Carson’s neck, but Carson still has a firm grasp on the job in Seattle. He’s the model of consistency, although he’s listed as questionable by ESPN right now because of a hip injury he suffered last season. However, I like Carson as an RB2 and if you can get him as your flex, you’re golden.
31. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB16, Kansas City Chiefs
Here’s our first rookie. We all know what Kareem Hunt did for KC, so I expect CEH to do great as well. Damien Williams may slow him down to start the year, but by the second half of the season, I expect him to be the featured back.
32. Todd Gurley II, RB17, Atlanta Falcons
Gurley’s career has taken an unfortuitous turn. Arthritis in his knee has derailed his path of excellence that he enjoyed with the Rams. Now, he finds himself on the Falcons looking for redemption. He can be a top fantasy back when healthy, but when has he been truly healthy? Not for a while. If you’re alright with him playing 12-14 games, take him, but don’t expect a full season.
33. Le’Veon Bell, RB18, New York Jets
Bell was very disappointing last year, but in a new system with a bad O-Line, what else did we expect? Fortunately, the Jets O-Line did improve, with their most notable addition being Mekhi Becton. The ideal value for Bell is as a flex, but he could work himself up to RB2 status.
34. Keenan Allen, WR14, Los Angeles Chargers
Allen was FINALLY able to stay healthy in 2019. However, this year he’ll be playing with a new QB in either Tyrod Taylor or Justin Herbert. However, I don’t expect him to decline too much, and I think he could be an absolute steal.
35. Cooper Kupp, WR15, Los Angeles Rams
I’m projecting big things for Kupp. He finished as WR4 last season and he had Brandin Cooks to compete for touches with. Now, with Cooks gone, I expect about 100 receptions from him.
36. Odell Beckham Jr., WR16, Cleveland Browns
Odell was a huge disappointment last season, so his ADP (average draft position) is much more reasonable now. The Browns passing offense as a whole was in shambles, but it should be better now, as they remodeled the O-Line and Baker Mayfield is looking for a redemption year. The same goes for Beckham, so watch out for him this season.
37. Courtland Sutton, WR17, Denver Broncos
I’m much less high on Sutton than some other people are. In some offenses, I think having many weapons benefits the top receiver. However, I don’t think it does in Denver because Sutton isn’t a top tier guy yet. He’s very talented, but I’m worried Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler, Noah Fant, Phillip Lindsay, and Melvin Gordon will take away touches. He’s definitely draftable, but I doubt the consistency will be there.
38. Zach Ertz, TE3, Philadelphia Eagles
I had Ertz on a team last season and he helped me down the stretch big time. He was TE4 last season, which shouldn’t change too much.
39. A.J. Brown, WR18, Tennessee Titans
Brown is a big play machine, but can he contribute with volume? He only had 5+ receptions in a game three times last season, but he averaged 20.2 yards per catch, which is absolutely monstrous. He could definitely be a riser while playing stacked defenses that are prepared for Derrick Henry.
40. Tyler Lockett, WR19, Seattle Seahawks
Lockett was solid for the first half of last season, but his production dropped off a cliff as time went on. Despite this fact, he finished as WR13, so I can still see him being a nice low-end WR2.
41. Calvin Ridley, WR20, Atlanta Falcons
Ridley is a big sleeper for this season. He missed weeks 15-17, but after the Falcons traded Mohamed Sanu, Ridley benefitted big time. He averaged 21.5 fantasy points per game from weeks 11-14, giving us a glimpse of how the Falcons want to use him now that Sanu is gone. If you can snag Ridley for your bench, you’re doing very well for yourself.
42. Lamar Jackson, QB1, Baltimore Ravens
Lamar was a fantasy monster last year. That fact shouldn’t change, as he was QB1 by a longshot last season. The Ravens are evidently committed to building around his strengths, which is good news for his fantasy owners.
43. Patrick Mahomes, QB2, Kansas City Chiefs
Mahomes was slowed by injury last season, but he’s still the best player in the NFL. Lamar only gets the edge because of his running ability, but don’t sleep on Patty’s wheels either.
44. Robert Woods, WR21, Los Angeles Rams
Like Kupp, the departure of Brandin Cooks will help Woods breakout this season. He was WR14 with just two TDs last season, so some more red zone looks would also help.
45. T.Y. Hilton, WR22, Indianapolis Colts
Injuries have plagued Hilton, but he still has some good upside. He’s the Colts best receiver who now has Philip Rivers to catch passes from.
46. Jarvis Landry, WR23, Cleveland Browns
Cleveland’s season was overall disappointing, but Landry was a bright spot. At WR12, he had 1,174 yards on 83 receptions. If Baker does better this year, so will Jarvis.
47. Stefon Diggs, WR24, Buffalo Bills
Diggs was strictly a deep threat in Minnesota, but I could see him evolving for the Bills. With John Brown as another deep threat and Cole Beasley in the slot, we could see Diggs playing as a true #1 receiver all over the field. If Josh Allen can improve his accuracy, Diggs is a top 10 threat.
48. Melvin Gordon, RB19, Denver Broncos
Gordon was limited last year, as he shared the backfield with Austin Ekeler. He has a similar situation this year with Phillip Lindsay, so I don’t trust Melvin at all for fantasy.
49. David Johnson, RB20, Houston Texans
I would have David Johnson higher, but Duke Johnson Jr. will steal a lot of targets. For this reason, I also don’t trust David Johnson for fantasy.
50. D.J. Chark Jr., WR25, Jacksonville Jaguars
Chark is a riser, but it all depends on Gardner Minshew. He was WR17 last season, but I could see a big sophomore slump from “Minshew Mania” on the horizon.
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