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2020 Early Fantasy Football Draft Rankings

by Bobby Sylvester | @bobbyfantasypro | Featured Writer
Jan 2, 2020

Imagine Mostert as a full-time back all of next season

We are still seven months away from fantasy football drafts, but as you know, best ball drafts will be opening up soon and it is never too early to begin getting excited about next year’s championship run. There will, of course, be many rankings articles between now and then once we get more clarity from the NFL Draft and free agency, but this is what the big board looks like based on what we know now. As always, if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out on Twitter @bobbyfantasypro. Before we dive into the rankings, let me tell you about four players that I am especially opinionated about.

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Raheem Mostert (SF): RB #19
I would imagine Mostert’s ADP is going to rise over the off-season but what I’ve seen thus far in the fantasy football industry is a lot of conservative thinking regarding the 49ers backfield. What if Tevin Coleman regains his job? What is Matt Brieda and Jerick McKinnon stay healthy? What if it’s just a big ugly split-backfield as we’ve seen with Shanahan before? Folks, you’ve got a chance at not only an RB1, but potentially a top 3 running back like we saw with Devonta Freeman in Shanahan’s amazing running scheme. Mostert was the single most efficient running back in football this year and he has earned his chance to become a true #1. I’ll be making this investment in the fourth or fifth round, hoping to strike absolute gold like we did with Aaron Jones this season.

Tony Pollard (DAL): RB #36
Pollard was a popular late-round pick in 2019 for different reasons, as Ezekiel Elliott was holding out. He disappointed, of course, because Zeke came back and stayed healthy the entire season, but as we’ve seen time and again, even the most durable running backs can suffer a season-ending injury. If that were to happen to every single starting running back in football, Pollard would be the # fantasy running back. That’s to say, he is the top handcuff. And I don’t really like that term because you don’t have to draft Zeke in order to go get Pollard. Essentially, you’ve got a 20% chance at an RB1 so you might as well pull the trigger in Round 9 for your chance at that game-script-proof, bell-cow, three-down back.

A.J. Green (FA): WR #19
Green is old, sure, and he is a full season away from football, but let’s try to remember just how incredible he has been when healthy. For every single stretch of time Green has been active, we’ve been looking at a top 12 fantasy wide receiver even despite playing with Andy Dalton as his quarterback and limited help elsewhere on the offense. He could very well be joining the likes of Aaron Rodgers or Patrick Mahomes this offseason and while there is some risk in how he will bounce back or stay healthy, the upside is clearly a top 8 wide receiver once again. That’s a risk I’m comfortable taking in the 5th or 6th round next season.

Dallas Goedert (PHI): TE #10
Is Goedert expected to be the #2 tight end for his team next year? Yeah, sure. I mean, Zach Ertz likely isn’t going anywhere. That doesn’t mean, however, that Goedert is the backup tight end. You see, Goedert is a starter too because the Eagles have two dominant tight ends so they find a way to get them on the field for 70-80% of the snaps. Not only that, but Goedert is already an elite receiving talent at the position, as evidenced by him finishing among the top 10 fantasy performers this season as the #2. And keep in mind, if anything were to happen to Ertz, we’d be looking at a weekly superstar in Goedert.


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