Players I’m Already Sold On (2020 Fantasy Football)
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We may be months away from Fantasy Football draft season, but it’s never too early to start your draft prep.
One thing you should do when thinking about who you’re targeting in your draft is to set aside one player from each position that you’re already sold on. The kinds of players that you aren’t going to have to do any studying or worrying about, and all you’ll have to do is hit draft when he’s on the board.
It’s always comforting to go into a draft knowing you have a guy at each position that you love at certain spots throughout the draft. This will give you a lot of flexibility in what you can do early because you know you have your safety nets down the line.
With that in mind, I’m going to show you my list of players from each position that I’m already sold on for 2020.
Quarterback: Carson Wentz (PHI)
Heading into the 2019 season, there were a lot of Carson Wentz doubters out there because of his inability to stay on the field. Well, he played all 16 games last year, and he did quite well if you ask me. Wentz finished the season with 4,039 yards, 27 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. That placed him 10th overall in scoring amongst quarterbacks in 2019.
What made Wentz’s 2019 performance so incredible was that he was throwing the ball to guys like Greg Ward, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and Deontay Burnett. That should not be the case in 2020. The Eagles have made it clear that adding pass catchers is a priority, so don’t be surprised if they use the 21st overall pick in this year’s draft on a star wide receiver.
Running Back: Joe Mixon (CIN)
Mixon was one of my favorite bust candidates heading into the 2019 season, and up until about Week 10, he was making me look very smart. But then something changed. Bengals head coach Zac Taylor finally realized how good Mixon was, and he started scheming the offense around him —- and it worked.
Over his final eight games of the season, Mixon ran for 817 yards and five touchdowns while also catching 16 passes for 177 yards. The number that stood out to me most was his carries during the second half of the season. Over those final eight games, Mixon ran the ball 177 times. Throughout the first eight weeks of the season, he ran it only 101 times. As you can see, if given the opportunity, Mixon can be a star.
Wide Receiver: Davante Adams (GB)
Seeing Davante Adams’ name on a list like this may seem like a give-in, but it’s not. After missing four games in 2019 and Aaron Rodgers being another year older, people want to say that Adams isn’t an elite fantasy wide receiver anymore. Those people are mistaken.
Even while missing four games, Adams racked up 83 catches for 997 yards and five touchdowns. In fact, Davante Adams leads all wide receivers in touchdown receptions since 2016 with 40. In terms of fantasy, that stat tells me one thing — Rodgers and Adams are unstoppable in the red zone. Assuming Adams plays a full season in 2020, it’s safe to say he will reach double-digit touchdowns for the fourth time in his career, and you’re going to want a piece of that.
Tight End: Mike Gesicki
Tight end is always the trickiest position to deal with in fantasy football. Do you spend a top-30 pick on one of the elites, or do you wait until late in the draft and hope to get a steal? Whichever way you go, it’s risky. That is why I always like to have a backup plan at tight end, and this year, my guy is Miami tight end Mike Gesicki.
With Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm, Gesicki finished the 2019 season strong. Over his final six games, Gesicki caught 23 passes for 276 yards and five touchdowns. Those numbers may not jump off the screen, but for a second-year tight end in a bad offense, he is over exceeding expectations.
The most important thing to keep an eye on with Gesicki is who ends up playing quarterback for the Dolphins in 2020. If it’s Fitzpatrick, I’d be very excited to draft Gesicki late in all my drafts. If it ends up being a rookie, I’d be a bit more cautious until you see their connection on the field in training camp and preseason.