2020 All-Rookie Fantasy Football Team
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The NFL Draft is officially behind us and now comes the fun part – getting to see where all these talented rookies wound up and how they will fit within each of their organizations.
We’re going to be evaluating rookies today based on how much they can contribute during the 2020 fantasy season in specific. Trying to find those rare rookie fantasy stars to lead you to a championship.
So, without further ado, I’m going to go position by position, giving you my top rookie scorers for the 2020 NFL season.
Joe Burrow (QB – CIN)
This may seem like an easy one but there are no guarantees when it comes to rookies, even number one overall picks. Looking at Burrow, all the skills are there but it could still take some time to acclimate to the NFL game speed.
That being said, he walks into a great spot in Cincinnati with wide receivers like AJ Green, Tyler Boyd, and Tee Higgins. Burrow will also have the luxury of turning and handing the ball off to one of the most explosive running backs in the league, Joe Mixon.
The threat that Mixon represents out of the backfield should open up all sorts of play-action opportunities while keeping defenses close to the line leaving them susceptible to the deep-ball.
It may take a week or two for Burrow to really settle in, but once he does, look out! We could be looking at another fantasy star in the making.
Jonathan Taylor (RB – IND)
Taylor was my number one running back heading into the draft, and he could not have landed in a better spot. I know the Colts have Marlon Mack there but let’s be real, Mack is just a guy. Taylor could be a star.
On top of that, Taylor is entering an offense that is predicated on running the football behind one of the top offensive lines in the league.
Like his days at Wisconsin, where he ran for over 6,100 yards and 50 touchdowns, the Colts are going to make him the centerpiece of their offense.
The only question when it comes to Taylor is his ability to catch the football out of the backfield. Over his three years at Wisconsin, Taylor caught a total of 42 passes with more than half of those coming in 2019. If Taylor is to truly become a fantasy star, he must be able to catch the ball on a more regular basis. Lucky for him, his quarterback is Philip “dump-off” Rivers who should pepper him with targets all year long
Justin Jefferson (WR – MIN)
I know Jefferson was the fifth wide receiver taken but he also may have ended up in the best spot to succeed this year. Looking at the Vikings offense, behind Adam Thielen, they have absolutely no one to catch the football.
Enter Jefferson, a player who just last year had over 1,500 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns in 15 games at LSU.
Now, as he enters the NFL, he’s found himself on a competitive team with a competent quarterback and a clear need for help at wide receiver.
It may take a few weeks for him and Cousins to get on the same page, but once they do, Jefferson is going to explode, especially in PPR formats.
Cole Kmet (TE – CHI)
This was a tough one because there really weren’t any elite tight end prospects in this year’s draft. It was such a bad class that it wouldn’t even be a surprise if not a single rookie tight end made a fantasy contribution in 2020.
But someone must be chosen, so, in the end, I went with Kmet.
He’s the best tight end in the class, was the first to be drafted and the Bears rely heavily upon their tight ends in Matt Nagy’s offense. Even after signing Jimmy Graham this offseason, I expect Kmet to get plenty of playing time, especially in-line and near the goal-line where he can use his massive frame to box out smaller defenders.
I wouldn’t expect a ton of consistency out of him, but he should get into the end-zone a handful of times and that’s really all you can hope for out of a fantasy tight end.