Bobby Sylvester’s 2020 Fantasy Football Rankings (June)
With the excitement of MLB returning, it has been easy to forget that the first NFL preseason game is a mere six weeks away. Before long, we will have much more clarity on job battles and the extent rookies and free agents are able to work with their news teams. Until then, my rankings will stay pretty steady and if you want a sneak peek into the 2020 fantasy football season, I’ve got my top 200+ players ranked for you today. Before we get to the whole list, let me tell you about six of my early favorites compared to the expert consensus rankings.
Tyrod Taylor (QB – LAC)
If I miss out on the low-end QB1/high-end QB2 upside plays like Aaron Rodgers, Baker Mayfield and Ryan Tannehill, you’d better believe I’ll be playing the quarterback streaming game. As crazy as it may sound, Tyrod is the top streaming option in Week 1 so he is actually draftable in one-QB leagues. Not only does he take on one of the weakest defenses in Week 1, but his next eight weeks before the bye are ALL promising matchups (KC, CAR, @TB, @NO, NYJ, @MIA, JAC, LV) so don’t be surprised if he is sitting within the top 12 fantasy QBs by mid-season.
Raheem Mostert (RB – SF)
There is always some risk when drafting Kyle Shanahan running backs since he changes starters so often but there is a potential HUGE reward with Mostert. Check out this list of the running backs with the most fantasy points over any 8-week stretch last season.
Christian McCaffrey – 205.9, ADP #1
Derrick Henry – 171.7, ADP #7
Dalvin Cook – 163.6, ADP #4
Aaron Jones – 151.4, ADP #17
Raheem Mostert – 149.2, ADP #70
Ezekiel Elliott – 133.8, ADP #3
Kenyan Drake – 131.4, ADP #30
Those were the only 8 weeks Mostert started for the 49ers. He has a legitimate chance to be a top 5 fantasy running back and yet you can get him easily as your RB3.
Justin Jackson (RB – LAC)
While it is no guarantee Jackson will have anywhere near enough touches to be fantasy relevant, or even that he is the surefire #2 to Austin Ekeler, there is a ton of upside here and if you are using a late-round pick on anything but raw upside, you are doing it wrong. Chargers’ head coach, Anthony Lynn, has said that this Chargers backfield will be another split workload like last year. It seems as though Jackson, who is extraordinarily talented, mind you, has a chance to fill the Melvin Gordon role from the get-go.
Odell Beckham Jr. (WR – CLE)
Beckham struggled last season but was playing through a core injury all season and with an offense that was terrorized by a horrendous offensive line. Now that the line is cleaned up and Beckham is healthy, the still 27-year-old receiver has the upside to finish as the game’s #1 fantasy wideout. Beckham joins only Randy Moss, Jerry Rice, Michael Thomas and Julio Jones as the only five receivers to post over 17.5 fantasy points per game before age 27. Beckham sits at 18.9!
Sammy Watkins (WR – KC)
You can say what you want about Watkins being an overall disappointment but when he was actually healthy, Watkins was a top 10 fantasy wideout through 8 games and was the Chiefs’ top receiver in the playoffs. The former top-five pick has tons of upside for a late-round wideout because of his ability but also the presence of Patrick Mahomes. At this point in Watkins’ career, you don’t have to invest much to buy the lottery ticket.
Jonnu Smith (TE – TEN)
Remember when T.J. Hockenson dominated the NFL combine just two years ago? Well, Jonnu is the same size but faster, stronger, quicker and a better leaper. Not only that, but he breaks tackles like he’s George Kittle and Bill Belichick, himself, called Jonnu “one of the best tight ends in football.” If you are looking for this year’s version of Darren Waller, it is difficult to look beyond this supreme athlete moving into a much larger role in one of the NFL’s top offenses. You can grab Jonnu late in your drafts and if it doesn’t work out, move over to streaming the position.
ADP – Average Draft Position