All-Undrafted Team (2020 Fantasy Football)
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Each and every season, there are a handful of undrafted players who surge forward and prove to be tremendous assets to fantasy teams. Last year, it was D.J. Chark, Terry McLaurin and Tyler Higbee while 2018 gave us James Conner, Phillip Lindsay and Tyler Boyd among several others. While it isn’t always easy to target which high-upside assets will be the beneficiary of an injury, there are quite a few options who are in line for enough touches to certainly warrant a draft pick. Today, I’ll give you a full fantasy football starting lineup of players being undrafted in 10-team leagues.
Tyrod Taylor (LAC): ADP #243, QB30
If I miss out on the low-end QB1/high-end QB2 upside plays like Aaron Rodgers 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 option in Week 1 against Cincinnati 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.
Damien Harris (NE): ADP #205, RB62
We all know Sony Michel‘s performance has been uninspiring since the Patriots drafted him but did you know he had off-season foot surgery…..in the Spring! Foot injuries are a nightmare to come back from, especially when he might not be ready to go by the preseason, if there is one. Don’t be surprised of Harris gets the starting gig from the get-go. You can say he didn’t get many touches last year, but Belichick only makes backup RBs active when they are third-down options or used on special teams. Harris is neither. Instead, he could play the Steven Ridley role this season in a run-heavy offense.
Justin Jackson (LAC): ADP #163, RB51
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. 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 Week 1.
Antonio Brown (FA): ADP #231, WR77
I know he just “retired” for the third time in 18 months but we all know there is a chance Brown will play when some team suffers a wide receiver injury or multiple quarantines at the position. But even if that chance was only 20% Brown would play, we know he’d be a WR2 at worst and there isn’t a single wideout near Brown’s ADP with better than a 20% chance of being a WR2, let alone one with his league-winning upside. Is he a headache? Sure, but at this cost, why not take a gamble?
Jalen Hurd (SF): ADP #296, WR96
With Deebo Samuel out to begin the season, Hurd will have his opportunity to crash the starting lineup. It was said by many beat writers last year that Hurd was the best receiver on this 49ers team but then he missed the season with a fracture in his back. While it is not certain he’ll get the snaps he needs to be a fantasy-relevant wideout, this is the type of boom or bust play you should target with your final roster spot. Not only that, but the 49ers schedule is exceptionally easy for the passing game over their first five weeks.
Breshad Perriman (NYJ): ADP #155, WR60
Although Sam Darnold missed a portion of the season with mono and had virtually no weapons or offensive line to support him, he wasn’t so bad for a 22-year-old. There is still a chance he breaks out in a major way and if he does, Perriman just might be his top receiver. The former 1st round pick is an electric athlete who finally made his way onto the field when Mike Evans was injured last year. Perriman produced 506 yards and 5 scores in the final 5 weeks and looked tremendous on tape in the process.
Honorable Mention: Dede Westbrook (JAX), Parris Campbell (IND), DeSean Jackson (PHI), James Washington (PIT), Corey Davis (TEN), Denzel Mims (NYJ), Brandon Aiyuk (SF), Curtis Samuel (CAR), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (GB)
Jonnu Smith (TEN): ADP #156, TE17
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.