6 Players I Like in 2020:
1. Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Ever have a weird feeling that a guy is about to take off? That's how I feel about Dallas Goedert. He's still behind Zach Ertz on the depth chart, but this could be the year that he takes over the reigns. Coming into his third season, Goedert saw his targets double from Year 1 to Year 2 (44 to 87). Targets are great, but it's all about performance and he finished as the TE 10 last year in PPR formats. A top 10 Tight End and he's not even the starter. Goedert's missed 1 game in his 2 year career, which points to his durability. He was targeted 16 times inside the 20 yard line last season. Ertz draws so much attention from linebackers which opens things up for Goedert in the red zone. If you are looking to wait on a tight end, Goedert can be a great value selection in the later rounds. I have a serious man crush on Goedert for this season and if he's not a top 10 tight end this season, I'll be extremely disappointed.
2. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
The future hall of fame quarterback has had an up and down fantasy run. Since taking over in 2009 as the full time starter, Ryan has been a Top 10 quarterback on average in terms of fantasy points. Last season he finished as the 11th ranked QB. The addition of Todd Gurley (if healthy) should allow the Falcons to improve on a running game that ranked 30th in yards per game. This should free up Ryan and the passing game to be more of a threat with the play action attack. Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley could both be in the top 20 for wide receivers and the addition of Hayden Hurst at the tight end spot helps cushion the loss of Austin Hooper. I like Matt Ryan to continue the trend of his top 10 performance in 2020 and should be a target for you at the QB position in redraft leagues.
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3. Ronald Jones II, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After struggling in his rookie season, Jones bounced back with a top 25 fantasy performance for running backs in 2019 (PPR). Jones is going to be a threat in the passing game as well, which is something you are always looking for in a PPR format. The signing of Tom Brady means that running backs will be heavily involved in the passing game as well. During Brady's time with New England, running backs feasted in the passing game. Jones is being projected as an RB 2 with a current ADP value of 57.9. I believe he has a ceiling of an RB 1 in 2020. After getting 172 carries in a heavy air attack offense in 2019, I expect those numbers to rise significantly with Brady under center. I believe in Ronald Jones and could see him becoming a top 15 running back for your fantasy team this season.
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4. AJ Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans
If you drafted AJ Brown late last season in a keeper or dynasty format, props to you. Brown reached 1,000 yards with only 84 targets in 2019. I don't expect him to repeat that type of performance, but with significantly more targets in 2020, he should definitely be a top 15 WR. Brown posted an insane 20.2 yards per reception last season. I can almsot guarantee that will not happen again in 2020, but the expected increase in targets will make up for that stat. Brown is the clear number one receiver in Nashville and could be a steal in redraft leagues based on his current ADP (43.7). The offense is a run-heavy one, but Brown being one of the only options in the receiving game could bode well for him. He's currently projected as a top 20 receiver, but could jump into the top 10 with over 100 targets. With just 2 drops in 2019, he's been extremely reliable. The rise of AJ Brown will continue this season and you better grab him while you can.
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5. Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets
The veteran receiver is currently not being talked about around the league and probably for good reason. He hasn't posted a top 25 fantasy season in his 6 year career. However, his could be the year he does. After ranking 26th in PPR Leagues last season, Crowder is emerging as a legitimate flex player in 2020. The departure of Robby Anderson leaves a questionable cast of receivers for Sam Darnold. Crowder received 122 targets last year and put up 6 touchdowns. He did all of that as a secondary option last year. Darnold is much better than people give him credit for and part of that is on the Jets for not upgrading the wide receiver position. Crowder will be a significant option in the slot and should see a lot of targets this season. He could be a nice WR 3 in your league and a very valuable bench piece.
6. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Someone has to emerge from this backfield right? I tend to believe it's going to be the rookie out of Wisconsin. Maybe it's because I traded Mike Evans for him in a dynasty league that I am adding him to this list, but all signs out of camp show he's more than capable. The Colts have a talented backfield with Taylor, Mack, and Hines, but every year someone emerges as the guy. If you are targeting rookie running backs in a dynasty format, Taylor is definitely right behind Edwards-Helaire on that list. The Wisconsin product has a chance to be a significant player in the Colts running attack and should be at worst an RB 2 this season.
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6 Players I Don't Like in 2020:
1. Melvin Gordon, RB, Denver Broncos
I think there is a legitimate concern in terms of fantasy production for Gordon. At his current ADP (36.7) I would fade him in 2020. There has been some concern in training camp about his acclimation to the altitude in Denver. While I think that is not a significant issue, it's only added to my list of concerns. There has also been injury history with Gordon in the past. He has not played a full season since 2017 and with Lindsay in the backfield, the RB 2 status he is projected at doesn't fit in my opinion. I believe Lindsay will be more involved in the offense than experts believe. Gordon's more of a bench option/RB 3 at this point. I'm not going to believe his production will be there until I see it.
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2. Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants
The talent is there, no question about it. Production? Nope. Health? Nope. After a solid rookie year in 2017, Engram has regressed in his next two seasons. He's missed a combined 13 games in those two seasons as well. He cannot stay on the field and that is a problem I would be concerned with this season. Quarterback play is certainly something that you can point to in 2018, but the injury bug continues to bite him. Daniel Jones has stepped in and if he can stay healthy, there is a chance for Engram to succeed. He has the biggest boom/bust potential at his position. With that being said, I would not be comfortable with him as my TE 1 this season. If you are looking for production and a guy to play every week, look elsewhere in the draft.
3. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers is still one of the top quarterbacks of all time. However, his fantasy production took a bit of a hit last year. He still performed as the #9 QB in PPR formats, but he struggled in playoff time (weeks 14-17). If you had him last year as your QB 1, you probably didn't bring home any money. Outside of Davante Adams and Aaron Jones, the Packers did not bring in any significant weapons on the offensive side of the ball to assist Rodgers. The drafting of Jordan Love caught a lot of eyebrows around the league. Is Rodgers on his way out of Green Bay? He's still a viable second quarterback, but I'm afraid his name won't match his production this season. I still think he has a decent year, but I'm fading Rodgers in 2020.
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4. James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Conner struggled with injuries in 2019 which led to a very disappointing season. He was one of the biggest busts last year in fantasy leagues. The injury to Ben Roethlisberger didn't help him or the Steelers offense as Conner was not the only player to regress last season. With Big Ben returning in 2020, Conner has surged up draft boards in hopes he can be more like the 2019 version of himself. I have a hard time believing in Conner because of his health. I also like the Steelers depth at the position and think someone like McFarland Jr. could emerge.
5. D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers
This is more about the Carolina Panthers situation at quarterback than it is about Moore. I don't believe in Teddy Bridgewater. Plain and simple. I'm actually more a fan of Curtis Samuel this season because of his ability to be apart of the running game. The Panthers are going to be a run first type of team. I just don't think he is going to see 135 targets again this year. The addition of Robby Anderson should bring those targets down a little bit more as well. D.J. Moore is a top 20 receiver in a good offense, I just don't see it happening in 2020 unless Bridgewater plays better than I expect.
6. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Shame on me for putting T.Y. Hilton on this list. Maybe I'm still not over drafting him late in his rookie season and dropping him before he took off. As many players on this list, Hilton missed some time last year and injuries played a huge part in his poor performance. With Phillip Rivers coming in, I'm worried about his deep-threat ability being wasted. Entering year 9, we may have seen the best Hilton has to offer already. I look at him as nothing more than a WR 4 coming into this season. Once again, this could be a case where the name is bigger than the production.
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