By now, you’re both completed drafting your fantasy soccer squads or preparing for a last-minute draft as Thursday’s matchup between the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and Houston Texans approaches.
In fact, you’ve hopefully accomplished your analysis (if not, right here’s our 2020 cheat sheet with all of our preview content material!), however maybe you need some daring takes on what’s going to occur this season. Final 12 months, on this column, we nailed the Lamar Jackson breakout and Chris Carson ascending to RB1 standing … and whiffed on some others (Latavius Murray didn’t, in reality, rating 10 touchdowns).
However fortune favors the daring, so let’s be daring!
1. No rookie working again will end within the high 12 RBs by season’s finish
Yep, that features Clyde Edwards-Helaire. I’ll clarify: rookies basically in 2020 could have a a lot harder time than in earlier years acclimating to the NFL because of no OTAs and preseason video games.
Then, it’s important to couple that with the conditions a number of the massive first-year names are dealing with. CEH was a first-round decide for the Chiefs, however I’m wondering if Darrel Williams takes away sufficient work that the rookie is a strong RB2 who catches a bunch of passes however doesn’t pile up the yardage.
The thrill round Jonathan Taylor is nice, however will Marlon Mack be utterly phased out for the Colts? I doubt it. The identical goes for J.Okay. Dobbins and Mark Ingram. D’Andre Swift has to beat the presence of Kerryon Johnson and Adrian Peterson, and Cam Akers has Malcolm Brown and — when he’s wholesome — Darrell Henderson. Even if Devin Singletary appears to have had an uneven camp for the Payments, I nonetheless suppose Zack Moss and him cut up the work.
You get the concept. Draft accordingly.
2. Calvin Ridley will outscore Julio Jones in 2020
We’re all ready for the 12 months when Jones takes a step again … and it didn’t occur in 2019. At age 31, and with Ridley making a third-year leap, I’m considering it occurs. I’m not saying Jones will notch his first sub-1,000-yard season since 2013 (!).
However right here’s the factor: Jones isn’t identified for his red-zone dominance. So if Jones finally ends up with round 1,000 yards and, say 5 touchdowns, and Ridley grabs eight or 9 and in addition has round 1,000 yards, the latter would be the extra useful participant.
3. Kareem Hunt will outscore Nick Chubb
When Hunt was activated in November for the Browns in 2019, Chubb’s worth took successful. Despite the fact that Hunt didn’t pile up dashing yardage, he did catch 37-of-44 targets in eight video games.
That is related as a result of Kevin Stefanski is now the top coach in Cleveland, and there was extra of a time-share in Minnesota — the place he was offensive coordinator — than you thought. And I can see a state of affairs the place Hunt will get extra taking part in time due to his pass-catching capability late in video games, hurting Chubb’s early-draft worth to the purpose the place Hunt finally ends up outscoring him.
4. Robert Woods will probably be a WR1
I don’t know if that is THAT daring. However, look: Brandin Cooks is gone, perhaps Cooper Kupp and Tyler Higbee cut up extra of their workload … and Woods has quietly been tremendous constant over the previous two seasons. There’s some constructive landing regression coming, too.
5. Derrick Henry received’t end within the high 10 RBs
I’ve stated it a bunch in our fantasy previews: I can’t purchase in on one other 18 touchdowns, and I fear about him after a 300-plus-carry season. Add in the truth that he caught simply 18 passes in 2019, and I’ll look elsewhere within the first spherical.
6. The main working again scorer for the Jaguars will probably be Chris Thompson
The Jaguars are going to be taking part in from behind quite a bit, the backfield is a whole mess now that Leonard Fournette is a Buc, and Thompson’s former coach in Washington — Jay Gruden — is now the offensive coordinator in Jacksonville. Thompson goes to catch A LOT of passes.
7. Tom Brady received’t dwell as much as his ADP
I can’t shake it. I preserve seeing Brady on his first non-Patriots group in his profession and I can’t assist however suppose there’s going to be A LOT of adjusting that must be accomplished on the subject of the Buccaneers’ offense. It means I’m fearful about Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski … and the identical goes for Brady.
8. The Jets main receiver will probably be Chris Herndon
The Jets’ receiving corps is type of a multitude and the Herndon buzz from the 2019 preseason has been doubled this preseason. I’m all in.