Welcome back, and thanks for joining me in my recap of rounds three and four of our writers' room dynasty startup. We finished round two with eight quarterbacks, ten running backs, four wide receivers and one tight end off the board; no kickers or mascots have been drafted yet (these guys might know what they're doing!).
The Pittsburgh Steelers had a rough beginning to their 2019 season. Ben Rothlisberger played in two games and missed the remainder of the NFL season due to an arm injury. His absence forced the Steelers to trot out Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges at quarterback. Well, things did not go as planned. The skill players for the Steelers were average at best, and Juju came back down to earth from his breakout season in 2019. With Big Ben back and hopefully healthy, they look to regain their form and fantasy-friendly offense. Let’s take a look at their 2020 outlook.
Opportunity is just as much of a factor as talent when it comes to finding the next fantasy football sleeper. Ryquell Armstead is entering his second year in the league after the Jaguars made him the second pick in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He comes from a small school, Temple University, whose toughest in-conference opponents were UCF and Cincinnati. Even while playing against the less-than-stellar competition, Armstead was only able to rush for 1000 yards his senior year, despite getting at least 150 carries in each of his last three years. His 4.45 40 yard dash was particularly impressive considering his 220-pound frame, but otherwise, he did not wow anybody at the combine. It is no surprise that he was the twelfth running back off the board.
Cooks has been a wanted man in the NFL since being drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 2014. In 13 months, Cooks was traded from the Saints to the Patriots to the Rams. Cooks was moved arguably before his prime, too, between the ages of 23 and 24.
Matthew Stafford is currently being drafted as the 18th quarterback off the board in dynasty leagues according to myfantasyleague.com ADP data. Stafford is being taken around the 13th quarterback off the board in both redraft and best-ball leagues, according to fantasypros.com. Stafford would have been the QB 3 in 2019 if he continued on his pace for the whole season.
Kicking off the NFC North is last year's division champ and NFC title game runner-up. Matt Lafleur came in and immediately turned a stale franchise into a 13-3 home-field-advantage playoff team. However, with an improved and efficient defense, the typically offense-centric Packers failed to top 350 yards per game for the season. Outside of a monster year for Aaron Jones, the rest of the offense was mainly pedestrian outside of a few big games
Not much to say here. It's not like head coach Kyle Shanahan is on the hot seat after making the Super Bowl. He also doesn't have an offensive coordinator that can be poached as Shanahan is his own offensive coordinator. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was considered a head coaching candidate elsewhere, but wound up staying put.