Every year, a handful of players lose a significant amount of value as soon as the NFL Draft happens. A new, younger, rookie is drafted to the same position by the same team as your RB2 or WR3 and his value immediately tanks. I am here this week to defend some of those players.
Brendan Taffe provides one bold prediction for each NFL team for the 2020 season.
For those who didn't see this series last year, I try to take a different approach to fantasy projections than your run-of-the-mill rankings. The basis of my process is that the number one indicator of fantasy success is opportunities to touch the ball. Obviously individual player skill can (and will) affect that, but at the end of the day players are at the mercy of playcalling and play design. Therefore, if we want to make accurate projections, we need to look at each coach's scheme and how they like to spread the ball around.
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
This rookie class is absurdly deep. There were 6 RBs selected in the first two rounds of the NFL draft and 11 in the first three rounds. There were 6 WRs selected in the first round and another 7 selected in the 2nd round. By comparison, the previous 5 years saw an average of 3.8 RBs and 7.8 receivers in the first 2 rounds. The 2020 draft was deeper at both the RB and WR positions than recent years have been, which has pushed some exciting players down dynasty draft boards and made it difficult to make the case that it's an outrage that Player X isn’t going in the top Y picks – but damn it I’m gonna try!