NFL training camps are underway and fantasy football draft season is in full swing! As such, it is time to update my 2020 rankings and what better way to do it than in a couple of fantasy football cheat sheets you can take with you to your draft?
This season will be unlike any other in recent memory. The lack of preseason games will likely give fantasy managers less insight into how coaches plan on utilizing their players. Luckily for us, we live in an age when information is readily available. The trick is to filter out the prevalent information from the “coach speak” and make smart drafting decisions. Below you will find links to my updated rankings and cheat sheets for both standard fantasy football leagues and PPR leagues. If you have any questions as to your specific league configuration, feel free to comment below or follow me on Twitter.
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The Reasoning Behind My Rankings
When it comes to 2020 draft strategy, tight end reminds me very much of quarterback. There are two standout performers, but you will likely have to use a second-round pick to acquire one of them. That feels like a less than ideal use of draft capital. But waiting too long on a tight end means you miss out on a relatively safe top-five option. Other tight ends will put up good numbers in given weeks and against certain opponents. But, just like with quarterback, I see a tier break. To me, the security of having a top tight end is usually worth the draft pick. I find myself gravitating towards Mark Andrews, Zach Ertz, and Darren Waller more often than not, depending on the relative cost.
My feelings regarding quarterbacks and tight ends tie into my Zero WR draft strategy. In the end, it is all about relative cost. For example, I would much rather draft Waller and Marvin Jones than draft Stefon Diggs and Tyler Higbee. I believe that Higbee will be a bust personally, but it is not even about that. It is about securing a player who you can plug in every week knowing they will provide quality production. If you are in a league where you are starting multiple tight ends, then, by all means, grab a couple from that next tier. But in standard formats, I want to try to make sure I get one of the top five if possible.
I am not on the “ban kickers” bandwagon, though that seems to be a popular trend these days. I do believe some skill goes into selecting kickers. But I digress. The simple answer for drafting a kicker in fantasy football is to follow the offenses. My top four kickers for 2020 are Harrison Butker, Wil Lutz, Justin Tucker, and Robbie Gould. They are attached to four of the five highest-scoring offenses from a year ago. I think sometimes we try to make things harder than they need to be. It is not rocket science. Take kickers on teams who score a lot of points and win a lot of ballgames. Just do not take a kicker before the last round if you can help it.
I am also not on the “ban D/ST” bandwagon, though I do think scoring for D/ST is flukier than any other position, kickers included. Instead of reducing rosters by removing kickers and defenses, how about, we add a few more Flex spots instead? Don’t we want our teams to score more fantasy points? And have I mentioned how deep the wide receiver pool is? The 2021 draft class of receivers is probably just as good as the 2020 class. Let us institute these changes before it is too late. I might have to start a petition or something. OK, back to defenses. I prefer to stream them if possible. Despite the offensive revolution in recent years, there are still some offenses we can pick on in fantasy. Again, if you are drafting a D/ST unit before the last two or three rounds, you are doing it wrong.
My 2020 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheets
The cheat sheets linked below are in a nice printable PDF format. I tried to go deep enough to help the vast majority of league sizes, but not make you sort through a bunch of names almost no one will be drafting.
You’ll notice that within each position the players alternate between a bold font and a regular font. This means you’ve entered a new tier. I’ve also included the bye week for each player. I don’t suggest putting too much emphasis on bye weeks, but if you load up on too many players with the same bye week, it can force you into some tough roster decisions that can be a fly in the ointment.
Enough talk! It’s time to draft! Here are my fantasy football Cheat Sheets for 2020.
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