You know what they always say: April Antonio Gandy-Golden showers bring May fantasy football starpower. And starpower is exactly what we’re bringing you with Razzball’s Post-NFL Draft, 2020 Dynasty Rookie Mock featuring some of the biggest names in the fantasy football industry, plus our very own Boof (AKA “al_FF_red”—don’t ask). If you’d like to read a little more about each of the incoming rookies taken in this mock—or 45 of them—please reference my top 10, top 20 and top 50 rookies for 2020 dynasty football. Anyway, here’s the 2020 experts dynasty rookie mock draft for PPR fantasy football:
Mike Beers – RotoViz
Danny Kelly – The Ringer
Heath Cummings – CBS Sports
Pat Fitzmaurice – The Football Girl
Michael Salfino – The Athletic
Bob Harris – Football Diehards
Howard Bender – Fantasy Alarm
Gregsauce – 4for4
Donkey Teeth – Razzball
MB – Razzball
B_Don – Razzball
Boof – Razzball
1.01 Jonathan Taylor RB – Boof
1.02 Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB – Bob Harris
1.03 J.K. Dobbins RB – Gregsauce
1.04 D’Andre Swift RB – Mike Beers
1.05 Cam Akers RB – B_Don
1.06 Jerry Jeudy WR – Heath Cummings
1.07 CeeDee Lamb WR – Donkey Teeth
1.08 Jalen Reagor WR – Howard Bender
1.09 Ke’Shawn Vaughn RB – MB
1.10 Antonio Gibson RB – Michael Salfino
1.11 Justin Jefferson WR – Pat Fitzmaurice
1.12 Henry Ruggs III WR – Danny Kelly
2.01 Laviska Shenault Jr. WR – Boof
2.02 Tee Higgins WR – Bob Harris
2.03 Michael Pittman Jr. WR – Gregsauce
2.04 Brandon Aiyuk WR – Mike Beers
2.05 Zack Moss RB – B_Don
2.06 Joe Burrow QB – Heath Cummings
2.07 Denzel Mims WR – Donkey Teeth
2.08 K.J. Hamler WR – Howard Bender
2.09 Tua Tagovailoa QB – MB
2.10 La’Mical Perine RB – Michael Salfino
2.11 Chase Claypool WR – Pat Fitzmaurice
2.12 Anthony McFarland RB – Danny Kellly
3.01 Bryan Edwards WR – Boof
3.02 Joshua Kelley RB – Bob Harris
3.03 Darrynton Evans RB – Gregsauce
3.04 A.J. Dillon RB – Mike Beers
3.05 Lynn Bowden Jr. RB – B_Don
3.06 Van Jefferson WR – Heath Cummings
3.07 Antonio Gandy-Golden WR – Donkey Teeth
3.08 Jalen Hurts QB – Howard Bender
3.09 Devin Duvernay WR – MB
3.10 Adam Trautman TE – Michael Salfino
3.11 Tyler Johnson WR – Pat Fitzmaurice
3.12 Cole Kmet TE – Danny Kelly
4.01 Quintez Cephus WR – Boof
4.02 Justin Herbert QB – Bob Harris
4.03 DeeJay Dallas RB – Gregsauce
4.04 Quez Watkins WR – Mike Beers
4.05 Donovan Peoples-Jones WR – B_Don
4.06 Harrison Bryant TE – Heath Cummings
4.07 Eno Benjamin RB – Donkey Teeth
4.08 Raymond Calais TE – Howard Bender
4.09 Thaddeus Moss TE – MB
4.10 Jordan Love QB – Michael Salfino
4.11 Gabriel Davis WR – Pat Fitzmaurice
4.12 Joe Reed WR – Danny Kelly
1.07 CeeDee Lamb – Nobody would’ve guessed you could be eating Lamb at pick 7 prior to the NFL Draft. Now there’s a chance he could fall even lower with Clyde Edwards-Helaire landing a cushy job in KC, Akers drinking green juice out in LA, Ruggs doubling down in Vegas, Jefferson movin’ on up to Minny and Reagor soaring into Philly. It’s the age old debate, The Situation or Pauly D? *checks notes* I mean situation or talent? Lamb came into this draft as nearly everyone’s #1 or #2 receiving prospect in the class based on talent. Now he’s headed to Dallas where he’ll compete with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup for targets, it’s not exactly the ideal situation. Does this remind you of anyone from last year’s draft class? Maybe a young man by the name of A.J. Brown who was drafted by a less than exciting Tennessee team? Except Lamb is actually heading into a powerhouse offense. Don’t be shocked if he’s the #1 receiver in Dallas by next spring.
2.07 Denzel Mims – Did anyone see The Last Mimzy? Me either. But I’m wondering how we can work that movie into a good nickname for Denzel. I’m assuming it was a terrible movie and I think Denzel Mims is the opposite of terrible. Ahhhhhh there it is, The First Mimzy! I documented my displeasure in my loser Bears passing on Mims twice in the second round when I wrote up the top 20 dynasty rookies. The Jets may have landed the steal of the draft when this kid from Baylor fell into their laps at pick 59. I had Mims all the way up as my #6 fantasy rookie prospect in my pre-draft top 10, citing his dazzling combine performance and elite touchdown upside. But I also thought he’d go in the first round and the fact that so many teams passed on him in the early to mid 2nd round of the NFL draft is slightly disconcerting, but that’s also the reason he’s falling into the mid-2nd round of our rookie drafts. The First Mimzy could quickly become Sammy D’s #1 target in the Big Apple. I see an Academy Award in his feature.
3.07 Antonio Gandy-Golden – Let the Gandy-Golden showers commence! If A.G.G. had done what he did at Liberty (three seasons averaging 73 receptions for 1,166 yards and 10 touchdowns) at a big name school then he would’ve been a surefire first rounder. Of course, had he attended a big name school he may have never even seen the field. Bah, stupid qualifiers! But qualifiers aside, The Gandyman has a WR1 frame at 6’4″/223 lbs and he heads to Washington where there’s opportunity to shine opposite Chin Sack Terry.
4.07 Eno Benjamin – When I took Benji in the 3rd round of the 2020 pre-NFL Draft dynasty rookie mock here’s what I said, “[Benjamin] played the bellcow role at Arizona State the past two seasons, accumulating over 550 carries and 77 receptions. He falls into the “undersized” bucket at only 5’9″/207 lbs, but at this point we’ve seen enough running backs of his build succeed at the next level. Landing spot and draft capital will mean everything for Eno. But if you need an RB, this dual threat youngster should be on your radar around pick 20.” And that’s a jackass quoting a donkey. So I didn’t expect him to fall all the way to the 7th round of the NFL Draft, but running back is one position where draft capital can be meaningless (see: Foster, Arian). The Cardinals have an exciting young offense making Benjamin well worth a late flier in your dynasty rookie draft.
3.04 A.J. Dillon – Let me just pull out my handy A.J. Dillon legs joke book. Pick 28?! One of Dillon’s quads is worth more than pick 28, c’mon man! I had a hard time choosing between Mims and Dillon at pick 19. Apparently the rest of the world is fast asleep on this stud. Think about it, the Packers just spent a 2nd round pick on a behemoth running back who handled bellcow carries for three seasons at Boston College. Aaron Jones is a free-agent after the 2020 season. Maybe I need glasses but from here it sure looks like there’s writing on that wall. Worst case you’re getting a back up in a very good offense, best case you’re getting the Packers’ immediate goal line back AND their feature back of the future. Don’t let him slip past the 2nd round.
3.09 Devin Duvernay – I’m tempering my excitement for Duvernay this spring because I was burnt by Miles Boykin last year. And I haven’t given up on Boykin quite yet, but Duvernay brings a totally different skill set as another explosive deep threat likely moving into the slot to complement Hollywood Brown. I take notice when a gadgety offensive weapon is added to an already exciting offense. I’m not saying he could be the next Tyreek Hill, but nobody thought Tyreek Hill would become what he is either.
4.03 DeeJay Dallas – Is DeeJay Dallas a steal? If he’s good he is! And that’s the hard hitting analysis you come here for! But seriously, the Seahawks backfield is about as healthy as Andy Reid on his cheat-day. The world is cautiously optimistic about Chris Carson’s recovery from the hip injury which cost him the end of last season and Rashaad Penny may start the season on the PUP list as he recovers from his ACL surgery. Sneaky Pete’s fourth round pick could fall backwards into early season playing time. Buy now before the price starts to rise.
1.10 Antonio Gibson – At first I hated this pick, but the more I’ve considered it, the less I hate it. Kind of like brussel sprouts. I wouldn’t be able to pull the trigger on Gibson over Jefferson, Ruggs and the first half of the picks in the second round, but I do understand the temptation. There’s major upside in the dual-threat Gibson who will likely be used as a gadget player out of the gates. We know Guice is one more knee injury away from early retirement, we know Adrian Peterson is a robot who will never retire but he’s well past his prime and we also know Peyton Barber is just Peyton Barber. It’s not crazy to think Antonio Gibson just might be the running back of the future in D.C. I like upside gambles as much as anyone, but I’ll still probably let someone else roll these dice.
2.10 La’Mical Perine – The Jets spent a 4th rounder on Samaje’s cuz and I’m concerned his NFL career might be equally as uninspiring as his older cousin’s. Perine seems like a mediocre passing down specialist to me. That said, the Jets did spend a mid-round pick on him and their desire to move Le’Veon Bell has been well reported. The running back depth chart behind Bell is as empty as my back account, featuring exciting names like Kenneth Dixon and Josh Adams. Anyway, this is about ten picks too early for me but again I see the reason to take the gamble.
2.12 Anthony McFarland – Each of the last four seasons the Steelers have spent a mid-round pick on a running back: 2017 – James Conner, 2018 – Jaylen Samuels, 2019 – Benny Snell, 2020 – Anthony McFarland. Thus, it’s a crowded young backfield that I’m not super excited to invest in. But like the previous two “reaches” I can’t knock the pick too hard. McFarland’s an explosive talent with plenty of upside if he rises to the top of the Pittsburgh food chain. There’s just other options available at the end of the second round with much clearer paths to fantasy production.