Have you signed up for your chance at an entry into the 2020 RazzBowl yet? Remember when you tried out for your high school’s rendition of Little Women back in the day, but didn’t make the cut? Well now you have one more shot at fame and glory. So what are you waiting for!? I know, beating some idiot named Donkey Teeth in the largest fantasy football joes vs. pros best ball contest in the world may not sound all that glamorous, but Andy Behrens, Heath Cummings, Jake Ciely, Jeff Erickson, Derek Van Riper and Michael Salfino will all be competing too, along with a slew of other big names from the fantasy football world. Darik Buchar of the National Fantasy Football Championship joined us on last week’s podcast to discuss the RazzBowl format and strategy. The Boof and I also talk a little about the RazzBowl format on our wildly popular new YouTube show, Fantasy Football Malpractice (11:20 mark):
In other news, the 2020 dynasty and redraft rankings page—including positional rookie rankings, devy rankings and IDP rankings— is filling out almost as quickly as my quarantine waistline. A couple days ago I gave you my top 10 quarterbacks for 2020 fantasy football. Without further adieu or click-bait, here’s the top 20 quarterbacks for 2020 fantasy football:
Tier 4 (cont’d)
11. Ryan Tannehill – If you’ve been in a coma for the last year and your first order of business was to come read your favorite fantasy football site, well, you better take a seat. A lot has happened in the past 12 months, but easily the biggest news is Ryan Tannehill’s emergence as a fantasy relevant quarterback with the Titans. Don’t count on the 2019 rushing production to continue—he had 4 TDs on the ground in only 10 starts last year—with Derrick Henry running wild, but the passing production might be close to sustainable with second year stud A.J. Brown taking another step forward.
Projection: 4,300 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns, 9 interceptions, 250 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in 15 games.
4pt Pass TD Pts: 293 / 19.5 ppg | 6pt pass TD Pts: 347 / 23.1 ppg
12. Matt Ryan – I drew some criticism from the heckling section for omitting Ryan from the top 10. Like Happy Gilmore when Shooter McGavin hires the heckler to get into Happy’s head. But Happy wouldn’t be denied his Happy Place. I need to stop writing these while watching Adam Sandler movies. Truth is, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if any of these tier 4 or tier 5 QBs do crack the top 10. Once we get outside of tier 3 (the top 7 QBs) there’s not a ton of separation and it’s anyone’s guess as to who fills out the back end. A commenter named Dase pointed out that Matt Ryan is an even number year’d QB, finishing in the top 10 in each of 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 with, “No less then 4,694 passing yards and 28 passing touchdowns (three seasons with at least 32 TDs) in all five seasons.” It’s not exactly scientific, but as random as it might seem, it’s a true trend. And as long as Julio is still around, Matty Ice will always have a chance to approach tier 1 fantasy QB numbers. At a current ADP of 126, the price is right, Bob. But Ryan’s inconsistency can be maddening at times, just be sure you have an easily accessible back up plan.
Projection: 4,500 passing yards, 28 passing touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 130 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in 16 games.
4pt Pass TD Pts: 287 / 17.9 ppg | 6pt pass TD Pts: 343 / 21.4 ppg
13. Drew Brees – So Mr. Brees made headlines last week with some insensitive comments. All I’ll say is there’s a lot finger pointing going on in the world right now and I’m not sure Drew Brees is the villain we needed. But you didn’t come to Donkey Teeth for his takes on social injustice and solutions for a more harmonious humanity. You came to Donkey Teeth for the dick jokes and questionable fantasy football rankings. And questionable this ranking is as Brees has the best WR in the game at his disposal and continues to be one of the most accurate passers in the game (over 74% completion rate each of the past two years), even into his 40s. I’ll reiterate, not only are tier 4 and 5 very closely bunched for me, but the gap between my #8 QB (Tom Brady) and Brees is mere pubic hairs. Speaking of pubic hairs, rumor is Tom Brady’s pubes may cure Corona—testes are still pending. I mean, tests.
Projection: 4,000 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 20 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in 15 games.
4pt Pass TD Pts: 272 / 18.1 ppg | 6pt pass TD Pts: 332 / 22.1 ppg
14. Daniel Jones – If we extrapolate Danny Dimes’ 10 game rookie numbers out over a full 16 games we get 32 passing touchdowns and 3 rushing touchdowns. But we also get 16 interceptions, which is over halfway to a Jameis. On the plus side, the Giants spent two early draft picks to bolster the offensive line and protect Jones, which should reverberate through the entire offense in a positive way. If you’re in search of a dark horse who could be this year’s surprise elite QB1, look no further.
Projection: 3,700 passing yards, 28 passing touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 320 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns in 15 games.
4pt Pass TD Pts: 276 / 18.4 ppg | 6pt pass TD Pts: 330 / 22 ppg
15. Gardner Minshew – I can’t believe there’s so many mustache haters out there. I thought everyone loved The Mustache. I’m not saying Minshew has elite QB1 upside (or does he?), but everything about his fantastic rookie season tells me Rico will throw it over the mountain in 2020. He’s an intelligent player who knows how to take care of the ball—only 6 interceptions last year—and he’s a dual threat, producing the 5th most rushing yards among QBs last year in only 12 starts. Plus the chemistry with 2019 breakout receiver, D.J. Chark, is undeniable. Son gave you his Gardner Minshew fantasy last week too.
Projection: 3,600 passing yards, 26 passing touchdowns, 9 interceptions, 360 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns in 15 games.
4pt Pass TD Pts: 278 / 18.5 ppg | 6pt pass TD Pts: 330 / 22 ppg
16. Jared Goff – I remember watching Hard Knocks before Goff’s rookie season and him asking whether the sun rises in the east or the west. That was when I decided this guy was too dumb to be a successful NFL quarterback. But as we see all around us, there’s a big difference between common sense and intelligence. They don’t always go hand in hand and that may just be the case with the Rams’ QB. That or McVay is intelligent enough for the both of em. Anyway, Goff (and the Rams offense as a whole) regressed immensely in 2020, but we’ve already seen him throw for 4,600 years (twice), 32 touchdowns (once) and a top 7 fantasy QB season. It doesn’t take too much imagination to see Sean McVay turn this team around and Goff return to the top 10. Big takeaway: quarterback is deeeeep.
Projection: 4,300 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 50 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in 15 games.
4pt Pass TD Pts: 271 / 18.1 ppg | 6pt pass TD Pts: 327 / 21.8 ppg
17. Carson Wentz – At one point in 2019 Wentz’s top healthy receiver was the water boy. Not even The Waterboy, Bobby Boucher, but Doug Pederson’s six year old son. And Wentz still threw for 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns while only being intercepted 7 times. It’s still a sketchy group with DJax and Alshon’s soft tissues being held together by used Kleenex, but first round rookie Jalen Reagor brings a new hope. Plus the tight end pairing of Ertz and Goedert is almost like having two stud receivers. And don’t forget stud receiving back Miles Sanders—man, Wentz actually has more weapons than my neighbor Cledus.
Projection: 3,800 passing yards, 25 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 220 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in 15 games.
4pt Pass TD Pts: 266 / 18.1 ppg | 6pt pass TD Pts: 327 / 21.8 ppg
18. Kirk Cousins – I know a guy who’s written a sitcom called Cousins and Cousins, starring Kirk and Boogie. They’re brothers who work together in a coffee shop which is owned by Tommy Lasorda. Tiffany Haddish and Tiffani Thiessen also have major roles as co-workers/love interests. If you’re looking to invest on the ground floor of the biggest show since Seinfeld, hit me up in the comments. Anyway, for 2020 we can expect more of the same from Captain Kirk: high floor, back end QB1/high end QB2 numbers with somewhat limited upside. Outside of superflex, best ball or deep leagues, he’s more or less a streamer for me. Maybe he should start focusing on that acting career.
Projection: 4,200 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 100 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in 16 games.
4pt Pass TD Pts: 272 / 17 ppg | 6pt pass TD Pts: 326 / 20.4 ppg
19. Drew Lock – While I rank Lock and Darnold below Cousins, I’m much more likely to own them over Cousins in 1 QB leagues due to upside. The name of the game in 1 QB leagues is upside—see Mahomes and Jackson. The young weapons John Elway has provided for Lock early on in his career have Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch green with envy. It’s a dream situation with a stud 3rd year receiver in Courtland Sutton, beastly 2nd year tight end in Noah Fant, two great backs in Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay, maybe the most polished rookie wide receiver from a loaded class in Jerry Jeudy, and one of the most improved offensive lines in the league. I called Daniel Jones a dark horse to post a surprise elite QB1 season, but Lock fits the mold too. These are the types of guys I’ll be throwing late darts at.
Projection: 3,700 passing yards, 25 passing touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 200 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in 15 games.
4pt Pass TD Pts: 254 / 16.9 ppg | 6pt pass TD Pts: 304 / 20.3 ppg
20. Cam Newton – UPDATE 7/8/20: In classic Patriots fashion, New England has signed Cam Newton. There’s a lot of questions surrounding Cam this year. Number one being health. Number two being, if healthy, will he run. Oh and is he even the Patriots starting QB? It’s hard to believe a healthy Cam Newton would really have to compete with Stidham for this job, but would you really put it past Belichick to toss Cam on the bench? UPDATE 8/2/20: Patriots players are opting out faster than Antonio Brown’s career went up in flames. Their starting right tackle has already decided to sit the season out, which isn’t great for Newton’s outlook. Stay tuned.
Projection: 3,630 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns, 15 interceptions, 240 rushing yards, 3 rushing touchdown in 14 games.
4pt Pass TD Pts: 253 / 18.1 ppg | 6pt pass TD Pts: 301 / 21.5 ppg
This is what it feels to have made it! Glad I could be of service to your post, I don’t have any rhyme or reason as to why it’s been like that for Matt Ryan. I saw somebody post on Twitter a day or so together that if it’s an even year, DeSean Jackson has led the NFL in yard per catch, so it has to happen this year lol
I saw his name brought up in the comments for top 10, Matthew Stafford and then didn’t see him in your top 20. Will you have a top 30 QB that’s gives reason why he is so low? Or maybe drop some hints here?
In his eight games last year, he threw 2.38 touchdowns per game and averaged 20.8 total fantasy points per game, that’s the fourth most among quarterbacks. Going back to 2015 and ending in 2018 (four seasons), he not only didn’t miss any games but he finished no lower then ninth in three of those four seasons.
I’m not expecting a per game production from last year, the attempts, yards per completion and touchdown percentage should come down to more of his average (numbers used from pro football reference). With all that being said it still averages out to top 12 (QB1) numbers. It’s not easy to find scream at you value among QBs these days but he is the 14th QB off the board at the moment in best ball drafts, that’s a head nod, like look at that value and could have the possibility of scream at you value.
Yes, I’ll circle back around to the top 30. I like Stafford and he definitely has top 10 upside, I’m just avoiding due to the back issues. There’s so many other good options at QB that I don’t see the reason to take a risk…