Top places to avoid during a pandemic? 

#1 Adam Gase’s Basement (not just during pandemics, that guy’s straight crazy)

#2 Emergency Room

#3 Dentist Office

I avoided only one of these locations in the past 24 hours. It all started at dinner last night when I began to choke on some sugar beets. Taking Grey’s advice from this past week’s Razzball Patreon Podcast—where we talk TV shows, movies and a bunch of other nonsense each week for only $5/month to support the site, shameless plug!—my imaginary girlfriend dragged me to the front door and threw me outside. As Grey says, the last thing you want is EMTs coming into your house during a pandemic. So I crashed head first into the sidewalk, slicing a 3 inch Harry Potter gash in my forehead which would require an ER visit along with 10 stitches. Next it was off to the dentist for an emergency repair of a chipped front donkey tooth. I now sit here, wearing sunglasses and nursing a concussion as I write this post which will surely make even less sense than usual. Anyway, here’s my top 50 rookies for 2020 PPR dynasty football:

Tier 1

1. Jonathan Taylor | RB | Colts | Round 2 Pick 41

Went over him in the top 10 rookies for 2020 dynasty football.

Tier 2

2. J.K. Dobbins | RB | Ravens | Round 2 Pick 55

Went over him in the top 10 rookies for 2020 dynasty football.

3. Clyde Edwards-Helaire | RB | Chiefs | Round 1 Pick 32

Went over him in the top 10 rookies for 2020 dynasty football.

Tier 3

4. D’Andre Swift | RB | Lions | Round 2 Pick 35

Went over him in the top 10 rookies for 2020 dynasty football.

5. Jerry Jeudy | WR | Broncos | Round 1 Pick 15

Went over him in the top 10 rookies for 2020 dynasty football.

6. CeeDee Lamb | WR | Cowboys | Round 1 Pick 17

Went over him in the top 10 rookies for 2020 dynasty football.

7. Cam Akers | RB | Rams | Round 2 Pick 52

Went over him in the top 10 rookies for 2020 dynasty football.

Tier 4

8. Ke’Shawn Vaughn | RB | Buccaneers |Round  3 Pick 76

Went over him in the top 10 rookies for 2020 dynasty football.

9. Justin Jefferson | WR | Vikings | Round 1 Pick 22

Went over him in the top 10 rookies for 2020 dynasty football.

10. Jalen Reagor | WR | Eagles | Round 1 Pick 21

Went over him in the top 10 rookies for 2020 dynasty football.

11. Denzel Mims | WR | Jets | Round 2 Pick 59

Went over him in the top 20 rookies for 2020 dynasty football.

12. Henry Ruggs III | WR | Raiders | Round 1 Pick 12

Went over him in the top 20 rookies for 2020 dynasty football.

13. A.J. Dillon | RB | Packers |  Round 2 Pick 62

Went over him in the top 20 rookies for 2020 dynasty football.

Tier 5

14. Zack Moss | RB | Bills | Round 3 Pick 86

Went over him in the top 20 rookies for 2020 dynasty football.

15. Laviska Shenault Jr. | WR | Jaguars | Round 2 Pick 42

Went over him in the top 20 rookies for 2020 dynasty football.

Tier 6

16. Tee Higgins | WR | Bengals | Round 2 Pick 33

Went over him in the top 20 rookies for 2020 dynasty football.

17. Michael Pittman | WR | Colts | Round 2 Pick 34

Went over him in the top 20 rookies for 2020 dynasty football.

18. Brandon Aiyuk | WR | 49ers | Round 1 Pick 25

Went over him in the top 20 rookies for 2020 dynasty football.

Tier 7

19. Darrynton Evans | RB | Titans | Round 3 Pick 93

Went over him in the top 20 rookies for 2020 dynasty football.

20. Bryan Edwards | WR | Raiders | Round 3 Pick 81

Went over him in the top 20 rookies for 2020 dynasty football.

21. Joshua Kelley | RB | Chargers | Round 4 Pick 112

Good chance he beats out Justin Jackson in the quest to spell Ekeler. Does have a similar still set to Ekeler, but not sure that’s a negative. If Ekeler gets banged up then Kelley could beast.

22. Antonio Gandy-Golden | WR | Redskins | Round 4 Pick 142

I wrote about him in my industry Pre-NFL Draft rookie mock draft recap. Washington is a great landing spot for the big man as far as opportunity goes. He could immediately slide in behind Chin Sack Terry as the Skins #2.

23. Antonio Gibson | WR/RB | Redskins | Round 3 Pick 66

One of the most versatile players in the draft class as a running back, receiver and return specialist, plus he’s lightning fast with a 4.31-forty. Will be interesting to see how the Redskins choose to deploy him on offense.

Tier 8

24. Tua Tagovailoa | QB | Dolphins | Round 1 Pick 5

I don’t anticipate we see him until 2021 and the injury risk is very real, but so is his upside. If you’re looking for a safer option, see below.

25. Joe Burrow | QB | Bengals | Round 1 Pick 1

I’m not the biggest Burrow fan but smarter donkeys than me—it’s true, they exist—really like him. I expect a quality real-life QB, but don’t see the huge fantasy upside some are dreaming on.

26.Devin Duvernay | WR | Ravens | Round 3 Pick 92

Another explosive deep threat for LJax and the powerful Ravens offense to play with. Can work in the slot or as a gadget player. Decent chance he’s the WR2 in Baltimore this year.

27. Chase Claypool | TE/WR | Steeelers | Round 2 Pick 49

I ranked Claypool as my #15 dynasty tight end in my top 15 dynasty tight ends. Hopefully tight end is the Steelers’ intention, but either way I don’t love the landing spot. Ebron recently signed on a two year deal in Steelcity, Vance McDonald may also be there for two more years depending on his 2021 team option and Ben Roethleisberger is coming off elbow surgery at age 38—retirement is in sight.

28. K.J. Hamler | WR | Broncos | Round 2 Pick 46 

This speedster didn’t run at the combine, but many speculate he would’ve topped Henry Ruggs 4.27 mark. I’ve seen him comp’d to Tavon Austin and DeSean Jackson. Let’s hope he’s more DJax—I think he is—and in that case it shouldn’t take him long to beat out DaeSean Hamilton as Broncos WR3. These Broncos could be fun to watch for a long time.

29. Van Jefferson | WR | Rams | Round 2 Pick 57 

The exceptional route runner may turn out to be a PPR specialist. He’ll battle Josh Reynolds for the Rams’ #3 wide receiver spot with Brandon Cooks out of town. I expect Van to be the one dancing in the moonlight.

Tier 9

30. Anthony McFarland | RB | Steelers | Round 4 Pick 124

Another draft, another Steelers running back. It’s a crowded backfield with James Conner, Benny Snell and Jaylen Samuels all lingering. But McFarland excels in the open field with elite speed and acceleration which could earn him an early role. Or he may just be a return specialist for now. 

31. Lynn Bowden Jr. | WR/RB | Raiders | Round 3 Pick 80

I moved Bowden around quite a bit in these rankings. On one hand the Raiders are packed full of receivers with Tyrell Williams, Henry Ruggs III, Hunter Renfrow and Nelson Agholor. On the other hand, Bowden is versatile and can be used out of the backfield and as a gadget player. On a third hand which is a donkey hoof, he might just be a return specialist. Regardless, there’s upside and upside is the name of the game at this stage.

32. Eno Benjamin | RB | Cardinals | Round 7 Pick 222

I know he went in the 7th round, but just look at how many undrafted free agent RBs have become more than relevant the past couple seasons: Austin Ekeler, Phillip Lindsay, Raheem Mostert and Matt Breida to name a few. Hard to love the landing spot with Kenyan Drake and maybe Chase Edmonds ahead of him in Arizona, but we all know the attrition of the position.  

33. Justin Herbert | QB | Chargers | Round 1 Pick 6

Another highly drafted quarterback I’m not fully in on. But the Chargers spent the 6th overall pick on him so that’s worth something, right? Maybe not. The Bears did after all spend the 2nd overall pick on Mitch Turbisky. Anyway, I ranked Herbert #29 in my top 40 dynasty quarterbacks

34. Tyler Johnson | WR | Buccaneers | Round 5 Pick 161

Another plus router runner with good hands. Targets will be tough to come by out of the gates with Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and The Gronk gobbling all the pigskin Brady can feed ’em. Will be much more interesting if Godwin leaves via free agency next off season.

Tier 10

35. Cole Kmet | TE | Bears | Round 2 Pick 43

Such a blah tight end class, but if you need a  big man, the Bears thought Kmet was good enough to take in the second round. But they also thought Jimmy Graham was worth a two-year, 16 million dollar contract. And did I mention Trubisky? Tread carefully!

36. Devin Asiasi | TE | Patriots | Round 3 Pick 91 

I saw a lot of jokes about Bill Belichick’s dog drafting for him. Can my Bears maybe find a dog to draft next year? Asiasi was a bit off the radar coming in because he played for some lackluster UCLA teams, but he’s the type of pass catching tight end prospect to keep on your fantasy radar. Plus, if Bill’s dog likes him, who am I to argue?

37. Adam Trautman | TE | Saints | Round 3 Pick 105

Jared Cook has only one year left, so we’re likely looking at his successor here. Unfortunately, Drew Brees may only have two years left himself. 

Tier 11

38. DeeJay Dallas | RB | Seahawks | Round 4 Pick 144

Guessing I’ll be a lot higher on Dallas than most. He might just be a third down receiving back, but what bumps him up my board is the 2019 hip injury for Chris Carson and 2019 torn ACL for Rashaad Penny. There’s a chance both miss time in 2020, opening the door for the dark horse DeeJ in his rookie season.

39. La’Mical Perine | RB | Jets | Round 4 Pick 120

To be honest, I had Perine ranked about 10 spots lower in my initial draft, but the guys below just aren’t all that interesting to me where they landed. And maybe the Jets think Perine’s more than I do. Seems like he’s just a mediocre passing down specialist to me.

40. Quintez Cephus | WR | Lions | Round 5 Pick 166 

Big, explosive, physical athlete here who could develop into a top tier redzone target. He’ll likely take some patience in a crowded wide receiver core of Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola and Geronimo Allison.

41. Gabriel Davis | WR | Bills | Round 4 Pick 128

Another big, strong, possession receiver. Opportunity might be hard to come by in Buffalo with Stefon Diggs now in town joining Smokey John Brown and Cole Beasley

42. Jacob Eason | QB | Colts | Round 4 Pick 122

I’ve said before that I don’t see a huge difference between Eason and Herbert. Apparently NFL teams disagree since he went off the board 116 picks later than Herbs. Rivers is on a one year deal, but seems like a decent chance he performs well enough to earn another season. Could be awhile before we see Eason.

Tier 12

43. Donovan Peoples-Jones | WR | Browns | Round 6 Pick 187

We discussed Peoples-Jones on the most recent Razzball Fantasy Football Podcast where we talk about this rookie wide-receiver class. I questioned whether Peoples-Jones might just end up as a return guy and Boof pointed out that when players shine on special teams the can earn more work in the offense. Still I think DPJ will be #4, solidly behind Beckham, Landry and Higgins. 

44. Harrison Bryant | TE| Browns |Round 4 Pick 114

Bryant showed a knack for finding open space in college and it seems like there’s nice PPR potential here. Unfortunately, he landed in an offense already flush with tight end talent in Austin Hooper (4 years left) and Chief David Njoku (2 years left).

45. Albert Okwuegbunam | TE | Broncos | Round 4 Pick 118

One of the more intriguing tight end prospects in the class also didn’t land in the best of locations for near-term fantasy production. I don’t see how he ever cracks the top 15 fantasy tight ends while in an offense with Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler.  

46. Jordan Love | QB | Packers | Round 1 Pick 26

J-Lo is bringing the booty to Green Bay. If Rodgers takes him under his wing, then Love becomes a very interesting long term investment. But will A-A-Ron oblige?

47. Jalen Hurts | QB | EaglesRound 2 Pick 53

I’ve seen speculation that the reason the Eagles spent a 2nd rounder on a back up QB is because in the age of COVID-19, having a competent second stringer to turn to will be more important than ever. Makes sense to me, definitely something to keep sight of in superflex leagues this season.

48. Michael Warren II | RB | Eagles | UDFA

The undrafted back out of Cincy lands in a relatively barren backfield behind Miles Sanders. He’s a physical runner who could complement Sanders well if Boston Scott doesn’t get the job done.

49. Rico Dowdle | RB | Cowboys | UDFA

The oft injured Gamecock lands down in Dallas. Zeke is coming off another huge workload. If he gets banged up, Dowdle might just find himself in a committee with Tony Pollard. File the name away.

50. Jeff Thomas | WR | PatriotsUDFA

Belichick’s dog had his eye on Thomas the whole draft and chased him down after the draft. He’s a deep threat who can play in the slot and make a difference in the return game. Behind Edelman, Harry and Sanu, Thomas is just another name to keep on the radar for now. But if anyone can turn and unknown, undrafted free agent into a fantasy stud, it’s Bill’s dog (see: Welker, Wes). 

 

 

  1. Jolt In Flow says:
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    Donkey Teeth! I just came across the football section of this site. I’m pleasantly surprised. I’ve got a whole slew of football posts to keep me busy today.

    Question: do you put out an early 2021 NFL draft projection?

    With all your football posts, I think you’re threatening to become my favourite Razzball writer.

    Thanks DT.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Hey Jolt!

      Glad you found us!

      Reid is the draft specialist and he should be putting a 2021 NFL mock out at some point. Keep an eye out.

      Thanks for reading!

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