The Dallas Cowboys have officially released kicker Kai Forbath. Forbath came to the Cowboys near the end of last season and made all 10 of his kicks after replacing Brett Maher. Forbath's early release means that Greg Zuerlein has locked up the kicking job in Dallas. With a strong leg in what should be a powerful offense, Zuerlein makes for a good fantasy kicking option.
Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku has decided to "give the team his full commitment" according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. Njoku requested a trade from Cleveland last month but reportedly had some positive meetings with the organization, including general manager Andrew Berry. Those who were hoping Njoku would land with a team that would provide him a clearer path to targets and fantasy stats will have to look elsewhere for tight end production now. Njoku will compete for looks with free-agent signing Austin Hooper, although the Browns reportedly have a significant role in the offense planned for Njoku. For now, he's a low-end TE2 in fantasy drafts.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees focused his offseason training on throwing the deep ball. The 41-year-old stated his goal was to throw a 60-yard pass and proceeded to work at it since March, deploying unique training methods because of the coronavirus pandemic. Brees said "there have been moments of discovery" and that he hopes it pays dividends on the field. That would be nice for both the Saints and fantasy managers who draft him, considering he has looked downfield less and less as he's aged. Pro Football Focus ranked him just 22nd as a deep-ball passer and only Jimmy Garoppolo threw deep less in 2019. Brees remains as accurate as ever and should have a solid floor most weeks for fantasy. Perhaps his offseason workouts will help him look downfield more, giving him better upside in 2020.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry (hip) remains on track in his rehab, according to head coach Kevin Stefanski. Landry had surgery to repair his hip back on February 4 and, according to Stefanski, is targeting a return to the field sometime in August. When asked just how much Landry would be able to participate in training camp, Stefanski said, Our physicals for vets are Saturday and Sunday of this week, so I will have a better answer for you after that. But he remains on schedule based on everything he has done post-surgery. Assuming Landry is ready for Week 1, he can be drafted confidently as a WR2 in fantasy leagues.
Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku requested a trade from the team last month after the team added other tight ends to the roster, most notably Austin Hooper. Head coach Kevin Stefanski was asked about Njoku recently and stated, My stance hasnt changed. The organizations stance hasnt changed in that we believe in David. Stefanski reportedly plans to use Njoku heavily in his offense, which ran two-tight end sets frequently when he was the offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings. There's still a chance the team deals Njoku during training camp but for now, it appears they still consider him a part of their future plans.
The New Orleans Saints signed linebacker Nigel Bradham to a one-year deal on Thursday. With the loss of starter A.J. Klein to the Buffalo Bills and two other starters coming off injuries from last year, depth was needed at the position. The 30-year-old Bradham has compiled at least 80 total tackles four times in his career and was a key member of the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl-winning defense. With the uncertainty of training camps and OTAs, New Orleans may lean on the veteran early in the season as a starter.
The Atlanta Falcons signed cornerback Darqueze Dennard on Thursday. The former first-round pick from the 2014 draft had previously agreed to a three-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the deal fell through after the two parties couldn't hammer out the final contract numbers. Dennard, who is from Georgia, will bring some much-needed depth to Atlanta's cornerback room and could even start opposite rookie A.J. Terrell. The 28-year-old recorded 274 tackles, 22 passes defended and three interceptions in six seasons with the Bengals.
Free agent running back LeSean McCoy has signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The deal is worth just over $1 million according to Ian Rapoport. The veteran back is a good depth signing for Tampa Bay, who was in need of a proven pass-catching back. While McCoy is far from the running back he used to be, he still compiled the best yards per touch mark last year since 2016 and has caught at least 25 passes in each season. Unfortunately, this makes drafting Ronald Jones II and Ke'Shawn Vaughn less appealing now that there's a third back in the room. It's probably a backfield to avoid in fantasy for the moment, though in a perfect world this move pushes Jones II to new heights.
Free agent kicker Graham Gano was released by the Carolina Panthers on Thursday. Gano was looking at a competition for the kicking job with Joey Slye, who filled in for him after he missed all of last year. Head coach Matt Rhule said that Gano, who hasn't played a full year since 2017, looked healthy but that his salary figure didn't make sense in a rebuilding year. If the 33-year-old is truly healthy, he could certainly be fantasy-relevant in 2020. In his last full season, Gano made the Pro Bowl and led the league with a 96.7% made field-goal percentage.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson took the No. 1 spot in the NFL Top 100 list, an annual ranking system determined by players throughout the league. After winning the MVP last season, the ceiling is even higher for the 23-year-old entering 2020, and rightfully so. Jackson was splendid in 2019, finishing the year with 3,127 yards, 36 touchdowns, and six interceptions while maintaining a completion percentage of 66.1 percent. He also added 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground and also led the league in rushing yards before contact per attempt with an average of 4.9. While taking a signal-caller early in redraft formats is usually frowned upon by many, fantasy managers should be ready to pull the trigger to acquire his services somewhere in the second or third rounds for the upcoming campaign.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams intends to opt out of the 2020 NFL season due to COVID-19 concerns. Williams -- who had 711 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns last season -- was set to be part of a two-back committee with rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Now, this backfield is likely to belong solely to Edwards-Helaire, who should vault up draft boards in redraft and has the potential to be productive on the ground and through the air in head coach Andy Reid's offense. Edwards-Helaire is a first round pick now. Williams should be off the draft board in redraft. And DeAndre Washington is now an appealing late round option who could become a valuable handcuff to the rookie lead back.
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley was labeled by Washington Football Team's Adrian Peterson as a "bigger, more physical" Barry Sanders, while also adding that he could be the "greatest ever." Although the Penn State alum has a way to go before even being considered for such an honor, he has plenty of buzz heading into the 2020 season and has been projected by some to finish as the league's most productive fantasy option at his position. Barkley battled a high-ankle sprain that cost him three games in 2019, but he still finished with 1,003 rushing yards and six touchdowns in addition to 52 catches for 438 yards and two additional trips to the end zone. Fantasy managers should be prepared for the 23-year-old to get snagged within the first two picks of fantasy drafts for the upcoming campaign.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel could be used in a variety of different ways in 2020, according to head coach Matt Rhule. Rhule said he wants to see Samuel line up out wide, in the slot and even at running back, which is how he was used at Ohio State. In his last college season, Samuel was the only player in the country to eclipse both 700 rushing and receiving yards. The idea is to get the explosive 23-year-old, who ran a 4.3 40, into space more frequently where he can make people miss. This could bode really well for his fantasy numbers in 2020, especially if he gets over 100 targets again and totes the ball more than the 19 times he did last year. Samuel makes for a nice sleeper pick at his current ADP of 167.
Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley is in "fantastic shape" according to head coach Dan Quinn, who spoke to reporters on Tuesday via a Zoom call. Quinn noted that there's no plan yet for Gurley's workload, but that he'd like to spend a couple weeks with the former All-Pro back before coming to a decision. Atlanta is excited about their new running back but rightfully concerned about his left knee, which caused the Rams to feed him the lowest number of carries since his rookie season. The days of Gurley being a no-doubt, fantasy RB1 are probably behind him, though he could make for an interesting RB2 on squads this year if he's fully healthy.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Marquise Goodwin has elected to opt out of the 2020 NFL season. Goodwin is the father of a five-month-old daughter and wants to focus on his family without taking the risk of playing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Goodwin was penciled in as a situational deep threat for the Eagles, a team that desperately needs to add that dimension to their offense. Goodwin's absence will put more pressure on veteran DeSean Jackson and rookie Jalen Reagor. Alshon Jeffery may ultimately end up with the increased role coach Doug Pederson mentioned earlier in the offseason.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is slated to take the next step in his career in 2020 and has plenty of hype surrounding him as a result. However, another advocate may have raised the ceiling even higher for the sophomore signal-caller. While making an appearance on ESPN's Get Up, former NFL defensive end Marcus Spears believes that not only will Murray be a finalist in MVP voting in 2020, he will also throw for 4,500 yards. With DeAndre Hopkins now in the mix after being dealt from the Houston Texans during the offseason, the 22-year-old could be well on his way to meeting those expectations. He will likely be one of the top five quarterbacks off the board in most fantasy drafts for the upcoming season, and rightfully so.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs was ranked fifth in NFL.com writer Gil Brandt's list of "Top 10 Traded Players." The 26-year-old, who was traded from Minnesota during the offseason, has some hefty expectations for a team that is looking to advance deep into the playoffs in 2020. Diggs racked up at least 1,000 yards in his previous two seasons with the Vikings while also pulling in 15 touchdowns during that same span. With virtually no competition for his job as the lead wideout, he could be on track for a similar statistical output, especially if signal-caller Josh Allen can improve as it relates to his accuracy as a passer. Diggs shouldn't be a priority for fantasy managers. However, he is worth a selection for those looking to round out their roster at the position.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiverCalvin Ridleycould be due for a breakout season, according to CBS Sports' Heath Cummings. With the departure of Mohamed Sanu, Cummings indicated that even with star wideoutJulio Joneson the field, Ridley was still on pace to compile 96 catches for 1,354 yards and 10 touchdowns before an abdominal injury ended his season three games early. The 25-year-old has plenty of hype heading into 2020, and if he can remain healthy, he has all of the tools necessary to fulfill Cummings' proclamation.
Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller made the NFL's "Top 100 Player's List," coming in at No. 99. The 27-year-old had a breakout season in 2019 after barely making a dent during his previous three years. He finished with 90 receptions for 1,145 yards and three touchdowns in addition to racking up 570 yards after the catch per reception, good for ninth overall in the league. Waller was convincingly one of the best at his position last season and despite the team adding Henry Ruggs III via this year's draft, he could still be in line to produce a similar output in 2020, especially if the running game and stable quarterback play can open things up for him even more.
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Maurice Canady has chosen to opt out of the 2020 season. Canady was on the Jets and Ravens last season, playing in 13 games and making three starts. He was expected to be a depth piece, although the entire Cowboys secondary is full of question marks after Byron Jones left to sign with the Miami Dolphins.
Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary could be on the verge of being the team's most improved player, according to NFL Network's analytics expert, Cynthia Frelund. Frelund notes the departure of veteran Frank Gore and Singletary's ability as a runner as the reasons for the potential progression. Singletary ran for 775 yards and two touchdowns across 12 games in 2019. He also added 29 catches for 194 yards and two additional scores while also accumulating at least 10 yards on 23.3 percent of his attempts. The 22-year-old has seen his fantasy stock drop after the team selected Utah back Zack Moss in the third round of this year's draft. However, Singletary could easily exceed ADP expectations and is worth a stash for those looking to fill a void at the position.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf recently made NFL Network's "Top-100 List," a poll conducted by players around the league. Coming in at No. 81, the sophomore has already gained recognition as one of the best in the league despite the small sample size. He finished the 2019 campaign with 900 yards and seven touchdowns off of 58 catches (100 targets, and, along with Tyler Lockett, was dynamic inside the 20-yard line. The 22-year-old is slated to get taken somewhere in the third or fourth rounds in fantasy drafts for the 2020 season and should be on the radar for fantasy managers who miss out on an elite wideout early on.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark Jr. wasn't included in NFL Network's "Top-100 Players." The list, which was compiled by current players, left off the 23-year-old despite him the 2019 season with eight touchdowns and over 1,000 yards receiving off of 73 catches. While his omission is certainly unwelcome news for fantasy managers, it shouldn't decrease Chark's draft stock for the 2020 campaign, primarily since the Jags are limited on the receiving end, making it likely he continues to be heavily targeted moving ahead.
Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson recently made NFL Network's "Top-100 Players Of 2020." Coming in at No. 96, the 25-year-old has plenty of hype entering the season after finishing 2019 with 1,230 yards and seven touchdowns off 278 attempts. He also caught 37 of his 47 targets for 266 yards through the air and two additional scores. He will be coming back from a hip injury that caused him to miss time last year but is expected to serve as the team's workhorse this season despite having plenty of players looking to take his job. Fantasy managers should select Carson with confidence in fantasy drafts, with the only drawback being his health.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker is looking to take the next step in 2020. While making an appearance on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, the 27-year-old emphasized a heightened-focus on his diet and training regimen during the offseason. The sixth-year pro had a breakout season in 2019, finishing with 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns for an impressive 16.7 yards per reception and nine touchdowns. With the health of Preston Williams (knee) still in question, Parker has a chance to get some extra attention from either Ryan Fitzpatrick or rookie signal-caller Tua Tagovailoa this upcoming season. Fantasy managers should keep him in mind when looking to round out their lineup at the wideout position.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown was recently included in the "All-Under 25 Squad," a list composed by The Athletic of the "best and youngest" players in the NFL. The 23-year-old is deserving of a spot on the list as he finished his inaugural season with 1,051 yards and eight touchdowns off of 52 catches. He was also one of the league's most dynamic downfield threats, ranking in the top-20 in yards before catch per reception, and in the top-10 in yards after catch per reception. While it is common that opposing defenses will pay extra attention to Brown this upcoming season as a result of his previous success, he still has all the tools needed to have a 2020 campaign that is better than his 2019 output.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster may be playing his final season in the Steel City. With COVID-19 causing disarray as it relates to the league's salary cap structure, the Steelers will have some difficult decisions to make heading into 2021, especially since many players on the defensive end are also looking for new deals with the club. The 23-year-old had his worst season in 2019 and was a victim of ailments and the season-ending injury to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. With Big Ben back in the mix, the fourth-year wideout could easily surpass his ADP expectations, primarily if he is motivated for a big payday beyond the 2020 campaign.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III expects competition with Phillip Lindsay at the position during training camp. While both men will likely get some snaps out of the backfield, at least initially, there is a chance that one will surpass the other as the team's workhorse as the season progresses. Gordon, who recently signed a two-year, $16 million deal, has seemingly been hyper-focused on his conditioning during the offseason. The 27-year-old racked up 4,240 yards and 36 touchdowns on the ground during his tenure with the Chargers. He also added 224 catches for 11 additional scores as a receiver. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect production beyond his ADP, especially early in the year. However, those who opt to roll the dice on Gordon could also be pleasantly surprised with his output, making him an adequate stash for the 2020 campaign.
New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell could be entering his final year with the team. With no guaranteed cash on the table for the 28-year-old after the 2020 campaign, the Jets would save nearly $10 million by parting ways with him before next season. The former Steeler had one of his worst seasons in the league in 2019, finishing things up with only 789 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground. While Bell did manage to offset those shoddy numbers by hauling in 66 catches, overall, his first year in the Big Apple was considered an abysmal failure. He has a chance to turn things around this season, but he isn't worth a reach in drafts unless fantasy managers need to fill a roster void.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire reported to training camp on Saturday along with quarterback Patrick Mahomes to begin official on-field training activities. However, the duo is already familiar with each other, as they both worked out together during the offseason. The rookie has plenty of hype entering the season, and despite not having played a single snap on the professional level, he is still slated to get drafted somewhere early in fantasy drafts for the 2020 campaign. The 21-year-old had a successful tenure while at LSU but will initially battle for snaps with Damien Williams, making the former Tiger a risky selection at his current ADP, especially for fantasy managers who are lacking depth at the position.
The New York Giants agreed to sign kicker Chandler Catanzaro to a one-year deal. Catanzaro "retired" in August, but likely wasn't too hard to convince to come back onto the field. He's kicked for the Panthers, Bucs, Jets, and Cardinals in his career, making 83.8 percent of his field goal attempts. The signing comes after the Giants released Aldrick Rosas, who had kicked for them since 2017. Rosas was charged with three misdemeanors after a hit-and-run earlier in the offseason.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson II is a "lock" to accumulate over 1,000 receiving yards this season, according to Pro Football Focus. With the veteran's projected volume of targets in addition to having some potential stability at the quarterback position, the 26-year-old could be in store for his best season to date. Robinson ended the 2019 campaign by catching 98 passes for 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns. His 154 targets put him behind only Michael Thomas and Julio Jones to finish third in the league, and he was also one of the most prolific wideouts inside the 20-yard line. He is expected to be swiped off the draft boards somewhere in the second round of fantasy drafts for 2020, so fantasy managers should plan accordingly, especially those participating in PPR formats.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay could be in store for an even more productive season in 2020, according to NFL Network's analytics expert, Cynthia Frelund. With Matthew Stafford back under center and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell opening the door for a more balanced play-calling approach, the 26-year-old should be on everyone's fantasy radar. Golladay finished the 2019 campaign with 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns off of 65 catches (116 targets). He also was one of the league's most lethal threats inside the 20-yard line as well as downfield. With most fantasy drafts loaded on the front end with running backs, Golladay's ADP doesn't reflect his potential impact on the fantasy end and is worth a reach for those in need of an elite wideout.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper could be the team's most improved player by the end of the 2020 campaign, according to NFL Network analytics expert, Cynthia Frelund. The 26-year-old already had a splendid 2019 season, finishing with 1,189 yards and eight touchdowns off of 79 catches (119 targets). He is expected to be taken somewhere in the second round in the majority of fantasy drafts for the upcoming season. However, with so many weapons on the offensive end for the Cowboys, he could easily exceed his ADP value and finish as one of the best wideouts in the league.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette is entering the final year of his rookie deal. After his name was surrounded by trade rumors during the offseason, the team opted to retain the services of the 25-year-old heading into 2020. He finished 2019 with 1,152 rushing yards, 522 receiving yards, and 76 catches, which were all the best marks of his career. He was also a bruising runner, racking up 792 yards after contact, while also accumulating 16 broken tackles. Although he did regress on the scoring end, with only three touchdowns on the ground, he was a welcome addition to fantasy teams as he mostly exceeded his ADP in many leagues. With Fournette's future hanging in the balance beyond this season, the former LSU Tiger may have one more chance to prove his worth to the team. Fantasy managers could be pleasantly surprised by his output this season, and he does have value for those who miss out on a workhorse back early on in drafts.
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones will be entering the final year of his rookie deal that will pay him $2.13 million in 2020. After new contracts for Christian McCaffrey and Derrick Henry, the 25-year-old is on a long list of backs who will be looking to get paid heading into the 2021 campaign. Jones had the best season of his career in 2019, finishing with 1,084 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns off of 236 attempts. He also added 49 catches for 474 yards and three additional scores. If Jones manages to produce a similar output this season, he could be on his way to receiving big money moving forward, potentially earning five times more than his current salary.
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb still has plenty of upside this season despite the presence of Kareem Hunt. According to Sports Illustrated's Pete Smith, though Hunt may get some carries throughout the year, it is probable that he will get most of his work catching passes, while likely also being utilized as a third receiver at times. Chubb had an explosive 2019 campaign, finishing second in rushing by compiling 1,494 rushing yards to go along with eight touchdowns. He will likely be a late first or early second-round pick in the majority of formats heading into the 2020 campaign, so fantasy managers should plan accordingly.
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry was relegated to "Tier 3" in Pro Football Focus' Dwain McFarland's list of top players at the position. McFarland indicated that while Henry was dominant on the ground in 2019, the team's unwillingness to use him as a part of the passing game makes him less effective than others. While this notion may be true to some degree, Henry was still one of the most efficient PPR backs last season after running for over 1,500 yards in addition to accumulating 16 touchdowns. With the departure of Dion Lewis, the door may be open for the 26-year-old to do some additional damage catching passes out of the backfield during the 2020 campaign. He should remain a first-round target in most fantasy formats.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb signed his rookie contract and will report to rookie camp. The four-year contract is worth $14.01, fully guaranteed, with a fifth-year option which is standard for first-round picks. Rookies have not gotten traditional offseason workouts so it is good news Lamb is signed and can report to the team to begin workouts with his new coaches for the first time since Dallas used the 17th overall pick on the Oklahoma standout. He'll have to compete with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup for targets, but Dallas led the NFL in total yards last season so there should be plenty of fantasy production to go around. Lamb is a high-upside pick who should be drafted just outside the top-100 overall picks.
Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers impressed his coaching staff during virtual meetings conducted during the offseason and was touted for his "engagement, assertiveness, and asking all the right questions." The rookie will have some big shoes to fill in 2020 after Todd Gurley II landed in Atlanta with the Falcons. Though he could split carries with Darrell Henderson Jr. and Malcolm Brown initially, there is a good chance he could break free and become the primary ball-carrier later on in the season. Fantasy managers should target him as a borderline flex option and a clear-cut first-round pick in dynasty drafts.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders and quarterback Carson Wentz conducted a workout together recently. With training camp hopefully right around the corner, the 23-year-old made it a point during the offseason to put in extra work in hopes of capturing an MVP, a goal he has openly expressed interest in over the last few months. Sanders was hit-or-miss during the 2019 season in terms of production, finishing with 818 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. He also added 50 catches for 609 yards and three additional scores. He has been projected to be taken somewhere in the second or third rounds of fantasy drafts for the 2020 season, with a first-round reach by fantasy managers also being in the realm of possibility, especially in PPR formats.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is still without a new deal and remains firm in his stance that he will not report until he gets paid. With the Tennessee Titans and Derrick Henry recently agreeing to terms on a four-year, $50 million contract, the 24-year-old will likely continue to look for a deal around $13 million per season, according to Chad Graff of The Athletic. If Cook does suit up for the 2020 campaign, he is worth a top-10 pick in all fantasy formats, especially in PPR leagues. If the holdout continues, however, look for Alexander Mattison and Mike Boone's stock to continue to rise heading into the season.
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara could be closer to earning a bigger paycheck after the Tennessee Titans recently reached a four-year, $50 million deal with Derrick Henry. Despite dealing with various injuries and being without Drew Brees for part of the 2019 season, the 24-year-old still finished with a respectable 797 yards and five touchdowns off of 171 attempts (14 games). He also added 533 yards and 81 catches as a receiver. With the former third-round pick seemingly healthy heading into the 2020 campaign, he is still worth a top-five fantasy pick in the majority of leagues.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott urged his critics to "check the stats," a comment made toward members of the media who he feels often criticize his level of performance. The 24-year-old does have a leg to stand on, nonetheless, as he has been one of the most impactful rushers throughout the entire league during his tenure. He finished 2019 with nearly 1,400 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns off of 301 attempts. He also added 420 yards and two additional scores as a receiver and was also one of the most dynamic players inside the 20-yard line. Regarding Elliott's fantasy projection for 2020, he should be drafted within the top-five in the majority of leagues, with his only potential downfall being the departure of former head coach Jason Garrett, who is now the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott signed a franchise tag last week that will pay him just over $30 million for his services in 2020. However, according to former NFL executive Andrew Brandt, the 26-year-old could see a contract better than that of Chiefs' Signal-caller Patrick Mahomes when he finally lands a new deal. Prescott threw for nearly 5,000 yards in 2019, while also adding 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions off of a 65.1 completion percentage. Regardless of his contract situation, with the Cowboys having some lethal options on the offensive end, he could be in store for his best season to date.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson could benefit immensely from the recent record-breaking deal for Kansas City Chiefs signal-caller Patrick Mahomes. Currently in the midst of his rookie deal, early projections point to an average salary of around $42.5 million over four years for the former Louisville Cardinal, with that number increasing if he can lead his team to a Super Bowl victory. The 23-year-old ended the 2019 campaign with 3,127 yards through the air and 36 touchdowns (six interceptions). He also maintained a 66.1 completion percentage while adding over 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. Fantasy managers should look for the reigning MVP to be taken early in drafts for the 2020 season.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle will need to be paid "as a wide receiver," according to former quarterback Steve Young. The 26-year-old is still awaiting a new deal, with recent reports suggesting that he could command around $13 million per year. Kittle has been one of the most dominant players at his position over the last few seasons and finished the 2019 campaign with 1,053 yards and five touchdowns off of 85 catches. He was also one of the most prolific figures inside the 10-yard line. Expect the former Hawkeye to be the first or second tight end selected in fantasy drafts for the upcoming season in all formats.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon could see his asking price increase, primarily after the new deal for Derrick Henry, who recently signed a four-year, $50 million contract to remain with the Titans. The 23-year-old is entering what could be his final year with the team and is coming off a solid 2019 that included 1,137 rushing yards and five touchdowns while adding 35 catches for three additional scores. Mixon is projected to be taken near the end of the first round in the majority of fantasy drafts heading into the 2020 campaign.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas was ranked as the No. 2 overall wideout in the league, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Though Fowler has Julio Jones ahead of the former Buckeye, Thomas will still likely remain to be one of the first players off the board in fantasy drafts for the 2020 campaign. The 27-year-old was the clear-cut best receiver in the league last season, finishing things up with a career-high 1,725 yards off of 149 catches to go along with nine touchdowns. Look for him to be taken within the first five selections in the majority of fantasy drafts heading into the year.
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, who has been posting workout videos via social media during the offseason, appears to have bulked up even more heading into the season. Though Christian McCaffrey remains the consensus No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts for the upcoming 2020 campaign, the case could be made for Barkley to be the first one taken off the board, especially in PPR formats. Despite missing time with a high-ankle injury in 2019, the 23-year-old still ran for over 1,000 yards. With a new coaching staff, a semi-upgraded offensive line, and possible stability at the quarterback position, Barkley may be in store for his best season yet.