By: Jeff Pratt – @HotlineFantasy
Back by popular demand! The first two mock drafts I released got so much love that I’ve decided to turn it into a series. Be sure to check out my first and second installments if you haven’t already. If you’re new here, this 12-team four-round mock draft will be based on PPR scoring, with analysis for every player chosen in the first round. Don’t forget to check out my Twitter for 24/7 fantasy football advice. Now, let’s get into this draft.
Nothing new here. McCaffrey’s gone #1 overall in my last two mock drafts and that’s not changing. I really like the weapons that Carolina has surrounded C-Mac with on offense, and even if he doesn’t put up the same numbers this season he’s still your safest bet at #1. Check out his 2019 highlights if you need any more convincing.
Similarly to McCaffrey, Barkley’s not moving from the #2 spot in this mock draft. Saquon — who had somewhat of a down year in 2019 because of injuries and finished as RB10 — is poised for a bounce-back campaign in 2020. The Giants drafted two offensive lineman early in the NFL Draft a few weeks ago to help Barkley and Daniel Jones. Expect the third-year star to compete for the RB1 title this year.
- Ezekiel Elliot
Michael Thomas sat at my #3 ranking for the last few weeks, but Zeke reclaims the spot in this latest installment. There is exceptional receiver depth in drafts this year, so you should take running backs when you can. The Cowboys drafted CeeDee Lamb, adding to an already formidable receiving core that consists of Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. While Lamb’s arrival will hurt all three of their fantasy values, Zeke is still going to get a TON of touches. He’s the most valuable player available at #3.
- Michael Thomas
Thomas slides back into the #4 spot, which is where he stood in my first 2020 mock draft. Nothing has changed regarding his standing as the best fantasy receiver heading into this season. Some people may opt to take Dalvin Cook in this position, but I like Thomas, who has proven to be one of the most reliable fantasy assets over the last few years. Check out his highlights to see why corners really can’t guard Mike.
- Dalvin Cook
Cook made headlines earlier this year when he declared that his goal for the 2020 season was to rack up 2,000 yards from scrimmage. Assuming he’s healthy for the whole year, I think he’s got a legitimate shot. The Vikings will rely heavily on Cook this season — especially now that Stefon Diggs is in Buffalo, leaving Adam Thielen as their only reliable receiver — and I’m expecting him to produce.
New Orleans has quietly assembled an incredible offensive arsenal. Yes, even more impressive than the past few years. Emmanuel Sanders will fit in perfectly as the #2 receiver alongside Michael Thomas, and they got the potential steal of the draft in Dayton tight end Adam Trautman. With Brees (hopefully) under center for the entire year, Kamara is set for a bounce-back campaign like no other. Expect to see a lot of these types of highlights from him this year.
I dropped Hopkins to #8 in my last mock draft because he was traded to the Cardinals. After a lot of thinking, I’m moving him back up to #7 and declaring him as my #2 receiver in drafts this year moving forward (sorry Tyreek Hill). Kliff Kingsbury runs a high-octane, pass-heavy offense in Arizona that Hopkins should only benefit from. While the Cardinals may not make the playoffs in 2020, D-Hop will have an excellent year and should compete for the WR1 spot with Michael Thomas.
- Tyreek Hill
I’m still really high on Hill’s potential in 2020, as the Chiefs’ boast the best offense in the league heading into this season. As long as Tyreek’s legs don’t give out on him this year, he’s as dangerous as any player in the league. After taking a look at this video, I’m not too concerned about his hamstrings this season either…
Henry won’t fall out of the first round in drafts this year, and he’s only growing on me as the season nears. While I don’t expect him to win the rushing title again in 2020, he’ll still be an elite RB1. As I said earlier, you can’t afford to pass up on running backs this year.
There may be no safer first-round pick in fantasy football than Julio Jones. Now that Austin Hooper is in Cleveland, Jones should only see more targets in 2020. He may be 31, but don’t sleep on Julio’s ability to make plays like this on a routine basis.
I’m still concerned about the consistent double-teams that Adams will face in 2020, especially since the Packers’ front office chose to leave him on an island by not drafting a receiver this year. That being said, he’s still one of the best receivers in the league, and he should be a first round pick in drafts.
If you couldn’t tell from my last mock draft, I’m very high on Mixon this year. However, it was probably a little hasty putting him ahead of Derrick Henry. He’s still a first-talent in my eyes and I would be ecstatic taking him at #12. I cannot stress enough how important drafting running backs early will be this year, and Mixon is poised for a true breakout campaign.
- Austin Ekeler
- Aaron Jones
- Kenyan Drake
- Chris Godwin
- Nick Chubb
- Travis Kelce
- Josh Jacobs
- Mike Evans
- Odell Beckham Jr.
- Lamar Jackson
- George Kittle
- Kenny Golladay
- Amari Cooper
- D.J. Moore
- Todd Gurley
- Adam Thielen
- Miles Sanders
- Allen Robinson
- JuJu Smith-Schuster
- Courtland Sutton
- Leonard Fournette
- Robert Woods
- Keenan Allen
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire