With the start of free agency right around the corner, it’s a very exciting time to be an NFL fan. When September rolls around in a few months, multiple rosters are going to look VERY different. Earlier in the year, I wrote an article detailing one fantasy-related thought for every NFL team for the 2019 season. Now, I’m looking into the future and making one prediction for every team for next year.
*All statistics are based on PPR scoring*
Kyler Murray will finish the year as a top 5 quarterback. Assuming the Cardinals opt to draft a receiver in the upcoming draft (a potential Murray-CeeDee Lamb connection would be incredible), the Cardinals will definitely not lack offensive firepower. After finishing 2019 as QB7, Murray will easily make the jump into the top 5.
Calvin Ridley will be a top 15 receiver. Ridley’s season was cut short due to injuries this year, but his ability to find the end zone (17 touchdowns over two seasons) kept him relevant in fantasy. With Austin Hooper gone, Ridley will step in as the #2 target for Atlanta and have a monster year.
Lamar Jackson will finish as the #1 quarterback for the second straight year. While NFL defenses may begin to figure Jackson out in 2020, his rushing ability alone will give him the edge over the rest of the field.
Devin Singletary will rush for over 1,000 yards and finish as a top 10 running back. This one is a little bold, but Singletary won’t have to share the backfield with Frank Gore next year. He ran for 775 yards in 2019 on 151 rushes alone, so eclipsing 1,000 yards shouldn’t be that hard of a feat for the powerful back.
Cam Newton will return to the ranks of the fantasy elite. People forgot about how dominant Newton has been in past years after he struggled early on in 2019 before being shut down for the year. With the game’s most dangerous back in Christian McCaffrey at his disposal, Newton will have a monster bounce back year.
Allen Robinson will be a top 10 receiver once again. Robinson cracked the top 10 for the first time in 2019, finishing the year with 98 catches for 1,147 yards. He’s quietly becoming a force in the league, and will have another strong year as he continues to build a rapport with Mitch Trubisky.
Joe Mixon will finally put up consistent RB1 numbers throughout the entire season. Mixon has always had the talent, but various injuries (and the miserable state of the Bengals) have kept him from putting together a complete season. That will finally happen in 2020.
Odell Beckham Jr. will bounce back and establish himself as a top 5 receiver once again. We all know about the chemistry issues Beckham had with Baker Mayfield last year. The two will have an entire offseason to figure things out, and I’m expecting a big year for Beckham Jr. (and the Browns in general).
Amari Cooper will not finish the year as a top 15 receiver. Injuries plagued Cooper down the stretch of 2019, and I’m expecting him to have similar troubles next year. This along with the emergence of Michael Gallup constructs a recipe for a disappointing year for Cooper.
Courtland Sutton will be a top 10 receiver. Sutton broke out last year, finishing the season with 72 receptions for 1,112 yards. He’ll see even more targets in 2020, and will continue to build on the strong start to his career.
Kerryon Johnson will stay healthy for the entire season and rush for 1,000+ yards. Johnson’s talent is evident, he’s just struggled to stay on the field so far in his early career. That will change next year, and Johnson will be a reliable RB2.
Green Bay Packers
Davante Adams will bounce back and finish as a top 5 receiver. Adams’ turf toe injury cost him quite a few games in 2019, leading to the Packers’ star finishing as WR23. Adams will return to the form we saw in 2018, and have a great year.
Deshaun Watson will finish the year as QB2, just behind Lamar Jackson. Watson took somewhat of a step backwards last year, yet still finished the season as QB5. He’ll really hit his stride in 2020, throwing for 4,000+ yards and 30+ touchdowns.
T.Y. Hilton will have another disappointing year. Injuries ruined Hilton’s season in 2019, as he finished with just 45 catches for 501 yards (all career lows). He’s on the wrong side of 30 now, and can’t seem to stay healthy.
Leonard Fournette will be a top 10 running back. Fournette put together a nice bounce back season in 2019, finishing with 1,152 rushing yards and 522 receiving yards. The only thing that was lacking was touchdowns, as Fournette only finished the year with three. He’ll score more than that next season and have another strong year.
Kansas City Chiefs
Tyreek Hill will bounce back and finish the year as a top 5 receiver. Injuries kept Hill in and out of the Chiefs lineup this year, but when he’s healthy he’s arguably the most dangerous receiver in the game. He’ll bounce back with ease in 2020.
Las Vegas Raiders
Josh Jacobs will make a push for RB1 numbers in 2020, but will probably finish the year as a really strong RB2. Jacobs had a great rookie season, rushing for 1,150 yards. As long as the Raiders keep feeding him the ball, he’ll keep producing.
Los Angeles Chargers
Austin Ekeler will finish as a top ten running back for the second straight year. Ekeler had a monster 2019 season, finishing as RB4. While I don’t expect him to be quite as dominant in 2020, he’ll continue to get plenty of touches and he should put up elite numbers.
Los Angeles Rams
Robert Woods will finish the year outside of the top 20 for receivers. Woods had a solid campaign in 2019, finishing the season as WR14. Brandin Cook should be healthier next year, and Todd Gurley will get more touches as he looks to retain his workhorse status. Simply put, there won’t be enough targets to go around for Woods to have another great season.
DeVante Parker will have another great year. Parker broke out in the second half of the 2019 season, finishing the year as WR11. He’ll continue to build on that in 2020, and should finish as a top 15 receiver once again.
Stefon Diggs (assuming he’s still with the team by the start of the year) will struggle again. Diggs and Kirk Cousins failed to build a consistent rapport throughout the entire 2019 season, and Adam Thielen will not miss nearly as many games next year. Diggs won’t get as many targets as he wants, and could very well end up on a different team by the end of the year.
New England Patriots
Sony Michel will bounce back and be a solid RB2. Michel struggled to get anything going on the ground this year, averaging an abysmal 3.7 yards per carry (0.8 yards less than his rookie year). The Patriots will really begin to feed him consistently this season, and he should establish himself as the clear cut #1 back in New England.
New Orleans Saints
Michael Thomas will not have as good of a year. Well, duh. Thomas broke the single season reception record in 2019, running away with the WR1 spot. He’ll still have an excellent year in 2020, but it’s highly unlikely he’ll be as amazing as he was this season.
New York Giants
Saquon Barkley will claim the RB1 spot. Barkley had a disappointing year in 2019, finishing as RB10. That won’t be the case next season, as Barkley will reward those who take him with one of the first two picks in the draft. Expect an MVP-caliber year from Saquon.
New York Jets
Le’Veon Bell will struggle again. Bell is an extremely talented player that just happens to be stuck behind a very poor offensive line. This led to him only averaging 3.2 yards per carry in 2019, and I’m expecting a similar outcome in 2020. Stay away from Bell in drafts this year.
Carson Wentz will re-establish himself as an elite QB1. Wentz had a decent year in 2019, throwing for over 4,000 yards and finishing as QB9. I believe that he’ll return to elite form in 2020, and will be a bargain for wherever he inevitably falls to in drafts.
JuJu Smith-Schuster will bounce back. After putting up monster numbers in 2018, JuJu struggled to stay on the field in 2020, only playing in 12 games. With the return of a healthy Ben Roethlisberger, JuJu will put together low-end WR1 numbers in 2020.
San Francisco 49ers
George Kittle will reclaim the TE1 spot from Travis Kelce. Kelce edged Kittle out for the #1 spot in 2019, but Kittle played two less games. Expect Kittle to be the best tight end in the league next year by a large margin.
D.K. Metcalf will crack the top 25 for receivers. Metcalf had a strong rookie year, finishing as WR33. He’ll continue to build chemistry with Russell Wilson, and will be an extremely dangerous deep threat for the Seahawks next season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
If Jameis Winston leaves, Chris Godwin and Mike Evans will both take a step backwards. Say what you will about Winston, but the man was not afraid to throw the football. This resulted in both Evans and Godwin finishing 2019 as top 15 receivers. If Jameis is not under center for the Bucs in 2020, that won’t happen again.
Derrick Henry will resign with the Titans, but will not have as good of a year. King Henry won the 2019 rushing title with 1,540 yards for 18 total touchdowns. Henry was downright dominant for Tennessee, but I don’t see him putting together as strong of a season. This doesn’t mean he won’t put up RB1 numbers, I just don’t see Henry winning the rushing title or scoring 18 touchdowns again.
Terry McLaurin will be the only bright spot for the Redskins… again. While the Redskins were brutal to watch last year, McLaurin put together a solid rookie campaign, finishing the year with just under 1,000 receiving yards. McLaurin will look to build on his strong start next season.;