The 2020 NFL season is officially over — congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs for winning the Super Bowl — and you know what that means! It’s time to look ahead to 2020. This past year was full of fantasy letdowns and surprises, but next season is going to be an entirely different story. Here are my predictions for five busts and five breakout players for the 2020 fantasy football season.
*Every statistic used in this article is based on PPR scoring*
Injuries kept Hilton out of six games this year, which lead to career-low numbers. Hilton finished the year as WR57 with 45 receptions for 501 yards and five touchdowns, which is nowhere near his usual WR1 numbers. If Hilton can stay on the field in 2020, he should have a solid year. Unfortunately, I don’t believe this will be the case. Quad and calf injuries are tricky, and can be re-injured at any time. I wouldn’t feel comfortable drafting T.Y. as my WR1 — or possibly even WR2 — next season.
Jarvis Landry enjoyed one of the better years of his career this past season, finishing as WR12 with 83 catches for 1,174 yards and six touchdowns. I don’t expect his talent to drop off in 2020, but I do expect the Browns to improve offensively and actually get everyone involved. Assuming that both Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. are still in Cleveland by the time next season rolls around, the Browns will have too many weapons for Landry to be as productive as he was in 2019. Odell Beckham Jr. will become the focal point of the receiving core, which means there will be less targets for Landry (and don’t forget about Nick Chubb, David Njoku, and possibly Kareem Hunt if he returns as well).
Bell had a really tough time getting anything going on the ground this past season, rushing for 789 yards and four total touchdowns while averaging an abysmal 3.2 yards per carry (by far the worst of his career). While Bell’s talent is undisputed, I just think 2020 is going to be a repeat of last year. Jets Head Coach Adam Gase clearly isn’t Bell’s biggest fan, so who knows how many touches Le’Veon will get next season? I don’t trust him as an RB1 next year.
Many were ready to declare James Conner the heir-apparent to Le’Veon Bell in Pittsburgh heading into the 2019 season. Unfortunately, Conner was not able to stay on the field consistently throughout the year, suiting up for only 10 games and rushing for less than 500 yards. Conner’s durability is suspect — which is a pretty positive way to put it — and I want nothing to do with him unless he falls very far in fantasy drafts next year.
Boyd has put together two straight solid 1,000+ yard seasons, but I’m expecting an extreme breakout for him in 2020. With A.J. Green likely heading elsewhere, and the Bengals presumedly drafting Joe Burrow first overall in the draft, Boyd’s 2020 ceiling is skyrocketing. Don’t be surprised if he finished the year as a top-10 fantasy receiver.
We still have no idea what is going on with David Johnson, but we do know that Kenyan Drake just needs to be in a better situation than Miami to succeed. Drake finished the season in Arizona with 643 yards on just 123 carries — a monstrous 5.2 yards per carry — and eight touchdowns. Assuming that he gets the chance to be a legitimate #1 option on a team that is not the Miami Dolphins, Drake is due for a breakout 2020 season.
Ridley dealt with an injury that kept him out of Atlanta’s final three games of the season, so was never really able to show what he could do as the true #2 option with Mohamed Sanu gone. Don’t worry Falcons fans, he will next year. Ridley is a touchdown machine, scoring 17 times in just two seasons. With more targets coming his way, he’s bound to have a great year, and I’d seriously consider taking him in the third round of drafts in 2020.
Singletary finished 2019 with 775 yards and four total touchdowns for the Bills in just 12 games. Next year, he’ll be given a much larger workload and I expect him to deliver. Singletary is a tough, explosive runner capable of making a big play every time he touches the ball. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot of those big plays in 2020.