Way-Too-Early 2020 Fantasy Football Mock Draft

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We’re a little over 7 months away from the start of the 2020 NFL season. Many events will occur between now and September that will greatly affect next year’s fantasy football campaign, such as free agency, the NFL Draft, and trades. However, it’s never too early to look ahead. This 12-team four round mock draft will be based on PPR scoring, with analysis for every player chosen in the first round.

Round 1

1 . Christian McCaffrey

Christian McCaffrey was historically good in 2019, finishing as the best fantasy player of the year by far. There’s no reason to doubt McCaffrey heading into 2020, and you cannot afford to pass on him with the #1 overall pick.

2. Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley had a relatively disappointing 2019 season, finishing as RB10 and averaging 18.8 points per game. For almost any other back, that would be a phenomenal year, which shows you the talent level of Barkley. He finished the year strong, with three straight 20-point performances, including a monstrous 43.9 point Week 16. As long as Barkley is healthy, he’s one of the most dangerous players in the league.

3. Ezekiel Elliot

Elliot finished 2019 as RB3, putting together another strong campaign. The departure of Jason Garrett should not be any cause for concern, as Zeke will still see around 20 touches a game. He is too talented to fall out of the top 3.

4. Michael Thomas

Many will make the argument that Michael Thomas should be taken as high as #2 in fantasy drafts next year. While they have a point, I feel more comfortable taking McCaffrey, Barkley and Elliot ahead of him. That being said, Thomas did break the single season receiving record in 2019, and will most likely retain his position as the #1 fantasy receiver in 2020.

5. Dalvin Cook

Finally healthy for a full season, Dalvin Cook put together a great year, finishing as RB6. Cook rushed for 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns, cementing his place as an elite fantasy option. As long as he can stay healthy for another full year, Cook will be a top-10 player.

6. Alvin Kamara 

Kamara had a down year in 2019, only scoring 20+ points in four games and finishing as RB9. Still, Kamara has continuously proven that he is extremely dangerous through the air and on the ground. He’ll definitely score more than six touchdowns — his 2019 total — in 2020, and should have an awesome year.

7. DeAndre Hopkins

Hopkins finished 2019 as WR5, but should still be the second receiver coming off draft boards in 2020. As long as he’s healthy, he’s a lock for 1,000+ yards, and is arguably the most talented receiver in football (yes, Michael Thomas had an incredible year, but I’m still not sold on him being the most talented player at his position).

8. Davante Adams

A turf toe injury kept Adams out of four games this year. When he came back, he proved his value as one of the premier receivers in the game, scoring 18+ points in six out of his last eight games. Adams is poised for a resurgence to elite form next year, and is still a lock for a top-10 pick.  

9. Julio Jones

Jones finished as the 3rd best fantasy receiver in 2019, so you may be wondering why he’s below the likes of DeAndre Hopkins and Davante Adams. His age is my main concern. Jones is going to be 31 next year, and he seemed to be banged up for 90% of last season. He’s still going to dominate, but you can only play through injuries for so long. There is some risk with taking Jones high, but I still expect him to finish as a top-10 receiver next year.

10. Aaron Jones

I feel bad about putting Aaron Jones this low as he was the reason I won one of my fantasy championships this year. Jones had an outstanding year, finishing with over 1,000 rushing yards and just under 500 receiving yards (while also scoring 19 total touchdowns). The only reason he dropped so far in this draft is that the Packers do not give him the ball enough. Jones only received 20+ touches six times this year. While he took full advantage of the opportunities he got, he may not be as efficient next year. 

11. Nick Chubb

By far the most consistent Browns player this year, Nick Chubb just missed out on the NFL rushing title, recording 1,494 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. Some may criticize Chubb for accumulating a lot of those yards in garbage time, but at the end of the day yards are yards. Chubb will play a major role in the — hopefully more successful — Browns offense next year, and should be a strong RB1.

12. Tyreek Hill

Hill missed a good amount of time due to injuries this year, but he’s arguably the most explosive player in the NFL. When you pair his speed with Patrick Mahomes’ skill, you’re going to get results. There’s no reason Hill should fall out of the first round in fantasy drafts next year.

Round 2

13. Derrick Henry

 14.Mike Evans 

15. Leonard Fournette

16. Chris Godwin

17. Lamar Jackson

18. Travis Kelce

19. Le’Veon Bell

20. Chris Carson

21. Joe Mixon

22. Amari Cooper

23. George Kittle 

24. Cooper Kupp

Round 3

25. Odell Beckham Jr. 

26. Kenny Golladay

27. Josh Jacobs

28. Keenan Allen

29. Austin Ekeler

30. Allen Robinson

31. Devin Singletary 

32. Mark Ingram 

33. Adam Thielen 

34. Todd Gurley

35. Melvin Gordon

36. Julian Edelman 

Round 4

37. Zach Ertz 

38. A.J. Brown 

39. Austin Hooper

40. Tyler Lockett 

41. Robert Woods  

42. Juju Smith-Schuster

43. Marlon Mack 

44. DJ Moore

45. Miles Sanders

46. Stefon Diggs

47. DK Metcalf

48. Patrick Mahomes

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