[12 team league, 25 man rosters, 5 taxi spots, start 1QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 2Flex, 1DST, 1K]
With the football season just a week away everyone is ramping up for the 2020 fantasy football and finalizing all the decisions to lead to, hopefully, a successful season. One of Matthew Berry’s big rules to drafting is know your league and so I figured I’d ‘take control’ of their team and decide what I’d do for 2020 if it was mine.
DaFnBoyz drafted fourth in this past dynasty draft and has been near the top of the draft two straight seasons. It was an inherited team the owner put through an immediate tear down. In the draft he added notable rookies CeeDee Lamb, Zack Moss, Michael Pittman Jr., James Proche, Justin Herbert and Tyler Johnson.
WR was a clear focus for this team as Michael Gallup and Breshad Perriman were his top returning options at the position. With Darius Slayton there may not be a stud WR, yet, but there’s a nice young core being formed after two seasons of heavy drafting and waiver claim focus. Zach Pascal, Russell Gage and Andy Isabella are also on the bench with Gage and Isabella WR to watch to potentially earn some slot reps.
Of course a lot of your fantasy success is going to be tied to the RB position. The starting two of of Josh Jacobs and Mark Ingram are solid but it falls off quickly there. Ronald Jones is next, and while projections are favorable at the moment with Bruce Arians saying ‘He’s our guy.’ they drafted another RB and just signed Leonard Fournette. Tony Pollard, Gio Bernard and J.D McKissic are the bench pieces for a very thin group.
This team stockpiled some QBs with Dak Prescott the starter (and could be a very interesting stack), traded for Matt Stafford during the draft and claimed Tyrod Taylor. It’s unlikely anyone besides Prescott starts with his floor and Taylor is handcuffed to Herbert. Stafford could make for an intersting minor trade option if he puts up some numbers.
TE is a position that is very top heavy but has found some interesting depth the last few seasons, and this team has some interesting options stocked. Gronk and T.J. Hockenson are a solid pairing, and Ian Thomas is someone fantasy writers have said could be a break out while a lot think Tyler Higbee could be on a strong finish.
This team absolutely has started to put together some interesting young pieces but lacks studs. For the 2021 draft he has an extra 3rd and 7th round pick and is missing a 5th and 8th in a eight round draft. While perpetually losing is no fun I would mark this as another selling year if it was my team. The team seems to have turned a corner but needs development from it’s young players for at least another year before the playoffs could be in sight.
The obvious trade option is Mark Ingram. His value definitely took a hit with Dobbins now in Baltimore but the Ravens still ought to run plenty and teams will always need RBs. Opinions on Gronk are mixed, I personally see him being overrated, but either way he’s 31. With top end TEs at a premium, if he does perform well I’d strongly consider seeing what I could get.
Perriman would be the last player I’d strongly consider trading. He finally broke out last season, and won some teams fantasy championships. Can he repeat? Perriman should be the number one option for the Jets and is only 27 but could really appeal to a contender needing flex help. The future looks bright for this team’s WR (Gallup, Lamb, Slayton, Pittman) so he could be expendable for the right offer.
With probably two more interesting RBs this team could play spoiler and probably finish on the cusp of a playoff spot but just isn’t quite there. With another talented rookie RB class expected for the 2021 class that’s the year I’d start to target for finally becoming a playoff team. This team is now trending up from the rebuild phase but needs to be extremely aggressive targeting RBs.