I know that when I’m searching online for fantasy football content, I almost always skip over the part of the article where the author feels the need to begin with some sort of long-winded introduction chock-full of pop culture references and jokes before he or she gets to the meat and potatoes.

I won’t do that. Let’s get right to it. The following is a list of 50 “food for thought” items for you to munch on as you prepare for your drafts and offseason roster building.

50 Dynasty Thoughts for 2020 and Beyond
SANTA CLARA, CA – OCTOBER 22: Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) imitates eating after getting a first down during the regular season game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys on October 22, 2017 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA (Photo by Samuel Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) 50 Dynasty Thoughts for 2020 and Beyond

50 Dynasty Thoughts for 2020 and Beyond

1. Since Doug Pederson became head coach in 2016, the Eagles’ leading rusher has averaged just 157 carries per season (28 NFL players had more than 157 carries in 2019). Never has an Eagles running back topped 180 carries in a season under Pederson. Miles Sanders was on the sidelines for over half the Eagles’ snaps through Week 10 last year and only saw the huge uptick in playing time once Jordan Howard got hurt. Sanders is still a dynamic player, but be mindful that his volume might have hit its ceiling in 2019 despite his youth. I fully expect the Eagles to let Boston Scott, Corey Clement and/or someone who’s not yet on the roster to help replace Jordan’s production rather than letting Sanders become a workhorse.

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2. Speaking of Philadelphia, I think Alshon Jeffery will still have some value in 2020, especially if your team is in contention this year. He’s dirt cheap right now by virtue of his injury-riddled 2019 season, but if healthy, he’s a starter for the Eagles, and neither Jalen Reagor, Marquise Goodwin, nor a hypothetically healthy and motivated Desean Jackson have the skillsets to completely relegate Jeffery to the bench. Last year, Jeffery had either 5 or more catches, 50 or more yards, or a touchdown in six out of his nine games played.

3. Zach Ertz (TE4) and Dallas Goedert (TE10) are the first set of teammates to both finish inside the TE Top 10 since 2011 when Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez did it for the Patriots. Despite the additions the Eagles made this offseason, I think there’s room for both tight ends to remain standalone fantasy assets in 2020. Last season, Ertz and Goedert combined for more targets (222) and routes run (845) than any tight end duo in the league. The Eagles ran “12 personnel” (two-tight end set) more than any other team in the league.

4. Last Eagles-related nugget: Carson Wentz was a top seven fantasy quarterback in most leagues over the final month of the 2019 season, and now he has more help at receiver in Reagor, Goodwin, and a hopefully healthy Jeffery and Jackson. Health is Wentz’s big question mark, but if he can stay on the field, I think he’ll be a high end QB1.

5. In 34 NFL starts, Teddy Bridgewater has thrown for fewer than 200 yards SIXTEEN times. In 2015 — Bridgewater’s best statistical season and his most recent season as a full-time starter — he threw for 3,231 yards and 14 touchdowns against 9 interceptions in 16 starts. During that season, Teddy had only two multi-score games but had six games with zero passing touchdowns. Minnesota did not have a single 1,000-yard wide receiver in the entire time Bridgewater was the full-time starting quarterback for the Vikings. I’m not saying D.J. Moore is in trouble, but keep expectations realistic.

6. Raheem Mostert — only receiving about a third of the running back snaps in San Fran through Week 12 — came out of nowhere to help win plenty of fantasy championships down the stretch. He scored seven touchdowns in the final five weeks of the season and took over as lead back heading into the 49ers postseason run. Mostert averaged 112 rushing yards per game in the playoffs including that magical 220-yard, 4 touchdown performance in the NFC Championship Game. With Tevin Coleman also coming back, it’s easy to envision a workload split similar to what Kyle Shanahan did in Atlanta with Coleman and Devonta Freeman. The 2019 Niners were No. 2 in the NFL in rushing attempts and are fully capable of supporting two fantasy running backs, especially with the arrival of Trent Williams and the departure of Matt Breida.

7. If your league’s waivers are open during the offseason, I’d recommend taking a chance on Marqise Lee if you have the roster space. Now in New England and still only 28 years old, Lee has a chance to carve out a role. The departure of Phillip Dorsett leaves behind 564 snaps from last season, and Julian Edelman is 34 years old and now without Tom Brady for the first time. N’Keal Harry and Mo Sanu are there as well, but I think there’s a chance that Lee, only a few years removed from a 100-target season in Jacksonville, could latch on in New England.

8. Matthew Stafford played every snap for the Lions in 2019 through eight games. His numbers over those eight games: 2,499 yards, 19 passing touchdowns and 5 interceptions. That’s an easy projection to see that Stafford was on pace for a monster 5,000 yard, 38 touchdown season before he got hurt. The Lions return their entire wide receiver corps and have added OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai, RB D’Andre Swift and OG Jonah Jackson this offseason.

9. Baker Mayfield’s startup ADP has him at QB11 behind the likes of Josh Allen, Joe Burrow and Carson Wentz, and only slightly ahead of Tua Tagovailoa and Daniel Jones. I think Mayfield will ultimately outperform that ranking and will make for a nice bargain if you are able to draft/buy him. Cleveland added TE Austin Hooper, OT Taylor Decker and OT Jedrick Wills during the offseason, but Kevin Stefanski might prove to be the biggest addition after the utterly disastrous season Freddie Kitchens had as head coach.

10. Jarvis Landry’s ADP has him at WR34! This man has never once failed to clear 80 receptions in a season in six consecutive years with two different teams. At some point, as Landry keeps churning out 80-catch, 1,000-yard seasons like it’s nothing, people are going to have to start talking about Landry as one of the best, most consistent WRs of his era. Bonus fun fact: Landry has not missed a single game during his six year career.

11. Unless an unforeseen trade occurs, I’m not as high on Nick Chubb as his top-twelve ADP suggests I should be. Once Kareem Hunt returned from suspension last season, he immediately saw over 50 percent of all snaps while Chubb averaged 20 fewer yards per game and only scored two touchdowns the entire rest of the season.

50 Dynasty Thoughts for 2020 and Beyond
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 15: Kenyan Drake #41 of the Arizona Cardinals scores his fourth rushing touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the fourth quarter at State Farm Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. Cardinals won 38-24. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) 50 Dynasty Thoughts for 2020 and Beyond

12. I think we’re undervaluing Kenyan Drake, at least for 2020. Right now, his ADP is around the RB18-RB20 range, below the likes of Leonard Fournette and Aaron Jones and right around where Todd Gurley and David Montgomery are going. Drake joined the Cardinals in Week 9, and he promptly rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown with another 52 receiving yards in his very first game. He went on to average 19 touches and 102 yards from scrimmage per game and scored 8 total scores over the last eight games of the season. Drake is 26 and due to become unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season, so his long term value is in question, but guys like Fournette, Jones and Gurley have equally murky futures, and the Cardinals are projected to have nearly $60 million in cap space for 2021 (Sportrac), meaning they will have room to extend Drake if they wish.

13. Since 2017, Adam Thielen has been targeted on over 25 percent of all the routes he’s run when Stefon Diggs has not been on the field at the same time, which is a huge target rate. Diggs has, of course, been traded to Buffalo this offseason.

14. As Dalvin Cook begins his contract holdout, a lot is being made of his injury history, and rightly so. When he’s been healthy though, he has been elite. For his career, Cook has had either 100 total yards or at least one touchdown (or both) in 23 out of a possible 29 games. He has averaged 104.1 yards, 0.66 touchdowns and almost 4 receptions per game in his career. If Cook’s holdout lingers into the season, Alexander Mattison (4.6 ypc in 2019) and Mike Boone (career 5.3 ypc) are more capable than people think.

15. Jared Goff ended 2019 on a hot streak. Over the last five weeks of the season, he threw for 11 touchdowns and only 3 picks while averaging 328.6 yards per game over that stretch. He isn’t a perfect real-life quarterback, but Goff is getting a lot of hate this offseason for someone coming off consecutive 4,600 yard seasons. He’s currently QB15.

16. For all the talk about Todd Gurley’s degenerating knee last year, he still ranked fourth in the league (among running backs) in total number of snaps. Darrell Henderson, who was touted as an electric talent in the open field, caught four passes all season and contributed very little as a runner as well. Cam Akers — whom the Rams drafted with their top draft pick in 2020 despite having a host of other positional needs and a depleted collection of draft capital — is in prime position to perhaps have a huge workload as a rookie.

17. Can we take a minute to appreciate Robert Woods? He’s one of the most undervalued receivers in the league, averaging 88 catches and 134.5 targets per season over the past two seasons. He’s WR25 currently, and now Brandin Cooks (who has averaged 120 targets over his past four healthy seasons) is gone.

18. What are the chances that 2019 will go down as Austin Ekeler’s career season? In my opinion, the chances are good. After Melvin Gordon returned from his holdout last season, he and Ekeler shared the backfield snaps roughly 50-50. That was enough playing time for Ekeler to catch 92 passes on 108 targets for nearly 1,000 yards, but is that level of production sustainable for a running back who clearly operates best in a RBBC? Phillip Rivers targeted his running backs 182 times in 2019, more than any year in his career. With Rivers gone and Hunter Henry and Mike Williams hopefully healthy, I could see Ekeler’s target share regress back to the mean a bit. The Chargers also added a sturdy early-down running back in Joshua Kelly and another underneath-type receiver in K.J. Hill in the draft.

19. DeVante Parker finally put together an elite fantasy season, and it could have been even better. Parker ranked eleventh among receivers with 128 targets in 2019 (a career high by far), but he only caught 72 of those with only 7 drops. If Tua Tagovailoa is as good as advertised, Parker might put up even better numbers in 2020 and beyond since Miami did not add any receivers of note this offseason. Parker finished the 2019 season red hot, amassing 733 yards and 5 touchdowns on 39 catches over the last seven weeks of the season. He saw seven or more targets in 11 different games.

20. Davante Adams is currently No. 8 overall in terms of ADP (WR3) despite only having one single 1,000-yard season to his name over his 6-year career. He went without a touchdown or had fewer than 50 yards receiving in nine out of 12 games in 2019, coinciding with Aaron Rodgers apparent decline. Rodgers will turn 37 years old during the 2020 season, and it looks like his best days are behind him. Obviously, Adams is still a very good player and should be drafted as a top end starter in fantasy, but I worry that his ADP as a top three receiver and a top ten player overall is a bit lofty given the perceived trajectory of the Green Bay offense.

21. Aaron Jones scored 114 fantasy points just on touchdowns alone in 2019, accounting for over a third of his scoring. His 16 rushing touchdowns does not seem sustainable, especially with the addition of A.J. Dillon. After strangely deciding not to draft a single wide receiver, the arrow is pointed down on the Packers offense in 2020. I’d be trying to cash out on Jones (who will be an UFA after 2020) if the right deal came along.

22. Is Devin Funchess available in your league? He’s someone I’ve tried to add wherever he’s cheap. The last time he played a fully healthy season, Funchess finished as WR21 and scored 8 touchdowns as a nice big-bodied target in Carolina. We’ve already mentioned that Green Bay didn’t draft any wide receivers in the 2020 Draft. Snaps/targets are up for grabs after Adams.

23. Aaron Rodgers was not good to fantasy owners last season, and I think it was worse than people even think. Rodgers had nine games in which he threw for zero or one passing touchdown, and he finished the year as QB20 or worse nine times as well. He also had his worst rushing season of his career. A Week 7 performance against Oakland (429 yards passing, 5 touchdowns) really helped Rodgers salvage respectable season totals, but take away that performance and Rodgers was a mediocre 3,500/21 quarterback in 2019. Can he bounce back, or is the Jordan Love Era closer than we think?

50 Dynasty Thoughts for 2020 and Beyond
CINCINNATI, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Tyler Boyd #83 of the Cincinnati Bengals goes up for a touchdown catch as Joe Haden #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers defends during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on November 24, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) 50 Dynasty Thoughts for 2020 and Beyond

24. Tyler Boyd is currently WR31, which is criminally low for his production over the past two seasons. In 2019, Boyd was ranked No. 7 in the entire NFL in targets (147), and regardless of whether A.J. Green stays or Tee Higgins blossoms into a stud, Boyd will have that slot/underneath role to himself for the foreseeable future after signing a 4-year extension last summer. Boyd ranked No. 7 in the NFL in yardage from the slot in 2019. Over the past two seasons, Boyd has produced with Andy Dalton, Ryan Finley and Jeff Driskel throwing to him. Boyd’s numbers will only improve if Joe Burrow is the real deal. Burrow had great success throwing to slot receiver Justin Jefferson at LSU last year.

25. I’m weary of D.J. Chark in 2020 for where his ADP/value is right now. He’s clearly a dynamic talent, and I’m not suggesting he will fall off a cliff in 2020, but I consider him to be more of a deep threat than a consistent, well-rounded WR1 type of player. Chark went without a touchdown over the final six weeks of the 2019 season, averaging just 42 receiving yards per game. Nagging injuries had something to do with it, and again, I’m not saying Chark won’t produce in 2020 for a team that’s likely to be playing from behind a lot this season, but a lot of Chark’s perceived value comes from the fact that he’s only 23 years old. Many people are projecting him to improve on his 2019 numbers due to his youth. With Laviska Shenault and Tyler Eifert now in Jacksonville and poised to receive some targets, I would not be surprised if 2019 turned out to be Chark’s career year when it’s all said and done.

26. Leonard Fournette is also someone I’m trying to avoid for his price in 2020 (although his ADP has already dropped to around 35th overall). Much of his 2019 value came from his incredibly unexpected receiving volume. His 76 receptions on 100 targets made him RB7 in PPR leagues last season, but with OC Jay Gruden in town as well as Gruden’s favorite pass-catching running back from his days in Washington, Chris Thompson, now in the mix, I’d definitely expect Fournette to be on the sidelines much more on passing downs. And if Fournette is going to revert back to his early-down-only role, I don’t see a great season on the horizon with Jacksonville likely to struggle as a team in 2020.

27. Keep an eye on Daniel Jones’ value after the first few weeks of the 2020 season. The Giants open the regular season with a brutal schedule: Pittsburgh, at Chicago, San Francisco, at the Rams in their new stadium, and at Dallas. If Jones and the Giants struggle out of the gates, he’s someone I’d be trying to buy. Jones only started 12 games as a rookie, yet threw 24 touchdown passes and averaged 233 passing yards per game. That rate of production would have turned into a 3,700/32 season had he played 16 games. Also consider that in Jones’ last five games, he threw 13 touchdowns and had three 300-yard games.

28. The 2019 Baltimore Ravens were the twelfth highest scoring offense in the history of the National Football League. If that’s surprising to hear, you aren’t alone. It’s easy to picture an outdated and stagnant offense when you think of a run-heavy system, but make no mistake, this is an elite, explosive offense that ranked No. 1 in the NFL in scoring, passing touchdowns, first downs, rushing attempts, total rushing yards, yards per carry, average time of possession and plays per drive in 2019. For all the talk about Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s favorable landing spot in Kansas City, I’d say J.K. Dobbins found himself in an equally ideal situation. There’s going to be plenty of volume to go around to both Dobbins and Mark Ingram (and Jackson).

29. Are we sure that Dwayne Haskins is the guy in Washington? He played nine games as a rookie and topped 200 yards passing only twice. Kyle Allen, on the other hand, while not spectacular with Carolina by any means, topped 250 passing yards in eight of his twelve starts in 2019, including seven consecutive 250-yard (or more) games to close out the season and a particularly impressive 256-yard, 3 touchdown, zero interception performance in New Orleans in Week 12. New head coach Ron Rivera traded for Kyle Allen, who is only 24 and familiar with the offense. I think Allen is a dirt cheap option I’d try to buy if you have the roster space, especially in Superflex leagues.

30. Speaking of Washington, if you’re looking for a cheap tight end to add to the end of your bench, consider Jeremy Sprinkle. His production in 2019 was underwhelming to say the least (26/241/1), but he can basically be added for free in most leagues as a $0 waiver wire pickup (if your league allows that at this point) or as an end-of-draft dart throw. Sprinkle is just 25 and started the final 13 games of the season (70% or more snap share in 10 of his last 11 games). Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis are gone, and Thaddeus Moss went undrafted for a reason. Am I saying Sprinkle is going to be the next great fantasy TE? No. But he’s probably free in your league right now, and if he pops off early in 2020, you can flip him for profit.

31. Since John Gruden returned to coach the Raiders, no predominantly “outside” WR has ranked in the top three in targets for the Raiders over the course of a season. In 2018 it was Jared Cook at TE (101 targets), Jalen Richard catching passes out of the backfield (88) and Jordy Nelson in the slot (81). 2019 was much of the same, with 60 percent of all of the Raiders’ targets going to either a TE, a RB or a slot WR. My point is that despite all the new shiny toys Mayock and Gruden drafted in 2020, I fully expect Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow to once again be Derek Carr’s two favorite targets. Keep expectations for Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards realistic in 2020 and for as long as Carr and Gruden last in Vegas.

50 Dynasty Thoughts for 2020 and Beyond
LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 11: Tyler Lockett #16 of the Seattle Seahawks catches a touchdown pass against Troy Hill #32 of the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 11, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The Rams won 36-31. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

32. D.K. Metcalf is garnering most of the attention after his impressive rookie season (58/900/7), but don’t forget about Tyler Lockett. Lockett led the entire NFL in red zone targets in 2019, and seven of his eight touchdown catches came from inside the red zone as well. Once considered just a boom or bust deep threat and return man, Lockett seems to have refined his route running and ability to get open all over the field. If that development coincides with Seattle passing more often in 2020 — a distinct possibility with all the injury questions the Seahawks have at RB — Lockett could be in store for a big year.

33. Dionte Johnson is someone I’m trying to buy in all of my leagues. He’s currently WR39. He led all rookies in receptions (59), and even more impressively led all NFL receivers in “separation per target” according to NFL.com’s Next Gen Stats. That’s basically just a fancy way to say that Johnson is really good at getting open. Once he got open, Johnson caught 91 percent of the catchable balls thrown his way (PFF). Now with Big Ben back in the fold, that number of catchable balls is likely to go way up for Johnson in 2020. Juju Smith-Schuster is in the last year of his contract.

34. A.J. Brown is clearly an immense talent, but I’m probably not going to pay his price at this point. His situation seems ripe for regression. In Tennessee’s run-first offense, Brown only received 84 targets in 2019, ranking 61st in the league. But by virtue of his 20 yards per catch and 8 yards after catch averages, Brown managed to top the magical 1,000 yard threshold as a rookie, sending his fantasy stock sky high. But how sustainable are Brown’s numbers a year after being so reliant on the big play? Brown is just the second wideout in the last decade to finish as a top-fifteen fantasy receiver with under 85 targets. Will there be enough passing volume in Titans’ run heavy scheme to facilitate a second-year jump in production? Can Ryan Tannehill replicate his magical 2019 season?

35. With Frank Gore now gone, many believe Devin Singletary’s workload will increase, even with the arrival of rookie Zack Moss. But let’s consider that Singletary only received two carries all season (both in the same game) inside the five yard line. Gore and Josh Allen handled the short yardage and goal line situations for the Bills. Moss outweighs Singletary by 20 pounds, and while that doesn’t mean the goal line role is going to be handed to Moss, I think it’s likely the Bills continue splitting up carries despite the departure of Gore, who leaves behind 179 vacant touches from last season. Moss is going to have a distinct role and will be a contributor this year, maybe even more if he shows he deserves it.

36. The Cowboys ran 11 personnel (3 WR, 1 TE, 1 RB) on nearly 67 percent of their offensive plays. It felt like Randall Cobb was invisible in 2019, yet he was on the field for 720 plays last season. Target share was relatively evenly distributed among the Cowboys’ three wide receivers, with Amari Cooper seeing 119 targets, Michael Gallup with 113 and Cobb with 83. Assuming Mike McCarthy continues to use his fair share of 3-receiver sets like he did in Green Bay, there should be plenty of targets to go around for all of Cooper, Gallup and rookie CeeDee Lamb to be viable fantasy contributors, although I think Cooper will finish with the best numbers.

37. I know it’s dynasty, and Phillip Rivers is an old man, but how can you not be intrigued by his move to Indianapolis? The 38 year old will now play his home games indoors and will have an offensive line ranked third-best in the NFL by PFF in 2019, anchored by superstar Quenton Nelson, who was PFF’s highest rated guard as a rookie and did not allow a sack all season. Rivers has thrown for 4,000 yards in ELEVEN of the last twelve seasons. I would expect that trend to continue in 2020.

38. The 2019 Colts ranked 24th in passing attempts, 30th in passing yards, and 25th in total offense. Jacoby Brissett was 26th in the league (among qualified QBs) in completion percentage. Adding Rivers truly transforms this offense, raising the fantasy ceilings of seemingly everyone involved. My favorite value buys in Indy are Paris Campbell (WR57) and Nyheim Hines (RB58). Both slot receivers and running backs are heavily targeted positions in a typical Rivers-led offense.

39. Le’Veon Bell had an extremely disappointing 2019, but it wasn’t due to lack of volume. He ranked No. 8 in the entire league in touches, and had at least 20 touches in 11 out of 15 games. Now with a revamped offensive line (added George Fant and Mekhi Becton), I actually think Bell can find more success in 2020, making him at least someone you can flip to a contender for some future assets this season.

40. Sam Darnold, for all the promise and hype that surrounds his potential, had nearly identical seasons in 2018 and 2019, showing very little improvement in most areas. He finished as QB27 in both 2018 and 2019, missing three weeks in both seasons. Darnold has just as many games with three or more interceptions as he does 300-yard passing games in his career (4), and has failed to top 250 yards passing in 18 out of his 26 games.

41. Before 2019, Brandin Cooks hadn’t missed a game in four consecutive seasons, finishing as WR15 or better every season regardless of format. If he can stay healthy (big “if” given his concussion history), he’s in a prime spot to produce big numbers with Deshaun Watson. Deandre Hopkins and his 150 targets in 2019 are obviously gone now. Someone will have to pick up the slack, and do we really trust Will Fuller, who has missed 24 games in four seasons, to remain on the field?

42. Yes, Kansas City is a wonderful situation for a rookie running back like Clyde Edwards-Helaire to find himself in, especially with Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid running the show, but let’s have some perspective. Kansas City only ranked 27th in rushing attempts and 23rd in rushing yards in 2019. Damien Williams, the Chiefs’ most targeted running back last season, ranked 39th among running backs in terms of targets. Since Mahomes’ career started, the Chiefs have ranked 23rd, 23rd and 27th in the league in rushing attempts. I’m probably still taking CEH No. 1 overall in rookie drafts, especially in PPR leagues, but I’d definitely be exploring what I could net in a trade down if I owned 1.01.

50 Dynasty Thoughts for 2020 and Beyond
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Jerry Jeudy #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide makes a catch during the second half against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) 50 Dynasty Thoughts for 2020 and Beyond

43. Jerry Jeudy is my favorite wide receiver prospect to come out in years, and the young duo he forms with Drew Lock should have dynasty owners salivating. In 2019, DaeSean Hamilton, Royce Freeman, Emmanuel Sanders and Tim Patrick combined for 177 targets, and that was with the Broncos only ranking 27th in total passing attempts. That number is sure to increase dramatically with a gunslinger like Lock likely playing more than the five games he appeared in last season. If Jeudy is able to nail down the starting spot opposite Courtland Sutton, I see plenty of targets for the rookie in 2020.

44. The Bears ranked 14th in the NFL in passing attempts in 2019, and Allen Robinson had a monster season, accumulating a career high 154 targets, good for No. 3 in the entire league. Some believe Robinson’s 2019 target share is not sustainable, but in the three seasons ARob has played all 16 games, he has totaled 154, 151 and 151 targets. When he is on the field, he produces, and he’s done so with Blake Bortles and Mitchell Trubisky at QB, showing that he doesn’t need to play with an elite passer to produce. He’s currently holding an ADP of 36th overall as the WR14.

45. Lots of love for Emmanuel Sanders in New Orleans heading into 2020 despite his advanced age. I would be trying to deal him now in order to take advantage of his preseason sleeper status. Sanders just turned 33 and only averaged three catches and 46 yards per game over the last eight games of 2019. The target share in New Orleans isn’t all that attractive either despite the Saints’ reputation for being a high powered offense under Drew Brees. The Saints have ranked 13th and 23rd in passing attempts over the past two seasons. After Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook (all returning in 2020), no other Saints player has ever topped 70 targets since that trio has been together.

46. When we talk about the most prolific fantasy offenses in the NFL, the 2020 Atlanta Falcons should be in the same class as the Chiefs, Saints and Cowboys, but for some reason, in many people’s minds, they are not. The Falcons finished 5th in the NFL in total offense in 2019, and 6th, 8th, 2nd, and 7th in the seasons before that. Matt Ryan has thrown for 4,000 or more yards in nine consecutive seasons, averaging 4,265 passing yards per season over his career. Austin Hooper has seen 97 and 88 targets over the past two seasons in Atlanta. He’s gone now, but Hayden Hurst is a former first round pick and has never topped 40 targets in a season. He’s a good bet to double that target share in 2020. This upcoming season, ALL 11 of the Falcons’ projected starters (in 3-wide sets) are former first round picks. This is a talented offense that deserves to be mentioned with the NFL’s best.

47. If you are someone who kept Rob Gronkowski on your roster through his retirement and subsequent trade to Tampa Bay, congratulations. I would be immediately trying to cash out. He hasn’t played a complete season in eight years and has missed 29 games over the last seven (excluding 2019 when he was retired). A tight end has topped 70 targets in a Bruce Arians-led offense twice in the last decade.

48. I don’t know exactly what it means or how it will be useful for fantasy, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring up the impressive 2021 free agent class of running backs (as of now). At the very least, all of these guys’ futures are in question since we don’t know where they will end up in the longterm. The following RBs are scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency in 2021: Derrick Henry, Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon, Alvin Kamara, Kenyan Drake, Aaron Jones, Leonard Fournette, Chris Carson, James Conner, Kareem Hunt, Todd Gurley, Marlon Mack, James White, Matthew Breida, and Damien Williams.

50 Dynasty Thoughts for 2020 and Beyond
TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA – NOVEMBER 09: Clyde Edwards-Helaire #22 of the LSU Tigers dives for a 1-yard touchdown during the second quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 09, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) 50 Dynasty Thoughts for 2020 and Beyond

49. Yet to have your rookie draft? What a loaded class! Here’s my tiered Top 25 (non-Superflex):

Tier 1

1. Clyde Edwards-Helaire
2. Jonathan Taylor

Tier 2

3. D’Andre Swift
4. J.K. Dobbins
5. Cam Akers

Tier 3

6. Jerry Jeudy
7. CeeDee Lamb

Tier 4

8. Justin Jefferson
9. Jalen Reagor
10. Michael Pittman Jr.

Tier 5

11. Henry Ruggs
12. Zack Moss
13. Denzel Mims

Tier 6

14. Joe Burrow
15. Tee Higgins
16. Laviska Shenault
17. Ke’Shawn Vaughn
18. Brandon Aiyuk
19. Tua Tagovailoa
20. Bryan Edwards

Tier 7

21. Darrynton Evans
22. Antonio Gibson
23. A.J. Dillon
24. Chase Claypool
25. Anthony McFarland

50. I’ll end the 50 Dynasty Thoughts for 2020 and Beyond with some more rapid fire buy low players:

• N’Keal Harry – Top two pick from ‘19.
• Chase Edmonds – Is Drake extended longterm?
• Damien Harris – Great college RB.
• Ronald Jones – I’m just not a Vaughn believer.
• Kirk Cousins – Vikes might need to pass more without Cook.
• Chris Herndon – He’s got talent if he stays on the field.
• Noah Fant – Will be a seam-stretching stud for Lock.
• Matt Breida – Very underrated situation, nice talent.
• Ian Thomas – Bridgewater’s arm can reach him.
• Corey Davis – I still believe. Needs a change of scenery.
• Justin Herbert – The hatred is out of control.
• Devin Asiasi – Because Belichik.
• Kareem Hunt – UFA after this season, might find a starting job somewhere.
• Irv Smith Jr. – Vikes run a ton of 12 personnel and Rudolph is a cap saving cut next offseason.
• Mike Boone – Rarely given a chance, performs whenever he has.
• Equanimeous St. Brown – Still 23, I just love his talent.
• Joshua Kelley – Loved him in the Senior Bowl, nice opportunity.
• Donovan Peoples-Jones – Elite HS prospect, decent chance longterm in Cleveland.
• Dare Ogunbowale – What if he’s James White?
• Adam Trautman – Love New Orleans as a landing spot for him.
• Todd Gurley – What if the knee isn’t as bad as we thought?
• Kahale Warring – Former 3rd round pick.
• Josh Rosen – Has he ever gotten a fair shot?
• Tyler Eifert – Finally finished a 16-game schedule without missing time, now in Jacksonville where they will be playing from behind a lot.
• Derrius Guice – He’s the guy if he can just stay healthy.
• Dan Arnold – Why not? He’s probably free in your league.
• Devin Duvernay – Speedy WR who just seems like he’ll fit that funky Ravens offense perfectly.


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