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All 32 Teams Fantasy Draft Needs

AFC North

1. Baltimore Ravens

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The defending AFC North champions lack major holes on their squad, as they finished #1 in the NFL in points scored, and #3 in points allowed in 2019. Obviously set at the quarterback position, they may look to add some running back depth later in the draft as Mark Ingram is an aging asset (31 years old at season’s end) and 2019 rookie selection Justice Hill lacks prototypical bell cow size, however, that is not a given. Should any running back be added to that backfield in the first three rounds or so, that player’s stock should skyrocket as a prospective piece in an offense that averaged over 200 rushing yards per game.

The Ravens could also afford to add a wide receiver to the mix, as their leading receiver at the position was rookie Marquise Brown, with 584 yards. However, they just used first round draft capital on Brown one season ago, and a third round pick on Miles Boykin. With those two in the fold with stud tight end Mark Andrews, Baltimore may not sink any meaningful draft capital into the WR position in 2020.

2. Cincinnati Bengals

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The Bengals are set to add Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow at pick #1 of the NFL Draft, and the hope is that he becomes the rising tide that lifts all the boats in that Cincinnati offense. With a shortened offseason, however, fantasy owners should be conservative in their 2020 expectations for the new QB, although he is still a fairly obvious 1.01 option in Super Flex rookie drafts.

Many mock drafts also have the Bengals adding to their wide receiver corps, perhaps as early as the first pick of Round 2. More likely, Cincinnati will look to add depth to the position in the 3rd or 4th round in a deep WR class. With A.J. Green currently without a long term deal, and John Ross in the final year of his rookie contract, the position is somewhat wide open after Tyler Boyd. If Burrow is able to carry over some of his college production at the next level, any new wide receiver drafted there is somewhat intriguing, including the oft-mocked Michael Pittman who could in theory take Green’s role in 2021.

The recent news that Joe Mixon may hold out for a long term deal also brings running back to the forefront as a possibility in the 2020 draft for the Bengals, however, they do currently have Giovani Bernard (under contract through 2021), and 2019 rookies Trayveon Williams and Rodney Anderson also on the roster (albeit, both were late round picks).

3. Cleveland Browns

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Cleveland is most likely to add mainly defensive talent in the 2020 NFL Draft, as their skill positions are fairly set and rather deep. Wide receiver is taken care of by Odell Beckham, Jr. (for now at least) and Jarvis Landry; tight end is deep with both Austin Hooper and David Njoku 1-2 on the depth chart; and running back with former rushing champion Kareem Hunt and 2019’s rushing runner-up Nick Chubb. Barring any trades of OBJ or Njoku, any skill position players added by the Browns would most likely be late-round fliers for depth, and would likely struggle to crack fantasy relevance anytime soon.

In addition to the defensive side of the ball, the Browns may also look to add help along the offensive line. After a strong 2018, Cleveland dipped to #23 in PFF’s year-end offensive line rankings in 2019. While adding talent to the line certainly would not hurt, that hardly hindered Chubb from being a productive running back, and was not the main issue in Baker Mayfield’s struggles at quarterback.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers

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The Steelers are an extremely intriguing team to monitor for fantasy purposes, as they could go a number of different directions in the 2020 NFL Draft. Without many pressing needs offensively, the team could use some depth and/or begin preparing for the future.

Beginning at quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger will be 38 years old at the start of the 2020 season and coming off a 2019 campaign where he lost the majority of the season to an elbow injury. While technically under contract through 2021, Ben does have an out after next season and another injury riddled season could force retirement. As such, the Steelers should be looking to address that position either through free agency (i.e. Jameis Winston), or via the draft. I do not believe Pittsburgh would sink early draft capital into that position (granted, they do not make their first pick until 49 overall, and then wait until 102 for their next selection), but they could be in a position to add a prospect in rounds 3 or 4 to groom behind Roethlisberger.

The wide receiver room is rather talented, with Juju Smith-Schuster, the promising Diontae Johnson, and deep threat James Washington. Any adds at that position would most likely be depth pieces, and based on their lack of early draft capital, would most likely be later round selections.

Perhaps most interesting is how Pittsburgh views their running back stable, and how they might choose to attack that position in the draft. James Conner struggled through injuries in 2019 and is a free agent after this season, and neither Benny Snell nor Jaylen Samuels appear to be the long term answer at the position. Many reporters close to the organization have predicted that the Steelers attempt to address the RB position via the draft, and if so, that rookie should be considered a potentially valuable dynasty asset, especially if chosen at pick #49. PFF ranked the Steelers as a top-10 offensive line in 2019, and any player chosen in the middle of the second round (Akers, Taylor, Dobbins, Edwards-Helaire) by the team would receive a major boost in fantasy drafts.

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