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All 32 Teams Fantasy Draft Needs
4. New England Patriots
For the first time in 20 seasons, a quarterback is being identified as a fantasy need in New England.
If the Patriots go with Jarrett Stidham, you’ll hear dozens of anecdotes this summer about how the second-year pro is the diamond in the rough that Bill Belichick found in Round 4 in 2019. Maybe he is; few coaches have a better track record of finding quality mid- and late-round quarterbacks. This is true, however veteran Brian Hoyer will get a legitimate crack at the starting job, given that Belichick would likely prefer a QB with a higher floor instead of gambling on a young guy. Either way, the Patriots are likely in the market to draft a high-caliber QB at some point in the near future.
Barring move up the draft board by New England, the top available quarterback that should be available is Jordan Love. If Love isn’t an option, perhaps they go with Jake Fromm, who won’t wow anyone, but he can handle an expansive playbook early, comes from a Belichick-approved program, and has overachieved before. There is also a possibility that New England punts on drafting a QB and looks to sign an available Free Agent like Cam Newton or Jameis Winston.
The challenge for the Patriots is that quarterback is only one of many team needs. In addition to quarterback, the team could use a wide receiver with speed to pair with Julian Edelman, N’Keal Harry, and Mohammad Sanu. They also desperately need an upgrade at TE, as well as some upgrades to a very average offensive line. Although it doesn’t directly impact the fantasy value of the offensive assets, New England also needs to replenish those lost in free agency on the defensive side of the ball as well. New England owns four picks inside the top 100; 23, 87, 98 and 100.
3. New York Jets
Entering the second season under Joe Douglas & Adam Gase, the New York Jets have some glaring holes to fill up and down the lineup. The two that jump out the most are the offense line and wide receiver. The fantasy benefits of bolstering the offensive line will be felt throughout the offense. Sam Darnold and Le’Veon Bell will likely be the greatest benefactors.
That said, New York’s need at wide receiver might still be bigger. Robby Anderson has left via free agency and Breshad Perriman has arrived as his replacement. The Jets still need a WR who can flex around the formation and win at the intermediate levels. Jamison Crowder has been effective out of the slot, but he isn’t a difference maker, and his contract enables the Jets to save $10.5 million in cap space next offseason by cutting him. They should be seeking a long-term slot option early in this draft.
Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb is an option for the Jets should they look to go WR early, and he fits the bill as a potential No. 1 receiver. Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy does too, albeit as a different style of receiver than Lamb–an undersized, absurdly quick route-running magician. Another option with a day 1 selection is Alabama’s Henry Ruggs III. With Ruggs and Perriman on the outside, speed wont be an issue on offense.
If they decide the need is greater on the offensive line and they wait until Day 2 to address receiver, could they take Colorado’s Laviska Shenault Jr. or Florida’s Van Jefferson should they be available. The Jets can likely wait until later in the draft to bolster their backfield should they desire. Behind Bell in the Jets backfield is a list backs that don’t excite many: Trenton Cannon, Kenneth Dixon and Josh Adams. The Jets own four picks inside the top 100; 11, 48, 68 and 79.
2. Buffalo Bills
The trade with the Minnesota Vikings that landed the Bills Stefon Diggs addressed their most glaring offensive need. This trade also enables the Bills to focus on their defense, which was one of the best defenses in the league in 2019. The Bills lost Jordan Phillips to Arizona and they may look to fill that void via the draft.
From a fantasy perspective, the area that presents some opportunity in Buffalo is the backfield and adding a running back to compliment 2019 rookie Devin Singletary. Singletary is a dynamic back with great vision and good hands, but he isn’t the banging-down-the-door short yardage guy the Bills need. Adding a back like FSU’s Cam Akers or Boston College’s AJ Dillon might make sense for the Bills depending on where they want to spend their draft capital. Buffalo owns two picks inside the top 100; picks 54 and 86.
1. Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins enter the 2020 draft loaded with picks. They have four inside the top 40 and six inside the top 100. Most notably, they own three first round selections.
Miami has had a nice offseason thus far, especially on defense adding Kyle Van Noy, Byron Jones, and Emmanuel Ogbah. On the offensive side, they have added Jordan Howard to the backfield and Eric Flowers and Ted Karras to the offensive line. Now it’s time to have some fun and add some skill positional players with those 1st rounders.
It is debatable whether or not QB Josh Rosen has truly had a fair shake so far in his NFL career, but what is clear is the Dolphins do not feel he is “The Guy”. 37-year-old Ryan Fitzpatrick is also not “The Guy” (at least not long-term), so quarterback becomes Miami’s top need, likely where they make their first pick.
The Dolphins have enough draft capital to get pretty much anywhere they want in Round 1—the trouble is that they might have to jump up a few spots to get their desired QB target, presumably Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, though it wouldn’t be a shock if they stay at pick 5 and target Oregon’s Justin Herbert.
As they continue down the board and get to pick 18, I would prefer that the Dolphins grab a best available offensive lineman, perhaps Alabama’s Jedrick Wills Jr., or South Carolina’s Javon Kinlaw. At 26, grab a running back to complement Jordan Howard. Pick 18 almost assures you of any back you want, while waiting until 26 might eliminate one of the top prospects. I would prefer they bolster that line and take the back in the later portions of day 1. At 26, take the best RB available, be it Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor, or Georgia’s D’Andre Swift.
Miami could also use an upgrade at WR and should leverage the depth of this draft to grab one with a day 2 pick. The Dolphins own six picks inside the top 100; 5, 18, 26, 39, 56 and 70.