2020 Fantasy Football Bold Predictions

by Kevin Huo
Punting Quarterbacks And Tight Ends

With the Fantasy Football season just days away, we thought it would be fun to put together a collection of our 2020 Fantasy Football bold predictions we have for the season.

A group of our writers got together to give their boldest takes on the upcoming season, including breakouts, flops, and other surprising forecasts. While these are to be taken with a grain of salt, these predictions often reflect the upper or lower extremes of a player's potential production.

We may look back at these in six months and declare someone incredibly prescient or roast someone for a bad miss.

Let's get into them!

2020 Fantasy Football Bold Predictions

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What are your bold predictions for the 2020 fantasy football season and why?

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Cam Newton finishes as a top 5 fantasy quarterback in 2020.

A new chapter in Patriots history includes a new quarterback who has plenty to prove. Newton is 31 years old but carries an enormous upside. His size and nose for the goal line have allowed him to surpass five touchdowns on the ground in seven of eight seasons. He has also exceeded 500 yards rushing in six of eight seasons. The injuries to Sony Michel and Damien Harris should allow for even more red-zone looks resulting in Newton being the team’s prominent goal-line threat. Newton’s struggles in the last few seasons appear to be the result of his injuries rather than skills regression.
I believe that Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels want to prove that they can win without Tom Brady. They will maximize Newton’s unique skill set, especially with the lack of potent offensive weapons. Newton has already won his team over by being named team captain. The former MVP is being drafted as a late-round pick but has finished three of the last four seasons as the QB5 on average. The comeback season results in another top-five finish and Newton being on plenty of fantasy championship teams in 2020. - Dennis Sosic, @CALL_ME_SOS

D.K. Metcalf will finish as a top 5 WR in 2020.

During the second half of his impressive rookie campaign, Metcalf flashed true WR1 brilliance. Here are his Weeks 1-8 splits compared to his Weeks 9-16 splits:
  • Weeks 1-8: 23 catches, 402 yards, 4 touchdowns, 51.1% catch rate
  • Weeks 9-16: 35 catches, 498 yards, 3 touchdowns, 63.6% catch rate
The increased catch rate is what's eye-popping here. In the second half of 2019, he gained a level of comfort with the pro game and Russell Wilson. Metcalf should see more targets in 2020 as the Seahawks have spoken about moving him around the formation. If he can capitalize on those and add a handful more touchdowns, he'll be the breakout star you wish you drafted. Find a deeper dive on Metcalf here. - Kevin Huo, @KevinMHuo

David Johnson will return to top 12 RB greatness in 2020 with the help of Bill O'Brien.

Johnson has been sporadic as a Fantasy Football producer. Running backs for the Texans had nearly 400 touches total combined in 2019. Carlos Hyde ran the ball 245 times and received 16 total targets for a whopping 261 touches. Johnson can get the same amount of rushing attempts while also adding around five targets a game. That's an additional 80 touches. Duke Johnson will not take as many touches away from David Johnson as the gap as a pass-catcher doesn't exist between the two as it did for Duke Johnson and Carlos Hyde. - Davis Peng, @pengspicks

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Lamar Jackson will not be a top-5 fantasy quarterback in 2020. 

I've already talked at length about my feelings about LJ. The main thing to consider is touchdown regression. I also think he runs extensively less this season as the Ravens preserve him for the playoffs. - Michael Tomlin, @mtomlin3

Kenny Golladay will finish the season a top 3 fantasy WR.

After coming off a year in which he had career highs in both yards (1,190) and TDs (11), Golladay gets Matthew Stafford back healthy for hopefully a full season. And with the addition of De'Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson back, defenses cannot ignore the run anymore, which will open up the passing game. - Jon Witt, @JPW2542
Diontae Johnson will enter the sweet 16 of fantasy wide receivers in 2020.
Johnson is already a well-known breakout candidate among analysts this season. His fantasy production in 2020 should put him among the top 16 - with room to spare as well. The reasons are simply this: Johnson showed an early mastery of route running in 2019. It was one of the reasons Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges, as rookie quarterbacks, were able to connect with him so well with intermediate and long passes. Enter Ben Roethlisberger and a solid year of experience under Johnson's belt, and what do you have? A star in the making, that's what. - Richard Savill, @RRSSavill

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David Montgomery is going to finish as a top 12 back this season.
He does not have any real competition in the backfield so he could definitely get 270 carries. If Mitch Trubisky is the starter, they won't want to throw the ball a lot and they’re going to rely on that run game. He's talented enough that he also could factor into the passing game if Nick Foles ends up the start. - Jesse Baum, @JesseBaum5

Miles Boykin is the Ravens WR you are going to wish you took, not Hollywood Brown.

I am still worried about Marquise Brown's health and I expect Boykin to make a big jump from last year. Last year Brown played 563 snaps while Boykin played only 425. I expect that count to be much more equitable this year as Boykin improves.
With over 100 more snaps, let's say that gives Boykin 30 more targets. At a league average catch rate of 65%, that's 20 catches. If Boykin duplicates his 15+ YPC, that is easily over 300 yards more this year and puts him close to the 750-yard mark with likely half a dozen or so TDs. As the far bigger WR, I expect Jackson to target Boykin more, especially in the redzone. - Mark Strausberg, @MarkStrausberg
Van Jefferson will finish as the Rookie WR1 in Fantasy.
Jefferson was selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. However, he is slept on and often forgotten about in fantasy drafts. He has drawn rave reviews throughout training camp and received praise for his route running and separation skills as well as his professionalism in team meetings.
While there are other options in this passing game, it is an efficient and prosperous offense that will allow for ample opportunity. In regards to the thinking "Well, at best he's the third receiving option," there was a time not so long ago when Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, AND Brandin Cooks were all relevant for Fantasy in this same offense. I might just be another hype train casualty, but I'm planting my flag on Van Jefferson this season. - Bob Van Duser, @Bbab_FFB

Ian Thomas finishes as a top 12 tight end.

For all the love that D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel, and Robby Anderson are getting in fantasy circles, it's surprising next-to-nobody is talking about Ian Thomas. Thomas is a third-year player who has patiently waited behind Greg Olsen in Carolina.

With Olsen now in Seattle, it's Thomas's time. Thomas will step into, at a minimum, the 82 targets that Olsen vacates with his departure. It could be considerably more than that considering the Panthers will likely have the worst defense in the league and should be playing from behind.

Most importantly, Thomas fills a role on this offense that nobody else can replicate. He is a big-bodied (6'4", 260 pounds) pass-catcher who excels in the middle of the field and the redzone. - John LaPresto, @TheJohnLaPresto

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