2020 Fantasy Football NFC South Projections

by Keith Lott
2020 Fantasy Football NFC South Projections

Welcome to the second installment of our 2020 Fantasy Football Projections. A lot has changed in the NFC South this offseason. All of that is accounted for in our 2020 Fantasy Football NFC South Projections.

The New Orleans Saints added Emmanuel Sanders to flank Michael Thomas at WR. They also drafted Cesar Ruiz, to boost Drew Brees' offensive line, with their first-round pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Tom Brady signed a two year $40 mil contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and that brought Rob Gronkowski out of retirement! He was traded by the New England Patriots for a fourth-round draft pick.

The Atlanta Falcons signed Todd Gurley to a one year deal after the Los Angeles Rams released him. They also lost tight end Austin Hooper to the Cleveland Browns in free agency and then traded from Hayden Hurst from the Baltimore Ravens.

The Carolina Panthers hired a new coaching staff, signing Matt Rhule as their head coach and Joe Brady as the offensive coordinator from the college ranks. They also have moved on from Cam Newton at quarterback and signed Teddy Bridgewater to a three year $63 mil contract!

2020 Fantasy Football NFC South Projections

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New Orleans Saints

2020 Saints NFL Projections

Even at 41 years old, Drew Brees is still a top Fantasy quarterback. Last year, despite the thumb injury, Brees finished as QB7 in points per game.

Alvin Kamara is coming off a down year but is one of the safest running backs in Fantasy thanks to his involvement in the passing game (81 receptions in all three seasons).

Latavius Murray did what he does best and ran for five touchdowns for the fifth season in a row. He even added 34 receptions and caught his first receiving touchdown last year.

What is there to say about Michael Thomas that hasn't already been said?

The addition of Emmanuel Sanders gives this offense a much-needed WR2. Ted Ginn is the last WR not named Michael Thomas to see 70+ targets and that was back in 2017.

Tre'Quan Smith has caught 10 touchdown passes on 69 career targets.

Jared Cook caught a career-high 9 touchdowns in his first year with the Saints, and Brees missed five games. As TE8/9/10, he figures to be one of the most valuable tight ends.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2020 Bucs NFL Projections

Tom Brady will turn 43 in August. The most important thing to question here is if he still has the arm strength to complete passes downfield. The offense can't be expected to operate like New England. This will not be dink and dunk. This air raid will operate at full throttle!

I don't think anybody really knows how both running backs will be utilized at the moment. However, based on FantasyPros expert consensus rankings, Ke'Shawn Vaughn is ranked 34th while Ronald Jones ranks 40th. I disagree and nine times out of 10 will always take the veteran over the rookie when choosing between the two. Early ADP currently reflects that.

We can't even assume we know who will be in on passing downs because Dare Ogunbowale is still a thing.

Mike Evans and Chris Godwin were both WR1's with Jameis Winston as their QB. If Brady still has the ability to get the ball downfield and on target, they should repeat last year's success. The addition of Rob Gronkowski will make defending this group of pass-catchers nearly impossible.

Remember O.J. Howard? The good news is the Bucs are expected to run 12 personnel.

Atlanta Falcons

2020 Falcons NFL Projections

Last year was a disaster for the Atlanta Falcons as the injuries piled up on both sides of the football.

Matt Ryan is looking to throw for 4,000 yards for a 10th straight season! He finished as the QB6 in Fantasy last year and is a perennial top 10 Fantasy quarterback.

Todd Gurley replaces Devonta Freeman and should be viewed as an upgrade. He will still be touchdown-dependent as touches will be limited but don't forget that Gurley still finished as a RB1 in half-PPR last year! Don't fear the drop in ADP from years past, take the value and run with it!

Julio Jones is always worth that first-round pick. Maybe this is the year he catches double-digit touchdowns for the just the second time in his career!

Calvin Ridley is one of my favorite targets in Fantasy drafts this year. You will have to draft the Falcons WR2 ahead of other teams top depth chart wide receivers, but the increased targets could lead to WR1 upside most weeks.

Russell Gage might be the most undervalued WR this summer and will be a target for my bench in every draft.

Austin Hooper's vacated targets are not all going to Hayden Hurst. Matt Ryan has shown love to his tight ends and Hurst was once a first-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens. The potential is untapped and the average fantasy owner might not even know who he is! If you have space on your bench to stash a backup TE, Hurst deserves a roster spot.

Carolina Panthers

2020 Panthers NFL Projections

A brand new coaching staff always makes things hard to predict. However, we all know that the offense is going to rely heavily on Christian McCaffrey.

Teddy Bridgewater is for all intents and purposes a game manager and we are not sure just how aggressive he is going to be. Until we see how efficiently the Panthers offense operates, Bridgewater can not be relied on to a Fantasy QB in single QB leagues.

There is no reason to doubt that Christian McCaffrey will be the unanimous first pick in Fantasy drafts.

D.J. Moore is getting a lot of love from Fantasy experts and sits right on the edge of WR1/WR2 rankings and you should expect him off the draft board by the middle of the fourth round.

Curtis Samuel saw 105 targets last season but only finished with 54 receptions. However, he has scored seven touchdowns in each of the last two seasons thanks to being a gadget player. Bridgewater might fall in love with Samuel as a security blanket and we should expect a much higher catch rate in 2020. I like Samuel as a player to stash later in drafts.

Carolina added Robby Anderson as a much needed deep threat. The biggest question here is will Bridgewater take the shots.

We have no idea how the TE will be utilized in this new Panthers offense. However, Ian Thomas has been hyped up before and now that Greg Olsen is gone and not just injured, it will be interesting to see if Thomas can have a breakout year.

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