We move from the South out West in our 2020 Fantasy Football Projections. A lot has changed in the NFC West this offseason. All of that is accounted for in our 2020 Fantasy Football NFC West Projections.
The San Francisco 49ers look to defend their NFC Championship after losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. They acquired left tackle Trent Williams from the Washington Redskins but lost Emmanuel Sanders in free agency to the New Orleans Saints. The did add Brandon Aiyuk with the 25th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, out of Arizona State.
Seattle replaced Justin Britt at center with B.J. Finney. Carlos Hyde, Phillip Dorsett and Greg Olsen were added to the depth chart. However, on the defensive side of the ball, the Seahawks let Jadeveon Clowney enter free agency.
2020 Fantasy Football NFC West Projections
San Francisco 49ers
Jimmy Garoppolo isn't a great Fantasy quarterback, despite the efficiency. The volume is not there and the offense is not designed to attack downfield. Garoppolo was 29th in deep ball attempts but he did rank first in deep-ball accuracy, according to PlayerProfiler.com. Maybe there is room for improvement if the run game isn't as effective in 2020.
Deebo Samuel had a successful rookie campaign and is now the WR1 on the depth chart, but a WR3 in Fantasy.
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Brandon Aiyuk is a solid dynasty option but his redraft value is going to limited in his first season.
There is a case to be made for rankings George Kittle as the top tight end in the NFL/Fantasy Football. Draft with confidence!
Russell Wilson has now thrown 30+ touchdown passes in each of the last three season and four out of the last five. His 100 passing touchdowns over the last three years leads the NFL by 15 (Tom Brady - 85)! Excluding Ryan Tannehill and Lamar Jackson, only Patrick Mahomes has a higher touchdown rate than Wilson.
Chris Carson fractured his hip in Week 16 and is entering the final year of his contract. Seattle went out and signed free agent Carlos Hyde to go along with Rashaad Penny on the depth chart. Expect a mess of a backfield where ever Hyde goes!
Tyler Lockett is arguably the most underrated WR1 in the NFL with over 2,000 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns in the last two seasons.
D.K. Metcalf is a beast and showed out in his rookie season gaining 900 yards and catching seven touchdowns.
Will Dissly was a thing before getting injured but with Greg Olsen in the mix now, I am looking elsewhere for a tight end in Fantasy.
Kyler Murray and the Cardinals offense did not live up to expectations last year, but that's easily explained by a rookie head coach and quarterback combination. Year two should look better. Expect to spend a fifth-round pick to secure Murray as your QB!
Kenyan Drake became the focus of the offense once acquired from the Miami Dolphins at the end of October. He sent David Johnson to the bench which allowed for the DeAndre Hopkins trade with the Houston Texans.
Hopkins is likely to see a slight decline in targets, averaging 162 in his final three years with the Houston Texans. It is important to note that Hopkins was already seeing his targets decline year after year from 174 down to 150 last year.
According to AirYards.com, Christian Kirk led the Cardinals in target share last year. With Nuk here now, it is unlikely he sees 23% of Murray's targets. Our F6P Consensus Fantasy Football Draft Rankings has Kirk at WR37, a WR3/FLEX option come draft day. Despite missing three games last year, he finished as WR40 in Half-PPR scoring.
Larry Fitzgerald will turn 37 before the 2020 NFL season kicks off.
Los Angeles Rams
Jared Goff struggled last year compared the Super Bowl run and saw his touchdown rate drop from 5.7% to 3.5%. Despite a career-high pass attempts, Goff completed just 22 touchdown passes.
It appears the Rams will feature a running back by committee (RBBC) with Malcolm Brown, Darrell Henderson and Cam Akers all splitting snaps, carries and targets. One of them could pan out and prove to be a real value but at this point in time, we have no idea how Sean McVay will utilize his running backs.
Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks leave 121 vacated targets. Not sure Robert Woods sees much more than last year's 139 but he should see some positive touchdown regression after scoring just twice in 2019.
Cooper Kupp rebounded nicely after tearing his ACL in 2018. Kupp caught 94 of his 134 targets for over 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns!
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