2020 Fantasy Football Draft Kit

2020 Fantasy Football Rookie Wide Receivers

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When drafting rookies, you’re taking a chance.

Despite the accolades or stats put up in college, nobody enters the NFL as a sure thing. The game is faster, the players are bigger and stronger, and sometimes players have trouble adjusting at the next level.

With that being said, the 2020 NFL draft class was one of the most promising for wide receiving talent in years.

For fantasy owners, one of the best ways to set themselves apart from the rest of the pack is by maximizing value through risky picks. A good way to do this is by selecting rookies. Their ability at the NFL is untested, but many have great first-year campaigns.

With the 2020 Fantasy Football Rookie Wide Receivers, we’ll take a look at the best of this year’s class of rookies and who you should roll the dice on.

2020 Fantasy Football Rookie Wide Receivers

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Henry Ruggs, WR, Las Vegas Raiders

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Henry Ruggs may not be the most skilled wide receiver coming out of the 2020 NFL Draft, but he’s certainly the fastest. In true Raider fashion, Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden decided to pull the trigger on this bullet of a wide receiver with the 12th pick.

Ruggs posted a 4.27 40-yard dash time at the combine, which was the fastest since John Ross in 2017. Most receivers— or Olympic sprinters for that matter— would be happy with the time, but Ruggs indicated that he was capable of better. Either way, he’s going to be a burner.

Ruggs enters the Las Vegas depth chart with little competition. His speed gives him the dynamism and versatility that some of the more experienced Raisers receivers simply lack. Ruggs should be slated as WR2 for the Raiders, behind Tyrell Williams. 

Playing second fiddle is nothing new to Ruggs, who remained productive behind fellow first-rounder Jerry Jeudy while playing at Alabama. In three seasons for the Crimson Tide, Ruggs had 98 catches for 1,716 yards. While this isn’t overly impressive, the fact that he scored 24 receiving touchdowns should be. 

In other words, Ruggs took approximately a quarter of all his catches to the house. 

Ruggs has the potential to see solid usage in the Raiders’ offense, but buyer beware: his skillset is the definition of boom or bust when translated to fantasy terms. 

If you’re a gambler at heart, perhaps Ruggs is the perfect choice.

Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos

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Despite being selected after his former teammate Henry Ruggs, Jerry Jeudy was the go-to guy while at Alabama. He’s not as fast as his counterpart but is widely considered the best route-runner to come out of college in years. 

Jeudy’s ability to stop on a dime and juke defenders out of their socks earned him the Fred Biletnikoff award in his sophomore season as the most dominant wide receiver in the NCAA. 

Over the past two seasons, Jeudy accumulated 145 catches for 2,478 yards and 24 touchdowns. Sure, he had Tua Tagovailoa slinging him the rock, but there is no denying his excellence as a route technician.

Going into the draft, the Denver Broncos were looking for weapons for their newly-appointed franchise quarterback, Drew Lock. When Jeudy fell into their lap at No.15, it was a no-brainer for GM John Elway. 

Jeudy should start the season in the WR2 spot, behind Courtland Sutton, but has the talent and route-running savvy to take over the helm as the top receiver in Denver. 

Fantasy owners should look to snag Jeudy around the sixth or seventh round. Although his ADP is slightly higher, Jeudy’s upside and consistency outrank every other rookie wideout. Also, if he overtakes Sutton for the top target in Denver, Jeudy could be a top-20 receiver in all of football.

CeeDee Lamb, WR, Dallas Cowboys

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While Jeudy was considered one of the best route runners coming out of the 2020 NFL draft, CeeDee Lamb was at the top of many draft boards for all-around wide receiving talent. 

Progression was the name of the game for Lamb, who got better with each year in college. The 21-year old’s three-year stint at Oklahoma was capped off with career-highs across the board. 

The former Sooner caught 14 touchdowns and racked up 1,327 yards.  He averaged a whopping 21.4 yards per catch, becoming the only receiver taken in the past draft to accumulate over 60 targets while averaging over 20 yards per reception.

Jerry Jones nearly crashed his yacht when Lamb was still on the board for the 17th pick.

The addition of Lamb bolsters the Cowboys offense, adding yet another dynamic playmaker for Dak Prescott to utilize. 

The problem for Lamb is that he has to compete with a Pro-Bowler in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, who broke out in 2019. Gallup reeled in 66 catches for 1,107 yards. Although Lamb has immediate potential coming out of college, the competition among receivers in Dallas hurts his fantasy value.



Unlike Ruggs and Jeudy, Lamb may not crack the top two on the receiver depth chart. He’s certainly talented and is a can’t-miss prospect, but for the time being fantasy owners should be wary.

Take Lamb as a flyer in the mid to late rounds. As the situation solidifies in Dallas, his role in Mike McCarthy’s offense will be more apparent.

Jalen Reagor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

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Considering the injury issues the receiving corps in Philadelphia had last year, it’s no surprise the Eagles selected a wide receiver with their first pick. 

Selecting Jalen Reagor, however, came a little out of left field. 

Reagor is a speedster and has the dynamism to play anywhere on the field. He posted a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash but has reportedly ran in the 4.22 realm during a pro day.

Reagor’s speed didn’t amount to much at TCU, as he only had 43 catches for 611 yards and five touchdowns in 2019. This, however, is more of an indictment of the TCU passing offense as opposed to Reagor’s skill.

In Philadelphia, the Eagles needed depth at receiver.

Badly.

Reagor should be slotted in behind DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery in the upcoming season, but these two have had a multitude of injury issues in the past.

Last year, Eagles QB Carson Wentz was basically throwing to patio furniture, and still somehow made it to the postseason. If there happens to be injuries in the receiving corps— and there most likely will be— expect Reagor to have fantasy value toward the later rounds in drafts.

Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings

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Stefon Diggs made his departure to Buffalo this past offseason, and the Vikings didn’t hesitate to address the gap. 

Justin Jefferson, fresh from an NCAA National Championship with LSU, was Minnesota’s pick with the 22nd selection. 

The 21-year-old was lethal last season (albeit with Joe Burrow throwing him the ball), with 111 catches for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns. He did this as Burrow’s No. 2 option, behind 2019 Fred Biletnikoff winner, Ja’Marr Chase. 

Jefferson should easily slide into the WR2 role, behind Adam Thielen. When Diggs was alongside Thielen, he saw 243 targets in just two years. Jefferson isn’t likely to see this sort of target share but is a shoo-in for six to eight targets per game. 

I’m calling it now: Justin Jefferson will be this year’s biggest rookie receiver steal.

Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers

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With the 25th pick in the 2020 draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected one of the best under-the-radar gems in Brandon Aiyuk. 

Sliding under the radar is not new to Aiyuk.

The California native began his collegiate career at the JUCO Sierra College and transferred to Arizona State for the final two years of his NCAA eligibility. In his first year as a Sun Devil, Aiyuk was mainly used in the return game. This was partially due to playing behind N’Keal Harry, the Patriots first-round pick a year prior.

Last season, Aiyuk broke out with 65 catches for 1,192 yards and eight touchdowns. He also averaged 18.3 yards per reception.

Now that Aiyuk is a part of the Niners’ receiving group, the biggest variable is how quickly he can rise within the depth chart. Deebo Samuel, who was a first-round pick from a year ago, should be the top dog. 

Aiyuk doesn’t seem to thrive as a second fiddle, as shown with his 2018 campaign at Arizona State behind Harry. He only reeled in 33 catches for 474 yards at the collegiate level as a WR2. 

The 49ers run-heavy offense, coupled with Aiyuk’s inability to produce as the second option, pose problems for fantasy owners. If he’s available near the end of drafts, pick him up and stash him on your bench.



Honorable mention:

As a result of being one of the most stacked receiver classes in NFL history, there are several talented wideouts that slid to the second round or later. Below is a list of the wide receivers that have the potential to be relevant in fantasy leagues.


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About Tyler Mulligan

Sports Journalist from Toronto, Canada. Fantasy hockey, basketball and football aficionado.

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