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2020 NFL Draft Ideal Fantasy Football Landing Spots


With the draft right around the corner, it is never too early to get a jump on the incoming rookies. We are going to have some fun here by diving into the 2020 NFL Draft Ideal Fantasy Football Landing Spots.

Often times the key to a rookie producing in year one has as much to do as which team drafts him as it does how talented he is. Below are some ideal landing sports for some of the top rookies featured in the 2020 draft. These teams provide the rookie with the best opportunity to perform in year one.

Keep in mind this is by no means a mock draft, rookie rankings or even a prediction where they will land. It is simply an evaluation of “best possible” landing spots for them.

2020 NFL Draft Ideal Fantasy Football Landing Spot

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Tua Tagovailoa – Carolina Panthers

At the time of this article, Cam Newton is still a member of the Panthers, and that is part of the reason I think this is a fit for Tua. With Newton in the fold, there would be no pressure on Tua to rush back, and he can learn under the tutelage Newton.

Another big reason I like this fit is the recent hire of Joe Brady as their new OC. Brady did wonders with Joe Burrow at LSU, and I think he can run a similar style of offense with Tua under center. A healthy Tua, paired with weapons like Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel sounds like a potent fantasy offense to me.

Running Back

Clyde Edwards-Hellaire – Kansas City Chiefs

Andy Reid loves his pass-catching backs (Brian Westbrook, LeSean McCoy) and Edwards-Hellaire fits that mold.

He was second in FBS with 55 receptions and is a true three-down back. Add him to Patrick Mahomes and Tyrkee Hill in the potent, uptempo KC offense and Edwards-Hellaire has the making of a fantasy stud.

Jonathan Taylor – Houston Texans

Taylor was a very productive back at Wisconsin, rushing for 6,174 yards and 55 total TDs, becoming the first player to rush for 6,000 yards in only three seasons.

A between-the-tackles type of runner, with great vision and the ability to quickly change direction, Taylor is a perfect fit for the running back needy Texans. The Texans used a bit of a RBBC this season, riding the hot hand when necessary, so Taylor would come in on day one be the RB1 for Houston.

D’Andre Swift/J.K. Dobbins – Miami Dolphins

When the only RBs currently under contract are Patrick Laird & Myles Gaskin (no offense to either player), it makes you an ideal landing spot for a productive running back.

Both Dobbins & Swift have the dual-threat traits that should equate to fantasy success, and both should start from day one if they land in Miami. Yes, questions still surround how functional the offense really is in Miami. However, based on usage alone, if either end up there, they should be a top 3 pick in rookie drafts.

If I had to pick one, I would pick Swift over Dobbins passed solely on his pass-catching ability.

Wide Receiver

CeeDee Lamb – Arizona Cardinals

This may be the biggest no brainer on this list as Kyler Murray and CeeDee Lamb were teammates in Oklahoma. While playing one season together, they connected for 65 rec, 1,158 yards and 11 TDs.

Needless to say, the chemistry is already there for these two and that would be a big advantage to the development of Lamb in his first year. On top of that, Lamb can learn the ins and outs of being a NFL receiver from one of the greats in Larry Fitzgerald.

Tee Higgins – Buffalo Bills

I kept going back and forth between Higgins and Laviska Shenault but in the end, Higgins to me has surer, stronger hands (six drops in 120 catchable balls) and that suits Josh Allens‘ inaccuracies more then Shenault.

Higgins is a big physical ball dominate receiver that wins at the point of attack. That is exactly what the Bills offense was missing this past season.  He could become a red-zone favorite for Allen instantly.

Jalen Reagor – New Orleans Saints

Jalen Reagor can flat out fly and stretches the field like no other. He is a weapon on the field no matter where he lines up and can run any route needed to perfection.

He would give Brees another true threat on the outside that he has lacked over the past few seasons. With Mike Thomas lined up on the outside, Reagor is the perfect complement to the offense and would not see many, if any double teams, allowing him to run free.

Tight End

Cole Kmet – New England Patriots

This one could have read “insert tight end here” as we all saw what not having a dominant Tight End did to the New England offense this season.

Kmet may not be the most talked-about Tight End in this year’s class, but he is a big-bodied TE (6’5″, 250 lbs) who is extremely athletic and versatile for his size. He averaged 12.0 yards per reception at Notre Dame this season and lined up all over the field for the Irish.

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About Jon Witt

Buffalo Boy born and raised. He loves his Buffalo sports unconditionally, despite them driving him nuts more often than not. Bleeds Dodgers Blue during the summer and wishes he had an NBA team. Plays all sorts of fantasy sports, has been for a very long time. Hit him up @JPW2542 with any comments or questions.

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