Fantasy Football 2020: Breaking Down Updated Mock Draft and Mobile Cheat SheetAugust 19, 2020
Daily updates are emerging from training camps around the NFL, and a seemingly decade-long summer has suddenly transitioned into the 2020 fantasy football season.
Fire up those mock drafts!
In this unique year, you might need a little extra guidance. There's no shame in that. After all, instead of hearing about top-performing rookies and watching preseason games, news about the season itself has mostly dominated the headlines.
Only three weeks from the NFL's opener, though, it's time to start building a championship-worthy roster. The mock draft and rankings are based on a 10-team PPR (points per reception) format.
Updated PPR Mock Draft
(Team 1) 1. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
(Team 2) 2. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
(Team 3) 3. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
(Team 4) 4. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
(Team 5) 5. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
(Team 6) 6. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
(Team 7) 7. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
(Team 8) 8. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
(Team 9) 9. Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
(Team 10) 10. Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders
High-volume, pass-catching running backs are the best targets in the first round of a points-per-reception draft.
Either Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott or Saquon Barkley will typically be selected first overall. Along with that immensely productive trio, there are sound arguments to use a top-five selection on Dalvin Cook and Alvin Kamara.
But if any receiver crashes the party, it's probably Michael Thomas.
Last season, the Saints wideout set an NFL single-season record with 149 receptions, and his 1,725 yards led the league. Since 2017, Thomas has averaged a shade over 10 targets per game.
Derrick Henry racked up an NFL-high 288 carries last year and is an adequate receiver. Davante Adams also averaged 10-plus targets when healthy, while Tyreek Hill blends a high target share with incredible explosiveness. Rounding out the first round is Josh Jacobs, who totaled 300 touches as a rookie.
It may sound obvious, but one of the most important factors in a first-round selection is opportunity. All of these selections are among the heaviest-used players in the NFL.
(Team 10) 11. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
(Team 9) 12. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Arizona Cardinals
(Team 8) 13. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
(Team 7) 14. Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers
(Team 6) 15. Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
(Team 5) 16. Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns
(Team 4) 17. Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
(Team 3) 18. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
(Team 2) 19. Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
(Team 1) 20. Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Do you prefer doubling up on running backs or wide receivers? Would you rather balance the roster with a superstar at both positions? Is having the best quarterback or tight end important to you?
The players available will dictate a pick, of course. Still, those questions will determine your ideal second-round plan.
For reference, the mock draft includes several of those options.
Team 10 landed Jacobs and Falcons wideout Julio Jones. And as Team 9 prioritized receivers with Hill and DeAndre Hopkins of the Cardinals, Team 7 eyed a couple of running backs in Henry and Packers standout Aaron Jones. Additionally, Team 3 paired Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce with Barkley.
Given the level of talent in those selections, there's no "wrong" answer. It's simply a matter of preference.
The second round of PPR drafts is usually too early for a run on quarterbacks, but Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson probably won't last much longer. If you're set on picking either one, the nerves start to crank up around pick 15.
PPR Top 40 Cheat Sheet
1. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
2. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
3. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
4. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
5. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
6. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
7. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
8. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
9. Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders
10. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
11. Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
12. Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
13. Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
14. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
15. Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns
16. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Arizona Cardinals
17. Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers
18. Kenyan Drake, RB, Arizona Cardinals
19. Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
20. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
21. Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
22. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
23. Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens
24. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
25. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings
26. Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions
27. George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers
28. James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
29. Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys
30. Le'Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets
31. Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears
32. Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks
33. Todd Gurley, RB, Atlanta Falcons
34. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
35. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland Browns
36. Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons
37. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
38. Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
39. A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans
40. David Johnson, RB, Houston Texans
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