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2020 NFL Draft: Fantasy-Worthy Players

April 3, 2020 | by Derek Langley | Comments (0)
John Ross III could get a boost for the Cincinnati Bengals.
John Ross III should benefit if the Bengals land Joe Burrow. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

The NFL is growing at a tremendous rate in many areas around the world, most significantly in the UK and Mexico. The International Series games have been a rousing success, with the London games running since 2007 and increasing in fixtures each year, while the annual games in Estadio Azteca have drawn over 75,000 attendees in each of the last three games.

While the games themselves, the unraveling of the season, and the offseason antics keep the fans engaged, perhaps the most immersive aspect of the NFL season for fans abroad is Fantasy football. Even if overseas followers of the league can’t see the games, they can see the points tick in for their players in their NFL Fantasy leagues.

As such, the NFL Draft is of enormous interest to fans around the world. For those whose main interactions with the league are through Fantasy, though, the draft is even more important, as it could deliver them the winning edge over their competitors. So, for NFL fans in the United States and abroad, these are the 2020 NFL draftees who are expected to make an impact as rookies.

Offensive Draft Picks

The player that everyone’s talking about coming into the NFL Draft is Joe Burrow of LSU. The quarterback won the Heisman Trophy in 2019 (see video below), hurled 60 touchdown passes, led the undefeated LSU to a national championship, and just so happens to be coming off the greatest season posted by a QB in the history of college football.

Expected to go first overall, Burrow looks destined for the Cincinnati Bengals, where he’ll be welcomed by a very talented receiving corps. The only problem is the offensive line, which – as of the end of the season – was among the worst in the league. If that can be built up to a mid-table standard over the spring, Burrow could be in a great situation with A.J. Green, John Ross III and Tyler Boyd to target with Joe Mixon in the backfield to keep the defense honest.

Another NFL-ready prospect coming into the 2020 NFL Draft is Burrow’s teammate, running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Tipped to go in the second round in most drafts, he’s a superb pass-catcher out of the backfield and boasts tremendous lateral ability. He’s bound to be a big player from day one – especially if he lands in Kansas City as projected by many.

Defensive Draft Picks

While other Fantasy-relevant defensive players are tipped to be taken off the board first, there’s no denying that Isaiah Simmons of the Clemson Tigers is a very special talent. Clemson is a superb college and is at +225 to win the NCAAF Championship in the American football odds this season, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it produced one of the most exciting athletes of this year’s draft (see video below).

Simmons is big and freakishly quick, clocking in a 4.39 40-yard dash despite his 238-pound frame. He’s incredibly versatile, being strong at safety and linebacker, but is probably best suited – and most valuable in Fantasy football – as the weak-side linebacker. Whichever defensive set-up pulls the Simmons pick will be much better for it, as this incredibly athletic defender can make plays in almost any position.

Of course, all eyes are on the best quarterback of the upcoming draft as — traditionally — it’s the quarterback that becomes the face of the franchise. However, heading into the 2020 NFL Draft, few dispute that Chase Young is the most talented prospect available. The edge rusher has been dominant for Ohio State over the last couple of seasons and will undoubtedly be taken second overall. If your Fantasy league format values defensive players, Young has to be atop your list.

Picking out rookies is always risky business, but Burrow, Edwards-Helaire, Simmons and Young look to be primed and ready to make a big impact in the NFL.

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Now it’s your turn. Let us know what kind of impact you think these draft picks will have and which other prospects you’re tracking for potential 2020 Fantasy value.

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2020 RotoRob Top 95 Fantasy Baseball Prospects

March 28, 2020 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Like clockwork, we’re back to release our 16th annual Top Fantasy Baseball Prospects list. As per usual, it’s slightly larger this season (now 95), and — as always — this list is our take on how these prospects rank prior to Opening Day.
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2020 NFL Draft Preview: Top Five Prospects

March 26, 2020 | by Lucas Chan | Comments (0)
Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, the sports world may be at a standstill, but the NFL is proceeding with its offseason for now, and that means that the 2020 NFL Draft (April 23-25) is going ahead as planned. With this in mind, we present our picks as the top five options for the upcoming draft.
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2019 RotoRob Top 90 Fantasy Baseball Prospects

March 26, 2019 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on 2019 RotoRob Top 90 Fantasy Baseball Prospects
This season, we’ve slipped to 41 returnees from our 2018 rankings (two fewer than last year), and the number of players graduating to the bigs from last year’s Top 85 prospects also dipped a tad (down two to 22). A whopping nine more prospects (22) fell off the list this year, suggesting that as we expand the list, the chances of swinging and missing increases.
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2018 Southern League All-Star Game Roundup, Part II

July 2, 2018 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on 2018 Southern League All-Star Game Roundup, Part II
Seattle’s fifth rounder in 2011, Marlette has flashed fine power and extra-base hit capability in his career, but doesn’t have much speed. He’s been stuck at Double-A for quite a few years, but given how many total bases he’s racking up this year, maybe he’ll finally get a promotion to Triple-A.
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