FANTASY FOOTBALL: Post-draft look at the Top 75 PPR wideouts for the 2020 season

SHARE THIS ARTICLE

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on whatsapp
Falcons receiver Julio Jones, our No. 5 PPR wideout for 2020, has posted six straight campaigns of 1,300-plus receiving yards.
  1. Michael Thomas, Saints
  2. Chris Godwin, Buccaneers
  3. DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals
  4. Davante Adams, Packers
  5. Julio Jones, Falcons
  6. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
  7. Mike Evans, Buccaneers
  8. Kenny Golladay, Lions
  9. Amari Cooper, Cowboys
  10. A.J. Brown, Titans
  11. DJ Moore, Panthers
  12. Adam Thielen, Vikings
  13. DeVante Parker, Dolphins
  14. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers
  15. Allen Robinson, Bears
  16. Stefon Diggs, Bills
  17. DJ Chark, Jaguars
  18. Cooper Kupp, Rams
  19. D.K. Metcalf, Seahawks
  20. Odell Beckham Jr., Browns
  21. Will Fuller, Texans
  22. A.J. Green, Bengals
  23. Calvin Ridley, Falcons
  24. Courtland Sutton, Broncos
  25. Christian Kirk, Cardinals
  26. Terry McLaurin, Redskins
  27. Keenan Allen, Chargers
  28. T.Y. Hilton, Colts
  29. Jarvis Landry, Browns
  30. Alshon Jeffery, Eagles
  31. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
  32. Michael Gallup, Cowboys
  33. Marvin Jones, Lions
  34. Sterling Shepard, Giants
  35. Brandin Cooks, Texans
  36. Julian Edelman, Patriots
  37. Tyler Boyd, Bengals
  38. Robert Woods, Rams
  39. Mike Williams, Chargers
  40. Jerry Jeudy, Broncos
  41. John Brown, Bills
  42. Marquise Brown, Ravens
  43. Deebo Samuel, 49ers
  44. Darius Slayton, Giants
  45. Robby Anderson, Jets
  46. Emmanuel Sanders, Saints
  47. Tyrell Williams, Raiders
  48. N’Keal Harry, Patriots
  49. Dede Westbrook, Jaguars
  50. Diontae Johnson, Steelers
  51. Anthony Miller, Bears
  52. Breshad Perriman, Jets
  53. Sammy Watkins, Chiefs
  54. Justin Jefferson, Vikings
  55. Curtis Samuel, Panthers
  56. John Ross, Bengals
  57. Corey Davis, Titans
  58. Mecole Hardman, Chiefs
  59. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
  60. CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys
  61. Jamison Crowder, Jets
  62. Chris Conley, Jaguars
  63. Golden Tate, Giants
  64. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers
  65. Michael Pittman Jr., Colts
  66. Devin Funchess, Packers
  67. Henry Ruggs III, Raiders
  68. Cole Beasley, Bills
  69. Hunter Renfrow, Raiders
  70. Preston Williams, Dolphins
  71. James Washington, Steelers
  72. Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers
  73. Jalen Reagor, Eagles
  74. Parris Campbell, Colts
  75. Phillip Dorsett, Seahawks

BREAKDOWN

a) You can bet the proverbial farm on Saints wideout Michael Thomas (149 catches, 1,725 yards, 9 TDs) incurring a slight production dip in 2020, citing three firm presumptions:

**Last season, Thomas notched a new NFL single-season record for catches; and for what it’s worth, only Cris Carter (1994-95) and Antonio Brown have posted consecutive seasons of 120-plus receptions.

**It’s difficult to envision Saints tailback Alvin Kamara (three-year average: 1,492 total yards, 12.3 TDs) falling short of 1,400 total yards and/or double-digit touchdowns this year, especially with the University of Tennessee product set to hit unrestricted free agency after the 2020 campaign.

**The Saints’ previous model of having Thomas outperform his wideout teammates by three or four times the targets reeked of absurdity; and that lack of balanced contributed to the Saints averaging three points less in 2019 (compared to 2018). And for 2020, New Orleans went out and signed Emmanuel Sanders for the WR2 role.

b) Chris Godwin finished second overall with the majority of PPR leagues last year (trailing only Thomas), despite ranking 11th in receptions (86), 17th in targets (120), 3rd in receiving yards (1,333) and 3rd in receiving touchdowns (9).

As such, there are two ways to interpret our positional ranking for 2020:

GOOD: Godwin (three double-digit target outings, six 100-yard games last year) might already be a fantasy superstar … but also has plenty of tangible upside with catches, targets and touchdowns.

MEH: Fantasy owners should never assume 1,300-plus yards and nine touchdowns from any wideout, year to year, especially one who has yet to clear 90 receptions.

Put it all together, and it’ll be fascinating to see how new Bucs quarterback Tom Brady utilizes arguably the NFC’s best collection of playmakers from Day 1.

c) We’ll keep this short and sweet with Davante Adams:

**When extrapolating his 2016-18 numbers over three 16-game campaigns, Adams tallied elite-level averages of 87 catches, 136 targets, 1,089 yards and 11.7 touchdowns.

**Adams’ 12-game numbers from last season, when extrapolated to a 16-game slate, shake out to 111 catches, 170 targets, 1,330 yards and 6.7 TDs.

Check … and mate.

d) Julio Jones (turned 31 in February) feels like a no-brainer pick for the top 7, after posting six consecutive seasons of 1,300-plus yards.

In fact, let’s take a stab at prognosticating Julio’s precise statistics for 2020 — assuming full health:

First, let’s throw out Jones’ gold-standard season of (136 catches, 1,871 yards, 8 TDs) … and his, uh, worst, campaign of the last six years — 2017 (84 catches, 1,444 yards, 3 TDs).

The averages of the other four seasons (2014, 2016, 2018-19) come out to: 100 catches, 155 targets, 1,518 yards and seven scores for this season. BOOM!

e) Remember when noted ESPN blowhard Rex Ryan inadvertently referred to Amari Cooper as a ‘turd’ back in March?

It was obviously a poor choice of words on Ryan’s part, an indefensible cheap shot on national TV. But moving past the needless insult, did Ryan have a point in criticizing Cooper’s home/road splits with the Cowboys?

Check this out:

**For his 12 regular-season road outings (2018-19), Cooper owns painful averages of 3.8 catches, 7.1 targets, 41.2 yards and 0.3 TDs.

**For his 13 regular-season home games (2018-19), Cooper boasts stellar averages of 6.7 catches, 8.5 targets, 109 yards and 0.9 TDs.

Which brings us to this …

The No. 9 overall ranking comes with a major caveat: If the Cowboys schedule contains a majority of road games for Weeks 13-17 — universally known as the fantasy-playoff period — then I’d advise others to ignore Cooper in every PPR draft.

f) The Odell Beckham Jr. we knew from 2014-16 — boasting Hall of Fame-like averages of 96 catches, 1,374 yards, 12 TDs — probably doesn’t exist anymore … in totality.

Chalk it up to injuries (16 games missed since 2017), ego, complacency (middling catch-to-target rate of 55 percent last season), general unhappiness, unwanted change of scenery or simply getting older (four catches/11 red-zone targets last year).

Whatever the reasons, isolated or cumulative, the days of rubber-stamping 90 catches, 1,300 yards or even double-digit touchdowns have likely passed.

The lesson here: Stop taking OBJ high in Round 2 of PPR drafts! You’ll be much happier with Beckham’s standing as a Round 5 or 6 selection.

About The Managing Editor

Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out NBA.com, MLB.com, PGATour.com, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with SI.com‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

Then, over a two-month span in 2014, FOX Sports South amassed 19.5 million Web hits—a 60-day record for any FOX affiliate. And in 2015, Clemons claimed the aforementioned Cynopsis Media award on FOX Sports’ behalf, the company’s only national writing award during that period. Clemons, a graduate of Michigan State University  and Wayne State University, has been an on-camera Web-TV host for Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report and FOX Sports. In 2015, he also became the first-ever sports journalism professor at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta.

Recent Posts

Sign up for our Newsletter