Updated: Aug 16, 2020
As draft season approaches, it's important to assess a player's value compared to their Average Draft Position (ADP). I'm going through division by division and picking my favorite player at each position once accounting for their ADP.
Jared Goff (ADP QB16, 130 Overall)
Runner Up Jimmy Garoppolo (ADP QB21, 164 Overall)
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Jared Goff is criminally undervalued in 2020, especially in SuperFlex leagues. Goff finished as QB13 in 2019, and QB7 in 2018. He still has Kupp and Woods to throw to, and the emergence of Higbee presents a new ceiling for Goff. Wilson and Murray are just a little too expensive for me to take a Quarterback in single QB leagues.
Jimmy Garoppolo really should not be rostered in single QB leagues, but in a SuperFlex or two QB leagues, he should provide a consistent baseline performance. There’s nothing special about Garoppolo, but the San Francisco offense should be good enough to have consistent production from Jimmy G.
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Cam Akers (RB29, 56 Overall)
Runner Up Darrel Henderson Jr. (RB48, 132 Overall)
These picks are attached by team and position.
Both LA Rams’ backs are a value at their current ADP. Akers has the potential to take over the backfield and become a legitimate three-down back. The issue with Akers is also the upside for Henderson.
Darrel Henderson was drafted in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. After a disappointing season behind Gurley, Henderson may be the Running Back that takes over this offense. While I think the odds favor Akers, getting Henderson late is a steal, and by the end of week 1 we’ll know who becomes the lead dog in LA.
Deebo Samuel (WR39, 96 Overall)
Runner Up Tyler Lockett (WR24, 57 Overall)
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Before his injury, many fantasy managers started to view Samuel as a potential WR2 in 2020. After a foot injury, there’s some concern that Deebo will start the season on the PUP and miss a large portion of the season. If your league has an IR spot, Deebo is a great draft pick. Either he’s healthy for week 1, or you can move him to your IR spot and pick up an excellent depth piece at Wide Receiver.
I won’t dive into Tyler Lockett, I’ll just tell you to listen to my praise on the Wide Receiver 1 podcast. Lockett has the potential to finish as a top 10 Wide Receiver, and he showed that in the first half of 2019. At Wide Receiver 24, Lockett is a must draft.
George Kittle (TE2, 23 Overall)
Runner Up Greg Olsen (TE26, Undrafted)
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Kittle is an excellent pick at the end of the second round. With the depth at the Wide Receiver position in 2020, getting Tight End production is far better than taking a Wide Receiver at the end of the draft. That’s all that needs to be said about George Kittle.
Greg Olsen is not exciting, but he’s better than the Arizona options. I’m also not a huge fan of Tyler Higbee, but he’s becoming more appealing at ADP. Keep an eye on Olsen in week 1 as a great waiver wire target. If Will Dissly ends up healthy for week 1, you can slide him in here instead of Olsen.