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Fantasy football winners and losers following the 2020 NFL Draft

Fantasy football winners and losers following the 2020 NFL Draft

With the 2020 NFL Draft over, the next important draft for millions of fans will be in the fantasy football world. Moves made by teams during the last weekend of April won't just impact what happens on the field, but in your lineups as well.

While some additions will benefit veteran players, others, or the lack thereof, won't. Here's a look at which players saw their fantasy stock rise or fall following the 2020 NFL Draft.

Winner: Derek Carr (QB - Raiders)

A few years ago, Derek Carr's potential had him as a viable QB1 option in most fantasy leagues. The past couple of seasons, that has not been the case. Yet, entering 2020, Carr has plenty of new weapons to work with on offense.

The Raiders spent three of their first four picks in the draft on offense. Henry Ruggs III gives Carr a big-play, consistent option in the passing game, and Bryan Edwards has the potential to join in as well as he adjusts to NFL coverages. Lynn Bowden out of Kentucky is a little raw but has the athleticism to find a way onto the field. Add Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller to the mix and Carr has plenty to work with.

Heading to Las Vegas, it's clear Jon Gruden wants to build an entertaining and explosive offense that can put up points. Carr will be at the center of it, and win or lose, he has the chance to put up fantasy points.

Loser: Aaron Rodgers (QB - Packers)

As soon as Jordan Love's name was announced as the No. 26 pick of the NFL Draft, all attention turned to Rodgers and his potential frustration. 

Not only did the Packers fail to get the veteran quarterback a weapon in that round, but they failed to get him one at all. Running back A.J. Dillon was taken in the second round, but what Rodgers really needed was wide receiver help. No. 12 and Davante Adams can't do it all on their own. 

Despite a 13-3 regular season, Rodgers was the ninth-highest scoring quarterback during the 2019 fantasy season, according to NFL.com. In 2020, that may drop as other teams upgraded while Green Bay stood pat. Rodgers will always be one of the best in the game when he's on the field, and most teams would love to have his talent and turnover-free play. As for fantasy football, his stock continues to drop.

Winner: Dak Prescott (QB - Cowboys)

Prescott had a great fantasy season in 2019, and 2020 should be more of the same. Not only will the quarterback potentially get Michael Gallup for a full season to go along with Amari Cooper, but CeeDee Lamb is joining the offense.

With that many weapons and Ezekiel Elliott in the ground game, Prescott and the Cowboys should be putting up big numbers on a weekly basis.

Loser: Damien Williams (RB - Chiefs)

Williams' big Super Bowl performance had the running back riding high heading into 2020. Then, the NFL Draft happened. 

The selection of Clyde Edwards-Helaire probably has everyone but Williams excited in Kansas City. Adding the rookie to the offense will only give Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid more toys to work with. However, it means fewer touches for Williams. The Chiefs have been a running back by committee team for the last few years, so Williams will still play a big role. However, his fantasy ranking is sure to drop a little with another running back in the mix.


Winner: Austin Ekeler (RB - Chargers)

Ekeler got off to a fast start in 2019 with Melvin Gordon wanting a better contract. Though he still produced, especially in the passing game, after Gordon's return, there was still a slight drop-off.

Entering 2020, there was a chance the Chargers looked to the top running backs of the draft to match with Ekeler. Though Joshua Kelley was selected in the fourth round, the job looks like Ekeler's to lose. A versatile option on the ground and in the passing game, his role as the clear No. 1 back for 2020 makes him a very enticing option and a potential RB1.

Loser: Courtland Sutton (WR - Broncos)

The receiver's sophomore season showed no signs of a slump. Even with multiple quarterbacks taking snaps, Sutton still found a way to put up 1,112 yards and six touchdowns on 72 receptions. The biggest number, however, was the 124 targets he garnered.

Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler's presence will surely make that number shrink. The additions through the draft are great overall for the Broncos, but not for Sutton's fantasy value.

Winner: Michael Thomas (WR - Saints)

No one was more of a clear-cut No. 1 option than Michael Thomas for the Saints in 2019. A casual 149 receptions showed Thomas was one of the best in the league and a fantasy option everyone would be lucky to have.

That won't change in 2020, as the Saints didn't add anyone through the draft. The Emmanuel Sanders addition in free agency gives Brees another capable pass catcher, but wide receiver clearly wasn't an issue of concern during the final weekend of April. New Orleans is fine having Thomas be the first, second and third option, and fantasy owners will feel the same.

Loser: Jimmy Graham (TE - Bears)

Jimmy Graham has not been able to replicate his initial success in the NFL after leaving the Saints. His venture to Chicago didn't seem like it would help much due to inconsistent play at quarterback, and the draft makes things even bleaker.

The Bears took Cole Kmet in the second round, hoping he will be the first tight end in years to work out in the Windy City. Graham was already battling seven other tight ends on the roster, and now it is at eight. He'll still be the number one tight end on the depth chart, but the Bears tight end situation is looking more and more risky by the day for fantasy owners. 

Winner: Mark Andrews (TE - Ravens)

Mark Andrews asserted himself as a No. 1 fantasy option at tight end in 2019, even with Hayden Hurst and Nick Boyle receiving targets. Hurst was traded in the offseason to the Falcons, and Boyle is a block-first tight end that can be used in the passing offense when needed.

Andrews, who was already Lamar Jackson's favorite target, now has less competition. Though Baltimore has plenty of options on offense and loves to run the ball, they clearly have a lot of faith in the tight end.

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Current Jets and former Washington WR Josh Doctson opts out of 2020 NFL season

Current Jets and former Washington WR Josh Doctson opts out of 2020 NFL season

Current New York Jets and former Washington Football Team wide receiver Josh Doctson has opted out of the 2020 NFL season amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the team announced on Thursday.

Doctson was one of 67 players around the league including Washington's Caleb Brantley and Josh Harvey-Clemons, as many have decided to sit out the season in order to lower their risk of contracting the virus. 

Doctson was placed in the " unspecified'" grouping for the opt out, while "voluntary'" and "higher risk" were the other two options. Players had until Thursday at 4 p.m. to make the decision.

The pass catcher was Washington's first round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, but he never quite lived up to expectations. Injuries, drops and an inability to ever get comfortable in the offense led to Doctson only compelling 1,110 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in three seasons in Washington.

Just before the start of the 2019 regular season, Doctson was released by Washington and later signed with the Minnesota Vikings. He appeared in just one game and had no receptions. He signed with the Jets in February.

Now, the wide receiver will wait until 2021 to see if he can change the fortune of his NFL career. 


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Adrian Peterson willing to play 'three to four more' seasons to break Emmitt Smith's rushing record

Adrian Peterson willing to play 'three to four more' seasons to break Emmitt Smith's rushing record

As Washington running back Adrian Peterson enters his 14th NFL season, he sits just 4,139 yards away from Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing yards mark of 18,355.

For Peterson, who has put together one of the best careers at the position ever and currently ranks fifth on the list, surpassing Smith has been something he's chased since he first stepped foot in the league in 2007.

‘Obviously that’s one of my goals that I set for myself when I entered into the NFL was to be able to pass the GOAT," Peterson said on NFL Network's Good Morning Football.

Now just over 4,000 yards away, the goal is in Peterson's sights. But the 35-year old veteran is not only trying to catch Smith, but outlast "Father Time" as well. Though the 2012 MVP has shown no signs of slowing down over the past two seasons in Washington, the yardage total he needs equals about four more grueling seasons of football that would push him near the age of 40.

As challenging as that may be, Peterson expects to get there. He's already explained that he wants to play four more seasons, and though his body will call the shots, he's feeling healthy and fresh entering the 2020 campaign. 

“My body is feeling good. I look forward to playing a couple more years, three to four more years, who knows," Peterson said. "Depends on how my body is feeling, because it talks to me.”

He also didn't realize that he was only 4,139 yards from the record. To him, that makes the task even more plausible.

“I didn’t know it was that close. 4,000, that sounds a lot better than 6,000 or 5,000," Peterson said. "We’ll see what happens, I’ll put my best foot forward to reach it I promise you that.”


While passing Smith is surely something Peterson will take note of as he continues to suit up each Sunday, his desire to continue playing the sport doesn't come from personal achievements.

Throughout his illustrious career, he's consistently collected personal accolades that demonstrate just how successful he's been. But, one thing that has eluded Peterson is team achievements. In 13 seasons, he's still yet to reach a Super Bowl. As he continues to show age is just a number, it's the ring that he really wants. Smith's rushing record would just be the icing on the cake.

“That’s not really my ultimate goal, it’s one of my top goals," Peterson said. "Win a championship is the one that I’m chasing the most.”


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