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Which NFL rookies landed in the best fantasy football situations?

Which NFL rookies landed in the best fantasy football situations?

With the 2020 NFL Draft over, the next important draft for millions of fans will be in the fantasy football world. Rookies have now found their new homes on offense, and there are a lot who are in a position to make an instant impact both in the National Football League and fantasy leagues.

Here's a look at which first-year players' fantasy projections are trending up due to where they landed in the draft.

QB - Joe Burrow (Bengals)

For fantasy owners, the first thing to be considered when drafting a player is how much they will play. For a majority of the quarterbacks taken in the 2020 class, the answer doesn't look great, at least for the early portion of the season.

Joe Burrow is the exception. The No. 1 overall pick looks to be in line to open up the season as the starter in Cincinnati. Though veteran Andy Dalton is still on the roster, there is a chance he is released before the season begins to save some money. Additionally, after a 2-14 season, the Bengals have nothing to lose by letting the future of their franchise hit the ground running from Day 1.

Just because Cincinnati struggled a lot last year doesn't mean Burrow can't find some decent success this year. Already beginning to study the playbook, Burrow has a chance to put his skillset to good use with offensive-minded head coach Zac Taylor. Having weapons like A.J. Green, Tee Higgins and Joe Mixon doesn't hurt, either. Burrow has the best chance to be a starter Week 1, meaning he's the best fantasy option among rookie quarterbacks.

QB - Justin Herbert (Chargers)

Herbert may not start immediately due to Tyrod Taylor, but head coach Anthony Lynn believes it will be an open competition. If you're looking for someone to stash for later in the season or in a dynasty league, Herbert could be the guy. With a strong arm and sneaky athleticism, he'll have the chance to put up a lot of numbers in an LA offense that has the likes of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.

Herbert heading to the Chargers puts him in a situation where he can thrive in the long run.

RB - Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Chiefs)

​​A shifty and explosive running back that can catch passes out of the backfield heading to an innovative offense that loves to get its running backs in open space. The LSU running back heading to Kansas City seems like a match made in heaven.

He won't be an every-down back, but he'll have his fair share of opportunities to touch the football. In an offense that can score at will like the Chiefs', that's all fantasy owners can hope for.

RB - J.K. Dobbins (Ravens)

Dobbins is a workhorse that ran the ball 301 times for Ohio State in 2019. With Mark Ingram and Lamar Jackson still commanding the rushing game for the Ravens, he won't get as many chances in 2020. However, he's a bruising and quick runner that is joining a team that loves to run the ball more than anyone else.

Dobbins' skill will earn him reps in the offense, and if the Ravens continue to run the ball like they have the last couple of seasons, he'll have fantasy value. 

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WR CeeDee Lamb (Cowboys)

Lamb may not have been who the Cowboys expected to grab in the first round, but when he fell to them it was a pick that they had to make. Both sides will benefit from that decision.

Lamb won't be the number one option right away, he may not even be number two. Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup are both very talented receivers who already have a connection with Dak Prescott. But don't let that scare you away. The former Oklahoma pass catcher has exceptional ball skills and big-play ability that will allow him to garner targets right out of the gate.

Cooper will demand double teams at times, leaving someone else open. When it's Lamb, you'll want him on your fantasy team.

WR Jerry Jeudy (Broncos)

After showing flashes of good QB play in 2019, the offense is Drew Lock's in 2020. Denver will most likely open up the offense a little more for the second-year passer and allow him to stretch the field more.

Jeudy, who may be the most polished receiver in what was a very talented class, will get a buckle of the targets right away. Courtland Sutton is another viable option for the Broncos, but there's no reason to think Jeudy couldn't assert himself as the main weapon in Denver during his rookie season. 

TE Devin Asiasi (Patriots)

Strong fantasy tight ends are hard to find, strong fantasy tight ends that are rookies are even harder to locate. This will be no different in 2020. Cole Kmet may have the greatest upside, but he'll be busy dealing with a mess in Chicago that includes quarterback questions, Jimmy Graham and eight other tight ends on the roster.

So, while no rookie at this position may do much fantasy-wise, Asiasi is the best bet. The Patriots are in need of weapons, and Bill Belichick has been able to create success for tight ends in the past. At 6-5, 280 pounds, Asiasi can at least get some red zone work early on and potentially give fantasy owners a few touchdowns.

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What were the biggest surprises from the 2020 NFL Draft?

What were the biggest surprises from the 2020 NFL Draft?

The 2020 NFL Draft has come and gone, but it did not pass without plenty of fireworks.

Here were some of the biggest surprises from the 2020 NFL Draft.

CeeDee Lamb falls to the Dallas Cowboys in Round 1

In one of the deepest wide receiver drafts in recent memory, Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb was widely considered a top 3 pass-catcher in this class. With the amount of wide receiver-needy teams in the first half of the first round, it was almost a foregone conclusion that Lamb would be off the board within the first 10-15 picks.

So when it came time for the Dallas Cowboys to pick at No. 17 and Lamb was still available, the choice was easy for Jerry Jones. Despite locking up Amari Cooper to a five-year deal earlier this offseason and already having a promising No. 2 wideout in Michael Gallup, the Cowboys selected the best player available in Lamb. 

Dallas' offense is going to be hard to stop in 2020 and beyond.

Packers trade up in Round 1 to draft Utah State's Jordan Love

Did Aaron Rodgers get...Aaron Rodgers-ed by the Packers Round 1 selection?

Everyone knows the infamous story of when the Packers drafted Rodgers 24th overall in 2005 when Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre was still on the roster. Rodgers sat behind Favre for three seasons before taking over as Green Bay's starter, and the relationship between the two-signal callers was certainly not the smoothest.

Well 14 years later, the Packers may have done the same thing to Rodgers that they did with Favre. Green Bay traded up to the 26th overall pick in order to take Utah State QB Jordan Love, a raw prospect who has tremendous upside. Love isn't expected to see the field in 2020, and Green Bay probably doesn't want their first-round QB to see the field for at least 2-3 more seasons. 

Regardless, there's now a ton of drama in the Green Bay QB room.

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Eagles take Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts with their second-round pick

Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts was expected to come off the board during Day 2 of the NFL Draft, but ending up in Philadelphia was something nobody saw coming besides the Eagles.

Philadelphia already has a franchise quarterback in Carson Wentz, whom they signed to a massive extension just days before the 2019 season began. General manager Howie Roseman doubled down with his support for Wentz following the selection of Hurts, too.

What role Hurts will have within the Eagles offense is unclear. Some draft experts have tossed out the idea of Hurts playing a Taysom Hill-esque role where he sees the field in some offensive packages.

Three potential first-rounders slide on Day 2

Three players: Houston's Josh Jones, LSU's Kristian Fulton and Wisconsin's Zach Baun, all entered the NFL Draft with either first-round or high second-round grades. All three of them heard their names way later than they anticipated.

In a top-heavy offensive tackle class, Jones was considered to be right in that second tier at his position. After four tackles came off the board in the first 14 picks, Jones' likelihood of getting drafted in the first round seemed to be likely. But Jones saw several tackles come off the board before he finally heard his name in the third round with the No. 72 overall pick.

Fulton's slide to No. 61 might be the most surprising of the bunch, considering he was in contention for being the third cornerback off the board behind Ohio State's Jeff Okudah and Florida's CJ Henderson. Multiple cornerbacks, such as Ohio State's Damon Arnette, Clemson's A.J. Terrell, Alabama's Trevon Diggs and TCU's Jeff Gladney, all heard their names before Fulton.

Baun's expected draft position was the most uncertain of the three, especially after he was flagged for a diluted urine sample at the Combine. But with a weak edge rusher class, falling to No. 74 was not expected at all.

Jake Fromm's slide to Round 5

The Georgia signal-caller was not expected to be a first-round pick by any means, but few thought he would stay on the board until the fifth.

Fromm was expected to be picked between the second and fourth rounds by many draft experts. After he didn't hear his name on Day 2 of the draft, it was expected his name would be one of the first called on Saturday.

His slide lasted all the way to pick No. 167, where he will be Josh Allen's backup in Minnesota.

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Why it doesn't make sense for the Ravens to trade up in the draft for a wide receiver

Why it doesn't make sense for the Ravens to trade up in the draft for a wide receiver

Despite the fact that the Ravens missed out on Michael Brockers, it’s hard not to look at the offseason and see modest levels of progress. 

The Ravens added two interior defensive linemen to help out with a pass rush that could use a boost on the inside and kept Matthew Judon around on a franchise tag. 

Even still, the Ravens and general manager Eric DeCosta still have a lot of work to do before next season begins. And they’ve got nine picks — and seven in the first four rounds — to fill out the roster. 

Meaning, the Ravens have the ammunition to trade up for a player in the top half of the first round, should they choose. But while that option might seem tantalizing to the fanbase, it doesn’t make sense to move up for certain positions. One of those positions is wide receiver. 

The Ravens’ team website answered this question from a fan a week ago about the prospect of moving up in the draft for another wideout for Lamar Jackson. While it’s true that adding Jerry Jeudy or Ceedee Lamb or even a Justin Jefferson or Henry Ruggs-type wideout would only further elevate the offense, it’s not the most sensical move for the roster. 

Baltimore picks 28th in the draft, so if it felt it needed to trade with Denver to get the 15th selection to pick one of Lamb or Jeudy, that’d cost them a chunk of their draft capital. 

According to a trade value chart, the Ravens’ 28th selection is currently worth about 660 “points.” Should they move up to 15th overall, which is worth 1,050 points, they’d have to make up a difference of 390 points. Meaning, a potential trade to 15th would cost the Ravens — approximately — the 28th pick, the 55th pick, and the 129th pick. 

Of course, that’s only speaking from a mathematical perspective. The Ravens would likely have to part with an additional pick in 2021 too, if past history is any future indicator. Should there be a bidding war for one of those wideouts, the price would only go up from there. 

The argument, of course, can be made that, when whoever that assortment of picks is stacked against Jeudy or Lamb, the newest wide receiver would outweigh those selections in the later rounds. 

But with a wide receiver class as loaded as this year’s class is, there will certainly be a wide receiver of value, both on the field and in the draft room, when the Ravens pick in the first, second and third rounds. 

Additionally, the Ravens would have to take a good look at the resources they’ve invested into the team if they’re sure about trading up for a wide receiver. Since 2016, the Ravens have picked five times in the first round. Four picks were offensive players — three of whom play skill positions (Jackson, Hayden Hurst and Marquise Brown). 

With the Ravens other, perhaps more pressing needs on the roster, which include interior offensive line, edge rusher and inside linebacker, making a trade to acquire a receiver and diminish the chances of filling the rest of the holes on the roster isn’t something the Ravens should entertain.

When you look at the investments the Ravens have made on offense in recent years, paired with the context of this year’s draft and other team needs across the board, it simply doesn’t make sense to invest even more top resources into more skill positions on the offense.

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