D’Andre Swift (RB) Georgia, Detroit Lions
For me the most complete back in this year’s class, Swift is a dynamic runner with excellent vision and instincts. He has the strength and elusiveness to win up the middle, as well as the quicks and know-how to bounce it outside. An effective pass-catcher, Swift has soft hands and advanced route-running ability. I fully expect Swift to be the first running back of the board come draft day. Solid fantasy Rb1 numbers for year one.
Jerry Jeudy (WR) Alabama, Denver Broncos
Jeudy shows elite footwork, route running ability and suddenness to be a constant big play producer in the NFL. He projects as a true No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL that a passing game can be funneled through. Alabama lined him up all across the formation and he features the versatility to do the same in the NFL and not restrict the offensive scheme. Jeudy in the right scheme could easily produce fantadsy wide receiver one numbers in year one.
Jonathan Taylor (RB) Wisconsin Badgers, Indianapolis Colts
Jonathan Taylor is a rare breed in that he’s at his best when given the full workload and able to use his punishing running style to wear out the opposition. Taylor isn’t an ideal fit for outside zone rushing concepts but run him inside and off tackle liberally and enjoy success A plug and play starting running back. The biggest concerns for me are his heavy workload in college. Should be a solid fantasy Rb1 year one.
Cee De Lamb (WR) Oklahoma, Dallas Cowboys
While Lamb doesn’t have elite top end speed, he checks damn near every other possible box. He’s smooth with his feet, possesses elite body control, vacuum hands and is a dynamic, angry runner after the catch. Experienced in manufactured touches, boundary and slot work, Lamb should step into an offense and be comfortable filling any possible role than a coach could give him. A top-shelf WR prospect and impact starter early on. Lamb should be a wide receiver 2 fantasy contributor year one.
Cam Akers (RB) FSU, L.A. Rams
Akers is a well-built strider and cut-back king with good enough burst, acceleration and speed to frustrate defenses. He’s got the build to be a willing and effective blocker, especially with a strong lower body. More importantly, he’s a terrific pass-catcher, flashing good hands and a smooth catch-and-go transition to enhance his ability to rack up yards from scrimmage. My biggest concern for Akers is landing spot, he must land somewhere kind to be fantasy relevant year one.
JK Dobbins (RB) Ohio State, Baltimore Ravens
Dobbins had 1,500 total yards as a 19-year-old freshman, so his breakout age is certainly a strength. His ball security and receiving ability obviously are as well. Dobbins displays good footwork on tape and was very
good at setting up defenders behind his outstanding offensive line. He showed us in 2019 that he can handle a workhorse role as well. Will have to improve in pass protection at the next level but I see him being a solid Rb2 for fantasy in year one.
Justin Jefferson (WR) LSU, Minnesota Vikings
Deployed predominantly from the slot while at LSU, Jefferson is a high-floor player who demonstrates excellent ball skills, body control, and route technique. Highly productive in college, the Louisiana native is a capable chain mover who projects to work as a solid No. 2 in the NFL. Think Tyler Boyd when you watch Jefferson.
Tee Higgins (WR) Clemson, Cincinnati Bengals
Not many 6’4” receivers have the versatility to play all three receiver spots like Higgins can. His lanky frame is a nightmare in one-on-one situations, and he makes the most of his opportunities. Higgins scored touchdowns on 20% of his catches throughout his three-year collegiate career. His volume wasn’t crazy impressive, but he gets results. Higgins could blossom into a true WR1 with some work and is expected to be a long-term starter. Expect solid WR3 numbers in year one
Jalen Reagor (WR) TCU, Philadelphia Eagles
Reagor is a smaller but an incredibly slippery, blazing fast wideout who plays bigger than his size thanks to high-quality ball-tracking and jump-ball skills in traffic. Reagor is a playmaker with the ball in his hands, and has the ability to produce in multiple ways, but there are some concerns about the lack of consistency in his receiving production record. If Reagor lands in the right situation expect solid WR3 numbers. A good comparison Randall Cobb in Green Bay.
Joe Burrow (QB) LSU, Cincinnati Bengals
Burrow has nearly all the characteristics desired to be a great NFL quarterback. His throwing motion and footwork are NFL-ready, helping him effortlessly and accurately place balls for his receivers all over the field. Burrow has every potential to be a top-10 Fantasy quarterback annually. Expect him to be a first-round pick in rookie-only drafts and a mid-to-late choice in dynasty league startups. He also figures to be in the mix in the final two or three rounds in seasonal formats as a sleeper.