With more teams moving to running back by committee and the increased prevalence of passing in the modern game, the value of a true three-down running back is sky-high. Proven stars like Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley are near the top of 2020 Fantasy football rankings because of their ability to impact the game in multiple ways. However, landing the next big running back can help solidify your Fantasy football picks.
Chiefs rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Lions rookie D'Andre Swift, Ravens rookie J.K. Dobbins and Colts rookie Jonathan Taylor all face serious competition in their respective backfields for touches, so where do they belong in your 2020 Fantasy football rookie rankings? Before determining your 2020 Fantasy football strategy, you need to see what SportsLine's advanced computer model has to say. Their model has a proven history and can help identify the top 2020 Fantasy football sleepers, breakouts and busts, giving you a major advantage over your competition.
Last season, the model correctly said Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield would be a bust despite the fact that he was being drafted in the sixth round on average. It also nailed Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin as a breakout when he was being drafted well outside the top 15 wide receivers, and correctly predicted that quarterback Jameis Winston, who finished the season with an eye-popping 5,109 passing yards and 33 touchdowns, would be among the top sleepers. Anyone who followed their model's advice was well on their way to a league title.
Now, the model has simulated the entire 2020 NFL season 10,000 times and came up with some very surprising player projections. It's identified the top sleepers, breakouts and busts so you'll have an edge in your Fantasy football league.
Top 2020 Fantasy football picks
One player the model is high on: Giants tight end Evan Engram. With 4.42-second speed in the 40-yard-dash at 240 pounds, Engram is arguably the biggest vertical threat the position has to offer. He's shown incredible flashes of productivity in his first three seasons with 153 catches for 1,766 yards and 12 touchdowns despite missing 14 games. The issue has been that Engram has struggled to stay healthy thanks to ankle and hamstring troubles and then a Lisfranc injury last season.
However, Engram had offseason surgery to fix his foot and has benefited from a lightened workload this offseason. With Daniel Jones poised to take a significant step forward in his second season as a starter, Engram should benefit greatly from his quarterback's continued development. The model predicts that Engram will finish as the No. 5 tight end in Fantasy football, projecting more than 70 catches and six touchdowns.
Another surprise: The model is fading Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, even though he was the No. 12 receiver in Fantasy football last season after catching 100 passes for 1,117 yards and six touchdowns. However, he'll now have to build a rapport with new quarterback Jarrett Stidham after Tom Brady left for the Buccaneers in free agency.
Even with all the reports that the Patriots like Stidham a lot, there's sure to be a learning curve in his first year as a starter and the offense as a whole is likely to become more run-oriented while he gets acclimated. That means fewer targets for Edelman, whose game is predicated on volume. That's why the model predicts fewer than 900 yards receiving for the veteran and ranks him outside the top 35 among Fantasy receivers.
Where to find 2020 Fantasy football rankings
The model is also calling for a surprising wide receiver you aren't even thinking about to finish in the top 10 of its 2020 Fantasy football rankings. This pick could be the difference between winning big and going home with nothing.
So which players are poised for breakouts, which sleepers do you need to jump on, and which busts should you avoid at all costs in your Fantasy football league? Visit SportsLine now to get early 2020 Fantasy football rankings, plus see which WR is going to come out of nowhere to crack the top 10, all from the model that out-performed experts big time last season.