By the time the draft reaches the No. 91-100 range, most teams have started to fill out bench spots at running back and wide receiver. This is the upside range, with several young breakout candidates joined by veterans who have produced before and make for great bounceback candidates.
Several of these players have the ability and opportunity to play a big part in the 2020 Fantasy football story. That's why we have two sides to every profile, to help you identify the ones worth chasing.
As you get ready for the 2020 Fantasy season, the best place to start is by getting to know the player pool, and the best way to do that is to dive into Heath Cummings' breakdown of our top-100 players for 2020. He'll make the case for and against each player, so that when you get ready to pick, you can make up your own mind.
You can also prepare by subscribing to Fantasy Football Today for non-stop Fantasy football content. Check out our latest episode below where the team discusses their favorite sleepers for 2020.
You can read about No. 91-100 below, and find the rest of the top-100 here:
- No. 1-10 - Christian McCaffrey through Miles Sanders
- No. 11-20 - Travis Kelce through D.J. Moore
- No. 21-30 - Cooper Kupp through Aaron Jones
- No. 31-40 - Melvin Gordon through James Conner
- No. 41-50 - Lamar Jackson through Courtland Sutton
- No. 51-60 - Stefon Diggs through Cam Akers
- No. 61-70 - Devin Singletary through Hunter Henry
- No. 71-80 - Michael Gallup through Tarik Cohen
- No. 81-90 - Deebo Samuel through Jordan Howard
The Case For: Many experts thought CeeDee Lamb was the best receiver in this draft class and he may have landed in the best offense of all of them too. Kellen Moore led one of the best offenses in the league last year, and you'd expect Dak Prescott and Co. to be at least that good in 2020. Lamb is available in the eighth round of most drafts and he has more upside than just about any other pass catcher in that range.
The Case Against: At the very least, Lamb will start the year behind Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, and the Cowboys will give at least 120 targets to the combination of Blake Jarwin and Ezekiel Elliott as well. If you really think Lamb can overcome that competition in his rookie year, you can probably wait until after the first few weeks of the season and then trade for him, because it's unlikely his value goes up early in the season.
The Case For: The Giants never had everyone healthy last year, so it's hard to know what to make of their target share in 2020. But Sterling Shepard averaged eight targets per game in his 10 games and sure looks like the favorite to lead the Giants in targets in 2020. There aren't a lot of projected target leaders available in Round 9 of drafts, but Shepard is.
The Case Against: If Shepard, Golden Tate, Darius Slayton, Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley all stay healthy, it's hard to envision any Giants' pass catcher topping 120 targets. And Shepard's career 7.6 yards per target just isn't good enough to succeed with a mediocre target total. For him to become a must-start wide receiver he needs at least one injury and improvement from Daniel Jones as a passer.
The Case For: Despite atrocious quarterback play, Diontae Johnson had an encouraging rookie year and finished with a flurry averaging nearly eight targets per game over the last month of the season. He was one of the best in the league at generating separation and making defenders miss after the catch. Now Ben Roethlisberger is back, and the Steelers offense should be firing on all cylinders. Johnson has enormous upside opposite JuJu Smith Schuster in 2020.
The Case Against: The hype around Johnson is really weird. He was not a young prospect and his college production doesn't jump off the page. Neither does his athletic profile. There's no reason to think he's anywhere close to Smith-Schuster in terms of target share, and he was out-produced by James Washington last year. Oh yeah, the team added Chase Claypool and Eric Ebron as well.
The Case For: The addition of DeAndre Hopkins should make things much easier on Christian Kirk with opposing defenses turning their attention away from the third-year receiver. Kyler Murray should improve as a passer in his second year, and we expect Kliff Kingsbury's offense to be among the league leaders in terms of pass attempts.
The Case Against: Kirk was flat out bad in his second year, averaging just 6.6 yards per target, so you're counting on improvement from Murray, Kirk and the Cardinals as a whole. And it had better be big improvement because there's no way Kirk is coming close to the 7.9 targets per game he saw in 2019 with Hopkins on the other side.
The Case For: Damien Williams has played 16 regular-season games since Kareem Hunt went down in 2018. In those games he's produced 1,100 total yards and 13 total touchdowns. In five playoff games he's been even better with more than 500 yards and 10 scores in five postseason games. Most of that time was spent sharing with someone, so the arrival of Clyde Edwards-Helaire shouldn't scare you off, especially at Williams' discounted cost.
The Case Against: Sharing with Spencer Ware, Darwin Thompson, LeSean McCoy and Darrel Williams is not the same as sharing with a talented rookie the Chiefs just spent a first-round pick to acquire. Damien Williams will have a role to start the year and may even be startable for the first month, but the future belongs to Edwards-Helaire, and that future is sooner rather than later.
The Case For: Even without the ability to accurately throw the ball downfield, Josh Allen was a top 10 Fantasy quarterback in 2019. That's because of what he does with his legs. The Bills added Stefon Diggs in the offseason, giving him a true No. 1 receiver. If he makes even incremental progress as a passer, he has top-five upside.
The Case Against: Allen has scored 17 rushing touchdowns on 198 career attempts. It's completely unreasonable to expect him to maintain that rate. So, it's more realistic to say he must improve as a passer to maintain his 2019 Fantasy production. And while that production placed Allen in the top-10 for the season, he was not top 12 on a per-game basis.
The Case For: Rob Gronkowski is the greatest tight end of all time, and now he's back with Tom Brady, completely fresh and, in what should be one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. Bonus, he's in Tampa Bay where he'll play in far better weather than he did in New England. Even better, you don't even have to draft him as a top five tight end.
The Case Against: Gronkowski is 31 years old and did not look like himself towards the end of his tenure in New England. He hasn't played 16 games in a season since 2011 and he's only played more than 13 games once since 2015. Chris Godwin and Mike Evans will dominate targets, and Gronkowski, if healthy, will be a low-end starter.
The Case For: Dobbins is an elite prospect who landed in arguably the best run offense in the NFL. Mark Ingram will turn 31 years old this season and struggled with injuries towards the end of 2019. If Ingram goes down (or Dobbins takes the job), the rookie has league-winning upside.
The Case Against: The Ravens still have Gus Edwards and Justice Hill. They also have Lamar Jackson, who will account for a fifth of the team's rush attempts. It's unlikely any back in Baltimore gets 220 carries, and the Ravens do not use their backs regularly in the passing game. Dobbins has a great future in Dynasty leagues, but he won't be startable in 2020.
The Case For: Dirk Koetter's offenses gave 125 targets per year to tight ends. Last year Austin Hooper was on pace for even more than that. Now Hooper is in Cleveland and former first-round pick Hayden Hurst finds himself with an enormous opportunity. Hurst has better pedigree than Hooper and has been more efficient with the few targets he saw in Baltimore. He has top-three upside in this offense.
The Case Against: Despite his lack of productivity, Hurst is actually older than Hooper. And the fact that he's nearly 27 years old with 62 career targets is a red flag. It's bad math to use his career efficiency and project that onto a 100-target season. Hurst is a fine pick in the double-digit rounds but he's far from a sure thing as a starting tight end.
The Case For: With Matt Breida gone, Tevin Coleman should find himself in close to an even timeshare in San Francisco. The 49ers are one of the best offenses in the league, and there's no reason Coleman and Raheem Mostert can't both be top-30 backs in this offense. Coleman reminded everyone of his upside in the 49ers first playoff win when he ran 22 times for 105 yards and two scores against a good Vikings defense. He's available in the double-digit rounds and should be on everyone's radar as a late round flex option.
The Case Against: In the final five games of 2019 Coleman did not have one game with more than five carries. He only had four targets in those five games combined. Matt Breida may be gone but the 49ers do have Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson. You should stay away from all the 49ers backs unless you're in a Best Ball league.
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