The tight end position wasn’t nearly as heralded in the 2020 draft as it was in 2019. While that was the case, it doesn’t mean that there weren’t a couple diamonds in the wasteland. Landing spot dependence for the tight end position might be one of the most important of all the positions. Some teams just don’t utilize the position well at all, and on other teams, tight ends flourish in their systems. These are the 2020 NFL draft’s biggest winners and losers from the tight end position.
The 2020 draft carried one of the deepest wide receiver groups in NFL history. There were thirteen taken in the first two rounds and thirty-seven total. Usually the wide receiver landing spots don’t change roster outlooks as much as other positions because teams can carry multiple successful receivers, but when this amount of talent at any position enters the league at once, there is a little bit more of a shakeup. These are the 2020 NFL draft’s biggest winners and losers from the wide receiver position.
The 2020 draft is in the books, and boy was it a doozy. The virus forcing it to be virtual, will be what everyone will remember, but the amount of offensive skill players will be a close second. The top five running backs taken have a lot of similarities to the great running back draft class of 2017. The landing spots of the top running backs are always what affect our dynasty draft orders the most. These are the 2020 NFL draft’s biggest winners and losers from the running back position.
For dynasty team owners, the NFL draft is about landing spots. It’s not just about the rookies though. The value of the players that are already on your team can change dramatically. Your quarterback’s team might get him some brand-new weapons or they might draft his replacement. A team’s number one wide receiver or running back might become their number two in the blink of an eye. The NFL draft is so much fun for us, but it can be stressful when the picks don’t go our way. Ask Packers fans about that.
1.01 CINCINNATI BENGALS – Joe Burrow – QB – LSU
Joe Burrow is the consensus #1 quarterback in the draft and there is not a chance that the Bengals trade out of this spot.
1.02 WASHINGTON REDSKINS – Chase Young – Edge – Ohio State
The Redskins hold strong and take the most disruptive defensive player in this year’s draft.
The Dynasty Stash House is about examining the players that might not be household names, but can help round out the bottom of your roster. This is a less appreciated, but important process for constructing your dynasty team. Other than the top few guys, this list of players is for really deep leagues, but it can also be useful for watch list information. The best-case scenario, when adding lesser known prospects is that they exceed expectations and develop into starters. While that outcome is rarely the case, if any of these players end up becoming relevant enough to use as a spot start or as a trade addition, then you’ve done well. Hitting on bottom roster players can be just as gratifying as hitting on draft picks, especially when you factor in the low cost.
If you are in a deep enough dynasty IDP league, then you probably know that cornerback is pretty much the least significant position across the board. For one, many of the best cornerbacks in the league are not the highest scoring players at the position. “Shutdown” cornerbacks don’t usually get the ball thrown in their direction. The scoring is usually so sporadic with performances being up and down from week to week. Corners that don’t cover well will get good tackle numbers, but you can’t count on those players, because the coaches are always trying to upgrade them. If you can look at anything from the position with any sort of consistency, really good slot and nickel cornerbacks are the best to own. They’re usually asked to come into the box and play the middle of the field, where the action is.
After linebackers in dynasty leagues with IDP’s, defensive ends and safeties are the next most important positions. The safety position is closer to middle linebacker in that tackle numbers lead to more consistent scoring. Defensive end scoring is more about sack production because typically pass rushers won’t put up big tackle numbers. If you’re in a sack heavy league, a league that has a higher reward for sacks, then defensive ends will have a higher value. It is important to learn the scoring in your league in order to make the right personnel decisions for your team.
In smaller dynasty leagues the defensive tackle position may not even be a relevant position. Many leagues have a DL (defensive lineman) designation, which means you can either start a defensive end or defensive tackle. Most defensive lineman don’t get a lot of tackles, so it’s sacks that you are looking for. There is a small top tier of defensive tackles that can get you good sack numbers, but it’s a big drop off after those few elite players.