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Fantasy Football 2020

Athlon Sports Preseason Sports Magazine's provide in-depth analysis of the upcoming seasons and events. Each preview includes great feature stories, team previews, depth charts, predictions, schedules and more.

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2 Min.
editor’s letter

Every year in these pages, we include a feature outlining the off season comings and goings (this year’s it’s on page 28, and it’s titled “Familiar Faces, New Places”). In 2020, it’s tempting to set aside a whole magazine for that purpose. We won’t be able to tell the players without a scorecard (or an Athlon Fantasy Football magazine) after an off season of seismic disruptions to the sport’s very foundation. Change has been the theme, both in fantasy football and in the real thing. We’re all anticipating the spectacle of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in Bucs red and pewter and wondering if Philip Rivers will give us Peyton Manning flashbacks in Colts blue. Cam Newton was shown the door in Carolina, making way for new arrival Teddy Bridgewater. Nick…

5 Min.
who’s #1?

Christian McCaffrey, RB Carolina Panthers No need to overthink things here: McCaffrey is the slam-dunk No. 1 pick, especially in PPR leagues. McCaffrey outscored every other non-quarterback last season by well over 100 fantasy points (Athlon scoring), and the gap is even bigger between him and the No. 2 running back. Since there are fewer bell-cow backs than ever before, you can’t afford to wait until the end of the second round to grab your first running back, and McCaffrey is as complete a back as you can find. With Joe Brady directing the offense and a big upgrade at quarterback with Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina should have a stronger offense, and McCaffrey will be a major beneficiary. McCaffrey was held under 60 rushing yards six times last year, but that should…

8 Min.
daily news

Playing NFL Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) is like going to an amusement park. It’s fun and can be a thrilling ride, but each DFS site is a different roller coaster, offering unique twists and turns as well as speeds and drops. Most people have their favorite. DFS is no different. And whether you are a first-time rider or an experienced veteran, there is a DFS site for you. One of the biggest differences between regular fantasy football and DFS is the period of play. Standard fantasy football is often referred to as “seasonal fantasy” because it starts with Week 1 and typically goes through Week 16 or 17 of the NFL season. With DFS, one week, a specific set of games (the 4 p.m. Sunday matchup, for example) or a single…

7 Min.
on the mend

At the beginning of each fantasy season, owners know injuries are part of the game. Odds are that one of their players will suffer an injury and miss playing time at some point. However, by the time the next season rolls around, fantasy owners often forget who ended the year on injured reserve (especially if it didn’t affect their team). Some players ended the year injured but just needed time to recover. Others needed offseason surgery. These are the ones fantasy owners should keep an eye on because the type of surgery or the severity of the injury could impact their Week 1 status. BEN ROETHLISBERGER (ELBOW), QB, PITTSBURGH STEELERS Roethlisberger injured his elbow in Week 2, was shut down for the rest of the season and had surgery. In March, Roethlisberger…

16 Min.
rookie roundup

QUARTERBACKS 1. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati • LSU A record-breaking offense at LSU convinced Cincinnati to draft Burrow No. 1 overall. Burrow had a ton of help at LSU — new Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady got a promotion off his work, several skill position players were drafted and the offensive line didn’t get the credit it deserved. Stick throws to the hashes will be a question mark early, but Burrow didn’t show much reason for concern at the college level. 2. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami • Alabama Tagovailoa’s hip injury caused him to drop a bit from presumed No. 1 overall pick at the start of last year’s season, but it ultimately didn’t make much difference in his draft position. Everything he proved in 2018 is still true: He’s a high-functioning quarterback with…

6 Min.
2019 busts 2020 expectations

In the fantasy world, owners head into the season hoping for the best. They draft their best team, and more often than not, they end the season feeling let down. One or more players who should have been solid difference-makers on the team end up being disappointments. Often, fantasy owners hold a grudge against those players the following season. They place them on their personal “do not draft” list because of one bad year. In some cases, this is a reasonable response, but in other cases, a bust one year may become a value or better the next year. Here are some busts from 2019 and what to expect from them in 2020. BAKER MAYFIELD, QB, CLEVELAND BROWNS 2019 stats: 16 games, 3,827 passing yards, 22 TDs, 21 INTs; 141 rushing yards,…