Football is back! Well, almost. With NFL kickoff less than a week away, we can all finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully, live football will bring some joy to our lives in what has been an undeniably gloomy year up to this point.
NFL training camps have wrapped up and a slew of roster cuts took place this morning. Perhaps that gives us a better idea of how to view some team situations, or maybe it throws more confusion in areas we thought were clear. This weekend is when most fantasy football drafts will be taking place, so what better time than now to release some great values you can snag in your upcoming drafts?
Brandin Cooks – WR 37, 8th Round
First off, Brandin Cooks is someone I have been pounding the table for all offseason. After a year where he battled several concussions that led to a disappointing fantasy season, he has left a few fantasy managers feeling burned. But at his current ADP (Average Draft Position) of the 37th WR off the board in the back end of the eighth round, he is someone that should easily outproduce his ADP. Cooks has been a top-15 WR in four out of the last five years despite bouncing between three different NFL teams during that time. Even if you think Will Fuller is the guy and plays all 16 games (I don’t believe either of those), Cooks still will outperform his ADP. I have no doubts that Deshaun Watson can support two top-24 receivers this year.
Michael Gallup – WR 31, 7th Round
After finishing as the WR 22 last year and clearing over 1,100 yards in only 14 games, Gallup’s price falling this year makes him an easy value. The addition of CeeDee Lamb to Dallas is great for the team, but I don’t expect Lamb to take much away from Gallup. Dallas still will be one of the top passing and scoring offenses in 2020, and the WR corps behind Amari Cooper, Gallup, and Lamb is nonexistent. I expect Gallup to continue to produce and grow in his role — he should finish as a WR2.
N’Keal Harry – WR 61- 14th Round
This one is a bit of a deeper pick. N’Keal Harry is someone you can select toward the end of your draft and hope he does something with his role, but if he doesn’t then you aren’t losing much of an investment. Harry had a rough rookie campaign in 2019 due to injuries that started in training camp followed by struggling to get on the field when he was healthy in the regular season.
Fast forward to 2020: Harry has had some good days and bad days from reporters at Patriots’ training camp, but things seem to be trending up. With Tom Brady departed, now enter Cam Newton. Cam has always been a fan of bigger-bodied receivers such as Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess. Harry should be able to fit that mold to some degree, even though he is a bit smaller than the aforementioned receivers. The Patriots releasing Mohamed Sanu, who they traded a second-round pick for last year, also shows that there is some degree of confidence in their sophomore receiver.
Antonio Gibson – RB 44, 11th Round
As I am writing this article, the Washington Football Team has released veteran RB Adrian Peterson. Earlier this offseason, I wrote about how I expected the main early-down work to go to Peterson and Gibson would mainly be used on third downs. Now everything is up in the air. While Gibson didn’t shoulder a meaningful rushing workload in college, it doesn’t necessarily mean he can’t do it at the professional level. At 6-foot-1, 220 lbs, he is certainly built to handle that role. Washington even passed on signing Leonard Fournette before cutting Peterson, so they are very confident in the guys they have. I would expect to see Peyton Barber and Bryce Love mixed in on some early-down work, but the RB to have from Washington is Gibson. Love could be a potential later round pick. Gibson will likely skyrocket in drafts this weekend, so if you got him, congratulations, and if you are drafting between now and the start of the season, expect to spend at least a sixth-round pick on him.
J.K. Dobbins – RB 34, 9th Round
Dobbins is going to be a league-winner. There, I said it. Mark Ingram is still in Baltimore, yes I know, but Dobbins’ skill set will allow him to be used on third downs and he should get plenty of rushing work as well. As the season goes on, I would expect to see Dobbins’ usage increase as he gets more comfortable in the offense. Throughout his career, Ingram has missed at least one game in five out of the last seven seasons. If Ingram were to miss time, I would expect Dobbins to be in RB1 territory for Baltimore. Dobbins is the perfect target for any 0RB fans out there.
Zack Moss – RB 39, 10th Round
I didn’t expect all of my RB values to be rookies, but here we are. I haven’t been a huge fan of Zack Moss due to his poor athletic profile and the presence of Devin Singletary. I thought that backfield was likely to be too even between the backs to bring you any fantasy joy. However, throughout training camp Moss has seemed to shine while Singletary has had many issues, one of them being fumbles. Moss could be very productive if he were to get the goal-line and passing down work. It is looking as if Moss is going to be the guy sooner rather than later, and if he gets a dominant role in that offense, he will easily return value at his current ADP.
That does it for the 2020 Fantasy Footbll Draft Value breakdown. Be sure to stay tuned to our fantasy football coverage here at On Tap Sports Net and tune in to the Fantasy Hour On Tap podcast for further analysis throughout the season.