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Dynastradamus’ 2020 Midseason Rookie Rankings

What a year 2020 has been, both on and off the field. The one bright spot of 2020 has been this year’s rookie class. Now that we have 8 weeks behind us, I have decided to re-rank the rookie class. I hope that you enjoy!

What a year 2020 has been, both on and off the field. The one bright spot of 2020 has been this year’s rookie class. Now that we have eight weeks behind us, I have decided to re-rank the rookie class. I hope that you enjoy it!

QB:

  1. Joe Burrow CIN

2. Justin Herbert LAC

(AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

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3. Tua Tagovailoa MIA

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4. Jordan Love GB

5. Jalen Hurts PHI

In all honesty, there are likely only three fantasy-relevant quarterbacks from this draft class. Joe Burrow is the real deal; what he has accomplished as a rookie has already surpassed my expectations. Burrow, through eight games, is a top-ten quarterback on the season and is averaging just under 20 points per game. Of his eight games played, he has finished with greater than 300 yards passing in five of them. The sky is the limit for Burrow, especially with the emergence of fellow rookie Tee Higgins.

Justin Herbert has been the biggest surprise of all the rookies at the quarterback position. Fantasy players were able to draft Herbert much later than expected, which provided many with huge returns on their investment… especially in Superflex leagues. In only six starts, Herbert has thrown for +300 yards in 50% of games and has a higher completion percentage, more touchdown passes, and a better TD-INT ratio than Joe Burrow, despite playing two fewer games.

For Tua, time will tell. He was not overly impressive in his first start despite the Dolphins getting the win.

RB:

  1. JK Dobbins BAL

2. D’Andre Swift DET

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3. Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC

4. James Robinson JAX

5. Jonathan Taylor IND

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6. Antonio Gibson WAS

7. Zach Moss BUF

8. Cam Akers LAR

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9. La’Michal Perine NYJ

10. Joshua Kelly LAC

11. AJ Dillon GB

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12. DeeJay Dallas SEA

13. Ke’Shawn Vaughn TB

14. Darrynton Evans TEN

15. Anthony McFarland Jr PIT

I won’t waste much time with my two tier-one running backs. Dobbins and Swift look like legit RB1 bell-cows for the foreseeable future. I gave the edge to Dobbins simply due to his superior situation and the explosive edge that he has over Swift.

Jonathan Taylor has not lived up to expectations. At times, he looks like Trent Richardson as he runs into blockers backs and seems to completely lack vision and the ability to read blocks. As frustrating as it is, players need to exercise patients and not overreact. I do not believe that the skills he put on tape in college have completely disappeared, but rather maybe he will take a year to develop like fellow Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III. The offensive line in IND is too good for him not to turn this around, and he has looked surprisingly much better in the passing game than he has running between tackles.

The emergence of JAC bell-cow running back, James Robinson, has been the biggest surprise of the entire fantasy season. Robinson is on pace to rush for 245-1100-9, on top of 62-514-5 receiving. Despite already having his bye, JRob is currently the RB5 overall. Robinson’s draft pedigree and the uncertainty of the Jaguars future are the only reasons that he is not the top rookie running back in this class for many analysts.

I have caught a lot of heat for my lack of Gibson love, but I truly believe that he is an RBBC type of back. He reminds me a lot more of a third-down type running back than he does an every-down running back. I expect him to continue to put up RB2 numbers simply due to his pass-catching ability.

WR:

  1. CeeDee Lamb DAL
(AP Photo/Emilee Chinn)

2. Tee Higgins CIN

3. Justin Jefferson MIN

4. Jalen Reagor PHI

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5. Chase Claypool PIT

6. Brandon Aiyuk SF

7. Jerry Jeudy DEN

8. Henry Ruggs LVR

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9. Laviska Shenault JAC

10. Bryan Edwards LVR

11. Michael Pittman Jr IND

12. Denzel Mims NYJ

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13. Gabriel Davis BUF

14. Tyler Johnson TB

15. Van Jefferson LAR

This is arguably the best wide receiver class that I have ever seen. I am genuinely amazed what these rookie wide receivers have accomplished with a limited offseason.

My top tier really needs no explanation; I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t believe those four will be studs for many years to come. My second tier is composed of WRs that I feel possess the ability to become their respective teams top wide receiver, sooner than later, with the one exception being Jerry Jeudy. I do not believe that Jeudy will surpass Courtland Sutton on the depth chart. I view Denver’s situation very similar to that in Atlanta, where in time, the two will be 1A/1B depending on the week.

My third tier is composed of wide receivers that I believe will be extremely solid fantasy WR2s. Both Mims and Pittman will eventually be their team’s number ones, but they have not done enough to date for me to have them in a tier above. Leviska Shenault is the group’s wild card; the man is explosive and is a threat to score every time he has the ball in his hands. Similarly to James Robinson, the unknown nature of the Jaguars has me hesitant to include him in my second tier, but this is completely in his potential range of outcomes.

TE:

  1. Cole Kmet CHI
  2. Harrison Bryant CLE
  3. Albert Okwuegbunam DEN
  4. Adam Trautman NO
  5. Devin Asiasi NE

This tight end class is borderline forgettable for me. None of these guys really blow me away. I would be shocked if more than one of these guys ever became a perennial TE1 in fantasy.

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