From Ceedee Lamb being taken 17th overall by the Cowboys, to Clyde Edwards-Helaire being the first RB off the board, the 2020 NFL Draft was full of excitement and surprising picks. Now that we finally have landing spots for the 2020 rookie class, we can start assessing where each rookie will fall in your dynasty drafts.
To provide some guidance, we present a brand new, two-round Superflex mock draft completed by the Dynasty Nerds team. Below is each pick from the first round with a brief analysis. Enjoy!
1.01 Joe Burrow, QB Cincinnati Bengals
Dr. Matthew Mitchell – @ReflipeWThenuz
This is the chalk pick in a Superflex draft. Burrow is the safest player on the board with elite college production and high-end draft capital. He joins a loaded offense with AJ Green, Tyler Boyd, Joe Mixon, and their newly drafted WR Tee Higgins. There is not much else to say about this one! Do not overthink it – keep it simple and keep it safe.
1.02 Tua Tagovailoa, QB Miami Dolphins
Jared Wackerly – @JaredWackerlyFF
Believe it or not, this wasn’t an easy choice for me. I was debating taking either Jonathan Taylor or Clyde Edwards-Helaire here. Their landing spots are almost too good to pass up. However, in a Superflex league, the value of quarterbacks can’t be overstated. I really believe in Tua’s talent. He’s a guy you want leading your franchise. Not many kids can come in midway through the National Championship game as a true freshman and lead your team from behind to victory. That right there showed me what kind of moxie this kid has. I love Tua, and I hope his injury issues are behind him.
1.03 Jonathan Taylor, RB Indianapolis Colts
Nick Whalen – @_NickWhalen
Taylor lands in a great situation with the Indianapolis Colts. He is the best pure runner in the class, and he gets to run behind a very good offensive line for 4-5 years. According to Football Outsiders, in 2019, the Colts offensive line ranked top 12 in Adjusted Line Yards. Couple that with Taylor’s talent, and we should see him contribute immediately for fantasy owners. Sign me up!
1.04 J.K. Dobbins, RB Baltimore Ravens
Nate Christian – @NateNFL
You could argue that J.K. Dobbins is possibly in the best landing spot out of all of these rookie running backs. The only catch is, he likely won’t be a “workhorse” running back until at least 2021. He will split carries with Mark Ingram this season as the Ravens bring him up to speed on their offense, and Ingram will probably get most of the goal-line work as well. Even in a split-committee, Dobbins could very well be an RB2 this season. He’s the kind of playmaker that doesn’t need 30 carries a game to make a difference. He’s a great “buy-low” in rookie drafts, as next season he projects to be the RB1 in Baltimore (an offense that just set all kinds of rushing records). His value is sure to skyrocket by next offseason.
1.05 Justin Herbert, QB Los Angeles Chargers
Jon Diment – @DynastyJon
It was between two guys at this stage: Justin Herbert and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Ultimately, it’s hard to pass up on a QB in Superflex.
The Chargers O-line was their downfall in 2019, but it’s much improved heading into 2020. Mike Pouncey and Forrest Lamp are back from injury, and they acquired Trai Turner and Bryan Bulaga in the offseason. As such, Herbert should have far better protection than Rivers had.
Additionally, he already has weapons to throw to. Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Hunter Henry, and Austin Ekeler should provide enough talent for Herbert to have early success. I like the selection of KJ Hill to provide new talent, too. Herbert’s arm and ability to use his legs give him “Josh Allen upside” coming out of this class.
1.06 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB Kansas City Chiefs
Rich Dotson – @DynastyRich
This was an extremely easy pick – any RB would have received a draft capital bump landing in this dynamic offense. The best pass-catching back in this class lands with his perfect fit of a team. Clyde can easily catch 75 balls this year in the Kansas City offense.
Kareem Hunt finished his rookie season with KC as the RB4, and there is no reason CEH can’t duplicate that finish, or even surpass it.
1.07 Jerry Jeudy, WR Denver Broncos
Gage Bridgford – @GbridgfordNFL
Jerry Jeudy was my WR1 in this class, and he just landed in a perfect situation. He’ll be the clear number two in the Denver offense that will be looking to push the ball down the field with Drew Lock. With the addition of Melvin Gordon and a potential year two leap from Noah Fant, this offense has the potential to be explosive. I’ll take this pick all the way to the bank.
1.08 Cam Akers, RB Los Angeles Rams
Phil Pennington Jr. – @DynastyPhilDawg
Most will question this pick. Should it be Swift? Maybe. Not for me. Electricity and a whole lot of “DAWG” are what I see in Cam Akers, a playmaker who has shown he does not need elite offensive line play to produce. With the draft capital invested in Akers, as well as his potential in the McVay offense, I am willing to place my chips on Cam.
I am ALL IN!
Both Akers and Swift may end up in a timeshare here, so I will take the one with the best chance to make his running mate obsolete. I’ll always take the top RB on the board over a WR.
1.09 CeeDee Lamb, WR Dallas Cowboys
Ethan Wyatt – @FFwyatt0305
While Deandre Swift was still available, getting CeeDee Lamb at the 1.09 was just too good to pass up. The only players I would consider over Lamb at this point are a select few. Yes, he is in a crowded receiving corps, but I love Lamb’s talent and think he is a can’t miss prospect.
With the departures of Jason Witten and Randall Cobb, the Cowboys have a total of 166 targets vacated. That is more than enough for Lamb to be able to produce for fantasy teams in year one. Long term, if CeeDee lives up to his potential, the Cowboys have an out in Amari Cooper’s contract in 2022. That’s when his guaranteed money drops from $22 million to just $6 million. Don’t let him fall in your drafts and become another AJ Brown.
1.10 D’Andre Swift, RB Detroit Lions
Garret Price – @DynastyPrice
So wait… D’Andre Swift is available at 10? Am I dreaming? Swift has been considered a top-two back in the class for a while now, and we are just going to let him fall all the way to 10? Clearly, the 1st round of Superflex drafts is crazy deep. Swift enters as a good athlete with many skills that translate into fantasy success.
On top of that, I believe that Detroit is a much better landing spot than others do. In 2018, Matthew Stafford threw the ball to the running back position over 22% of the time, which gave him the 4th highest mark in the NFL. Give me all the D’Andre Swift.
1.11 Justin Jefferson, WR Minnesota Vikings
Matt O’Hara – @DynastyMatt
As the 22nd pick in the first round, Justin Jefferson landed with the Minnesota Vikings. I love the landing spot for one of my favorite WRs in this draft. Jefferson led the nation with 111 receptions in 2019, while also finishing second in TD receptions with 18. He’ll slide into the Stefon Diggs role right off the bat, and with Adam Thielen’s age (30 in August), he’ll have a couple of years to mature into the #1 option in the passing game.
1.12 Jalen Reagor, WR Philadelphia Eagles
Marvin Elequin – @FF_MarvinE
At 12th overall, I was debating between picking Henry Ruggs, Denzel Mims, and Jalen Reagor. I decided to pick the receiver with the 3rd highest WR #NerdScore in this class! All three receivers landed in situations where they could become the lead receiver. However, what elevates Reagor’s landing spot above the other two is his QB situation. Playing with a top QB in Carson Wentz will undoubtedly help his fantasy outlook. Besides, with DeSean Jackson turning 34 later this year, and with Alshon Jeffery having missed nine games in the last two years, Reagor should have the opportunity to become the WR1 for the Eagles.
The Wrap Up
This concludes the first round of our Superflex mock draft! Were there any picks that surprised you? Follow us on Twitter @DynastyNerds and let us know! Stay tuned for the second round to be posted in the coming days.
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