As fall slowly approaches, the NFL remains optimistic about its plans to move forward with a regularly scheduled 2020 season.
With that in mind, NFL fans are beginning to prepare themselves for another jam-packed year of fantasy football, as an offseason filled with storybook changes transformed the landscape of the league.
With new beginnings bring new opportunities, and understanding the ramifications of these seismic offseason moves will be paramount in constructing your fantasy football roster.
Below, we’ll take a look at one player from each skill position who could provide tremendous value for your fantasy teams this season, as the first step to building any championship contender starts and ends at the draft.
Running Back: Austin Ekeler
With the departure of Melvin Gordon, Ekeler will be in line to receive a majority of the touches out of the backfield for Los Angeles.
Ekeler was wildly productive last season, as he wound up finishing the year as a top 10 PPR running back. He was primarily used as a third-down back, receiving the bulk of his work as a pass-catcher.
Ekeler is slated to see somewhere around 15 to 20 touches a game this season, as only Justin Jackson and rookie Joshua Kelly sit behind him on the depth chart.
With journeyman quarterback Tyrod Taylor under center, the Chargers will be forced to lean on Ekeler heavily both in the run and pass games, which should carry him to another top 10 fantasy season for running backs.
Head coach Anthony Lynn is going to want to keep the ball out of the veteran’s hands whenever possible, as, throughout Taylor’s career, he’s proven to be more effective as a game manager.
This paves the way for a huge season for Ekeler, as he’d be a steal at his current ADP at 21.3 (RB13).
Wide Receiver: Terry McLaurin
After a breakout rookie campaign, Washington Redskins wide receiver Terry McLaurin appears set to solidify his role as Dwayne Haskins‘ top target. McLaurin finished last season with a bang, as he tallied over 900 yards while scoring seven touchdowns.
It remains to be seen who will emerge as the Redskins’ second receiver, as this will only fuel the potential productivity for the second-year pro out of Ohio State.
He and Haskins are former college teammates from Ohio State, as their chemistry was on full display down the stretch of last season.
McLaurin will likely be one of the most targeted receivers in the NFL this season, which is music to any fantasy owner’s ears. Target share is one of the most important stats in fantasy football, as it’s typically the biggest indicator of stable productivity.
According to FantasyPros, McLaurin is currently listed as WR29 — giving him an ADP of 65.7. There’s no reason why McLaurin should take any step back in 2020, and you should be safe to pencil him in as your high-floor WR2 across all scoring formats.
Tight End: Hayden Hurst
Hurst was traded to the Atlanta Falcons this offseason, as he will look to fill the void left behind by All-Pro Austin Hooper. A former first-round pick, Hurst underperformed considerably during his tenure with Baltimore, but that could be attributed to the run-heavy scheme the Ravens like to implement.
However, the Falcons’ pass-happy offense could go a long way in rejuvenating Hurst’s career, as Matt Ryan targeted tight ends more than any other quarterback last season.
The opportunity is resounding for Hurst, and hopefully, he can finally show people why he was the first tight end selected in the 2018 draft. He fits perfectly into this offense, and as long as he can stay healthy, I expect Hurst to be a high-upside TE1 all season long.