Now that the NFL Draft is behind us, let’s look ahead at what the results mean for fantasy football.
After seven rounds and 255 picks, the newest class of rookies have arrived in the NFL. Some rosters have been revamped, others have been fortified, and then there’s the Green Bay Packers. This isn’t going to be another one of those million posts out there bashing the Packers for willingly engaging in a game of chicken with one of the best quarterbacks of all-time; what ends up happening in Green Bay is yet to be seen.
What is worth mentioning is how Jordan Love and the 254 other players drafted impact fantasy football in the coming years. Love won’t have an immediate impact (outside of whatever locker room drama swells because of his arrival), rather the relevant fantasy football conversation to have in the aftermath of the draft is how the players already on your draft board are affected by their new teammates.
If you only do redrafts in fantasy football, you probably aren’t worried too much. But if you’re in a dynasty or keeper league, last week’s NFL Draft may have been a huge bust or boom for your squad.
Here are the biggest fantasy winners and losers after the 2020 NFL Draft.
*Note: All fantasy points are in PPR format.
Fantasy Football Winner: Carson Wentz
Carson Wentz became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 4,000 yards without any of his receivers earning 500 or more receiving yards. Tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert led the Eagles with 916 and 607 receiving yards, respectively, while running back Miles Sanders’ 509 receiving yards were the third-most on the team. Those three also were the top ball-catchers in Philadelphia.
A wide receiver in the first round (TCU’s Jalen Reagor) was a necessity. They also traded for Marquise Goodwin during the draft.
At the same time, grabbing quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round came as a major surprise, and is possibly a message to Wentz himself, who has dealt with his fair share of injuries. But we’ve seen what Wentz can do when he is fully healthy.
Wentz was QB9 last season (13th in points per game). In 2017, he put up the second-most fantasy points per game and was in the MVP conversation before his season ended.
The Eagles’ receiving core is a far cry from the Cowboys, who added CeeDee Lamb from Oklahoma in the first round, but on paper, it is an improvement from last season.