Success in fantasy football often has as much to do with opportunity as it does with talent. Yes, it's rarely a bad idea to assemble a roster comprised solely of hyper-talented players, but if they're stuck riding the bench, they're not going to help a fantasy team much.
And with all the roster movement that took place this offseason, there are quite a few fantasy options whose fortunes have changed drastically. With that in mind, let's break down the three biggest fantasy football winners from the 2020 offseason.
Fantasy Football Offseason Winners
1. Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Kyler Murray finished as fantasy's QB7 last season, despite being saddled with a receiving corps that got the NFL's sixth-lowest grade from Pro Football Focus. Suffice it to say, the DeAndre Hopkins addition should fix that. Arizona also got offensive tackle Josh Jones, who was widely considered a first-round talent, in Round 3 of the NFL Draft. Now playing with a suddenly-dangerous receiving corps and an improved O-Line, it's hard not to be bullish about Murray in year two. Outside of Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes, his ceiling is as big as anyone's.
2. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Clyde Edwards-Helaire had a prolific 2019 campaign that saw him rack up 1,867 yards from scrimmage and 17 touchdowns at LSU. That level of production was going to make him an intriguing option regardless of his eventual NFL landing spot, but he couldn't possibly have landed in a better situation. Playing on the Kansas City Chiefs, the rookie will have a chance to compete for a starting role in what is arguably the NFL's best offense. Essentially, he went from an interesting late-round flier to a mid-round pick. Few players, if any, improved their stock as much CEH this offseason.
3. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings
For the past few seasons, Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have been among the best WR duos in the NFL. With Diggs out of the picture now, though, Thielen's ceiling just got a whole lot bigger. Last year, Diggs had a target share of 21 percent, and his 41 percent market share of the Vikings' air yards was tied for the highest such mark in the NFL. With Diggs gone, a lot of this opportunity could be headed Thielen's way. The Vikings did add Justin Jefferson to replace Diggs, but it's hard to imagine a rookie getting the same opportunity that Diggs did, especially in a dramatically-shortened offseason. Expect Kirk Cousins to lean on Thielen early and often in 2020.
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