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Joe Burrow Fantasy Football Outlook Could Give the First Overall Pick Big Value in 2020 With the Bengals

Jason Schandl
Joe Burrow's fantasy football outlook could make him a valuable pick with the Bengals in 2020.
Joe Burrow's fantasy football outlook could make him a valuable pick with the Bengals in 2020. / Don Juan Moore/Getty Images
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Joe Burrow has long been a lock to become a Cincinnati Bengal, as a huge favorite to be selected first overall, according to odds provided by FanDuel Sportsbook.

The Bengals may have been a mess in 2019, finishing with a 2-14 record, but landing in Cincinnati could actually be a great spot for Burrow's fantasy football value.

Joe Burrow Fantasy Football Value 2020

First off, Burrow is all but a lock to be the starter from Week 1. Rookie quarterbacks are often forced to sit behind a veteran early in the season, but that looks unlikely in this situation. Andy Dalton has an outside shot of getting in the way, but pre-draft Dalton has better odds to be a Jacksonville Jaguar than even be on the Bengals' roster in Week 1.

Second, Burrow is a tremendous prospect. He's the greatest quarterback in LSU history and is coming off an all-time great senior year, in which he threw for an absurd 5,671 yards and 60 touchdowns. His 12.5 adjusted passing yards per attempt (AY/A) was the fourth-best single-season mark in NCAA history. First and second are Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield, who finished as fantasy football's QB7 and QB16, respectively, in their rookie seasons.

Burrow will also be surrounded by a solid supporting cast in the Cincinnati offense.

A healthy A.J. Green is still one of the league's better wideouts, and even if he hasn't returned to his peak level, he should still be a strong veteran presence. In Green's absence, Tyler Boyd also had a great season in 2019, with 90 receptions and 1,046 yards. John Ross (506 yards in 8 games) and Auden Tate (40 receptions, 575 yards) also showed flashes. Add in a solid receiving threat out of the backfield in Joe Mixon, and Burrow has weapons everywhere.

The QB position is deep, and there aren't many that are weekly must-start options in any given season. Burrow is likely to only cost a late-round pick because of the stigma surrounding the Bengals, and that makes him valuable. He can be a solid streaming option, with the potential to become one of those must-start players if the Bengals manage to put things together early.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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