NFL Rookies to Avoid in 2020 Fantasy Football Drafts

Jason Schandl
NFL rookies to avoid in fantasy football for 2020 drafts, including CeeDee Lamb.
NFL rookies to avoid in fantasy football for 2020 drafts, including CeeDee Lamb. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images
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Rookies tend to have boom-or-bust fantasy football value. Every year, we see a few rookies crush expectations and carry their fantasy teams to victory. On the other hand, we see at least as many completely fail to live up to their pre-season hype, ultimately proving to be wasted fantasy picks.

Rookies could have an especially tough time in 2020, having shortened offseasons and no preseason as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

With that in mind, here are three rookies that should be avoided in 2020 fantasy football drafts.

3. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins

Tua Tagovailoa's fantasy value is low heading into his 2020 rookie season.
Tua Tagovailoa's fantasy value is low heading into his 2020 rookie season. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

If you're thinking about Justin Herbert, you can group him in with Tua Tagovailoa here. The only rookie quarterback worth drafting in 2020 is Joe Burrow. Tua is far from a lock to be the Week 1 starter for the Miami Dolphins, especially with no preseason. The quarterback position is just too deep in fantasy to make it worth hanging onto a backup who won't even be playing in a particularly good offense if he does get the job.

2. Zack Moss, RB, Buffalo Bills

Zack Moss may not see enough volume to offer big fantasy football value with the Buffalo Bills in 2020.
Zack Moss may not see enough volume to offer big fantasy football value with the Buffalo Bills in 2020. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Zack Moss is getting some hype thanks to the potential that he fills the "Frank Gore role" in the Buffalo Bills' offense alongside Devin Singletary. Gore got plenty of run when Singletary was hurt in 2019, but Singletary ended up dominating the available touches down the stretch. From Weeks 11 to 16, Singletary averaged 20.4 opportunities (17.2 carries plus 3.2 targets) per game while never playing fewer than 70 percent of the snaps. Gore averaged just 8.7 opportunities per game and never played more than 30 percent of the snaps during that stretch. Moss may be an upgrade from Gore, but Singletary should continue to dominate the volume.

1. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Dallas Cowboys

CeeDee Lamb will have a hard time returning much fantasy value as the Dallas Cowboys' No. 3 WR.
CeeDee Lamb will have a hard time returning much fantasy value as the Dallas Cowboys' No. 3 WR. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

CeeDee Lamb is going off the board as the WR43 according to average draft position (ADP) data from FantasyPros. That puts him ahead of productive veterans like John Brown (WR46) and Sterling Shepard (WR47), and simply doesn't make a ton of sense. Lamb's long-term potential with the Dallas Cowboys is definitely high — there's a reason they drafted him in the first round — but he just has too much competition for targets to make a huge fantasy impact in 2020. Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup both saw north of 110 targets in 2019, combining to soak up 40.3 percent of the team's total. The departure of Randall Cobb could free up room for Lamb to see some volume, but barring an injury that won't be enough to make Lamb someone you can trust in any given week.


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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 his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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