... Tom Walker July 21, 2020… Also, Thielen, after sitting out on the reserve COVID-19 list last week, has already posted a career-best 11 touchdowns. Say you have to give up a No. Tyreek Hill I can't tell you how many tweets I get that say, "I'm in a mock draft with you!" That takes care of those three categories. Worry about drafting the lineup I've talked about, and you'll get enough points that it will take care of itself for you to compete. Again, the approach is different for superflex leagues, where I ideally get at least one top-tier QB, but for ESPN standard leagues, where you start just one QB, you can wait at the position. Let me name some guys for you. Facebook; Twitter; Facebook Messenger; Pinterest; Email; print; Below are my fantasy football rankings for the 2020 season in an ESPN standard league (1 QB, full PPR). So I'm not being holier than thou. We've talked about how you need to have an opinion on every player. 2. Fantasy Football Strategy with ESPN's Matthew Berry - Join Okta for an exclusive virtual event with ESPN's Senior Fantasy Football Analyst, Matthew Berry! Every league should have a punishment for last place (voted on by the entire league before the season and only to the level of embarrassment that everyone can handle). So if we expand it to "at least 92 3-pointers" and forget the injury to Hibachi, we're at 16 guys. Take projections you trust (Mike Clay's here on ESPN are very good) and put them into your league's scoring system to find players who are more or less valuable than general perception. But I will take Dobbins in every single draft and twice on Sunday. You want to project an air of confidence, even if you don't feel it. First, that you are in a league. (No. I don’t want to hear about Berry’s 10 fantasy leagues. The more you draft, the more scenarios you try, the more prepared you will be, and the more familiar you'll be with the draft room itself. So by building on strength, especially in the rare categories, you should win quite a few weeks. In an ideal world, you have a guy like Rashard Lewis here. Drew Brees 22.50 Second is the “Draft Day Manifesto,” where he goes over basic and advanced stats and tips to help ensure you succeed in your draft without necessarily recommending certain … I get it. If you've read me for any amount of time, you know I am a creature of habit and the Manifesto is always a perennial favorite of my readers. Aaron Jones and Derrick Henry each had 16 rushing touchdowns last season. It just means it's much more likely to happen than not. And that list does not include the very talented Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson, nor players expected to see a massive spike in target share thanks to a new role on their team (Hayden Hurst, Jonnu Smith, Blake Jarwin, Ian Thomas, Dawson Knox). Once again, it's a supply-and-demand issue. We all (especially me) take it very seriously, and I play to win, but it's not worth ruining friendships. Matthew Berry's Love/Hate for 2020 1 Related Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: Stafford played in only eight games last season, missing action for the first time since the 2010 season. It's never too early to think about the 2021 season. Then take five big men who will get us boards, blocks and good field-goal percentage. In a 10- or 12-team standard league where you start only one QB, I am drafting only one QB. 0. (No. Getting a pure shot-blocker like Dampier, a guy who won't hurt you in any one category but will help a huge deal in another category that very few people get, is a nice way around the "there are no centers" thing in leagues with strict position eligibility. As much as possible, especially in the early rounds, I want players with a high floor. More on this later. Trust me. Nyheim Hines is going as RB49. To put it a slightly different way, you want the best group of players you can collect who will give you the most potential fantasy points in a given week, with an underlying tenet being that you not only don't have to start the same team every week but -- thanks to bye weeks -- can't do so. Knowing that there will be bye weeks, injuries and many other surprises throughout the course of a season, especially one happening during a pandemic, your goal on draft day is to gather the best collection of players to give you a foundation -- key word: foundation -- to have the best shot at success every week. So with draft day quickly approaching, you'll need to do some paperwork before the draft to make it easier and more efficient for yourself. Whether you play in a casual redraft league or a hard-core, deep dynasty format, a traditional or a modified scoring format, with your friends, your family or your co … People also tend to have recency bias, meaning they think only about how the player performed in the recent past, not looking at a larger body of work. But that's all it is, an opinion. You also should win assists while helping your free-throw percentage quite a bit. 1 pick. But if you get one point guard or even two, what good does that do you? That includes guys you wouldn't really want in your lineup, like Alonzo Mourning. Matthew Berry's 2020 PPR fantasy football rankings ... not do well in any postseason analysis of "accuracy," because this follows my drafting philosophy I laid out in the Draft-Day Manifesto… Know how many players averaged seven assists a game or more last season? I prefer total points to win-loss record because some teams might not have played each other and the playoffs won't have been completed. What's most likely to happen? You need to have an opinion on every player and more importantly, on that player (and that player's position) relative to every other player. Point guard is the only position that earns assists. His 1989 book, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," has sold more than 30 million copies, become the first nonfiction audiobook in U.S. publishing history to sell more than 1 million copies and spawned tons of offshoots, including "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens," "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families," and "The 7 Habits of a Highly Effective Frank Gore." Travis Kelce and George Kittle are legit advantages at the position every week, and I'm a big Mark Andrews fan this year. If it's a keeper league, fill in who has been kept. You are guaranteed to get one of those guys. I mentioned Latavius Murray earlier and the impressive stretch he had last season. Mahomes, who got hurt for a bit, finished as QB3, about a point-and-a-half better than QB6, Jameis Winston, who was drafted as QB18 in the 16th round, if he was drafted at all (he was drafted in only 54.3% of ESPN leagues last season). Instead of reaching for a guy like Sam Cassell just to have someone, grab another center. Now there's one layer that I want you to add when thinking about each player. Potential second-year breakout candidates Yes, some non-point guards get a nice number of assists, like Vince Carter and Kobe Bryant, for example. It is all about getting the most production out of each player and, more importantly, taking advantage of the strengths you have. Never show fear. 1 pick. Conner, meanwhile, has one year of being truly elite and one year of being an injury-prone committee back. Mike Clay looks at candidates to break out in 2020, comparing them to those who actually did in 2019. We'll talk more about that coming up. As Matthew Berry says in his yearly draft day manifesto, “At a fundamental level, the key to fantasy football success is minimizing risk on a weekly basis to give you the best odds to win,” and elite quarterbacks drastically minimize risk. And this is just about the top 10, where the high draft picks represent players most fantasy managers feel are "safest." Deron Williams. Selecting two or three of these guys for your team is very sweet. The majority of your draft will involve selecting either running backs or wide receivers. Matthew Berry’s PPR top-200 fantasy football rankings. Both Joe and I are new writers at 4for4 so I’m sure you are asking yourself…. Davante Adams Matthew Berry lays out how to build a winning fantasy football team by focusing on weekly success. Obviously, he needs to stay healthy, but given the upside of Big Ben in this format and the fact it's a superflex league where you can play two QBs, he should've gone much earlier. Three DFS players I'm investing heavily in for tournament (GPP) play this week. They are awesome, and you will enjoy watching them every week. The draft is not the be-all and end-all, in either direction, for your season. Mike Clay looks at candidates to break out in 2020, comparing them to those who actually did in 2019. In honor of the NFLPA's release of this years' Rising Stars list, Matthew and Field break down each players fantasy value heading into the season. It's a negative stat. He was just as surprised as you to find out it's a real job. Well, that's why we have to be careful with whom we draft. But occasionally sighing a breath of relief when the guy before you picks, as if to say, "Thank God you didn't grab the correct guy," will do wonders to rattle most of your league mates. Doing all this work ensures you'll keep your cool during the draft, especially as it goes on. Michael Thomas and Christian McCaffrey were historic outliers last season, so let's break things down starting with the No. And so on. Compare him with Hines, who has one career game of more than 16 fantasy points and averages 3.7 yards per carry in his NFL career. Guys such as Billups, Calderon, Nash, Ford, Crawford, Mo Williams, Paul, Bryant, Joe Johnson, Kidd, Iverson, Deron Williams and Felton all shot at least .800 from the line last season. And we live in a TikTok world where attention spans are shorter than ever. If we say the league will split the flex position down the middle -- that in a given week a league is starting 25 RBs and 25 WRs -- last season, through Week 16, the difference between RB2 (Dalvin Cook) and RB26 (Devin Singletary) was 8.6 points per game. Meanwhile, in a 10-team (or even 12-team) league where you start only one QB, it's likely that only 15 or so QBs will be drafted. With RotoPass you get access to several leading fantasy football sites for one low price. A way that worked last year to perfection. And certainly, even with a healthy Gordon out there, Lindsay should still see work every week and will be a viable RB3/flex type for 12-team leagues or for bye weeks. Do you have an IR spot? It's all about maximizing value. A significant return in value for RB38. I often find the loudest guy at the draft is usually the stupidest. Look, instead of getting a "hole" -- a guy who will just sit in your lineup and not do a lot -- I would rather pick a guy like Erick Dampier who will earn for me five points, five boards and two blocks per game. When you draft, you're not just collecting as many good players as possible. Marvin Jones Jr. (WR12 last season in Weeks 1-9, when Matthew Stafford was healthy). Matthew Berry -- the Talented Mr. Roto -- wonders which will end first: Him writing this column or Frank Gore's career? And always keep them in mind when you prepare for your draft. We're gonna get to WRs in a moment. They each had one. A point guard who gets 3s is the nonobvious one. If your league has not set up a way to determine this, you need to do so ASAP. I mentioned it earlier and I'll say it again: Wait on WRs. Matthew Berry’s Draft-Day Manifesto The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Drafters. And go easy on your commissioner. Well, on one of our biggest competitors he's being drafted as QB25. Many of these guys were available on waiver wires for much of the season, as was QB12 in that time frame, Sam Darnold (17.60). Or Thabo Sefolosha. I think Hines will have a nice season and likely will finish higher than his ADP of RB49. Those teams are a good start, but obviously a lot of them have new players, which is where I might shy away. Okay, so here goes my best Matthew Berry impression. Give yourself some surplus so you have something to trade. The categories I refer to are assists, steals, 3s and good free-throw percentage for point guards; blocks, boards and good field-goal percentage for power forwards. Well, some fantasy logic applies to all sports, and the biggest one is that you need guys who touch the ball. • Patriots D/ST: 141.7 ADP, on a playoff team in 64.7% of leagues Who racks up enough of them to make a difference? That Odell Beckham Jr. would play all 16 games and have just one more reception than DJ Chark Jr. So when you are looking for starters in the middle rounds, I'd rather take my chances evaluating WR talent (something I can control) as opposed to hoping a backup or committee RB gets a shot (something I can't control). Plus, we expect to see an increase in usage for Jack Doyle, and don't forget Rob Gronkowski is back. Apparently that Matthew Berry account is fake, so instead of replying to him, I'll post this as a separate comment: I don't understand the point this is trying to make. Just anecdotally, as of this writing, below are the WRs being drafted from 30th to 34th at the position -- meaning these would be people's fourth wide receivers in a 10-team league: Michael Gallup (WR14 in PPG from Week 9 on last season) I cannot stress how important this is. If the season is called off before 10 games (or whatever you decide), I'd say just donate all the money to an agreed-upon charity that helps those affected by COVID-19. What's better than fantasy football? I think the show was run much better when Berry was out for a … Weird stuff is going to happen. You'll find players who are going way too high or too low for your taste. I've been in more than my share of email wars and angry text exchanges in years past. I would be checking ESPN.com at least once a day, but that's just me. My very first fantasy league was in 1984, and I have drafted hundreds of times in many leagues ever since. will go a long way toward balancing out the damage your shotgunning point guards will do. Could I distill the Draft-Day Manifesto into seven easy-to-grasp concepts that would give readers a fundamental, step-by-step blueprint on how to approach their draft prep? Hone your fantasy focus as Matthew discusses top players and shares expert draft advice.You’ll also have the opportunity to get your questions answered in real time!Each registered attendee will receive a free 1-year subscription to … I would recommend adding even more in a custom league, but either way, this will be a year unlike any we have ever seen (no preseason games!). When it comes to fantasy sports, I'm a sucker for believing most things Matthew Berry writes. Facebook; Twitter; Facebook Messenger; Pinterest; Email; print; Fantasy football drafts signal the annual rite of fall. So we move to steals. I think the show was run much better when Berry was out for a couple weeks! Jimmy Garoppolo 18.37. You need the Ultimate Fantasy Football resource. You'll finish in the middle of the pack in points and boards. Now, most likely to happen doesn't mean it will happen. Most players score, most rebound; we can worry about that later. Once you've done A, B and C (and ideally know your draft spot), let's put that knowledge to the test and do some mock drafts. "My little" Cooper Kupp Like really long. Four of the six "players" most rostered by ESPN playoff teams last season were not drafted, on average, in the first nine rounds: • Lamar Jackson: 124.4 ADP, on a playoff team in 68.8% of leagues Don't let the draft room dictate your behavior, but consider it a factor in shaping your approach. Turnovers are the ninth category; we'll deal with that in a bit. And Ramon Sessions averaged 7.5 assists last season but played in only 17 games, so he didn't count. You get it. Finally, remember, we at ESPN.com are here to help. Mike Clay looks at candidates to break out in 2020, comparing them to those who actually did … How many players are eligible at center? It seems obvious, but much like everything else in life, what you put into it is what you get out of it. You don't have to be cocky or a jerk. Read the ones you have, decide who suggests ideas that are most similar to what you think, and go with that. This stems from reading his "NBA Draft Day Manifesto" back in 2009. As I sat down to think about the 2020 version of the Draft-Day Manifesto, the 22nd edition of the column, I started to think about what should be in it and, of course, what shouldn't. For reading this far and being a part of this amazing world of fantasy football. But I just want to provide an example of narrow vs. wide range of yearly outcomes among players being valued similarly in drafts. Now, I had always planned to wait on WR, but come on. Below are my fantasy football rankings for the 2020 season in an ESPN standard league (1 QB, full PPR). 66, Rashad McCants, averaged 14.9. Don't wait. With so much unknown and unknowable, let's start by eliminating the unknown things we can get rid of. You will not be able to replace his value in the draft. Assuming a standard 10-man starting roster, here's what I want your starting lineup to look like: Two centers, three power forwards, one small forward who gets a lot of 3s, and four point guards (ideally who get a lot of 3s). I want you to make sure the small forward you pick gets 3s and steals in as significant a way as he can with good percentages. A good place to start is our Mock Draft Lobby, of course. I can't rest until every man, woman and child plays fantasy football. So Thomas, Julio, Hopkins and Allen returned top-10 value among the first 10 WRs off the board. Thirty teams are in the NBA. Does anyone remember laughter? If you do an auction (which you can do online for free on ESPN.com, by the way): Pay for studs. That's where my power forwards come in. His Wikipedia describes him as an educator, author, businessperson and keynote speaker. Wide receiver is traditionally one of the most consistent positions. I'll also note that Vince Carter had 98, Iverson had 95, Bibby had 93 and Paul had 92. 3), If you're in a start-from-scratch or an auction league, we'll get to you in a second. Phillip Lindsay is currently going as RB38 on ESPN. Sigh. The successful fantasy managers are the ones who are prepared to react. The nice thing is that the big guys almost always have a high field-goal percentage -- they're close to the rim and all that -- so five good big men with good field-goal percentage (this is a must!) He plays on the perimeter but may line up at center. WR10 -- 251.0 fantasy points (13.2% drop from WR5) In the past 13 years, no running back in the NFL has repeated a 16-touchdown season since LaDainian Tomlinson and Larry Johnson both did it in 2005 and 2006. In Scott Fish Bowl, Week 13 is the first week of the playoffs, which is when the Panthers and Christian McCaffrey are currently scheduled to have their bye. You know it or you don't. OK, 35 players averaged at least five assists last year: Paul, Nash, Deron Williams, Kidd, Tinsley, Calderon, Davis, Sessions (17 games), Felton, James, Iverson, Wade, Andre Miller, Watson, Billups, Mo Williams, T.J. Ford, Mike Bibby, Kirk Hinrich, Parker, Sebastian Telfair, Tracy McGrady, Brandon Roy, Joe Johnson, Devin Harris, Jameer Nelson, Anthony Carter, Bryant, Rafer Alston, Carter, Rajon Rondo, Steve Blake, Arenas (13 games), Turkoglu and Jamal Crawford. You look at your sheet, see that mostly everyone else has three forwards and that, according to your power forward sheet, Paul Millsap, Boris Diaw, Nick Collison and Chris Wilcox are still out there. Help me spread the word. In other words, if you are not drafting a starter with a reasonably narrow range of outcomes for his yearly production, then your bench (which is basically what you are drafting from Round 8 or 9 on, assuming you have a QB at this point) should feature players with the potential for a very high weekly ceiling. Make no mistake, having Lamar Jackson or Patrick Mahomes on your team is not going to be the reason you lose. I'll just take Jeff Foster.". So even though someone like Lamar Odom is eligible at small forward, he gets power forward numbers in terms of boards and blocks.). According to ESPN’s consistency ratings since 2016, Patrick Mahomes has the best rating, at .301, accompanied by eight other quarterbacks below .400. Speaking of mock drafts, if you do join one, don't leave early. 4). When you watch a game, watch it from a fantasy standpoint. Just realize that player value changes all the time, with every practice, tweet, coach comment and more. Give yourself something to trade for a guy. Keenan Allen. If there's a run on quarterbacks, instead of forcing it and taking a lower-tier guy, grab another running back. Last season's WR9 in PPG) Meanwhile, all of the RBs who made that list were drafted in more than 92% of leagues. And TMZ.com is another terrific site, although, to be fair, it usually has photos of Lindsay Lohan throwing up over fantasy sports content. Yes, yes, yes and yes. He could absolutely crush again, as he did with Arizona during the second half of last season. Tyler Boyd (Consecutive 1,000-yard seasons on what should be an improved offense; and A.J. Or if you draft Lamar Jackson or Patrick Mahomes in the first round. 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