There are 5 teams to gravitate towards in fantasy football for the 2020 NFL season and a few teams listed may surprise you.
But fantasy football is just that. Surprising. And if there is 1 thing I have learned in my 14 seasons playing the game, it is to expect the unexpected.
In an ideal situation, snagging at least 1 of the listed key players for these offenses will boost your fantasy football team’s overall production.
Not only do the listed teams make for great draft day targets, but each player listed will put together an exceptional fantasy football season, even if they did not do so in 2019. Some are older and others are young, about to enter their prime.
1- Arizona Cardinals
- Kyler Murray
- Kenyan Drake
- DeAndre Hopkins
- Larry Fitzgerald
- Christian Kirk
The Cardinals make the list because of potential. They are not proven, but you can’t ignore the lineup, starting with dual-threat quarterback Kyler Murray.
Many are picking Muray to be the biggest sleeper for NFL MVP and for fantasy owners, it means you should take a chance on the 2nd-year quarterback.
Yes, Murray had growing pains in 2019 and he made his mistakes. But he played well enough to prove he belongs in the NFL and he also proved he is a legitimate starting quarterback despite his slight build.
And he has weapons galore, turning Murray into one of the deepest sleepers in football. Is he a QB1 in fantasy? Not right now. But then again, neither was Lamar Jackson this time last season. It’s possible Murray develops into a QB1 as the season progresses.
It is wise to draft him as a QB2 and watch his progress in 2020. You may just insert him as a QB1 by the end of the year.
Kenyan Drake is one the league’s most underrated backs, and is a real sleeper for the Arizona Cardinals.
While it is true Drake has never rushed for 1,000 yards in his career and has never been a featured back, he is one of the more versatile players. He can run and gain huge chunks of yards, averaging 5.2 yards per carry in Arizona.
In 8 games with the Cardinals, he caught 28 passes, giving him 50 for the season if you count his 6 games with the Dolphins before they traded him to Arizona.
He also started all 8 games with the Cardinals, showing he is the lead back down in Glendale.
Now that Drake is finally a featured back, he is another sleeper down in the desert, along with Kyler Murray.
One big reason Murray will have a big year, or projects to, is because of the DeAndre Hopkins trade.
The Cardinals traded ailing back David Johnson to the Houston Texans for Hopkins, a deal that the Cardinals will probably win out on, barring some unforeseen circumstance.
It is huge for Kyler Murray, who has a legitimate top receiver in Arizona. Hopkins has excelled throughout his career and won’t last past the 1st round in most fantasy football drafts.
Unlike Murray and Drake, there are no stones unturned here. Hopkins is a sure thing among fantasy owners.
Larry Fitzgerald is aging, but still a viable player.
He isn’t the receiver he once was, but he is still in the mold for 50 to 60 catches in 2020 for about 600 to 800 yards. Not bad for a 37-year-old entering his 17th season in the NFL. He should be on your radar as a WR3 or key bench player.
Finally, Christian Kirk appears to be on the cusp of a breakout season after he logged 68 receptions for over 700 yards in 2019.
While his numbers aren’t flashy, they are trending up and fantasy owners must take notice.
Having DeAndre Hopkins will only help Kirk since most of the attention will go to Hopkins, leaving lanes open for Kirk to step in and make big plays.
2- Baltimore Ravens
- Lamar Jackson
- Mark Ingram
- J.K. Dobbins
- Marquise Brown
- Mark Andrews
We know how dangerous the Ravens offense is with Lamar Jackson.
Unlike virtually every coach in NFL history who possessed a scrambling quarterback, Ravens coach John Harbaugh tailored the offense to fit Jackson’s strengths rather than tailor Jackson to a pro-style offense.
It resulted in the greatest season from a dual-threat quarterback in NFL history.
While Jackson only threw for 3,100 yards, he tossed 36 touchdown passes and rushed for over 1,200 yards.
And while Jackson deserves most of and receives all the credit, don’t forget that you have a few to pick from in fantasy football, including Mark Ingram.
Despite his age, Ingram averaged 5.0 yards per carry and tacked on 15 touchdowns both rushing and through the air.
Ingram will benefit from J.K. Dobbins coming into the fold, allowing him to remain fresh. You can handcuff Ingram and Dobbins in fantasy, especially when Dobbins’ carries cut into Ingram.
A sleeper that no one seems to talk about is Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, cousin of the once great Antonio Brown.
While undersized, Brown hauled in 46 receptions for 7 touchdowns in 2019. His slight frame scares fantasy owners away, but look for a big jump in Year 2.
You can’t forget about Mark Andrews, who caught 64 passes on 98 targets, good for 852 yards and 10 touchdowns.
He is the go-to guy down near the red zone and while he isn’t as flashy as Travis Kelce or George Kittle, Andrews can develop his game to rival the league’s best tight ends.
For you as a fantasy owner, this means you will find a hidden gem in Andrews.
If Jackson continues to impress and use Andrews near the goal line, your fantasy football team just received a major boost.
3- Cleveland Browns
- Baker Mayfield
- Nick Chubb
- Kareem Hunt
- Odell Beckham
- Jarvis Landry
- Austin Hooper
Okay, so this was supposed to happen in 2019 except the Browns offense laid an egg and was one of the league’s biggest disappointments.
But why is 2020 different for the Browns? A few reasons:
- Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry both played hurt in 2019 with a few nagging injuries that kept them from being 100 percent. In 2020, both enter camp fully healthy and ready to take over the offense that struggled in 2019.
- The Browns signed Pro Bowl tight end Austin Hooper and drafted John Mackey Award winner, Harrison Bryant. Their top tight end in 2019, David Njoku, went down with an injury and never produced as expected, ending the season with just 5 catches.
- Pass-catching running back Kareem Hunt returns and is eligible to play a full season after spending the first 8 games of 2019 suspended for an incident that happened in February 2018.
- The Browns attributed their offensive struggles to a poor offensive line. In response, they signed right tackle Jack Conklin and drafted left tackle Jedrick Wills.
Instead of tearing down the offense and rebuilding it after hiring coach Kevin Stefanski and general manager Andrew Berry, the new regime kept their talent intact and instead, added to an already potentially dangerous offense.
The Browns faced hype in 2019 with a suspended Hunt while Hooper was still in Atlanta and Bryant, still in college.
They did not have a legitimate left tackle with Greg Robinson filling the void.
Now, the Browns are where they need to be: Under the radar.
While most fantasy football experts project Chubb to pick up where he left off, they are cautious with projecting Mayfield, Beckham, Landry, and Hooper.
There are too many weapons at the skill positions and the new regime hit hard on and fixed the offensive line, turning one of the worst units in the NFL in 2019 into a team strength. This is a dangerous football team and if you are a fantasy owner, you would be foolish to overlook them.
4- New Orleans Saints
- Drew Brees
- Alvin Kamara
- Michael Thomas
- Emmanuel Sanders
- Jared Cook
The Saints are one of the best offenses in recent memory and 41-year-old Drew Brees is still one of the most successful and sought after quarterbacks in fantasy football.
While he missed 5 games in 2019 because of injury, he still led the league in completion percentage and averaged 271 passing yards per game.
His 27 touchdown passes would have equated to 39 touchdowns and his 4 interceptions to just 6. Impressive, and it shows he is still one of the best in fantasy football.
But it helps when you have the best pass-catching receiver in NFL history over the first 4 seasons of an NFL career in Michael Thomas.
Here is a given: Thomas is the first receiver set to go in every fantasy football draft. He is a shoo-in 1st round pick and probably a Top 5 pick.
Alvin Kamara is one of the best pass-catching backs if not the best pass-catching running back in football.
He caught 81 passes in each of his first 3 seasons and has never rushed for fewer than 700 yards.
Next to the top tier backs, Kamara is the most complete back in football. Draft him early.
Emmanuel Sanders joins the bunch after logging 66 receptions in 2019 and scoring 5 touchdowns.
While he is on the downturn of his career he is still a viable fantasy football option. He isn’t a starter, but he may make a powerful case as a WR3.
Jared Cook won’t woo you in a PPR league, but he should in a standard scoring league. He caught 9 touchdown passes in 2019 and averaged 16.4 yards receiving on 43 catches, 705 receiving yards.
5- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Tom Brady
- Ronald Jones
- Curtis Godwin
- Mike Evans
- Rob Gronkowski
The Bucs were already hot a year ago with Mike Evans and Curtis Godwin leading the charge. Now, they have Tom Brady throwing them the football and Rob Gronkowski returning to the league after a brief retirement.
It starts with Brady, who will experience a fantasy football renaissance in 2020.
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— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) June 16, 2020
For the first time in forever, Brady has 2 legitimate Pro Bowl caliber receivers in Evans and Godwin. Age 43 or not, Brady will dominate with his new weapons.
Jones came on strong in 2019 after a disappointing rookie campaign, scoring 6 touchdowns on 724 rushing yards.
While he isn’t a starting fantasy back yet, a few more strides will get him into the conversation.
Godwin is the go-to in Tampa while Evans is known for putting up big numbers every few games. This might change with the more accurate arm and better decision-making Brady possesses. Godwin will get his numbers and Evans may match him.
Gronkowski is the wild card.
But if he has a successful return to the NFL after a brief retirement, he will put up viable fantasy numbers.
These 5 offenses are proven or have the potential to take it to the next level. Arizona is this season’s version of the 2019 Cleveland Browns with the hype surrounding them.
But let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. Baltimore will continue to improve especially if Jackson makes another jump in 2020.
Cleveland will perform the way everyone thought they would this season with additions to the line that will help boost fantasy production for their skill players.
New Orleans is always dangerous and now that they have the right quarterback, Tampa Bay will join this list of units laden with top fantasy football players at every position.
What are some of the other offenses in the NFL stacked with talent? Let me know what you think in the comments.