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NFL Fantasy football: four veterans to target in 2020

The NFL fantasy football season is ramping up and wild speculation is rife on strategies for 2020. Here at TimeSkew, we like to responsibly speculate on fantasy football. We aim to give you the best advice we can to help you dominate your league.

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First up in this mini series, let’s look at four veterans you can target who will give your fantasy team a boost. These guys will likely have low average draft positions based on their situations, and can be picked up in later rounds for a relative bargain.

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JuJu Smith Schuster – WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

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A first round pick in many NFL fantasy leagues last year, JuJu let many of his owners down. After a bonafide all-pro season in 2018, where JuJu grabbed 111 catches for 1,428 yards and 7 TD’s; the targets and production dried up in 2019. JuJu finished 2019 with 552 yards and 3 TD’s (12 games played) and only 71 points in fantasy (standard) after a 186 point explosion the year before.

With a healthy Ben Roethlisberger returning to lead a potentially potent Pittsburgh offense, it is a reasonable assumption that the production of Smith-Schuster should shift back to his pre-Rudolph/Hodges play. If JuJu is able to stay healthy, play in 16 games, and gobble up a good percentage of the targets, a 90/1,100/6 line seems realistic. With this stat line, JuJu ends 2020 with 146 points (NFL standard scoring), good for a top 20 finish last year.

What’s his value?

With an ADP hovering around the 7th round in most redraft formats, grabbing a starting WR with upside in the second half of your draft is a no-brainer.

How will the Steelers receivers fare this year with Big Ben healthy? Click here to find out

Kenny Golladay – WR, Detroit Lions

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The NFL fantasy world bemoaned the rotating cast of sub standard quarterbacks throwing passes to JuJu in Pittsburgh throughout 2019. But, let’s take a peek into the world of Lions receiver Kenny Golladay.

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Kenny finished the season with a 65/1190/11 stat line, clocking in as the third fantasy receiver overall by the end of the season. He hauled in the most receptions on targets of 20+ yards (16) and allowed the offense to do things like this:

Consider all of the above and then remember Golladay caught passes from David Blough and Jeff Driskell for the second half of 2019.

What’s his value?

Golladay is a true number one receiver, with the stats and production to back it up. With a healthy Matt Stafford and a solid supporting cast, Golladay can only repeat or get better in 2020. His current ADP is in the fourth round, and grabbing someone with his numbers at that position is a bargain.

Ronald Jones – RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Unfortunately, the player that has received the least shine from the arrival of Tom Brady is Tampa Bay’s, Ronald Jones. Immediately labeled as expendable with the arrival of draftees Raymond Calais and Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Jones saw a sharp drop in ADP through the early part of this year. However, according to Fantasy Football Calculator, Jones is on a slight rise; being grabbed in the seventh round of most NFL fantasy drafts.

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Jones is a young player who finished second in the NFL in yards per catch for RB’s (grabbing 31 receptions with 10.1 YPC). Playing alongside a QB famed for allowing his pass catching running backs to flourish (James White, Dion Lewis et al) this is a good situation.

What’s his value?

What can we take from the above? Grab Jones in the sixth round and be happy with plugging him in as your RB2 for 2020.

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Hayden Hurst – TE, Atlanta Falcons

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The Baltimore Ravens loaded up on tight end talent through 2017-2019 and Hurst was the odd man out. While the former Gamecock showed flashes of talent through his time in Baltimore, a fresh start as the main TE target will do wonders for his fantasy production.

To put the opportunity Hurst now has in perspective, let’s look at the 2019 version of the Falcons. Matt Ryan threw 23% of his total completions and 27% of his TD’s to his TE’s last year. Hooper finished in the top ten fantasy TE’s in 2019 and his departure means Hurst can collect the lion’s share of targets. With a general dearth of high level talent at the position, opportunity equals value.

What’s his value?

With an ADP hovering in the 14th round of most drafts, Hurst figures to be a massive bargain. Especially if he can replicate even a small part of Hooper’s production (75/787/6) from 2019.

Want to hear more about the Ravens fantasy prospects? Click here.
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Worth a shot

To round out the list, here are some players worth grabbing based on their ADP and overall value:

Le’Veon Bell – RB, New York Jets; Darius Slayton – WR, New York Giants; O.J Howard – TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Brandin Cooks – WR, Houston Texans; Terry McLaurin – WR, Washington Redskins; Ben Roethlisberger – QB, Pittsburgh Steelers; James White – RB, New England Patriots.

Check out our archive of articles on each team here

There we have it – make sure you look out for my four veterans to avoid in NFL fantasy article in the coming days and happy drafting!

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Jack Mullins View All

Jack is an NFL nerd with a passion for player stories and watching too much draft coverage. He's a DB coach with the Exeter Demons University team in the UK and a Steelers fan.

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