Re-Draft Target – David Johnson
Re-Draft Target – DeSean Jackson
DeSean Jackson is no longer a sexy or exciting pick in fantasy drafts. He enters the 2020 NFL season at 33 years old and is labeled as injury prone given he only played in two games last season after suffering a core muscle injury in Week2. Plus Philadelphia drafted another speedy receiver in Round 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft in TCU’s Jalen Reagor which has further scared drafters from selecting Jackson.
However, fantasy gamers seem to be forgetting that Jackson smashed in Week 1 of 2019 as the No.2 highest scoring receiver with 35.4 fantasy points on 8 catches for 154 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Even two years ago in 2018, Jackson finished No. 2 in the league with 18.9 yards per reception and 12.6 fantasy points per game, which shows he has maintained his speed as he has aged.
With Jackson’s anti-Semitic faux pas in early July further driving down his ADP to WR 61 in high stakes season long leagues, he has become a supreme value. Jackson is an especially enticing selection for drafters employing an early robust RB strategy, because he is set to begin the season as Carson Wentz’s No. 1 wide receiver target, given that Reagor is an inexperienced rookie and Alshon Jeffery is slated to begin the season on the PUP list. Jackson is a smash selection in Rounds 12 and later as a strong WR3 going at WR5/6 prices.
Re-Draft Target – Robert Woods
Robert Woods is being massively undervalued in fantasy drafts, with an average draft position of WR25 in half PPR formats according to fantasyfootballcalcu
Re-Draft Target – D.J. Moore
DJ Moore broke out in 2019, his second NFL season. And it really came at no surprise. The indicators were all there. He was a first round pick in 2018 out of Maryland, where he broke out at age 18 and was a 97th-percentile dominator. If you look at his profile on PlayerProfiler.com, his athleticism is off the charts. 88th-percentile speed score, 73rd-percentile agility, an 89th-percentile catch Radius, and elite explosiveness with a 94th-percentile burst score.
Moore went from WR49 in fantasy points per game as a rookie to WR14 in 2019. He was top-10 among wide receivers in targets, receptions, and receiving yards. He held a 24.3-percent target rate even with both Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel topping 100 targets. Not only is he a target hog, but Moore is among the elite in gaining yardage after the catch where he ranked number eight with 392 of his 1,175 receiving yards coming after the reception. He has fantastic hands too and he showed that last season with a 55.6-percent (No. 6) Contested Catch Rate with just a 2.2-percent Drop Rate.
What Moore has done in his short time in the league is really impressive. And he’s done it at a historic level. Moore made history by becoming the 17th player to reach 1,100 receiving yards in a single season before his 23rd birthday. That’s right, he’s only 23 years old and will be for the entire 2020 season. Only four other wide receivers have ever had a season of at least 87 receptions and 1,175 receiving yards in their age 21-22 season. That’s JuJu Smith-Schuster in 2018, Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014, Josh Gordon in 2013, and Larry Fitzgerald in 2005. That’s quite the list.
And let’s not forget, Moore did that despite some of the worst quarterback play in the league. Now he gets a QB upgrade with Teddy Bridgewater who is one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the NFL. There may not be a QB-WR combo in the league that is a more perfect skill-set match. Their strengths compliment each other perfectly. Moore is a short/intermediate target hog, YAC machine. Bridgewater is a low target depth, pinpoint accurate quarterback that gets the ball out quick and let his guy get to work.
Among Moore, Curtis Samuel, and new addition Robby Anderson, Moore is the most likely to be deployed in the slot in this Panthers offense. He only played 12% from the slot last year and 25% as a rookie. With more opportunities for free releases in the slot and in the middle of the field, Moore will skyrocket into the undeniable elite tier of wide receivers. He could have a Michael Thomas-like season in 2020. It’s the perfect situation. A target hog, playing in the slot, with a get-the-ball-out-quick quarterback, in a fast-paced offense that throws the ball at a high rate. It’s the perfect storm for elite fantasy production. And the Panthers have the Second-most favorable passing game schedule in 2020.
Re-Draft Target – Terry McLaurin
McLaurin burst onto the scene last year as one of the most exciting rookies in the NFL. He finished the 2019 season with 58 catches for 919 yards and 7 touchdowns in just 14 games. He was #1 in the NFL on contested catch percentage at 68.4%. These numbers led McLaurin to be WR29 and WR33 (PPR). However, the future is even brighter for “Scary Terry.”These impressive freshman numbers were achieved with inconsistent quarterback play throughout 2019 from the likes of Case Keenum, Colt McCoy and rookie Dwayne Haskins. If McLaurin is on the receiving end of even average quarterback production, expect big numbers in 2020. In 2019, McLaurin’s quarterbacks ranked an atrocious #85 for target accuracy when throwing him the ball.
I expect Quarterback Dwayne Haskins to grow as the starter in 2020 to the benefit of McLaurin. Haskins should begin the season as the starter in a more effective passing scheme. Following the departure of Jay Gruden after 5 games, Bill Callahan took over as head coach using a much more conservative offense that favored the run and short passes. The Redskins will have a much more effective passing scheme under Ron Rivera and offensive coordinator Scott Turner.
McLaurin flashed star potential throughout his rookie season and was one of the few bright spots for a young Redskins team. He will benefit from improved coaching and quarterback play. He is currently a bargain as he is ranked around WR25. His main competition for targets include Steven Sims and Kelvin Harmon. I expect McLaurin to build off of this impressive rookie campaign and exhibit top 12 upside in 2020.