Hot Takes for the 2020 Season: WRs & TEs

Fantasy Hot Read Writers


We got our writers together to give five of their hottest takes for the upcoming 2020 season. These are their WR & TE Hot Takes. Make sure to check out our QB + RB Hot Takes if you haven’t done so already.

 

Wide Receivers

Stefon Diggs will finish outside the top 24

Stefon Diggs is one of, if not the best route runner in the NFL. He is also one of the biggest divas at the WR position. This attitude has led him into a situation where he will be a fantasy afterthought. The Bills want to be a run-first team. Whether this is with Devin Singletary, Josh Allen, or Zach Moss. The effects of Diggs for Allen in real football with be significant. He gives Buffalo a real threat at the WR position. But with Allen still finding his way as a passer, the production for Diggs in fantasy will be lacking. Between him, Cole Beasley, and John Brown, the receivers will be much better than in recent seasons. None of them will be a breakout over the others. Therefore all of them will finish in the WR three or four range at seasons end. – Dominick Petrillo

Will Fuller will be healthy and finish as a Top 25 Fantasy WR this season

Will Fuller has yet to play more than 14 games in a season. Fuller has never had 50+ receptions in a season. But I believe that the Brandin Cooks’ addition to this team will ease some of the downfield pressure Fuller has, and Fuller will be able to take advantage of this as being the leading TD option for Watson in place of Deandre Hopkins. – Lou Sherman

D.K. Metcalf will be a top 12 wide receiver

Metcalf filled a massive void for Seattle last season by becoming the scoring threat the Seahawks offense had been missing. He also tallied at least 70 yards or a touchdown in every game in the second half of 2019. Seattle’s offense has been collecting lineman this offseason, and several of them have excelled as pass blockers. Expect to see a more aggressive offense that features Metcalf as a primary target, not a complementary role. – Adam Inman

Jarvis Landry will outscore Odell Beckham in fantasy again this season

Jarvis Landry scored 27 more fantasy points than Beckham in 2019. Landry has had at least 80 receptions in each season of his career, and Odell had the worst full season of his six-year career. I think Baker made it clear that he prefers Landry, or he doesn’t have the confidence to throw to Odell in top corner coverage. – Lou Sherman

Larry Fitzgerald will outproduce Christian Kirk

Arizona fleeced Houston in their acquisition of Deandre Hopkins, and he will immediately become the apple of Kyler Murray’s eye. And after defenses prepare themselves for stopping Nuk and holding Murray to the pocket what will be left is an incredibly discounted Larry Fitzgerald. Kirk is being drafted almost 40 spots higher than Fitzgerald currently and I would take Fitzgerald in a head-to-head bet. – Adam Inman

The Corey Davis Ascension Finally Begins

Fantasy Football pundits everywhere have been waiting for Corey Davis to emerge as a significant weapon in the Tennessee Titans’ offense since he was drafted in 2017. The 25-year old failed to do so in his first three NFL seasons, but it wasn’t until midway through last year that he was playing with a competent passer at quarterback. Rookie A.J. Brown had a much more eye-popping 2019 (1,051 yards, eight touchdowns, WR10 in Fantasy), but owners shouldn’t dismiss Davis just yet. With Brown likely to draw opposing defenses’ best cover corners, Davis will have a better opportunity to work on the opposite side. Couple that with a full season of Ryan Tannehill under center, and Davis is a player I’m keeping an eye on. – Henry John

Josh Reynolds will be the leading receiver on the Rams

Josh Reynolds has played ten games in which he has over 80% of the Rams snap share. Reynolds has received at least five targets in 9 of those games. With Cooks gone and Kupp’s injury history, I think Reynolds has a chance to break out this season for LA. – Lou Sherman

Julian Edelman Will Finish as a WR40 or Worse

Due to Tom Brady’s departure, Edelman will suffer the most. After finishing as the 10th best receiver in Half-PPR leagues, there will be a major regression. He reached 100 catches and 1,117 yards last season, but with Jarrett Stidham at the helm, expectations have to be realistic. A season with less than 75 receptions, 680 yards, and just four touchdowns could be deemed realistic. One of the main reasons for last year’s success as he was the only viable receiving option. A full season of Mohamed Sanu and N’Keal Harry will take up targets from Edelman. In addition to a possible rookie receiver and James White gobbling up targets, Julian will lose even more looks. – Conlin Postma

DJ Moore finishes as a top 6 receiver in 2020 fantasy

With Carolina recently adding Teddy Bridgewater as their new starter, the receivers’ values have increased quite a bit. Moore is the clear WR1 in Carolina, but with Curtis Samuel and Robby Anderson in the mix, defenses will have some issues on guarding those three guys. Moore should thrive with Bridgewater under center because he’s willing to throw the ball down the field. Carolina ranking 31st in 2019 defensively certainly adds to Moore’s upside, considering they’ll be down more often than not. – Hunter Skoczylas

Michael Gallup will outscore Amari Cooper

Amari Cooper consistently finishes as a top 12 receiver, and he may do so again this season. Either way, Michael Gallup will finish higher. As consistent as Cooper’s finishes are, the way, he gets there is frustrating. In a three-game stretch in 2019, he had games of 237 yards and two TD followed by one catch for three yards. This way, immediately followed up by a game of 106 yards and one TD. He feeds off Gallup, and inversely Gallup feeds off him. This is the third-year breakout for Gallup as he takes over the number one role much the way Chris Godwin has in Tampa Bay. Cooper will still get his. His $20 million a season guarantees this. He will, however, still be taking a side seat to the new man town Michael Gallup as he builds his connection with Dak Prescott.      – Dominick Petrillo

 

Tight Ends

Tyler Higbee Is Your Guy

Higbee was an absolute monster for the Rams during the last four weeks of the season, and a strong correlation has been drawn between his success and the absence of Gerald Everett. What we’ve seen the Rams do this offseason is unload offensive talent, which clears the way for Higbee and his freakish size/speed combination to be an every-down player on a team that is still coached by one of the most innovating offensive minds in the game. He is basically free in standard drafts and should be your target should you choose not to draft Kittle or Kelce. – Adam Inman

Irv Smith Jr. Breaks Out

The Vikings traded wideout Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills this offseason for a haul of draft picks. While they are expected to convert a first-round choice in this year’s draft into a wide receiver, the move also lends the opportunity for weapons already in Minnesota to step up. Expect one to be tight end Irv Smith Jr., who showed flashes in his rookie season by piling up 36 receptions for 311 yards and two scores. Quarterback Kirk Cousins has had a track record of utilizing his tight ends frequently that goes back to his time in Washington. With Adam Thielen being the only proven wideout, both Kyle Rudolph (age 30) and Smith (age 21) could be in line for more targets, with the much younger Smith poised for a Fantasy breakout. – Henry John

Dallas Goedert will finish higher than Zach Ertz

Zach Ertz is excellent. The Eagles just picked up his option for 2021. The team wants to get Goedert more involved, though. After a rookie season with five TD, Goedert had another solid season in 2019 when he followed it up with another five TD on 58 receptions. The Eagles want to use a two TE set on most downs. They do so more than any team in the NFL – for a good reason. This will continue as Ertz gets older, and they phase him out in favor of the big man from South Dakota State who has two seasons left on his rookie deal. A deal they are sure to extend after the 2021 season. When both he and Ertz are free agents. – Dominick Petrillo




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