NFL Draft First Round Fantasy Reactions: QBs & RBs

By: Hunter Skoczylas @HunterSkoczylas

           With the first round of the 2020 NFL draft wrapping up last night, some new faces will be added to your fantasy draft pools. These players picked in the first round are all clearly talented and the top prospects, but some may not be fantasy factors during their rookie campaigns. Some may affect the other players’ values around them negatively as well but let’s break down who’s worth it. Here are the first-round picks you can take a gamble on in your fantasy draft in 2020. 


Joe Burrow | Cincinnati Bengals | No. 1 Overall 

           As we all expected, Cincinnati have drafted their franchise quarterback first overall in Joe Burrow. Burrow offers tons of upside due to his size (6’3”, 221 pounds) and tremendous accuracy. We all saw what Burrow did his senior season at LSU, so it’s possible with targets like A.J Green, John Ross III, Tyler Boyd, and Joe Mixon out of the backfield, he’ll fit right in in the NFL. 

          Considering the hype around Burrow, many are going to overvalue him and take him earlier than expected, but you have to remember that he plays for the same team that went 2-14 in 2019. It is possible he comes out of the gate as elite, but we don’t know how Cincinnati will perform in 2020. He should go within the mid rounds in standard fantasy leagues, but he is a clear QB1 for all dynasty league players. 


Tua Tagovailoa | Miami Dolphins | No. 5 overall 

           This was a risky, risky move. Tagovailoa has sustained a lot of injuries throughout his career already, but if he can stay healthy, he shows elite flashes. Miami is still a big question mark overall because they’re in early stages of rebuild mode, but Tagovailoa adds some promise to the team’s future. It’s likely that Ryan Fitzpatrick starts the few first games to ensure Tagovailoa’s recovery from hip surgery that left him out of the combine. 

           If all goes well, he has a shot to be a QB2 in 2020 as long as Miami addresses their offensive line issues and adds more weapons around him. Tua’s in the same boat as Burrow for dynasty leagues, but it’s more risky than safe because of his injury history and the fact that Miami is in rebuild mode. 


Justin Herbert | Los Angeles Chargers | No. 6 overall 

           Standing at 6’6”, 236 pounds, Herbert sure packs a punch at the quarterback position. He has some accuracy issues to improve, but he’ll be hard to take down plus for being 6’6’, he’s got some legs. He will fit right in with the Chargers who have targets like Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Austin Ekeler out of the backfield. 

          We’ll probably see Tyrod and Herbert battle it out during training camp, but it isn’t unlikely at all that he doesn’t start. He’ll have to prove that he deserves a starting spot so he could be taken in the later rounds as a backup QB on your fantasy team. He’s worth a look though in dynasty leagues because he has some upside with the weapons he has on the Chargers offense. 


Jordan Love | Green Bay Packers | No. 26 overall 

             It is surprising to see the Packers trade up here for Jordan Love, but it makes sense to bring in a guy and have him learn from Aaron Rodgers. Jordan Love has some serious decision-making problems and overall accuracy, but his arm and size could make up for it.  It is very unlikely that Love even sees the field this season unless Rodgers went down with an injury. Having him under Lafleur and Rodgers for a few years will help him patch up his issues. 

            Don’t draft him in standard fantasy leagues for 2020, but in dynasty leagues, he is certainly worth the stash until Rodgers looks like he’s done. 


Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Kansas City Chiefs | No. 32 overall 

            What better way to add to the offense of the defending Super Bowl champions than drafting Edwards-Helaire to end the first round. Edwards-Helaire isn’t too big (only 5’7”, 207 pounds) but his overall production is hard to look past. The now former LSU running back can catch out of the backfield with ease hauling in 55 catches for 453 yards in 2019 with LSU. He can shed tackles very easily because he runs so low to the ground. He fits so well with the Chiefs offensive scheme. 

            Although he looks promising, it’s likely he starts his NFL career as the RB2 on the depth chart behind Damien Williams. Once he gets settled in, he’ll be sure to take over the starting spot. He’ll be a solid RB2 for fantasy leagues next season, but there’s upside to be an RB1. Edwards-Helaire might be the best RB from this class to draft in dynasty leagues due to the future of the team around him and the amount of points that offense can put up weekly. 


Check out our 2020 rookie mock draft article for more on the draft and fantasy!

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