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Overall half-PPR rankings for 2020 fantasy football (Updated)

We are closing in on the 2020 fantasy football season. It’s time to update our overall rankings.

Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys runs onto the field before the game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 22, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Dallas Cowboys 17-9. Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images

The NFL season, if it starts on time, is fast approaching. Players are opting out as we speak, but so far we’ve had just one opt-out shake up the rankings. Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams opted out, which gives Clyde Edwards-Helaire a real boost, as he loses his strongest competition for early season touches. I don’t trust Andy Reid to give him 20 touches in Week 1, but his upside is outstanding.

With no preseason games and limited media coverage due to Covid-19, it is going to be tougher to evaluate camp battles, but it’s never been that easy either. That makes fantasy football draft preparations a little different than in recent seasons.

Below you will find our pre-training camp overall fantasy football rankings. Training camp is meaningful and what we learn over the month will help us rank these players more accurately. But, the bulk of evaluation has been done already. OF course, news like Damien Williams opting out due to Covid-19 will arise.

News will change these rankings, but the bulk should be close to set. We are using half PPR to balance between standard and full PPR for the time being.

Covid-19 update

Here is a list of notable skill position players that are opening 2020 training camp on the Covid-19 injured reserve list to open camp. We don’t know if it is because they tested positive or were around someone who was positive, so we can’t be sure just how long they will be on the list. It could be a week or it could be some amount of time longer.

Gardner Minshew II, QB
Matthew Stafford, QB
Ryquell Armstead, RB
Jaylen Samuels, RB
Damien Williams, RB
Kenny Golladay, WR
Justin Jefferson, WR
James Washington, WR
T.J. Hockenson, TE
Jace Sternberger, TE

Tier 1

Your top running backs remain Tier 1 fantasy players due to their big usage both on the ground and through the air. Christian McCaffrey is the epitome of the do it all back, but Saquon Barkley is the most likely to reach for that No. 1 spot in PPR leagues.

Michael Thomas is the No. 1 fantasy receiver after his huge 2019. Emmanuel Sanders may cut into his huge reception numbers, but he’ll only help get him open for more touchdown chances. Davante Adams has the best chance to usurp Thomas if he can stay healthy. With the Packers not adding to their receiver room in the draft, expect Adams be a league leader in targets and of course fantasy points.

Tier 2

Tier 2 is fluid, as there are a strong set of players that have the upside of Tier 1, but have a question or two that could keep them from reaching those heights. Tier 2 starts with Derrick Henry at eighth overall and goes to DeAndre Hopkins at 14th overall. Henry’s floor is still too low for Tier 1, as he doesn’t catch enough passes, but in standard leagues he is right up there and in .5 PPR he’s just on the outside looking in.

Tier 3

Running backs like Josh Jacobs, Miles Sanders, Kenyan Drake and Austin Ekeler land in Tier 3, but have upside for more and are players I’ll be happy to grab early this season. Most of Tier 3 has a real shot of playing themselves up into the top two tiers without being a major upset.

Quarterbacks

Choosing between Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes for the No. 1 spot isn’t easy. Jackson was the superior fantasy player last season and would have been even if Mahomes had been healthy. The trouble is, Jackson will have an uphill battle to reach a nine percent passing touchdown rate again this season. That puts them about even for me if both remain healthy, but I trust Mahomes a little more to keep his touchdown rate up while I see Jackson having more uncertainty for passing and rushing touchdown numbers from year to year.

Rookies

There won’t be a huge push of rookie players into the top tiers of these rankings, but the running backs have the best shot, as Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jonathan Taylor have great opportunities and upside. Both could end up as league winners if they can take the bulk of the touches early on in the season.

There were a ton of great receivers taken in this year’s draft, but none that landed in obvious high target spots. All of the top rookie receivers have the ability to contribute early on, but they’ll need to win targets as the season progresses.

Overall rankings for non-PPR 2020 fantasy football

Rank Name Tm Pos
Rank Name Tm Pos
1 Christian McCaffrey CAR RB
2 Saquon Barkley NYG RB
3 Derrick Henry TEN RB
4 Ezekiel Elliott DAL RB
5 Alvin Kamara NO RB
6 Dalvin Cook MIN RB
7 Nick Chubb CLE RB
8 Josh Jacobs LV RB
9 Miles Sanders PHI RB
10 Tyreek Hill KC WR
11 Michael Thomas NO WR
12 Joe Mixon CIN RB
13 Davante Adams GB WR
14 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC RB
15 Julio Jones ATL WR
16 DeAndre Hopkins ARI WR
17 Travis Kelce KC TE
18 George Kittle SF TE
19 Patrick Mahomes KC QB
20 Chris Godwin TB WR
21 Kenny Golladay DET WR
22 Mark Andrews BAL TE
23 Kenyan Drake ARI RB
24 Aaron Jones GB RB
25 Adam Thielen MIN WR
26 Mike Evans TB WR
27 Lamar Jackson BAL QB
28 Allen Robinson CHI WR
29 Chris Carson SEA RB
30 Amari Cooper DAL WR
31 Austin Ekeler LAC RB
32 Jonathan Taylor IND RB
33 Zach Ertz PHI TE
34 Raheem Mostert SF RB
35 Odell Beckham Jr. CLE WR
36 James Conner PIT RB
37 Cooper Kupp LAR WR
38 Evan Engram NYG TE
39 Dak Prescott DAL QB
40 D.J. Moore CAR WR
41 Russell Wilson SEA QB
42 Melvin Gordon DEN RB
43 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT WR
44 Cam Akers LAR RB
45 Todd Gurley ATL RB
46 Deshaun Watson HOU QB
47 T.Y. Hilton IND WR
48 Jared Cook NO TE
49 Tyler Lockett SEA WR
50 Robert Woods LAR WR
51 Marquise Brown BAL WR
52 Kyler Murray ARI QB
53 Darren Waller LV TE
54 Matt Ryan ATL QB
55 DeVante Parker MIA WR
56 D.K. Metcalf SEA WR
57 Keenan Allen LAC WR
58 A.J. Brown TEN WR
59 Drew Brees NO QB
60 Hunter Henry LAC TE
61 Terry McLaurin WAS WR
62 D.J. Chark JAC WR
63 Calvin Ridley ATL WR
64 Le'Veon Bell NYJ RB
65 Devin Singletary BUF RB
66 Mark Ingram II BAL RB
67 Courtland Sutton DEN WR
68 Tom Brady TB QB
69 Brandin Cooks HOU WR
70 Zack Moss BUF RB
71 Will Fuller HOU WR
72 Josh Allen BUF QB
73 Chris Herndon IV NYJ TE
74 David Montgomery CHI RB
75 Jonnu Smith TEN TE
76 Matthew Stafford DET QB
77 Deebo Samuel SF WR
78 Sterling Shepard NYG WR
79 David Johnson HOU RB
80 Jamison Crowder NYJ WR
81 J.K. Dobbins BAL RB
82 Julian Edelman NE WR
83 Stefon Diggs BUF WR
84 Ben Roethlisberger PIT QB
85 D'Andre Swift DET RB
86 Carson Wentz PHI QB
87 Rob Gronkowski TB TE
88 Michael Gallup DAL WR
89 Mike Gesicki MIA TE
90 Jarvis Landry CLE WR
91 Kareem Hunt CLE RB
92 A.J. Green CIN WR
93 Sony Michel NE RB
94 Marvin Jones DET WR
95 Cam Newton NE QB
96 Ronald Jones II TB RB
97 Ryan Tannehill TEN QB
98 Aaron Rodgers GB QB
99 Baker Mayfield CLE QB
100 Leonard Fournette TB RB
101 Hayden Hurst ATL TE
102 DeSean Jackson PHI WR
103 Tyler Boyd CIN WR
104 Joe Burrow CIN QB
105 T.J. Hockenson DET TE
106 Antonio Gibson WAS RB
107 Emmanuel Sanders NO WR
108 Gardner Minshew II JAC QB
109 Trey Burton IND TE
110 Tyler Higbee LAR TE
111 San Francisco 49ers SF DST
112 Pittsburgh Steelers PIT DST
113 Philip Rivers IND QB
114 Baltimore Ravens BAL DST
115 Jared Goff LAR QB
116 Teddy Bridgewater CAR QB
117 Buffalo Bills BUF DST
118 Daniel Jones NYG QB
119 New England Patriots NE DST
120 Los Angeles Chargers LAC DST
121 New Orleans Saints NO DST
122 Drew Lock DEN QB
123 Harrison Butker KC K
124 Kirk Cousins MIN QB
125 Kansas City Chiefs KC DST
126 Derek Carr LV QB
127 Justin Tucker BAL K
128 Wil Lutz NO K
129 Darius Slayton NYG WR
130 Greg Zuerlein DAL K
131 Jordan Howard MIA RB
132 Matt Breida MIA RB
133 Diontae Johnson PIT WR
134 Jimmy Garoppolo SF QB
135 Christian Kirk ARI WR
136 Chicago Bears CHI DST
137 Los Angeles Rams LAR DST
138 Tyrod Taylor LAC QB
139 Mike Williams LAC WR
140 Robbie Gould SF K
141 CeeDee Lamb DAL WR
142 Preston Williams MIA WR
143 Minnesota Vikings MIN DST
144 Jerry Jeudy DEN WR
145 Blake Jarwin DAL TE
146 Jalen Reagor PHI WR
147 Philadelphia Eagles PHI DST
148 Parris Campbell IND WR
149 Denver Broncos DEN DST
150 Matt Gay TB K
151 Kerryon Johnson DET RB
152 Matt Prater DET K
153 Tennessee Titans TEN DST
154 Jake Elliott PHI K
155 Curtis Samuel CAR WR
156 Zane Gonzalez ARI K
157 Indianapolis Colts IND DST
158 Ryquell Armstead JAC RB
159 Younghoe Koo ATL K
160 Tampa Bay Buccaneers TB DST
161 Austin Hooper CLE TE
162 Ka'imi Fairbairn HOU K
163 Seattle Seahawks SEA DST
164 Damien Harris NE RB
165 Noah Fant DEN TE
166 James White NE RB
167 Dan Bailey MIN K
168 Sam Darnold NYJ QB
169 Latavius Murray NO RB
170 Eric Ebron PIT TE
171 Green Bay Packers GB DST
172 Michael Badgley LAC K
173 Dallas Cowboys DAL DST
174 Mason Crosby GB K
175 Jason Myers SEA K
176 Chris Boswell PIT K
177 Dwayne Haskins WAS QB
178 Dallas Goedert PHI TE
179 Alexander Mattison MIN RB
180 Marlon Mack IND RB
181 Irv Smith Jr. MIN TE
182 Devine Ozigbo JAC RB
183 Ian Thomas CAR TE
184 Chase Edmonds ARI RB
185 Cleveland Browns CLE DST
186 Greg Olsen SEA TE
187 Golden Tate NYG WR
188 Anthony Miller CHI WR
189 Allen Lazard GB WR
190 Phillip Lindsay DEN RB
191 Tyler Eifert JAC TE
192 Benny Snell Jr. PIT RB
193 Ryan Fitzpatrick MIA QB
194 Brandon McManus DEN K
195 Jerick McKinnon SF RB
196 New York Jets NYJ DST
197 Houston Texans HOU DST
198 Tevin Coleman SF RB
199 Joey Slye CAR K
200 Logan Thomas WAS TE
201 Joshua Kelley LAC RB
202 Nick Foles CHI QB
203 Mecole Hardman KC WR
204 Austin Seibert CLE K
205 Stephen Hauschka FA K
206 Duke Johnson HOU RB
207 John Brown BUF WR
208 Jack Doyle IND TE
209 Josh Lambo JAC K
210 Henry Ruggs III LV WR
211 O.J. Howard TB TE
212 Alshon Jeffery PHI WR
213 Chris Thompson JAC RB
214 Robby Anderson CAR WR
215 Randall Cobb HOU WR
216 Gerald Everett LAR TE
217 Daniel Carlson LV K
218 Bryan Edwards LV WR
219 Chase McLaughlin IND K
220 Washington Football Team WAS DST
221 Sammy Watkins KC WR
222 Robert Tonyan GB TE
223 Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB WR
224 Jacksonville Jaguars JAC DST
225 Justin Rohrwasser NE K
226 Dustin Hopkins WAS K
227 Tarik Cohen CHI RB
228 Hunter Renfrow LV WR
229 Boston Scott PHI RB
230 Tony Pollard DAL RB
231 Detroit Lions DET DST
232 Michael Pittman Jr. IND WR
233 Carlos Hyde SEA RB
234 N'Keal Harry NE WR
235 Atlanta Falcons ATL DST
236 Devin Asiasi NE TE
237 Adrian Peterson WAS RB
238 Tua Tagovailoa MIA QB
239 Darrel Williams KC RB
240 A.J. Dillon GB RB
241 Carolina Panthers CAR DST
242 Brett Maher FA K
243 Dawson Knox BUF TE
244 Randy Bullock CIN K
245 Nyheim Hines IND RB
246 Corey Davis TEN WR
247 DeeJay Dallas SEA RB
248 Arizona Cardinals ARI DST
249 Brian Hill ATL RB
250 Greg Joseph TEN K
251 Tre'Quan Smith NO WR
252 Mitch Trubisky CHI QB
253 Jordan Akins HOU TE
254 Darrell Henderson LAR RB
255 Taysom Hill NO QB
256 Aldrick Rosas FA K
257 Chris Conley JAC WR
258 Will Dissly SEA TE
259 Eddy Pineiro CHI K
260 Kyle Rudolph MIN TE
261 Las Vegas Raiders LV DST
262 Brandon Aiyuk SF WR
263 Miami Dolphins MIA DST
264 Jimmy Graham CHI TE
265 Breshad Perriman NYJ WR
266 David Njoku CLE TE
267 C.J. Uzomah CIN TE
268 Jason Sanders MIA K
269 Dalton Keene NE TE
270 Cincinnati Bengals CIN DST
271 Darren Fells HOU TE
272 Jalen Hurts PHI QB
273 Jace Sternberger GB TE
274 Van Jefferson LAR WR
275 LeSean McCoy TB RB
276 Malcolm Brown LAR RB
277 Jordan Reed SF TE
278 Jarrett Stidham NE QB
279 Dan Arnold ARI TE
280 Kahale Warring HOU TE
281 Vance McDonald PIT TE
282 Albert Okwuegbunam DEN TE
283 Justin Herbert LAC QB
284 Jameis Winston NO QB
285 Cameron Brate TB TE
286 Nick Boyle BAL TE