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Overall rookie dynasty rankings for 2020 fantasy football

If you have a dynasty rookie draft coming up, check out our rookie rankings here. We rank the best rookies, including Jonathan Taylor, Jerry Jeudy, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, CeeDee Lamb, D’Andre Swift, and more.

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith  hands the ball off to running back Antonio Gibson on day twenty-one of training camp at Inova Sports Performance Center in Ashburn, Virginia.  Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Update, August 31: Training camp has moved the needle on a few rookies, but we also can’t get too far ahead of ourselves when evaluating dynasty players. A player like Denzel Mims still has a great outlook for his career despite his hamstring problems. And, I actually moved Jalen Reagor up even though he’ll miss a couple games to start his career because he’s looked so good in training camp and he doesn’t have much competition longterm.

Antonio Gibson, Reagor, Joe Burrow, Joshua Kelley, Van Jefferson, DeeJay Dallas, Devin Asiasi and Bryan Edwards all got a bump in this update, as they appear to be proving themselves early in camp. A leg up in your rookie year is something I like to see and put stock into as long as the situation remains good for them to see work from the get go.

Update, August 7: We’ll be updating rankings regularly, but before then, know that Washington RB Antonio Gibson will get a bump with the team releasing Derrius Guice.

Rookies this season will get a crash course in the NFL with a shortened off season and no preseason games due to Covid-19. Thankfully, this season is full of strong rookie dynasty picks and a slower than normal ramp up to the season won’t be as impactful for their longterm success.

But, we do want players who can get on the field their rookie year, and we already have a couple rookies on the Covid-19 injury list. So far Vikings WR Justin Jefferson and the Buccaneers RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn have landed on the list. If their time away lingers deep into training camp or even the season, it will hurt their dynasty rankings. But for now, we’ll take a wait and see approach.

Tier 1

None of the top receivers landed in smash spots, but they’re still so good that their fantasy upside remains as high as it did before they were drafted. Of course, running backs are the quickest to pay dividends for dynasty leagues and much depends on your style of play in dynasty. If you’re always looking for the most longterm value, wide receivers take precedent but getting strong results for 5-6 years and from Day 1 from a running back and then trading him before he starts declining is a good move as well.

If you are flush at running back and are need of wide receivers, I have no problem going with CeeDee Lamb at No. 1, but in the normal course of a dynasty team’s life, I like going with the two top running backs. Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jonathan Taylor top the list based on draft capital and team. In full PPR, Edwards-Helaire is my no-doubt No. 1. He was before Damien Williams opted out this season, but now even more so. Both situations look great, but the Colts uncertainty at quarterback after Rivers leaves is concerning for the offenses longterm upside. The Chiefs on the other hand, are set up for a long stretch with Patrick Mahomes leading the way. Plus, Mahomes had a say in their first round pick, showing his preference for the player and what he can do to help the offense.

Tier 2

Jerry Jeudy landed in a tough spot due to the unknowns surrounding his quarterback, but his ability should make his quarterback better while he gets time to ease into the NFL with Courtland Sutton, KJ Hamler, Noah Fant also needing defensive attention.

Choosing between D’Andre Swift and J.K. Dobbins is tough, but I like Dobbins longterm outlook in Baltimore a bit more, as Mark Ingram is out the door after this season and being a running back with Lamar Jackson taking away defensive interest on the ground and playing on a team that wants to run the ball, puts him ahead of Swift.

The receivers in the second tier are all worthy of first-tier consideration and form a packed group in the second tier with Dobbins, Swift and Cam Akers. Justin Jefferson, Henry Ruggs, and Jalen Reagor round out this tier and give us great wide receivers to grab toward the end of the first or beginning of the second round of rookie drafts.

Overall Rookie Dynasty Rankings

Rk Player Age POS Team
Rk Player Age POS Team
1 Najee Harris 23 RB PIT
2 Kyle Pitts 20 TE ATL
3 Ja'Marr Chase 21 WR CIN
4 Travis Etienne 22 RB JAC
5 DeVonta Smith 22 WR PHI
6 Javonte Williams 21 RB DEN
7 Jaylen Waddle 22 WR MIA
8 Elijah Moore 21 WR NYJ
9 Terrace Marshall 21 WR CAR
10 Rondale Moore 21 WR ARI
11 Trey Sermon 22 RB SF
12 Michael Carter 22 RB NYJ
13 Trevor Lawrence 21 QB JAC
14 Trey Lance 21 QB SF
15 Rashod Bateman 21 WR BAL
16 Justin Fields 22 QB CHI
17 Kadarius Toney 22 WR NYG
18 Amon-Ra St. Brown 21 WR DET
19 Amari Rodgers 21 WR GB
20 Kenneth Gainwell 22 RB PHI
21 Dyami Brown 21 WR WAS
22 Rhamondre Stevenson 23 RB NE
23 Zach Wilson 21 QB NYJ
24 Dez Fitzpatrick 23 WR TEN
25 Mac Jones 23 QB NE
26 D'Wayne Eskridge 24 WR SEA
27 Josh Palmer 21 WR LAC
28 Pat Freiermuth 22 TE PIT
29 Nico Collins 22 WR HOU
30 Kylin Hill 23 RB GB
31 Cornell Powell 23 WR KC
32 Anthony Schwartz 21 WR CLE
33 Chuba Hubbard 22 RB CAR
34 Jaelon Darden 22 WR TB
35 Tylan Wallace 22 WR BAL
36 Jermar Jefferson 21 RB DET
37 Elijah Mitchell 23 RB SF
38 Khalil Herbert 23 RB CHI
39 Tutu Atwell 21 WR LAR
40 Davis Mills 22 QB HOU
41 Kellen Mond 22 QB MIN
42 Kyle Trask 23 QB TB
43 Kyle Granson 23 TE IND
44 Brevin Jordan 21 TE HOU
45 Jacob Harris 24 TE LAR
46 Zack Davidson 23 TE MIN