2020 Fantasy Football Tiers & Rankings: Your Draft Guide To Every Position
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- Sean Koerner, the No. 1 draft ranker of 2019, reveals his 2020 fantasy football tiers.
- These tiers are based on his fantasy football rankings and are meant to help you decide when to draft which players.
- Koerner also outlines his strategy for drafting quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends in 2020.
Fantasy football rankings are only one draft tool — they shouldn’t dictate your entire strategy.
To really gain an edge over your league-mates, you need to understand how rankings break down into tiers. Where are the drop-offs in talent and value at each position? Who are the sleeper running backs with the highest upside in later rounds? Can you really afford to sit back and wait at wide receiver? And when should you actually draft your quarterback (if at all)?
To help you map out the best strategy for your drafts, I’ve categorized my rankings into tiers. Below are quick overviews of my 2020 strategies at each position followed by links to all the corresponding tiers.
2020 Fantasy Tiers & Rankings
Fantasy QB Tiers & Strategy
We were a bit spoiled by the talent of quarterbacks available in the later rounds of 2019 drafts: Lamar Jackson, Dak Prescott, Kyler Murray and Jameis Winston were all drafted as the QB11 or later, then finished within the top-seven at the position.
Now Jackson, Prescott and Murray require a top-six pick.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there doesn’t appear to be another version of that tier in 2020. That means my strategy for this season is the complete opposite of 2019.
Fantasy RB Tiers & Strategy
Running back continues to be the most critical position in fantasy football — it’s why a lot of draft strategies focus solely on how many RBs you should acquire early on.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is the Zero RB strategy, which I agree with … in theory. It mainly focuses on Reason No. 2 above, but ignores Reason No. 1 — that’s why I would dub my approach as the RB Surplus Strategy.
Fantasy WR Tiers & Strategy
Running back is the most critical position in fantasy football, but wide receiver is a close second.
With the depth at WR, it’s easy to become complacent while drafting — if you miss out on a certain tier of WRs, you think there will be more talent to choose from later. But you have to be careful not to neglect the position so much over the first five rounds that you end up with Emmanuel Sanders as your WR2.
That’s why you should actually spend significant draft capital on your WRs.
Fantasy TE Tiers & Strategy
There are winning strategies for drafting tight ends in every round this year.
The “choose your adventure” nature of the position means you can let the draft dictate how and when to target TEs. There is no reason to reach for any player above their average draft position (ADP), because you will likely have at least one TE fall too far in your draft.