Risers & Fallers

Offseason Winners and Losers

By Jared Smola 1:05pm EDT 5/8/20


That’s about it. We’ll get some minor moves over the next few months. But for the most part, NFL rosters are set for the 2020 campaign.

So with the whirl of free agency and the draft behind us, let’s take a step back and assess whose fantasy stock got a boost and whose took a hit this offseason.


Winners:

Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys

Jason Witten to Blake Jarwin? Upgrade. Randall Cobb to CeeDee Lamb? Big upgrade. Prescott finished 2nd among QBs in fantasy points last year and has a better supporting cast heading into 2020. If anyone is gonna challenge Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson atop the QB ranks, it’s Dak.


Kyler Murray, QB, Cardinals

Hello, DeAndre Hopkins.


Tom Brady, QB, Buccaneers

Jameis Winston chucked for 5,109 yards and 33 TDs on 8.2 yards per attempt in this offense last year. Brady is near the end — but even if you just believe he’s as good as now-backup Winston at this point, he should put up big numbers. Oh yeah, the Bucs also added Rob Gronkowski.


Drew Lock, QB, Broncos

No team did more to bolster their offense this offseason than the Broncos. RB Melvin Gordon and C Graham Glasgow in free agency. WRs Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler in the draft. Throw in holdovers Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant and Phillip Lindsay, and the weapons are in place for Lock to enjoy a breakout season. We’ll see if he’s up to the task.


Derek Carr, QB, Raiders

With rookie WRs Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards joining Darren Waller, Tyrell Williams, Hunter Renfrow and Josh Jacobs, the Raiders have assembled an intriguing group of weapons for Carr. He was better than you probably realize last year, ranking top 8 among 27 QBs with 300+ attempts in completion rate, adjusted completion rate, yards per attempt, QB Rating and Pro Football Focus passing grades.


Miles Sanders, RB, Eagles

The depth chart behind Sanders currently reads: Boston Scott, Michael Warren, Corey Clement, Elijah Holyfield. We’ll see if Philly adds a vet like Devonta Freeman, Lamar Miller or Carlos Hyde. But as it currently stands, Sanders is set up to play something close to a feature role. He averaged 15.4 carries and 5.1 targets over his final 7 healthy games last year.


Todd Gurley, RB, Falcons

Atlanta signed Gurley to a 1-year, $5.5 million deal in March — and then added nothing else to the backfield. With Ito Smith, Brian Hill and Qadree Ollison as his competition, Gurley should be in for big volume in a high-scoring offense. Devonta Freeman was running on fumes last year but ranked 19th among RBs in PPR points per game. So even if you think Gurley has little left in the tank, he’s a good bet for at least RB2 production.


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