2020 NFC East Fantasy Review

2020 NFC East Fantasy Review

What’s up y’all? The 2020 fantasy season is in the books and we at TSF are here to recap all of the action! Keeping track of everything and everyone during the season can be daunting especially if a player isn’t on any of your teams, so we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about the 2020 fantasy season! We’re breaking down each team by position in an eight part series and The NFC East is up first. 


There’s not a whole lot to recap from the NFC Least but as fantasy owners, we need to overturn every rock to make sure we’re not leaving any scraps for our opponents, even if those scraps become mid-season waiver wire pickups. Who’s ready to go dumpster diving? 



Washington Football Team 


Quarterback 


This position was a roller coaster ride and offered very little to fantasy owners. The hands down favorite for the Comeback player of the year award, Alex Smith started six games throwing for 1,582 and a 6/8 TD-INT ratio. Kyle Allen was mediocre at best and massive bust and stripclub enthusiast Dwayne Haskins was eventually released. It remains to be seen what Washington will do with this position for 2021 but either way,  it’ll most likely be nothing exciting for fantasy purposes. 


Grade D+ 



Running Back 


This was by far the bright spot of this division seeing two backs crack the top 17 of their position in PPR scoring. Rookie third round pick Antonio Gibson burst onto the scene with 795 yards and 11 touchdowns on 170 attempts and 36 receptions for 247 yards in 14 games. Gibson finished as the RB13 but was on fire as the RB5 before sustaining an ankle injury in week 13 against Pittsburgh. The former Wide Receiver and kick returner had a great season but didn’t get as much work in the passing game as what may have been expected due to counterpart J.D. McKissic leading the league in routes run by a RB. McKissic was ultra productive in his own right, finishing as the RB17 thanks to his receiver-like skill set. The former Seahawk brought in 80 of 110 targets for 589 yards and 2 scores. Although he’s primarily a receiver, catching the second most passes of all RBs behind superstar Alvin Kamara, he did do some damage on the ground amassing 365 yards and a TD on 85 carries. Both backs were steals or epic waiver wire adds this season and are exciting prospects heading into 2021. Journeyman Peyton Barber served as a change of pace and short yardage power back. 


Grade A- 



Wide Receiver 


Terry McLaurin followed up his stellar rookie season with a solid sophomore campaign as Washington’s WR1. The 2019 third round pick out of Ohio State racked up 87 receptions on 134 targets for 1,118 yards and 4 touchdowns in 15 games. He was a very solid performer for fantasy owners averaging 14.9 points-per-game and ranking as the WR20 despite missing a contest. Imagine what he could do with an above average QB! This was pretty much a one man show as far as fantasy points go. With Thomas and McKissic garnering 110 targets each that left the 4th target with an inconsistent workload. Productive outings for this motley crew were few and far between with just five double digit point performances for all WRs excluding Scary Terry. Two of those came courtesy of Cam Sims, and Steven Sims would be next in line but neither are fantasy relevant as long as the passing game is this inept. Washington desperately needs to get a legitimate WR2 to pair with McLaurin, I think they’ll look to address that this offseason. 


Grade C+ 



Tight End 


Logan Thomas was one of the pleasant surprises of the 2020 season. After going mostly undrafted, the former Quarterback tied Green Bay’s Robert Tonyan for 3rd in PPR points among TEs. He corralled 72 of 110 targets for 670 yards and six touchdowns. Thomas developed into a very reliable performer scoring double digit fantasy points in all but two of his final 11 games. He was backed up by primarily blocking Tight End Jeremy Sprinkle. 


Grade A 



Philadelphia Eagles 


Quarterback 


I’m not going to spend much time on Carson Wentz since he’s a goner and will undoubtedly be playing somewhere else. The former 2nd overall draft selection was very up and down averaging 17.78 fantasy points in 12 games. Stud rookie 2nd round draft pick Jalen Hurts took over for the struggling veteran starting the final four games and showed off his explosiveness on his way to seemingly earning the keys to the kingdom in Philly. As an elite dual threat QB, Hurts put up some impressive numbers in his four starts scampering for 272 yards on 46 attempts and three scores on the ground to go along with his five through the air. Some would like to dub him as a run first QB but he showed off his arm throwing for 338 and 342 yards in two of his four starts which was even more impressive considering his lack of high-end weapons. He firmly worked his way into the fantasy conversation for 2021 as he was the QB7 in standard scoring formats over his four starts which were the final games of his rookie season. 


Grade B- 



Running Back


Miles Sanders was the man of this backfield but was fairly disappointing this season after a productive rookie campaign where he blossomed down the stretch causing fantasy owners to draft him as high as the 2nd round in 2020. It didn’t really pan out but injuries were a big factor for the Penn State product. He only managed twelve games this season but still finished as the RB #23 but was fairly inconsistent posting five performances with 10 or fewer points in PPR formats. Definitely not living up to the hype but he was pretty solid as far as efficiency goes finishing the year with 5.3 yards-per-attempt. Sanders just didn’t have a heavy enough workload to be consistent, ending up with just over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and 6 touchdowns on only 192 touches. If he’s going to be a RB1 next season he’s going to have to be more involved in the passing game, 28 receptions for less than 200 yards in 12 games ain’t cutting it. To be fair, he did average 14.2 PPG which tops Kareem Hunt and Mike Davis who were both top 12 RBs in 2020. In fact, backup RB Boston Scott out produced him in the passing game despite receiving 16 fewer targets. Scott filled in for Sanders fairly capably but battled injuries of his own causing Philly to go with more of a relief committee approach. 


Grade B 



Wide Receiver 


I think we’re starting to get near the bottom of this dumpster. The Philly Receivers had plenty of opportunities but nobody (nobodies) could take 

advantage of them. Undrafted QB and former San Antonio Commanders Receiver Greg Ward led the way but due in large part to being the only WR to play all 16 games. He hauled in 53 passes for 419 yards and six touchdowns for a meager 8.3 PPG which was good enough to finish as the WR58. Detroit Lions 2019 6th round draft pick out of Old Dominion Travis Fulgham had his moments catching 38 balls for 539 yards and 4 scores in 13 games. He showed some great performances but was hampered by injuries and erratic Quarterback play finishing as the WR66. Jalen Reagor was without a doubt the best WR on this team but had a quiet rookie season which was, you guessed it, hampered by injuries. The 1st round pick out of Texas Christian started all 11 of his games securing 31 of 54 targets for 396 yards and a score. Not a very productive start to his career but he was thrown to the wolves so to speak as Philadelphia’s WR1 and battled multiple injuries including a ligament tear in his thumb which required surgery. Veterans Desean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery missed the majority of the season and each caught one impressive touchdown which was pretty much it for the former star wideouts. I expect Philly to focus on upgrading this position drastically. 


Grade D 



Tight End 


Philly operated under a Tight End by committee due to injuries across the board causing all three top pass catching TEs to miss five games each. Dallas Goedert led the way hauling in 46 of 65 targets for 524 yards and 3 scores which was good for 20th at his position in full PPR formats despite only playing 11 games. Considering that he averaged a solid 10.6 points-per-game if he played a few more games he most likely would have landed somewhere in the top 10 TEs as 7 of them averaged between 11 and 9 PPG. Zach Ertz and journeyman Richard Rodgers finished as the TEs 31 and 35 both having on and off seasons. Both weren’t real options for fantasy owners although Ertz was a bit more productive, averaging 7.1 PPG to Rogers’ 6.4. This position was a mess in 2020 and is sure to thin out for 2021 but it is alarming that the Tight End production dropped off when Hurts took over. 


Grade B-



Dallas Cowboys 


Quarterback 


Dak Prescott was absolutely on fire before suffering a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle. Dak was on pace for nearly 7,000 yards and 40+ TDs after his hot start. In three of his four full games he threw for 450 yards or more, breaking 500 once. He tossed nine touchdowns and ran for three more much to the delight of his fantasy owners. He was the QB1 after the first month of the season with a ridiculous 31.30 PPG. Veteran Andy Dalton played in 11 games and put up just 5 more fantasy points than Prescott. Whoever is starting for Dallas in 2021 will be in the fantasy conversation due to their loaded arsenal but if it’s Dak, he’s a surefire QB1. 


Grade B- 



Running Back 


Ezekiel Elliott has to be one of, if not the, biggest bust of 2020 that wasn’t due to missed games. The guy played the same amount of games as Kamara and was outscored by 154 points! That’s a crusher for fantasy owners that selected Zeke over AK41. There’s been plenty of chatter surrounding the superstar RB and some people like to blame the sluggish offense and say that it was all due to the Prescott injury. That is hard to argue against since he averaged just over 22 points per game with Prescott and just 12.3 without him. No matter how true it is there’s really no excuse for it. An undrafted rookie out of Illinois State playing on a 1-15 team, played in fewer games and still outscored Zeke by 27 points. The former 4th overall pick still finished as a RB1 at #9 thanks to his workload of 296 touches which he turned into 1317 yards from scrimmage and 8 total touchdowns. A very solid year for most backs but cringeworthy if you took him over Kamara, Cook, Henry, etc. Tony Pollard was the primary backup and worked his way onto the field quite often, ending the season with 129 touches for 627 yards and 5 scores. He remains an elite handcuff with some standalone value in deeper PPR leagues. 


Grade B 



Wide Receiver 


Probably the most stacked position in this division is this Receiving core. All three talented wide outs managed to play every game which in 2020 is worthy of a standing ovation in itself. Amari Cooper led the way as Dallas’ WR1 posting a career high in receptions with 92 on 130 targets, he was productive and fairly efficient with that heavy workload racking up 1,114 yards for a 12.1 yards-per-reception and 5 TDs. He came in as the PPR WR15 with a healthy 14.9 PPG. There’s a new stud #88 in Dallas and his name is CeeDee Lamb! The first round rookie started his career off with a bang, bringing in 74 of 111 targets for 935 yards and 5 touchdowns. He finished as the WR22 averaging a solid 13.6 PPG. This kid’s future is bright and will be the WR1 in Dallas sooner than some think. Let’s not forget about Michael Gallup. He took a step back due to the emergence of Lamb but was still a solid factor corralling 59 of 105 targets for 843 yards and just like his counterparts, 5 touchdowns. He worked as the down-field threat averaging 14.3 yards-per-reception and finished as the WR38 with a pedestrian but still useful 10.8 PPG. 


Grade B+ 



Tight End 


Starting Tight End Blake Jarwin went down in week 1 with an ACL tear causing Dalton Schultz to step into the starting role. Schultz only had 13 receptions to his name in 27 career games prior to this season. The Stanford product filled in quite nicely playing all 16 games and hauling in 63 of 89 targets for 615 yards and 4 TDs. That was enough to finish as a TE1 coming in at 11th. Dallas signed Jarwin to a four-year $22 million contract in March so he’s most likely not going anywhere. Dallas is sure to utilize Schultz and Jarwin so they won’t be of much use to fantasy owners in 2021 even if Prescott is on fire. Think of a much less talented Rams TE duo. 


Grade B 



The New York Giants 


Quarterback 


Daniel Jones failed to make the second year leap and that is an understatement. Injuries were a factor here but suckery was a much bigger factor. The 2019 6th overall pick only managed to hit the 250 yard mark three times in his 14 games and ended up with a total just under 3K with a gross 11/10 TD-INT ratio. He did display value to fantasy owners on the ground rushing for 423 yards and a TD on 65 attempts. The highlight of his season was his 80 yard run and we all know how that ended. He should improve with Barkley back but I wouldn’t touch him with a 39 ½ foot pole. 


Grade D 



Running Back 


Saquon Barkley’s season had to be the most devastating blow to 2020 fantasy owners and that’s saying a lot! After getting stuffed by Pittsburgh squeezing out just 6 rushing yards on 15 carries he tore his ACL against Chicago the following week. He will still be drafted as a RB1 but will definitely drop out of the upper echelon. New York signed former Falcon stud Devonta Freeman but that didn’t work out as he struggled to get much going and ended up injured as well. Wayne Gallman ended up getting the lionshare of work and was mostly impressive starting 10 of 15 games and rushing for 682 yards on 147 attempts and 6 touchdowns. He wasn’t involved in the passing game all that much but he provided fantasy owners with a solid stretch of seven games with double-digit PPR points. Dion Lewis was mostly ineffective with the limited opportunities he received but former Pro Bowler Alfred Morris showed some burst late in the season. 


Grade C+ 



Wide Receiver 


As you might expect after reading about Jones, there wasn’t a whole lot of productivity here. Darius Slayton was one of the top sleepers in the offseason and busted despite playing a full season. He finished as the WR54 averaging a measly 8.8 PPR points-per-game. Sterling Shephard was much more successful and helped win some folks Championships in week #17. In his 12 games, he tied his career-high in receptions with 66 on 90 targets for 656 yards and 3 scores. He also added 49 yards on 6 rush attempts and an impressive week #17 TD. He averaged a healthy 13.5 PPG and finished as the WR43. Former Lion Golden Tate didn’t have much of a season as he also missed 4 games but he wasn’t nearly as productive as Shepard scoring just 7.2 PPG and coming in as the WR92. If Jones is even going to have a chance to succeed he’ll need a lot more help than just getting Barkley back. 


Grade C- 



Tight End 


Another big bust that played all 16 games. Engram suited up in every game and only managed 63 catches on 109 targets for 654 yards and one score. This was his first full season and he saw a career low in touchdowns. Coming in as the TE15 being bested by ancient afterthoughts in Gronk and Jimmy Graham is not what fantasy owners drafted the talented Tight End for. The passing game should take a large portion of the blame but until something changes I wouldn’t trust Engram. 


Grade C



Stay tuned for the rest of the divisions! Thanks for reading and as always, stay true. 

 

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