NFL Divisions Ranked From Fantasy Best to Fantasy Worst in 2020
I recently participated in Twitter thread where we picked a “fantasy dream team.” The players had to be chosen from the NFL division for which your favorite team plays, and it consisted of a QB, WR, WR, RB and TE.
Since the Saints are my team, I realized that the NFC South has — in my opinion — the most lucrative stash of fantasy players. This prompted me to rank (grade) the eight NFL divisions from best to worst as far in fantasy depth.
Pardon in advance, my use of “-ish”. You should get it though.
NFC South (Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers, Saints) Grade: A
Start worthy players include: Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, Michael Thomas, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Julio Jones, Alvin Kamara, Todd Gurley, Christian McCaffrey, and Rob Gronkowski
Flex worthy players include: Teddy Bridegewater, D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, Emmanuel Sanders and Calvin Ridley
AFC North (Bengals, Browns, Ravens, Steelers) Grade: A-
Start worthy players include: Ben Roethlisberger, Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, Joe Burrow-ish?, JuJu Smith-Schuster, A.J. Green, Odell Beckham Jr., Joe Mixon, Nick Chubb, Mark Ingram and Mark Andrews
Flex worthy players include: Tyler Boyd, Jarvis Landry, Kareem Hunt, James Conner and Eric Ebron (maybe — do we trust a Steelers TE?)
AFC West (Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs, Raiders) Grade: B+
Start worthy players include: Patrick Mahomes, Derek Carr, Tyreek Hill, Keenan Allen, Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs-ish, Damien Williams (for now), Josh Jacobs, Austin Ekeler, Melvin Gordon, Travis Kelce and Darren Waller
Flex worthy players include: Drew Lock, (Whoever Chargers QB is?) Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Phillip Lindsay, Hunter Henry and Noah Fant
NFC East (Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Redskins – weak link) Grade: B
Start worthy players include: Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz, Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Ezekiel Elliott, Saquon Barkley, Miles Sanders, Zach Ertz and Evan Engram
Flex worthy players include: Daniel Jones, Michael Gallop, Sterling Shepard, Alshon Jeffery, Terry McLaurin, and Adrian Peterson
NFC West (Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks, 49ers) Grade: B-
Start worthy players include: Kyler Murray, Jared Goff, Russell Wilson, DeAndre Hopkins, Cooper Kupp, Tyler Lockett, Kenyan Drake, Chris Carson and George Kittle
Flex worthy players include: Jimmy Garoppolo (sorry in advance), Deebo Samuels, Robert Woods, D.K. Metcalf, Larry Fitzgerald, Raheem Mostert and likely Cam Akers?
NFC North (Bears (ugh), Lions, Packers, Vikings) Grade: C+
Start worthy players include: Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers, Kirk Cousins, Kenny Golladay, Davante Adams, Adam Thielen, Allen Robinson, Aaron Jones and Davlin Cook
Flex worthy players include: No Bears QB, Anthony Miller, Marvin Jones, Justin Jefferson, Kerryon Johnson-ish and David Montgomery-ish
AFC South (Colts, Jaguars, Texans, Titans) Grade: C
Start worthy players include: Philip Rivers, Deshaun Watson, TY Hilton, DJ Chark, Leonard Fournette, David Johnson (fingers crossed), and Derrick Henry
Flex worthy players include: Gardner Minshew, Ryan Tannehill, DeDe Westbrook, Brandin Cooks, AJ Brown, Marlon Mack and Jonathan Taylor (maybe)
AFC East (bleh) (Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Patriots) Grade: D–
Start worthy players include: Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, DeVante Parker, Julian Edelman and Devin Singletary
Flex worthy players include: Sam Darnold, Ryan Fitzpatrick (for now before Tua), Jarrett Stidham?, Le’Veon Bell, Sony Michel and James White
For what it is worth, here is my NFC South, Dream Team