Baltimore Ravens +300
Lamar Jackson electrified the NFL in 2019 with his many athletic skills as a starting QB in Baltimore. There are doubters in 2020 saying the NFL will adapt to his play. Well, we all saw how the NFL adapted to Michael Vick in the early 2000’s, they didn’t. Lamar will continue to put defenses on their heels and defenders on highlight reels. Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews will be his primary targets, both of whom are on the cusp of superstar status. Calais Campbell joins the defensive line on an already strong defense. Lamar Jackson will throw for more yards and touchdowns this year, he also might lift the ultimate prize.
Buffalo Bills +900
The Bills finished 10-6 last season, in Josh Allen’s second year as the Bills’ QB. The young QB has all the tools to become a formidable superstar in the NFL, arm strength, accuracy, mobility. His abilities to extend plays will leave elite weapons like Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Devin Singletary wide open. Also, Josh Allen has a nose for the end zone as well, as he’s not afraid to tuck the ball in and take a hit to score a touchdown. The young Bills are slated to improve in 2020, as rookies and sophomores have progressed a season, also having a taste of playoff experience will give e them the drive they need to make a Super Bowl run.
Las Vegas Raiders +2200
Derek Carr and the Raiders are an intriguing pick here. Never count out coach John Gruden, the former QB Camp host is a mastermind. Over the last two seasons, Derek Carr has improved as the signal caller of the Raiders. He posted the highest quarterback rating of his career in 2019 at 100.8. Still only 29 years old, Carr has the motivation and ability to prove that he’s a winner. Heading into a new town and new building in 2020, the Raiders will be that much more motivated playing under the bright lights of Las Vegas. The energy, excitement and momentum of the new and old fans will surely be a huge adrenaline rush for the silver and black. They’ll be getting back highly touted second year safety Jonathan Abram, who missed nearly the entire 2019 season from injury. Their defense as a whole will improve, as will their offense. Carr will have breakout star TE Darren Waller for big plays across the middle. Hunter Renfrow is on a breakout watch this season as he has elite Wes Welker like talent. Also coming in as a deep threat and potential superstar is rookie Henry Ruggs, who may just be the NFL’s fastest man with confident hands.
DeAndre Hopkins (ARI) +1000
DeAndre Hopkins is amongst the best receivers in the NFL. At only 28 years old, he’s still firmly in his prime and showing no signs of regression. Plus, he joins an Arizona squad that is in a position to improve in 2019. Kyler Murray will be trying to prove his #1 overall selection in 2019 by making big plays, improving his and his offenses numbers. If Hopkins plays all 16 games in 2020, he will easily be amongst the highest producing receivers.
DK Metcalf (SEA) +1900
If there’s one phrase to describe DK Metcalf its, “A freak of nature”. At 6’4” 229lbs, Metcalf is an athletic anomaly. Coupled with his immense size and strength is his speed, where he is able to burn corners and shred defenses. Along with his measurables, Metcalf boasts excellent hands, especially in traffic. He posted 58 receptions and 900 yards as a rookie in 2019. Those numbers will sky rocket in 2020 as his professional awareness progresses and his chemistry with one of the NFL’s best passers in Russell Wilson improves.
Cooper Kupp (LAR) +2600
Kupp is the longshot play here but could easily be a favourite come 2021. Cooper Kupp is a gamer and is one of the NFL’s best pure football players. He’s all in on every play and never takes a break. In 2019, the Rams featured an offensive core that was full of weapons with Gurley, Woods, Cooks, Everett and Higbee, Kupp finished with 94 receptions and 1161 yards. 2020 will see Kupp slide into the solidified #1 receiver and weapon role on the Rams. The departures of Gurley and Cooks will significantly increase Kupp’s usage and production on the field. Jot down 100+ receptions firmly in your books in 2020 for Kupp, with him amongst the leaders in yards.
Saquon Barkley (NYG) +680
SaQuads is hands down the most talented running back in the NFL. His whole body of work is on the top shelf amongst RB’s. Barkley finished second in rushing yards during his rookie year in 2018, not to mention the 91 receptions and 721 receiving yards to go along with that. 2019 Saquon was bothered by an annoying, unlucky ankle sprain which affected his total stats, but when healthy he looked unstoppable. He has all the tools in his arsenal and is fully capable of leading the league in rushing. Never mind 2020, Barkley is a generational talent and might go down as the GOAT.
Josh Jacobs (LV) +1300
Leading all rookies in the rushing yards and rushing touchdowns department in 2019, Josh Jacobs is primed for superstar status. As the Raiders move to Las Vegas, they will be showcasing their young elite weapons like Jacobs and highly touted rookie, Henry Ruggs. In 2020, with Jacobs improving in his second year and the Raiders offense as a whole, he will be amongst the leaders in all rushing categories. The kid’s a legit elite weapon.
Le’Veon Bell (NYJ) +2600
The old, but yet, not so old Bell is a solid longshot pick. After taking the whole 2018 season off due to a contract holdout, Bell’s 2019 season was a decent campaign in which he had to knock off the rust and get back into game shape form. This offseason and training camp will have Bell back to his former elite self in which he finished with 1200+ rushing yards in 2014, 2016 and 2017. At 28 years old, Bell is still in his prime and if he stays healthy for 16 games this season he might just prove his worth on his holdout and contract.
Patrick Mahomes (KC) +475
Mahomes just inked the largest contract in professional sports history. Firstly because he wins, and secondly because he wins with his arm. Boasting the most powerful arm in the NFL with accuracy and mobility, Mahomes is a stats machine. The 2018 NFL MVP and 2019 Super Bowl winner/MVP will be on top of many QB categories in 2020.
Jared Goff (LAR) +1500
In 2018 Jared Goff passed for 4688 yards finishing fourth in the NFL. 2019 saw Goff finishing third in passing yards with 4638 yards and first in the NFL in pass attempts with 626. Goff’s progression in the NFL as the former #1 overall draft pick is only moving upwards. There’s no signs of anything changing for the Rams and their passing game. With the departure of Todd Gurley and the emergence of #1 receiver Cooper Kupp, Goff will be amongst the top of QB stats leaders in 2020.
Matthew Stafford (DET) +2500
Matthew Stafford is one of the NFL’s best QB’s. The only problem is, he plays on the Detroit Lions, so winning has been the only thing that’s eluded him in his career thus far. With 11 seasons under his belt in the NFL, Stafford is still in his prime and the future QB of the Lions. He’s finished 3rd and 2nd in NFL passing yards three times and once, respectively. Stafford is primed for a bounce back 2020 season with many elite weapons across the field for him to target. Before going down with a season ending back injury in 2019, Stafford was on pace for 4998 passing yards, which would have been good for second place.
Sean McDermott (BUF) +1600
Sean McDermott coached the 2019 Buffalo Bills to a 10-6 record and a playoff appearance. Led by rising star, QB Josh Allen, the Bills are slated for another big season. The Bills defense is amongst the best in the NFL and their offense got even better with the addition of star receiver Stefon Diggs. Bolstered with a young core of elite players on both sides of the ball, the 2020 Bills will be exciting to watch.
Sean Payton (NO) +2200
This could be Drew Brees’ and Sean Payton’s last shot at success in the NFL. As soon as Brees retires the whole offensive scheme and identity will change. The 2020 Saints will be after a second Super Bowl since 2009. Another impressive season and Super Bowl appearance in 2020 could see both Brees and Payton lifting hardware.
Jon Gruden (LV) +4000
The Raiders inked Jon Gruden to a 10 year, $100M contract before the 2018 season to help guide Derek Carr into elite status and turn the franchise into a Super Bowl contender. Fast forward two seasons and all signs are pointing in the right direction. 2018 was headlined by the Raiders letting go of superstar Khalil Mack and 2019 was headlined with Antonio Brown’s antics. With both distractions gone and a clean slate heading into the 2020 season, Gruden and the Raiders are primed for a major improvement. Heading into Fabulous Las Vegas, they’ll be playing in a brand new state of the art stadium and have the energy of the city behind them.
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) +300
Big Ben is back! Say what you want, the man is an absolute legend and solidified Hall of Famer. 2019 was an unlucky year for Ben and the Steelers as he was injured in just the second game of the season and missed the rest of the year. He’s as solid as they come as that injury was the first significant amount of games he’s missed in his entire 16 year career. Ben Roethlisberger holds a career 157-79-1 record as the starting QB for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He’s a winner and more importantly a gamer. In 2020 he’ll prove his haters wrong, saying nonsense like he’s finished and washed up.
Matthew Stafford (DET) +700
The 2020 Lions are slated to improve and with offensive weapons like Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola, TJ Hockenson, Kerryon Johnson and D’Andre Swift, Stafford will have every opportunity to have a successful campaign. If the Lions can come together and turn 2019 into a positive learning experience, they’ll have the potential for a comeback season as whole, led by Matthew Stafford.
Nick Foles (CHI) +1400
The Bears team in general is full of talent. Their offense is stacked with elite talent at every position without any weakness. Their defense is just as scary as their offense filled with a few superstars. The only problem is their Quarterback situation. Mitchell Trubisky has been a bust and it’s time for the Bears to move on. Enter St. Nick, Nick Foles. Probably the most underrated QB in the NFL, Foles is a Super Bowl winner and SB MVP. He’s an accurate passer with excellent vision. With Foles starting at QB for the Chicago Bears, the team will be significantly better in 2020.