Alex’s Pick: TE Mark Andrews, ADP of 4.10 (As of August 14, 2020)
Though a fourth-round pick may be a steep price to pay for a tight end not named Travis Kelce or George Kittle, Andrews is set to make the leap from “great” to “elite” in 2020, a distinction that would place him firmly in the same territory as the aforementioned Kelce and Kittle. Andrews was essentially the Ravens No. 1 pass-catcher last season, leading the team in targets (98), receiving yards (852), and receiving touchdowns (10). The Ravens have yet to make a big move to overhaul their receiving core this offseason, leaving second-year wideouts Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin as the starters on the boundary once again, with rookies Devin Duvernay and James Proche pushing veteran Willie Snead for snaps out of the slot. Barring any huge maneuvers — such as an Antonio Brown signing — Andrews should once again be the focal point of the Ravens passing game. When you consider the fact that Andrews played through an incredibly painful foot injury for most of 2019, it’s hard to imagine that he will not improve his marks in 2020, assuming he’s at full health.
There’s more to like about Andrews than just his opportunity for targets. Though he did see a team-high 24.1% target share, Andrews averaged 2.11 fantasy points per-target, the third highest average among tight ends with at least 50 targets. Moreover, Andrews led all players at the position in HOG rate (23.4) and end zone targets (12) despite seeing just a 43.2% snap share. With improved blocking technique, we have to imagine that Andrews’ snap share will only rise this season. Based on what we saw from him last season, when he was technically a part-time player, it’s not unfathomable to believe that the former Oklahoma star has the means to finish as the TE1 overall. To grab a player with Andrews upside in round four is unreal value.
Angel’s Pick: J.K Dobbins ADP of 6.12 (As of August 20th, 2020)
Back in May, I found myself in the enviable position of having to choose between CeeDee Lamb and J.K Dobbins in my dynasty rookie draft. It was the toughest fantasy football draft decision made… and to this day I’m not sure if I made the right choice. I selected CeeDee Lamb because I believe he’ll be a Top 5 WR in 3 years, but the vision of J.K Dobbins dominating already haunts me. That’s because I fully expect Dobbins to take over the Ravens backfield by Week 8.
The former Ohio State star is a three-down back that is set to thrive with the Ravens and their RPO scheme. An elusive and powerful back, Dobbins finished second all-time for most career rushing yards in Ohio State history behind only Archie Griffin (and ahead of Ezekiel Elliott). He showed continued improvement as his 2018 struggles became an afterthought after a dominant 2019. While Mark Ingram is supposedly set to receive the majority of carries this season, this isn’t the first time a highly-touted back has been No.2 to start the season only to quickly be thrust into the spotlight (hello Nick Chubb). Dobbins’ balance, football IQ, elusiveness, and receiving skills are so high that he will be able to take full advantage of any gaps that open up because of Lamar Jackson’s ever present rushing threat.
Dobbins can obviously handle the load of a No.1 RB and should get the chance to do so either this season or next. My bet is that it’ll happen this season. His current ADP is a complete bargain and he has the potential to be a league-winner this season.
Now let’s hope CeeDee Lamb pans out for me.
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