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Bump and Run

Three Powerhouse Offenses for Fantasy in 2020

by Kate Magdziuk
Updated On: March 25, 2020, 10:54 am ET

New Orleans Saints

As long as Drew Brees is under center and Sean Payton is behind the clipboard, we'll continue to talk about the fantasy relevance of the Saints Offense.

The QB: You already know. Drew Brees will return in his 20th NFL season to make another run. He will yet again be a late-round value in redraft leagues and remains a buy for dynasty teams in a "win now" mode. Careful deployment of Brees in your fantasy lineups is still advised, however. There are only three certainties in life: death, taxes and Brees' home/road splits. In 2019, Brees averaged nearly 31 points per game at home, compared to 19.3 points per game on the road. 

The Run Game: Alvin Kamara recently announced that he played through 2019 at "less than 100%." To those expecting a repeat of his sophomore season, it showed. He still managed 5.3 yards per touch but saw massive regression in touchdown production. After amassing 31 total scores through his first two seasons, Kamara had just six touchdowns in 2019. An elite talent and fully healthy, Kamara should expect a similar workload with positive regression in terms of touchdown production in the coming season.

The Receiving Corps: If there was any need for Michael Thomas to prove he is elite, he's done it. Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater... it doesn't seem to matter. He's officially broken the NFL record for the most receptions in a single season and we should expect the same kind of PPR monster in 2020. Place him alongside free agency acquisition Emmanuel Sanders and TE Jared Cook, your TE6 in 2019, and there will be no shortage of targets for Brees or points for your fantasy rosters.

Dallas Cowboys

The band's back together - for now, at least. After an agonizing period of waiting, Jerry Jones has somehow scraped together enough cash to keep his offensive unit together for the coming season. As such, you can continue to rely on this offense for fantasy production through the 2020 NFL season.

The QB: The Cowboys drafted Dak Prescott in 2016, and he has yet to finish a season worse than a QB1. Not bad for a fourth-round pick, huh? Despite his consistency, his annual ADP since 2017 has him ranked as the QB14, QB20 and QB17 in redraft leagues, respectively. He will continue to be an undervalued name in casual leagues for as long as he continues to be underestimated as an NFL quarterback.

The Run Game: Ezekiel Elliott received a record-breaking contract in the 2019 off-season, and from that point on, his performance seemed ... underwhelming. It's interesting what the perception of money can do. Elliott will maintain his role as a workhorse with the Cowboys as long as he stays healthy, and his growing role in the receiving game will continue to boost both his floor and ceiling in PPR leagues. It's also worth noting that backup Tony Pollard managed two games of at least 100 yards in his rookie season - an impressive feat given his 101 total touches on the year. He should be considered one of the most valuable handcuffs in fantasy football given the Cowboys' dedication to the run game and elite run-blocking unit.

The Receiving Corps: Amari Cooper received his mega-deal, too: a five-year/$100 million contract to keep him in Dallas through the 2024 NFL season. Alongside him is WR Michael Gallup, who quietly managed 1,100 receiving yards in his sophomore season. Each of these talented wideouts ranked top-10 in receptions of 40+ yards in 2019 (big play bonus leagues, anyone?) and finished as top-24 wide receivers in PPR leagues. With another year for each of them within the offense, it would be shocking to see them do anything but repeat it all again in 2020.

Cleveland Browns

Let's try this one more time, Cleveland. Fantasy owners may have set the bar high for 2019, and now that we've fallen back to earth, it's time to plan for the future. The Browns have some motivation to bounce back in a major way in 2020. 

The QB: The first pick of the 2018 NFL Draft didn't have a stellar sophomore season. After breaking the record for most touchdown passes in a rookie season, he dipped. To be fair, so did the entire Browns Offense; the Freddie Kitchens experiment didn't exactly pan out. In 2019, Mayfield managed the lowest completion percentage (59.4%), most interceptions (21) and the lowest touchdown-to-interception ratio of his collegiate and professional football career.

The Run Game: The Browns have placed a second-round tender on RFA Kareem Hunt, and if it sticks, they will certainly have one of the more enthralling rushing offenses for the 2020 season. Nick Chubb quietly had the second-most rushing yards, number of rushes of 10+ yards (39) and yards after contact (1,122) on an offense that managed to kill drive after drive with penalties. It is worth noting that in the eight games that Chubb played with Hunt in 2019, he averaged fewer PPR points, fewer targets, fewer receiving yards, fewer rushing touchdowns, fewer rushing yards per game... need I go on? Hunt should be considered a go-to late-round option for drafters utilizing a zero-RB strategy, while it's best to be weary of Chubb until we get a feel for his average draft position for the coming season.

The Receiving Corps: It's getting progressively more difficult to remember the Odell Beckham Jr. of yesteryear. Splash plays and WR1 finishes seem like a thing of the past - but hopefully, not for long. With the conclusion of his first season with the Browns came the announcement that Beckham would undergo sports hernia surgery in the offseason. Suddenly, his lack of production made a bit more sense. Beckham and Mayfield seldom were on the same page, and this provides us another reason, aside from his introduction to a new offensive scheme.

Slot wide receiver Jarvis Landry led the team in targets and receiving yards last year and could potentially miss some time following hip surgery in February. This could free up some more targets and opportunities for newly acquired Austin Hooper, who managed the sixth-most receiving yards among tight ends in 2019. He'll have the opportunity to line up with former first-round pick David Njoku in a Kevin Stefanski offense that utilized a two-TE set on 53% of plays as the OC in Minnesota.

Kate Magdziuk

Kate Magdziuk is a contributor for Rotoworld, RotoViz, and host of BallBlast: A Fantasy Football Podcast. You can find her on Twitter @FFBallBlast.