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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - DECEMBER 22: Running back Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates his touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter in the game at Nissan Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - DECEMBER 22: Running back Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates his touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter in the game at Nissan Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) /
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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 22: Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball while defended by Clayton Geathers of the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 22: Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball while defended by Clayton Geathers of the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Fantasy Focus

As the season rolls on, it’s only appropriate that every week I discuss a little about America’s new favorite past-time: Fantasy Football. 

It’s sometimes fun to look back at top picks prior to the season and see how they fared. This makes me wonder what a top 10 could look like in 2020. Keep in mind that these are very preliminary rankings. (I made them PPR-based, though it shouldn’t have much of a difference from standard leagues.)

  1. Christian McCaffrey – As I said earlier, he’s Mr. Do-It-All. Is it possible for him to ever be a disappointment?
  2. Ezekiel Elliott – High usage and durability make Elliott a safer pick than the guys following him.
  3. Saquon Barkley – Health hurt him this year. Regardless, Barkley is too talented to not be a top-five selection.
  4. Aaron Jones – He’s more involved in the passing game and less of a health risk than Cook is.
  5. Dalvin Cook – Aside from this past weekend, Cook didn’t miss a game this year and his owners were heavily rewarded. He’s been lethal on a weekly basis.
  6. Nick Chubb – Like Barkley, he’s too talented and too involved in the Cleveland offense to not be a top-ten pick. Kareem Hunt’s inevitable departure should help with this pick, too.
  7. Leonard Fournette – He was finally utilized in the passing game and his fantasy owners benefited greatly from it.
  8. Michael Thomas – I will always advise to select running backs in the first round because any other position can be found in later rounds. Still, Thomas is too valuable to not include here.
  9. Lamar Jackson – Ditto to Jackson, who’s utter dominance this season was unlike anything I’ve seen in recent years.
  10. Austin Ekeler – I’m very cautious with putting Ekeler here because I don’t know what Melvin Gordon’s role will be next season, if he remains with the Chargers. Ekeler put together a fantastic season, though.