Fantasy Football Rankings 2020: Half-PPR tiers for each position

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Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)

Fantasy football rankings for every position in 2020 for half-PPR leagues.

Since its earliest days, the fantasy football landscape has been dominated by bell-cow running backs. Well over a decade ago, full-point PPR (Point Per Reception) fantasy football leagues grew popular, as participants around the world opted to even the playing field for premier pass catchers.

However, in recent years, RBBC (Running Back By Committee) backfields have become the norm in the NFL and the bell-cow back has become somewhat of an endangered species. In response, many leagues have swung their scoring pendulums back to the middle, adopting a half-PPR format.

This makes running backs and touchdown producers more relevant, evening out the value propositions across the running back and wide receiver positions. However, some leagues have taken things a step further to include quarterbacks and tight ends in the mix by adopting Superflex (RB/WR/TE/QB) and TE Premium formats; in the latter, a partial point bonus is awarded to tight ends for each reception.

Many expert leagues feature scoring formats that reward first downs, rushing attempts, completions, and so on, but the overwhelming majority of fantasy football managers still compete in vanilla, redraft, single-quarterback leagues. We’re keeping it simple by offering positional redraft rankings and tips, just in time for the biggest draft weekend of the year. (Note: * denotes a rookie.)

Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks

1. Lamar Jackson, BAL
2. Patrick Mahomes, KC
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3. Dak Prescott, DAL
4. Kyler Murray, ARI
5. Russell Wilson, SEA
6. Deshaun Watson, HOU
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7. Carson Wentz, PHI
8. Matt Ryan, ATL
9. Josh Allen, BUF
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10. Matthew Stafford, DET
11. Daniel Jones, NYG
12. Jared Goff, LAR
13. Aaron Rodgers, GB
14. Baker Mayfield, CLE
15. Drew Brees, NO
16. Tom Brady, TB
17. Gardner Minshew II
18. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
19. Teddy Bridgewater, CAR
20. Ryan Tannehill, TEN
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21. Cam Newton, NE
22. Drew Lock, DEN
23. Derek Carr, LV
24. Kirk Cousins, MIN
25. Jimmy Garoppolo, SF
26. Philip Rivers, IND
27. Sam Darnold, NYJ
28. Joe Burrow, CIN*
29. Dwayne Haskins, WAS
30. Nick Foles, CHI
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31. Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA
32. Tua Tagovailoa, MIA*
33. Tyrod Taylor, LAC
34. Justin Herbert, LAC*
35. Jameis Winston, NO
36. Mitch Trubisky, CHI

In Superflex or 2QB leagues, it is acceptable to select Lamar Jackson or Patrick Mahomes in the first round. These two are in a league of their own, and given the positional scarcity generated by these systems, a distinct advantage can be had by nabbing one in the middle rounds, once the top four or five running backs are off the board.

In traditional single-quarterback leagues, the chasm separating “elite” quarterbacks and “just plain good” ones shrinks considerably.  Unless your 1QB league is 16 teams or larger, it makes no sense to draft a quarterback early when so much value is available at other positions.

Savvy managers in 10 or 12-team leagues wait as long as possible to draft quarterbacks while loading up on running backs, receivers and the occasional tight end. Pay attention to tier breaks; use them to your advantage to prevent you from reaching for a player, and for all that is holy, don’t even consider taking a quarterback in the first two rounds…not even Jackson or Mahomes.

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