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The 192: Christian McCaffrey the top pick for 2020 fantasy football drafts

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McCaffrey and Jackson both named fantasy player of the year (3:27)

There was a tie for fantasy player of the year between Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey and Ravens QB Lamar Jackson. (3:27)

The fantasy football offseason is nearly upon us, which means it's time to start looking ahead to 2020.

Yes, the next fantasy season is many months away and the below rankings will be impacted in a significant way by retirements, free agency, the draft and much more. Nonetheless, we need to start somewhere, so below is the first run of "The 192" for 2020.

Why 192? Fantasy leagues come in all shapes and sizes, but many have settled into the vicinity of 12 teams and 16 roster spots. "The 192" is a list of the 192 players who should be drafted (and thus rostered) in a 12-team, 16-round PPR league with relatively standard scoring and lineup settings. The players are technically listed in the order they should be drafted, though it's important to remember that drafts are fluid and your decisions should be altered based on what's left on the board and your previous selections.

So what if you're in an 8-team league? Or a 16-teamer? "The 192" can still help you win, but you'll certainly need to make tweaks in the mid-to-late rounds. For example, in a smaller league, you might want to wait even longer at quarterback since the position is so deep. In deeper leagues, running backs and tight ends should be more of a priority because those positions lack depth and could leave you with a weak spot if you wait until late.

The 192 should serve as a simple guide to help you maximize the value of your starting lineup and make the best possible decision each round.

For a deeper look, here is an early 2020 PPR Cheat Sheet.

1. Christian McCaffrey, CAR, RB1

McCaffrey outscored the next-closest running back by 149 fantasy points through Week 16. He's a strong bet to see a decrease in production in 2020, but he can afford one and still easily pace the position.

2. Michael Thomas, NO, WR1

The only way you're not taking McCaffrey first overall is if you're fading running backs and rolling with the new record holder for most receptions in a single season. Thomas outscored the next-closest wide receiver by 91 fantasy points through Week 16.

3. Saquon Barkley, NYG, RB2
4. Dalvin Cook, MIN, RB3
5. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL, RB4
6. Alvin Kamara, NO, RB5
7. Leonard Fournette, JAX, RB6

At this point, there's little reason to believe any of these backs won't be clear workhorse backs for their incumbent teams in 2020. Kamara may seem surprising here, but note that despite struggling to find the end zone, he was fantasy's No. 3 back after returning from injury in Week 11. Fournette is top-three at running back in touches and yards and will be a strong bet for touchdown regression to the mean (3 TD, 9.3 OTD).

8. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU, WR2
9. Davante Adams, GB, WR3
10. Julio Jones, ATL, WR4
11. Tyreek Hill, KC, WR5
12. Mike Evans, TB, WR6
13. Chris Godwin, TB, WR7

The first/second-round turn looks like a great spot to attack the wide receiver position. Adams handled a career-high target share and was fantasy's No. 3-scoring wide receiver during the 11 weeks he was active this season. Will Jones remain elite in his age-31 campaign?

14. Aaron Jones, GB, RB7
15. Nick Chubb, CLE, RB8

Jones will be a near-lock for touchdown regression, but Green Bay's lead back is good enough to sustain RB1 production. Chubb's prospects will be even better if Kareem Hunt departs.

16. Lamar Jackson, BAL, QB1

The most intriguing average draft position of 2020 will be that of Jackson. I was aggressively on the "fade Patrick Mahomes at his Round 2 ADP" bandwagon coming into the season (and certainly subscribe to the "wait at quarterback" philosophy), but Jackson isn't Mahomes. Consider: If you adjust Jackson's unsustainable passing touchdown rate from 9.0% to league average 4.8%, he drops from 36 to 19.2 pass TDs. That's 67.2 fewer fantasy points and yet he'd still be fantasy's No. 1 quarterback by 28 points. Even if his numbers come down (a reasonable expectation), Jackson's rushing prowess is enough to make him worth a pick in the second round of fantasy drafts. There's still work to be done on Jackson this offseason, so where I feel comfortable taking him may change a bit, but as of now, this seems like the right spot.

17. Derrick Henry, TEN, RB9
18. Joe Mixon, CIN, RB10
19. Amari Cooper, DAL, WR8
20. Kenny Golladay, DET, WR9
21. Allen Robinson II, CHI, WR10
22. Keenan Allen, LAC, WR11

As usual, Round 2 will be a good spot to find a WR1 or RB1.

23. Josh Jacobs, OAK, RB11
24. Miles Sanders, PHI, RB12
25. Melvin Gordon, LAC, RB13
26. Kenyan Drake, ARZ, RB14
27. Austin Ekeler, LAC, RB15
28. Chris Carson, SEA, RB16

The landing spots for Gordon and Drake, as well as the Chargers' moves at running back, will affect how this tier shakes out.

29. DJ Moore, CAR, WR12
30. Tyler Lockett, SEA, WR13
31. Courtland Sutton, DEN, WR14

Moore, Lockett and Sutton solidified themselves as quality WR2 plays during the 2019 season.

32. Travis Kelce, KC, TE1
33. George Kittle, SF, TE2
34. Zach Ertz, PHI, TE3

This trio should look familiar. These three still stand out as a tier above the field, though the gap between them is smaller than it was this time last season, which is why they're best viewed as third-round targets.

35. A.J. Brown, TEN, WR15
36. Terry McLaurin, WAS, WR16
37. DJ Chark Jr., JAX, WR17

Brown, McLaurin and Chark look like the real deal after breakout 2019 seasons, and all three are positioned well for hefty target shares in 2020.

38. Tyler Boyd, CIN, WR18
39. Adam Thielen, MIN, WR19
40. Odell Beckham Jr., CLE, WR20
41. Todd Gurley II, LAR, RB17
42. Le'Veon Bell, NYJ, RB18

Thielen and Beckham are prime bounce-back candidates. Bell is a player I'll want to avoid considering his age and underwhelming 2019 efficiency, though it's to be determined which roster he'll be on.

43. Devin Singletary, BUF, RB19
44. Marlon Mack, IND, RB20
45. Julian Edelman, NE, WR21
46. Jarvis Landry, CLE, WR22
47. JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT, WR23
48. DeVante Parker, MIA, WR24
49. Robert Woods, LAR, WR25
50. Cooper Kupp, LAR, WR26
51. Kerryon Johnson, DET, RB21
52. Phillip Lindsay, DEN, RB22
53. Mark Ingram II, BAL, RB23

The fourth and fifth round will be loaded with solid RB2 and WR2 options. Age is why Edelman (currently 33) and Ingram (30) are lower than you might expect. Smith-Schuster will be a rebound candidate if Ben Roethlisberger is under center.

54. Evan Engram, NYG, TE4
55. Mark Andrews, BAL, TE5

Injuries are piling up for Engram, but he was a top-five fantasy tight end when healthy this season. Andrews is Lamar Jackson's favorite target.

56. Stefon Diggs, MIN, WR27
57. Deebo Samuel, SF, WR28
58. John Brown, BUF, WR29
59. DK Metcalf, SEA, WR30
60. Calvin Ridley, ATL, WR31

This is a terrific area to find your WR3.

61. Patrick Mahomes II, KC, QB2
62. Darren Waller, OAK, TE6
63. Austin Hooper, ATL, TE7
64. Hunter Henry, LAC, TE8

Mahomes will be an intriguing post-hype target, and his ADP could end up making him a better value than Jackson. Time will tell on that front. Tight end appears to be eight deep right now, so if you miss on anyone past this tier, you might want to wait awhile.

65. Kareem Hunt, CLE, RB24
66. David Montgomery, CHI, RB25
67. Derrius Guice, WAS, RB26
68. James White, NE, RB27

A restricted free agent, Hunt will be higher if a team signs him away from Cleveland. Guice looked good enough in limited action to make him a fine midround target.

69. James Conner, PIT, RB28
70. Devonta Freeman, ATL, RB29
71. David Johnson, ARZ, RB30
72. Antonio Brown, FA, WR32
73. T.Y. Hilton, IND, WR33
74. A.J. Green, CIN, WR34

Here we have a bunch of veteran wild cards. Will injury-plagued Conner remain the lead back in Pittsburgh? Will Johnson find his way out of Arizona and into a lead-back gig? Will Brown return to the NFL? Where will Green sign?

75. Deshaun Watson, HOU, QB3
76. Kyler Murray, ARZ, QB4
77. Russell Wilson, SEA, QB5

Those who decide to fade Jackson in the early rounds will tell you the better strategy is to find the next Mahomes or Jackson. Of course, they'll also tell you that the player who best fits that description is Murray. It's so obvious that I think the hype will show up in his ADP much like it did with Baker Mayfield last season. Murray has already shown he can be your starter (QB8 through Week 16) and offers a high floor because of his legs (91-544-4 rushing line). I like Murray as a breakout candidate, but he simply might not come at the discount we're all hoping for.

78. Michael Gallup, DAL, WR35
79. Sterling Shepard, NYG, WR36
80. Darius Slayton, NYG, WR37
81. Raheem Mostert, SF, RB31
82. Ronald Jones II, TB, RB32
83. Damien Williams, KC, RB33
84. Sony Michel, NE, RB34
85. Christian Kirk, ARZ, WR38
86. Brandin Cooks, LAR, WR39
87. Mike Williams, LAC, WR40
88. Royce Freeman, DEN, RB35
89. Duke Johnson Jr., HOU, RB36
90. Rashaad Penny, SEA, RB37
91. Alshon Jeffery, PHI, WR41
92. Curtis Samuel, CAR, WR42
93. Robby Anderson, NYJ, WR43
94. Will Fuller V, HOU, WR44
95. Preston Williams, MIA, WR45
96. Marquise Brown, BAL, WR46
97. Emmanuel Sanders, SF, WR47
98. Marvin Jones Jr., DET, WR48
99. N'Keal Harry, NE, WR49
100. Mecole Hardman, KC, WR50
101. Tevin Coleman, SF, RB38
102. Carlos Hyde, HOU, RB39

The middle rounds offer up a chunk of our best WR3 and flex options, as well as a few breakout targets.

103. Jared Cook, NO, TE9
104. Tyler Higbee, LAR, TE10
105. Dak Prescott, DAL, QB6
106. Carson Wentz, PHI, QB7
107. Jameis Winston, TB, QB8
108. Josh Allen, BUF, QB9
109. Matt Ryan, ATL, QB10
110. Aaron Rodgers, GB, QB11
111. Daniel Jones, NYG, QB12
112. Cam Newton, CAR, QB13

As noted earlier, there's currently a fairly large gap between the No. 8 and No. 9 tight end, at least until we feel a little better about Higbee sustaining the huge target share he enjoyed in December. This will also be a good area to attack quarterback if you waited at the position. With all eyes on Jackson and Murray, Jones (No. 1 in passing touchdowns and No. 10 in fantasy points during his 11 starts) could emerge as one of the best values at the position.

113. Jamison Crowder, NYJ, WR51
114. Anthony Miller, CHI, WR52
115. Diontae Johnson, PIT, WR53
116. James Washington, PIT, WR54
117. Sammy Watkins, KC, WR55
118. John Ross III, CIN, WR56
119. Parris Campbell, IND, WR57
120. Dede Westbrook, JAX, WR58

These late-round wide receivers will be quality bench options in 2020.

121. T.J. Hockenson, DET, TE11
122. Dallas Goedert, PHI, TE12
123. Noah Fant, DEN, TE13
124. O.J. Howard, TB, TE14

Three of these guys will be breakout candidates with TE upside in 2020, and then there is Howard, who might need to be traded to reach his full potential.

125. Tarik Cohen, CHI, RB40
126. Jordan Howard, PHI, RB41
127. Matt Breida, SF, RB42
128. Justice Hill, BAL, RB43
129. Alexander Mattison, MIN, RB44
130. Darrell Henderson Jr., LAR, RB45
131. Tony Pollard, DAL, RB46

Currently, rookies Hill, Mattison, Henderson and Pollard are strong bets to open 2020 as the No. 2/handcuff back behind Mark Ingram, Dalvin Cook, Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott, respectively.

132. Drew Brees, NO, QB14
133. Matthew Stafford, DET, QB15
134. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT, QB16
135. Ryan Tannehill, TEN, QB17

This will be a popular list of quarterback targets for those who wait at the position.

136. Mike Gesicki, MIA, TE15
137. Will Dissly, SEA, TE16
138. Golden Tate, NYG, WR59
139. Cole Beasley, BUF, WR60
140. Mohamed Sanu, NE, WR61
141. DeSean Jackson, PHI, WR62
142. Jalen Hurd, SF, WR63
143. Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ, WR64
144. Devin Funchess, IND, WR65
145. Tyrell Williams, OAK, WR66
146. Hunter Renfrow, OAK, WR67
147. Andy Isabella, ARZ, WR68
148. JJ Arcega-Whiteside, PHI, WR69
149. Hakeem Butler, ARZ, WR70
150. Jamaal Williams, GB, RB47
151. Jerick McKinnon, SF, RB48
152. Adrian Peterson, WAS, RB49
153. Latavius Murray, NO, RB50
154. Ito Smith, ATL, RB51
155. Justin Jackson, LAC, RB52
156. Lamar Miller, HOU, RB53
157. Darwin Thompson, KC, RB54
158. Tom Brady, NE, QB18
159. Kirk Cousins, MIN, QB19
160. Jimmy Garoppolo, SF, QB20
161. Irv Smith Jr., MIN, TE17
162. Eric Ebron, IND, TE18
163. Chris Herndon, NYJ, TE19
164. Jaylen Samuels, PIT, RB55
165. Boston Scott, PHI, RB56
166. Nyheim Hines, IND, RB57
167. Bryce Love, WAS, RB58
168. Chris Conley, JAX, WR71

Offseason movement will drive the prospects of potential late-round fliers, but if you're doing an early mock or best ball draft, these are currently your best targets.

169. Patriots D/ST, DST1
170. 49ers D/ST, DST2
171. Steelers D/ST, DST3
172. Ravens D/ST, DST4
173. Vikings D/ST, DST5
174. Bills D/ST, DST6
175. Bears D/ST, DST7
176. Rams D/ST, DST8
177. Saints D/ST, DST9
178. Jets D/ST, DST10
179. Colts D/ST, DST11
180. Broncos D/ST, DST12
181. Harrison Butker, KC, K1
182. Justin Tucker, BAL, K2
183. Wil Lutz, NO, K3
184. Greg Zuerlein, LAR, K4
185. Matt Prater, DET, K5
186. Michael Badgley, LAC, K6
187. Matt Gay, TB, K7
188. Joey Slye, CAR, K8
189. Brandon McManus, DEN, K9
190. Robbie Gould, SF, K10
191. Zane Gonzalez, ARZ, K11
192. Ka'imi Fairbairn, HOU, K12

Did you learn nothing from the Jaguars' D/ST two years ago? What about the Bears' D/ST last offseason? Wait until the final two rounds to select your defense and kicker.