The 2020 10 Demandments of Fantasy Football

by: God (as told to his humble servant John Holler)

Editor's Note: Below you will find THREE of the TEN Fantasy Demandments for 2020 (they change every year).  If you'd like to read all ten, please click HERE to order our 2020 Pre-Season Draft Guide.

"In the beginning, He that is God created fantasy football. He looked and said it was good." Genesis 17:52

For many years, He has parted the clouds and imparted wisdom to those who serve as his vessel to convey His message. A couple thousand years ago, Moses came down from the mountain with the Ten Commandments – a guide to life that some, but not all, still live by. For some inexplicable reason, He has chosen me to provide his fantasy football Ten Demandments

If you follow these guidelines, He will be pleased because He sends these Demandments to you because He wants to give you every opportunity to find the Promised Land at the end of the season.

 

The First Demandment

 

Thou Shalt Prepare for the End of Days – Never in the history of fantasy football has there been a sense of Revelations-style fire and brimstone as there has been with the specter of COVID-19 casting a Doomsday pall over an NFL season like we’re currently experiencing. The NFL is going to do everything it can to live by the motto that "The Show Must Go On." Preventive measures are going to be taken, but the reality is that, if a player tests positive for COVID-19, it could gut a team for two weeks or more. One way or another, 2020 is going to have a huge asterisk associated with it. As a result, NFL teams could be fielding practice squad players if a large segment of a team gets infected. Fantasy owners should make a point to diversify their rosters in the event a team is stricken by positive tests and forced to make changes on the fly. It would be great to have Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill on the same roster, but, if the Chiefs get hit, two of your top picks are gone until they test negative. Come into your draft or auction mindful that this will be a year like no other and spreading the wealth to as many different teams as possible to compile a roster – especially as it pertains to your top picks that are expected to start every week.

 

The Fourth Demandment

 

Thou Shalt Gather the Harvest Late – Over the last few seasons, we have seen wide receivers working their way into the first round of drafts and the high rent district in auctions because many of them have earned such a consistent reputation that they’re worth having. With a strange shift taking place in the NFL (see the Eighth Demandment) right now, He is recommending that fantasy owners be judicious in how much capital they expend on wide receivers. While it’s always good to have a bell cow, aside from Michael Thomas being the consensus No. 1 receiver, the logjam after Thomas has several different options being laid out in the top 10. By its very nature, wide receiver is the deepest position in fantasy football because of the dearth of talent. There are 64 starting wide receivers and several slot receiver and promising young talent that, for this year anyway, locking down one receiver for a premium price is a priority, but letting wide receiver lapse while you fill out other roster spots and then hitting it hard with two or three in a row in the middle rounds could build the best foundation because, aside from Thomas, you can come with a knock for just about every other receiver on the board, which makes stockpiling late a more viable option.

 

The Eighth Demandment

 

Thou Shalt Be Respectful of the Unsung Prophets – It’s no secret that He has been a fan of fantasy running backs for a long time. In one form or another, running backs have defined fantasy drafts and auctions. While their monetary value in the NFL has taken a hit in recent years as the game has evolved into a hybrid of the wide open game played in many college conferences, running backs have always been the straw that stirs the fantasy football drink. Whether it was 15 years ago where just about every team had a bell cow running back, the era of specialization and role playing became the norm over the last decade or so. However, a slew of young running backs has helped transform the way offenses are run as defenses prepare to defend wide open passing attacks, Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, Saquon Barkley, Chris Carson, Aaron Jones, Nick Chubb, Josh Jacobs and Miles Sanders are all young, emerging running backs capable of taking over games. Given that a handful of teams in need of a potential game-breaking running back addressed that need in the offseason, we have seen a seismic shift in the fantasy value of running backs. For 20 years, 15 of the first 20 picks were running backs because owners didn’t want to miss out on the run. In 2018, the same was true, but it was because running backs seemed like an endangered species. Now, up to 15 of the top 20 picks will likely be running backs because if you don’t have two studs in the stable, those who have the horses will run right past you. Invest early.

 

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