Peach Bowl Draft Impacts
After throwing seven TDs in the first half of the Peach Bowl, it is now safe to say LSU’s Joe Burrow should be the clear number one pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Burrow is from Ohio, the Cincinnati Bengals own the first pick and they need a fresh start at quarterback.
Now, let’s talk Burrow’s 2020 fantasy values. In dynasty format he warrants a high pick depending on your current quarterback situation. He is definitely a future building block to anchor a dynasty franchise. Taking Burrow in the late first or early second in a dynasty is easily justifiable. In most redraft formats he should be taken as your second quarterback with possible starter upside. Burrow will certainly be overvalued in some leagues. For now we’ll project him as 12th-13th rounder in redrafts.
Burrow’s teammate, wide receiver Justin Jefferson, exploded for 14 receptions, 227 yards and four touchdowns in his Peach Bowl performance. Jefferson leads the nation in yards with 1,434 and is tied for the touchdown lead with fellow LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase at 18. Chase is a sophomore, so we will revisit him next season. The 2020 NFL Draft is loaded with wide receiver talent. Jefferson is currently a projected third-to-fourth round pick. Now, in fantasy formats he will vary drastically. For now we’ll put him as a mid second round pick in dynasty and a later round pick in redrafts. Jefferson’s landing spot and situation will dictate his value. So, stay tuned to where he ends up.
The recent success of Lamar Jackson will certainly make it easy for teams to take a flier on Jalen Hurts. While Hurts struggled in throwing the ball against LSU, he did find success running the ball. He was just 15/31, 217 yards, zero TDs and one interception with 14 rushes for 43 yards and two TDs. Hurts will most likely be a third-or-fourth round NFL pick. His fantasy value will surely depend on what NFL team drafts him. In a dynasty format he doesn’t crack the top 30 just yet. I’d currently take Jake Fromm and Jacob Eason over him in a dynasty format. Redraft he is worth a last round flier. Hurts has to be in the right NFL situation to have fantasy relevance in 2020.
Finally, let’s talk about CeeDee Lamb. Electrifying game changer is an understatement. Lamb had just four receptions with 119 yards in the Peach Bowl. The star wide-out had a great season with 1,327 yards and 14 TDs. Lamb is a solid first round pick on draft day. It does not matter what team CeeDee ends up on, he will instantly impact their offense. As a result, he is a first round pick in dynasty leagues. Have no doubts about his ability to be a WR1. In a redraft league his value takes a bit of shot because of the recent emergence of many young wide receivers. However, I would still recommend scooping him up around the seventh-or-eighth rounds.