Hello and welcome to the second post-NFL Draft installment of my annual Top 100 Rookies series! If you’re new to the series, every year I put together 100 rookies entering the NFL and rank them based on the impact I believe they’ll have for fantasy football purposes (of course). So no, this is not a “how good this player will be for real football game impact” conversation. This is specifically designed for you to use as a data point in building your own rookie rankings for upcoming dynasty fantasy football league rookie drafts. And of course, it’s here to help you learn a few fun things to make you sound smart among your friends as the football season and fantasy drafts are approaching.
Yes, you’re going to disagree with some of these rankings. And that’s okay! The goal here is to give you a baseline ranking to cross-reference with your own work. And believe me when I say this list has been a work in progress for at least three years. Thanks to college fantasy and devy leagues I’ve been following the majority of these players since they were in high school. It’s a blast to finally see them land in the NFL, live their dream, and of course help you (the reader) win fantasy championships.
I used to keep things limited to offensive players, but for those of you who are super nerds like me, having some individual defensive players (IDPs) included definitely helps for your upcoming drafts too.
Some things to note as you read:
- The position listed is where I believe they will play most frequently in the NFL
- “EDGE” players are typically 3-4 outside linebackers or pass-rushing 4-3 defensive ends
- “DL” are typically DTs and DEs that will work exclusively between the 0 and 5 techniques on the defensive line
- “LB” are the playmaking off-the-ball linebackers
- Scoring format assumed is 1 QB, PPR and a balance between tackle heavy and big play (for the IDPs)
Make sure to check out the previous installments in the countdown:
So without further ado, here are the players currently ranked No. 61 to No. 80 in the 2020 Top 100 Rookies series!
80. Eno Benjamin, RB Arizona Cardinals (Arizona State)
Oh, how the mighty fall! Benjamin was one of the favorite devy fantasy league targets after his 1,900-yard sophomore season for Arizona State. But then the offensive line fell apart in 2019, and his stock plateaued.
He went on to weigh in below 200 pounds at the Senior Bowl, which seemingly killed any chance he had of being drafted early. Yes, he managed to get his weight up to 207 by the NFL combine, but that just killed his forty time. However, even with the slow forty and seventh-round draft capital, is there still hope? Let’s take a closer look at his statistical pro comps and overall athletic profile.
It turns out his comps are pretty gross. They’re a bunch of late-round players that may have had one or two tiny productive windows and nothing else. Yes, his decent explosion and agility scores are there, but is that enough? Kenyan Drake looks like the feature back this year for Arizona. Chase Edmonds has been a proven change-of-pace option for his first two seasons. There are thicker, more proven depth charts out there, but Eno has his work cut out for him.