Will Daniel Jones be a fantasy football superstar in the 2020 NFL season?
The New York Giants did not have a great football season last year. New York finished with the third-worst record in the NFC and ended up with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Giants drafted an All-American left tackle out of Georgia in Andrew Thomas. Will his arrival in New York help second-year quarterback Daniel Jones have a breakout 2020 fantasy football season?
Mike Wright of The Fantasy Footballers is very high on Jones having a breakout season in fantasy as a second-year player out of Duke University. His colleagues Andy Holloway and Jason Moore aren’t nearly as big of fans of Jones as Wright is, but they are willing to hear him out and see if he’s onto something with the Giants’ starting quarterback.
Had Jones started all 16 games for the Giants, he could have thrown for 32 passing touchdowns. This would have been a rookie record in the NFL, as no rookie quarterback has ever thrown for 30 in a given season. Despite his issues with fumbling the football, Jones still ended up with a top-10 fantasy season all-time for a rookie quarterback. Not bad for the former Duke Blue Devil.
Is Daniel Jones ready to be a star player in your fantasy football league?
Wright also feels Jones’ legs are a huge fantasy asset. While he’s not going to run around as much or as effectively as Lamar Jackson does for the Baltimore Ravens, Wright believes Jones’ 20 rushing yards a game are enough to essentially offset one mistake he makes in a game from a fantasy perspective. He likens his mobility to what Alex Smith was for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Though he will have a first-time head coach in Joe Judge and a new offensive coordinator in Jason Garrett this year, Wright believes a healthy supporting cast around him will be key in Jones’ fantasy football assertion. If he has a healthy Saquon Barkley to hand the ball off to, things will change positively in his favor. The same thing applies to having a healthy receiving corps.
Last season, Jones only had four games where all three of his top-three wide receivers healthy for a ball game. Add in that most NFL players experience an up in play from the rookie year to their second year in the league and Jones could be an underrated fantasy football superstar in your league. He may not be your QB1, but he might be a good stash to have for your QB2.