It's finally here everyone: fantasy draft season.
I'm taking part in three leagues this year and let me tell you, there are a lot of former Alabama players going high in drafts this season.
To help you out in your draft this year, I decided to create my own list of top former Alabama players that will be available in drafts this year. I divided the lists by dynasty and keeper/new leagues and have also included a list of honorable mentions that could also be available in later rounds to help get you sorted.
All players listed I ranked while considering them in a half-PPR league. I personally am involved in both PPR and non-PPR leagues, but I figured judging them off of half-PPR was the best option for a compromise.
With that being said, here is my list of the top former Alabama fantasy football players for the 2020 season:
Dynasty Leagues/Rookie Drafts:
1) Henry Ruggs III
Ruggs provides great depth and speed to his position and should be a day-one starter with the Las Vegas Raiders, giving owners an immediate impact at the wide receiver position and becoming a game-changer for deeper leagues.
2) Jerry Jeudy
A similar situation to Ruggs, Jeudy substitutes speed with route-running ability. The uncertainty around Drew Lock at quarterback puts him below Ruggs, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t have immediate impact.
3) Jalen Hurts
Behind Carson Wentz at Philadelphia, Hurts shows a lot of promise. Wentz has struggled with injury issues since joining the NFL and has even already suffered an injury in camp. It would not be surprising if Hurts started a game or two by the end of the season.
4) Tua Tagovailoa
Similar to Hurts, Tagovailoa is currently the No. 2 guy in Miami behind Ryan Fitzpatrick. Tagovailoa is being groomed as the future starter, though. While he might not have immediate impact like Ruggs or Jeudy, Tagovailoa could be a nice addition at quarterback in the seasons to come should he remain healthy.
5) Xavier McKinney
In deep defensive leagues, Xavier McKinney is a great addition to any defense at the safety position. The New York Giants have been enamored by McKinney this fall camp, so it should be no surprise when he gets a lot of action early on in the season.
1) Derrick Henry
I mean come on. Who else would it be? Henry has gotten only better in recent years and is poised for another huge season for the Titans.
2) Julio Jones
Jones continues to be one of if not the best wide receiver in the NFL. Since joining the league in 2011, Jones has shown no signs of slowing down minus a couple of injury-related setbacks. Jones returns in 2020 with Matt Ryan under center, so look for him to continue his magic on the gridiron.
3) Josh Jacobs
Jacobs had an incredible season as a rookie last season with the Raiders and looks to continue his success this year. Jacobs combines his speed and strength with the ability to catch the ball in the backfield and will be even more impactful in PPR leagues.
4) Henry Ruggs III
Just because he’s a rookie doesn’t mean he can’t have an immediate impact (see write-up above)
5) Jerry Jeudy
Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):
1) Mark Ingram
2) Damien Harris
3) Kenyan Drake
4) Amari Cooper
5) Calvin Ridley
6) Dont’a Hightower
7) Minkah Fitzpatrick