Tracking Players Opting Out of 2020
As with most fans of the NFL we’ve been waiting for training camp to begin so we can understand the real impact of the COVID-19 virus on the 2020 NFL season. Early indicators point to significant concerns among players and with good reason. This post will attempt to document key fantasy players who’ve opted out of this season and the impact on fellow teammates in the fantasy world.
Damien Williams – RB – Kansas City Chiefs
Another pandemic domino falls and this time it’s running back Damien Williams. LeSean McCoy is still balancing on the free agent wire and who knows, maybe there will be a reunion. The obvious beneficiary is rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire and he will be the primary rushing back. He’s already been vaulted by some into a lock as a 1st round fantasy draft pick. After looking at last years rushing numbers for the Chiefs, I’d be cautious. Williams and McCoy combined didn’t rush for 1,000 yards last season. Their receiving totals made for about two good Christian McCaffrey receiving games. The passing game still rules the roost in KC which makes Edwards-Helaire a #2 running back.
Marquise Goodwin – WR – Philadelphia Eagles
Things keep getting worse for the Eagles wide receiving crew. Goodwin has been a career backup but did show #2 wide receiver ability in 2017 where he put up 962 yards and 2 TDs. Alshon Jeffrey is on the PUP and who knows when he will be ready. DeSean Jackson still has the speed but is 50/50 on being able to stay healthy. Rookie Jalen Reagor is looking more attractive as the season approaches simply due to his health status.
Brandon Bolden – RB – New England Patriots
Bolden had 15 carries for 3 TD’s last season. That’s not exactly goal line touchdown stealing carries but was effective when given the opportunity. The fantasy outlook for New England running backs was grim already and losing Bolden is just once more piece. Sony Michel is still rehabbing a foot injury and in Bill Belichick fashion we have no time table for a return. That leaves Rex Burkhead and Damien Harris to handle the majority of rushing duties and James White as the primary receiving back. The backfield is still a four headed monster with erratic play calling and random personal usage.
Devin Funchess – WR – Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers wide receiving crew was sorely lacking impact players beyond DaVante Adams. Devin Funchess opting out will have little to no impact on what’s expected to be a mediocre Aaron Rodgers season. Funchess was a home run swing to fill the number two receiver position but was likely to generate singles and an occasional double in this offense. The Packers have a laundry list of potential #2 wide receivers on paper but production will likely still be in the #4 fantasy range and not worth roster spots.