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Fantasy Football 2020: Where to Draft the Rookie Quarterbacks and Tight Ends

Fantasy Football 2020: Where to Draft the Rookie Quarterbacks and Tight Ends

Fantasy Football 2020: Where to Draft the Rookie Quarterbacks and Tight Ends

Fantasy football owners are often reluctant to take a chance on a rookie quarterback or tight end unless they are one of the "big" names. However, sometimes players exceed expectations (see: Lamar Jackson, 2018 season). Some rookie quarterbacks and tight ends may be worth drafting (and that's especially the case for some first-year running backs), although this year, they likely won't be drafted until the later rounds.

Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals

Burrow is likely going to be the first rookie quarterback being drafted in fantasy leagues. He'll have the starting position in Cincinnati, where he will have A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd as two solid pass-catchers, with plenty of other young talent as well (rookie Tee Higgins being one). It will be hard to trust him at first (he's currently being drafted as the 20th quarterback off the board), but he is worth grabbing as a second QB in the later rounds.

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins

Tagovailoa will likely not be the Week 1 starter, as Ryan Fitzpatrick will have that role. However, based on Fitzpatrick's history and Tagovailoa's potential, he'll be the starter at some point in the season. Many fantasy owners are not drafting him as their second quarterback (he's being drafted as QB33), but he's someone to consider at the end of the draft if your league is deep enough to carry a potential starter.

Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers

Similar to Tagovailoa, Hebert will not be the Week 1 starter. Tyrod Taylor is in Los Angeles and will take the lead, but the job will be Herbert's shortly thereafter. Once he has time to get into game action and really understand the offense and work with the receivers, he will be the starter. The Chargers knew that Taylor was not a long-term solution, but he's enough to provide a few weeks' worth of guidance to the rookie. Herbert is similar to Tagovailoa in that he's being drafted outside of the QB2 range but may provide value at some point later in the season.

Devin Asiasi, TE, New England Patriots

Currently, Asiasi is listed as the No. 1 tight end in New England. Matt LaCosse was also in the picture, but he is one of eight Patriots to opt out of the season, and it's not clear exactly what the Patriots' offense will look like without Tom Brady. Cam Newton certainly loved using Greg Olsen, but will that continue in New England? Asiasi should be considered in leagues that start two tight ends, but in standard re-draft leagues, is barely worth drafting in the later rounds.

Other quarterbacks to look at in deep leagues or two-quarterback formats include Jalen Hurts (Philadelphia Eagles), Jordan Love (Green Bay Packers), and Jacob Eason (Indianapolis Colts). These three are behind solid starters and won't have an opportunity to be their respective team's starter unless something were to happen to Carson Wentz, Aaron Rodgers, or Philip Rivers.

Two other tight ends that some fantasy players have on their radar include Cole Kmet (Chicago) although the Bears have plenty of tight ends and pass catchers on the team, which will make it hard for him to have a role this year. Adam Trautman (New Orleans) will have potential in the future as well. He may make an impact in a game or two, but that's always hard to predict in Sean Payton's offense.

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.

(Top photo courtesy of @Bengals)