August 2nd, 2020


The QBallers initial rankings are generated by our algorithm, which weighs several factors like draft order, depth chart position, etc.


It would be great if we could just let the computer do the work and then call it a season and go on vacation. But unfortunately, changes in the real world require constant rankings updates, just like how the betting lines constantly move until game time. If you're a (responsible) gambler, you can check out to see the updated Rookie of the Year odds, which might also help with your rookie draft research.


Presented here are some of the top movers in the rankings, and our rationale for the move. And check out the full rankings here: 2020 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings


Clyde Edwards-Helaire
CEH was already #3 to begin with, but he has now ascended to the top spot in our rankings. We had D'Andre Swift ranked higher originally, but the coronavirus opt-out by Damien Williams has removed the lion's share of CEH's backfield competition. Right now, his projected touches on an insane offense make him the easy first pick.


Henry Ruggs III
We've got nothing against Ruggs - he's pegged at a very respectable #6 overall. But the initial rankings had him at #1 overall, which seems a bit unlikely. This is mostly due to his draft ranking as the first WR off the board. Just because the Raiders reached a bit for him doesn't mean you should too. We feel like he's just a tick below Ceedee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy talent-wise.


Tee Higgins
We had Tee projected as a first rounder but he fell (just barely) out of the first round as the first pick in the second round. His size/speed combo, shiny new QB, and the team declining John Ross' fifth-year option all add up to a ranking upgrade. AJ Green says he wants to play four more years, but at 32 we'll take the under on that. We'd rather have Tee - the new AJ Green.


J.K. Dobbins
Dobbins seems to be a consensus top-10 rookie pick, with many putting him in the top 5, but we have him a bit lower right now. Unlike say, Cam Akers, whose backfield competition is underwhelming, Dobbins must compete with not only incumbent starter Mark Ingram, but also recently re-signed Gus Edwards, and of course the league's premier running QB in Lamar Jackson. It seems that he might have to wait until Ingram is finished before he really gets going, which could be another year or so.