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Fantasy football losers of the NFL Draft

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D’Andre Swift will be a great player in the NFL, but his landing spot was less than ideal. (Twitter // @brgridiron)

The NFL Draft wasn’t kind to everyone.

While some players landed in fantastic spots for their fantasy value, others weren’t as fortunate. While a poor team fit doesn’t mean they’re doomed for all eternity, it certainly places a damper on a player’s short-term value.

Here are the players who lost the NFL Draft.

QB – Jordan Love, Green Bay Packers

At this point, Love will need to be Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre combined to convince Packers faithful that this was a good pick. The supposed successor for Rodgers, Love didn’t land in the most fantasy-friendly situation. Firstly, he’ll likely have to wait at least a couple of seasons before getting a real chance to start. Secondly, if he somehow does start sooner than later, he’ll be throwing to one of the worst receiver groups in the NFL. It’s not his fault, it was Green Bay that decided to forego wide receiver in the deepest wide receiver class in recent memory.

WR – Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals

It felt as though Higgins’ draft stock was dipping entering the NFL Draft. A larger receiver who has already dealt with an ankle injury, Higgins’ decision to skip drills at the NFL Combine raised some concerns. Not known as a speedster, having no 40-yard dash time attached to his profile was a concern. Additionally, for a bigger wide receiver (6’4″, 215 lbs), he’s not the most physical guy. His immediate fantasy value is clouded by a deep receiving group in Cincy.

RB – D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions

Swift was one of my favourite running back prospects, but landing with the Lions was not ideal. I doubt Swift will ever be a bell-cow back based on college usage, but a timeshare with Kerryon Johnson is not ideal. These are not two backs that will complement each other, rather, they’ll dip into each other’s workload. Their skill sets are very similar, but Swift is more talented. I’d be shocked if he’s not named the starter, but this situation will be frustrating in 2020.

WR – K.J. Hamler, Denver Broncos

Hamler will be a great fit in Denver, but it’ll be tough to start him regularly in fantasy football in 2020. Hamler’s a pure speedster, but there’s a big competition for targets brewing in Denver. With Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton likely ahead of him on the depth chart, it’ll be hard to trust him on a weekly basis. He’s a better play in best-ball leagues and DFS than season-long in 2020.

RB – AJ Dillon, Green Bay Packers

Similarly to Love, Dillon will also have difficulties finding the field in 2020. Aaron Jones, who tied for the NFL’s lead in rushing touchdowns in 2019 with 16, will likely lead this backfield. The Packers also have Jamaal Williams at running back. He snagged 39 balls in 2019, serving as the team’s primary pass-catching back. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of work for Dillon. He’s not a great receiver and is inconsistent in pass protection – something Rodgers won’t have much patience for.

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