Pre-Season Power Rankings
1. Darin Farris
Mr. #1 pick himself tops the 2020 Legend of the Winkenbach post draft power rankings. Being at the turn of the draft, Darin took advantage of a few players who fell further than they should have including Josh Jacobs, Zach Ertz, and Cam Newton. The only potential question marks on this team are QB where he is currently starting Cam Newton and Derek Carr and WR3 where he is starting injury prone AJ Green. Even his question marks could be strengths if Cam Newton and AJ Green stay healthy and Carr or Rivers proves adequate as a QB2.
QBs: Cam Newton, Phillip Rivers, Derek Carr
Will Cam be the five-time top four QB that everyone remembers from 2011-2017 or the injury prone QB that has often disappointed over the past 2 years? Darin is banking on the former and if he is, then he’ll be a steal at his 6th round draft cost. There’s more question marks further down the QB depth chart as Phillip Rivers looked washed last year for the Chargers and Derek Carr has consistently been below average for the Raiders since breaking his leg in 2016. Maybe a change of scenery will help Rivers bounce back to his pre-2019 form or maybe Carr does what he’s never done before and finishes in the top 10, but there’s no doubt that this is a weak point on Darin’s team.
RB: Christian McCaffrey, Josh Jacobs, Marlon Mack, Adrian Peterson, Lesean McCoy
This all starts at the top with Christian McCaffrey who is head and shoulders better than every other player in this league on a value basis. If you separated his rushing stats and his receiving stats and counted each as a separate player, McCaffrey would’ve finished as WR16 or RB14! Combining that into one player is a cheat code and Darin rightfully took him #1 overall. Josh Jacobs is one of the steals of the draft as most had him pegged as a 1st rounder, but somehow, he slid to Darin all the way at pick 25. Jacobs didn’t catch many passes last year, but even so, he still finished as RB18 playing in only 13 games. If he adds a few more catches, Jacobs could easily be a top 8-10 RB. After Jacobs, the three remaining backs all have workload question marks as the Colts drafted Jonathan Taylor, the Washington Football Team is an undecided mess, and Lesean McCoy may not be better than the 4th option out of the Buccaneers backfield.
WR: Mike Evans, AJ Brown, AJ Green, Will Fuller, Breshad Perriman, Sammy Watkins
There are three potential top 10 receivers starting for Darin here. His #1 WR Mike Evans took a bit of a back seat to the Chris Godwin show last year in Bruce Arian’s offense, but he still finished as WR15 despite missing the final 3 games of the season. The WR2 and WR3 positions are both potential question marks for me, even though both are filled with solid potential top 10 players. AJ Brown shocked everyone as a rookie in the Titans offense finishing as WR21. There has been a tremendous amount of hype surrounding Brown this offseason, but I question whether there will be enough opportunity in the Titans run first offense for Brown to truly breakout. AJ Green is another big question mark as he has played in a combined 9 games over the past two seasons. If healthy, AJ Green is still a top 10 receiver in the league, but he hasn’t been healthy in over two years and Darin needs him to be healthy in order for this team to reach full potential. Darin’s bench receivers are solid as well featuring two #1 receivers on their respective teams and one #2 on the league’s best offense. Fuller is the one to keep an eye on as, barring health, he could be another top 15 option at the WR position for Darin. Perriman and Watkins probably won’t be league winners, but they are solid depth who could go off any week for big games.
TE: Zach Ertz
Another steal for Darin’s team was Zach Ertz in the 5th round. Considered by most to be the 3rd best TE in the draft, Darin took Ertz almost a full round lower than his ESPN ADP. Ertz had some injury issues last season, but he still finished as TE4 and should once again be a locked in top 5 TE.