Identifying bounce-back or breakout players for the following season is a long-standing strategy to maximizing roster value in the offseason. Here are my favorite bets for a value uptick in 2020:
Baker Mayfield was a dynasty darling heading into the 2019 season. As high as the QB2 off startup draft boards, Mayfield was anointed as if he had already achieved elite status with a promising rookie season and now amassing an all-star surrounding cast of weapons in Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Odell Beckham Jr, Jarvis Landry, and David Njoku. The result? Mayfield is firmly in a sophomore slump with barely more touchdowns than interceptions and a fringe starter even in 2QB formats. Mayfield has been much better after his bye week, however, despite a still difficult schedule with a better than a 2-to-1 ratio of touchdowns to interceptions after 5-to-11 over this first six weeks of the season. In the offseason, many will focus on the year-long totals for players when the season is a medley of stretches and weekly oscillations. Mayfield's sophomore slump has been far more centered at the beginning of the season than later, where he can be viewed as more of a mild disappointment than a categorical bust. Looking ahead to 2020, the Browns may have a new coach, but the drove of offensive talent will remain and get a healthy David Njoku into the mix
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