We are just over the halfway point of the 2020 NFL season that has been full of twists, turns and tons of surprises and setbacks. On Episode 3 of the podcast, the 365 guys discussed the mid-season award winners, but in case you missed it – we have you covered here! Let’s take a look at the top performers at the skill positions as well as the biggest surprise and stinker thus far.
Top QB – Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes and that Kansas City offense is scary good. As good as Mahomes is, he’s got company in the race for the number one spot for fantasy points as Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray are hot on his tail. Each one of those guys are literally just a couple points away from claiming the lead. At the end of the day, Mahomes was able to take over the top spot at the mid-season point even putting up a dud in week 7 against the Broncos. A huge 41 point week against Baltimore and back to back 30+ point games against the Jets and Panthers in which he accounted for 9 touchdowns helped secure the top spot.
Top RB – Alvin Kamara
Kamara has been crazy consistent this season, averaging 26.8 points per game in PPR formats. With an extremely high floor of 15.9 points through the first 9 weeks of the season, Kamara has been rewarding owners each and every week. As good as he’s been, Dalvin Cook would probably be in the top spot at this point if he had been able to stay healthy and play every game this season. Kamara is holding on to a 10 point lead over Cook largely due to his big 2 game stretch in weeks 2 and 3 where he combined for 85.6 points. Kamara has a tough matchup in week 10 but his involvement in the passing game ensures he is essentially matchup proof.
Top WR – Tyreek Hill
Tyreek Hill is as skilled as anyone in the league. After spending the last few years in the boom or bust category, Hill has strung together a very consistent season to this point averaging 19.5 points per game in PPR formats. Hill is also on pace for a 16-game total of 16 TDs. Although Hill has been reliable and consistent through the first 9 weeks, he’s only ahead of Davante Adams by 6.7 points even though Adams has played in 2 fewer games and already had his BYE week. Hill has a BYE in week 10, so Adams should be taking over that top spot this week.
Top TE – Travis Kelce
Another shining example of how good that Chiefs offense is – they also sport the top Tight End in fantasy football. Kelce commands a 57.5 point lead over Darren Waller. Kelce has been averaging 18.8 points per game in PPR formats and is safe to finish as the TE 1 (as long as he stays healthy) when the season officially ends.
Biggest Surprise – Robby Anderson
If there’s one player that has drastically outperformed expectations this season, it’s Robby Anderson. Projected to finish the season as the WR 58 in his debut season with Carolina, Anderson is currently ranked as the WR 10. That’s the type of value snag in the draft that wins people championships and he’s done it all with only getting in the endzone one time through the first 9 weeks. If he can reverse that trend and start piling up TDs, Anderson will continue climbing the rankings.
Biggest Stinker – Lamar Jackson
The term “stinker” is a bit subjective and fantasy owners could make a case for several different players. What separates Jackson from the pack is the draft capitol that was paid to get him. After last year’s historic type of performance, Jackson was widely taken as the first QB off the board and has returned that hefty draft price with stats that are only good enough to come in at the QB 12 through the first 9 weeks. The entire Ravens offense has been disappointing, but it starts with Jackson’s performance.