Looking Ahead To 2020
After reviewing their performances in 2019, it’s worth addressing how their team performances might differ next year. Aaron Rodgers’ main offensive weapons with the Packers include Pro-Bowler Davante Adams, NFL touchdown champion Aaron Jones, free-agent signee Devin Funchess, Jamaal Williams, and 2018 UDFA Allen Lazard. Others worth mentioning are 2nd round RB AJ Dillon, Marques Valdez-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown, though none of the receivers outside of Adams are likely to cause matchup problems for corners or safeties.
In Houston, the Hopkins trade opens the door for a myriad of dynamic speed demons, including former Rams WR Brandin Cooks, injury-prone 5th-year starter Will Fuller V, and longtime Packer Randall Cobb. The running back group is also expected to play a prominent role as pass catchers, as trade acquisitions David Johnson and Duke Johnson are both savvy receivers as well.
Though the Texans may not have an established WR1 on the roster like Hopkins, their talented receiving corps goes four deep with the inclusion of Kenny Stills, and feature three solid options at tight end. Bill O’Brien may catch a lot of flak for his shaky roster management, but he has positioned Watson to have a humongous statistical output in 2020.
Overall, Rodgers is obviously the more accomplished quarterback all-time and deserves to be recognized as one of the most talented passers of his generation. However, his lack of dangerous offensive pieces and a significantly stronger running game require him to do less for his offense.
The selection of Jordan Love may have lit a fire under Aaron Rodgers that encourages more downfield strikes, so another 4,000-yard and 20+ touchdown performance should be expected. As for Deshaun Watson, the team will only go as far as he is capable of taking them and should undoubtedly be a top 3 quarterback in fantasy football. This could be the year the Watson breaks into the highest tier of signal-callers, and a 5000-yard, 30 touchdown performance is not out of the question.