6 top fantasy performers of 2020 who mostly went undrafted, including Justin Herbert

Justin Herbert has the most touchdown throws ever by a rookie. [Image Source: Flickr | Fanspeak]
Justin Herbert has the most touchdown throws ever by a rookie. [Image Source: Flickr | Fanspeak]

Justin Herbert set a new NFL record for most touchdown passes by a rookie quarterback.

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After looking at the top fantasy performers who were mostly unowned for the first 15 weeks of the season, let’s do something different after Week 16. Since most fantasy leagues ended after Monday Night Football, let’s instead highlight the best fantasy performers of the season who mostly went undrafted.

In order to see who was eligible, Fantasy Pros was used as it takes the average draft positions of players by looking at three different sources. The player could make the list if his average draft position was higher than 180 (180 players are selected in a 10 player, 18 round league). One quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, and one tight end are highlighted as being the best of those who mostly went undrafted.

Honorable mentions include:

QB - Derek Carr (Raiders)

RB - J.D. McKissic (Football Team), Nyheim Hines (Colts), Myles Gaskin (Dolphins)

WR - Corey Davis (Titans), Tee Higgins (Bengals), Chase Claypool (Steelers)

TE - Logan Thomas (Football Team), Dalton Schultz (Cowboys)

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QB - Justin Herbert (14 G, 4,034 passing yards, 28 passing touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 1 fumble lost, 225 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns)

Selected sixth overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, Herbert set a new rookie record on Sunday with his 26th touchdown pass. He has thrown for 4,034 yards which place him 340 yards (a number he has surpassed twice) behind Andrew Luck’s rookie record of 4,374.

2

RB - James Robinson (14 G, 1,070 rushing yards, 7 rushing touchdowns, 49 receptions, 344 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns, 1 2-pt conversion)

Despite missing Week 16 with an ankle injury, Robinson is third in the NFL with his 1,070 rushing yards. An undrafted rookie, he would need 35 yards on the ground in Week 17 according to CBS Sports to break Dominic Rhodes’ record by an undrafted rookie of 1,104 rushing yards which he set in 2001.