2020's Carnival Teams: Good Offenses and Bad Defenses

Welcome to the Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football Forecast! Yahoo’s Scott Pianowski and PFF’s Ian Hartitz are here to talk about finding this year’s carnival teams, the teams you can expect to put up a ton of points on offense and give up a ton of points on defense like the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and more!


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The big news over the weekend was Matthew Stafford and Gardner Minshew being placed on the COVID-19 reserve list. How should coronavirus impact rankings this year? (02:00)


Every year, a team like the 2019 Tampa Bay Buccaneers comes along, putting up massive point totals on offense while being a turnstile on defense, forcing teams to throw the ball to a narrow group of players to keep pace and ensuring fantasy gold for all involved.


Who will be those carnival teams this year? Here are Scott Pianowski’s picks:


Detroit Lions: The ball will be going to Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jr. early and often. Did you know Matthew Stafford was QB4 last year in points per game? (06:25)


Atlanta Falcons: The Matt Ryan/Julio Jones connection has been around for a decade, but are there enough passes to go around for Calvin Ridley and newcomer Hayden Hurst? (13:15)


Carolina Panthers: Consensus RB1 Christian McCaffrey is still a star, and while Teddy Bridgewater might not be peak Cam Newton, the improvement over Kyle Allen is good news for DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel. (20:30)


Seattle Seahawks: Pete Carroll and co. rarely let Russell Wilson show off his arm and make plays on the ground, but in a division with San Francisco and Arizona, relying on Wilson, Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf might be the only way to keep up. (25:05)


Jacksonville Jaguars: We know Gardner Minshew II’s DGAF play-style can lead to big games, but is there anyone other than DJ Chark that fantasy managers can depend on? (32:40)


Miami Dolphins: Ryan Fitzpatrick will make way for Tua Tagovailoa at some point, but a massive second-half from DeVante Parker, a tight end primed for a breakout in Mike Gesicki and a returning Preston Williams who put up sneaky value last year could mean a lot of high scoring games. (37:25)


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