No preseason, limited training camps and no bubble.
Prepare yourself for a fantasy football season like no other.
If you listen closely, that's the sound of commissioners around the world scurrying about to create contingency plans. Which means they're even grumpier than usual.
Everything should be on the table. You will likely need to expand rosters. You could vote to treat this season as an experimental year and change the league format -- anyone up for a Guillotine or Vampire league?
Above all, you must agree what constitutes a season just in case the march of weekly games end with a Thanos-like snap.
If it happens in the first month, no harm, no foul and everyone gets a refund as if nothing ever happened.
If we make it far enough, have an ironclad rule stating how the league winner will be decided and make sure everyone understands.
Maybe league funds get rolled over to the 2021 season? Maybe your league decides to donate the booty to a deserving charity?
Either way, make these decisions before the season starts.
Here are my fearless fantasy predictions for the upcoming season:
-- Carolina's Christian McCaffrey won't repeat as the highest scoring non-quarterback in fantasy this season. Since 2012, the top non-QB has averaged 302.3 points, only to see that number erode to 181 the following season, according to fantasypros.com. McCaffrey scored 355.2 points in 2019. A 40% drop would mean a 213.1-point haul in 2020, which would have made him the ninth best non-QB last season. Temper your expectations when you take the all-around stud first overall.
-- Neither Mike Evans (1,157 yards on 67 receptions and eight touchdowns) nor Chris Godwin (1,333 yards on 86 receptions and nine touchdowns) of Tampa Bay will match their production from 2019 with Tom Brady under center. Brady relies heavily on his tight ends and running backs to diversify the passing game.
-- The Los Angeles Chargers will be a top-five D/ST -- despite losing Derwin James for the season -- after finishing a disappointing 27th in 2019.
-- George Kittle of San Francisco will finish as the top tight end in fantasy while scoring double-digit touchdowns for the first time in his career.
-- Cincinnati's Joe Mixon will set career highs in rushing yards (1,168), total yards (1,464), total touchdowns (nine) and receptions (43).
-- Robert Woods of the Rams will set career highs in receiving yards (1,219) and receiving touchdowns (six) while outproducing Cooper Kupp.
-- Cam Newton, replacing Brady in New England, will surpass 4,000 passing yards for the first time since his rookie season.
-- Keenan Allen of the Chargers will fail to reach 80 receptions or 1,000 yards and finish outside the top 15 wide receivers in fantasy for the first time since 2016.
-- Second-year running backs Josh Jacobs (Las Vegas) and Miles Sanders (Philadelphia) will both finish top-six at their position.
-- Jimmy Garoppolo of San Francisco will lead the NFL in passing touchdowns.