The 2019 NFL preseason is formally here. The Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos kicked things off at the yearly Hall of Fame Game, and the whole league will be in display action starting Thursday.
For conventional soccer fans, this usually means that the normal season is not far off. For fantasy football fans, it usually means that we are barrelling down on draft season. For season-long leagues, this is definitely the most crucial event of this year. Though handling rosters and functioning the waiver wire is vital for a successful effort, it is difficult to win if you don’t begin with a solid fantasy center.
Adding the ideal players, discovering sleepers and averting busts are part of a thriving draft plan. Here you will get a fast reference positions manual for the best fantasy rankings –quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end–combined with draft suggestions, sleepers and prospective busts for every.
All positions are based on point-per-reception (PPR) grading formats.
1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
2. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
4. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
5. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
6. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
7. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers
8. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
9. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
10. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
When it comes to drafting quarterbacks, there’s absolutely no need to rush the place. It’d be great to property Patrick Mahomes along with his 50-touchdown possible. But most scoring systems will create the weekly difference between Mahomes and men like Philip Rivers and Baker Mayfield smaller than the gap between the elite and second-tier players in other places.
By way of instance, a lot of leagues that award one point for 25 yards passing and four points each passing touchdown. In this method, a 300-yard, two-touchdown game could create 20 points. A 250-yard, one-touchdown game could lead to only six fewer things –about the exact same gap of 3 receptions and 30 yards to get a receiver in many PPR formats.
Goal your upper pass-catchers and running springs prior to targeting a quarterback. From the event, you need to have the ability to catch a few second-tier signal-callers and flow them according to their defensive matchups.
In most leagues, racing yards are given to quarterbacks in precisely the exact same speed they’re given to running backs–normally 1 point per 10 yards and six to get a touchdown. This provides a remarkable number of further significance for quarterbacks who frequently take the ball. Russell Wilson and Cam Newton crack the top 10 for this particular reason.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen could rapidly come to be a dream star for exactly the identical reason. Although he threw for a bit more than 2,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in 12 games last year, he also rushed for 631 yards and eight scores. This implies that in many weeks, he is going to be useful for about 50 yards rushing and a touchdown–or 11 points–along with his departure generation.
If Allen can reduce the turnovers–he had 14 at 2018–he can finish in the top 10 in dream scoring one of quarterback.
San Francisco 49ers fans can and needs to be enthusiastic about the impending return of Jimmy Garoppolo. Together with the 49ers incorporating pass-catchers such as Jordan Matthews, Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd that this offseason, a few dream fans will be excited about it as well.
Be skeptical of drafting Garoppolo overly large, however. He is still recovering from last year’s torn ACL, which might affect his freedom early in this season. Garoppolo isn’t a known product, either. While he’s flashed lots of possibility, the truth is that he has only made 10 specialist starts and contains a substantial injury history.
In addition to last year’s torn ACL, Garoppolo needed his short stint as the New England Patriots’ starter cut short by injury.
1. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
2. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
3. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
4. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
5. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
6. James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers
7. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
8. Le’Veon Bell, New York Giants
9. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
10. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
“I really don’t see a stage,” owner Jerry Jones said, per Todd Archer of ESPN.
Penny will still be splitting time with Chris Carson in the Seattle Seahawks backfield this season, but receiving back Mike Davis has gone. Davis had 112 carries and 34 receptions last season, and the bulk of these touches will likely go to Penny.
The San Diego State product should be targeted as a high-level FLEX option, but he could become a weekly RB2 if he manages to push Carson out of the starting role.
Potential Bust: Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
Like Elliott, Los Angeles Chargers back Melvin Gordon is holding out for a new contract. Unlike the Cowboys, however, the Chargers do not have an offense heavily based around their running back. Gordon doesn’t have the leverage that Elliott does, and L.A. could easily go into the regular season without him.
If it does, then Austin Ekeler will be a solid RB2 option and Justin Jackson will have sleeper potential. Even if Gordon does report, Los Angeles could lean heavily on Ekeler and Jackson as they prepare for a future without Gordon.
Feel free to take a flier on Gordon if he’s there in the middle rounds, but don’t draft him expecting to get a reliable weekly starter.
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1. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
2. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
3. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
4. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
5. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
6. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
8. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns
9. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
10. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
As is the case at running back, drafting wide receivers is fairly simple. Target No. 1 options early, and preferably target those who are target dominant–DeAndre Hopkins, Michael Thomas and Davante Adams are prime examples.
In PPR formats, top receivers should be targeted ahead of all second-tier running backs. In standard formats, above-average starting backs will be just as valuable as all but the most elite receivers–it’s easier for defenses to shut down a receiver than a runner who averages 20-25 carries a game.
When targeting WR2 and WR3 options, look for players in offenses where the ball gets spread around. When a guy like Hopkins gets the vast majority of targets–he had 163 of them in 2018, per Pro Football Reference–his running mates are going to have modest fantasy value.
Sleeper: Rashard Higgins, Cleveland Browns
In an offense with a young, aggressive quarterback and a play-caller who likes to spread the ball around, a No. 3 receiver is going to have solid FLEX potential. This is where Rashard Higgins should be for the Cleveland Browns in 2019.
“Thus much, Higgins, that has an undeniable chemistry with Mayfield, has become the exclusive third receiver using the first-team crime in camp and appears to have a firm grasp on that job,” Nathan Zegura of their team’s official site composed .
Higgins will be supporting both Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry on the depth chart, but new head trainer Freddie Kitchens revealed he likes to spread the ball around throughout his eight-game stint as offensive coordinator last year. PPR machine Landry ended the year with 81 catches, but three additional gamers topped 40 receptions, and Higgins dropped just short with 39.
Higgins had 572 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games this past year despite making only 1 start.
Potential Bust: A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
When he is healthy, Cincinnati Bengals wideout A.J. Green is a elite fantasy alternative. The issue is he is not healthy and is anticipated to overlook regular-season matches after undergoing knee operation.
This makes it almost impossible to target Green as your WR1. Doing this can leave you in a young hole that’s almost impossible to conquer. Plus there is no guarantee which Green will be an elite alternative once he or she returns.
A foot injury is debatable to get a receiver whose greatest assets are his capacity to separate profound and his capacity to adapt to errant Andy Dalton passes. It is going to probably take some time for Green to recover his separation rate, and one challenging landing a jump ball can ship him back into the sidelines.
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1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
2. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
3. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
4. Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts
5. Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers
6. O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7. David Njoku, Cleveland Browns
8. Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints
9. Evan Engram, New York Giants
10. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
The difference between the best – and – second-tier players is larger at tight end than at any other place. Men that are basically No. 1 choices in their crimes –Travis Kelce, George Kittle and Zach Ertz–may be targeted together with several No. 1 recipients. Following that, there’s sizeable drop-off rather than a great deal of difference between, say, O.J. Howard and Austin Hooper.
If you are in a league that does not have a difficult TE slot–most leagues exchange out this for another FLEX place –tight end is a place you can mostly ignore following the top players.
Kyle Rudolph was a top-10 tight end in both receptions (64) and yards (634). Nelson Agholor had exactly the exact same amount of receptions, ranked 30th among recipients and had more yards (736).
Sleeper: Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert is a sleeper if, and only ifhe can stay healthy–that he has not done because the 2015 season. That year, but he made 52 receptions, 615 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Eifert was healthy and making catches in training camp, so he is trending in the ideal direction. There is a real possibility he can go back to Pro Bowl form this year, and Green’s lack is only going to raise his worth.
Just be conscious of Eifert’s injury history, and do not aim him sooner than the middle rounds.
Potential Bust: Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
As mentioned, Rudolph was among the very effective tight ends in football last season. This might not be true in 2019. Minnesota used a second-round draft pick Alabama’s Irv Smith Jr., and it could seem to create Smith the major tight end prior to the end of the year.
While the Vikings did signal Rudolph into some four-year contract expansion this offseason, the contract is somewhat deceptive. Minnesota will cut bait with Rudolph following this year and owe him only $5 million in dead money.
Anticipate the Vikings to provide Smith every opportunity to choose the starting job during the regular season.