It’s about that time of year. Post fresh off your NCAA March Madness Bracket disappointment, it’s time to yet again play the front office executive role in order to assemble the top Fantasy Football team in your league.
Here are the Gio Rivera (@sportsguygio) Top 100 Player Rankings for 2019 NFL FANTASY Football, from 100-to-1:
100). Cam Newton (QB, Carolina Panthers)
In just two of the last five seasons, the Carolina Panthers have had a full 16-game season out of franchise quarterback Cam Newton. Coming fresh off an off-season shoulder surgery, don’t expect Newton to be in vintage Cam form, aggressively running the ball in 2019.
2018 season: 3,395 passing yards, 24 TD’s, 13 INT’s, 67.9 CMP% (14 games)
99). DeSean Jackson (WR, Philadelphia Eagles)
Entering his age 33 season, DeSean Jackson returns to Philadelphia, for the first time since 2013, where he broke out for the first six seasons of his career. Coming off a two-season stint in Tampa Bay, Jackson returns to a Carson Wentz at quarterback with high hopes resting on both his shoulders and the organizations. An expected elite target for a Super Bowl favored contender to come out of the NFC.
2018 season: 41 receptions, 744 yards, 4 TD’s, 0 fumbles (12 games)
98). Golden Tate (WR, New York Giants)
With the headline breaking departure of Odell “10.5 targets per game” Beckham Jr., comes the opening opportunity for weekly targets. Thus comes Golden Tate into the equation for the Giants next season. Tate, 31, was racking up 26% of the target shares in Detroit before being traded to the Eagles last season. A fresh new start with plenty of opportunities for 2019.
2018 season: 74 receptions, 795 receiving yards, 4 TD’s, 3 fumbles (15 games)
97). Eric Ebron (TE, Indianapolis Colts)
After a slow start to his NFL career with the Detroit Lions, Eric Ebron has found his groove, turning things around with Indianapolis. Last season was a career-best for Ebron, notching more TD’s in 2018, then his four seasons in Detroit combined. One of the top tier red-zone targets in the tight end category in all of football.
2018 season: 66 receptions, 750 yards, 13 TD’s, 1 fumble (16 games)
96). Russell Wilson (QB, Seattle Seahawks)
Post the infamous “Legion of Boom” era which ended in the hands of one of the most controversial play calls in the history of football, giving Malcolm Butler and the New England Patriots yet another great moment in sports history. Wilson enters 2019 as a sleeper with Seattle having not made noise in the NFC ever since. Despite throwing a career-high in TD’s last season, Wilson’s offensive line, and loss of Doug Baldwin don’t exactly play in his favor for the 2019 season.
2018 season: 3,448 passing yards, 35 TD’s, 7 INT’s, 65.6 CMP%, (16 games)
95). Carson Wentz (QB, Philadelphia Eagles)
A not too long ago MVP contender, now making $30 million in annual salary, a hefty weight of expectations lay on the shoulders of Carson Wentz in 2019. Despite the health factor, which took Wentz down in just his second NFL season, Wentz and Philadelphia enter the season as favorites in the NFC. Not to mention he’s getting a home-return weapon of DeSean Jackson for 2019.
2018 season: 3,074 passing yards, 21 TD’s, 7 INT’s, 69.6 CMP%, (11 games)
94). Cutis Samuel (WR, Carolina Panthers)
In just his second NFL season, Curtis Samuel made a leap in 13 games, just eight starts with a nearly 500 yards totaled with over double his rookie year receptions. Samuel will likely see an ongoing increase in target trend, especially next season with a more health cautious Cam Newton not as aggressive running the ball himself.
2018 season: 39 receptions, 494 receiving yards, 5 TD’s, 1 fumble, (13 games)
93). Drew Brees (QB, New Orleans Saints)
Following an MVP caliber season that ended in historically controversial fashion, Drew Brees reached a career-high in completion percentage at 74.4 in 2018. He finished with the NFL’s second-highest QBR at 80.8 and is entering a hopeful 2019 with Michael Thomas alongside. We’ll get a look at an age 40 Drew Brees, fresh off an NFC Championship appearance.
2018 season: 3,992 passing yards, 32 TD’S, 5 INT’s, 74.4 CMP%, (15 games)
92). LeSean McCoy (RB, Buffalo Bills)
In spite of one of the league’s slopiest managed quarterback situations, LeSean McCoy still flourished in one of the more efficient run-game cores in football. Now, no McCoy isn’t in prime form like he was back in his Philadelphia Eagle years, nevertheless, he will still play huge in the leading rusher for Buffalo’s backfield.
2018 season: 161 rushes, 514 yards, 3 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (15 games)
91). Baker Mayfield (QB, Cleveland Browns)
The 24-year-old with some the highest expectations of any quarterback next season, looking to transcend a losing franchise alongside one of the biggest NFL acquisitions of the off-season in Odell Beckham Jr. A young, elite duo with the chance at completely transforming a notoriously losing franchise into playoff contenders come 2019.
2018 season: 3,725 passing yards, 27 TD’s, 14 INT’s, 63.8 CMP%, (14 games)
90). Vance McDonald (TE, Pittsburgh Steelers)
Fresh off a career-year, McDonald totaled more yards last season, then his first three NFL seasons combined. With the Steelers departure of Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger will certainly defer to targetting current Pittsburgh weapons such as McDonald much more. He’s set to take on the biggest role he’s played in his now three seasons under Mike Tomlin.
2018 season: 50 receptions, 610 yards, 4 TD’s, 2 fumbles, (15 games)
89). Dede Westbrook (WR, Jacksonville Jaguars)
Following an AFC Championship game reach just two seasons ago, the Jaguars failed to put up a deep playoff push last season. However, with a revamped offense, which will be led by new quarterback Nick Foles, Jacksonville is looking to contend in the AFC again. Westbrook is set to be one of Jacksonville’s beneficiaries to the Foles landing.
2018 season: 66 receptions, 717 receiving yards, 5 TD’s, 3 fumbles, (16 games)
88). Matt Ryan (QB, Atlanta Falcons)
Julio Jones, the indoor State Farm Stadium, etc. Matt Ryan looks to lead a strong Atlanta Falcons team with plenty of upsides, following a down year in 2018. Last season, Ryan was one of just four quarterbacks in the NFL with over 600 passing attempts reached.
2018 season: 4,924 passing yards, 35 TD’s, 7 INT’s, 69.4 CMP%, (16 games)
87). Royce Freeman (RB, Denver Broncos)
A strong impression left off his rookie season, Royce Freeman enters 2019 on an unusual note. Despite his breakout year showing, the Denver Broncos need to decide how to manage Freeman alongside Phillip Lindsay and off-season addition, Theo Riddick.
2018 season: 130 rushes, 521 yards, 5 TD’s, 1 fumble, (14 games)
86). Sterling Shepard (WR, New York Giants)
Another potential beneficiary of the Odell Beckham Jr. departure from the New York Giants, Shepard enters his fourth NFL season with the shot at being the New York Giants new number one receiving option. Coming off a fractured thumb, Shepard will battle it out with Golden Tate for the 10.5 targets that Beckham would get per game last season.
2018 season: 66 receptions, 872 receiving yards, 4 TD’s, 1 fumble, (16 games)
85). Austin Ekeler (RB, Los Angeles Chargers)
An extremely sought after situation that could very well unfold, the emergence of Austin Ekeler as LA’s number one running back. This of course because of the financial hold-out we’re witnessing between the Chargers and franchise running back Melvin Gordon. That’s a major unseen boost that could easily be one of biggest fantasy steals in 2019.
2018 season: 106 rushes, 554 yards, 3 TD’s, 1 fumble, (14 games)
84). Tom Brady (QB, New England Patriots)
The man who refuses to quit, and appears to age like wine. 42-year -old Tom Brady leads the 2019 New England Patriots without top target tight end, Rob Gronkowski. Nevertheless several premier offensive targets will be returning like Sony Michel, James White, and Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman. Let’s see what the TB12 Method has is store for 2019…
2018 season: 4,355 passing yards, 29 TD’s, 11 INT’s, 65.8 CMP%
83). Jared Cook (TE, New Orleans Saints)
Following a very strong season with the Oakland Raiders, one in which Cook was targeted 22.1% when in the slot (seventh among tight ends), he now joins a team that could’ve used a tight end last year. One of the leagues stronger offenses last year, led by MVP contender Drew Bress now has an elite level tight end added to an elite offensive mix.
2018 season: 68 receptions, 896 yards, 6 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (16 games)
82). Larry Fitzgerald (WR, Arizona Cardinals)
It’s been rough as of late for Larry Fitzgerald, the Arizona Cardinals quarterback situation, and their offense as a whole. Entering his age 36 season, Fitzgerald will be catching passes from number one overall pick Kyler Murray. Second-year receiver Christian Kirk will look to have himself a big season in Arizona playing alongside Fitzgerald in the slot.
2018 season: 69 receptions, 734 receiving yards, 6 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (16 games)
81). Marvin Jones Jr. (WR, Detroit Lions)
Without Golden Tate serving as a premier option in the Detroit Lions offense, expect an increase in targets to Marvin Jones Jr. He’s set to play a major role in Detroit’s receiving core come 2019.
2018 season: 35 receptions, 508 receiving yards, 5 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (9 games)
80). Courtland Sutton (WR, Denver Broncos)
A sought after offensive option last season, Sutton has the shot at both a breakout year and emerging as the Denver Broncos number one receiving target. At just 23 years of age, Joe Flacco will have a very solid piece in Denver with an expected production boost from Sutton.
2018 season: 42 receptions, 704 receiving yards, 4 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (16 games)
79). Aaron Rodgers (QB, Green Bay Packers)
Last season served as a bit of a letdown for both Packer fans and Aaron Rodgers’ production. It was the first time ever in which Rodgers played over 10 games and didn’t fall under the top two fantasy quarterbacks. In his defense, there isn’t a whole lot of room with Patrick Mahomes putting up perhaps the best fantasy QB season we’ve ever seen. Nevertheless, Rodgers and the Packers are well due for a bounce-back NFC contending year.
2018 season: 4,442 passing yards, 25 TD’s, 2 INT’s, 62.3 CMP%, (16 games)
78). Andrew Luck (QB, Indianapolis Colts)
Unfortunately, due in part to an underwhelming receiving core throughout the vast majority of his career, Andrew Luck hasn’t lived up to the post-season hype many thought he would. Still, among the top tier fantasy quarterbacks on the market, Luck has also fought through his fair share of injuries. There is room for concern regarding his shoulder.
2018 season: 4,593 passing yards, 39 TD’s, 15 INT’s, 67.3 CMP%, (16 games)
77). Jordan Howard (RB, Philadelphia Eagles)
Acquired late season by the Eagles in exchange for a sixth-round pick, Howard falls under the darkhorse tier this season in fantasy. Offensive coordinator Mike Groh is reportedly impressed with Howard’s route and pass protection abilities on the field.
2018 season: 250 rushes, 935 yards, 9 TD’s, 2 fumbles, (16 games)
76.) Christian Kirk (WR, Arizona Cardinals)
Playing alongside an expected-to-be declining Larry Fitzgerald, Kirk will certainly have the opportunity for a breakout season in Arizona. Look out Kirk’s name on a weekly basis, falling in the “due for a breakout year” tier.
2018 season: 43 receptions, 590 receiving yards, 3 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (12 games)
75). Rashaad Penny (RB, Seattle Seahawks)
Despite a fairly underwhelming kickoff (no pun intended) to his NFL career, Rashaad Penny is set to take in a big role of responsibility in a run-first Seattle Seahawk offense in 2019. If all works out, Penny could also find his name on the “what a steal” tier in your fantasy draft!
2018 season: 85 rushes, 419 yards, 2 TD’s, 0 fumbles (14 games)
74). James White (RB, New England Patriots)
One of Tom Brady’s premier targets, James White will certainly have no issue getting the ball in his hands with the departures of Rob Gronkowski, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Chris Hogan. White will come back in 2019 playing his per usual, running-back/ receiver role in New England’s Super Bowl defending run.
2018 season: 87 rushes, 94 receptions, 751 yards, 5 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (16 games)
73). Sammy Watkins (WR, Kansas City Chiefs)
Don’t miss out on this potential major steal of the season! Sammy Watkins had the opportunity before him to put up a career season with the loss of Tyreke Hill, and the defending league MVP Patrick Mahomes leading an AFC favorite. Don’t be surprised to see a prime-time year from Watkins much like Buffalo days.
2018 season: 40 receptions, 519 receiving yards, 3 TD’s, 1 fumble, (10 games)
72). Corey Davis (WR, Tennessee Titans)
Davis comes into 2019 due for a convincing season. 2018 didn’t exactly pan out in his favor, totaling just four touchdowns with plenty of opportunities in 16 games. Pen Corey Davis down for the “guys with a chip on their shoulder” tier.
2018 season: 65 receptions, 891 yards, 4 TD’s, 1 fumble, (16 games)
71). Will Fuller (WR, Houston Texans)
Fresh off an ACL tear, Will Fuller is looking to break out as a fantasy sleeper in the wide receiver list. He’s recovered progressively well, sooner than expected in fact, and is set to take the field as a big target for Deshaun Watson in 2019.
2018 season: 32 receptions, 503 yards, 4 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (7 games)
70). Jarvis Landry (WR, Cleveland Browns)
With 149 targets in 2018, Jarvis Landry was the eighth-most targeted receiver in the NFL last season. Now with expectations raised severely, Landry plays alongside Odell Beckham Jr. in one of the NFL’s most dangerous wide receiver duo threats in 2019.
2018 season: 81 receptions, 976 yards, 4 TD’s, 1 fumble, (16 games)
69). Evan Engram (TE, New York Giants)
Engram showed noteworthy emergence his rookie season in New York, following the injuries of Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham Jr. That season he was targeted 115 times and with those two gone, Engram will have his shot at a season like 2017.
2018 season: 45 receptions, 57 receiving yards, 3 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (11 games)
68). Hunter Henry (TE, Los Angeles Chargers)
Due to an ACL injury, Hunter Henry missed out on his 2018 season with the Chargers. He walks into 2019 as a favorite for comeback player of the year. A strong addition to an AFC contending Chargers team with Phillip Rivers who was in the MVP hunt for 75% of the season.
2018 season: (missed 2018 season)
67). Latavius Murray (RB, New Orleans Saints)
With Mark Ingram gone, Latavius Murray should fulfill that role in New Orleans’ run-game. He’s a sough after back with a season ahead full of chances to change that in his favor.
2018 season: 140 rushes, 578 yards, 6 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (16 games)
66). Dante Pettis (TE, San Francisco 49ers)
An impressive rookie campaign for the 23-year-old coming out of Washington. It wasn’t until week 10 of last season that Pettis took the field full-time for San Fran, and by week 16 he was ranked within the top 20 wide receivers in fantasy. A returning consistent target for th
2018 season: 27 receptions, 467 receiving yards, 5 TD’s, 2 fumbles, (12 games)
65). Mike Williams (WR, Los Angeles Chargers)
With just 66 targets, Mike Williams, 24, became one of just 16 wide receivers to ever finish within the top-20 despite racking up below 100 targets. There’s an upside in Williams’ favor with the departure of Tyrell Williams from the Chargers.
2018 season: 43 receptions, 664 yards, 10 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (16 games)
64). Allen Robinson (WR, Chicago Bears)
There’s no concrete confidence in regards to expectations for Allen Robinson coming off a post-ACL return season. He walks into 2019 inserted into a new Bear offense with a new quarterback. Pen Robinson as a “head-scratching question mark selection.”
2018 season: 55 receptions, 754 yards, 4 TD’s, 1 fumble, (13 games)
63). Justin Jackson (RB, Los Angeles Chargers)
Jackson showed flashes last season with Melvin Gordon sidelined with injury. He serves currently as a backup plan for the ongoing current Melvin Gordon contract holdout in Los Angeles.
2018 season: 50 rushes, 206 yards, 2 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (13 games)
62). Tyler Boyd (WR, Cincinnati Bengals)
Falling into the “potential steal” category in 2019, Tyler Boyd broke out for an impressive rookie season after being drafted in the second-round, Boyd, 24, caught 78-of-108 targets for his 1,000+ yard debut NFL season in Cincinnati. He even finished among the top-20 wide receivers despite missing two weeks.
2018 season: 76 receptions, 1,028 yards, 7 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (14 games)
61). Lamar Miller (RB, Houston Texans)
The recent trend of Lamar Miller fantasy production hasn’t been the most elite, however, he remains a solid backup option. Next season Miller rushes with an upgraded offensive line in Houston which will play huge in his numbers.
2018 season: 210 rushes, 973 yards, 5 TD’s, 1 fumble, (14 games)
60). Calvin Ridley (WR, Atlanta Falcons)
What a break-out year it was in 2018 for the then-rookie Calvin Ridley! Despite playing alongside the great Julio Jones, Ridley found his place as one of the most impactful offensive weapons for both the falcons and fantasy team owners.
2018 season: 64 receptions, 821 yards, 10 TD’s, 2 fumbles, (16 games)
59). Alshon Jeffrey (WR, Philadelphia Eagles)
Another big piece to play alongside DeSean Jackson and serve as a consistent target is Alshon Jeffrey. Looking to redeem himself to that crucial drop against the New Orleans Saints, a game which ended the Eagles season and left Jeffrey with a rib injury. Now in 2019, Jeffrey is back healthy with a healthy returning Carson Wentz.
2018 season: 65 receptions, 843 yards, 6 TD’s, 1 fumble, (13 games)
58). Tarik Cohen (RB, Chicago Bears)
With the departure of Jordan Howard, the combination of a receiver/ running-back that is Tarik Cohen will certainly see an increase in offensive responsibility. He utilizes his small stature and speed to his advantage in an open field very efficiently.
2018 season: 99 rushes, 444 yards, 3 TD’s, 7 fumbles, (16 games)
57). Chris Carson (RB, Seattle Seahawks)
Carson skyrocketed himself within the running-back rankings, finding himself within the top-four by week 12 last season. He doesn’t offer the whole receiver/back combo, nevertheless a solid rusher for Russell Wilson and Seattle in 2019.
2018 season: 248 rushes, 1,151 yards, 9 TD’s, 3 fumbles, (14 games)
56). DJ Moore (WR, Carolina Panthers)
Moore enters 2019 as a gamble selection. While showing a fairly solid showcasing following week 8 of last season, he will likely face-off against a much stronger tier of NFL corners come 2019.
2018 season: 55 receptions, 788 yards, 2 TD’s, 4 fumbles, (16 games)
55). Tevin Coleman (RB, San Francisco 49ers)
Coleman will most likely enter the 2019 season as San Francisco’s starting back. Serving as a premier option in a team who will very well use the run-game to their advantage.
2018 season: 167 rushes, 800 yards, 4 TD’s, 2 fumbles, (16 games)
54). A.J. Green (WR, Cincinnati Bengals)
Unfortunately, we will not see a full season this year from Green, sidelined for weeks 1-through-3 with an ankle injury. He finished among the top-10 receivers tier in 2018 and could serve as a strong post-week 3 pickup following his return.
2018 season: 46 receptions, 694 yards, 6 TD’s, 2 fumbles, (9 games)
53). Tyler Lockett (WR, Seattle Seahawks)
With Doug Baldwin out, will come an increase in targets from Russell Wilson to Tyler Lockett. His premier upside remains to be his consistent efficiency at the slot, a pending uprise for Lockett in 2019.
2018 season: 57 receptions, 965 yards, 10 TD’s, 2 fumbles, (16 games)
52). David Montgomery (RB, Chicago Bears)
The Bears enter 2019 following their dealing of Jordan Howard for a sixth-round pick. Now enters the rookie David Montgomery, into the equation. With Chicago being a current contender, Montgomery enters 2019 with a major role in his hands for his debut season in the NFL.
2018 season: (2019 third-round pick)
51). Cooper Kupp (WR, Los Angeles Rams)
Despite recovery from an ACL injury, Cooper Kupp ranks among some of the top receivers in the league in regards to his consistent efficiency. He was well on pace for a 1,000+ receiving yard season before his season came to end the final eight weeks. Expect a bounce-back year from Kupp.
2018 season: 40 receptions, 566 yards, 6 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (8 games)
50). Phillip Lindsay (RB, Denver Broncos)
Coming off a draft night where Lindsay was not selected, he got his shot at Denver last season and surely made the most of the opportunity. Even with Royce Freeman added via the 2019 draft, Lindsay showed too much potential to get the starting back spot next season.
2018 season: 192 rushes, 1,037 yards, 9 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (15 games)
49). Chris Godwin (WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Playing alongside O.J. Howard and Mike Evans, Chris Godwin serves as the number two receiver for Tampa Bay for 2019. Goodwin will still get his fair share in targets for the Bucs next season.
2018 season: 59 receptions, 842 yards, 7 TD’s, 4 fumbles, (16 games)
48). Robert Woods (WR, Los Angeles Rams)
One of the top second-tier wide receivers up for grabs in 2019. Robert Woods caught five passes in the Super Bowl losing effort by Los Angeles, totaling 70 yards.
2018 season: 86 receptions, 1,219 yards, 6 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (16 games)
47). Mark Ingram II (RB, Baltimore Ravens)
Playing alongside the young up-and-comer, Lamar Jackson, versus the future hall of fame Drew Brees will be interesting. We’ve never seen Ingram play alongside anyone else through his eight-year career. No longer with Alvin Kamara by his side, Ingram will lineup with Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon in 2019.
2018 season: 138 rushes, 645 yards, 6 TD’s, 3 fumbles, (12 games)
46). Kenny Golladay (WR, Detroit Lions)
Keep an eye out for this Detroit sleeper. Kenny Golladay racked up his first 1,000+ yard season in just his second year in the league. With that upside coming into just year three for Golladay as a pro, expect the mini Megatron comparisons to roam the Detroit streets in 2019.
2018 season: 70 receptions, 1,063 yards, 5 TD’s, 1 fumble, (16 games)
45). O.J. Howard (TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Another breakout potential piece, Howard racked up 11.8 yards per game during 2018 which was the second-most among tight-ends with at least 40 targets. Perhaps the top tight-end with breakout potential in 2019.
2018 season: 34 receptions, 565 receiving yards, 5 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (10 games)
44). Brandin Cooks (WR, Los Angeles Rams)
Playing in back-to-back Super Bowls with two different teams, Brandin Cooks appears to have found his place in Los Angeles, which he struggled to do in the Belichick/ Brady Patriots system. Getting back to his elite New Orleans form, Cooks has quite the workload in one of the NFC’s top offensive units in 2019.
2018 season: 80 receptions, 1,204 yards, 5 TD’s, 1 fumble, (16 games)
43). Devonta Freeman (RB, Atlanta Falcons)
Perhaps a mid-way fantasy option, Devonta Freeman has struggled with health complications through the past few seasons. We haven’t seen a 1,000+ yard season since 2016. To make Freeman an even riskier selection, he’ll have to surpass Ito Smith in Atlanta for the premier back role.
2018 season: 14 rushes, 68 yards, 0 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (2 games)
42). Amari Cooper (WR, Dallas Cowboys)
Landing in the Dallas Cowboys offense, led by Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper found consistent targets. He doesn’t fall in the elite consistent receiver tier, however, he’s a very solid low-end option.
2018 season: 75 receptions, 1,005 yards, 7 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (15 games)
41). Sony Michel (RB, New England Patriots)
Couldn’t ask for a better position to be in for your debut NFL season, Sony Michel quickly became a household name in New England. Michel was the primary back, leading a very strong Patriots run-game that carried them throughout their playoff run into their franchise’s sixth Super Bowl title.
2018 season: 209 rushes, 931 yards, 6 TD’s, 1 fumble, (13 games)
40). Keenan Allen (WR, Los Angeles Chargers)
Put aside Allen’s 2015 and 16′ seasons in which he was out due to injury, and he’s among the league’s top elite wideouts. He doesn’t carry along the flashy upside of a Julio Jones or an Odell Beckham Jr., nevertheless, he’s as productive and consistent as an elite top-tier receiver.
2018 season: 97 receptions, 1,196 yards, 6 TD’s, 3 fumbles, (16 games)
39). George Kittle (TE, San Francisco 49ers)
A breakout season would be an understatement for what we saw from George Kittle last season, who broke the record for most receiving yards by a tight-end with 1,377. He’s for sure a can’t pass up snag in fantasy. Not to mention he’ll have a healthy Jimmy G. back for 2019.
2018 season: 88 receptions, 1,377 receiving yards, 5 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (16 games)
38). Zach Ertz (TE, Philadelphia Eagles)
With 157 targets last season, Zach Ertz was on his own level, setting a top-tier standard for tight-ends. However, we have to wonder what that number will look like with DeSean Jackson and Miles Sanders added to Philadelphia’s mix. With versatility in options for Wentz to connect with, Ertz will still be a priority in the 2019 Eagles offense.
2018 season: 116 receptions, 1,163 receiving yards, 8 TD’s, 1 fumble, (16 games)
37). Adam Thielen (WR, Minnesota Vikings)
With many questioning the duo of Diggs and Thielen last season came questions regarding how many touches they’d both get. However, in 2018, both Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs notched 150 targets each. Last season he finished fourth with 113 catches and went for 100+ yards in eight straight games.
2018 season: 113 receptions, 1,373 yards, 9 TD’s, 1 fumble, (16 games)
36). Leonard Fournette (RB, Jacksonville Jaguars)
With injuries remaining a justifiable concern regarding year three Leonard Fournette, consider the major role he’ll be taking on in 2019 in Jacksonville’s run game. There’s a risk here with the potential of a major return.
2018 season: 133 rushes, 439 yards, 5 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (8 games)
35). Josh Jacobs (RB, Oakland Raiders)
Josh Jacobs might very well the biggest dark-horse in 2019 fantasy. Oakland doesn’t really have any other choice but to run Jacobs as the starting back in 2019, despite head-coach Jon Gruden’s comments that Jacobs has to “earn” the starting spot. There’s a huge opportunity sitting in Jacobs’ hands for 2019.
2018 season: (2019 first-round pick)
34). Stefon Diggs (WR, Minnesota Vikings)
It seems as though each season Diggs just keeps climbing atop that elite wide receiver ladder in the league. Last season he notched a career-high 150 targets alongside fellow premier offensive option Adam Thielen. Last season was all around a career breakout for Diggs. What’s coming in 2019?
2018 season: 102 receptions, 1,021 yards, 9 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (15 games)
33). T.Y. Hilton (WR, Indianapolis Colts)
Coming back from a season in which Hilton had little to no competition for targets from Andrew Luck, the Colts have added Eric Ebron, Devin Funchess, and Parris Campbell. Yet despite the various offensive additions, Luck-to-Hilton can’t nor will it be replaced as the premier offensive source.
2018 season: 76 receptions, 1,270 yards, 6 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (14 games)
32). Marlon Mack (RB, Indianapolis Colts)
Just appearing in 12 games last season for Indianapolis, Mack served as a pleasant surprise for the Colts offensive unit. He comes into 2019 as a sought after sleeper with the potential of a big season to come.
2018 season: 195 rushes, 908 yards, 9 TD’s, 2 fumbles, (12 games)
31). Kerryon Johnson (RB, Detroit Lions)
Kerryon Johnson serves as one of the reasons why luck may be shifting in favor of the Detroit Lions who’ve looked to land an established running-back for quite some time. Even with a small rookie sample size, Johnson was highly efficient with 5.4 yards per carry in his 2018 NFL debut season.
2018 season: 118 rushes, 641 yards, 3 TD’s, 1 fumble, (10 games)
30). Julian Edelman (WR, New England Patriots)
Fresh off a Super Bowl MVP performance over the Rams, Julian Edelman comes into 2019 as the most elite returning receiver for Tom Brady. With Gronk gone and retired, Edelman will see a definite increase in targets as the Patriots premier offensive option. New England’s 2019 number one.
2018 season: 74 receptions, 850 yards, 6 TD’s, 1 fumble, (12 games)
29). Robby Anderson (WR, New York Jets)
“I want to be an elite, top-five receiver.” The Jets offense enters a fresh start to 2019 with strong expectations regarding their offensive production, something the Anderson is taking very seriously in a post-rebuild year for the green.
2018 season: 50 receptions, 752 yards, 6 TD’s, 2 fumbles, (14 games)
28). Joe Mixon (RB, Cincinnatti Bengals)
Despite playing for a sub-par 6-10 Bengals last season, Joe Mixon took over Giovanni Bernard’s backfield in 2018. Even without playing a full season last year, Mixon quickly became the premier back in Cincinnati.
2018 season: 237 rushes, 1,168 yards, 8 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (14 games)
27). Deshaun Watson (QB, Houston Texans)
Don’t be surprised to see a breakout, top-three quarterback caliber season from Deshaun Watson. He put together a strong showcasing in his second NFL season last year, despite dealing with a chest injury, and not having full seasons from Will Fuller and Keke Coutee.
2018 season: 4,165 passing yards, 26 TD’s, 9 INT’s, 68.3 CMP%, (16 games)
26). Nick Chubb (RB, Cleveland Browns)
With the Cleveland Browns signing of Kareem Hunt, many feel threatened by the 2019 season for Nick Chubb. However, let’s consider that Chubb has weeks 1-through-8 in which Hunt will not be on the field due to suspension. That’s plenty of time to establish himself and earn the premier running-back role in Cleveland.
2018 season: 192 rushes, 996 yards, 8 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (16 games)
25). Patrick Mahomes (QB, Kansas City Chiefs)
What’s there really to say for the man who took the entire NFL by storm in one of the most unexpected seasons of our lifetime. When again will we witness a quarterback like Mahomes with no name, enter a season, snag the MVP, come a game away from the Super Bowl, and find himself in top tier all-time QB talks. That just doesn’t happen! It’s impossible for a guy to repeat a year like that. Right?
2018 season: 5,097 passing yards, 50 TD’s, 12 INT’s, 66.0 CMP%, (16 games)
24). Kenyan Drake (RB, Miami Dolphins)24).
Arguably the most frustratingly inconsistent name on this list based on his performance last season. Without Frank Gore in Miami, expect to see Drake rush for that crucial third-down yardage for the Dolphins in 2019.
2018 season: 120 rushes, 535 yards, 4 TD’s, 2 fumbles, (16 games)
23). Aaron Jones (RB, Green Bay Packers)
Despite falling to a knee injury that cut Jones’ season short, he showed the potential to take on an important role in Green Bay’s run-game for 2019. He also averaged 5.5 yards per attempt last season in which he finished 11th among running-backs with eight touchdowns.
2018 season: 133 rushes, 728 yards, 8 TD’s, 1 fumble, (12 games)
22). Melvin Gordon (RB, Los Angeles Rams)
Not many in the NFL match the elite talent that is Melvin Gordon. However, the question sits on the shoulders of his 2019 season with Gordon in the exact spot that ended Le’Veon Bell’s tenure in Pittsburgh, threatening to sit out if a pay-day doesn’t come before 2019 kick-off.
2018 season: 175 rushes, 885 yards, 10 TD’s, 1 fumble, (12 games)
21). Damien Williams (RB, Kansas City Chiefs)
With Kareem Hunt’s tenure coming to an end in Kansas City due to suspension, Damien William was right there and ready for the opportunity. He most notably came up huge for the Chiefs in the playoffs, scoring four touchdowns in just two games.
2018 season: 50 rushes, 256 yards, 23 receptions, 160 yards, 6 TD’s, 1 fumble, (16 games)
20). Derrick Henry (RB, Tenessee Titans)
Last seasons Tenessee Titans letdown fell in the hands of quarterback Marcus Mariota who threw only 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. However, the year wasn’t a total loss with Derrick Henry rushing for his first 1,000+ yard season in three NFL seasons. Look out for an even better season from Henry come 2019.
2018 season: 215 rushes, 1,059 yards, 12 TD’s, 1 fumble, (16 games)
19). Todd Gurley (RB, Los Angeles Rams)
The undisputed most elite running-back in all of football fell off the rails in 2018 after 12 phenomenal weeks. Gurley missed the final two weeks of the season with an undisclosed knee injury. Now with a 2019 return, Gurley has to prove whether or not he still is the top dog in the NFL running back core.
2018 season: 256 rushes, 1,251 yards, 17 TD’s, 1 fumble, (14 games)
18). Tyreek Hill (RB, Kansas City Chiefs)
Pending any newly surfaced evidence, Tyreek Hill will be cleared to play 2019 for Kansas City. Not great news for upcoming opponents around the league as we’re all aware of the damage he will do on the field for a full 16-week stretch.
2018 season: 87 receptions, 1,479 yards, 12 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (16 games)
17). Dalvin Cook (RB, Minnesota Vikings)
Cook and the Vikings offense are coming off a fairly mediocre offensive showing, ranking 19th last season. However, many believe 2019 will be the breakout year for Cook, en route to becoming one of the leagues most elite running-backs to come.
2018 season: 133 rushes, 615 yards, 2 TD’s, 2 fumbles, (11 games)
16). Juju Smith-Schuster (WR, Pittsburgh Steelers)
It didn’t take to long after first entering the league for Juju Smith-Schuster to become a household name in Pittsburgh. Now with premier go-to guy Antonio Brown in Oakland, Smith-Schuster will see an increase in targets, which he finished fourth (166) in last season.
2018 season: 111 receptions, 1,426 yards, 7 TD’s, 1 fumble, (16 games)
15). James Conner (RB, Pittsburgh Steelers)
James Conner can secure his spot as the established Steelers running-back with an identical start to his 2018 early season breakout. There is some competition with Jaylen Samuels and Benny Snell. Conner could very well be the official Le’Veon replacement, and not a bad one either.
2018 season: 215 rushes, 973 yards, 12 TD’s, 4 fumbles, (13 games)
14). Mike Evans (WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
The man who runs the offense in Tampa Bay, and has for some time now. Mike Evans has averaged 148 targets for last four season and despite off-season additions from the Bucs front-office, he’ll still be the number one.
2018 season: 86 receptions, 1,524 yards, 8 TD’s, 2 fumbles, (16 games)
13). Michael Thomas (WR, New Orleans Saints)
Michael Thomas has notched his name in the top receivers slot in football and got paid for it in the off-season. The Saints locked Thomas for a $100 million deal through five-years, making him the highest-paid receiver in NFL history.
2018 season: 125 receptions, 1,405 yards, 9 TD’s, 2 fumbles, (16 games)
12). Antonio Brown (WR, Oakland Raiders)
A new scene enters one of the three best receivers in the NFL today. From Pittsburgh to Oakland, Brown finally gets back on the field following an ongoing feud which ended an era in Pittsburgh. Expectations and optimism have risen back in Oakland, with the Raiders in search of contention.
2018 season: 104 receptions, 1,297 yards, 15 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (15 games)
11). Odell Beckham Jr. (WR, Cleveland Browns)
The trade that completely blew up the NFL Twittersphere, Odell Beckham Jr begins a new era of hopefully transcending the Cleveland Browns from the team that everyone hopes to see win a game in the regular season, to legit contenders for a playoff run.
2018 season: 77 receptions, 1,052 yards, 6 TD’s, 2 fumbles, (12 games)
10). Le’Veon Bell (RB, New York Jets)
The Melvin Gordon before Melvin Gordon, Le’Veon Bell threatened to not play unless he got paid, and he didn’t bluff. Bell sat out for the entire 2018 season and is back in action with the New York Jets. When game one of the season reaches the Jets, it’ll be over 600 days since the last time Bell stepped foot in an NFL game. It should be interesting…
2018 season: (Did not play, contract dispute)
9). Davante Adams (WR, Green Bay Packers)
After showing the promise and potential, Davante Adams finally reached his first 1,000+ yard season in 2018. Expect that trend to continue with Adams being a premier offensive target for Aaron Rodgers in 2019.
2018 season: 111 receptions, 1,386 yards, 13 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (15 games)
8). Julio Jones (WR, Atlanta Falcons)
Nine NFL seasons later and Julio Jones is still one of the by far most dominant wide receivers the NFL has to offer. Last season was yet another phenomenal year for Jones who averaged over 100 receiving yards per game. That’s the fifth time in his career that Jones has done so.
2018 season: 113 receptions, 1,677 yards, 8 TD’s, 2 fumbles, (16 games)
7). Travis Kelce (TE, Kansas City Chiefs)
The dream-team scenario in KC. With Rob Gronkowski out, Travis Kelce’s name slips up to the best tight-end slot in the NFL today. Catching passes in 2019 from the defending top quarterback and MVP in football, Patrick Mahomes. Expect that board to be ran up yet again.
2018 season: 103 receptions, 1,336 receiving yards, 10 TD’s, 2 fumbles, (16 games)
6). David Johnson (RB, Arizona Cardinals)
Not the season fantasy team owners expected from top-of-the-line running-back David Johnson last season. Recovering from injury during the past few years, Johnson is due for a revived season in 2019.
2018 season: 258 rushes, 940 yards, 7 TD’s, 3 fumbles, (16 games)
5). DeAndre Hopkins (WR, Houston Texans)
Can’t miss selection, DeAndre Hopkins is a must snag first-round fantasy pick if on the board. Finally, the Houston Texans have provided Hopkins with an elite quarterback talent in Dashaun Watson. Coming only second to Julio Jones in yards last season, Hopkins continues to show why he is atop the receiver rankings in football.
2018 season: 115 receptions, 1,572 yards, 11 TD’s, 2 fumbles, (16 games)
4). Alvin Kamara (RB, New Orleans Saints)
Alvin Kamara had no issue enduring the workload that came with a sidelined Mark Ingram, who now is no longer in New Orleans. That puts Kamara right atop the number one guy role for Drew Brees and the Saints offense in 2019.
2018 season: 194 rushes, 883 yards, 14 TD’s, 1 fumble, (15 games)
3). Christian McCaffrey (RB, Carolina Panthers)
There isn’t a case in favor of Christian McCaffrey being the number one back for 2019 that is far fetched. With Cam Newton down a step, expecting to slow it down with the quarterback run game in Carolina, McCaffrey will continue emerging like he has since first coming into the league.
2018 season: 219 rushes, 1,098 yards, 7 TD’s, 4 fumbles, (16 games)
2). Ezekiel Elliot (RB, Dallas Cowboys)
The once in a lifetime talent that left everyone mentioning his name in the hall of fame conversation after just one season in the league. Unfortunately, Melvin Gordon isn’t the only elite back who’s threatening to sit out for 2019. With Zeke being the primary source of offense that’s carried the scoreboard for Dak and Dallas, playoff hopes don’t look great for those Cowboys.
2018 season: 304 rushes, 1,434 yards, 6 TD’s, 6 fumbles, (15 games)
1). Saquon Barkley (RB, New York Giants)
Despite a sub-par Giants offensive line, Saquon Barkley pulled a rookie-season Zeke, establishing himself as one of the league’s best running backs in the blink of an eye. With Odell Beckham Jr. gone to Cleveland, the possibilities are endless for the statline come the end of Barkley’s sophomore NFL season.
2018 season: 261 rushes, 1,307 yards, 11 TD’s, 0 fumbles, (16 games)