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Whether you are scrambling for a last minute draft or working on some early preparations, the 2019 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet can be of service. It offers up my top 200 players ranked, as well as a positional breakdown that goes into ADP, auction values, and projected stats. We are still a bit away from the full swing of draft season, leaving training camp and preseason to shift the rankings a bit. Be sure to tune in for updates, as I will be updating up until Week 1. You can find some articles up now that go hand in hand with the cheat sheet, like our various positional fantasy football breakdowns that you can find in our NFL articles section. Below you can find some analysis on the cheat sheet, as I touch on some questions you may have about certain players or situations.
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There is a pretty clear top tier with quarterbacks this season, and it starts with Patrick Mahomes. He is coming off a 50 touchdown season, and now his ADP is coming in as the first quarterback off the board. Both him and DeShaun Watson come in as top tier fantasy arms, and will be on teams who can put up points in bunches. Watson offers some more rushing upside, but I have more volume projected for Luck. You could possibly throw Aaron Rodgers into this mix, but I still believe there is a gap before we move onto the next quarterbacks.
Matt Ryan had one of the most underrated fantasy seasons last season, posting nearly 5,000 passing yards and 35 touchdowns. The defense should be better this year if they can stay healthy, and that is partially a reason why he had such great numbers. Atlanta plays in a shootout division, and the Falcons offense continues to be one of the most fantasy friendly. The Falcons are also going to be playing most of their games indoors. The New Orleans road game will be indoors, but traveling to Indy, Minnesota, Arizona, and Houston will give them four more indoor games. Get you some Matty Ice if you miss out on that first tier of quarterbacks.
There are some quarterbacks in the mid tier that you might have higher on your personal rankings. One being Baker Mayfield. His ADP is way too high for me right now, and there are several guys that compare in floor/ceiling projections that I can get several rounds later. Jameis Winston and Philip Rivers are those names. Rushing quarterbacks can give you a pretty good floor, so targeting Josh Allen, Kyler Murray, Lamar Jackson and the other usual suspects with rushing upside is a plus. Jackson comes in with the highest rushing projection, followed by Allen and Murray.
It took just one year for Saquon Barkley to establish the number one pick in fantasy drafts. He is a workhorse in the run and passing games for New York, even if they take a step back on offense he is a fantasy stud. Christian McCaffrey set records for receiving production from a running back, and also surpassed 200 attempts and 1,000 rushing yards. Ezekiel Elliot and Alvin Kamara round out the first tier of names, as they both have a safe floor and are in prominent roles.
Todd Gurley went from being the top overall pick in drafts last season to now being possibly faded in drafts. The knee injury is a definite concern, but if he slips too far in drafts taking a flyer is crucial. The ADP is going to fluctuate all year, but he is still a possible bargain. However, if you land on Gurley, have a contingency plan with Darrell Henderson as his backup. Leonard Fournette is another one who had off the field reports about his work ethic, and then the lingering injuries. If Fournette is healthy, you get a bell cow back in the second to third round, which is a steal. Jacksonville should have better production this season.
We can talk about the rookie Josh Jacobs, but David Montgomery is someone that might creep up the rankings over the rest of the summer. While he is still going to have Tarik Cohen getting reps, Montgomery should have a solidified role on a run first Bears team. Miles Sanders is another one to keep an eye out for, as Philly could use a hefty committee, but he should have a role behind Jordan Howard as an elusive change of pace back.
We can dive right past the first tier of safe wideouts, and look at some guys in new places. Odell Beckham Jr. is now in Cleveland, where he is playing with a quarterback of worth. Antonio Brown is out in Oakland, and the area where he could drop is touchdowns. He had 15 last year, and in an Oakland offense it might be tough to get to that mark. Brown and Beckham are still top ten wideouts, but there are names surpassing them now. Mike Evans is a big volume guy, who really should post better touchdown numbers than what he produces. I have seen a few places have him inside the top five, but also outside the top ten.
If you are looking for names that are about to see more volume, Tyler Lockett is one of them. He had 71 targets last season, and that number should rise with no Doug Baldwin. Second year wideout, D.J. Moore, is another name that should see about a 20 target increase from 2018. San Francisco is looking to name Dante Pettis a lead wideout, and should double his targets from last season. With Jimmy G back under center, the 49ers offense should start to click more. Pettis will likely be the second option behind George Kittle. Michael Gallup is another second year guy who can be a great threat in Dallas as a secondary option behind Dallas.
When the draft starts getting late and you need to throw some flyers on guys with upside, this is who I will be looking at. Tyrell Williams went to Oakland, and should be a number two guy behind Brown. He is a big guy with speed, and has huge playmaking ability. Oakland’s defense is going to be bad still, forcing this offense to throw the ball. Keke Coutee is probably going to have his ADP go up, but him and Christian Kirk are two names I like late.
Travis Kelce is an easy number one, and then we have George Kittle to follow. Both are elite names but you will have to pay up to get them. Zach Ertz will likely see a drop in targets from his 156 last season. He still is a volume guy, and an elite fantasy producer in PPR formats especially. He led all tight ends in receptions with 116. With OBJ’s departure, Evan Engram is going to see a rise in just about everything. We have already seen Engram thrive when OBJ was out, and regardless of who is under center, Engram is in a great spot to produce. Hunter Henry, Jared Cook, and OJ Howard are in that next tier of tight ends who have huge upside. Henry is back healthy, Howard is in a number one role, and Cook is playing with Drew Brees.
Indianapolis brings us two tight ends, Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron. With Doyle’s injury last season, he only had 33 targets. That number will jump as he enters camp fully healthy. He is going to cut into the fantasy production of Ebron at times, and the same goes for Perris Campbell. There is a chance this situation is tricky for fantasy, where you are left with duds on occasional weeks. Hilton looks to be the safe number one in this spot where sporadic production follows from everyone else.
It is pretty clearly the Chicago Bears and log off for the top defense on the board. Who follows? I have the Los Angeles Rams. They have been a top five defense the last two seasons, and the additions of Dante Fowler and Clay Matthews are big upgrades. Houston, Minnesota, Jacksonville, and the Los Angeles Chargers are other strong options. If you are looking for a deeper value, the Buffalo Bills are an excellent late round flyer. There are some middle tier teams like Kansas City, Denver, and Pittsburgh that can give you some value at the position in drafts.
We have two additional kicker articles: Kicker Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet & stats & Kicker Fantasy Rankings, so this section will be brief. Choosing kickers is fairly easy. Find offenses that score points and move the ball. You get the volume you need for your kicker to make kicks. The second strategy is to find good defensive teams with average to above average offenses that will move the ball and allow your kicker to kick. Some teams can get aggressive and kill the volume.
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