Rob’s Stat Based Standard Scoring Rankings – Fantasy Draft Season

@FFBritballer’s Standard Scoring (NO PPR) Fantasy Rankings

High fives’ and bum taps all around! We’ve made it to draft season folks. It’s just like Christmas, isn’t it!! This upcoming weekend is supposedly going to be the busiest for fantasy drafts so on-cue, here are my FINAL off-season rankings for the 2019 fantasy season.

Like I mentioned in previous ranking articles – the Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon holdout sagas continue to unfold without a solution as things stand, so you can expect a plummet in rank for those guys in particular with this update. And of course the off-season injuries and suspensions have also been considered which at this moment seems to have been relatively kind to the fantasy community thus far. Touch wood that continues and I haven’t just tempted fate with preseason week 3 looming.

I hope you all enjoy the next couple of weeks as you head into your draft, and I hope that you find these rankings useful and they help you win on draft night! As always, if you want me to explain any players rankings, hit me up on the twitter @FFBritBaller. Enjoy

QUARTERBACK

1Deshaun WatsonHOU
2Aaron RodgersGB
3Patrick MahomesKC
4Russell WilsonSEA
5Andrew LuckIND
6Carson WentzPHI
7Jameis WinstonTB
8Lamar JacksonBAL
9Matt RyanATL
10Drew BreesNO
11Tom BradyNE
12Jared GoffLAR
13Kyler MurrayARZ
14Josh AllenBUF
15Mitch TrubiskyCHI
16Cam NewtonCAR
17Ben RoethlisbergerPIT
18Philip RiversLAC
19Dak PrescottDAL
20Dwayne HaskinsWSH
21Baker MayfieldCLE
22Kirk CousinsMIN
23Jimmy GaroppoloSF
24Derek CarrOAK
25Andy DaltonCIN
26Matthew StaffordDET
27Sam DarnoldNYJ
28Ryan FitzpatrickMIA
29Nick FolesJAX
30Joe FlaccoDEN
31Eli ManningNYG
32Marcus MariotaTEN

RUNNING BACK

1Christian McCaffreyCAR
2Alvin KamaraNO
3Saquon BarkeyNYG
4Ezekiel ElliottDAL
5David JohnsonARZ
6Nick ChubbCLE
7Todd GurleyLAR
8Le’Veon BellNYJ
9Chris CarsonSEA
10Dalvin CookMIN
11Joe MixonCIN
12Melvin GordonLAC
13Kerryon JohnsonDET
14Devonta FreemanATL
15Derrick HenryTEN
16Tevin ColemanSF
17Marlon MackIND
18Josh JacobsOAK
19James ConnerPIT
20Aaron JonesGB
21Leonard FournetteJAX
22David MontgomeryCHI
23Sony MichelNE
24Miles SandersPHI
25Mark IngramBAL
26Lamar MillerHOU
27Damien WilliamsKC
28Adrian PetersonWSH
29Phillip LindsayDEN
30Tarik CohenCHI
31Kalen BallageMIA
32Kenyan DrakeMIA
33Peyton BarberTB
34Ronald JonesTB
35James WhiteNE
36Jordan HowardPHI
37Rashaad PennySEA
38Matt BreidaSF
39Derrius GuiceWSH
40Austin EkelerLAC
41Justice HillBAL
42Jaylen SamuelsPIT
43Latavius MurrayNO
44Ito SmithATL
45Dion LewisTEN
46Royce FreemanDEN
47LeSean McCoyBUF
48Ryquell ArmsteadJAX
49Duke Johnson JrHOU
50Darrell HendersonLAR
51Carlos HydeKC
52Bilal PowellNYJ
53Mike DavisCHI
54Nyheim HinesIND
55Jalen RichardOAK
56Dexter WilliamsGB
57Devin SingletaryBUF
58Jamaal WilliamsGB
59Damien HarrisNE
60Chris ThompsonWSH
61Jerick McKinnonSF
62Alex BarnesTEN
63T.J YeldonBUF
64Darren SprolesPHI
65Myles GaskinMIA
66C.J AndersonDET
67Dontrelle HilliardCLE
68Bruce AndersonTB
69Doug MartinOAK
70Elijah McGuireNYJ
71Kareem HuntCLE
72Theo RiddickDEN
73Darwin ThompsonKC
74Rodney AndersonCIN
75Wayne GallmanNYG
76Giovani BernardCIN
77Alfred BlueJAX
78Ty JohnsonDET
79Jordan ScarlettCAR
80Gus EdwardsBAL
81Bryce LoveWSH
82Alexander MattisonMIN
83Malcolm BrownLAR
84C.J ProsiseSEA
85Tony PollardDAL
86Frank GoreBUF
87Benny Snell JrPIT
88Justin JacksonLAC
89Kenneth DixonBAL
90Charcandrick WestIND
91Chase EdmondsARZ
92Rex BurkheadNE
93Corey ClementPHI
94Qadree OllisonATL
95Damarea CrockettHOU
96Mike WeberDAL
97Devontae BookerDEN
98Elijah HolyfieldCAR
99Raheem MostertSF
100Michael BooneMIN
101J.D McKissicSEA
102Dwayne WashingtonNO
103Samaje PerineWSH
104Treyveon WilliamsCIN
105Zach ZennerDET
106Jordan WilkinsIND
107T.J LoganARZ
108Elijhaa PennyNYG
109DeAndre WashingtonOAK
110Kenjon BarnerATL
111David FluellenTEN
112Cameron Artis-PayneCAR
113D.J FosterARZ

WIDE RECEIVER

1DeAndre HopkinsHOU
2Davante AdamsGB
3Tyreek HillKC
4Julio JonesATL
5Mike EvansTB
6JuJu Smith-SchusterPIT
7Michael ThomasNO
8Odell Beckham JrCLE
9T.Y HiltonIND
10Antonio BrownOAK
11Keenan AllenLAC
12Adam ThielenMIN
13Stefon DiggsMIN
14Tyler LockettSEA
15Kenny GolladayDET
16Brandin CooksLAR
17Mike WilliamsLAC
18Cooper KuppLAR
19Dante PettisSF
20Julian EdelmanNE
21Christian KirkARZ
22Tyler BoydCIN
23Alshon JeffreyPHI
24Robert WoodsLAR
25Chris GodwinTB
26Amari CooperDAL
27Calvin RidleyATL
28Marquez Valdes-ScantlingGB
29Dede WestbrookJAX
30D.J MooreCAR
31Robby AndersonNYJ
32John BrownBUF
33Allen RobinsonCHI
34Marvin JonesDET
35DeVante ParkerMIA
36Courtland SuttonDEN
37James WashingtonPIT
38Sterling ShepardNYG
39Marquise BrownBAL
40Jarvis LandryCLE
41A.J GreenCIN
42Josh GordonNE
43Michael GallupDAL
44Parris CampbellIND
45Albert WilsonMIA
46Corey DavisTEN
47Emmanuel SandersDEN
48DeSean JacksonPHI
49Curtis SamuelCAR
50Sammy WatkinsKC
51Miles BoykinBAL
52Paul RichardsonWSH
53Zay JonesBUF
54Tre’Quan SmithNO
55Anthony MillerCHI
56Golden TateNYG
57Kenny StillsMIA
58John RossCIN
59N’Keal HarryNE
60Marqise LeeJAX
61David MooreSEA
62Jamison CrowderNYJ
63Danny AmendolaDET
64Will FullerHOU
65D.K MetcalfSEA
66Chris ConleyJAX
67Tyrell WilliamsOAK
68Kelvin HarmonWSH
69DaeSean HamiltonDEN
70Larry FitzgeraldARZ
71Adam HumphriesTEN
72Mohammed SanuATL
73Andy IsabellaARZ
74Ted Ginn JrNO
75Taylor GabrielCHI
76Devin FunchessIND
77Quincy EnunwaNYJ
78Keke CouteeHOU
79Robert FosterBUF
80Randall CobbDAL
81Deebo SamuelSF
82Willie SneadBAL
83Geronimo AllisonGB
84J.J Arcega-WhitesidePHI
85Chris HoganCAR
86A.J BrownTEN
87Mecole HardmanKC
88Diontae JohnsonPIT
89Antonio CallawayCLE
90Hunter RenfrowOAK
91Trey QuinnWSH
92Donte MoncriefPIT
93Cole BeasleyBUF
94Nelson AgholorPHI
95Keelan ColeJAX
96Equanimeous St. BrownGB
97Phillip DorsettNE
98Marquise GoodwinSF
99Jalen HurdSF
100Darius SlaytonNYG
101Justin WatsonTB
102Travis BenjaminLAC
103Keith KirkwoodNO
104KeeSean JohnsonARZ
105Josh DoctsonWSH
106Laquon TreadwellMIN
107Breshad PerrimanTB
108D.J CharkJAX
109Terry McLaurinWSH
110Riley RidleyCHI
111Deon CainIND
112Chester RogersIND
113Jaron BrownSEA
114Josh ReynoldsLAR
115Allen HurnsMIA
116Maurice HarrisNE
117Russell ShepardNYG
118Geremy DavisLAC
119Jordan MatthewsSF
120Justin HardyATL
121Cordarelle PattersonCHI
122Demarcus RobinsonKC
123Marcel AtemanOAK
124Jarius WrightCAR
125J.J NelsonOAK
126Tavon AustinDAL
127Ryan GrantOAK
128Rashard HigginsCLE
129Josh BellamyNYJ
130Chris MooreBAL
131Marcus GreenATL
132Tajae SharpeTEN
133Taywan TaylorTEN
134Juwann WinfreeDEN
135Brandon PowellDET
136Hakeem ButlerARZ
137Ray-Ray McCloudBUF
138Seth RobertsBAL
139Eli RogersPIT
140Cody LatimerNYG
141Alex EricksonCIN
142Andre RobertsBUF
143Kevin WhiteARZ
144Vyncint SmithHOU
145Mack HollinsPHI
146Emanuel HallCHI
147Sammie CoatesKC
148Torrey SmithCAR
149Jaelen StrongCLE
150Jake KumerowGB
151Daurice FountainIND
152Ryan SwitzerPIT

TIGHT END

1Travis KelceKC
2Zach ErtzPHI
3Hunter HenryLAC
4George KittleSF
5O.J HowardTB
6Evan EngramNYG
7Vance McDonaldPIT
8Jordan ReedWSH
9Mark AndrewsBAL
10Eric EbronIND
11Noah FantDEN
12Jared CookNO
13Delanie WalkerTEN
14Geoff SwaimJAX
15Austin Hooper ATL
16Darren WallerOAK
17Tyler EifertCIN
18T.J HockensonDET
19David NjokuCLE
20Jordan ThomasHOU
21Irv Smith JrMIN
22Chris HerndonNYJ
23Trey BurtonCHI
24Mike GesickiMIA
25Jack DoyleIND
26Greg OlsenCAR
27Cameron BrateTB
28Kyle RudolphMIN
29Matt LaCosseNE
30Jason WittenDAL
31Dallas GoedertPHI
32Jimmy GrahamGB
33Blake JarwinDAL
34Ricky Seals-JonesARZ
35Gerald EverettLAR
36Josh OliverJAX
37C.J UzomahCIN
38Ian ThomasCAR
39Ben WatsonNE
40Ryan GriffinNYJ
41Deon YelderKC
42Vernon DavisWSH
43Jesse JamesDET
44Tyler HigbeeLAR
45Nick VannettSEA
46Rhett EllisonNYG
47Dawson KnoxBUF
48Will DisslySEA
49Jake ButtDEN
50Alize MackNO
51Ed DicksonSEA
52Charles ClayARZ
53Dwayne AllenMIA
54Jordan AkinsHOU
55Jace SternbergerGB
56Luke WillsonOAK
57Nick O’LearyMIA
58Trevon WescoNYJ
59Josh HillNO
60Hayden HurstBAL
61Seth DeValveCLE
62Adam ShaheenCHI
63Kahale WarringHOU
64Mo Alie-CoxIND
65Jordan LeggettTB
66Drew SampleCIN
67Zach GentryPIT
68Jeff HeuermanDEN
69Nick BoyleBAL
70Virgil GreenLAC
71Maxx WilliamsARZ
72Luke StockerATL
73Richard RodgersPHI
74Xavier GrimblePIT
75Foster MoreauOAK
76Levine ToiloloSF
77Marcedes LewisGB
78Dalton SchultzDAL

Rob’s Stat Based Half Point Scoring Rankings – Fantasy Draft Season

@FFBritballer’s Half Point (0.5)PPR Fantasy Rankings

High fives’ and bum taps all around! We’ve made it to draft season folks. It’s just like Christmas, isn’t it!! This upcoming weekend is supposedly going to be the busiest for fantasy drafts so on-cue, here are my FINAL off-season rankings for the 2019 fantasy season.

Like I mentioned in previous ranking articles – the Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon holdout sagas continue to unfold without a solution as things stand, so you can expect a plummet in rank for those guys in particular with this update. And of course the off-season injuries and suspensions have also been considered which at this moment seems to have been relatively kind to the fantasy community thus far. Touch wood that continues and I haven’t just tempted fate with preseason week 3 looming.

I hope you all enjoy the next couple of weeks as you head into your draft, and I hope that you find these rankings useful and they help you win on draft night! As always, if you want me to explain any players rankings, hit me up on the twitter @FFBritBaller. Enjoy

QUARTERBACK

1Deshaun WatsonHOU 
2Aaron RodgersGB
3Patrick MahomesKC
4Russell WilsonSEA
5Andrew LuckIND
6Carson WentzPHI
7Jameis WinstonTB
8Lamar JacksonBAL
9Matt RyanATL
10Drew BreesNO
11Tom BradyNE
12Jared GoffLAR
13Kyler MurrayARZ
14Josh AllenBUF
15Mitch TrubiskyCHI
16Cam NewtonCAR
17Ben RoethlisbergerPIT
18Philip RiversLAC
19Dak PrescottDAL
20Dwayne HaskinsWSH
21Baker MayfieldCLE
22Kirk CousinsMIN
23Jimmy GaroppoloSF
24Derek CarrOAK
25Andy DaltonCIN
26Matthew StaffordDET
27Sam DarnoldNYJ
28Ryan FitzpatrickMIA
29Nick FolesJAX
30Joe FlaccoDEN
31Eli ManningNYG
32Marcus MariotaTEN

RUNNING BACK

1Alvin KamaraNO
2Christian McCaffreyCAR
3Saquon BarkleyNYG
4Ezekiel ElliottDAL
5David JohnsonARZ
6Nick ChubbCLE
7Le’Veon BellNYJ
8Dalvin CookMIN
9Todd GurleyLAR
10Chris CarsonSEA
11Joe MixonCIN
12Melvin GordonLAC
13Kerryon JohnsonDET
14Devonta FreemanATL
15Tevin ColemanSF
16Josh JacobsOAK
17Derrick HenryTEN
18Marlon MackIND
19James ConnerPIT
20Leonard FournetteJAX
21Aaron JonesGB
22Miles SandersPHI
23David MontgomeryCHI
24Mark IngramBAL
25Tarik CohenCHI
26Damien WilliamsKC
27Lamar MillerHOU
28Sony MichelNE
29Adrian PetersonWSH
30Phillip LindsayDEN
31James WhiteNE
32Kalen BallageMIA
33Kenyan DrakeMIA
34Peyton BarberTB
35Ronald JonesTB
36Jordan HowardPHI
37Austin EkelerLAC
38Matt BreidaSF
39Dion LewisTEN
40Rashaad PennySEA
41Derrius GuiceWSH
42Jaylen SamuelsPIT
43Ito SmithATL
44Justice HillBAL
45Nyheim HinesIND
46Latavius MurrayNO
47Duke Johnson JrHOU
48Ryquell ArmsteadJAX
49Royce FreemanDEN
50LeSean McCoyBUF
51Jalen RichardOAK
52Bilal PowellNYJ
53Darrell HendersonLAR
54Mike DavisCHI
55Carlos HydeKC
56Dexter WilliamsGB
57Chris ThompsonWSH
58T.J YeldonBUF
59Devin SingletaryBUF
60Damien HarrisNE
61Jamaal WilliamsGB
62Theo RiddickDEN
63Jerick McKinnonSF
64Darren SprolesPHI
65Myles GaskinMIA
66Giovani BernardCIN
67Alex BarnesTEN
68Dontrelle HilliardCLE
69C.J AndersonDET
70Elijah McGuireNYJ
71Bruce AndersonTB
72Doug MartinOAK
73Darwin ThompsonKC
74Kareem HuntCLE
75Wayne GallmanNYG
76Rodney AndersonCIN
77Jordan ScarlettCAR
78Alfred BlueJAX
79Ty JohnsonDET
80Gus EdwardsBAL
81Bryce LoveWSH
82Alexander MattisonMIN
83C.J ProsiseSEA
84Malcolm BrownLAR
85Benny Snell JrPIT
86Tony PollardDAL
87Kenneth DixonBAL
88Frank GoreBUF
89Charcandrick WestIND
90Justin JacksonLAC
91Rex BurkheadNE
92Chase EdmondsARZ
93Qadree OllisonATL
94Corey ClementPHI
95Damarea CrockettHOU
96Devontae BookerDEN
97Mike WeberDAL
98J.D McKissicSEA
99Elijah HolyfieldCAR
100Raheem MostertSF
101Michael BooneMIN
102Dwayne WashingtonNO
103Treyveon WilliamsCIN
104Jordan WilkinsIND
105Samaje PerineWSH
106T.J LoganARZ
107Zach ZennerDET
108Elijhaa PennyNYG
109Kenjon BarnerATL
110DeAndre WashingtonOAK
111David FluellenTEN
112D.J FosterARZ
113Cameron Artis-PayneCAR

WIDE RECEIVER

1DeAndre HopkinsHOU
2Davante AdamsGB
3Julio JonesATL
4Michael ThomasNO
5JuJu Smith-SchusterPIT
6Tyreek HillKC
7Mike EvansTB
8Odell Beckham JrCLE
9Antonio BrownOAK
10T.Y HiltonIND
11Keenan AllenLAC
12Adam ThielenMIN
13Stefon DiggsMIN
14Kenny GolladayDET
15Tyler LockettSEA
16Julian EdelmanNE
17Brandin CooksLAR
18Cooper KuppLAR
19Mike WilliamsLAC
20Tyler BoydCIN
21Christian KirkARZ
22Dante PettisSF
23Alshon JeffreyPHI
24Chris GodwinTB
25Amari CooperDAL
26Robert WoodsLAR
27Calvin RidleyATL
28Dede WestbrookJAX
29D.J MooreCAR
30Marquez Valdes-ScantlingGB
31Sterling ShepardNYG
32Marvin JonesDET
33DeVante ParkerMIA
34Jarvis LandryCLE
35Robby AndersonNYJ
36Allen RobinsonCHI
37James WashingtonPIT
38John BrownBUF
39Courtland SuttonDEN
40A.J GreenCIN
41Marquise BrownBAL
42Josh GordonNE
43Michael GallupDAL
44Parris CampbellIND
45Corey DavisTEN
46Albert WilsonMIA
47Emmanuel SandersDEN
48Miles BoykinBAL
49DeSean JacksonPHI
50Curtis SamuelCAR
51Zay JonesBUF
52Sammy WatkinsKC
53Golden TateNYG
54Tre’Quan SmithNO
55Paul RichardsonWSH
56Anthony MillerCHI
57Danny AmendolaDET
58Marqise LeeJAX
59Jamison CrowderNYJ
60Kenny StillsMIA
61N’Keal HarryNE
62Chris ConleyJAX
63Adam HumphriesTEN
64John RossCIN
65DaeSean HamiltonDEN
66D.K MetcalfSEA
67Larry FitzgeraldARZ
68Will FullerHOU
69David MooreSEA
70Taylor GabrielCHI
71Kelvin HarmonWSH
72Willie SneadBAL
73Keke CouteeHOU
74Mohammed SanuATL
75Tyrell WilliamsOAK
76Randall CobbDAL
77Quincy EnunwaNYJ
78Andy IsabellaARZ
79Ted Ginn JrNO
80Devin FunchessIND
81J.J Arcega-WhitesidePHI
82Deebo SamuelSF
83Robert FosterBUF
84Geronimo AllisonGB
85Chris HoganCAR
86A.J BrownTEN
87Diontae JohnsonPIT
88Antonio CallawayCLE
89Cole BeasleyBUF
90Hunter RenfrowOAK
91Trey QuinnWSH
92Nelson AgholorPHI
93Mecole HardmanKC
94Donte MoncriefPIT
95Keelan ColeJAX
96Equanimeous St. BrownGB
97Darius SlaytonNYG
98Phillip DorsettNE
99Jalen HurdSF
100Justin WatsonTB
101Marquise GoodwinSF
102Keith KirkwoodNO
103Laquon TreadwellMIN
104Terry McLaurinWSH
105Josh DoctsonWSH
106KeeSean JohnsonARZ
107Breshad PerrimanTB
108Travis BenjaminLAC
109D.J CharkJAX
110Riley RidleyCHI
111Chester RogersIND
112Deon CainIND
113Josh ReynoldsLAR
114Russell ShepardNYG
115Geremy DavisLAC
116Jaron BrownSEA
117Maurice HarrisNE
118Allen HurnsMIA
119Jordan MatthewsSF
120Justin HardyATL
121Jarius WrightCAR
122Cordarelle PattersonCHI
123Demarcus RobinsonKC
124Marcel AtemanOAK
125Ryan GrantOAK
126J.J NelsonOAK
127Rashard HigginsCLE
128Josh BellamyNYJ
129Chris MooreBAL
130Juwann WinfreeDEN
131Marcus GreenATL
132Tavon AustinDAL
133Tajae SharpeTEN
134Taywan TaylorTEN
135Seth RobertsBAL
136Brandon PowellDET
137Hakeem ButlerARZ
138Eli RogersPIT
139Ray-Ray McCloudBUF
140Cody LatimerNYG
141Alex EricksonCIN
142Andre RobertsBUF
143Kevin WhiteARZ
144Mack HollinsPHI
145Vyncint SmithHOU
146Emanuel HallCHI
147Torrey SmithCAR
148Sammie CoatesKC
149Jaelen StrongCLE
150Jake KumerowGB
151Daurice FountainIND
152Ryan SwitzerPIT

TIGHT END

1Travis KelceKC
2Zach ErtzPHI
3George KittleSF
4Hunter HenryLAC
5O.J HowardTB
6Evan EngramNYG
7Vance McDonaldPIT
8Jordan ReedWSH
9Mark AndrewsBAL
10Noah FantDEN
11Delanie WalkerTEN
12Jared CookNO
13Eric EbronIND
14Geoff SwaimJAX
15Austin Hooper ATL
16T.J HockensonDET
17Darren WallerOAK
18Tyler EifertCIN
19Jordan ThomasHOU
20David NjokuCLE
21Irv Smith JrMIN
22Chris HerndonNYJ
23Mike GesickiMIA
24Trey BurtonCHI
25Jack DoyleIND
26Greg OlsenCAR
27Jason WittenDAL
28Kyle RudolphMIN
29Matt LaCosseNE
30Cameron BrateTB
31Jimmy GrahamGB
32Dallas GoedertPHI
33Blake JarwinDAL
34C.J UzomahCIN
35Ricky Seals-JonesARZ
36Ian ThomasCAR
37Josh OliverJAX
38Gerald EverettLAR
39Deon YelderKC
40Ryan GriffinNYJ
41Ben WatsonNE
42Jesse JamesDET
43Rhett EllisonNYG
44Tyler HigbeeLAR
45Vernon DavisWSH
46Nick VannettSEA
47Dawson KnoxBUF
48Alize MackNO
49Jake ButtDEN
50Will DisslySEA
51Charles ClayARZ
52Dwayne AllenMIA
53Ed DicksonSEA
54Jace SternbergerGB
55Jordan AkinsHOU
56Luke WillsonOAK
57Nick O’LearyMIA
58Trevon WescoNYJ
59Hayden HurstBAL
60Josh HillNO
61Kahale WarringHOU
62Adam ShaheenCHI
63Seth DeValveCLE
64Drew SampleCIN
65Zach GentryPIT
66Jeff HeuermanDEN
67Jordan LeggettTB
68Mo Alie-CoxIND
69Nick BoyleBAL
70Maxx WilliamsARZ
71Virgil GreenLAC
72Luke StockerATL
73Richard RodgersPHI
74Xavier GrimblePIT
75Foster MoreauOAK
76Levine ToiloloSF
77Marcedes LewisGB
78Dalton SchultzDAL

Rob’s Stat Based PPR Fantasy Rankings – Fantasy Draft Season

@FFBritballer’s Full PPR Fantasy Rankings

High fives’ and bum taps all around! We’ve made it to draft season folks. It’s just like Christmas, isn’t it!! This upcoming weekend is supposedly going to be the busiest for fantasy drafts so on-cue, here are my FINAL off-season rankings for the 2019 fantasy season.

Like I mentioned in previous ranking articles – the Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon holdout sagas continue to unfold without a solution as things stand, so you can expect a plummet in rank for those guys in particular with this update. And of course the off-season injuries and suspensions have also been considered which at this moment seems to have been relatively kind to the fantasy community thus far. Touch wood that continues and I haven’t just tempted fate with preseason week 3 looming.

I hope you all enjoy the next couple of weeks as you head into your draft, and I hope that you find these rankings useful and they help you win on draft night! As always, if you want me to explain any players rankings, hit me up on the twitter @FFBritBaller. Enjoy

QUARTERBACK

1Deshaun WatsonHOU
2Aaron RodgersGB
3Patrick MahomesKC
4Russell WilsonSEA
5Andrew LuckIND
6Carson WentzPHI
7Jameis WinstonTB
8Lamar JacksonBAL
9Matt RyanATL
10Drew BreesNO
11Tom BradyNE
12Jared GoffLAR
13Kyler MurrayARZ
14Josh AllenBUF
15Mitch TrubiskyCHI
16Cam NewtonCAR
17Ben RoethlisbergerPIT
18Philip RiversLAC
19Dak PrescottDAL
20Dwayne HaskinsWSH
21Baker MayfieldCLE
22Kirk CousinsMIN
23Jimmy GaroppoloSF
24Derek CarrOAK
25Andy DaltonCIN
26Matthew StaffordDET
27Sam DarnoldNYJ
28Ryan FitzpatrickMIA
29Nick FolesJAX
30Joe FlaccoDEN
31Eli ManningNYG
32Marcus MariotaTEN

RUNNING BACK – PPR

1Alvin KamaraNO
2Christian McCaffreyCAR
3Saquon BarkleyNYG
4Ezekiel ElliottDAL
5David JohnsonARZ
6Le’Veon BellNYJ
7Nick ChubbCLE
8Dalvin CookMIN
9Melvin GordonLAC
10Todd GurleyLAR
11Joe MixonCIN
12Kerryon JohnsonDET
13Chris CarsonSEA
14Devonta FreemanATL
15Tevin ColemanSF
16Josh JacobsOAK
17James ConnerPIT
18Marlon MackIND
19Derrick HenryTEN
20Tarik CohenCHI
21Leonard FournetteJAX
22Aaron JonesGB
23Miles SandersPHI
24Mark IngramBAL
25David MontgomeryCHI
26Damien WilliamsKC
27James WhiteNE
28Lamar MillerHOU
29Adrian PetersonWSH
30Phillip LindsayDEN
31Sony MichelNE
32Kalen BallageMIA
33Kenyan DrakeMIA
34Peyton BarberTB
35Dion LewisTEN
36Austin EkelerLAC
37Ronald JonesTB
38Jordan HowardPHI
39Matt BreidaSF
40Nyheim HinesIND
41Ito SmithATL
42Jaylen SamuelsPIT
43Rashaad PennySEA
44Derrius GuiceWSH
45Jalen RichardOAK
46Duke Johnson JrHOU
47Justice HillBAL
48Ryquell ArmsteadJAX
49Latavius MurrayNO
50LeSean McCoyBUF
51Chris ThompsonWSH
52Royce FreemanDEN
53Bilal PowellNYJ
54Darrell HendersonLAR
55Mike DavisCHI
56Carlos HydeKC
57Dexter WilliamsGB
58Theo RiddickDEN
59T.J YeldonBUF
60Giovani BernardCIN
61Damien HarrisNE
62Jamaal WilliamsGB
63Devin SingletaryBUF
64Darren SprolesPHI
65Jerick McKinnonSF
66Myles GaskinMIA
67Dontrelle HilliardCLE
68Elijah McGuireNYJ
69Alex BarnesTEN
70Wayne GallmanNYG
71Darwin ThompsonKC
72Doug MartinOAK
73Bruce AndersonTB
74Jordan ScarlettCAR
75C.J AndersonDET
76Kareem HuntCLE
77Alfred BlueJAX
78Rodney AndersonCIN
79Ty JohnsonDET
80Bryce LoveWSH
81C.J ProsiseSEA
82Gus EdwardsBAL
83Alexander MattisonMIN
84Benny Snell JrPIT
85Malcolm BrownLAR
86Kenneth DixonBAL
87Tony PollardDAL
88Frank GoreBUF
89Charcandrick WestIND
90Rex BurkheadNE
91Chase EdmondsARZ
92Justin JacksonLAC
93Qadree OllisonATL
94Damarea CrockettHOU
95Corey ClementPHI
96Devontae BookerDEN
97Mike WeberDAL
98J.D McKissicSEA
99Michael BooneMIN
100Raheem MostertSF
101Elijah HolyfieldCAR
102Treyveon WilliamsCIN
103Jordan WilkinsIND
104Samaje PerineWSH
105Dwayne WashingtonNO
106T.J LoganARZ
107Elijhaa PennyNYG
108Zach ZennerDET
109Kenjon BarnerATL
110DeAndre WashingtonOAK
111David FluellenTEN
112D.J FosterARZ
113Cameron Artis-PayneCAR

WIDE RECEIVER – PPR

1Davante AdamsGB
2DeAndre HopkinsHOU
3Julio JonesATL
4Michael ThomasNO
5JuJu Smith-SchusterPIT
6Tyreek HillKC
7Mike EvansTB
8Odell Beckham JrCLE
9Antonio BrownOAK
10Keenan AllenLAC
11T.Y HiltonIND
12Adam ThielenMIN
13Stefon DiggsMIN
14Julian EdelmanNE
15Kenny GolladayDET
16Cooper KuppLAR
17Tyler LockettSEA
18Brandin CooksLAR
19Tyler BoydCIN
20Christian KirkARZ
21Mike WilliamsLAC
22Dante PettisSF
23Alshon JeffreyPHI
24Chris GodwinTB
25Amari CooperDAL
26Calvin RidleyATL
27Robert WoodsLAR
28Sterling ShepardNYG
29Dede WestbrookJAX
30Jarvis LandryCLE
31D.J MooreCAR
32Marvin JonesDET
33DeVante ParkerMIA
34Marquez Valdes-ScantlingGB
35Allen RobinsonCHI
36James WashingtonPIT
37Robby AndersonNYJ
38Courtland SuttonDEN
39John BrownBUF
40A.J GreenCIN
41Marquise BrownBAL
42Michael GallupDAL
43Josh GordonNE
44Corey DavisTEN
45Parris CampbellIND
46Emmanuel SandersDEN
47Albert WilsonMIA
48Miles BoykinBAL
49Zay JonesBUF
50DeSean JacksonPHI
51Golden TateNYG
52Curtis SamuelCAR
53Danny AmendolaDET
54Sammy WatkinsKC
55Marqise LeeJAX
56Tre’Quan SmithNO
57Paul RichardsonWSH
58Anthony MillerCHI
59Jamison CrowderNYJ
60Kenny StillsMIA
61N’Keal HarryNE
62Adam HumphriesTEN
63Chris ConleyJAX
64Taylor GabrielCHI
65DaeSean HamiltonDEN
66Larry FitzgeraldARZ
67Willie SneadBAL
68D.K MetcalfSEA
69Kelvin HarmonWSH
70Keke CouteeHOU
71Will FullerHOU
72John RossCIN
73Randall CobbDAL
74Mohammed SanuATL
75David MooreSEA
76Quincy EnunwaNYJ
77Tyrell WilliamsOAK
78J.J Arcega-WhitesidePHI
79Andy IsabellaARZ
80Ted Ginn JrNO
81Devin FunchessIND
82Deebo SamuelSF
83Chris HoganCAR
84Geronimo AllisonGB
85A.J BrownTEN
86Diontae JohnsonPIT
87Cole BeasleyBUF
88Antonio CallawayCLE
89Robert FosterBUF
90Nelson AgholorPHI
91Hunter RenfrowOAK
92Trey QuinnWSH
93Donte MoncriefPIT
94Keelan ColeJAX
95Darius SlaytonNYG
96Mecole HardmanKC
97Equanimeous St. BrownGB
98Phillip DorsettNE
99Jalen HurdSF
100Laquon TreadwellMIN
101Keith KirkwoodNO
102Justin WatsonTB
103Terry McLaurinWSH
104Marquise GoodwinSF
105Josh DoctsonWSH
106KeeSean JohnsonARZ
107Breshad PerrimanTB
108D.J CharkJAX
109Riley RidleyCHI
110Chester RogersIND
111Travis BenjaminLAC
112Deon CainIND
113Russell ShepardNYG
114Geremy DavisLAC
115Josh ReynoldsLAR
116Jordan MatthewsSF
117Maurice HarrisNE
118Allen HurnsMIA
119Jarius WrightCAR
120Jaron BrownSEA
121Justin HardyATL
122Cordarelle PattersonCHI
123Ryan GrantOAK
124Marcel AtemanOAK
125Demarcus RobinsonKC
126Rashard HigginsCLE
127J.J NelsonOAK
128Josh BellamyNYJ
129Chris MooreBAL
130Juwann WinfreeDEN
131Marcus GreenATL
132Taywan TaylorTEN
133Tajae SharpeTEN
134Seth RobertsBAL
135Eli RogersPIT
136Tavon AustinDAL
137Hakeem ButlerARZ
138Brandon PowellDET
139Cody LatimerNYG
140Ray-Ray McCloudBUF
141Alex EricksonCIN
142Andre RobertsBUF
143Kevin WhiteARZ
144Mack HollinsPHI
145Vyncint SmithHOU
146Emanuel HallCHI
147Torrey SmithCAR
148Sammie CoatesKC
149Jaelen StrongCLE
150Jake KumerowGB
151Daurice FountainIND
152Ryan SwitzerPIT

TIGHT END – PPR

1Travis KelceKC
2Zach ErtzPHI
3George KittleSF
4Hunter HenryLAC
5Evan EngramNYG
6O.J HowardTB
7Vance McDonaldPIT
8Mark AndrewsBAL
9Jordan ReedWSH
10Noah FantDEN
11Delanie WalkerTEN
12Jared CookNO
13Eric EbronIND
14T.J HockensonDET
15Austin Hooper ATL
16Geoff SwaimJAX
17Darren WallerOAK
18Tyler EifertCIN
19Jordan ThomasHOU
20David NjokuCLE
21Irv Smith JrMIN
22Mike GesickiMIA
23Trey BurtonCHI
24Chris HerndonNYJ
25Jack DoyleIND
26Jason WittenDAL
27Kyle RudolphMIN
28Greg OlsenCAR
29Jimmy GrahamGB
30Matt LaCosseNE
31Dallas GoedertPHI
32Cameron BrateTB
33Blake JarwinDAL
34C.J UzomahCIN
35Ricky Seals-JonesARZ
36Ian ThomasCAR
37Josh OliverJAX
38Gerald EverettLAR
39Deon YelderKC
40Ryan GriffinNYJ
41Jesse JamesDET
42Ben WatsonNE
43Rhett EllisonNYG
44Tyler HigbeeLAR
45Vernon DavisWSH
46Dawson KnoxBUF
47Nick VannettSEA
48Alize MackNO
49Jake ButtDEN
50Charles ClayARZ
51Will DisslySEA
52Dwayne AllenMIA
53Jace SternbergerGB
54Jordan AkinsHOU
55Ed DicksonSEA
56Luke WillsonOAK
57Trevon WescoNYJ
58Hayden HurstBAL
59Nick O’LearyMIA
60Josh HillNO
61Kahale WarringHOU
62Adam ShaheenCHI
63Drew SampleCIN
64Jeff HeuermanDEN
65Seth DeValveCLE
66Zach GentryPIT
67Jordan LeggettTB
68Nick BoyleBAL
69Mo Alie-CoxIND
70Maxx WilliamsARZ
71Luke StockerATL
72Virgil GreenLAC
73Richard RodgersPHI
74Foster MoreauOAK
75Xavier GrimblePIT
76Levine ToiloloSF
77Marcedes LewisGB
78Dalton SchultzDAL

ROB’S STAT BASED PPR FANTASY RANKINGS – Training Camp ’19

So here we are. Finally, it’s fantasy season. Training camp is well and truly underway and tonight, Pre-Season Week 1 officially begins.

So, naturally, it’s time to release my up-to-date rankings for all of you to mull over as fantasy drafts start to pick up the tempo. As for Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon, I have left them untouched when projecting their season totals. It’s hard for any analyst to predict what is going to happen in these situations, but for now, I want to assume both players will re-sign and start come week 1.

This month, however, I will be updating the rankings after week 3 of preseason in time for the majority of fantasy drafts at the end of the month, so if neither player has signed by then, their rankings will most likely be affected and they will be changed for that update.

Enjoy! Rob – @FFBritBaller

Quarterback

1Aaron RodgersGB
2Deshaun WatsonHOU
3Patrick MahomesKC
4Andrew LuckIND
5Russell WilsonSEA
6Jameis WinstonTB
7Baker MayfieldCLE
8Matt RyanATL
9Carson WentzPHI
10Lamar JacksonBAL
11Drew BreesNO
12Jared GoffLAR
13Dak PrescottDAL
14Kyler MurrayARZ
15Josh AllenBUF
16Mitch TrubiskyCHI
17Ben RoethlisbergerPIT
18Philip RiversLAC
19Cam NewtonCAR
20Tom BradyNE
21Dwayne HaskinsWSH
22Kirk CousinsMIN
23Jimmy GaroppoloSF
24Derek CarrOAK
25Andy DaltonCIN
26Marcus MariotaTEN
27Matthew StaffordDET
28Sam DarnoldNYJ
29Nick FolesJAX
30Joe FlaccoDEN
31Eli ManningNYG
32Josh RosenMIA

Running Back

1Ezekiel ElliottDAL
2Saquon BarkleyNYG
3Alvin KamaraNO
4Christian McCaffreyCAR
5David JohnsonARZ
6Le’Veon BellNYJ
7Dalvin CookMIN
8Melvin GordonLAC
9Todd GurleyLAR
10Joe MixonCIN
11Kerryon JohnsonDET
12Devonta FreemanATL
13Nick ChubbCLE
14Josh JacobsOAK
15Chris CarsonSEA
16James ConnerPIT
17Marlon MackIND
18Derrick HenryTEN
19Tarik CohenCHI
20Leonard FournetteJAX
21Kenyan DrakeMIA
22Aaron JonesGB
23Lamar MillerHOU
24Mark IngramBAL
25David MontgomeryCHI
26Damien WilliamsKC
27James WhiteNE
28Adrian PetersonWSH
29Phillip LindsayDEN
30Sony MichelNE
31Tevin ColemanSF
32Duke Johnson JrCLE
33Miles SandersPHI
34Jordan HowardPHI
35Peyton BarberTB
36Dion LewisTEN
37Austin EkelerLAC
38Ronald JonesTB
39Matt BreidaSF
40Nyheim HinesIND
41Ito SmithATL
42Jaylen SamuelsPIT
43Rashaad PennySEA
44Derrius GuiceWSH
45Jalen RichardOAK
46Justice HillBAL
47Ryquell ArmsteadJAX
48Latavius MurrayNO
49LeSean McCoyBUF
50Chris ThompsonWSH
51Royce FreemanDEN
52Bilal PowellNYJ
53Darrell HendersonLAR
54Mike DavisCHI
55Damien HarrisNE
56Carlos HydeKC
57Dexter WilliamsGB
58Theo RiddickDEN
59Jerick McKinnonSF
60T.J YeldonBUF
61Giovani BernardCIN
62Kalen BallageMIA
63Alex BarnesTEN
64Jamaal WilliamsGB
65Devin SingletaryBUF
66Darren SprolesPHI
67Myles GaskinMIA
68Elijah McGuireNYJ
69Damarea CrockettHOU
70Wayne GallmanNYG
71Darwin ThompsonKC
72Doug MartinOAK
73Bruce AndersonTB
74Jordan ScarlettCAR
75C.J AndersonDET
76Kareem HuntCLE
77Alfred BlueJAX
78Rodney AndersonCIN
79Ty JohnsonDET
80Bryce LoveWSH
81C.J ProsiseSEA
82Gus EdwardsBAL
83Alexander MattisonMIN
84Benny Snell JrPIT
85Malcolm BrownLAR
86Kenneth DixonBAL
87Tony PollardDAL
88Frank GoreBUF
89Rex BurkheadNE
90D’Onta ForemanIND
91Chase EdmondsARZ
92Justin JacksonLAC
93Qadree OllisonATL
94Corey ClementPHI
95Josh FergusonHOU
96Devontae BookerDEN
97Mike WeberDAL
98J.D McKissicSEA
99Michael BooneMIN
100Raheem MostertSF
101Elijah HolyfieldCAR
102Treyveon WilliamsCIN
103Jordan WilkinsIND
104Samaje PerineWSH
105Dwayne WashingtonNO
106T.J LoganARZ
107Elijhaa PennyNYG
108Zach ZennerDET
109Kenjon BarnerATL
110DeAndre WashingtonOAK
111David FluellenTEN
112D.J FosterARZ
113Cameron Artis-PayneCAR

Wide Receiver

1Davante AdamsGB
2DeAndre HopkinsHOU
3Julio JonesATL
4Michael ThomasNO
5JuJu Smith-SchusterPIT
6Tyreek HillKC
7Mike EvansTB
8Odell Beckham JrCLE
9Antonio BrownOAK
10Keenan AllenLAC
11T.Y HiltonIND
12Adam ThielenMIN
13Stefon DiggsMIN
14Amari CooperDAL
15Julian EdelmanNE
16Cooper KuppLAR
17Kenny GolladayDET
18Tyler LockettSEA
19Brandin CooksLAR
20Tyler BoydCIN
21Mike WilliamsLAC
22Dante PettisSF
23Chris GodwinTB
24Alshon JeffreyPHI
25Calvin RidleyATL
26Robert WoodsLAR
27Christian KirkARZ
28Sterling ShepardNYG
29Corey DavisTEN
30Dede WestbrookJAX
31Jarvis LandryCLE
32D.J MooreCAR
33Marquez Valdes-ScantlingGB
34Allen RobinsonCHI
35James WashingtonPIT
36Robby AndersonNYJ
37Courtland SuttonDEN
38John BrownBUF
39A.J GreenCIN
40Marquise BrownBAL
41Marvin JonesDET
42Michael GallupDAL
43Parris CampbellIND
44Emmanuel SandersDEN
45D.K MetcalfSEA
46N’Keal HarryNE
47Miles BoykinBAL
48Zay JonesBUF
49DeVante ParkerMIA
50DeSean JacksonPHI
51Golden TateNYG
52Curtis SamuelCAR
53Sammy WatkinsKC
54Marqise LeeJAX
55Tre’Quan SmithNO
56Paul RichardsonWSH
57Anthony MillerCHI
58Albert WilsonMIA
59Antonio CallawayCLE
60Jamison CrowderNYJ
61Danny AmendolaDET
62Kenny StillsMIA
63Adam HumphriesTEN
64Chris ConleyJAX
65Taylor GabrielCHI
66DaeSean HamiltonDEN
67Larry FitzgeraldARZ
68Willie SneadBAL
69Kelvin HarmonWSH
70Keke CouteeHOU
71A.J BrownTEN
72Will FullerHOU
73John RossCIN
74J.J Arcega-WhitesidePHI
75Randall CobbDAL
76Mohammed SanuATL
77David MooreSEA
78Quincy EnunwaNYJ
79Tyrell WilliamsOAK
80Andy IsabellaARZ
81Ted Ginn JrNO
82Devin FunchessIND
83Deebo SamuelSF
84Hakeem ButlerARZ
85Chris HoganCAR
86Geronimo AllisonGB
87Diontae JohnsonPIT
88Cole BeasleyBUF
89Robert FosterBUF
90Maurice HarrisNE
91Hunter RenfrowOAK
92Trey QuinnWSH
93Donte MoncriefPIT
94Keelan ColeJAX
95Nelson AgholorPHI
96Darius SlaytonNYG
97Mecole HardmanKC
98Equanimeous St. BrownGB
99Phillip DorsettNE
100Jalen HurdSF
101Laquon TreadwellMIN
102Keith KirkwoodNO
103Justin WatsonTB
104Terry McLaurinWSH
105Marquise GoodwinSF
106Josh DoctsonWSH
107Jermaine KearseDET
108Breshad PerrimanTB
109D.J CharkJAX
110Riley RidleyCHI
111Chester RogersIND
112Travis BenjaminLAC
113Deon CainIND
114Russell ShepardNYG
115Geremy DavisLAC
116Taywan TaylorTEN
117Josh ReynoldsLAR
118Jordan MatthewsSF
119Jarius WrightCAR
120Jaron BrownSEA
121Justin HardyATL
122Cordarelle PattersonCHI
123Tajae SharpeTEN
124Ryan GrantOAK
125Marcel AtemanOAK
126Demarcus RobinsonKC
127Rashard HigginsCLE
128J.J NelsonOAK
129Josh BellamyNYJ
130DeMaryius ThomasNE
131Chris MooreBAL
132Juwann WinfreeDEN
133Marcus GreenATL
134KeeSean JohnsonARZ
135Allen HurnsMIA
136Seth RobertsBAL
137Eli RogersPIT
138Tavon AustinDAL
139Cody LatimerNYG
140Ray-Ray McCloudBUF
141Alex EricksonCIN
142Andre RobertsBUF
143Kevin WhiteARZ
144Mack HollinsPHI
145Vyncint SmithHOU
146Emanuel HallCHI
147Torrey SmithCAR
148Sammie CoatesKC
149Jaelen StrongCLE
150Jake KumerowGB
151Daurice FountainIND
152Ryan SwitzerPIT
n/aJosh GordonNE
n/aCorey ColemanNYG

Tight End

1Travis KelceKC
2Zach ErtzPHI
3George KittleSF
4Hunter HenryLAC
5Evan EngramNYG
6O.J HowardTB
7Vance McDonaldPIT
8Noah FantDEN
9Delanie WalkerTEN
10Jared CookNO
11Eric EbronIND
12Jordan ReedWSH
13Mark AndrewsBAL
14Austin Hooper ATL
15Geoff SwaimJAX
16Darren WallerOAK
17T.J HockensonDET
18Tyler EifertCIN
19Jordan ThomasHOU
20David NjokuCLE
21Irv Smith JrMIN
22Mike GesickiMIA
23Trey BurtonCHI
24Chris HerndonNYJ
25Jack DoyleIND
26Jason WittenDAL
27Kyle RudolphMIN
28Greg OlsenCAR
29Jimmy GrahamGB
30Matt LaCosseNE
31Dallas GoedertPHI
32Cameron BrateTB
33Blake JarwinDAL
34C.J UzomahCIN
35Ricky Seals-JonesARZ
36Ian ThomasCAR
37Josh OliverJAX
38Gerald EverettLAR
39Deon YelderKC
40Ryan GriffinNYJ
41Jesse JamesDET
42Ben WatsonNE
43Rhett EllisonNYG
44Tyler HigbeeLAR
45Vernon DavisWSH
46Dawson KnoxBUF
47Nick VannettSEA
48Alize MackNO
49Jake ButtDEN
50Charles ClayARZ
51Will DisslySEA
52Dwayne AllenMIA
53Jace SternbergerGB
54Jordan AkinsHOU
55Ed DicksonSEA
56Luke WillsonOAK
57Trevon WescoNYJ
58Hayden HurstBAL
59Nick O’LearyMIA
60Josh HillNO
61Kahale WarringHOU
62Adam ShaheenCHI
63Drew SampleCIN
64Jeff HeuermanDEN
65Seth DeValveCLE
66Zach GentryPIT
67Jordan LeggettTB
68Nick BoyleBAL
69Mo Alie-CoxIND
70Maxx WilliamsARZ
71Luke StockerATL
72Virgil GreenLAC
73Richard RodgersPHI
74Foster MoreauOAK
75Xavier GrimblePIT
76Levine ToiloloSF
77Marcedes LewisGB
78Dalton SchultzDAL
n/aAustin Seferian-JenkinsNE
n/aJonnu SmithTEN
n/aTyler KroftBUF

Why so low? Fantasy players that are undervalued

by Rob Grimwood – @FFBritBaller

It’s baffling to me. All it takes is one negative narrative or one anomalous season for certain players to be completely disregarded by the fantasy community. Sometimes it’s right to do so, I mean we all remember Trent Richardson and more recently Corey Davis not living up to expectations for fantasy owners.

But, in some cases, I don’t see what all the negativity about, and there are a few players this year who’s ADP is lower than what I believe it should be which begs the question, why are you guys so low?

Jordan Howard – Running Back, Philadelphia EaglesADP: RB35 non-PPR

RB35! That’s a late 7th round pick in 12 man standard scoring leagues. What has Jordan Howard done to deserve an RB3/borderline RB4 tag? Ok, I understand on a week to week basis last year he wasn’t anything special and we didn’t see any magical 60-yard breakaway runs, I know, I owned him in multiple leagues.

Yeah, it stung a little, especially having been on the Howard hype train during the off season this time last year. But statistically, he still delivered. He finished the season with 935 rush yards with 9 rushing TD’s. That was good enough to see him finish up the 2018 season as the RB20 in all league formats, averaging 10.6 fantasy points per game.

His yards per carry went down to 3.7ypc from 4.1 in 2017 and 5.2 in 2016, and Tarik Cohen’s breakout continuation certainly earned him more reps as he consistently flashed brighter than Howard throughout the bulk of the campaign.

But I don’t see how those stats warrant the current price tag. He’s an absolute steal down in the 7th round where he’s going around players such as Kareem Hunt (banned for 8 games), Latavius Murray (a backup RB in New Orleans), and Ronald Jones (2018’s RB stink leader).

Now, I could understand this whole travesty slightly more if he had been traded to a mid-level, mediocre team in the off-season – but he moved to the Eagles! That’s certainly not a downgrade from Chicago, some might argue its a lateral move, but if anything, i think the situation on offense in Philadelphia is better.

Photo Credit: Tim Hawk/NJ Advance Media

He now gets to run behind a better o-line, with a better QB, in a Superbowl calibre squad. The only danger comes in the way of College Football’s one-season wonder, Miles Sanders. Yeah, that’s what he is folks, sorry to break it to you.

Sanders has struggled so far this season with a lingering hamstring injury which kept him out of the pivotal OTA’s and minicamp portion of the off-season. He might be back reporting for training camp duties soon, but i’d be surprised if he’s 100% healthy when week 1 rolls around.

The worst case scenario for Howard this season is that he finds himself in a committee situation. Even still, behind that o-line, in a team that should be in the Superbowl hunt come January, he’s still going to be fantasy relevant with his 935 yard, 6 touchdown floor. He’s still an RB2 in fantasy.

Alshon Jeffrey – Wide Receiver, Philadelphia Eagles ADP: WR28 PPR

Without trying to sound like a Eagles band-wagoner, here we have another prime example of an elite level player being over-looked. Again i’ll say it – the Philly offense is good, real good, as in top 5 good.

Carson Wentz was a shadow of his former self last year after his nasty ACL tear in 2017, tied in with a fractured back which saw him miss the end of last season. Now he’s back to full health and by all reports is looking sharp at training camp.

DeSean Jackson also re-joined his old team this off-season and brings in a dynamic to the offense that hasn’t been there since, well, DeSean Jackson. Defenses won’t be able to ignore Jackson across the field from Alshon, which means less coverage for the 6ft 3 beast to deal with meaning he can capitalize on winning single coverage contested jump balls, something Jeffrey specialises in.

With a career average of 14.5 yards per reception and a solid 800 receiving yard floor, Jeffrey could be in for his best season as an Eagle to date. Only once when having played 13 or more games (4 out of 7 seasons) has he finished outside of the top 20 in PPR scoring for wide receivers. That was last season (26th) with Wentz at half-throttle and career backup Nick Foles slinging the rock.

Alshon is a great target in the mid-sixth round and will definitely return his WR3 ADP value, draft him with confidence.

Jameis Winston – Quarterback, Tampa Bay BuccaneersADP: QB13

Stop rolling your eyes, Jameis is a thing. Sure, he’s had his flaws.. and yes, they’ve been pretty big flaws when throwing interceptions and fumbling the ball are the main two problems. I’m over it though. Why? Bruce Arians is why.

Arians is the best coach that Winston has ever worked with and I am confident that BA wouldn’t have come out for retirement if he didn’t see the potential the Tampa Bay offense has with Jameis at the helm.

Photo Credit: Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports

Last season between Ryan Fitzmagic and Winston, the Bucs finished the regular season with 5,125 passing yards, 2nd most in the league. With Fitzpatrick leaving for Miami, all of those yards now fall to Jameis.

Do I think Winston is a 5,000+ yards passer, no. Especially with the loss of DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries this off-season which accounted for over 1,500 of those yards. But, with Chris Godwin expected to take a step up, Cameron Brate back from injury and dare I say Breshad Perriman finally making good on his talent – I can see Jameis throwing for 4,300 yards and 30 TD’s this year.

In one of the toughest divisions in football and a tough schedule, the Bucs are likely going to see themselves behind in the majority of games, something which almost always relies on the passing game to bring a team back.

If Winston can continue to improve on his mistake making, with the fact he’s an under-rated runner (25.5 rush yards per game in 2018), he could be a reliable quarterback for fantasy owners and has the potential to be in the top 10 come the end of the season.

Devonta Freeman – Running Back, Atlanta FalconsADP: RB18 PPR

Stop with the “Devonta Freeman is made of glass” narrative, please. I’m asking nicely. Yes, three grade 1 concussions aren’t great to have on your injury resume, but a grade 1 concussion is anything from a headache after a collision to slight dizziness. These concussions are not Jordan Reed levels of career threatening problems, so stop overreacting.

Also, the knee sprains he suffered in the 2017 playoffs have not returned. Last seasons’ knee injury was ‘a bruise’. The foot injury was also a bruise. You want to know why Freeman missed all of last season? It was a sports hernia which is a one-off injury and needed surgery.

This narrative that surrounds Freeman is blown way out of proportion if you ask me. He’s back now to full health and is a full participant in training camp with one major plus point, no Tevin Coleman to compete with.

The backfield is all Freemans’. “But Ito Smith is there don’t forget”… Really? Smith’s 3.5 yard per carry average last year proved what a lack-luster running back he was and now Freeman is back, Smith be the backup, and only that.

Let’s erase Freeman’s 2018 1 1/2 game season and let’s go back to his full rookie contract (where, by the way, he played in 61 out of 64 games… yet he’s injury prone? Welp). Freeman had two seasons with over 1,000 rushing yards and 450 receiving yards with 27 touchdowns in those seasons and 37 total touchdowns in his rookie contract.

He finished as the RB1, RB6 and RB13 (PPR scoring) during those years too, with his rookie season spent as a backup to Steven Jackson.

So why is Devonta Freeman now being valued as mid RB2 option when he’s never finished lower than 13th when considered the starter? We know he’s on one of the best offenses in the league, with an improved o-line and a backfield all to himself. Pick him up in the 3rd round and be excited to have an elite RB fall that late.

Jarvis Landry – Wide Receiver, Cleveland BrownsADP: WR24 PPR

One of the most polarizing receivers in the game. Us Brits would call him ‘Marmite’. You either love him, or you hate him. Judging by his ADP, people are well and truly on the fence.

On the one hand, the off-season monster acquisition of Landry’s former College teammate and best pal Odell Beckham from the sinking Giants along with the emergence of tight end David Njoku last season, it would at first appear that Cleveland now has a lot of mouths to feed.

Photo Credit: John Kuntz/cleveland.com

Maybe so, but I am looking at it from a more positive angle.

Let’s start with the talent. No one can argue Landry doesnt possess elite talent. He has some of the most impressive hands in the business, that’s a well known fact. Yet there is a narrative out there that despite his elite hands, he’s not that good of a receiver.

I’m not buying that. Last season he underwhelmed, i’ll give you that. But that’s what happens when you are the only real threat from the position and you find a lot of double coverage and defenses not allowing you time to stretch the field. A player with Landry’s skill-set needs a distraction.

Enter OBJ. Behind the net-kicking, cry-baby and attitude, there’s a potential hall of fame receiver. He’s a superstar that has any defense worried. OBJ will draw the top coverage which in turn will allow Landry the time and space he needs to be the leagues best possession receiver.

A target monster for the majority of his career to date – if you’re in a PPR league, players like Landry really jump of the page statistically.

YearTmGTgtRecYdsY/RTD
2014MIA161128475895
2015*MIA16166110115710.54
2016*MIA1613194113612.14
2017*MIA161611129878.89
2018*CLE1614981976124

Not only has Landry never missed a game, he’s never seen less than 112 targets come his way, 131 if you take away his rookie year. Around the 1,000 yard mark over the last 4 seasons and this year he has year two of last years’ rookie sensation Baker Mayfield.

NFL teams can produce two top wide receivers for fantasy too, so don’t worry about OBJ solely stealing the limelight. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb did it in 2014 (WR2 and WR6 in non-PPR scoring), and more recently Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen have entered the fray together (both top 20 WRs in 2017 and 2018).

Two elite wide receivers with a young, accurate superstar throwing them the ball – it’s a whole load of fantasy delight being whipped up from the Browns for 2019, and a hell of a lot of ‘blessing’ is going to happen this season in Cleveland.

all ADPs taken from fantasyfootballcalculator.com

Beginner’s Guide: 10 Big Tips for Fantasy Drafting

by Rob Grimwood – @FFBritBaller

I wish when I was first encapsulated by the wonderful world of fantasy football I had sat down and took a few minutes to look at some tips and tricks from veteran fantasy analysts. Now, I am certainly not suggesting I am a veteran by any stretch, but I like to think I know a thing or two when it comes to this anomalous yet elusive affiliation to the NFL. So I will offer you my opinions of how to compete competitively and let you in to some trade tricks and secrets that will hopefully steer you to victory and have the edge over your rivals.

1) Mock Drafting

A mock draft is where you will get the lie of the land of where players are being drafted in live practice drafts. Most fantasy football platforms will have a mock draft system either on their app or on their websites.

I prefer to use ESPN’s fantasy app and that certainly has a very good mock draft section but DraftWizard, CBS, Yahoo, NFL Fantasy and Sleeper also offer this service in the off season.

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It is vital to mock draft all the way until you do your real draft. You will be able to use different draft positions in order to figure out where you think is the best place to draft from and which spots your specific targets are falling to.

For example, if you really want to have Davante Adams on your team, you will find in most mocks at the moment he is being drafted in the first round between picks 6 and 9. If you choose the sixth spot, you can then see what player falls to you in the second round and so forth.

Keep swapping positions and do multiple drafts until you can find a constant where you are happy with the players you are drafting.

2) Find a draft strategy for you

Once you have done a few mock drafts and you have got your targets and know roughly where they are being drafted, the next step is to get yourself a couple of systems to play with.

I always try and get an even spread of talent throughout my team in all the positions. I tend to go with a system of using my first four picks as a mix of running backs and receivers and alternate those positions each round, although this year I have found myself taking three RB’s in the first four picks and really liking my team at the end.

But usually, if I take a running back in the first round, I’ll then grab the best available receiver in the second round or vice versa. Or maybe you find yourself and your favoured position to grab RB, RB with your first two picks as you like a couple of later round picks as sleepers or flyers to fill in your receiving corps.

Alternately you could like the zero RB strategy where you don’t pick a running back until the mid-rounds where you can get potential break out players like David Montgomery or Kenyan Drake.  It’s very much each to their own.

Again, this is why mock drafting is so important, you can play around with all these different strategies to see which one you like, but ALWAYS have a backup plan because, trust me, not all drafts fall how you want them to!

3) Research, ADP and Sleepers

ADP is short for Average Draft Position. This ADP of a player is based upon where he is being drafted in mock drafts during the off-season and real drafts once they start getting underway (usually from July onwards).

It’s an indication for us, the fantasy GM’s, to see where the general public are drafting players and where about they are in relation to other players around them. Basically it’s a public ranking system.

I find the best websites for ADP checks are fantasyfootballcalculator and FantasyPros. ADP’s provide a pivotal tool for us analysts who write about fantasy but also a reliable source for you to plot out where you should be looking to draft the players you want in your team(s).

This goes hand in hand with finding sleepers. It always pays to do research. Whether it is reading one of my articles (excuse the plug), or maybe listening to fantasy podcasts or other media outlets that provide good information, stats and opinions and maybe even just going to watch a players tape on YouTube.

A sleeper, for those who don’t know, is a player slated to be drafted in the late rounds (from round 7 onward as a general rule of thumb) in fantasy drafts but is a player that you/an analyst thinks will have a very good season and outperform his ADP. Anything after the 12th round or undrafted players that are fancied are known as deep sleepers.

One of my sleepers this year for example, is rookie running back Justice Hill from the Baltimore Ravens. I love the opportunity he has to potentially be the back there or at least in a decent split work load with Mark Ingram, and his current ADP is RB52 or 140 overall.

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4) Know your league format and points system

This might seem obvious, but you might find yourself in a few different leagues with differing rules. For example, you may be a part of a PPR (points per reception) league where players get extra points every time they make a catch.

This will drive wide receiver, tight end and pass catching running backs value up. Players like Tarik Cohen and James White are just two that come to mind as productive receiving backs. You might also consider taking one of the top wide outs ahead of a running back like Melvin Gordon or David Johnson if you are drafting in the middle of round one.

You could be in a dynasty league where younger players have more value than the veterans. Or the league you are in may offer bonus points for extraordinary games or long runs/catches so big play players such as Brandin Cooks or DeSean Jackson who can break off a 90yard TD reception at any point in any game have more value.

5) Drafting Quarterbacks

It’s easy to assume that QB’s are one of the first players off you’re draft boards. Well, that shouldn’t be the case. I have never drafted a QB before the 6th round and I will always continue that tradition.

The reason for not picking a quarterback early is logical, in my opinion. Despite that position being the highest scoring in fantasy terms, usually your league will consist of a maximum of 16 players but most likely 10 or 12 and usually your league will only require you to start 1 QB.

There are 32 in the league, obviously, so you’re more than likely going to get a top performing quarterback in the mid to late rounds. Unless you have an infatuation with either Aaron Rodgers or Patrick Mahomes where these two are likely to go in the first few rounds along with Andrew Luck and probably DeShaun Watson, why not wait and get potential studs like Russell Wilson or Jameis Winston who are currently going in rounds 9 and 10 respectively.

You could even wait until the later rounds where you will find potential top 10 QB’s in Dak Prescott (round 11) or Mitch Trubisky (round 13).

Throughout the season, the points between these sorts of options and some of the higher ranked positional players won’t be that different, but the options down in the later rounds sometimes offer a lot more in terms of upside.

In my opinion, it is not worth wasting an early round pick where you could use those spots to bolster up your running back corps or receiving options where you will be starting 2 or in some cases 3 of each of these positions.

6) The Tight End

I’m tempted to copy and paste a lot of what I’ve just said regarding quarterbacks. You only have to start 1 tight end in most fantasy leagues. Travis Kelce is in a league of his own and is a viable option within the first 2 rounds if you really wanted to take the nailed on TE1 on the season. 

Zach Ertz and George Kittle are likely to be the next two TE’s off the board and probably before round 5. But after these bigger names it’s a big pool of potential breakout seasons vs veterans who will consistently put up average points.

So why not wait until you can get players like Eric Ebron, Vance McDonald or David Njoku who are all available later than the 7th round and again, fill up your roster with the power positions first.

7) Bulk up on Wide Receivers and Running Backs

So I have touched on this concept in the quarterback and tight end paragraphs. You are going to be drafting more WR’s and RB’s than any other position. In a standard setup this will be the case too.

Even if you have filled your quota of starting positions, continue to look for talented players that you can fill your rosters with in case of injuries or if your selected player(s) bust. Trust me when I say, this is the most important thing to take into consideration when drafting. Not only does it bolster your team, you will also have trade bait later on in the season.

8) Pay attention to who others in your league have drafted

Again, this might sound obvious, but come draft day, it all goes by very quickly. It’s always worth using your allotted time when it’s your turn to have a quick flick through all of your rivals’ teams to see what pieces they have drafted and what needs they have.

For example, if the next 3 teams after you in the draft order all need running backs, it may be worth considering grabbing the best available RB in case that triggers off a run and you are left with slim pickings come your next turn.

On the other hand, if a lot of players have already filled a position, like a QB, you might want to wait another couple of rounds before taking your guy as it’s likely he will still be available.

You could also be sneaky in the later rounds and snatch another players handcuff running back or receiver which will give you trade leverage if their main player goes down with a long term injury or is suspended.

9) Keep one eye on the bye weeks

On most, if not all of the websites you are likely to be drafting on, somewhere on the info screen will tell you when a player is on their teams bye week. This could affect your draft strategy because you might not realise a few of your players have coinciding bye weeks and you don’t really want to have to drop your key players mid-season because you only have a couple of players eligible.

It’s not the end of the world as you could just have that week as a loss week but it could be a tie-breaker if you have to choose between two similar players and you don’t ever want to go into a season knowing you’re definitely going to lose at least one week.

10) Leave Kickers and Defense/Special Teams until last

If your new to fantasy you might not think how little special teams/defence and kickers affect your fantasy team. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but only a couple. You can draft Justin Tucker or Greg Zuerlein once you’re happy you have a good amount of depth, but certainly not before round 10.

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Adam Vinatieri and Stephen Gostkowski are also solid options, but certainly don’t pick them up until round 12 at the absolute earliest. Kickers usually fluctuate with their points and you’ll find that points wise throughout the season, the main bulk of decent kickers will score a similar amount of points week-to-week and will only average 5-8 points per game.

As for defence/special teams, don’t even bother drafting them until the last couple of rounds. OK, a couple are likely to go off the board predictably Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams, but throughout the season it’s usually beneficial to play the match-ups from week to week and most of the time a favoured defense for that week will be available on the waiver wire.

As for draft day, take a look at the early season schedule to see who has favorable match-ups… I know i’m targeting the Dallas Cowboys D/ST towards the tail end of drafts thanks to a good looking first few weeks.

Thanks for reading this article, if you are struggling with some of the technical words I’ve used in this article, don’t worry, coming next will be a jargon buster breaking down industry related words and phrases.

Deep Deep Deeep Fantasy Sleepers: Part 2

by Rob Grimwood – @FFBritBaller

I love deep diving in fantasy football. It’s one of the many areas within the industry that I just love researching. From favourable roster positions to raw, unearthed talent – trying to scrap around in the bargain bins of fantasy football to find the next Alvin Kamara,  Adam Thielen or even Odell Beckham who was overlooked by fantasy owners in 2014; deep diving is certainly one of my favourite offseason past times.

It’s been a fruitful offseason of scouting for me too, so much so I had to split this article into two parts! The first part featured the likes of Dylan Cantrell, WR (L.A Chargers), Deon Yelder, TE (Kansas City Chiefs), Chris Conley, WR (Jacksonville Jaguars) and Darren Waller, TE (Oakland Raiders) and part two will offer up 4 more super deep sleepers that are not to be ignored late on in your drafts!

Let’s dig in!

Dexter Williams – Running Back, Green Bay Packers

Sure, Aaron Jones is the bell cow in Green Bay, I hear you. But, Jones doesn’t come without injury concerns. Of his two seasons to date, Jones has never completed more than 12 games in a regular season. This is mostly down to a reoccurring grade 2 knee sprain which has flared up on 3 different occasions.

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If Jones does go down injured in 2019, or isn’t able to sustain his 49 rushing yards per game career average, the natural reaction will be to assume Jamaal Williams is the next guy up for the Pack, but that may not be the case. With a career average of just 3.7 yards per carry over his two years in the league baked in with mediocre-at-best receiving statistics (52 receptions for 472 yards, 9.1 per rec and 2 TD’s); I for one wouldn’t be surprised if new Head Coach Matt LaFleur decided to put trust into one of his drafted guys instead, Dexter Williams.

Dexter Williams was apart of the highly successful 2018 Notre Dame Fighting Irish team that managed to be one of the 4 teams that qualify for the College Football Playoffs. Despite missing 4 games because of undisclosed personal matters, Williams returned on week 5 for the Irish and ended the season with 995 rushing yards (6.3 per carry) with 133 receiving yards off 16 receptions with 13 total touchdowns. 

Although he didn’t blow anyone away at the combine, his 40 time was fine (4.53s) and he managed 17 bench reps which was better than what higher picks Damien Harris (16), David Montgomery (15) and Benny Snell (16) managed.

Williams is a between the tackles kind of back, funnily enough, MockDraftable have him compared the best to none other than teammate Aaron Jones, thus confirming that if Jones was to miss time, it may well be Dexter that becomes the most productive ‘Williams’ in the Green Bay running back room.

His strengths coming out of college is that he possesses great vision and is a clever runner, especially when gaps are forged for him. To be successful in the NFL, he’ll need a good o-line in front of him to provide those needed gaps. The Packers offensive line is considered to be a top 10 line in the league, so the opportunity is there for Williams to be successful should the chance occur.

 

Alex Barnes – Running Back, Tennessee Titans

Who an earth is Alex Barnes, I hear you say. Well folks, Alex Barnes may well be the next Phillip Lindsay. An undrafted free agent rookie hailing from a small-ish school in the Big 12 conference who had 1,355 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns for Kansas State in 2018. Yes, that’s more than Devin Singletary (1,348), Miles Sanders (1,274) and David Montgomery (1,216) who are all highly regarded prospects and were all drafted.

His stats were not too dissimilar to Lindsay’s final college season in 2017, but Barnes is quite the opposite when it comes to physical attributes. At 6’1 and 225lbs, he is built from the same mold as Le’Veon Bell, David Johnson, and Melvin Gordon. If you were drafting all four today solely on combine performances, Barnes wouldn’t be out of place alongside these big hitters.

Melvin Gordon Lev Bell David Johnson Alex Barnes
40 Yard Dash 4.52s 4.60s 4.50s 4.59s
Bench Press 19 24 25 34
Broad Jump 126 118 127 126
Shuttle 4.07s 4.24s 4.27s 4.10s
Vertical Jump 35.00 31.50 41.50 38.50

The situation for Barnes in Tennessee isn’t a bad one either. Despite Derrick Henry breaking out somewhat towards the end of the season, I still can’t help but get the impression the Titans are still undecided if Henry is their man.

Henry’s breakout game came in week 13 where he went on to finish the remainder of the season to break through the 1,000-yard rushing marker (1,059), however, 585 of those yards came after week 12 which means the Tennessee rushing game in the first two-thirds of the season was pretty non-existent.

They were quick to act on Barnes after the draft too, picking him up just over a week after the NFL draft was completed and was seemingly a high profile UDFA with multiple teams reportedly interested.

With Dion Lewis likely to remain in a pass-catching role and no other backs of significance on the depth chart in Nashville (David Fluellen, Jeremy McNichols, and Dalyn Dawkins) Alex Barnes may well be a household name for fantasy owners in the near future if he makes it onto the 53-man roster in late August.

John Brown – Wide Receiver, Buffalo Bills

John Brown may legitimately be the WR1 for the Buffalo Bills. Sure, as can Robert Foster and Zay Jones, I hear you, but have either of those receivers had over 1,000 yards receiving over the course of a season? No. In fact, Zay Jones’ best season in 2018 saw him rack up 652 receiving yards and just for the record, Foster had 541 yards and 3 scores in his one and only season to date.

I’ve always liked ‘Smokey’ Brown. Ever since his tantalising 1,003 rec yard and 7 touchdown season for Arizona in 2015, but it’s the injuries that have kept him from repeating those numbers. In his last two seasons of his rookie contract for the Cards, Brown only started 11 games, but when he did play, he still was able to perform to a high standard as he managed 13.3 and 14.2 yards per reception average in those seasons respectively.

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Last year, however, Brown was able to play the majority of the campaign and started 15 games in his one-year prove-it deal with the Baltimore Ravens. Despite performing admirably in 2018 and somewhat ‘proving it’ with 715 yards off 42 receptions (17.0 yards per reception) and 5 touchdowns, the Ravens clearly had plans to centre the future passing offense through the young guns which rang true when they drafted college standouts Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin instead of re-signing Brown.

But the saying goes “another man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and I believe that to be true for the Bills when they grabbed Brown in the free agency. Let’s forget the past for a second and focus on the strengths of Brown and his new quarterback, Josh Allen. 

Am I over-enamoured with Allen’s ability to be a quality NFL QB? Not particularly. But one thing that does impress me, along with the masses, is his arm strength. We saw it at the combine, you remember, the nigh on 70-yard cannonballs he was effortlessly floating into receivers arms. Well, what does that weapon require? A fast receiver who can get down the field. John Brown is one of the fastest players in the league when he’s at full fitness and could still likely hit his 4.34 40 time from his 2014 combine.

I’m buying in. Maybe not so much in PPR league formats as I don’t think Brown will be peppered with targets, after all, the Bills brought in possession receiver Cole Beasley for that role, but definitely as a “last pick dart throw” and definitely in standard-scoring leagues. I for one, will not be surprised if John Brown is a regular starting receiver on your rosters come fantasy playoff time in December.

Geoff Swaim – Tight End, Jacksonville Jaguars

This is the third tight end I am talking about during these 2 articles which just goes to prove you don’t have to spend a high draft pick on one of the top tight ends. It’s a volatile position where anyone of about 25 players can finish as a top 10 tight end in 2019 for fantasy football.

You can add Geoff Swaim into that mix too, mainly because he has been gifted a fantastic opportunity over in Duval county. Fellow newcomer and starting quarterback Nick Foles has had good success in the past when throwing to tight ends too; In his second stint in Philadelphia, Foles built a good rapport with superstar Zach Ertz, whilst also working with Travis Kelce at the Chiefs in 2016 and Jared Cook with his time as a St Louis Ram in 2015.

Swaim spent the majority of his rookie contract in Dallas firmly in the shadow of Jason Witten and didn’t get an opportunity to show any kind of attacking prowess until last season whilst Witten entertained us from the commentary booth instead of on the field.

Even then, Swaim found himself having to split targets with fellow tight ends Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz, and even though he wasn’t the biggest producer out of the three, he was the most consistent with an 81.3% catch rate – which was also the highest on the team and 14th best in the league.

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This year, Swaim is taking those safe hands to pastures new where there is only an unproven rookie in Josh Oliver to contend with on the depth chart for pass-catching duties out of the tight end position.

In fact, the whole receiving core in Jacksonville is up for debate. With no clear WR1, no proven hot hand in the receiving game and a new quarterback with a proven track record of success throwing to tight ends, Geoff Swaim could be a sneaky pickup for fantasy players despite not having the best career-to-date statistics. Opportunity is king for fantasy tight ends and Swaim may well be the endzone target the Jags are crying out for.

Jury’s Out on Dak Prescott – Rob vs Lawrence

Rob’s Take – Pro Dak

You know that face you pull when you take that first sip of morning coffee but you forgot to put the sugar in? Well, after converting the masses into loving Austin Seferian-Jenkins this year for fantasy football three weeks ago (there is no statistical evidence for this claim, only assumption), I quickly found out that the face you pull for sugar-less coffee is remarkably similar to the face you pull when you have to eat humble pie. Cheers ASJ.

Nonetheless, I have a better feeling about this standoff with Lawrence, because this shouldn’t be a hard sell at all.

Dak’s Offense

It must be nice as a Quarterback in the National Football League when you know those 5 guys protecting you from getting decked by abnormally large and powerful humans are really good at their jobs. That’s the case for Dak. The Cowboys’ offensive line has been one of the best in the league for a few years now and with the recent news that Travis Frederick is participating in training camp, it may be getting back to full force.

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Centre Fredricks, Tackle Tyron Smith, and Guard Zach Martin are all top 5 players in their respective positions and with Left Guard Connor Williams looking to build on a solid rookie campaign, it should be routine for this line to keep Dak upright in the pocket and buy him plenty of time to find his targets or stretch his legs

The receiving corps is the best Dak’s had to work with so far in his 3-year career too. Amari Cooper showed that he is more than capable of being a productive WR1 with 725 yards and 6 touchdowns off 53 receptions in the 9 games as a Cowboy is 2018, and Michael Gallup proved he can be an effective field stretcher with a healthy 15.4 yards per reception in his rookie campaign. Add seasoned veterans Randall Cobb and the return of Jason Witten into the fold too and it’s fair to say Dak has a solid core of decent receivers to throw passes to.

Ezekiel Elliott’s workload in the passing game went up considerably last season as he became a pivotal piece in Prescott’s arsenal. He saw more targets and receptions in 2018 than his first two seasons in the league combined. It worked too as he finished the season contributing 3 touchdowns and 567 yards through the air. A fair reason to believe this trend is likely to continue in 2019.

Fantasy Outlook

In the three seasons Dak has been under centre for the Cowboys he’s somewhat flown under the radar in fantasy circles. He’s finished those three seasons as the QB6, 10 and 10 respectively.

Rushing Quarterbacks are the new trend in fantasy football. Players like Prescott, Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen, and Cam Newton probably won’t be given Hall of Fame status at the end of their careers, but when rushing yards and touchdowns get you points in fantasy football, points win prizes.

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Dak is in the conversation of “rushing Quarterback”. He’s certainly undervalued as a rusher anyway. He’s scored 6 rushing touchdowns each season since entering the league and seems to camp around the 300-320 rushing yard mark, which he should be able to repeat this season too.

With the O-line potentially back at full strength and the quality of receivers improving heading into this season, I just don’t see how he finishes lower than his QB10 floor.

His current Average Draft Position is 12.06 in 12 team leagues which translates to be the 19th QB off the board. Yes, 19th. This goes to prove that if you play in 1QB leagues, don’t waste an early pick on a Mahomes, Luck or Rodgers, draft more valuable RB’s or WR’s in those spots instead and pick Dak up at the end of your drafts.

Mark my words, Dak Prescott will be on fantasy championship winning rosters in 2019, and he’s effectively free.

By Rob Grimwood – @FFBritBaller

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Lawrence’s Take – Anti Prescott

Dak Prescott is a marketing agency’s dream ticket. A young, healthy, controversy-free quarterback who is the signal-caller for ‘America’s Team’. According to ESPN in 2017 Prescott earned five times his salary in endorsements, chomping down on tortilla chips, chugging on soup and washing it down with some well-known dark-brown fizzy beverages.

We can conclude from this commercial success that Dak is not shy. Being the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys is perhaps the single most scrutinised position in the NFL, with the exception of the pigskin passers in the Big Apple.

Prescott’s History

We all know Dak was a 2016 fourth-round pick who led his team to 13 regular season wins as a rookie, a feat that nobody predicted.

Where the win total abruptly ended in 2016 was the divisional playoffs where Dak was out-dueled by Aaron Rodgers in a 31-34 home loss. The Cowboys went 28-13 down before Dak tossed two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

In 2017 the Cowboys finished with a winning record but failed to make the playoffs. A major lull in November resulted in three consecutive losses and just one team touchdown in those games. The Dak-led Cowboys were outscored by 70 points in those games, effectively eliminating them from the playoffs.

Last season Dallas won the NFC East, winning seven of their last eight with victories by tiny margins (7, 3, 8, 3, 6, 7 and 1) laying a goose egg against the Colts in Week 15.

Dak did scrape past the Seahawks for his first (and only to date) playoff victory, but when they traveled to Los Angeles to face the Rams in the divisional round, Dak found himself down by 16 in the third quarter. The deficit was down to Dak’s failure to generate yardage after an early score. The Rams forced Dallas to punt on four consecutive drives, holding the Cowboys scoreless in the second quarter.

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In 2018 Dak did lead the NFL in one rather show-stopping statistics – most lost fumbles. His 12 butter-fingered blunders were admittedly tied with three other quarterbacks. He also threw a pedestrian 22 touchdowns, far less than two a game, ranking him 16th. Dak’s passing yards per game (242.8) was under studs like Case Keenum, Derek Carr and Eli Manning.

As a mobile quarterback, Dak is able to tuck and run if needed, but despite his rushing attempts in 2018 being his most ever, his y.p.c. was his career low (4.1). What cannot be denied is his consistency in rushing touchdowns, six a season now for three consecutive years.

2019 Fantasy Outlook

Dak is solid, in both body size and fantasy football, but he is not spectacular. He remains one of those third-tier quarterbacks that will be drafted, but anyone reaching for him anywhere before rounds 9-10 needs a serious talking to.

Prescott will have Jason Witten back after his Dennis Miller-like stint in the broadcasting booth, as well as a full season of Amari Cooper, but Dallas will still want to feed Zeke at every opportunity.

Dak is a fantasy ‘blah’, someone you will draft once you have seen the mega-studs go off the board, followed by the quarterbacks that will confidently rush for over 500 yards.

Prescott is a personal preference quarterback who will more likely be drafted to a fantasy bench than not.

If you hit round’s 9-10 and have still not drafted a quarterback then you likely have to pick from the likes of Roethlisberger, Rivers, Goff, Prescott and Winston. Personally I would grab Philip Rivers around this stage, or wait a round or two longer and pick up second-year breakout possibilities Josh Allen or Lamar Jackson (both complete with bonus rushing yardage).

Dak is a stand-up kinda guy, just don’t confuse all that smiling and eating yogurt as a sign you are drafting a fantasy stud.

By Lawrence Vos – (@NFLFanInEngland)