Fantasy Ballers: Championship or Nada
Friends, Family, and Faux Foes let's talk about fantasy football. Not going to toot my own horn, but I've paid a few bills thanks to fantasy foozball dominance. So you can bet your ass I'm qualified to guide you through your journey. With a new campaign upon us, let's preview the studs for 2019.
Kansas City Chiefs Pat Mahomes
Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers
Carolina Panthers Cam Newton
Top Running Backs
NY Giants Saquon Barkley
New Orleans Saints Alvin Kamara
NY Jets Le’Veon Bell
Oakland Raiders Antonio Brown
New Orleans Saints Michael Thomas
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Evans
Top Tight Ends
San Fransisco 49ers George Kittle
Kansas City Chiefs Travis Kelce
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OJ Howard
Top Rookie Quarterbacks
Arizona Cardinals Kyler Murray
NY Giants Daniel Jones
Washington Redskins Dwayne Haskins
Top Rookie Running Backs
Chicago Bears David Montgomery
Oakland Raiders Josh Jacobs
Minnesota Vikings Alexander Mattison
Top Rookie Wideouts
Tennessee Titans AJ Brown
New England Patriots N’Keal Harry
San Francisco 49ers Deebo Samuel
Top Rookie Tight Ends
Detroit Lions TJ Hockenson
Minnesota Vikings Irv Smith Jr.
Jacksonville Jaguars Josh Oliver
NY Jets Sam Darnold
Baltimore Ravens Lamar Jackson
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jameis Winston
Sleeper Running Backs
Minnesota Vikings Dalvin Cook
Houston Texans Duke Johnson
Jacksonville Jaguars Leonard Fournette
Seattle Seahawks Tyler Lockett
Detroit Lions Kenny Golladay
Carolina Panthers Curtis Samuel
Sleeper Tight Ends
Dallas Cowboys Jason Witten
Chicago Bears Trey Burton
LA Rams Gerald Everrett
Fantasy MVP - NY Giants RB Saquon Barkley
No way could Barkley live up to the extreme hype surrounding him entering 2018? Wrong. The rookie exceeded expectations, leading the league’s yards from scrimmage crown (2,028). With Odell Beckham Jr. off to Cleveland, Barkley becomes the unquestioned centerpiece in The Big Apple.
Why You Should Invest In These Fantasy Sleepers
New York Jets QB Sam Darnold
As a rookie in 2018, Darnold grabbed the reins of the Jets’ offense, becoming the youngest quarterback to start in Week 1 since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger -- 21 years and 97 days old. Despite his youth, the cool, calm and collected field general showed promise, finishing the season with 17 touchdowns in 13 games. With an upgraded cast of characters, including Le’Veon Bell, the speedy Robby Anderson, and a healthy Quincy Enunwa, Darnold should improve upon a solid first campaign and rise up the NFL’s quarterback ranks. As far as QB2’s go, Darnold is a safe pick.
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson
With Joe Flacco on the mend late in 2018, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh put faith in his first-round pick. The decision paid off, as Jackson led Baltimore to a 6-1 record, became the youngest field general to start a playoff game -- 21 years and 364 days -- and finished the campaign with 1,201 passing yards and 695 yards on the ground -- most among quarterbacks. He generated a buzz during the Ravens’ 2019 training camp with his supercharged legs (check the play against the Packers in Game 2 of the preseason) and his retooled throwing mechanics, Jackson has a chance to become an elite dual-threat play.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston: First-year Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians relishes the opportunity to paint the skies in the passing game. He also loves him some Winston, who the coach has known for several years. After working wonders with quarterbacks like Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer, Arians has a chance to elevate the play of a 25-year-old quarterback who has eclipsed 4,000 passing yards in each of his first two seasons. BUY HIGH.
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette
After a down year in 2018, Fournette blocked out the noise, hit up his old strength and conditioning coach from LSU and packed his bags for Wyoming, where he went through a rigorous offseason. With Jacksonville looking for him to get back to form and increasing his workload in the passing game, Fournette plans to make fantasy owners happy with a humongous campaign in 2019.
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook
A bonafide three-down back, Cook possesses the speed to cut to the outside, the power to run in-between the tackles and a soft pair of hands to pluck passes out of the sky. With an expanded role in the Vikings’ offense in 2019, the running back should take his place among the NFL’s premier tailbacks. Take a chance and buy early. His potential to breakout is massive and Minnesota’s high-octane passing game should open up several holes.
Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson
Johnson spent his first four seasons with the Browns where he led NFL running backs in receiving yards (2,170) over that span. Cleveland shipped the Miami native to Houston, where he’s bound for more opportunities as a complementary piece to another 305-bred baller in Lamar Miller. As he acclimates to the new scenery in Splashtown, Johnson should make waves in a variety of ways.
Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett
The retirement of Seahawks legend Doug Baldwin means more targets for Lockett. That should be no problem for the slippery pass catcher, who finished 2018 with career highs in receptions (57), receiving yards (965) and touchdown grabs (10), as quarterback Russell Wilson’s favorite target. His combination of speed, route-running and sure hands bodes well in a Seattle offense looking to get him the football often.
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel
Going out on a limb with this one. I’ve heard excellent returns on Samuel’s maturation heading into his third season with the Panthers. Everybody and their mama knows about his speed and ability to take the top off defenses. According to head coach Ron Rivera, the third-year wideout has taken the next step, improving his route-running. In a quick-strike offense like Carolina’s, Samuel has the potential for stardom.
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay
Noted NFL pass-catcher Chad Ochocinco tweeted about Golladay while watching the Lions’ training camp in 2017, calling the Northern Illinois product special. In 2019, the former Bengals wideout took to Twitter again, this time saying Golladay would be the NFL’s breakout wide receiver. With a clean bill of health and a fantastic offseason, Golladay looks to fulfill the prophecy. This is a WR1 without a doubt, but you can get him in the middle rounds.
Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten
You can bet your last dollar quarterback Dak Prescott missed his favorite safety blanket in 2018. After taking a year off to pursue a career in the booth, Witten caught the itch and decided to return to the gridiron for a shot at a Super Bowl. With fresh legs and a renewed mindset, the Cowboys’ all-time leader in receptions (1,152) and receiving yards (12,448) should be ready for his regular serving of targets in 2019.
LA Rams TE Gerald Everrett
In Everrett’s first two seasons, he totaled 49 receptions for 564 yards and five touchdowns.The tight end made strides during the 2019 offseason, being named one of ESPN’s ‘surprise offseason standouts.’ Los Angeles coach Sean McVay worked with tight ends during his stop in Washington and should feature a heavy dose of the 6-foot-3, 245-pound specimen this year. Any player in the Rams’ high-powered offense is worth a draft pick.
Chicago Bears TE Trey Burton
Burton welcomed himself to the Windy City in 2018 by putting forth a career year. The tight end registered personal best in receptions (54), receiving yards (569) and touchdown grabs (six). After completing his second offseason of work with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, the mismatch nightmare enters the year with sky-high expectations. Don’t be afraid to make Burton your TE1. He’s only getting better.