The 2018 fantasy football season is coming to end. You know which player wins your superlative awards…but is it the same player you are going to trust in 2019?
While it is way too early for average draft positions for your 2019 draft, trends do mean something. So here are the standouts in 2018, and how they are trending at this very early 2019 date.
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It is no surprise who the top dog under center was this year. Ladies and gents….here is…
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
It isn’t just that Mahomes balled out. It is that you got him for a steal. On the average, Mahomes was the 16th quarterback off the board. In most leagues you picked this stud up in the 10th round.
And what did you get for taking that chance? Mahomes is the second quarterback in the NFL with 5000 passing yards, and 50 touchdowns in the season. He also added two rushing touchdowns.
Mahomes finished the year with 427.1 fantasy points.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
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Welcome back Andrew Luck. For regular season Luck finished with 4593 yards and 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He added 148 rushing yards.
Luck finished the year with 394 fantasy points.
Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
Watson was returning from a knee injury, and he seemed just fine. That is with him running for his life a lot due to a porous offensive line. Still, he completed 19 touchdowns with 9 interceptions for 4165 yards. And run Watson did, as he finished with 551 rushing yards.
Watson finished the year with 357 fantasy points.
If the offensive line isn’t fixed, look for Watson to trend slightly downward.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
The Saints relied heavily on their run game. Still, Brees landed in the top five fantasy quarterbacks. He threw for 3992 yards for 32 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He also added 22 rushing yards.
Brees finished the year with 318.6 fantasy points.
Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
While other running backs rushed for more yards, and had more touchdowns, none provided the value that McCaffrey did. In most 12-team leagues, McCaffrey went in the middle of the second round.
For this value you received a running back who finished second at his position in PPR leagues and third in standard leagues.
McCaffrey finished with 1098 yards on 219 carries, while on the receiving end of 107 passes for 867 yards. He found the end-zone 13 times.
But most importantly, during the fantasy playoffs, he was the top scoring running back, giving you at least 20 points all three weeks.
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
Gurley entered fantasy football playoffs injured, but he got you there.
Gurley had 256 rushing attempts for 1251 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also added four touchdowns through the air.
Gurley finished the season with 305 fantasy points.
Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
Barkely is a stud. He carried the ball 261 times for 1307 yards and found the end-zone 11 times. On top of that he had 91 catches for 721 yards and 4 touchdowns, becoming the 3rd rookie in history with 2000 yards from scrimmage.
Barkley finished the season with 283 fantasy points.
Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
Kamara is still the double threat. Kamara was responsible for carrying the ball 194 times for 883 yards. Statistically he gave you 14 touchdowns on the ground and four receiving touchdowns.
Kamara finished the season with 259 fantasy points.
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
This man simply has the best hands in the league. Hopkins caught 115 passes for 1572 yards and 11 touchdowns. Hopkins finished the season as the number one receiver in PPR leagues and the number two receiver in standard formats.
He was also there for you during the fantasy football playoffs: week 14 he had four passes for 36 yards and a touchdown; week 15 he had 10 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns; and week 16 he contributed nine passes for 104 yards.
In the era of diva wide receivers…this man is the real deal.
Hopkins finished the season with 213 fantasy points standard and 337.5 fantasy points in PPR.
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
While Jones’ fantasy owners lamented his lack of touchdowns all season, Jones still produced (especially if you are playing PPR). Jones was targeted 170 times for 113 receptions. He finished the season with 1677 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
Jones finished the season with 204 fantasy points.
Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
Adams was also the victim of a sloppy offensive line. He still managed 111 receptions on 169 targets. Adams finished the season with 1386 yards and 13 touchdowns.
But who will be the head coach next year?
Adams finished the season with 213 fantasy points.
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
He may feel unappreciated by his team, but fantasy owners appreciated his contributions. Brown was targeted 168 times for 104 receptions. He totaled 1297 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Brown finished the season with 213 fantasy points.
Oh, if you didn’t have a top three tight end, streaming was your plight in the fantasy season. But if you did…
Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Forget the reality show…Kelce is the real deal. While Kelce’s average draft position put him late in the second round behind the likes of Jordan Howard and LeSean McCoy, he outscored them both.
Kelce was targeted 150 times for 103 receptions. That added 1336 yards and 10 touchdowns.
George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
Kittle managed to salvage the tight end position for most with a third string quarterback under center. While he beat out Kelce for receiving yards, his receptions lagged behind.
Kittle was targeted 136 times for 88 receptions. He finished the season with 1377 yards.
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Ertz’s fortunes (and your fantasy fortunes) seem to follow Carson Wentz. Ertz proved more productive when Wentz was under center. Still he managed to be fantasy dependable, which is something in the tight end market.
Ertz was targeted 156 times for 116 receptions. He finished the regular season with 1163 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Who was your fantasy football hero?
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