The 2018 fantasy football season is over. It is time to look forward, and whether you are playing in a redraft league or a dynasty league in 2019, there is nothing wrong with searching for the, “next best thing”. Enter the 2019 NFL draft class to your fantasy football radar.
Here are 10 players to keep your eyes on:
Don’t be too surprised that two of the top three running backs are from Alabama Crimson Tide pipeline.
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Bennie Snell Jr., 5’11”, 222 pounds, Running Back, University of Kentucky
For fans not located below the Mason-Dixon line, let’s just call the Citrus Bowl what is was, the coming out party of Bennie Snell and self-proclaimed number one 2019 NFL draft pick, Josh Allen.
Against Penn State, Snell rushed 26 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns. In the fourth quarter as Penn State was attempting a comeback, Snell was the rushing force that kept the Kentucky Wildcats in the win column. And he accomplished this even with everyone in the universe knowing he was getting the ball.
Snell finished his career at Kentucky with 3873 yards on 737 carries. He averaged 5.3 yards per attempts with 48 touchdowns. And, oh yeah, he also had 29 receptions for 216 yards.
Josh Jacobs, 5’10”, 216 pounds, Running Back, University of Alabama
First he wasn’t now he is. Jacobs, after refuting reports, has finally declared for the 2019 NFL draft.
For most of the year, Jacobs was listed third on the depth chart at Alabama.
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Being named MVP in the SEC Championship game put that notion in the rear view mirror. And then there was his Orange Bowl performance in the college playoff semi-finals against Oklahoma. That’s when Jacobs punished the Oklahoma Sooners for 98 rushing yards on 15 carries, adding 60 receiving yards on four receptions.
Jacobs’ career stats: 251 rushing attempts for 1491 yards and 16 touchdowns, averaging 5.9 yards per carry. He also added 48 receptions for 571 yards and five touchdowns.
According to 247 Sports analysis: “Jacobs was Alabama’s do-everything player in 2018, rushing for 640 yards and a team-high 11 touchdowns on 120 carries while catching 20 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns…was also the Tide’s primary kickoff returner and returned 14 kicks for 148 yards and one score.”
Damien Harris, 5’10”, 214 pounds, Running Back, University of Alabama
Harris has accumulated 1000 yards in both 2017 and 2016 seasons. In 2018 he collected 876 yards and nine touchdowns on 150 rushing attempts, averaging 5.8 yards a carry. He also added 22 receptions for 204 yards.
Harris’ career stats: 477 rushing attempts for 3070 yards and 23 touchdowns, averaging 6.4 yards a carry. Also added 52 receptions for 407 yards and two touchdowns.
A.J. Brown, 6’1″, 225 pounds, wide receiver, Ole Miss
analysis by Buddy Andrade of DraftSite.com
- Tough receiver after the catch with the ability to break tackles and get yac.
- Solid hands and very good catch radius
- Allowed too much to have a free release and be dynamic.
- Continually lines up as inside receiver on multiple receiver set with a free release.
- Saw LSU tape watching another player
- Has a tough time against physicality and tight coverage.
Marquise Brown, 5’10”, 168 pounds, wide receiver, Oklahoma
Draft analysis according to thedraftnetwork:
“Projects as a game-breaking speed receiver in the NFL. Brown has explosive speed and the ability to tear open secondaries in all levels of the field. Brown has tremendous quickness at the top of his routes and could be successfully implemented into many kinds of offenses, although his best usage would be as a Z-receiver in a vertical passing offense.”
Kelvin Harmon, 6’3″, 213 pounds, wide receiver, North Carolina State
According to CBS draft prospect rankings “Harmon is a big, muscular wideout with a complete skill set…can win in contested-catch situations, has shown impressive speed and wiggle after the catch, and has plus concentration and body control near the sidelines. He’s already built like a perimeter NFL receiver.”
Noah Fant, 6’5″, 241 pounds, Tight End, Iowa Hawkeyes
2016 season: played 6 games, 9 receptions, 70 yards, 1 touchdown
2017 season: played 12 games, 30 receptions, 494 yards, 11 touchdowns, 2 rushing attempts, -1 yards
2018 season: played 12 games, 39 receptions, 518 yards, 7 touchdowns, 1 rushing attempt, 1 yard
Jace Sternberger, 6’4″, 250 pounds, Tight End, Kansas, Texas A&M
2015 (Kansas) season: redshirt
2016 (Kansas) season: played 2 games, 1 reception, 5 yards, 0 touchdowns
2018 (Texas A&M) season: played 13 games, 48 receptions, 832 yards, 10 touchdowns, 1 rushing attempt, 4 yards
Irv Smith Jr., 6’4″, 246 pounds, Tight End, Alabama
2017 season: played 9 games, 14 receptions, 128 yards, 3 touchdowns
2018 season: played 15 games, 44 receptions, 710 yards, 7 touchdowns
Kyler Murray, 5’10”, 195 pounds, Quarterback, Texas A & M, Oklahoma
Murray was drafted ninth overall in the 2018 MLB draft by the Oakland A’s. He is also this year’s Heisman Trophy winner.
New Arizona Cardinals head coach, Kliff Kingsbury, said in October that if he had the opportunity, he would draft Murray with the number one overall pick in the draft. Hmm, last season first round pick Josh Rosen is still a Cardinals.
In a losing effort, Murray threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 109 yards and one touchdown. Those stats made Murray the first player in five years to throw for 300 yards and rush for at least 100 yards in a bowl game.
The question is, will he stick with his $4.6 million contract with the baseball Oakland A’s? Or will he opt for football? If he opts for football, then he should be on your fantasy draft radar.
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