2019 Crazy Early Fantasy Football Top 50
Welcome to 2019 Fantasy Season! If you're wondering "Who the hell is this new guy?"... well, my name is Kevin Tompkins and I'm the new addition to the Fighting Chance Fantasy team. Before the early mock draft on Tuesday night, I figured I'd post an early top 50 list as of right now. It's going to change quite a bit between now and free agency, but hey, fantasy is a year round thing now! So without further adieu, here is the top 50 and tune in tomorrow for the mock draft! Also, be sure to shoot me a follow on Twitter, @ktompkinsii! Thanks for reading and let's get started on the road to the 2019 NFL fantasy football season!
1. Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams / RB1
2018 Standard finish: RB1
2018 PPR finish: RB3
Stats: 1,251 yards, 17 TDs; 59 receptions (81 targets) 580 yards, 4 rec TDs
Todd Gurley's 8 (EIGHT!) top-5 weekly finishes at RB in 2018 after 2017's RB1 finish should keep him as #1 overall. in '19. McVay's offense runs through him and Gurley should be in line for another top finish among backs.
2. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers / RB2
2018 Standard finish: RB3
2018 PPR finish: RB2
1098 yd., 7 TD / 107 rec., 867 yd., 6 TD (124 targets)
Riverboat Ron was right: McCaffrey got the ball early and often while turning in a monster '18. Slight regression on receptions and receiving yards in '19? No matter what, McCaffrey is a rock star and worthy of top 3 overall in drafts.
3. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants / RB3
2018 Standard finish: RB2
2018 PPR finish: RB1
1307 yd., 11 TD / 91 rec., 721 yd., 4 TD (121 targets)
Over 2000 yds. from scrimmage in Barkley's opening act, a repeat in '19? Potentially shaky QB situation could hamper ability to match '18 but even if he doesn't, he's a safe top 5 pick for years to come.
4. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys / RB4
2018 Standard finish: RB5
2018 PPR finish: RB5
1434 yd., 6 TD / 77 rec., 567 yd., 3 TD (95 targets)
Tallied 2001 yards from scrimmage in 2018 and with more receptions this season than rest of his career combined, Elliott should keep on eating in '19 with a healthy offensive line.
5. Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers / RB5
2018 Standard finish: RB6
2018 PPR finish: RB8
885 yd., 10 TD /50 rec., 490 yd., 4 TD (66 targets)
Late season ankle injury kept Gordon from 1000 yard season in '18. As steady as they come when healthy, should be no different next season. May be leaned on even more as Rivers gets longer in the tooth.
6. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints / RB6
2018 Standard finish: RB5
2018 PPR finish: RB5
883 yd., 14 TD / 81 rec., 709 yd., 4 TD (105 targets)
Expect some touchdown regression but the yards and overall usage could rise if Ingram moves elsewhere. Kamara will be an even safer bet in '19 if that were to occur.
7. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers / WR1
2018 Standard finish: WR3
2018 PPR finish: WR2
111 rec., 1386 yd., 13 TD (169 targets)
Adams was Mr. Consistency in '18 en route to a WR2 finish and ZERO single digit scoring weeks. '19 should be more of the same as long as he's getting the ball from Rodgers. New HC Matt LaFleur will make sure of that.
8. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans / WR2
2018 Standard finish: WR4
2018 PPR finish: WR1
115 rec., 1572 yd., 11 TD (163 targets)
"Nuk" is a freak of nature and amidst nagging injuries, still turned in a WR1 in PPR format. Consensus 1st rounder and top 3 WR pick in '19 drafts.
9. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers / WR3
2018 Standard finish: WR2
2018 PPR finish: WR5
104 rec., 1297 yd., 15 TD (168 targets)
Yet another elite season for Brown, but is likely to be moved in the offseason. Shouldn't affect his value short-term, he's a bankable top 6 WR.
10. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints / WR4
2018 Standard finish: WR8
2018 PPR finish: WR6
125 rec., 1405 yd., 9 TD (147 targets)
Was 2018 the ceiling for Thomas? Thomas was force fed targets left and right but may not need to be in 2019 for Saints to be successful. Still a stud top 5 WR however you slice it.
11. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Free Agent / RB7
2018 Standard finish: DNP
2018 PPR finish: DNP
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Wherever Bell ends up, (Jets? Eagles? Colts? Raiders?) he will look to prove himself again in 2019. Should be an easy top 10 back once again for whatever franchise tags him as their new workhorse.
12. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons / WR5
2018 Standard finish: WR5
2018 PPR finish: WR4
113 rec., 1677 yd., 8 TD (170 targets)
Julio led the NFL in receiving yds. and targets in '18 and tallied all 8 TD (most since 2015) after Week 9. Entering his age 30 season, should be a lock for top 10 among WR.
13. James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers / RB8
2018 Standard finish: RB7
2018 PPR finish: RB6
973 yd., 12 TD / 55 rec., 497 yds., TD (71 targets)
One of the league's best stories, Conner seamlessly filled in as primary rusher for the Steelers. With Bell leaving Pittsburgh, will be a RB1 in drafts next season.
14. Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs / WR6
2018 Standard finish: WR1
2018 PPR finish: WR3
87 rec., 1479 yd., 12 TD (137 targets) / 151 yd. rush., 2 TD
A roller-coaster fantasy season in terms of week to week consistency, but the highs were spectacular (6 100+ rec. games). The fastest player in the league should be a rock-solid WR1 in '19 drafts.
15. Odell Beckham Jr, WR, New York Giants / WR7
2018 Standard finish: WR16
2018 PPR finish: WR15
77 rec., 1052 yd., 6 TD (124 targets)
Still managed a 1,000 yard season despite a quad injury that ended his campaign in Week 13. A possible QB change could muddle up Beckham's '19 but still a quality WR1.
16. Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns / RB9
2018 Standard finish: RB15
2018 PPR finish: RB17
996 yd., 8 TD / 20 rec., 149 yd., 2 TD (29 targets)
Racked up 797 yd. after taking starting role in Week 7, 2nd most in NFL over that span. Lack of receiving work aside, Chubb shouldn't last past 2nd round in '19 drafts.
17. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings / RB10
2018 Standard finish: RB31
2018 PPR finish: RB30
615 yd. , 2 TD / 40 rec., 305 yd., 2 TD (49 targets)
If Cook can stay healthy, the sky is the limit. Will be 24 in the '19 preseason, and a fringe RB1/RB2 if his health allows him. Let's hope Minnesota fixes their O-line.
18. Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers / WR8
2018 Standard finish: WR8
2018 PPR finish: WR9
111 rec., 1426 yd., 7 TD (166 targets)
Turned in a 1400 yd. season alongside Antonio Brown, but could be the unquestioned WR1 in PIT pending a Brown trade. A repeat season in '19 is not out of the question.
19. Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers / WR9
2018 Standard finish: WR14
2018 PPR finish: WR12
97 rec., 1196 yd., 6 TD (136 targets)
After a lackluster 1st half of the season, Allen reeled off 5 straight games with a TD en route to just shy of 100 rec. for '18. '19 should bring more of the same for Rivers' top target.
20. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs / TE1
2018 Standard finish: TE1
2018 PPR finish: TE1
103 rec., 1336 yd., 10 TD (150 targets)
2018's TE1 would have been WR9 in PPR. Kelce may creep into the middle of the 2nd round in '19 redrafts based on positional scarcity. If you want him, you'll have to pay dearly for him.
21. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings / WR10
2018 Standard finish: WR7
2018 PPR finish: WR7
113 rec., 1373 yd. 9 TD (153 targets)
Thielen began '18 with an NFL record 8 straight 100 yd. games but had just 1 the rest of the way, limping into 113-1373-9. '19 should yield similar results.
22. Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals / RB11
2018 Standard finish: RB9
2018 PPR finish: RB10
1168 yd., 8 TD / 43 rec., 296 yd., TD (55 targets)
Mixon will parlay a quality sophomore season into 2nd round consideration in '19 drafts. Usage is encouraging even despite plenty of negative game scripts.
23. Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers / RB12
2018 Standard finish: RB23
2018 PPR finish: RB24
728 yd., 8 TD / 26 rec., 206 yd., TD (35 targets)
Despite confusing usage of Aaron Jones in '18 after a 2 game suspension, he still rushed for over 700 yd. & 9 total TD. Jones could crack RB top 10 as long as health/new HC Matt LaFleur allows.
24. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals / RB13
2018 Standard finish: RB10
2018 PPR finish: RB9
940 yd., 7 TD / 50 rec., 446 yd., 3 TD (76 targets)
A bit of a lost season for Johnson and he STILL finished top 10. Johnson by virtue of an anemic offense around him falls to a quality RB2 but could be an excellent value in '19 redrafts.
25. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers / WR11
2018 Standard finish: WR6
2018 PPR finish: WR9
86 rec., 1524 yd., 8 TD (138 targets)
With five straight 1000 yd. seasons to open his career, Evans and his elite YPC (17.7 in '18) has a good shot to make it six with Winston back in the fold. A fringe WR1/WR2 value in '19 drafts.
26. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles / TE2
2018 Standard finish: TE3
2018 PPR finish: TE2
116 rec., 1163 yd., 8 TD (156 targets)
Ertz was the apple of Wentz' eye in '18, pacing the TE position in receptions and finishing as TE2. In fantasy terms, Ertz could flirt with end of 2nd/beginning of 3rd round value in '19.
27. Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys / WR12
2018 Standard finish: RB19
2018 PPR finish: RB19
75 rec., 1005 yd., 7 TD (107 targets)
After a Week 8 trade to Dallas, Cooper ramped up his play and sparked the Cowboys as Prescott's primary passing game option. A full season in Dallas puts Cooper squarely in WR2 territory.
28. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings / WR13
2018 Standard finish: WR12
2018 PPR finish: WR10
102 rec., 1021 yd., 9 TD (149 targets)
With his first 1000 yd. season & career high in TD, Diggs was able to see roughly the same amount of targets as Thielen. Still, he is a quality WR2 in an explosive MIN offense heading into '19.
29. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars / RB14
2018 Standard finish: RB37
2018 PPR finish: RB40
439 yd., 5 TD / 22 rec., 185 yd., TD (26 targets)
High range of outcomes after a volatile season where he couldn't stay healthy and got into HC Doug Marrone's doghouse. Stay tuned, but a volume-heavy RB2 when healthy.
30. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals / WR14
2018 Standard finish: WR37
2018 PPR finish: WR44
46 rec., 694 yd., 6 TD (77 targets)
Only playing 9 games in '18, Green could be at a crossroads in Cincinnati entering his age-31 season. Green has been so good for so long, but is trending downward. A mid-range WR2 in '19 with some WR1 moments.
31. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts / WR15
2018 Standard finish: WR15
2018 PPR finish: WR14
76 rec., 1270 yd., 6 TD (120 targets)
With Luck back at QB in '18, Hilton returned to his usual fine form, amassing over 1200 yd. Never one for the end zone, Hilton has still been a consistent high-end WR2 & should stay in that range in '19.
32. Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions / WR16
2018 Standard finish: WR21
2018 PPR finish: WR21
70 rec., 1063 yd., 5 TD (119 targets)
"Babytron" is a fast riser & had his first 1000 yd. season in '18. Had some quiet games but as the WR1 in Detroit, should be the primary target for Stafford in '19. A WR2 with plenty of room to grow.
33. Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions / RB15
2018 Standard finish: R33
2018 PPR finish: RB34
641 yd., 3 TD / 32 rec., 213 yd., TD (39 targets)
With several quality games in the early going of '18, HC Matt Patricia gave Johnson the keys to the offense. He has the potential to vault into RB1 status & could be somebody to reach for in '19.
34. Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos / RB16
2018 Standard finish: RB12
2018 PPR finish: RB13
1037 yd., 9 TD / 35 rec., 241 yd., TD (47 targets)
The prime early season pickup off of waivers in '18, Lindsay dodged Royce Freeman's sluggish rookie season to post a 1000 yd. season. Freeman looms but Lindsay should be a good bet to repeat RB2 value in '19.
35. Brandin Cooks, WR, Los Angeles Rams / WR17
2018 Standard finish: WR13
2018 PPR finish: WR13
80 rec., 1204 yd., 5 TD (117 targets)
Cooks had a great start to '18 but as the Rams' O had a lull, so did Cooks. He only scored 3 times during the fantasy season. Cooks should resume his role as deep threat in '19, returning WR2 value.
36. Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots / RB17
2018 Standard finish: RB25
2018 PPR finish: RB35
931 yd., 6 TD / 7 rec., 50 yd. (11 targets)
Michel was relied on heavily to salt away games, but his non-existent usage in the passing game hurts him in PPR. Michel still should be right in the RB2 mix in '19 and should flirt with 1000 yards.
37. Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams / WR18
2018 Standard finish: WR47
2018 PPR finish: WR51
40 rec., 566 yd., 6 TD (55 targets)
Kupp fell in Week 10 to an ACL tear but was on pace for low-end WR1 numbers. Check his status in training camp but should be available for Week 1 in '19 as a health-dependent WR2.
38. Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams / WR19
2018 Standard finish: WR10
2018 PPR finish: WR11
86 rec., 1219 yd., 6 TD (130 targets)
The last (but certainly not least) in the Rams' big three, Woods had the best season among them, showing versatility as well moving from outside to the slot. Woods in '19 profiles as a solid WR2.
39. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs / QB1
2018 Standard finish: QB1
2018 PPR finish: QB1
5097 yd., 50 TD, 12 INT / 272 yd. rush., 2 TD
Mahomes turned in a likely MVP season in his first full season as Chiefs' starting QB, but have we seen his best? He'll likely be taken a round or two early in redraft but will be the first QB taken in '19.
40. George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers / TE3
2018 Standard finish: TE2
2018 PPR finish: TE3
88 rec., 1377 yd., 5 TD (136 targets)
Kittle was selected as a fringe TE1 in the fall drafts and turned in a season for the ages, setting the NFL record for most receiving yards by a TE. Now into the elite at TE in '19, he's a pretty good bet to be selected by the 3rd round.
41. Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons / RB18
2018 Standard finish: RB109
2018 PPR finish: RB105
68 yd. / 5 rec., 23 yd. (7 targets)
Freeman lasted just two games in '18 before heading to IR with a groin injury. With Tevin Coleman likely headed to FA, Freeman could share with Ito Smith, but keep tabs on his status & situation for '19.
42. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots / WR20
2018 Standard finish: WR23
2018 PPR finish: WR20
74 rec., 850 yd., 6 TD (108 targets)
After a four game suspension, Edelman picked up right where he left off as Tom Brady's slot maestro. Even into his age 33 season, Edelman is a solid, consistent WR2 heading into the '19 season.
43. Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns / WR21
2018 Standard finish: WR22
2018 PPR finish: WR18
81 rec., 976 yd., 4 TD (149 targets)
Landry wasn't peppered with targets for targets' sake, but his second half downturn crept some doubt into his usage as Mayfield got more comfortable. He's still a volume based WR2 for '19.
44. James White, RB, New England Patriots / RB19
2018 Standard finish: RB11
2018 PPR finish: RB7
425 yd., 5 TD / 87 rec., 751 yd., 7 TD (123 targets)
You're not drafting White for his rushing stats, but he turned in his finest season in '18 both on the ground & through the air. As Brady's safety valve, he should at least return low-end RB2 value in '19.
45. Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks / RB20
2018 Standard finish: RB14
2018 PPR finish: RB15
1151 yd., 9 TD / 20 rec., 163 yd. (24 targets)
Carson will be firmly in the RB2 mix in '19 following a quality '18 where he rushed for over 1000 yards and was the bellcow for the run-based Seahawks offense. Rashaad Penny doesn't pose a threat... yet.
46. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks / WR22
2018 Standard finish: WR11
2018 PPR finish: WR16
57 rec., 965 yd., 10 TD (70 targets)
Lockett was remarkably efficient '18 with 57 catches, 10 TD on only 70 (!!!) targets. He never had over 5 catches in a game, but should see his use increase in '19. He's a low-end WR2/high-end WR3.
47. D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers / WR23
2018 Standard finish: WR38
2018 PPR finish: WR36
55 rec., 788 yd., 2 TD (82 targets)
D.J. Moore started out '18 down in the depth chart, but as it ended, he was atop said depth chart. He only scored two TD but is trending upwards as a high-end WR3 for '19. Or higher.
48. Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts / RB21
2018 Standard finish: RB19
2018 PPR finish: RB21
908 yd., 9 TD / 17 rec., 103 yd., TD (26 targets)
After an early season ankle injury, Mack asserted his dominance in the Colts' backfield in '18 and was a big part of many fantasy titles. In '19, Mack should be a solid RB2 with room to improve, & he's only 23.
49. Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears / WR24
2018 Standard finish: WR41
2018 PPR finish: WR40
55 rec., 754 yd., 4 TD (94 targets)
Robinson was hard to trust in '18, but he was a year removed from his ACL tear & the Bears O was in year 1 with HC Matt Nagy. Year 2 should be better as Trubisky improves. WR3 with plenty of potential to rise up.
50. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans / RB22
2018 Standard finish: RB13
2018 PPR finish: RB16
1059 yd., 12 TD / 15 rec., 99 yd. (18 targets)
In '18, Henry compiled over half of his 1000 yards and over half of his touchdowns in the month of December. Can we finally trust Henry? He's worth a mid-round pick in '19 but beware, we've been burned by him before.