Fantasy Football Year In Review


Chris Urban, Editor

The 2018 Fantasy Football season was one filled with plenty of excitement, disappointment, anticipation and everything in between. In my opinion, this season was the best year of fantasy football because of the incredible uptick in offensive production compared to seasons past. There were so many records broken, impactful waiver wire pickups and studs that carried your team

If you drafted Kansas City Chiefs quarterback (QB) Patrick Mahomes, odds are you made the playoffs if not the championship round. People who took a risk on the Giants Saquon Barkley in the first round in fantasy drafts have certainly benefited as the superstar rookie running back (RB) finished as the #1 scorer at his position.

In fantasy football drafting superstars is crucial, but not the end all be all. In fact, finding great contributors at a low cost is just as important. For example, Pittsburgh Steeler’s James Conner finished as the 7th best RB in fantasy amid Le’Veon Bell’s holdout. Compiling players that greatly exceed their expectation in the late rounds in drafts or through the waiver wire are the keystones to bringing home a championship.

The 2018 Fantasy Football season was defined by making insightful late-round draft picks and waiver wire pickups. Players such as Denver’s Philip Lindsay, Cincinnati’s Tyler Boyd, and New England’s James White were dart throws at the beginning of the year that turned into ultra-consistent, high end producers that won you weekly match ups.

At times rookie QB’s made a splash in 2018 fantasy football. Buffalo’s Josh Allen compiled some huge fantasy numbers with his legs including a 40 point game in Week 17. Similar to Allen, Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson after getting the starting job in week 11 had an extremely high floor at QB due to his incredibly high rushing attempts.

2019 Projected Top 20 Fantasy Picks:

1.) Saquon Barkley RB, New York Giants

2.) Todd Gurley RB, Los Angeles Rams

3.) Christian McCafferey RB, Carolina Panthers

4.) Ezekiel Elliott RB, Dallas Cowboys

5.) James Conner RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

6.) Melvin Gordon RB, Los Angeles Chargers

7.) Alvin Kamara RB, New Orleans Saints

8.) DeAndre Hopkins WR, Houston Texans

9.) Tyreek Hill WR, Kansas City Chiefs

10.) Julio Jones WR, Atlanta Falcons

11.) Davante Adams WR, Green Bay Packers

12.) Le’Veon Bell RB, Free Agent

13.) Micheal Thomas WR, New Orleans Saints

14.) Patrick Mahomes QB, Kansas City Chiefs

15.) Antonio Brown WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

16.) JuJu Smith-Schuster WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

17.) David Johnson RB, Arizona Cardinals

18.) Adam Thielen WR, Minnesota Vikings

19.) Mike Evans WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

20.) Joe Mixon RB, Cincinnati Bengals