With the start of the NFL season just a few weeks away, the talk of fantasy football is starting to heat up. According to RealtimeCampaign.com, many leagues have already begun the drafting process and many of the top daily sites like DraftKings have their contests up for lineup submissions. With 2018 in the rear view, it is time to start looking at the top 50 players that look to impact the fantasy football world in 2019.
With many different teams making roster moves this off-season, the aspect of daily fantasy football play gains new levels of insight as to levels of impact these moves hold for a roster or team. With many lists like “Fantasy football: Ranking the top 50 players ahead of the 2019 season” already released to the general public, speculations can ensue. Most of these speculations involve different areas of impact and attempt to curve the level of contribution these individual players will have within an established system. Take Le’Veon Bell for example. Bell will head the new-looked Jets offense and will run behind an offensive line that has been challenged in recent history. The inexperience upfront and the young talent handing him the ball will make him a focal point of this offense. This means he will get his touches in terms of carries and catches, ranking him near the top of nearly every list on the market.
The model of drafting a running back with your first pick this year continues with the likes of Saquon Barkley, Alvin Kamara, and Christian McCaffrey remaining atop the discussion boards. The running back position has also stirred up some drama in terms of contractual disputes. See this here is a gray area for fantasy football: Do you draft Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon early knowing the given implications? The potential risk involved around these top 50 talents is what makes the season interesting for players and owners. Some will ignore the noise and steal these talents in later-rounds, but others will avoid them all together.
Some of the most surprising entries into the top 50 discussion comes from first-year player pools. David Montgomery of the Chicago Bears and Josh Jacobs of the Oakland Raiders are two players that are earning their fantasy football stripes early. These are two names that have consistently dropped in the top 50 discussion of most experts and drafts, leaving them as two rookies to keep an eye out for. Some additional fringe-level talents that sneak into the top 50 this year are Kerryon Johnson, Chris Godwin, and DJ Moore. All three have held perspective positions on their teams for at least 2 years and are looking to continue their strive towards being mentioned within that top-tier of player talents in the fantasy football world.
This year will be an exciting one for fantasy football owners with many burning questions to be answered. Will Antonio Brown return to a level of impact once seen with the Steelers? Can Patrick Mahomes keep pace and shatter records again in 2019? Will the New York Giants choose to bench Eli Manning in favor of their lottery draft pick? Many of these questions and more will be answered as the 2019 season progresses.