By: Alex Kamel
This is my first fantasy football blog, so I just wanted to start this out by saying I hate Michael Fabiano. That man is my mortal enemy. Any time I listened to his “football knowledge” to set my lineup, it led to an automatic loss. Mikey Fabs gets paid to go on TV and be wrong more than your local weatherman and still somehow keeps his job. It could not bother me more than it already does. Now that I got that all out here is the top 10 players in fantasy football for the 2018-19 season.
Gurley was the best running back of the 2017 season and has no reason to slow down with his new and improved team. The Rams drastically improved their team with the acquisitions of key players on both sides of the ball to make them the team to beat in the NFC. This means that opposing defenses will not be able to stack the box against Todd Gurley because they will have to worry about the passing game with gun slinger Jared Goff and their newest deep threat, Brandin Cooks. This will be the same Todd Gurley as last year except with a little less resistance in the run game.
Le’Veon has been the most reliable fantasy running back over the last three years. He’s a terrific pass catcher, elite runner, and has the incredible patience to wait for a hole to open up so he can explode through it. He is so patient when he runs with the ball that he looks like he’s doing a light jog on the field, but still manages to gash defenses for big gains. As much as people hate to say it, Big Ben is getting old, and the Steelers might have to depend on the run game now more than ever before.
Usually when players miss an extended amount of time like Zeke did, it is due to injury that they are recovering from. BUT Zeke has fresh legs! After all the talk of his off the field issues last year, he is coming into 2018 with a chip on his shoulder and will be ready to power through anyone in his way. Oh yea, he also has the best offensive line in the NFL. Expect Zeke to be the bell cow he was during his rookie year.
Antonio Brown is the best WR in fantasy and reality. He cuts on a dime in his routes and is always open, even when he’s not. Ben’s trust in Antonio is incredible where it’s come to the point where he just throws it up to him with the trust Matt Stafford use to have when he was throwing 50-yard bombs to Megatron in triple coverage. Expect him to be just as dangerous as usual in the passing game and is an early first round pick (ESPECIALLY in a PPR league).
Although Fournette is looked at as a power back, his incredible speed is sometimes looked over. The big man is underratedly, one of the fastest backs in the league. Usually running backs who are known for their power like Fournette, tend to slow down near the end of the season, especially a rookie running back who is used to a shorter football season in college. But Fournette proved he is not like other running backs, as he ran with the same speed and power in the AFC Championship than he did in week 1.
It is always hard to draft a guy who was basically out the entire year last season, but David Johnson will prove everyone wrong if he is passed up in the first round. David Johnson will pick up right where he left off in the 2016 season and continue to be the bell cow in the run game and running out in the flat in the passing game.
I am a huge Saquon fan. I know he has 0 NFL experience, but I don’t care. He is a great running back, that can catch passes out of the backfield, and might even be returning kicks! He also reminds me of my favorite player to ever play this game, Ladanian Tomlinson. He is a dual threat in the running and passing game just like Le’Veon Bell and Christian McCaffery. The only reason I did not put him higher is because the Giants offensive line gets cut through more than swiss cheese.
Alvin Kamara is the 4th best RB in the league (behind Todd Gurley Le’Veon, and Zeke). He is patient like Le’Veon Bell and also a little bit faster than him. Another dual threat running back, whose only fault is that he has to split a backfield with Mark Ingram.
Melvin Gordon had a strong year in fantasy last year as he was one of the top backs in the league, and he is only going to get better. The Chargers bolstered their offensive line with the addition of Mike Pouncey and the return of Forrest Lamp, who tore his ACL during training camp last year. Melvin Gordon will have a much-improved offensive line and will catch passes out of the backfield in an offense that heavily relies on their running backs in third and short passing situations.
Poor Deandre Hopkins. As one of the best receivers in the league, he has had long history of terrible quarterbacks. He finally gets breakout rookie Deshaun Watson, but then he tears his ACL in practice and ruins the promising season for the Texans. Watson’s return not only brings up the stock of Deandre Hopkins, but the entire Houston Texans team. Deandre Hopkins stock will rise as long as Deshaun Watson's knees remain intact.
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