2019 Fantasy Football Mock Draft- Updated: Tuesday, February 5th
With Super Bowl LIII and the 2018 NFL season behind us, it's time to look ahead to the 2019 NFL season and how the early rounds of a fantasy football draft could play out.
Before you're drafting teams for real, there is obviously plenty that will impact the fantasy outlooks of players -- NFL free agency in March, the NFL Draft in April, injuries and/or holdouts over the offseason, etc.
Taking that into consideration, I thought it'd be fun to run through a back-of-the-napkin exercise to map out how the first three rounds of a mock draft would play out if I were the GM for all 12 teams.
[Note: This mock draft uses half-point per reception scoring.]
1.01 - Team 1: Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Despite insisting that he's healthy, there is no chance that Gurley wasn't limited by his knee given his inexplicably-low usage when the games mattered most. That said, he is as good as it gets when healthy. Only 24 years old (turns 25 in August), the versatile back is the focal point of one of the league's most explosive and innovative offenses. Leading the NFL in rushing scores in each of the past two seasons, Gurley has scored 40 total touchdowns -- 30 rushing and 10 receiving -- and racked up 3,924 yards from scrimmage since 2017.
1.02 - Team 2: Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
The second pick in the (real) 2018 NFL Draft, Barkley is the second pick here but there isn't much of a dropoff, if any, from Gurley. In 2018, the rookie led the NFL in YFS (2,028), scored 15 total touchdowns and had a team-high 91 receptions. That said, what gives Gurley the edge over Barkley is the overall offensive potency. With Eli Manning under center in 2018, the Giants were middle of the pack -- 17th in total offense and 16th in scoring offense.
1.03 - Team 3: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Not only does Elliott have two rushing titles in three seasons, but he has led the NFL in rushing yards per game every year since being a top-four selection by the Cowboys in 2016. Not only has he averaged 21.7 carries per game in his young career, he was much more involved as a receiver in 2018 -- 77 receptions on 95 targets.
1.04 - Team 4: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
If this were a full PPR mock (as opposed to half-PPR scoring), he would be at least one spot higher than this. Breaking Matt Forte's single-season receptions record for a running back, McCaffrey followed up his 80-catch rookie campaign with 107 receptions in 2018. In 2018, he nearly reached the 2,000-YFS mark (1,965) and scored 13 total touchdowns.
1.05 - Team 5: Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
The second-year back saw a significant bump in workload from his rookie season, but he was much more involved in the first four weeks (with Mark Ingram suspended) than the final 12 weeks. Kamara averaged 22.75 touches per game (Weeks 1 to 4) vs. 16.73 (Weeks 5 to 17). In full-PPR scoring formats, he was actually the weekly RB1 in three of the first four weeks of the season. With Ingram set to become an unrestricted free agent, Kamara has legitimate RB1 upside, especially if Ingram signs elsewhere.
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2019 NFL Mock Draft- Updated: February 8th
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Predicting how a draft will play out minutes before it begins is virtually impossible so naturally it's even more difficult more than two months out.
Over the next couple of months, the one certain is that this 2019 NFL mock draft will change -- perhaps considerably -- with the NFL Scouting Combine, NFL free agency, etc. ahead of us.
As we move closer to the actual draft, we will add rounds and eventually mock all seven rounds.
For now, here's how the first round of the 2019 NFL draft could play out:
|1.01||Arizona Cardinals||Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State|
|1.02||San Francisco 49ers||Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky|
|1.03||New York Jets||Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama|
|1.04||Oakland Raiders||Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan|
|1.05||Jacksonville Jaguars (projected trade)||Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State|
|1.06||New York Giants||Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson|
|1.07||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (projected trade)||Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama|
|1.08||Detroit Lions||Greedy Williams, CB, LSU|
|1.09||Buffalo Bills||Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida|
|1.10||Denver Broncos||Drew Lock, QB, Missouri|
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2018 Fantasy Football Rankings: Week 20 QB Rankings
Scoring: These rankings are based on standard-scoring formats -- one point per 25 passing yards and one point per 10 rushing yards plus four points per passing touchdown and six points per rushing touchdown. They are for the Week 20 of the 2018 NFL season.
Below is our Week 20 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings from Kevin Hanson:
1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. NE)
Carrying an 11-game streak with multiple passing scores into the postseason, Mahomes had either 300 passing yards and/or multiple touchdown passes in all 16 regular-season games. While he rushed for a score, Mahomes threw for 278 scoreless yards on Saturday against the Colts. Even if he doesn't post his video game-esque regular-season numbers, Kansas City's gunslinger is the top-ranked quarterback once again.
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (vs. LAR)
In the first 10 games to begin the season, Brees finished as a top-three fantasy QB more times (six) than he did not (four). Brees and the offense has been less potent since then, but the final numbers (301 yards and two TDs) last week were good and he threw for 346 yards and four touchdowns in the first matchup against the Rams in the regular season.
3. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (at NO)
With a Week 17 blowout against the 49ers as the exception, Goff has failed to throw multiple touchdowns in any of his other December or January games. In fact, he has as many games without a touchdown (three) as he does with a touchdown (three) since December 2nd. With the duo of Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson having so much success on the ground, it's not easy to trust Goff.
4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (at KC)
In terms of fantasy production, it was a disappointing year for Brady as he finished as fantasy's QB14. The regular-season matchup against the Chiefs was one of his better games of the season as he threw for 340 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another score. The Chiefs allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in 2018.
5. Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints (vs. LAR)
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