What an odd fantasy football year. By the end of the season there will likely be a single standout player at the 3 major positions in total points for PPR formats (Lamar Jackson, Christian McCaffrey, and Michael Thomas). The quarterback position has true tiers after being streamed for years. Oddly, the majority of the top 10 finishers at the quarterback position likely won’t have been drafted in the top 10, meaning everyone who waited with the intention of streaming made it out unscathed. Even more strange, the running back position seems to have a far higher percentage of players that maintained health and value in comparison to the wide receiver position in rounds 1-3. Frankly, this never happens. This is all made even crazier by the waiver wire being bone dry. It truly has been unlike any season I can remember. We have often heard, or used, the mantra that seasons aren’t won on draft day, but I’m not sure that applies to 2019. After we all win some fantasy championships over the next few weeks, I’ll go into more detail on my thoughts in reviewing the season and how it effects the game moving forward.

This is all relevant to the rest of season rankings you see below. We have previously discussed how this year, more than any before, the players at back end of the rankings are flat and aren’t much different than ones on the waiver wire. I reiterate this point again not to tell you to go drop these guys, but to hammer home the idea that most players are expendable. For example, if your playoffs start next week and you need a win to get in, don’t be afraid to drop say… Devonta Freeman if you see a better one-week flex play out there. He has the Saints, Panthers, and 49ers in the next 3 weeks. If you think the Jets are going to score 30+ points again this week on the paltry Bengals and Robby Anderson is on your wire, then make the move. 

Here are a few players I am higher on than the consensus FantasyPro rankings for the rest of the year:

Michael Thomas (#3) – Thomas hasn’t had less than 10 targets since week 4. He hasn’t had less than 89 yards since week 3, while going over 100 yards in 6 of 8 games in that same span. The Saints have very few additional pass game options and Thomas has only one poor matchup remaining. Thomas is on his way to setting the NFL single season reception record if he maintains this pace. He is consensus ranked behind 9 running backs and I simply don’t see how that is possible. This was one of bigger misses of the year for me. Thomas wasn’t a full fade I just didn’t notice what was right in front of all of us. The Saints have a very narrow target pool and this was evident since May.

Zach Ertz (#31) – The Eagles don’t have any other pass options, even when Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffrey return. Ertz has received 11+ targets, averaged over 10 receptions per game, and almost 100 yards per over the last 3 weeks. Ertz is going to get the Dolphins, Giants, Redskins, and Cowboys while the Eagles attempt to win the division. I mentioned that I believed there would be a clear-cut leader at each of the QB, RB, and WR positions at the end of the year in the lede. The only reason Travis Kelce doesn’t make it four positions is because Zach Ertz will maintain pace with him.

Calvin Ridley (#39) – This is a carryover player from last week. There is a real possibility that the Falcons shut down Julio Jones. It would stun me if he doesn’t miss this week at the bare minimum. While I don’t see that as a necessity for Ridley to maintain this value, it would make him a clear cut WR1 if Matt Ryan continues to play. The Falcons have a difficult rest of season pass defense schedule, but they will be trailing and in the dome.

Miles Sanders (#46) – Jordan Howard’s injury is a true mystery. He has been out for a month with a stinger. There seems to be more than the “regular” nerve damage in his case. He could get better tomorrow, he could be done for the year, it isn’t clear. What is clear is that the Eagles have played Sanders for 85% of snaps the last two weeks. I’ve been critical of Sanders abilities as a running back, but they drafted him to play at a time like this. He has serious pass catching chops, and one of the best defensive schedules you can ask for. You drafted Sanders for more than you have received, but he might come through when it really counts. Jay Ajayi averaged one yard per carry after removing his long run last week. He does not concern me.

Rank Name Previous Rank
1 Christian McCaffrey 1
2 Dalvin Cook 2
3 Michael Thomas 5
4 Ezekiel Elliott 3
5 Saquon Barkley 4
6 Leonard Fournette 6
7 Nick Chubb 7
8 DeAndre Hopkins 8
9 Davante Adams 10
10 Derrick Henry 13
11 Alvin Kamara 11
12 Tyreek Hill 19
13 Mike Evans 14
14 Chris Godwin 15
15 Josh Jacobs 16
16 Cooper Kupp 18
17 Mark Ingram 21
18 Travis Kelce 22
19 George Kittle 32
20 Aaron Jones 20
21 Amari Cooper 17
22 Odell Beckham Jr 23
23 Julio Jones 9
24 Le’Veon Bell 27
25 Julian Edelman 24
26 Todd Gurley 26
27 Chris Carson 12
28 Melvin Gordon 25
29 Keenan Allen 29
30 Tyler Lockett 28
31 Zach Ertz 41
32 David Montgomery 30
33 Tevin Coleman 31
34 Allen Robinson 37
35 Sony Michel 34
36 D.J. Moore 40
37 Devin Singletary 36
38 Joe Mixon 38
39 Calvin Ridley 45
40 Kenyan Drake 48
41 Phillip Lindsay 50
42 Stefon Diggs 42
43 D.J. Chark 43
44 Darren Waller 44
45 Christian Kirk 47
46 Miles Sanders 60
47 Michael Gallup 51
48 Courtland Sutton 46
49 Kenny Golladay 33
50 Hunter Henry 49
51 Carlos Hyde 39
52 John Brown 56
53 Robert Woods 52
54 Adam Thielen 53
55 Austin Ekeler 55
56 Tyler Boyd 61
57 D.K. Metcalf 62
58 Golden Tate 57
59 Marquise Brown 63
60 Jarvis Landry 73
61 Davante Parker 78
62 Will Fuller NR
63 Mark Andrews 59
64 Devonta Freeman NR
65 Marvin Jones 66
66 Latavius Murray 65
67 Kareem Hunt 72
68 Marlon Mack 74
69 Jamison Crowder NR
70 Emmanuel Sanders 67
71 Robby Anderson NR
72 Matt Brieda 76
73 Derrius Guice 70
74 Bo Scarbrough NR
75 Royce Freeman 54
76 Ronald Jones NR
77 Terry McLaurin 80
78 Deebo Samuel 71
79 Rashaad Penny NR
80 James Washington NR

  1. Wacha Wacha says:

    My 12 team redraft superflex league still allows trading. Which of my 4 QBs do you think I am least likely going to want to start week 15 or 16 and can therefore be traded to help at RB? Originally I was think Josh Allen with tough schedule but also considering Brees…

    I have D Watson @ten @ TB.
    Winston @det vs hou
    Josh Allen @pit @ NE
    Brees vs ind @ Ten

    • Pat

      Pat says:

      I’d drop Brees out of that group. His floor is simply lower in the even that they dominate a game and he doesn’t throw enough. Josh Allens floor is just so high right now. Truth be told I doubt you start either over Watson Winston in those matchups.

  2. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:

    that’s true, top end RB basically never survive injuries MORE than top round WR’s. i doubt i’ve ever seen it to this degree.

    • Pat

      Pat says:

      It really has been a season unlike any other.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:

        the 2nd major point is mostly true too, the teams i have that are doing very well have guys that weren’t high picks but turned in higher pick value (rather than waivered guys) such as i have sutton and j.brown BOTH in some leagues (about 3 in total that have BOTH on them) and the ones i am doing the best in total points it’s were those guys were teamed up with good RB values like jacobs (not expensive in drafts either for value given back). i have just tons of shares of a.jones, d.adams, j.brown, sutton, edelman, h.henry and IF i had drafted say l-jax to those (i didn’t but easily could have) instead of say one of goff/wentz along with them instead of one of wentz/goff and j.allen i’d simply have a disturbingly best in the league-type team. in one league i had most of the above along with lockett (return yardage league too there) and was able to trade henry (he had been dropped and reobtained by me, already have kittle) for dak and earlier dissly for RJ2 to the same guy who was horrible in TE’s both times (literally traded dissly about 2 days before his value went down the toilet from injuries and only obtained him since kittle’s early bye). aj green never coming back has hurt me a ton though, as the later in draft season the drafts happened the cheaper and cheaper he became (got him like 110th in one draft, no earlier than 75th in any of them).

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