Remember when in-season trades never happened in the NFL? That was so, so, so long ago. This season we have had several notable players moved ranging from all-pro defensive backs to noted aerospace engineers (Josh Dobbs). However, the trade of Emmanuel Sanders has opened the opportunity for Courtland Sutton to continue his rise to fantasy glory. Sutton had already made a second-year jump prior to the trade and is currently sitting as the WR12 in half-PPR leagues. Sutton’s metrics support his rise to prominence with his player profiler athletic comparison being Alshon Jeffrey. He is 9th in weighted opportunities, top 20 in air yards, and top 20 in targets per game. His quarterback already stinks out loud so any mid-season change to a rookie, if Drew Lock were to get healthy, should have a minimal effect on his rest of season play. Expect the Denver Broncos to remain generally pesky as they fulfill a 5-6 win team destiny, and their air game to funnel through Courtland Sutton for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Moving Up

  • Derrick Henry – Henry only has 2 games in the 2019 season above a 70% snap count, but he is 6th in the NFL in total touches. The Titans have a neutral strength of schedule as compared to what they have faced thus far meaning we shouldn’t expect negative game scripts to eliminate Henry from week to week usefulness.
  • Kenny Golladay – This ranking is based on the premise of Kerryon Johnson’s injury pushing the Lions to go much pass heavier as an offense. Matt Patricia received a bevy of criticism in 2018, but he seems to have stabilized and is doing a good job in Detroit. I believe Patricia is a sensible head coach and realizes that in order to continue to give his team the best chance to win he will need to pass the football. Golladay is currently outside the top 20 wide receivers in targets per game. Any uptick in volume will only assist in a high end WR2 finish.
  • Darren Waller – There is nothing fluky about what Waller is doing. There is a realistic shot that he finishes the season as the TE1. He is currently 3rd in targets per game at the position and is trailing Austin Hooper on a fantasy point per game basis by less than half a point. He is 2nd in weighted opportunities. The Raiders just gave him a new contract mid-season. Waller is a league winner.

Moving Down

  • Keenan Allen – It will be intriguing to see the return of Russell Okung will do for this entire offense. Early in the season Keenan Allen was peppered with targets to tune the 14 per game for weeks 1-3. In week 4 they blew out Miami, and the following week Mike Pouncey was injured. This further decimated a putrid offensive line. Kennan Allen ran a 4.71 40 yard dash. He is not a supreme athlete and relies on timing and rhythm with Phillip Rivers to succeed. If this line is poor Keenan Allen will continue to regress on a per week basis from the start of his season.
  • David Johnson – The signings of Alfred Morris and Zach Zenner this week are not a good indication of the health of David Johnson. It can only be assumed that the success of Chase Edmonds in his absence last year has earned him more playing time upon Johnson’s return. The driving force that was maintaining Johnson’s value was volume within the high pace of this offense. If that volume dissipates, he will drop down this list quickly.
  • Phillip Lindsay – Lindsay has been below a 50% snap count for the past 4 weeks and Royce Freeman has assumed the position of lead rushing piece within the offense. It doesn’t necessarily make sense as Lindsay has been better on a yards per carry basis and success rate over average basis per sharp football stats. A key to fantasy football is not assuming rational coaching but discovering what a coach will do earlier than your opponents. In this case, the coaches are screaming at us that Lindsay is falling out of favor even though the statistics do not show a reasoning.
Rank Name Previous Rank
1 Christian McCaffrey 1
2 Saquon Barkley 2
3 Ezekiel Elliott 3
4 Dalvin Cook 4
5 Alvin Kamara 6
6 Leonard Fournette 12
7 DeAndre Hopkins 8
8 Michael Thomas 11
9 Le’Veon Bell 7
10 Chris Godwin 10
11 Nick Chubb 13
12 Julio Jones 9
13 Chris Carson 17
14 Tyreek Hill 5
15 Mike Evans 15
16 Derrick Henry 21
17 Josh Jacobs 23
18 Odell Beckham Jr 26
19 Amari Cooper 26
20 Cooper Kupp 20
21 Keenan Allen 16
22 Marlon Mack 24
23 Travis Kelce 22
24 Todd Gurley 29
25 George Kittle 25
26 Davante Adams 27
27 James Conner 19
28 Aaron Jones 31
29 Tyler Lockett 30
30 David Johnson 14
31 Tyler Boyd 33
32 Mark Ingram 34
33 Kenny Golladay 41
34 TY Hilton 35
35 Sony Michel 43
36 Zach Ertz 39
37 Robert Woods 38
38 Allen Robinson 46
39 Melvin Gordon 32
40 Julian Edelman 37
41 Adam Thielen 40
42 Tevin Coleman 42
43 Joe Mixon 44
44 Marquise Brown 45
45 Phillip Lindsay 36
46 Larry Fitzgerald 47
47 Darren Waller 58
48 D.J. Moore 51
49 Matt Breida 49
50 D.J. Chark 50
51 Devonta Freeman 53
52 Alshon Jeffery 52
53 Stefon Diggs 60
54 Carlos Hyde 54
55 David Montgomery 55
56 Evan Engram 59
57 Courtland Sutton 73
58 Robby Anderson 56
59 Hunter Henry 61
60 Calvin Ridley 74
61 Austin Hooper 70
62 Michael Gallup 62
63 Austin Ekeler 66
64 Terry McLaurin 71
65 James White 63
66 Brandin Cooks 64
67 JuJu Smith-Schuster 67
68 Phillip Dorsett NR
69 LeSean McCoy 80
70 Sammy Watkins 68
71 Mark Andrews 69
72 Chase Edmonds NR
73 Mike Williams 72
74 Jordan Howard 48
75 Royce Freeman 75
76 Curtis Samuel 76
77 John Brown NR
78 Marvin Jones NR
79 Golden Tate NR
80 Emanuel Sanders NR

  1. Wacha Wacha says:

    If you were to rank the 32ish starting QBs Ros where about do you think Drew Brees would fall?

    Also I’ve seen people reccomending selling Edmonds right now because he will likely just be a handcuff in another week or two. He hasn’t really been playable because there is so much uncertainty. What’s your take?

    Thanks! I really enjoy reading your rationales.

    • Pat

      Pat says:

      Right on the QB1 fringe I think. Oddly there seems to be a much bigger gap between guarenteed every week fantasy starter and risky starter than many recent years. I would say Josh Allen, Kirk Cousins, Jamies all go in the risky starters but good enough pile around QB10-15 and I think I prefer brees. Just have to factor in the next two weeks needing to stream as well. I think selling Edmonds makes some sense but I think I’d prefer to keep the upside of the uncertainty become certainty unless you are getting a rock solid component to your lineup rb2 or wr2. If you’re just dealing him for a fringy flex or wr3 are you really gaining anything? Probably just make the same should I start this guy decision as with Edmonds, but if DJ is out, reinjures himself, or this goes 50-50 you have yourself a great situation. Thanks for the read and for waiting on the response. Been slammed!

  2. DiRo says:

    In a half PPR, I just traded my Julio Jones, Kenny Stills, and Gardner Minshew for Josh Allen, Robert Woods, Ronald Jones.

    I needed a better QB option as my other guy is Baker and had enough WR depth to jettison Jones who I really think will regress a bit and not have great consistency in the Atlanta O rest of the year. Woods isn’t a bad trade off, imo. Thoughts?

    • Pat

      Pat says:

      We all have to plug holes but I am typically a get the best player in the trade type of player and I think Julio is by far the best player unless of course Matt Ryan misses multiple weeks. I’d prefer the julio side personally but if you have the wr depth to withstand it Allen will certainly provide more stability.

  3. Jimmy Jack James says:

    PPR – I’ve been offered Sutton/Chark for Amari – in a vacuum, which side do you like? I’m in 2nd place currently so don’t have to deal.


    • Pat

      Pat says:

      Keep Amari. He is a guarentee as long as he is playing we don’t get many of those in this game.

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