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2019 Fantasy Season Recap and 2020 Preview

2019 was one of the most exciting years for Fantasy Football. Owners learned about the importance of having at least 2 or 3 solid QBs after many injuries claimed lots of top tier signal callers. We found out that defenses can score you more points than hundreds of other players. And that we live and die by Fitzmagic. This was one of the most unpredictable years especially with how many role players turned out to be more productive than some stars (ahem, Alvin Kamara).

In this recap, we’ll go over the top ten best fantasy players this season, look at some intriguing storylines, hand out some awards and give a way too early outlook at the 2020 season (mock draft included!) Without further ado, let’s dive in.

Top 10 Fantasy Players of 2019

Image Credits: Sportsnet

This list will be based on a blend of variables. Firstly, the amount of points the player accumulated, secondly their value based on position (everyone knows that RB’s are the most valuable) and lastly, value based on ADP (average draft position, 12 person league).

  1. RB Christian McCaffery – 16 games, 355.2 points, 22.2 PPG, ADP 2nd overall, 2nd among RBs (PPR and Standard)
  2. QB Lamar Jackson – 15 games, 421.7 points, 28.1 PPG, ADP 106th overall, 14th among QBs
  3. QB Dak Presscott, 16 games, 348.9 points, 21.8 PPG, ADP 122nd overall, 17th among QBs
  4. QB Russell Wilson, 16 games, 333.5 points, 20.8 PPG, ADP 82nd overall, 8th among QBs
  5. RB Derrick Henry, 15 games, 276.6 points, 18.4 PPG, ADP 36th overall, 19th among RB’s (Standard) 20th among RBs (PPR)
  6. QB Jameis Winston, 16 games, 335.2 points, 21.0 PPG, ADP 103rd overall, 15th among QBs
  7. RB Aaron Jones, 16 games, 265.8 points, 16.6 PPG, ADP 28th overall, 15th among RBs (Standard) 16th among RBs (PPR)
  8. WR Michael Thomas, 16 games, 225.6 points, 14.1 PPG, ADP 13th overall, 4th among WRs (Standard and PPR)
  9. QB Deshaun Watson, 15 games, 332 points, 22.1 PPG, ADP 37th overall, 2nd among QBs
  10. DST New England Patriots, 16 games, 236 points, 14.8 PPG, 156th overall, 6th among DST

Top Storylines

Image Credits: The New York Times

Disappointing Superstars

While it’s not uncommon to see top players underperform some seasons, 2019 showed us that superstars were very unreliable. Top picks like Odell Beckham, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Ezekiel Elliott, etc., were as unreliable as ever. These guys are supposed to be steady sources of points but ended up being very hit or miss. However, this season may just be an outlier. As Odell was traded into a terrible offensive system, JuJu took on the role as number one WR with a backup QB, Zeke lost carries and everyone else who struggled had a good reason behind it. However, this is a good reminder that top picks are not week to week guarantees. Always dive into the team around them, look at matchups and trends, and the waiver wire is as important as your draft.

Quarterback Carrousel

Top QBs like Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and Matthew Stafford all missed the season or significant time. Lesser options like Andy Dalton, Eli Manning, Nick Foles and Joe Flacco all missed tons of time as well. Plus in between, fantasy superstars like Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson and Matt Ryan all missed a couple games. Essentially, this season proved that having solid depth everywhere on your team is neccessary. Losing your starting QB is tragic in real life and in fantasy, so if there is anything to take away from this, it’s always prepare for the worst.

Rookie Dominance

In recent years, rookies have proven that they can be steady sources of large amounts of fantasy points. While there wasn’t neccessairly any breakout stars, guys like Kyler Murray, Josh Jacobs, AJ Brown and more all proved that they were solid starts on a week to week basis. Further yet, in terms of dynasty, the collection of fantasy superstar potential is enormous and owners should consider using higher picks to secure top rookies in next years draft.

Awards

Image Credits: Arizona Sports
  • MVP: RB Christian McCaffery, 355.2 points, best fantasy RB no question.
  • Rookie of the Year: QB Kyler Murray, 297.3 points, highest scoring rookie, top fantasy QB for years to come.
  • D/ST of the Year: New Englad Patriots, 236 points, top 25 fantasy option.
  • Kicker of the Year: Harrison Butker, 166 points, 10.6 PPG.
  • Disappointment of the Year: WR Odell Beckham Jr., 127.3 points across 16 games, ADP 18th overall, 6th among WRs.
  • Biggest Surpise of the Year: WR Chris Godwin, 190.1 points across 14 games, ADP 50th overall, 20th among WRs.

Fantasy Team of the Year – Highest scoring players at every position

  • QB: Lamar Jackson
  • QB: Dak Presscott
  • RB: Christian McCaffery
  • RB: Derrick Henry
  • WR: Michael Thomas
  • WR: Chris Godwin
  • TE: Travis Kelce
  • FLEX: Aaron Jones
  • K: Harrison Butker
  • D/ST: New England Patriots
  • IDP: Jordan Hicks

2020 Big Board

Image Credits: Bleacher Report

Top 20 Overall

  1. RB Christian McCaffery
  2. RB Derrick Henry
  3. QB Lamar Jackson
  4. RB Aaron Jones
  5. WR Michael Thomas
  6. RB Ezekiel Elliott
  7. QB Dak Presscott
  8. WR Julio Jones
  9. RB Dalvin Cook
  10. QB Patrick Mahomes
  11. QB Kyler Murray
  12. WR Mike Evans
  13. RB Nick Chubb
  14. WR Chris Godwin
  15. QB Deshaun Watson
  16. WR Deandre Hopkins
  17. TE Travis Kelce
  18. RB Saquon Barkley
  19. QB Matt Ryan
  20. TE George Kittle

Top 10 Rookies

Image Credits: Empire Sports Media
  1. WR Jerry Jeudy
  2. QB Joe Burrow
  3. QB Tua Tagovailoa
  4. RB Jonathan Taylor
  5. WR CeeDee Lamb
  6. RB Deandre Swift
  7. WR Henry Ruggs III
  8. QB Justin Herbert
  9. WR Laviska Shenault
  10. RB J.K. Dobbins

2020 Fantasy Mock Draft

Image Credits: Falcons Wire

Mock Setup: 1 Round, 12 teams, standard scoring, 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 Flex (WR/RB/TE), 1 K, 1D/ST

  1. RB Christian McCaffery
  2. RB Saquon Barkley
  3. WR Michael Thomas
  4. RB Ezekiel Elliott
  5. QB Lamar Jackson
  6. RB Derrick Henry
  7. RB Dalvin Cook
  8. WR Julio Jones
  9. WR DeAndre Hopkins
  10. QB Patrick Mahomes
  11. RB Aaron Jones
  12. WR Chris Godwin

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