Fantasy Football 2019: Expert Rankings, Sleeper Picks, Busts, Breakouts, Mock Draft And Cheat Sheets

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The 2019 NFL season is a few weeks away, but this is the perfect time to fully immerse yourself in fantasy football. Some leagues may have already drafted, but most won’t be until later on in the preseason and usually not until right before the actual campaign kicks off on September 5. There is still plenty left to sort out during the exhibition slate—many positional battles are still up in the air and injuries play an unfortunate role in determining depth charts—but a good chunk of the rankings for the top fantasy prospects will not change between now and the start of the new season. It’s important to get a good grasp of the landscape early so you aren’t scrambling when you are on the clock in a few weeks.

It isn’t easy to keep track of all the developments that impact the 2019 fantasy football rankings, especially for more casual players. Diehards may be sifting through Twitter, watching training camp tape and every possible minute of the preseason for insight to help them win their leagues, but it’s not necessary to do all this to get a leg up on the competition. Fortunately for readers, all the information you will need to succeed during your upcoming fantasy draft can be found below. Whether you are looking for tips on which stars to draft early, which high-risk potential busts to avoid or late-round sleepers that could break out, you’ve come to the right place.

Below you will find tables that include expert rankings from a plethora of pro fantasy writers, giving a consensus take on where each player should be drafted. These expert consensus rankings (ECR) are compiled by FantasyPros from over 100 different big boards, which is something even the most grizzled fantasy football veterans can benefit from. The ECR lists also include critical information such as a players bye week, his current average draft position (ADP) and ranking amongst others at the position (POS). These rankings are also split into five tiers, making it easy to make a snap decision come draft day if you are stuck between two players and find them in different tiers. The table below is for those in the popular point-per-reception (PPR) format, but those that utilize half-PPR, standard or even custom league settings can find and create rankings to fit those formats on the FantasyPros site. With all that in mind, check out the 2019 NFL fantasy football rankings and analysis below.

Fantasy Football 2019 Rankings

Rank Player Team Pos Bye ADP
Tier 1
1 Saquon Barkley NYG RB1 11 1
2 Christian McCaffrey CAR RB2 7 2
3 Alvin Kamara NO RB3 9 3
4 Ezekiel Elliott DAL RB4 8 4
Tier 2
5 David Johnson ARI RB5 12 5
6 DeAndre Hopkins HOU WR1 10 6
7 Travis Kelce KC TE1 12 14
8 Davante Adams GB WR2 11 8
9 Julio Jones ATL WR3 9 10
10 Michael Thomas NO WR4 9 9
11 Le'Veon Bell NYJ RB6 4 7
12 James Conner PIT RB7 7 11
13 Odell Beckham Jr. CLE WR5 7 12
Tier 3
14 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT WR6 7 16
15 Joe Mixon CIN RB8 9 17
16 Dalvin Cook MIN RB9 12 20
17 Tyreek Hill KC WR7 12 15
18 Nick Chubb CLE RB10 7 18
19 Mike Evans TB WR8 7 21
20 Todd Gurley LAR RB11 9 13
Tier 4
21 Keenan Allen LAC WR9 12 24
22 Antonio Brown OAK WR10 6 22
23 George Kittle SF TE2 4 29
24 T.Y. Hilton IND WR11 6 27
25 Zach Ertz PHI TE3 10 25
26 Adam Thielen MIN WR12 12 26
27 Amari Cooper DAL WR13 8 32
28 Stefon Diggs MIN WR14 12 35
29 Melvin Gordon LAC RB12 12 23
30 Kerryon Johnson DET RB13 5 30
31 Damien Williams KC RB14 12 28
32 Julian Edelman NE WR15 10 39
33 Brandin Cooks LAR WR16 9 40
34 Leonard Fournette JAC RB15 10 31
35 Robert Woods LAR WR17 9 41
36 Devonta Freeman ATL RB16 9 34
37 Aaron Jones GB RB17 11 33
Tier 5
38 Patrick Mahomes KC QB1 12 19
39 Marlon Mack IND RB18 6 36
40 Kenny Golladay DET WR18 5 42
41 Chris Godwin TB WR19 7 46
42 Cooper Kupp LAR WR20 9 48
43 Tyler Lockett SEA WR21 11 50
44 Tyler Boyd CIN WR22 9 59
45 Josh Jacobs OAK RB19 6 37
46 Alshon Jeffery PHI WR23 10 70
47 Derrick Henry TEN RB20 11 38
48 Deshaun Watson HOU QB2 10 43
49 D.J. Moore CAR WR24 7 61
50 Calvin Ridley ATL WR25 9 55

Printable fantasy football cheat sheet with PPR rankings at each position can be found here

2019 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft

You can watch a full 16-round PPR mock draft for the 2019 Fantasy Football season courtesy of NBC Sports and the Rotoworld staff in the video below:

2019 Fantasy Draft Advice

Stars Worth Drafting Early

Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

There isn’t too much left to be said about Barkley after his standout rookie season. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft was one of the few bright spots for Big Blue during a trying campaign, amassing an impressive 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground while also providing nearly unparalleled PPR value with an incredible 91 receptions for 721 yards and four more scores. Barkley became only the third rookie to ever go over 2,000 yards from scrimmage, joining Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James, who was the most recent player to accomplish that feat when he did it for the Colts back in 1999.

ESPN Stats & Info highlighted the follow-up performances of each No. 1 fantasy football running back the prior year and pondered if Barkley will be able to repeat as the top scoring player at his position:

With the Giants opting to trade star wideout Odell Beckham Jr during the offseason, there looks to be even more touches on the way for Barkley, whose 22 per game last year was behind only Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley. There’s a myriad of reasons why this 22-year-old feature back is at the top of everyone’s fantasy football big board heading into the 2019 NFL season, so don’t be afraid to snap him up with the No. 1 pick or immediately grab him if for some reason he falls come draft day.

Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

Finding talent at the tight end position in fantasy football was a brutal endeavor last year and it doesn’t appear to be getting any easier in 2019. Now that Patriots star Rob Gronkowski has retired, there is one less stalwart to rely on and that makes getting a player like Kelce, who is the top option at the position, on your roster even more important. Kelce’s workload would have ranked him as a top-12 receiver in each of the previous two seasons and it shouldn’t decrease with the Kansas City passing offense poised to be even more explosive this year.

NFL on ESPN tweeted a clip of Kelce and reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes linking up for a big gain in Week 1 of the 2019 NFL preseason:

FantasyPros has Kelce as their No. 7 overall player, but his ADP of 14 makes him one of the best early values you can find on the board. There’s a good chance this veteran TE leads the Chiefs in targets and plenty of other receiving categories by the end of the campaign, so don’t let him slide to your opponents if you have a chance to take him late in the first round or early in the second.

 

Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Jones has always been an absolute machine at racking up receptions and yardage, but fantasy football owners were starting to sour on him when he couldn’t find the end zone. They had a point, as Jones only scored three touchdowns in all of 2017 and didn’t reach paydirt during the first seven games of 2018, but he finally started scoring in the latter half of last season in a big way. Jones hauled in eight TDs over the final nine games of 2018 and is appears primed to pick right up where he left off for the 2019 NFL season. Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian was canned in the offseason, making way for Dirk Koetter—who was relieved of his head coaching duties with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—to come in and call plays. Jones is familiar with Koetter, who held the same role with the Atlanta organization from 2012-14, and the wideout had some of the best seasons of his illustrious career in that span, including a career-high 10 touchdown campaign in 2012. Jones was excited about Koetter’s return and said the following back in June (via AtlantaFalcons.com): “I love it. He was here when I first started my career here. He knows how to get me the ball and just making the offense explosive.” Jones comes in as the No. 3 WR and No. 9 overall player in the ECR this year and has a great chance of outperforming those lofty expectations, making him a must-grab in the first round of your fantasy football draft.

 

Potential Busts to Avoid

Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

Gurley is still considered to be amongst the top running backs in the NFL, but his time at the top looks to be coming to an end. Although he still finished the 2018 season as the third-highest scoring RB in fantasy football, the Rams star will have a tougher time pilling up points in 2019. The 25-year-old dealt with injuries that caused him playing time down the stretch last year and once again may be a concerning factor going into the new campaign. Gurley is suffering from an arthritic knee that severely limited his effectiveness and snaps leading up to and during LA’s run to the Super Bowl and may not be ready to hold up to the rigors of a full workload.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Rams head coach Sean McVay is following a “plan” to ease Gurley back into action and limit his snaps to avoid reinjuring the knee:

The Rams also have an exciting rookie on the roster in Darrell Henderson, a third round pick out of Memphis that has the potential to earn plenty of playing time. The first-year player struggled a bit in his preseason debut—garnering a mere 13 yards on six carries—but McVay said he plans to keep giving totes to the young back to see his full potential during the exhibition slate. The team didn’t have any aversion to using a running back platoon last year with C.J. Anderson doing some heavy lifting while Gurley was clearly hindered, so it would hardly be a shock to see a timeshare in 2019. These are all red flags that make Gurley a potential bust and someone to avoid during your fantasy football draft, especially with given he comes in at No. 20 in the expert consensus rankings yet is being drafted at No. 13 on average.

 

Antonio Brown, WR, Oakland Raiders

Owners in leagues that draft early were panicking if they had selected Brown, as it recently looked like the veteran wide receiver may not even ever play football again. Brown has since gotten over the helmet issue that made him contemplate retirement after losing his appeal, but that has not been the only problem Oakland has with its prized offseason acquisition. The former Pittsburgh Steelers star hasn’t been active at training camp after suffering frostbite on his foot and is missing valuable time getting synced up with quarterback Derek Carr. Carr hasn’t been much of a deep thrower during his career either, which will hurt Brown after the receiver led the league in targets down the field in each of the previous three seasons. Brown also recently turned 31 years old and won’t be getting any quicker as he ages, an issue that could rear its head sooner than later. It’s just another concerning factor on a list of them that keeps growing, so stay away from this WR if you have better options on the board in the second round.

 

Breakout Sleeper

Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals

The stars are aligning for Kirk to become an elite fantasy football weapon in 2019. The second-year man out of Texas A&M put together a respectable 2018 campaign in which he caught 43 balls on 68 targets for 590 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games. He did so with Josh Rosen throwing the ball in head coach Steve Wilks and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s passing attack that ranked at the bottom of the league. All of them are now gone and replaced by people that will maximize Kirk’s talent. The Cardinals hired Air Raid Offense guru Kliff Kingsbury to be head coach as well as call plays and used the No. 1 overall pick in April’s draft on signal-caller Kyler Murray, setting up a system that could very well see Kirk ascend to one of the top fantasy options at his position.

Mage Mike FF noted that Kirk’s 2018 stats look much better after erasing all the bad throws that went his way:

Kirk currently ranks No. 73 on the FantasyPros PPR ECR and is being drafted around No. 77, so there is a good chance that other owners in your league may have their eye on this sleeper. He has unlimited potential in this new-look offense, so don’t be shy about taking the 22-year-old a bit earlier. He should pay dividends by performing as one of the top weapons in fantasy football during the 2019 NFL season.

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The 2019 NFL season is a few weeks away, but this is the perfect time to fully immerse yourself in fantasy football. Some leagues may have already drafted, but most won’t be until later on in the preseason and usually not until right before the actual campaign kicks off on September 5. There is still plenty left to sort out during the exhibition slate—many positional battles are still up in the air and injuries play an unfortunate role in determining depth charts—but a good chunk of the rankings for the top fantasy prospects will not change between now and the start of the new season. It’s important to get a good grasp of the landscape early so you aren’t scrambling when you are on the clock in a few weeks.

It isn’t easy to keep track of all the developments that impact the 2019 fantasy football rankings, especially for more casual players. Diehards may be sifting through Twitter, watching training camp tape and every possible minute of the preseason for insight to help them win their leagues, but it’s not necessary to do all this to get a leg up on the competition. Fortunately for readers, all the information you will need to succeed during your upcoming fantasy draft can be found below. Whether you are looking for tips on which stars to draft early, which high-risk potential busts to avoid or late-round sleepers that could break out, you’ve come to the right place.

Below you will find tables that include expert rankings from a plethora of pro fantasy writers, giving a consensus take on where each player should be drafted. These expert consensus rankings (ECR) are compiled by FantasyPros from over 100 different big boards, which is something even the most grizzled fantasy football veterans can benefit from. The ECR lists also include critical information such as a players bye week, his current average draft position (ADP) and ranking amongst others at the position (POS). These rankings are also split into five tiers, making it easy to make a snap decision come draft day if you are stuck between two players and find them in different tiers. The table below is for those in the popular point-per-reception (PPR) format, but those that utilize half-PPR, standard or even custom league settings can find and create rankings to fit those formats on the FantasyPros site. With all that in mind, check out the 2019 NFL fantasy football rankings and analysis below.

Fantasy Football 2019 Rankings

Rank Player Team Pos Bye ADP
Tier 1
1 Saquon Barkley NYG RB1 11 1
2 Christian McCaffrey CAR RB2 7 2
3 Alvin Kamara NO RB3 9 3
4 Ezekiel Elliott DAL RB4 8 4
Tier 2
5 David Johnson ARI RB5 12 5
6 DeAndre Hopkins HOU WR1 10 6
7 Travis Kelce KC TE1 12 14
8 Davante Adams GB WR2 11 8
9 Julio Jones ATL WR3 9 10
10 Michael Thomas NO WR4 9 9
11 Le'Veon Bell NYJ RB6 4 7
12 James Conner PIT RB7 7 11
13 Odell Beckham Jr. CLE WR5 7 12
Tier 3
14 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT WR6 7 16
15 Joe Mixon CIN RB8 9 17
16 Dalvin Cook MIN RB9 12 20
17 Tyreek Hill KC WR7 12 15
18 Nick Chubb CLE RB10 7 18
19 Mike Evans TB WR8 7 21
20 Todd Gurley LAR RB11 9 13
Tier 4
21 Keenan Allen LAC WR9 12 24
22 Antonio Brown OAK WR10 6 22
23 George Kittle SF TE2 4 29
24 T.Y. Hilton IND WR11 6 27
25 Zach Ertz PHI TE3 10 25
26 Adam Thielen MIN WR12 12 26
27 Amari Cooper DAL WR13 8 32
28 Stefon Diggs MIN WR14 12 35
29 Melvin Gordon LAC RB12 12 23
30 Kerryon Johnson DET RB13 5 30
31 Damien Williams KC RB14 12 28
32 Julian Edelman NE WR15 10 39
33 Brandin Cooks LAR WR16 9 40
34 Leonard Fournette JAC RB15 10 31
35 Robert Woods LAR WR17 9 41
36 Devonta Freeman ATL RB16 9 34
37 Aaron Jones GB RB17 11 33
Tier 5
38 Patrick Mahomes KC QB1 12 19
39 Marlon Mack IND RB18 6 36
40 Kenny Golladay DET WR18 5 42
41 Chris Godwin TB WR19 7 46
42 Cooper Kupp LAR WR20 9 48
43 Tyler Lockett SEA WR21 11 50
44 Tyler Boyd CIN WR22 9 59
45 Josh Jacobs OAK RB19 6 37
46 Alshon Jeffery PHI WR23 10 70
47 Derrick Henry TEN RB20 11 38
48 Deshaun Watson HOU QB2 10 43
49 D.J. Moore CAR WR24 7 61
50 Calvin Ridley ATL WR25 9 55

Printable fantasy football cheat sheet with PPR rankings at each position can be found here

2019 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft

You can watch a full 16-round PPR mock draft for the 2019 Fantasy Football season courtesy of NBC Sports and the Rotoworld staff in the video below:

2019 Fantasy Draft Advice

Stars Worth Drafting Early

Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

There isn’t too much left to be said about Barkley after his standout rookie season. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft was one of the few bright spots for Big Blue during a trying campaign, amassing an impressive 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground while also providing nearly unparalleled PPR value with an incredible 91 receptions for 721 yards and four more scores. Barkley became only the third rookie to ever go over 2,000 yards from scrimmage, joining Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James, who was the most recent player to accomplish that feat when he did it for the Colts back in 1999.

ESPN Stats & Info highlighted the follow-up performances of each No. 1 fantasy football running back the prior year and pondered if Barkley will be able to repeat as the top scoring player at his position:

With the Giants opting to trade star wideout Odell Beckham Jr during the offseason, there looks to be even more touches on the way for Barkley, whose 22 per game last year was behind only Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley. There’s a myriad of reasons why this 22-year-old feature back is at the top of everyone’s fantasy football big board heading into the 2019 NFL season, so don’t be afraid to snap him up with the No. 1 pick or immediately grab him if for some reason he falls come draft day.

Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

Finding talent at the tight end position in fantasy football was a brutal endeavor last year and it doesn’t appear to be getting any easier in 2019. Now that Patriots star Rob Gronkowski has retired, there is one less stalwart to rely on and that makes getting a player like Kelce, who is the top option at the position, on your roster even more important. Kelce’s workload would have ranked him as a top-12 receiver in each of the previous two seasons and it shouldn’t decrease with the Kansas City passing offense poised to be even more explosive this year.

NFL on ESPN tweeted a clip of Kelce and reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes linking up for a big gain in Week 1 of the 2019 NFL preseason:

FantasyPros has Kelce as their No. 7 overall player, but his ADP of 14 makes him one of the best early values you can find on the board. There’s a good chance this veteran TE leads the Chiefs in targets and plenty of other receiving categories by the end of the campaign, so don’t let him slide to your opponents if you have a chance to take him late in the first round or early in the second.

 

Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Jones has always been an absolute machine at racking up receptions and yardage, but fantasy football owners were starting to sour on him when he couldn’t find the end zone. They had a point, as Jones only scored three touchdowns in all of 2017 and didn’t reach paydirt during the first seven games of 2018, but he finally started scoring in the latter half of last season in a big way. Jones hauled in eight TDs over the final nine games of 2018 and is appears primed to pick right up where he left off for the 2019 NFL season. Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian was canned in the offseason, making way for Dirk Koetter—who was relieved of his head coaching duties with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—to come in and call plays. Jones is familiar with Koetter, who held the same role with the Atlanta organization from 2012-14, and the wideout had some of the best seasons of his illustrious career in that span, including a career-high 10 touchdown campaign in 2012. Jones was excited about Koetter’s return and said the following back in June (via AtlantaFalcons.com): “I love it. He was here when I first started my career here. He knows how to get me the ball and just making the offense explosive.” Jones comes in as the No. 3 WR and No. 9 overall player in the ECR this year and has a great chance of outperforming those lofty expectations, making him a must-grab in the first round of your fantasy football draft.

 

Potential Busts to Avoid

Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

Gurley is still considered to be amongst the top running backs in the NFL, but his time at the top looks to be coming to an end. Although he still finished the 2018 season as the third-highest scoring RB in fantasy football, the Rams star will have a tougher time pilling up points in 2019. The 25-year-old dealt with injuries that caused him playing time down the stretch last year and once again may be a concerning factor going into the new campaign. Gurley is suffering from an arthritic knee that severely limited his effectiveness and snaps leading up to and during LA’s run to the Super Bowl and may not be ready to hold up to the rigors of a full workload.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Rams head coach Sean McVay is following a “plan” to ease Gurley back into action and limit his snaps to avoid reinjuring the knee:

The Rams also have an exciting rookie on the roster in Darrell Henderson, a third round pick out of Memphis that has the potential to earn plenty of playing time. The first-year player struggled a bit in his preseason debut—garnering a mere 13 yards on six carries—but McVay said he plans to keep giving totes to the young back to see his full potential during the exhibition slate. The team didn’t have any aversion to using a running back platoon last year with C.J. Anderson doing some heavy lifting while Gurley was clearly hindered, so it would hardly be a shock to see a timeshare in 2019. These are all red flags that make Gurley a potential bust and someone to avoid during your fantasy football draft, especially with given he comes in at No. 20 in the expert consensus rankings yet is being drafted at No. 13 on average.

 

Antonio Brown, WR, Oakland Raiders

Owners in leagues that draft early were panicking if they had selected Brown, as it recently looked like the veteran wide receiver may not even ever play football again. Brown has since gotten over the helmet issue that made him contemplate retirement after losing his appeal, but that has not been the only problem Oakland has with its prized offseason acquisition. The former Pittsburgh Steelers star hasn’t been active at training camp after suffering frostbite on his foot and is missing valuable time getting synced up with quarterback Derek Carr. Carr hasn’t been much of a deep thrower during his career either, which will hurt Brown after the receiver led the league in targets down the field in each of the previous three seasons. Brown also recently turned 31 years old and won’t be getting any quicker as he ages, an issue that could rear its head sooner than later. It’s just another concerning factor on a list of them that keeps growing, so stay away from this WR if you have better options on the board in the second round.

 

Breakout Sleeper

Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals

The stars are aligning for Kirk to become an elite fantasy football weapon in 2019. The second-year man out of Texas A&M put together a respectable 2018 campaign in which he caught 43 balls on 68 targets for 590 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games. He did so with Josh Rosen throwing the ball in head coach Steve Wilks and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s passing attack that ranked at the bottom of the league. All of them are now gone and replaced by people that will maximize Kirk’s talent. The Cardinals hired Air Raid Offense guru Kliff Kingsbury to be head coach as well as call plays and used the No. 1 overall pick in April’s draft on signal-caller Kyler Murray, setting up a system that could very well see Kirk ascend to one of the top fantasy options at his position.

Mage Mike FF noted that Kirk’s 2018 stats look much better after erasing all the bad throws that went his way:

Kirk currently ranks No. 73 on the FantasyPros PPR ECR and is being drafted around No. 77, so there is a good chance that other owners in your league may have their eye on this sleeper. He has unlimited potential in this new-look offense, so don’t be shy about taking the 22-year-old a bit earlier. He should pay dividends by performing as one of the top weapons in fantasy football during the 2019 NFL season.

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