Monday, June 24, 2019

Tennessee Titans 2019 Fantasy Football Projections

In addition to viewing our 2019 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2019 fantasy football projections for the Tennessee Titans.

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

PlayerAtt.Comp.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Marcus Mariota460.3310.73452.317.0311.5164.6361.82.58234.85
The next time that Mariota plays a full 16-game season will be his first time. While he expects to play around 230 pounds this season, Mariota has missed eight games over the past four seasons. In Tennessee's run-first offense, Mariota threw for 180.6 yards per game and 11 touchdowns, both of which were career lows. Over the past two seasons, Mariota has thrown nearly as many interceptions (23) as touchdowns (24). Even though he has rushed for more than 300 yards in each of the past three seasons, he's not much more than a back-end QB2.
Ryan Tannehill3220.8227.21.341.024.620.20.0914.97

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RUNNING BACKS

 

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Derrick Henry271.31193.712.2113.899.40.41205.03
A disappointment through Week 13, Henry failed to rush for more than 58 yards in any of his first 12 games. Then he went off for 585 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in the last four games of the season. Fantasy's RB34 (RB39 in PPR) through Week 13, Henry was fantasy's RB1 (RB2 in PPR) over the final quarter of the season. Although he's a non-factor in the passing game, I project Henry to finish fourth in the NFL in rushing in 2019.
Dion Lewis1053991.3147.4336.51.992.81
Lewis set career highs as a receiver with 59 receptions and 400 yards, but he isn't much more than a change-of-pace back to Henry heading into 2019.
David Fluellen4.621.20.090.74.603.12

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WIDE RECEIVERS

 

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Corey Davis63.8835.84.474.634.50.05114.15
Davis dominated targets last season (112, 25.63 percent), but Delanie Walker missed almost all of 2018 and now the Titans have added A.J. Brown and Adam Humphries to the mix. In a run-heavy offense, the former top-five pick may struggle to build upon his 65/891/4 line in year three.
A.J. Brown455313.63.519.30.0576.93
Teammate D.K. Metcalf got more attention leading up to the NFL Draft, but Brown was the more productive Ole Miss receiver. The school's all-time leader in receiving yards (2,984) and 100-yard games (12), Brown has better dynasty value than he does in re-draft leagues.
Adam Humphries53.9568.62.72.310.10.0174.13
Humphries set career highs last season with 76 catches for 816 yards and five touchdowns and now has at least 55 catches for more than 600 yards in three consecutive seasons. In an offense that led the NFL in passing yards, Humphries finished as a top-24 PPR wide receiver (WR31, standard) last season. Humphries is now in an offense that is unlikely to support multiple viable fantasy wide receivers outside of the deepest PPR formats.
Taywan Taylor18.1238.90.721.26.50.0128.92
Tajae Sharpe9.5118.80.5700015.3
Darius Jennings1.816.60.050001.96

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TIGHT ENDS

 

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Delanie Walker53.16163.7200083.92
Walker (ankle) played just one game in 2018, but he had more than 100 targets and at least 800 yards every year from 2014 to 2017. Entering his age-35 season and coming off a serious injury, Walker's days of 100-plus targets and 800-plus yards may be over, but he's a borderline TE1/TE2 in a weak position group.
Jonnu Smith121501.200022.2
Anthony Firkser5580.280007.48
MyCole Pruitt0.9100.050001.3

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 Fantasy Football Projections

In addition to viewing our 2019 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2019 fantasy football projections for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

PlayerAtt.Comp.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Ben Roethlisberger607.9392.14498.529.4815.8129.965.81.2280.02
Only Patrick Mahomes and Matt Ryan scored more fantasy points than Roethlisberger last season as no team threw the ball more than Pittsburgh (689 attempts). Since Antonio Brown entered the NFL in 2010, Roethlisberger has finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback in only four of those nine seasons -- and two of those were just barely (QB12 in 2013 and QB10 in 2017). Losing Antonio Brown may mean there's less drama in Pittsburgh's locker room, but it will obviously impact Big Ben's on-field production as well. Given how infrequently Roethlisberger has played a full 16-game season, his home-road splits and the loss of AB, he's outside of my top-15 fantasy quarterbacks for 2019.
Joshua Dobbs28.615.7194.50.570.865150.110.44

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RUNNING BACKS

 

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
James Conner243.11069.610.9448.4406.60.97219.08
Conner missed three games and was less productive in the second half of the season, but he still finished as fantasy's RB7 (top-six in PPR). In his first eight games, Conner rushed for 100-plus yards five times and scored multiple touchdowns in four of those games. Conner failed to exceed 65 rushing yards in his final five games. Especially if he can stay healthy and be more consistent from start to end, the sky's the limit for the Pittsburgh's workhorse back.
Jaylen Samuels61.8278.11.2435.2285.12.8280.68
Despite talk of splitting the workload more evenly in Pittsburgh's backfield, Samuels remains a handcuff to Conner, who should continue to be the team's workhorse. Samuels had 42 (75 percent) of his 56 carries in the three games that Conner missed.
Benny Snell47.8200.81.434.533.80.0932.58
Roosevelt Nix12.30.023.423.10.173.68

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WIDE RECEIVERS

 

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
JuJu Smith-Schuster97.41275.97.31150.01172.01
Taking a massive step forward in his sophomore campaign, Smith-Schuster led the Steelers in both receptions (111) and receiving yards (1,426) in 2018. With Antonio Brown and his 104/1,297/15 production now in Oakland, there could be more targets in Smith-Schuster's future, but there were certainly be more defensive attention.
Donte Moncrief51.7703.14.1400095.15
With Brown now in Oakland and JSS getting the double coverage, the 25-year-old Moncrief (turns 26 in August) could be the team's No. 2 receiver. Moncrief had 48/668/3 in his lone season with the Jaguars, but gets a significant offensive upgrade by signing with the Steelers this offseason. With ADP a couple of rounds lower than James Washington, Moncrief is the better value of the two at their current costs.
James Washington49.9711.13.7400093.55
The Steelers have a stellar record of drafting Day 2 and 3 receivers that become highly productive. Washington had a pair of 60-yard games over the final three weeks and lost 15 pounds this offseason. There's no doubt that he'll outdo last year's numbers (16/217/1), but the question is by how much?
Diontae Johnson24.3313.51.4600040.11
Eli Rogers19.2201.60.9614026.32
Ryan Switzer15.71130.39824.80.0816.6

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TIGHT ENDS

 

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Vance McDonald53678.44.7700096.46
Missing multiple games in each of the previous four seasons, McDonald played 15 games last season and set career highs in receptions (50) and yards (610) and tied his previous career in touchdowns (four). A top-12 fantasy tight end (TE10 in PPR) last season, McDonald remains a viable back-end TE1 in all formats in 2019.
Xavier Grimble14.6157.70.8800021.05
Zach Gentry4.243.70.210005.63

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Minnesota Vikings 2019 Fantasy Football Projections

In addition to viewing our 2019 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2019 fantasy football projections for the Minnesota Vikings.

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

PlayerAtt.Comp.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Kirk Cousins566393.44103.528.0211.643.1127.11.4274.13
After three consecutive QB8 (or better) finishes, Cousins finished 2018 as fantasy's QB13 in his first season with the Vikings. His passing volume could drop in 2019 as the Vikings implement a run-first approach. With Kevin Stefanski taking over as interim OC in the final three games, the Vikings ran the ball on 47.98% of their plays (compared to a season-long after of 35.59%).
Sean Mannion5.73.638.80.060.091.1-0.801.53

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RUNNING BACKS

 

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Dalvin Cook252.31173.26.9448.6374.21.7206.58
Through two seasons, Cook has missed more games (17) than he's played in (15). When he's been on the field, however, he's been efficient -- 4.68 yards per carry -- despite a terrible offensive line. If Cook is able to stay on the field, the team's investment in their interior offensive line this offseason and run-first approach could help lead to a big season for Minnesota's featured back.
Alexander Mattison72.2317.71.8114103.60.3555.09
Mike Boone29.1125.10.4417.20.0215.99
C.J. Ham6.511.70.0711.388.10.3412.44
Ameer Abdullah8.633.50.17214.80.086.33

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WIDE RECEIVERS

 

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Adam Thielen971193.16.316.548.80.07162.47
Thielen reached the 100-yard mark in the first eight games of the season as he posted career highs across the board -- receptions (113), yards (1,373) and touchdowns (nine). Finishing as a WR1 (top-12) in each of the past two seasons, Thielen is a good bet to do so for a third consecutive season.
Stefon Diggs89.11015.78.0211.965.50.12156.96
Like Thielen, Diggs set career highs by converting 102-of-149 targets for 1,021 yards and nine touchdowns and he added 62 rushing yards. After missing multiple games in each of his first three NFL seasons, Diggs also played a career-high 15 games last year and finished as a top-12 fantasy wide receiver (10th in PPR formats).
Chad Beebe34.3346.41.0300040.82
Laquon Treadwell18.3168.40.5500020.14
Jordan Taylor10.2123.40.7100016.6
Brandon Zylstra1.921.30.060002.49

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TIGHT ENDS

 

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Kyle Rudolph53.9528.25.5200085.94
Rudolph had a four-year low in touchdowns (four), but he still finished as fantasy's TE9 (TE7 in PPR) last season as his 64 receptions and 634 yards were both the second-most of his career. With the addition of rookie Irv Smith Jr. to the position room, Rudolph's target share may dip year over year, but he could also have more red zone success.
Irv Smith26270.41.5600036.4
Tyler Conklin448.80.160005.84
David Morgan2.420.20.140002.86

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Houston Texans 2019 Fantasy Football Projections

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Below you will find our 2019 fantasy football projections for the Houston Texans.

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

PlayerAtt.Comp.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Deshaun Watson551.3369.44548.227.5712.481.8441.73.68333.66
Watson's TD% regressed to a more normal 5.1% (from 9.3% as a rookie), but Watson stayed healthy for a full season and finished as fantasy's QB4 in 2018. Watson threw for 4,165 yards and 26 touchdowns and added 551 rushing yards and five more scores on the ground. If both Will Fuller and Keke Coutee are able to stay healthy, Watson has one of the best trios of receivers at his disposal.
A.J. McCarron11.3776.80.40.232.31.20.014.39

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RUNNING BACKS

 

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Lamar Miller210.4925.85.2636.2260.61.45158.9
Miller was more efficient in 2018 (4.6 YPC) than he was in either of his first two seasons (4.0 in 2016 and 3.7 in 2017) in Houston. If D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) stays healthy, it's possible that Miller sees a year-over-year dip in workload even though he figures to enter the season as the 1 or 1(a) to Foreman's 1(b) or 2.
D'Onta Foreman149.6643.34.4915.8142.20.79110.23
Last year, I outgained Foreman by one rushing yard as the 235-pound back missed virtually all of 2018 and lost one yard on his seven carries. Feeling much better now, Foreman's battle to overtake Miller could be categorized more like a slight incline than an uphill battle.
Josh Ferguson11.744.50.184.227.30.048.5
Karan Higdon4.720.20.07214.20.044.1
Buddy Howell1.24.80.010000.54

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WIDE RECEIVERS

 

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
DeAndre Hopkins112.21570.810.38000219.36
Hopkins said that he was the "most banged up I've ever been playing football," but Hopkins set career highs in receptions (115) and yards (1,572) and scored 11 touchdowns. Despite not always having good quarterback play, which he has now with Deshaun Watson, Hopkins has at least 95 catches, 1,375 yards and 11 touchdowns in three of his past four seasons.
Will Fuller54.9845.56.592.311.50.05125.54
As the saying goes, the best ability is availability. Unavailable in more than half of the team's games, Fuller has played in just 14, 10 and seven games, respectively, in his first three NFL seasons. Playing in only 11 total games with Deshaun Watson, Fuller has 45 catches for 782 yards and 11 touchdowns in those 11 games. Extrapolating that per-game pace over 16 games, Fuller would have a stat line of 65/1,137/16.
Keke Coutee626823.11.260.0187.46
Playing in just seven regular-season and postseason games combined, Coutee ended his rookie season (11/110/1 on 14 targets) similar to how he started it (11/109 on 15 targets) -- both games against the Colts. If he stays healthy, Coutee could be poised for a breakout season.
DeAndre Carter14.6147.50.5800018.23
Vyncint Smith7.6106.40.7600015.2

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TIGHT ENDS

 

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Jordan Thomas28.1303.52.8100047.21
Kahale Warring20.7252.51.6600035.21
Jordan Akins20.5235.81.4400032.22
Darren Fells15160.51.800026.85

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Fantasy Football Mock Draft 2019: 12 Teams, 7th Pick

The best way to become good at something is to practice. So, what should you do if you want to draft a better fantasy football team?

Practice, of course!

Leading up to the start of the 2019 NFL season, Kevin Hanson will use the 2019 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros) to complete fantasy football mock drafts.


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We will use a variety of scoring formats -- PPR, half-PPR, standard scoring and even 2-QB leagues, league sizes and draft slots. The goal is to give you a good representation of the team that you may be able to construct given your league settings and the rationale of why we made the picks we did.

>> Our mocks will be tracked here: Fantasy Football Mock Drafts.

That said, nothing beats practicing yourself so (check out the simulator) and complete a mock in a matter of minutes.

Without further ado, here are the picks of our 12-team 2019 fantasy football mock draft using standard scoring:

1.07 - Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

Only Todd Gurley averaged more fantasy points per game than Gordon last season (standard scoring) so there is plenty of upside if he's able to stay healthy for a full season. Unfortunately, MG3 has now missed multiple games in three of his four NFL seasons.

That said, MG3's YPC average spiked to 5.1 in 2018 and he set a career high in touchdowns (14). After a scoreless rookie campaign, Gordon has finished with 12-plus touchdowns in three consecutive seasons.

2.06 - Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

Three years into his young career, Thomas continues to improve each season -- 92/1,137/9 in 2017, 104/1,245/5 in 2018 and 125/1,405/9 in 2019. Since Thomas has been in the league, there have been 19 100-catch seasons and, of those, only Christian McCaffrey (86.3%, 2018) had a better catch rate than Thomas (85.0%, 2018) over the past three years.

3.07 - Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Thielen reached the 100-yard mark in the first eight games (and only once in the final eight games) as he posted career highs across the board -- receptions (113), yards (1,373) and touchdowns (nine). Finishing as a WR1 (top-12) in each of the past two seasons. I'd be comfortable with him as my WR1, but I really like him as my WR2.

4.06 - Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions

Playing just 10 games as a rookie, Johnson had exactly 150 touches -- 118 carries and 32 receptions. Averaging 5.4 yards per carry, Johnson was fantasy's RB15 through Week 11 before missing the remainder of the season. Provided he stays healthy in 2019, the second-year back should see north of last year's 15 touches per game and could once again perform as a top-15 back when he's on the field.

5.07 - Mark Ingram, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Suspended the first four games of the season, Ingram had a down year as Alvin Kamara took over as lead back in New Orleans. In the two seasons before that, however, Ingram rushed for 2,167 yards, added 104 catches for 735 yards and scored a total of 22 touchdowns.

No team ran the ball as much as Baltimore in 2018 and that trend should continue in 2019 with Ingram as their lead back and my projection of 250 touches could prove too conservative. Normally, I'd jump at the chance to draft him in Round 4 so I really love his value in Round 5 of this mock.

6.06 - D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers

Including his rushing yards (172), Moore had 960 yards as a rookie but only two touchdowns. A low-end WR2 based on my current projections, Moore has plenty of upside as this team's WR3.

7.07 - Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears

In addition to a year-over-year bump in touches (140 to 170), Cohen was more efficient (10.2 Y/R, 4.5 YPC) and scored eight touchdowns. Cohen finished as a fantasy's RB17 in non-PPR formats (like this one) and as much as I love David Montgomery, The Human Joystick is a great value here.

8.06 - Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants

It's possible that newcomer Golden Tate outproduces Shepard in the Odell Beckham-less receiving corps, but I like Shepard as my WR4.

9.07 - Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

Once again, Ekeler averaged more than five yards per carry and 10 yards per reception. But as he nearly doubled his workload (74 to 145 touches), MG3's complementary back finished as the RB27 last season. He has stand-alone value even if Gordon stays healthy and I don't normally handcuff on purpose, but I will do so more often with the MG3/Ekeler duo.

10.06 - DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

In spite of missing four games, Jackson finished 32nd in fantasy points (42nd in PPR) in 2018. Now back in Philadelphia, D-Jax gives the Eagles the deep threat they lacked. Jackson has led the NFL in Y/A in 2018 (18.9), 2016 (17.9) and 2014 (20.9). More than anything, he helps the next guy I drafted ...

11.07 - Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

The obvious concern with Wentz is durability as he has now missed at least three games in back-to-back seasons. If he can stay healthy, however, he has as much a ton of upside compared to his current ADP. Wentz showed how good he could be in 2017 when he was the QB2 through Week 14 before missing the final three weeks of the season. The addition of D-Jax gives Wentz the best and most complete group of weapons that he has had in his young career.

12.06 - Trey Burton, TE, Chicago Bears

Posting career highs across the board (54 catches for 569 yards and six touchdowns), Burton finished with the sixth-most fantasy points at the position last season. Hopefully Burton will be more consistent in 2018 as he exceeded 40 receiving yards in only three games, but he's typically going a couple of rounds earlier in drafts and provides a nice value here.

13.07 - C.J. Anderson, RB, Detroit Lions

Let go by the Rams, Anderson was extremely productive down the stretch as Gurley dealt with his knee issues. In fact, no running back scored more fantasy points over the final two weeks of the season. Including their first playoff game, CJA had a streak of three games with 120-plus rushing yards and (at least) one touchdown. More coincidence than intention, I have now handcuffed my top-two running backs.

14.06 - Baltimore Ravens D/ST

15.07 - Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens

Starting just seven (regular-season) games last season, Jackson led the team in rush attempts (147) and was second in rushing yards (695) to Gus Edwards (718). Even though he threw for more than 200 yards only once (204 in Week 16), Jackson scored the eighth-most fantasy points per contest during his seven-week stretch as starter.

The goal may be for Jackson to run less (for durability's sake) in 2019, but offensive coordinator Greg Roman has had plenty of success orchestrating offenses led by mobile quarterbacks. Here are the fantasy QB finishes in Roman's last four seasons as OC: QB8, QB14 (Tyrod Taylor in Buffalo) and QB16, QB11 (Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco).

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Oakland Raiders 2019 Fantasy Football Projections

In addition to viewing our 2019 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2019 fantasy football projections for the Oakland Raiders.

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

PlayerAtt.Comp.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Derek Carr581.23854271.825.5710.7526.566.30.4260.68
Since entering the league five years ago, Carr has finished as a top-20 fantasy quarterback every season. The QB18 in 2018, Carr threw for a career-high 4,049 yards but a career-low 19 touchdowns. Carr's career-low 3.4% touchdown rate was a full percentage point below his career average, but the improvement in weapons -- Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams and Josh Jacobs -- should see that normalize to his career average or even exceed it. At this point, Carr is vastly underrated compared to current expectations (ADP) and even my own rankings.
Mike Glennon5.93.940.10.240.1512.102.47

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RUNNING BACKS

 

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Josh Jacobs232.510236.9834.9261.80.87175.58
With little tread on the tires, Jacobs, one of Oakland's three first-round picks, will assume the lead-back role for the revamped Oakland offense. More important than possessing the top-end speed that he lacks, Jacobs has the quickness, elusiveness and power to become the every-down back that Oakland has drafted him to become.
Jalen Richard41.8204.80.6348.8414.81.2273.06
Tied with Jared Cook for the team lead in receptions (68) last season, Richard finished as a top-30 fantasy running back in PPR scoring (RB43 in standard). Better weapons on the roster could mean a few less targets, but Richard will have a chance to flirt with flex-type production in PPR leagues.
Doug Martin77.5317.81.949.164.60.1450.72
Martin had 190 touches for 839 scrimmage yards for Oakland last season and even though he re-signed with the club, his workload will take a huge dip with first-rounder Josh Jacobs ahead of him on the depth chart.
Chris Warren13.355.90.41.17.90.018.84
DeAndre Washington9.237.70.181.17.20.025.69
Keith Smith11.80.013.718.90.042.37

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WIDE RECEIVERS

 

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Antonio Brown981205.49.31000176.4
Since 2013, Brown has had more than 100 catches and 150 targets every season and averaged 1,524 receiving yards and 11.2 touchdowns per season over that six-year span. In addition, AB has finished as a top-three fantasy wide receiver in five consecutive seasons. A top-three season may be less likely now that he's forced himself out of Pittsburgh, but Brown remains a top-eight option at the position.
Tyrell Williams52800.84.68000108.16
A few seasons removed from a 1,059-yard breakout season, Williams has had a couple of solid seasons --43/728/4 in 2017 and 41/653/5 in 2018. As Oakland's clear No. 2 receiver, Williams should outperform his numbers over the past couple of seasons, but he's unlikely to return to the 1,000-yard level barring an injury to Brown.
Hunter Renfrow37.2386.91.8600049.85
As much as he may lack the type of the size (5-10, 184) and athleticism (4.59 forty), Renfrow has overachieved expectations set for him by others in college. It wouldn't be a surprise if his reliability and production from the slot leads to fantasy relevance in deeper PPR formats in future seasons.
Ryan Grant20.3219.21.2200029.24
J.J. Nelson10.7169.11.073.121.70.0325.68
Marcell Ateman8.994.30.5800012.91
Dwayne Harris111.10.121102.81

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TIGHT ENDS

 

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Darren Waller22.8237.11.8200034.63
Luke Willson19.4217.31.3600029.89
Foster Moreau8.6104.10.5600013.77
Derek Carrier3.128.20.160003.78

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New Orleans Saints 2019 Fantasy Football Projections

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Below you will find our 2019 fantasy football projections for the New Orleans Saints.

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

PlayerAtt.Comp.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Drew Brees544.2394.54380.829.938.7129.823.82.24293.35
Now the NFL's recordholder for passing yards, Brees needs just 20 touchdowns to overtake Peyton Manning for that record as well. Perhaps more impressively, Brees has been a model of consistency with 15 consecutive seasons as fantasy's QB9 or better. The days of Brees slinging it 600-plus times appears over, however, as his pass attempts in 2017 (536, 33.5/G) and 2018 (489, 32.6/G) are the two lowest of his Saints tenure. Could 2019 be the first season that Brees doesn't finish as a top-nine fantasy quarterback as a Saint?
Taysom Hill5.62.849.30.220.234.4168.61.3827.59
Teddy Bridgewater11.27.380.60.450.343.41.704.51

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RUNNING BACKS

 

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Alvin Kamara216.9986.910.380.97203.64254.33
Even though he has a total of only 476 touches through two seasons, Kamara has finished as a top-four fantasy running back (any scoring format) in both of his first two NFL seasons. Another top-four season is the most likely outcome based on his ADP. Kamara has scored 32 touchdowns -- 22 rushing, nine receiving and one return -- in his 31 NFL games with more than 1,500 scrimmage yards in both seasons.
Latavius Murray137.7564.66.8920.7140.80.21113.14
Before last season (RB32, RB38 in PPR), Murray had finished as a top-20 fantasy running back in standard-scoring formats for three consecutive seasons. While he's unlikely to bounce back to that level of fantasy production, we've seen the Saints offense support to productive running backs with Kamara and Mark Ingram so it's possibly that Murray flirts with back-end RB2 production in standard-scoring formats as a Saint.
Buck Allen12.647.90.256.841.50.2712.06
Devine Ozigbo10.342.20.21170.026.3
Zach Line4.615.20.143.413.60.345.76

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WIDE RECEIVERS

 

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Michael Thomas112.91320.98.47000182.91
Three years into his young career, Thomas continues to improve each season -- 92/1,137/9 in 2017, 104/1,245/5 in 2018 and 125/1,405/9 in 2019. Since Thomas has been in the league, there have been 19 100-catch seasons and, of those, only Christian McCaffrey (86.3%, 2018) had a better catch rate than Thomas (85.0%, 2018) over the past three years. The only other wide receivers with 100 catches and catch rate above 70 percent -- Adam Thielen (73.9%, 2018), Larry Fitzgerald (71.3%, 2016) and DeAndre Hopkins (70.6%, 2018).
Ted Ginn Jr.47.4639.94.279.255.20.0995.67
Missing more than half of the season on Injured Reserve, Ginn (knee) still got at least six targets in the seven games (including playoffs) in which he appeared. While Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara are the clear focal points of the Saints' offense, Ginn will have some big weeks as the No. 3, perhaps No. 4, option in the offense.
Tre'quan Smith26387.43.1200057.46
Smith had a couple of big games (3/111 vs. WAS and 10/157/1 vs. PHI) and a lot of quiet games (23 yards or less in 11 of the other 13). Even if he's more consistent on a weekly basis, it's difficult to trust any receivers other than Thomas (and perhaps Ginn) in season-long formats.
Keith Kirkwood152131.500030.3
Rishard Matthews12.9170.31.100023.63
Cameron Meredith11.8152.20.9400020.86
Chad Hansen3.941.30.270005.75
Austin Carr2.729.20.220004.24

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PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Jared Cook51.2678.45.2500099.34
Oakland's passing game had virtually nothing last season and Cook paced the team by leading the team in targets (101), receptions (68), yards (896) and touchdowns (six). Setting career highs across the board, Cook finished as fantasy's TE5 last season. Perhaps his year-over-year target share dips, but there is also a major offensive boost with Drew Brees and the Saints.
Josh Hill11.4116.30.6800015.71
Dan Arnold4.5540.450008.1

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