The 2019 fantasy football season has come and gone. Looking back on the year, there is something to take away for each of the 32 teams. Here is one fantasy football thought for every NFL team for the 2019 season:
*Every statistic used in this article will be based on PPR scoring*
Sony Michel did not live up to expectations. On paper, the second-year back’s numbers look decent. Michel ran for 912 yards and seven touchdowns, while adding 12 catches for 94 receiving yards. However, Michel just couldn’t consistently find his rhythm all year, scoring over 10 points just seven times.
Josh Allen is an elite fantasy quarterback. Allen threw for over 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns, while rushing for over 500 yards and nine touchdowns. He finished the year as QB6, and should only improve next year
Le’Veon Bell’s production was severely limited by the Jets’ poor offensive line. Bell rushed for only 789 yards this year, scoring just four total touchdowns and averaging an abysmal 3.2 yards per carry. Bell is still a great player, but he needs some help if he’s going to finish as a top-10 fantasy running back next year.
DeVante Parker had a MONSTER breakout year. Parker finished the 2019 season with 72 catches for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns, and was the lone bright spots of the Dolphins’ uneventful season. Assuming the Dolphins draft a quarterback in the first round of this year’s draft, Parker could become an elite weapon in the near future.
The running backs disappointed. Coming into the season, many experts viewed Damien Williams as a potential top-10 fantasy back. When the Chiefs added LeSean McCoy, some Kansas City fans believed that they could have the most dangerous backfield in the league. Unfortunately, injuries held both Williams and McCoy back, as the two combined for less than 1,000 rushing yards and 11 total touchdowns. Neither of the two finished as a top-35 fantasy back this year.
Josh Jacobs is going to be a great player. In his first year, Jacobs rushed for 1,150 yards and seven touchdowns, scoring 24+ points three times. He’s a workhorse, and as long as he continues to see 15+ touches every week, he’s going to produce.
Austin Ekeler had an insane year. Ekeler rushed for 500+ yards and also caught 92 balls for 993 yards, scoring 11 total touchdowns. Despite having to contend with Melvin Gordon for touches in the second half of the year, Ekeler still finished the year as RB4 and proved that he can be an elite #1 option in the backfield.
Lamar Jackson is the MVP. Watch this short highlight video, it says more than I ever could on how crazy Jackson was this year: https://twitter.com/SportsCenter/status/1214629629132263429?s=20
JuJu Smith-Schuster was really disappointing this year. Injuries only allowed Smith-Schuster to play in 12 games this year — and when he played he was underwhelming — finishing the season with 42 catches for 552 yards and 3 touchdowns. JuJu will look to stay healthy and bounce back in 2020.
The Browns were a dumpster fire in 2019. Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. greatly underperformed, while reports of Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry telling players on other teams to “come get me” surfaced. Freddie Kitchens was fired and John Dorsey parted ways with the organization almost immediately after the season ended, providing a fitting end to a wild year for Cleveland. The Browns’ talent is immense, hopefully they can turn things around in 2020.
It’s Joe Burrow time baby! The one highlight of the Bengals’ year was when they finally won a game in Week 12 and the man who refused to come down from the roof of his restaurant until they won was freed. I’m not kidding, read more about that here: https://www.wlwt.com/article/man-who-vowed-to-live-on-rooftop-until-bengals-won-finally-comes-down/30077968#
DeAndre Hopkins had his worst season in 3 years, but was still WR5. That says something about Hopkins, who has been absolutely dominant since 2014. He finished the year with 104 catches for 1,165 yards and seven touchdowns.
Nobody wanted to tackle Derrick Henry all year. I mean, would you? Standing at 6’3 and 238 lbs, Henry is an athletic freak. He ran for 1,540 yards this year, winning the 2019 NFL rushing title. In order to understand how big Henry actually is, here’s a picture of Henry standing next to Raven’s workhorse Mark Ingram that’s been making the rounds on Twitter: https://twitter.com/stevebraband/status/1213652778888912896?s=20
It’s hard to succeed without your best player, and the Colts were without T.Y. Hilton for six games this year. Hilton is a great talent, but he needs to be able to stay on the field. Hopefully he can do just that in 2020.
Leonard Fournette returned to form. After a disappointing 2018 campaign, Fournette restored faith in Jacksonville fans this year, rushing for 1,152 yards. He only scored three touchdowns, but his stats were good enough to earn the RB7 spot.
Miles Sanders had somewhat of a breakout rookie year, rushing for 818 yards and scoring six total touchdowns. The Eagles have not been particularly dominant on the ground in recent years, but Sanders provides their fans with hope that this could change in the near future.
From a fantasy perspective, Dak Prescott deserves the big contract that his agent has reportedly been clamoring for. While this is up for debate regarding real football, Prescott was phenomenal in the 2019 fantasy season. He threw for just under 5,000 yards and finished as QB2, averaging 21.1 fantasy points per week.
Saquon Barkley was an absolute bust for the regular season, but became the MVP of the fantasy playoffs. If you had Barkley on your team, you had to suffer through weeks of disappointment. However, he rewarded your patience if you were lucky enough to make it to the playoffs, scoring 20+ points in each of his final three games, including a monster 43.9 point performance against Washington in Week 16. Barkley will once again be a top-5 pick in fantasy drafts next year.
Derrius Guice has shown flashes of brilliance, but he has to prove that he can stay healthy. Injuries kept Guice out of 11 games this season, and he failed to play at all during his rookie year due to a torn ACL. Hopefully the young running back can bounce back in 2020 and avoid injury.
George Kittle finished the season with 300 fewer receiving yards, and was still the second-best fantasy tight end. To be fair, Kittle struggle with an ankle injury that forced him to miss two games. He is every defenses’ nightmare and will be an elite tight end for years to come.
Chris Carson had another really solid year. Unfortunately, Carson’s season ended early due to a serious hip injury, but prior to that he was playing very well. Carson finished the year as RB12 with 1,230 rushing yards and nine total touchdowns. Assuming he is healthy for the start of the 2020 campaign, Carson will be a solid RB1 once again.
Todd Gurley is clearly not the same player he used to be. Coming off of a dominant 2018 season where he rushed for 1,251 yards and 21 total touchdowns, Gurley just didn’t look like the same player this year, lacking the level of explosiveness we had gotten used to. Gurley still put together a pretty productive season, rushing for 857 yards and 14 total touchdowns. It will be interesting to see if he can find his old form again next year.
What happened with David Johnson?! After scoring 18+ points in five of his first six games, Johnson failed to receive more than five carries in any game for the rest of the year. He only scored 10+ points once in that 10-game span, and never rushed for more than 20 yards. The entire situation is a mystery to those outside of the Cardinals organization, and who knows what kind of workload Johnson will receive next year, wherever he ends up.
Aaron Jones had to deal with surrendering significant touches to Jamaal Williams, and still finished as the second-best fantasy running back this year. Jones was nothing less than dominant, rushing for over 1,000 yards and scoring 19 total touchdowns. The Packers need to give him the ball more next year.
Dalvin Cook finally broke out this year, rushing for 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns, while adding 519 receiving yards. Cook only scored less than 10 fantasy points once this season, and should continue to dominate as long as he can stay healthy.
Allen Robinson had his best year since 2015. There were not a ton of positives for the Bears this year, but Robinson’s production certainly was one of them. He finished the year with 98 catches for 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns. Chicago has committed to Mitch Trubisky as their quarterback, so hopefully he and Robinson can continue to build chemistry next year.
Kenny Golladay is one of the most underrated receivers in the NFL. Golladay put together his second straight 1,000+ yard season this year, scoring 11 touchdowns. What is even more impressive is that he did all of this without Matthew Stafford for most of the season. Golladay has the potential to be a true WR1 next year.
Michael Thomas set the single-season reception record, and not enough people are talking about it! Thomas finished the year with 149 catches for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns, and was the #1 fantasy receiver by far, repeatedly dazzling fans with impressive catches like this: https://twitter.com/OfficalDSD/status/1213898695588102146?s=20
Austin Hooper started off the year red hot, scoring 20+ points in three of his first six games. Unfortunately, after suffering an injury in the middle of the season, Hooper was unable to regain his dominant form. He scored over 15 points just once in his last five games, and finished as TE6.
Jameis Winston threw 30 interceptions this season and still finished as the fifth-best fantasy quarterback! While Tampa Bay was an absolute mess this year, Winston and his top targets — Mike Evans and Chris Godwin — excelled from a fantasy standpoint. All three of them are elite options at their respective positions
Christian McCaffrey was otherworldly in 2019, recording over 1,000 rushing and receiving yards and 19 total touchdowns. McCaffrey averaged 29.5 points per week, more than any other player by far this season. He should be the undisputed #1 pick in all 2020 fantasy football drafts.