Top-100 PPR Skill Players (No QBs) Produced 20,662 Points in 2018
At a Glance
There were 1,596 more fantasy points produced by the top-100 skill players in 2018 vs. 2017. One thing is for sure, in the “flyer” rounds, I’m going to be doing the same thing I did last year — eye the stragglers in the NFC South and AFC West.
In 2017, these divisions combined for 29 percent of total fantasy points, and over 30 percent in 2018. Keep in mind, this does not include QBs. Notably, we like to pay attention to the young pups in these divisions, such as: Chris Godwin, Mike Williams, Austin Ekeler, Austin Hooper, D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel all rounding out the bottom 50 of this 2018 list.
On the flip side, let’s fade picks in the AFC East last few rounds, ay? 100/8=12.5 … the AFC East had a measly eight players in the top-100, and three were Patriots — James White, Sony Michel and Julian Edelman. Zay Jones was the second best WR in the AFC East and played four more games than Julian Edelman. One thing is for sure, you have much better odds at a producing flyer in any other division besides the AFC East. Let’s also consider that the NFC South produced almost two-and-a-half the amount of points on the top-100 compared to the AFC East.
Little surprised by the NFC West? We were too. Even though they underperformed as a division, they still were above average on a player basis. San Francisco didn’t have a wide receiver on the list to contribute either. As a matter of fact, they were the only team in the NFL without a WR in the top-100. This will change with Jimmy G coming back next year.
- 93 more touchdowns were scored by the top-100 in 2018 vs. 2017— ninety-freggan-three!
- Every division outscored their previous year TD totals besides the AFC East, (11 less) and NFC North (8 less).
- Similarly, every division outscored their previous year point totals besides these two divisions.
- Every division attributed for over 11 percent (advanced metric 100/8=12.5) of total points besides the AFC East at 7.5 percent.
- The NFC South contributed for over 17 percent of total PPR points. No other team had 14 percent this year or 15 percent last year.
- The AFC West and NFC South had 30 and 32 more TDs, respectively.
- The NFC South nearly doubled up the amount of TDs than the AFC East — 122 vs. 62. Follow the points.
- On a player basis, the NFC East averaged the most points at 227/player.
- This is 58 points better than their average in 2017 — with one less player. Saquon Barkley and a healthy Odell can attribute for the inflation.
- Even with eight less total TDs, the NFC North’s average player total increased by over 20 points.
- Similar to point totals, the NFC South, 122, and AFC West, 103, attributed for over 31 percent of touchdowns.
- This 225 TD total would have been 36 percent of 627 total TDs last year.
- Nobody scored more than the NFC North’s 94 in 2017.
- On the flip side, the NFC, 74, and AFC East, 62, combined for about 19 percent of touchdowns.
- 54 wide receivers made the top-100 in 2018 and 19 played in the NFC South (10) and NFC North (9).
- The most WRs in one division last year was eight in the NFC South.
When you’re scanning for a flyer, double-check their division and remember the AFC East really sucks at producing top-100 fantasy players.