Sweet 16 Edition
As we are still in the throes of March Madness, let’s keep it going for one more week.
Here are 16 points for your fantasy football week.
#1 - Rob Gronkowski retires
Not sure if you heard, but…. Rob Gronkowski has announced his retirement from football. Noticed it said “announced”, there are some who believe he really won’t stay retired.
For fantasy football purposes: Gronkowski only played seven games last season. He was targeted 42 times for 29 receptions and one touchdown.
He was the 11th best tight-end for fantasy football purposes in 2018, with 86 fantasy points. Meh!
#2 - Top five tight-ends in 2018
Which brings us to the top five tight ends in 2018, total fantasy points.
Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs; 194 fantasy points
George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers: 169 fantasy points
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles: 164 fantasy points
Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts: 158 fantasy points
Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders: 126 fantasy points
#3 - Jared Cook signs with Saints
Speaking of tight ends, Jared Cook has signed with the New Orleans Saints. That is only good news for fantasy football. (Think of Drew Brees when he had Jimmy Graham)
#4 - Top five quarterbacks in 2018
The top five quarterbacks in 2018, total fantasy points:
Patrick Mahomes, Kanas City Chiefs: 494 fantasy points
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers: 420 fantasy points
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons: 417 fantasy points
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts: 400 fantasy points
Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans: 397 fantasy points
#5 - Matt Ryan
The quarterback you want to watch here is Matt Ryan, new offensive coordinator who is making a repeat appearance in Atlanta, yes please.
#6 - Top 5 running backs in 2018
The top five running backs in 2018, total fantasy points:
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams: 309 fantasy points
Saquon Barkley, New York Giants: 293 fantasy points
Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers: 274 fantasy points
Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints: 267 fantasy points
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys: 254 fantasy points
#7 - Todd Gurley & Saquon Barkley
The top two running backs from 2018 will have a rough 2019. Gurley has a chronic knee injury and Barkley is without a serious threat at wide receiver and an aging quarterback…so count on a stacked box, for now.
#8 - Top 5 wide receivers in 2018
The top five wide receivers in 2018, total fantasy points:
Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs: 241 fantasy points
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans: 222 fantasy points
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers: 220 fantasy points
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons: 217 fantasy points
Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers: 217 fantasy points
#9 - Nuk rules!!!
So…Hill is still being investigated and thus might serve a suspension. Brown has taken his talents westward and Hopkins (a.k.a. Nuk) is the best wide receiver in the league (yeah, I said it).
#10 - Jeremy Maclin retires
Jeremy Maclin, wide receiver also announced his retirement. It was cute, (you know announcing at his wife’s baby shower and all) but completely irrelevant to fantasy football.
#11 - Jordy Nelson retires
Jordy Nelson, wide receiver, he too announced his retirement from football. Nelson played for the Oakland Raiders last season. He was targeted 88 times, on the receiving end of 63 for three touchdowns.
This impacts your fantasy dreams, because someone is about to get those targets…hmmm.
#12 - Jordan Howard traded to the Eagles.
Jordan Howard, formerly running back for the Chicago Bears was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a conditional 2020 6th round pick. Howard played three seasons with the Bears and rushed for over 1,000 yards in both 2016 and 2017. Let’s see what he does behind the formidable Eagles O-line.
#13 - Top 5 PPR fantasy players in 2018
2018 PPR fantasy football top 5 players: Stats courtesy of FantasyPros.com
Patrick Mahomes, Quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs: 417 PPR fantasy points
Saquon Barkley, Running Back, New York Giants: 385.8 PPR fantasy points
Christian McCaffrey, Running Back, Carolina Panthers: 385.5 PPR fantasy points
Todd Gurley, Running Back, Los Angeles Rams: 372.1 PPR fantasy points
Matt Ryan, Quarterback, Atlanta Falcons: 355.0 PPR fantasy points
#14 - Points Per Reception (PPR) leagues
Just a refresher: PPR leagues are points per receptions leagues; while traditional leagues do not reward the wide receiver or running back for receptions, just for actual yards accumulated and of course touchdowns.
#15 - Individual Defensive Players (IDP) leagues
IDP leagues, for those more adventurous, are leagues where you draft individual defensive players in addition to your offensive players. There are of course so many ways to play fantasy football; two quarterback leagues, flex players, no kickers and or half point PPR.
Whatever you are playing we have the strategy for you to win.
#16 - NFL Draft (April 25-57)
The NFL Draft begins April 25, and yes it will impact your fantasy football draft, while we will get more in-depth, right now here are, 5 Names to watch:
Dwayne Haskins, Quarterback, Ohio State
Josh Jacobs, Running Back, Alabama
Kyler Murray, Quarterback, Oklahoma
D.K. Metcalf, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss
T.J. Hockenson, Tight End, Iowa
Happy Spring and have a great week. See you soon.