2019 NFL Combine
The NFL season officially begins March 13, but we know that football never ends, and that especially goes for fantasy football.
First the Combine
The Combine isn’t always about the athletes that are there. The ripple effect is what is important to us:
Quarterback Kyler Murray will he or won’t he…be the number one draft pick? If Murray goes number one to the Arizona Cardinals, that means Josh Rosen is expendable. That puts Murray on your fantasy radar, whereas Rosen never was.
D.K. Metcalf, wide receiver aka Batman is the talk of the 2019 NFL Combine, and beyond. Why not he came in with 1.9 percent body fat! Then he preceded to show out on all the measurables. Yes, he posted a ridiculous 4.33 in the 40-yard dash and 27 reps on the bench. But be warned even Batman has a nemesis, and for Metcalf it was the on-field drills. His times were slow (4.5 in the 20 yard shuttle-best time was 3.97) and his flexibility stiff.
But what we care about is his potential destination. A wide receiver is only as good as the system and the quarterback. So, before we put him on our fantasy must have list, let’s see where he will land.
Todd Gurley has an arthritic knee. Unfortunately, for the Los Angeles Rams, they are not only bereft of draft picks but this year’s crop of running backs lacks the star power of last year. The only two running backs predicted to have a chance to go in the first two rounds are both Alabama backs, Josh Jacobs and Damien Harris.
So lower Gurley in your fantasy draft want list and keep an eye on the landing spots of Jacobs and Harris.
The biggest impact for your fantasy season will come from free agency this year, calling it now.
Nick Foles is a system quarterback. But if the system is in Jacksonville, he ends up on your fantasy watch list.
Antonio Brown should heed the advice of Larry Fitzgerald. The best wide receiver in the game could become an after thought depending on what team gets his services. It’s good to be good, it is better to have a potential Hall of Fame quarterback throwing you the ball, and an offensive line that blocks and maybe a run game to take the pressure off.
Le’Veon Bell (seriously is there anyone left in Pittsburgh?), will be the winner in free agency. That does not spell winner for your fantasy team. Remember, Bell sat out last year, he did not play a single snap. The last time Bell was sidelined for suspension purposes it was for three games. On his first game back he had 144 rushing yards on 18 attempts, good right? But then it took him five more games, week 11 to reach the century mark in yards and that was on 28 rushing attempts. Buyer beware.
For most of the league coaching changes means a whole lot of bad happened. This season the bad may have resulted in a whole lot of good for your fantasy team.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bruce Arians
Forget the hype about Sean McVay, Arians is the OG. And now he takes over a team that last season was third in total average yards per game (415.5), 12thin total points per game (24.8) and first in passing yards per game (320.3), yes that was with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston. The possibilities now with Arians in the mix should make you giddy.
Cleveland Browns, Freddie Kitchens
Kitchenstook over the play calling in the last eight games of 2018 season. Quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 37 more yards per game, 19 touchdowns and averaged four more fantasy points. And he helped the very shallow tight-end fantasy dilemma, David Nojku had eight red zone targets. That is what dreams are made of.
Green Bay Packers, Matt LaFleur
Who here doesn’t believe this is going to be Aaron Rodgers’ team and offense? Who has a problem with that? That’s what I thought. Just pencil Rodgers and wide receiver Davanta Adams and Aaron Jones in as your fantasy football starters.
Late Breaking News
Denver Broncos have agreed to trade quarterback Case Keenum to Washington. Meh.
Until next time…making fantasy a reality…winning!