2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK
2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK
By: Robert L. Porter Jr.
With NFL training camps kicking off this week its only right for us to dive into Fantasy football as our drafts inch ever closer.
Let’s start with LeVeon Bell, the potential #1 overall pick is going thru the same situation he did last year. Franchise tagged, looking for a long term deal, threatens to sit out games (he actually said he won’t miss any regular season action) and you are wondering if he is worth the risk. Well its a pretty simple answer to that question…….. YES, YES HE IS WORTH THE RISK. With all the variables being the same last year, Bell rushed for 1,291 yards and 9 touchdowns. He also added 85 receptions (career high), 655 rec yards and 2 touchdowns.
The more pressing question may be is he in fact the #1 pick? With guys like Todd Gurley and Antonio Brown coming off the monster years they had in 2017 and David Johnson returning from injury, the gap from 1 to 2 and from 2 to 3 may be smaller than its been in a very very long time.
Other top 10 players include, Ezekiel Elliott who averaged just under 100 rushing yards per game in his 10 games played, Alvin Kamara who took the league by storm to win Offensive rookie of the year and Wide out Odell Beckham Jr who will be returning from injury much like David Johnson whom we have already mentioned.
We will also see players drop due to suspension, a change in their role or a change in team. Mark Ingram, Julian Edelman and Jarvis Landry are just a few examples. another player that comes to mind is Carlos Hyde, he was the bell cow for the San Francisco 49ers but he’s now in Cleveland as part of a very crowded backfield that consist of him, Duke Johnson and rookie RB Nick Chubb. Speaking of crowded backfields, the New England Patriots lost Deon Lewis in free agency but drafted Sony Michel out of Georgia and also brought in Jeremy Hill from Cincinnati. They still have Rex Burkhead and James White to try and get touches to.
Some teams have question marks at Wide Receiver which in turn raises questions about their Quarterbacks. Blake Bortles lost Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns this off season so he will look to lean on young threat DeDe Westbrook and The Dallas Cowboys parted ways with its all time receiving Touchdown leader Dez Bryant but drafted Michael Gallup, traded for Tavon Austin and signed Allen Hurns. While they have made moves, no one can predict what the finished product of the receiving corp overhaul will look like for Dak Prescott.
DeShaun Watson, Jimmy Garoppolo and Baker Mayfield will make The quarterback field look a lot different than years passed but mainstays like Brady, Rodgers and Brees still look poised for huge years. Some off season movement may also affect the landscape as Alex Smith moved from Kansas city to Washington, Kirk Cousins from Washington to Minnesota and Case Keenum from Minnesota to Denver. These moves will affect guys like Demaryius Thomas, Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs and Jamison Crowder when draft time rolls around.
In closing, there are so many more factors to consider when drafting a top notched fantasy football team. These are just a few but we look forward to helping, sharing and interacting with you guys on your way to a 2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP.