The NFL world is well into free agency and talks and speculations of fantasy football are in the air.
How well will last year’s class of rookie quarterbacks perform in 2019? A couple of them are totally poised for a huge fantasy season. Then there are some players who signed with new franchises who should thrive playing under new coaches and coordinators.
Let’s take a peek at the following 10 fantasy football players whose stock should be on the rise for 2019.
Baker Mayfield, quarterback, Cleveland Browns
Mayfield did not have too shabby of a fantasy rookie season after finishing 16th in points throughout 14 games. Now, expect him to advance by leaps and bounds as he continues to evolve with his offense that now includes Odell Beckham Jr. Watch out Cleveland! Mayfield is poised for fantasy success with a star cast that includes an electric OBJ, Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway, David Njoku, Nick Chubb and eventually Kareem Hunt.
Baker Mayfield is now the #1 fantasy QB on my board.
— Kardiac Kid (@Kardiac_Kid19) March 13, 2019
If he does not finish within the top seven fantasy quarterbacks in 2019, something will have gone wrong.
Peyton Barber, Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Barber doesn’t exactly offer up a ton of excitement right off the bat. But, Barber might just possess some fantasy relevance working under head coach Bruce Arians in 2019. Think back to how Arians ran the Arizona Cardinals offense and running back David Johnson’s major usage in 2016. Johnson touched the ball 23.3 times on average per game that year. We are not suggesting that Barber suddenly launches into RB1 territory, but he carries some nice sleeper potential.
Evan Engram, Tight End, New York Giants
Providing Engram can stay healthy, he makes a very serviceable receiving option for quarterback Eli Manning. With OBJ gone, Engram should see an increase in red zone work and overall targets. Remember, he was quite the busy guy when Beckham missed nearly the entire 2017 season. That year, Engram garnered 115 targets and turned them into 722 yards and six touchdowns. Even with the addition of Golden Tate, whose talents lie within the slot position, Engram should keep busy.
Carson Wentz, Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles
The hope would be Wentz returns to the field and is able to play a full 16-game slate. If he does, he is primed to be a trustworthy fantasy quarterback who has a high ceiling. Wentz will also have the advantage of playing with veteran DeSean Jackson who is back at his old stomping grounds. Even as one of the elder receivers in the league, Jackson still averaged a league-high 18.9 yards per catch last year. Wentz has a cannon of an arm and he and Jackson will make for a cool fantasy duo to rise up the ranks in 2019.
Tevin Coleman, Running Back, San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers made an excellent decision in signing former Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman. This pairs up the 25-year-old running back with his former Falcons offensive coordinator and now 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. How sweet is that? Coleman should thrive and easily evolve into the team’s No. 1 back. This also makes him worth a higher-round pick once fantasy drafts start taking place. Coleman is young, has fresh legs and also averaged an impressive 4.8 yards per carry in 2018.
Robby Anderson, Wide Receiver, New York Jets
Anderson is not exactly a receiver one jumps hoops to draft in fantasy. But, he should make for a nice later-round gem as his chemistry continues to develop with quarterback Sam Darnold. During Anderson’s last four games in 2018, he drew 39 targets which resulted in 336 yards and three touchdowns. He also finished the season averaging 15 yards per reception. Plus, since the Jets are often playing from behind, look for Anderson to be quite involved while Darnold is slinging passes downfield to catch up. Just like this one.
Dak Prescott, Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys
Prescott’s fantasy stock should be on the upswing in 2019 with a full season of playing with Amari Cooper lying ahead. Cooper and Prescott meshed like peanut butter and jelly when the two joined forces for nine games last season. Plus, tight end Jason Witten, who pulled himself out of the broadcast booth (thank goodness), should help boost Prescott’s value. Lastly, the newly signed Randall Cobb makes for a handy weapon for Prescott as well.
Derrius Guice, Running Back, Washington Redskins
Guice had his rookie season squashed when he tore his ACL in the preseason last year. Far removed from that injury, Guice will make his return to a depleted Redskins offense that should rely heavily on him. Guice will work with quarterback Case Keenum who last year when with the Broncos, fed running back Phillip Lindsay the ball constantly. The same could happen this year with Keenum and Guice, despite the presence of the aging Adrian Peterson. Peterson is still a good rusher, but he cannot catch worth a darn. This is where the young Guice will pick up the slack and then some.
Dalvin Cook, Running back, Minnesota Vikings
Cook is poised for a big year. Gone is Latavius Murray who stole Cook’s fantasy thunder more often than not in 2018. Plus, the addition of offensive advisor Gary Kubiak should boost Cook’s production. Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune reminds that Kubiak produced schemes that did wonders for running backs Terrell Davis and Arian Foster back in the day. Now it is up to Cook to stay healthy and give his owners RB1 fantasy numbers.
Andy Dalton, Quarterback, Cincinnati Bengals
Dalton is not the snazziest of players to include within this list, but he is pumped about working with new head coach, Zac Taylor.
With a fresh start and no more Marvin Lewis in the picture, Dalton fully needs to take advantage. He will have A.J. Green returning to the field as well as Tyler Boyd, who had an amazing breakout season in 2018. Plus, Dalton’s future with the Bengals could be on the line for ill-performances. At this time, Dalton makes for a very late-round fantasy stash who possesses tremendous upside.