As always, Fantasy Football really makes people want to pull their hair out, but other times you feel like a genius with drafting and lineup picks. 2019 was a roller coaster for me in terms of fantasy, as I imagine it was with all of you too. There were some players though in 2019 that really balled out and surprised many people. Here are some of the players that deserve that recognition.
QB Lamar Jackson
Honestly, I did not see Lamar Jackson breaking out at all. I beat the drum all offseason of avoid, avoid, avoid! I expected him to struggle throwing the ball and teams to relatively shut down their run game. Clearly, I was wrong about one of those things and partially wrong about the other. Lamar Jackson was far-and-wide the best fantasy quarterback this season averaging about seven points more than the second-best quarterback in fantasy. Lamar put on an MVP-caliber season both in real life and in fantasy football. He was a total steal in fantasy this season as well where his average draft position was QB14.
- Jameis Winston
- Dak Prescott
- Josh Allen
RB Austin Ekeler
Who expected this from Austin Ekeler? I had my fair share of Ekeler owning him in just over half of my leagues, but I didn’t expect him to finish RB4 in PPR formats this season! He even managed to maintain a top-five fantasy running back position while also playing alongside Melvin Gordon! Austin Ekeler finished above guys like Derrick Henry, Nick Chubb, and Dalvin Cook while splitting time. He was a complete steal given he was drafted around RB27 just behind Tevin Coleman.
- Aaron Jones
- Dalvin Cook
- Derrick Henry
WR Allen Robinson
Allen Robinson was my guy all summer. I snagged him in every league except one (home league with Chicago fans). Allen Robinson was being drafted very low for a guy who is the main target in an offense that throws the ball a lot. Allen Robinson was being drafted at WR30 behind guys like Josh Gordon, a hurt A.J. Green, and Alshon Jeffery. Robinson blew them out of the water finishing as the WR8 in PPR formats this season. He was the one bright spot on a rather dreary Chicago Bears’ offense.
- Chris Godwin
- Cooper Kupp
- DeVante Parker
TE Darren Waller
This was a toss-up between Waller and Mark Andrews. Both were mainly not even drafted in leagues, but they both balled out and finished top five in terms of fantasy tight ends. Waller just happened to finish higher as TE3 in PPR formats, so that’s why he beat out Mark Andrews. This is another player I owned highly (every league but one). Darren Waller wasn’t even being drafted, but even if he was, he was being drafted as the TE25 of the board and finished that high! Waller balled out week one so most scrambled to pick him up in waivers. Waller was consistent to start off the year, but sort of fell off. He didn’t get a lot of touchdowns, but he sure got a lot of targets and catches to make him a fantasy football stud.
- Mark Andrews
- Dallas Goedert
- Tyler Higbee (for a few weeks)
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