3 Players Who Will Be League Winners in 2018 (Fantasy Football)

Jul 29, 2018

Aaron Jones could be the steal of the draft if he can become Green Bay’s starter

Each year there are players that breakout and deliver championships for their fantasy owners. Last year some of those players were DeAndre Hopkins, Todd Gurley, and Alvin Kamara. Some of those players were drafted earlier in drafts, but others like Kamara and also Kareem Hunt were drafted more towards the back end of the draft. The biggest thing about these players is that they each carry massive upside and large usage potential. Here are three of the players that fit this mold and look to help you win your league this upcoming year.

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Derrius Guice (WAS)
Each year there are a few rookie RBs that come into the league and make their presence known immediately. For this year one of those RBs will be Guice who fell to the Redskins that needed that steady workhorse RB. Even with Chris Thompson there, I do expect the offense to flow with through Guice, and I could see him reaching 225 touches this year. To go along with the fact that he will most likely be the goal-line back as well, you are looking at a fantasy breakout waiting to happen. Chris Thompson is the third-down back, but with his lengthy injury history, it would not be surprising if Guice at times also played on pass-catching downs as well.

If Guice ends up with around 250 or more touches, then I would not be surprised to see him collect close to double-digit touchdowns and close to 1,300 total yards this year. He has a very safe floor with his projected rushing attempts as well as possessing extremely high upside. Look for him to be one of the pieces that puts your team over the top and brings you success.

Stefon Diggs (MIN)
Talent has never been an issue for Diggs; it’s always about him staying healthy. When he is on the field, he is a difference maker. Before last season, Diggs’ drawback was the lack of touchdowns, as he had only four touchdowns in 2015 and three touchdowns in 2016. This past season though he managed to surpass the combined total and score eight touchdowns. What changed in the offense is that Diggs moved from the slot to the outside more often.

The Minnesota offense was already extremely impressive, and with an upgrade at QB in Kirk Cousins, I don’t see why Diggs wouldn’t be able to increase his production this year. I believe this could be the year where he puts it all together. People have compared his skillset to Antonio Brown, and I believe the hype. He has been as consistent as they come and putting together a season of 85 catches with over 1,000 yards and around six to eight touchdowns is an extremely reasonable projection. If Diggs can maximize his potential, you are looking at a monster year out of him and would help carry your WR corps to a championship.

Aaron Jones (GB)
The Green Bay Packers running back situation will be an absolute pain to navigate through, but there is one thing that is certain, which is Jones being the best RB on that roster. Even though he is suspended for the first two games, I believe that he will eventually take over the lead back role in that offense. In the four-game stretch where Jones was the starter, we saw him collect 363 total yards with three touchdowns. His rushing talent is undeniable, and with his 5.53 yards per carry clip, you can see the potential breakout. He managed to string together those games with Brett Hundley and a struggling offense.

With Aaron Rodgers at QB, this should be one of the most potent offenses in the league. I believe that Jones’ skill as a rusher puts him ahead of both Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery. If Jones is given the reigns of the backfield, then he will be a very late round pick that would pay off dividends. There may be some headache at the beginning of the season, but the upside and workload are there for the taking. He would operate at an RB1 level and would be a steal for any team in the double-digit rounds looking to find that diamond in the rough to bring home a championship.


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