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Super Early 2019 Fantasy Football Rankings

by Bobby Sylvester | @bobbyfantasypro | Featured Writer
Feb 16, 2019

Nick Chubb’s 2019 stock took a hit this month

Fantasy baseball is about to kick off, yet I’d wager, still more people are interested in fantasy football rankings for a draft that will take place in six months. That’s why I’ve got a fresh set of rankings up for you psychos today. Now, before I show you the entire set of rankings, I want to tell you about four players who have seen considerable movement in my rankings over the past month.

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Todd Gurley (RB – LAR)
There is no chance you could have found someone five weeks ago who would even consider someone other than Gurley at #1 for 2019 fantasy drafts. That has quickly changed, however, after he was essentially benched for C.J. Anderson in the NFC Championship game then hardly played in the Super Bowl despite a full bill of health. Anderson is likely to leave, but that doesn’t mean Gurley will be the same 23-touch-per-game type of workhorse. Granted, chances are high that he will still be a superstar but at this point, I’d rather take the absolute sure thing in Saquon Barkley or Ezekiel Elliott.

Nick Chubb (RB – CLE)
You all knew this one was coming, as Chubb is clearly the early loser in the 2019 off-season. The reason, of course, is that the Browns went out and signed Kareem Hunt. I’ll say this, Chubb didn’t plummet down my list as far you many of you might expect, because of a few reasons. First, Hunt is likely to miss around half the season with a suspension. More importantly, however, is my opinion that Chubb is just a better football player. Just look at what Damien Williams did after Hunt was released and that will tell you plenty: Andy Reid creates superstar running backs at will. The way I see this playing out is much like Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram in New Orleans 2017 where both get a dozen efficient touches per game. That will be a step down from Chubb’s three-down tirade to close the season so I’ll be grabbing him in the late third round instead of the early second.

Tarik Cohen (RB – CHI)
“Wait, did I miss something here?” No, the Bears didn’t make any moves. And that is why Cohen jumped up my board. It seemed as though the Bears were the favorites to sign Hunt since they expressed interest and we know he would work ideally in Matt Nagy’s system. My rankings reflected that expectation last month and so now I adjusted. With most leagues being PPR, Cohen is going to be an excellent fifth or sixth round pick this season, helping every single week. Keep in mind, Jordan Howard could very well be out of his way too.

Courtland Sutton (WR – DEN)
It isn’t as though Joe Flacco is some big downgrade from Case Keenum. Heck, I’m not even convinced Flacco is going to be handed the job right away. What this does mean, however, is that Denver won’t be a landing spot for Nick Foles or some other surprise at quarterback. Sutton went from having some upside due to the unknown to another trapped talent in a floundering Flacco offense. Fun. I still expect him to be Denver’s #1 with Emmuanel Sanders likely never recovering in full from that achillies injury, but that doesn’t mean I’ll be drafting Sutton in the top 90 picks.

 


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Bobby Sylvester is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Bobby, check out his archive and follow him @BobbyFantasyPro.

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