All Undrafted Team (2019 Fantasy Football)
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Jimmy Garoppolo (SF): QB21 – ADP 152
Garoppolo has an ADP that has put him just outside of the top 150 on FantasyPros current ADP. As the 21st quarterback off the board, he’s been falling to the point that he’s becoming a tremendous value. In 2019, he heads into his third season as the head coach of the 49ers and has one of the most talented rosters yet during his time in San Francisco.
With pass-catching running backs like Tevin Coleman, Jerick McKinnon, and Matt Breida on top of his tight end and receivers, Garoppolo is set up with plenty of weapons for him to put up some excellent fantasy numbers this year. George Kittle blew up last year and is coming back fully healthy and should once again be an elite tight end option. Dante Pettis came on towards the end of the 2018 season and is a popular breakout candidate for many fantasy owners this year.
Rookie Deebo Samuel is someone I have been crazy about as a prospect, and landing in San Francisco is great for his fantasy stock. He is an excellent route runner who can play the slot and outside very well. The 49ers are in need of a WR1 and Samuel’s size and skill set profiles perfectly for that role. I’m banking on him to fill that role over Pettis.
As the 21st quarterback off the board, Garoppolo has all the upside in the world and should have no problem finishing as a borderline QB1, as long as he plays all 16 games. Falling to the 21st quarterback off the board could largely be due to the depth at the position and all of the upside that is coming with these late-round quarterbacks. However, with Shanahan’s offense and all of the weapons surrounding him, he should easily outperform his current ADP.
Alexander Mattison (MIN): RB60 – ADP 179
One of the late-round flyers I’m taking this year is the rookie running back out of Boise State, Alexander Mattison. Landing behind a potential stud running back in Dalvin Cook, he fell down draft boards a bit in a class that is already fairly underwhelming. One of the main reasons I’m targetting Mattison is the history that Cook has had of being injured and struggling to stay on the field.
While Cook does have great upside and looks great when he plays, he’s been active in just 15 games in his first two seasons in the NFL. After spending most of his rookie season on the IR, he was back in 2018, but ended up playing in 11 games. He was active in Week 1 and missed a few weeks here and there throughout the season.
That being said, there is a nice potential opportunity ahead of Mattison this year. Not only does he have value when Cook misses time, but he is a very solid pass-catcher and profiles as someone with three-down potential. His combine numbers weren’t overly impressive, but he definitely looks better on film and runs with a lot of anger and aggressiveness. His speed is questionable and he isn’t a big-play type of running back, but he lands in a nice spot with some interesting upside for fantasy purposes. Mattison is more than a handcuff and should have some standalone value due to his involvement in the passing game.
Darwin Thompson (KC): RB63 – ADP 212
Similar to Mattison, another rookie running back that has some interesting late-round upside is Thompson, the sixth-round rookie out of Utah State. While Damien Williams currently is on track to be the starting back in Kansas City, there are definitely some concerns around him. Many owners aren’t convinced that Williams is capable of holding that role down. There is one thing that we know for sure, and that is Andy Reid’s running backs are typically great for fantasy purposes. Not only are his running backs good fantasy assets, but that Kansas City offense, in general, is huge for fantasy purposes and should be again in 2019.
Carlos Hyde has proven to be capable when he gets the work, but he’s not the long-term answer for the Chiefs. He isn’t a prototypical pass-catching back and that’s what Reid likes to utilize. Williams is far more capable of a pass-catching back, but Thompson is also a nice pass-catcher who could find a role in that offense. If you’re not buying into Williams, Thompson is basically free in drafts at this point and is worth taking a shot on if you’re looking for someone with interesting upside.
Anthony Miller (CHI): WR55 – ADP 157
Heading into the 2018 season, one of my favorite rookie targets was the Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver out of Memphis, Anthony Miller. Miller was the fifth wide receiver off the board out of the 2018 rookies and was taken with the 19th pick of the second round. In college, Miller had more touchdowns than every other rookie wide receiver from the 2018 draft class and only trailed James Washington and Cedric Wilson in receiving yards in 2017.
Miller has the profile and pedigree to succeed in the NFL and spent his entire rookie season dealing with a shoulder injury. Despite playing through a torn labrum, he put up seven touchdowns on just 54 targets. Those seven touchdowns were enough to lead the Bears’ offense. Miller has a perfect opportunity ahead of him in Chicago with Matt Nagy and Mitch Trubisky. That young and potentially high-powered offense has Allen Robinson on the outside, leaving the slot open for Miller to thrive.
Robinson is currently the 30th wide receiver off the board and the 77th player overall, according to FantasyPros ADP. Miller is going undrafted in some leagues and is a great late-round value with nice upside. As the 55th wide receiver off the board, he is someone I’ve been targeting in a lot of my leagues.
The biggest thing I want to see out of Miller is for his targets per game to increase. The usage wasn’t great, but the efficiency is hard to ignore along with his opportunity in this offense. I expect the Bears to get this playmaker more involved moving forward as they didn’t add much of any competition in the receiving game.
DaeSean Hamilton (DEN): WR66 – ADP 198
When it comes to the Denver Broncos, the receivers on this team aren’t exactly exciting for fantasy purposes. With the addition of Joe Flacco and rookie quarterback Drew Lock, the position is fairly up in the air, but I expect Flacco to handle the work for the majority of 2019. That being said, we’re looking at 32-year-old Emmanuel Sanders (WR44 ADP) who is coming off an Achilles tear along with Courtland Sutton (WR40 ADP). At this point, none of these options are exciting, but the best value right now is Hamilton. Sutton finished his rookie season with 42 grabs on 84 targets for 704 yards and four touchdowns. Catching 50% of the passes thrown to you wasn’t entirely on Sutton, but it’s far from ideal.
Hamilton, who is also entering his second season in the NFL, was underrated as a prospect and didn’t have near the hype that Sutton did. Hamilton finished the season with 30 catches on 45 targets, for 243 yards and two touchdowns. He was active in 14 games and wasn’t on the field or wasn’t targeted in half of them, but over the last four games of the season, he saw nine, 12, nine, and eight targets, respectively. He was also dealing with a knee injury towards the end of the year.
One of the main reasons I like Hamilton is due to his size and ability to get up and become a threat in the red zone. He had three targets in the red zone last year and caught two of them for touchdowns. Sutton also caught two touchdowns in the red zone, but was targeted eight times. While I do like Sutton more from a long-term perspective, I’d rather wait and take Hamilton (who has been going undrafted in some cases) based on their current ADP, versus Sutton in the eighth round or so in 12-team leagues.
Mark Andrews (BAL): TE22 – ADP 180
If you’re drafting early this year, one of the best values that can be had at the tight end position is the second-year rookie in Baltimore, Mark Andrews. In the past week, his ADP has gone from 190 to 180, and he is continuing to get some buzz as a breakout candidate. If you’re drafting early, take advantage of this while you can, as his ADP should continue to rise as the NFL season approaches.
Fellow second-year tight end, Hayden Hurst (TE35 ADP), is 26 years old and was less exciting of a prospect, but was drafted earlier. He dealt with injuries throughout his rookie season, but appears to be healthy heading into training camp for 2019. Hurst played in 12 games as a rookie and ended the season with 13 catches for 163 yards and one touchdown. Andrews, on the other hand, played in all 16 games and finished with 34 catches on 50 targets, 552 yards, and three touchdowns. Andrews was not only more involved, but was a much more exciting and younger prospect heading into 2018.
The Ravens’ passing offense isn’t one that should be exciting anyone for fantasy football purposes. Second-year signal-caller Lamar Jackson will take over as Flacco is now in Denver. Jackson’s throws weren’t pretty, and he is more known for using his feet than he is for hitting his receivers. He threw six touchdowns last year and ran for five. The Ravens are in need of a pass-catcher, and right now Andrews has a great opportunity ahead of him for success. With the tight end position the way it is, I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up as a top-12 tight end in 2019.