Fantasy Football 2019 Season: By The Numbers
Well, like all good things in life, the 2019 fantasy football season had to come to a close. We still have Week 17, the playoffs, daily fantasy, and maybe gambling, but, for many of us, fantasy football is more than just a stupid game we pay attention to on Sundays. I’d be the first to admit that we can all be a bit obsessive and that fantasy football affects our moods and lives notably more than it should, but it’s a small price to pay to win your matchup on a Monday night garbage time touchdown..
I genuinely hope that your fantasy seasons ended triumphantly, but, if not, I hope you had fun and learned something. It’s a grueling couple months until next season, but it will be here before you know it.
For the last time in 2019, here is your 2019 season by the numbers:
You already had to know I’d have a zero. There are so many things I could choose, but I narrowed it down to the below:
- Games in which Todd Gurley had 100 or more rushing yards.
- Games in which Le’Veon Bell had 100 or more rushing yards.
- Games in which David Johnson had 100 or more rushing yards.
- Games in which Devonta Freeman had 100 or more rushing yards.
- Games in which Michael Thomas ended with single-digit PPR points.
- Games in which Le’Veon Bell had 100 or more receiving yards.
- Games in which Josh Allen had 300 or more passing yards.
- Games in which Derek Carr had 300 or more passing yards.
Number of games this season in which David Montgomery had over 100 rushing yards. Montgomery was one of the fantasy favorites in the offseason, but he was extremely frustrating to own. He had five touchdowns, but they all came before Week 10. From Week 10 on, he only scored double-digit fantasy points one time, as he didn’t see much involvement in the receiving game either. He’ll be an interesting player to watch throughout the summer.
Number of games in which Lamar Jackson threw an interception. Jackson has six interceptions on the season, and those only came in three games: he had two against the Browns, three against the Steelers, and one against the Bills. He has 36 passing touchdowns and seven rushing touchdowns, and he was your clear QB1 with 415.7 points, almost a full 100 points ahead of the next guy (Deshaun Watson, 321 points). He was sixth in the NFL in rushing, too, which probably helps things.
Rushing touchdowns for Josh Allen in 2019, the most among quarterbacks. That’s right: if I asked you this, you would have said Lamar Jackson, right? Allen had a great under-the-radar season, as he was the fantasy QB6 and only had one game with single digit fantasy points.
Receiving touchdowns for Kenny Golladay, the most in the NFL. Golladay finished as the WR9, but his production was all over the place. In addition to the high touchdown total, Golladay had five games with 117 or more receiving yards, but he also had four games with 7.4 fantasy points or less. His carousel at quarterback didn’t help things.
The positional finishes for Alvin Kamara and Saquon Barkley, respectively. Barkley and Kamara — probably in that order — saw themselves taken with the first and second picks in plenty of drafts, and generally, they disappointed, partly due to injuries and partly due to lack of involvement.
Average PPR points per game for Julio Jones, good for third in the league. Jones owners seemed to be disappointed by his production, but he was still the third-best receiver on a per game basis (fourth-best on a gross points basis), and he only had two single digit points games.
Total touchdowns for Aaron Jones. Jones has 16 rushing and three receiving touchdowns in 2019, en route to becoming the overall RB2. Jones presented some inconsistent fantasy production as well, posting five games with single digits PPR points, then there were six games with 20 points or more. Two of those went for more than 40.
Average PPR points per game for Tyler Higbee in the fantasy playoffs (Weeks 14-16). Higbee popped when so many of us desperately needed help at tight end.
Points scored by Kenyan Drake in Weeks 15 and 16. Drake was one of the highest performers in the semifinal and final weeks for fantasy football, and he likely took several of you to fantasy titles. The only other guy that comes to mind with a similar situation and output — fairly random running back who came through when it mattered most — is Miles Sanders, who posted 61.8 points in that span. Also, Drake scored seven touchdowns all season, and six of them were in the fantasy semifinals or finals. What a sweetheart.
Michael Thomas’ receptions on the season, an NFL record. It’s been well-publicized already, but Thomas broke Marvin Harrison’s single season reception total through 15 weeks. Just to put it in perspective, only Christian McCaffrey (109) and DeAndre Hopkins (104) have broken 100 receptions this season.
Average passing yards per game for Jameis Winston on the season. Winston has become famous for having incredibly crowded stat lines. Here’s where he finished for the (fantasy) season in a few passing categories:
- Yards: 1st (4,908)
- Touchdowns: 2nd (31)
- Interceptions: 1st (28, next closest was 18)
- Completions: 2nd (367)
- Attempts: 1st (602)
- Completion %: 28th (61.0%)
- Sacks taken: 3rd (46)
The total PPR points scored for Christian McCaffrey, the highest total in the league. McCaffrey was simply relentless, as you’ll see in his point distribution below.
Games with 1-10 points: One.
Games with 11-20 points: One.
Games with 20-30 points: Five.
Games with 30-40 points: Six.
Games with 40+ points: Two.
Rushing yards for Nick Chubb on the season, which is the highest in the league by a solid margin (McCaffrey has 1,361). Despite his high rushing totals, Chubb wasn’t incredibly impressive from a fantasy perspective, finishing as the RB8. He only had one game over 30 points, and he had three games over 20. Otherwise, he was just a pretty solid running back that you could lean on to produce.
One Final Thing
I know it’s become a fairly widespread movement, especially on fantasy Twitter, but if certain fantasy players carried you to league titles, consider donating to their charities this holiday season. I imagine you’re bathing in gold coins at this point, so it can’t hurt to think about. I’m looking at you, Kenyan Drake owners.