Ell’s Top NFL Fantasy Football Players #26-50 for 2018-2019
26. WR Chris Hogan, Patriots
The Patriots don’t have many WRs they can rely on this season after recent cuts and free agents, but one target who emerged as a good inside/outside threat was Chris Hogan. Expect Hogan, to be Brady’s top WR, as he has proven he can play the Danny Amendola role who was allowed to leave. The only question will be, how does Hogan react with more focus on him
27. WR Tyreke Hill, Chiefs
Tyreke Hill has proven to be the fastest person in the league and an absolute beast to contain, but things could change depending on the development of 2nd year QB Patrick Mahomes who can definitely get the ball deep to Hill, but how consistently? I expect Travis Kelce and more importantly Sammy Watkins to take away a few big plays from Hill; hence the ranking.
28. TE Zach Ertz, Eagles
The TEs in the Eagles system have been very important and none more important than Zach Ertz who can pass catch and block with the best of them. Ertz proved to be a solid and consistent pass catching TE last season and will be heavily relied on as Alshon Jeffrey heals and the loss of Trey Burton in free agency.
29. WR Jarvis Landry, Browns
Jarvis Landry wants to bring winning back to Cleveland, I don’t know if he can do that alone, but he will see plenty of passes thrown his way this season to help prove that point. Landry has been a reliable inside/outside receiver throughout his career with sure hands, no matter who throws the ball; I expect him to produce to live up to his part of the deal.
30. TE Travis Kelce, Chiefs
Breaking in a new QB, the TE position will be very important as the safest bet on the field, but who better to have than Travis Kelce who has been a dominant player at the position the past few seasons. Kelce has the ability to take over games and become unstoppable one on one with LBs, the problem is that I believe the TDs will come more from the deep ball or Kareem Hunt.
31. RB Kenyan Drake, Dolphins
Kenyan Drake exploded on the scene last season from unknown to sharing carries to becoming the man once Jay Ajayi was traded away. Drake has good speed and he is a legit dual threat; he will learn a lot from veteran Frank Gore about durability and finding better spots to run. Expect Drake to have a big season for a team that needs him to show up and will run often.
32. RB Christian McCaffrey, Panthers
Christian McCaffrey has developed into a solid pass catching back, as expected because I see him as more of a slot WR than RB, so expect to see a heavy amount of passes to get him into space. I expect him to continue to be inconsistent as a runner, but he will be a solid 3rd down back for power runner C.J. Anderson; this will help them find mismatches for McCaffrey.
33. WR Demaryius Thomas, Broncos
The Broncos offense has been extremely inconsistent with ineffective QB play, which has made people forget that Demaryius Thomas is one of the best at creating separation and making big plays. With the addition of QB Case Keenum, expect Thomas to show that he is the #1 WR on the team ahead of Emmanuel Sanders and give the consistent production he’s used to.
34. RB Marlon Mack, Colts
Without much competition to truly take carries away from Marlon Mack with Frank Gore out the door expect, the dual threat Mack to finally show what he can do. He should see a lot more passes this season with Andrew Luck trying to pick teams apart and he will be relied on heavily for big carries this season behind an improved O-line.
35. WR Doug Baldwin, Seahawks
Despite coming off an injury, Doug Baldwin seems impatient about getting on the field as quickly as possible, which is a good sign that he will be back and motivated as soon as physically possible. Baldwin has been a favorite target of Russell Wilson and with limited reliable receiving options this season, expect Wilson to use Baldwin often once he is available; he is the clear #1 WR.
36. WR Golden Tate, Lions
Although the Lions offense has been aiming to find more balance, I believe they will not shy away from continuing to throw the ball often which means a lot of targets for the sure-handed Golden Tate who is also looking for a new contract. Tate has been one of the most consistent and underrated targets in the league, but Marvin Jones and the young WRs will cut into production.
37. RB Joe Mixon, Bengals
The Bengals expect Joe Mixon to be the workhorse back after the committee and confusion last season, as Jeremy Hill was sent out to open up more carries. Mixon is a legit dual threat with the ability to make game changing plays at any time, but his backup Giovanni Bernard can also do the same which can create mismatches for Mixon behind an improved O-line.
38. WR Brandin Cooks, Rams
Similar to other receivers on this list, Brandin Cooks was just rewarded with a new contract and he has performed well in systems with both Drew Brees and Tom Brady, but now he will be helping a developing QB in Jared Goff. Cooks should find a lot of separation with Todd Gurley drawing attention which should give him more 1 on 1 coverage situations.
39. RB Dion Lewis, Titans
Although Dion Lewis may not be the starter, he will be fully involved in a two man run game with Derrick Henry. Lewis should continue to put up a lot of yards from scrimmage in a run 1st offense behind a physical O-line. Lewis may have some TDs stolen by Henry, but he will be a huge asset in the passing game with limited productive receiving targets.
40. RB Alex Collins, Ravens
The Ravens are a team that relies on the run game to set a physical tone, so I expect no difference, as Alex Collins was a solid pickup last season that fits their style. Collins should be able to find even more running room at the next level with a healthy O-line and the return of Marshall Yanda; however, Collins does not factor into the passing games and has had fumbling issues.
41. WR Juju Smith-Schuster, Steelers
Last season, the Steelers found a huge receiving option in Juju Smith-Schuster who made his mark not only off the field with the fans, but on the field making big plays at WR and in the return game. This year he will have a bigger role and be more productive, as the clear #2 WR with the trade of Martavis Bryant. Juju will see a lot more targets come his way, as a clear deep threat and playmaker that Bryant couldn’t be consistently.
42. WR Allen Robinson, Bears
The Bears lacked any top talent receiving options last season, leading to them bringing in Allen Robinson via free agency to be their #1 WR. Robinson is coming off an ACL injury, but was a very productive possession target, despite inconsistent QB play. Robinson will be relied on early and often to earn his paycheck, as well as, develop long term chemistry with Mitch Trubisky; it will be a tough road, but Robinson and Trubisky will be a tandem by midseason.
43. WR Amari Cooper, Raiders
This ranking does seem a little low for Amari Cooper, but this is based on veteran Jordy Nelson getting his touches, as well as, a few bombs towards Martavis Bryant. Cooper should be motivated to get bet to consistent production and should learn a lot from Jordy; expect Cooper to find mismatches in the slot and find different ways to get the ball.
44. RB Derrick Henry, Titans
With a stout O-line and a new HC, the Titans should be ready for a run 1st offense built around Derrick Henry who should pound the ball early and often, as well as most importantly, closing out games. Henry might not break a lot of big runs despite having good speed, for his size, but expect him to see the majority of goal line carries, as well, leading to a lot of TDs.
45. RB Dalvin Cook, Vikings
Before getting injured last season, Dalvin Cook was looking like the best RB from the draft and a legit dual threat who could break any play running or receiving giving the Vikings a missing element. Cook is back and healthy, but I believe a lot of early carries and his TDs may go to Latavius Murray early, but a few weeks into the season Cook should be the guy again.
46. WR Josh Gordon, Browns
Most people may be shocked to see Josh Gordon this low in the rankings, but he was used to getting the lion’s share of passes thrown his way and Jarvis Landry is now the top target. Gordon should see a lot of mismatches, as team try to find where Landry will be, but the Browns will be a more balanced team, as they try to win games. Expect a few big games from Gordon throughout the season, but the focus this year will be on Landry, instead.
47. RB Mark Ingram, Saints
Despite dealing with a suspension to start the season, expect Mark Ingram to come out in full beast mode once he reaches the field. It may be tough to get his starting job back depending on the growth of Alvin Kamara, but expect Ingram to continue to be one of the more productive power backs in the league; they will need him down the stretch for a playoff run in a tough division.
48. RB Lamar Miller, Texans
Lamar Miller has been a consistent dual threat since entering the league, but it appears limiting his carries with a power back will help him stay fresh. Miller is a solid pass catcher who specializes in using his speed to make plays in space and he should be a lot more productive behind an improving O-line and the return of QB Deshaun Watson to open up the defense.
49. WR Adam Thielen, Vikings
I still see Stefon Diggs taking his game to another level, so Adam Thielen is ranked this low with the return of Cook factored in as well, who should be given chances to take over like he started to prior to injury. Thielen will still be a nice safety blanket and find ways to get open, as Kirk Cousins earns his new contract, as well; expect him to find many ways to get open.
50. WR Alshon Jeffrey, Eagles
Still recovering from a Super Bowl injury, Alshon Jeffrey will not be available for the start of the season, but as the true #1 WR and consistent possession threat expect him to be fully part of the game of plan once healthy. Jeffrey is a big WR who knows how to shield off defenders; it should be back to business once Jeffrey is 100% just in time for Carson Wentz.