With the Professional Bowl simply days away, let’s check out how the rosters can be crammed out in the event that they have been based mostly solely on gamers’ 2018 fantasy performances.
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
In his first 12 months as a starter, Mahomes had among the finest fantasy seasons of all time, practically matching Peyton Manning’s lofty totals from 2013. You would possibly as nicely reserve his spot on each the real-life and fantasy Professional Bowl rosters for the following decade.
Honorable point out: Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck
Melvin Gordon, Chargers
Regardless that he was restricted to simply 12 video games as a consequence of harm, Gordon nonetheless emerged with extra fantasy factors than every other again within the AFC.
James Conner, Steelers
Conner additionally had his season lower brief by harm but nonetheless completed as a top-seven again in each normal and PPR codecs.
Joe Mixon, Bengals
Regardless of taking part in in an offense suffering from accidents, Mixon refused to have his breakout delayed any longer. He completed with the fourth-most fantasy factors amongst AFC rushers, behind solely Gordon, Conner, and the exiled Kareem Hunt.
Honorable point out: Phillip Lindsay, Derrick Henry
DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
Hopkins ended the 12 months second in receiving yards (1,572), third in receptions (115), and fifth in receiving touchdowns (11). He was the one participant within the league to crack the highest 5 in all three classes.
Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
Hill, who’s nonetheless taking part in on his rookie contract, erupted for 87 catches, 1,479 receiving yards, 151 speeding yards, and 14 mixed touchdowns. His transformation from gadget participant to true No. 1 receiver is full.
Antonio Brown, Steelers
It is unlucky that Brown’s stellar season has been overshadowed by his rift with the Pittsburgh Steelers and rumors of him being traded within the offseason. Remember, this was his sixth straight 12 months with over 100 receptions and 1,200 yards. And he simply occurred to guide the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 2018 with 15.
Honorable point out: JuJu Smith-Schuster, T.Y. Hilton
Travis Kelce, Chiefs
Not solely was Kelce fantasy’s No. 1 scoring tight finish, however his stats would have made him a top-nine fantasy huge receiver as nicely.
Eric Ebron, Colts
After compiling 12 complete touchdowns in his 4 seasons with the Detroit Lions, Ebron put up 14 in only one marketing campaign with the Indianapolis Colts. He additionally set profession marks for receptions (66) and receiving yards (750), vaulting him to TE4 on the 12 months.
Honorable point out: Jared Cook dinner, Rob Gronkowski
The AFC actually did not have an effect protection in 2018, however the Texans took benefit of an especially straightforward schedule to face above the pack.
Honorable point out: Baltimore Ravens
Ka’imi Fairbairn, Texans
Fairbairn led all kickers in fantasy factors, thanks partly to a pair of five-field aim video games down the stretch that helped his homeowners on the most vital time of their seasons.
Honorable point out: Justin Tucker
Matt Ryan, Falcons
Whereas he was nicely behind the tempo set by Mahomes, Ryan was the highest scoring fantasy quarterback from the NFC. He averaged practically 40 extra passing yards per recreation than Drew Brees and outlasted Cam Newton, whose season was ended early as a consequence of harm.
Honorable point out: Drew Brees, Cam Newton
Todd Gurley, Rams
Gurley averaged over three factors extra per recreation than every other again in normal leagues and two factors extra in PPR codecs in the course of the common season.
Saquon Barkley, Giants
It did not take lengthy for Barkley to safe a spot among the many elite at his place. At simply 21 years previous, the New York Giants’ first-round decide posted at the very least 100 yards from scrimmage in 13 of his 16 rookie outings.
Christian McCaffrey, Panthers
Many questioned McCaffrey’s capability to carry as much as a full workload within the professionals. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound again put these doubts to relaxation with a 326-touch marketing campaign, third most within the NFL.
Honorable point out: Alvin Kamara, Ezekiel Elliott
Davante Adams, Packers
Adams posted essentially the most fantasy factors of any NFC pass-catcher whereas setting profession highs in receptions (111), receiving yards (1,386), and touchdowns (13). His weekly manufacturing featured at the very least 81 yards or a landing.
Julio Jones, Falcons
Even when he is not scoring touchdowns, like within the first half of the marketing campaign, Jones continues to be racking up yardage at an unprecedented fee. The Falcons star led the league with 1,677 receiving yards in 2018 and has eclipsed 1,400 yards in every of the final 5 seasons.
Michael Thomas, Saints
Thomas hauled in essentially the most passes league-wide this season with 125. It is onerous to not give the nod to Adam Thielen, who began the 12 months with eight consecutive 100-yard video games, however Thomas maintained a extra constant tempo all through the marketing campaign.
Honorable point out: Adam Thielen, Mike Evans
Zach Ertz, Eagles
Ertz remained an elite fantasy choice and his worth was highest in PPR leagues given his 116 receptions, which have been essentially the most ever by a good finish and second to solely Thomas in 2018.
George Kittle, 49ers
Kittle set the single-season document for yards by a good finish with 1,377, ending as a top-three fantasy participant at his place in his sophomore marketing campaign. If he can enhance his landing complete, he’ll rival Kelce as fantasy’s finest tight finish.
Honorable point out: O.J. Howard, Evan Engram
The Khalil Mack commerce took the Bears’ protection from a top-10 unit and turned it right into a week-winner in fantasy. It averaged just below three fantasy factors per recreation greater than the following closest protection.
Honorable point out: New Orleans Saints
Wil Lutz, Saints
Concentrating on a kicker on a group with a high-scoring offense is all the time the perfect strategy, particularly when 11 of his 16 video games are performed indoors.
Honorable point out: Greg Zuerlein