It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The fantasy football playoffs are upon us. Time with family, holidays, and hopefully some fantasy football victories will be had. But most importantly, it’s time again to talk about the top 100 draft eligible offensive rookies for fantasy football in 2019.
If you missed the past couple years of the November Top 100 Rookies editions, you can find them here and here. Every year there are some impressive hits and a few gross misses. But hey, we’re still five months away from the NFL Draft. Players have until mid-January to declare. A lot will change between now and next summer when everyone is drafting these rookies. This particular article isn’t about having everything figured out already – it’s about helping you identify game-changing playmakers well ahead of your league mates.
Back in the fall of 2016, you would have known to start doing your research on guys like Cooper Kupp, Kareem Hunt, Alvin Kamara, and that you should stick to your guns with JuJu Smith-Schuster. And last year you could have gotten a major head start on players like D.J. Moore, Kerryon Johnson, Ito Smith, or Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Hopefully this piece will help you find more players like that.
Like I say every year, when I build a board, I mix together several things: tape, stats, physical attributes, ceiling, floor, projected offensive role, experience, age, and more. All of these things are important, but none of them in isolation trump any of the others.
This year, even more than most, you may find yourself disagreeing with this big board quite a bit. And it’s not that I just want to make you angry. This class of prospects is just a little more complicated than usual. There are nearly 50 wide receivers that will (should) receive an NFL Combine invite. There’s definitely not a consensus top pick (unlike last year with Saquon Barkley). The running backs all seem to have some warts. Regardless of how frustrated you are with my takes on your favorite college players just use this list as one data point in the grand scheme of your fantasy football research.
Feel free to reach out to me on the Twitter @FF_TravisM. I’m always looking to talk college football, NFL Draft, learn, and get better. But without further ado, enjoy the first NFL Draft 2019 edition of the Top 100 Rookies series.
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