The 2019 fantasy soccer season was stuffed with historic performances, large surprises, deep disappointments and “nicely, how about that!” statistical findings. With one other yr within the books, let’s have a look again on the season’s tales that had been.
Lamar Jackson is your fantasy MVP, no matter how he fares within the on-field MVP race (although he is the prohibitive favourite there too). The No. 119 participant chosen total on common (124.Four common draft place), and 15th quarterback, Jackson scored the second-most fantasy factors by any quarterback in historical past (415.7), falling a mere 1.Four factors shy of Patrick Mahomes’ single-season file of 417.1, set solely final season. It is a feat that appears all of the extra spectacular if you happen to contemplate that Jackson performed one fewer recreation (15) than Mahomes in 2018 (16), whereas enjoying 87% of the Ravens’ seasonal offensive snaps to Mahomes’ 99% of the Chiefs’ in 2018.
Most fantasy factors by a QB, single season
|Patrick Mahomes, 2018||417.1|
|Lamar Jackson, 2019||415.7|
|Peyton Manning, 2013||410.0|
|Aaron Rodgers, 2011||397.4|
|Drew Brees, 2011||391.6|
|Tom Brady, 2007||390.0|
|Cam Newton, 2015||389.1|
|Aaron Rodgers, 2016||380.0|
|Daunte Culpepper, 2004||373.3|
|Cam Newton, 2011||370.3|
Jackson’s season was chock-full of statistical feats: His 1,206 speeding yards set an NFL file by a quarterback in a single season, breaking Michael Vick’s 13-year-old mark, and Jackson’s 158.6 fantasy factors on speeding performs set a single-season customary, breaking Cam Newton’s eight-year-old file of 154.6. Jackson additionally scored a minimum of 30 fantasy factors on seven separate events, probably the most by any quarterback in a single season in NFL historical past.
Jackson’s ultimate level whole wasn’t the one factor eerily just like Mahomes’ in 2018. They’re the one two gamers out of the 12 to attain 400-plus PPR fantasy factors in a season this century who had been drafted past the primary two rounds of ESPN leagues on common. Mahomes was chosen 122nd total and 16th amongst quarterbacks (118.6 ADP) in 2018, in a near-identical place to Jackson in 2019. It is that late-round standing that gave Jackson’s daring choice nice weight from a Most Useful Participant standpoint. Like Mahomes a yr in the past, Jackson is the clear selection for the 2019 honor.
Mahomes will nonetheless enter 2020 as my No. 1 quarterback within the rankings, however count on a compelling offseason debate about whether or not Jackson ought to make a push for the glory.
Christian McCaffrey had a season for the ages: The third participant in NFL historical past to amass a minimum of 1,000 yards apiece speeding and receiving in a single marketing campaign — becoming a member of Roger Craig (1985) and Marshall Faulk (1999) — McCaffrey completed 2019 with the second-most PPR fantasy factors all-time (471.2), trailing solely LaDainian Tomlinson’s 481.1 in 2006. McCaffrey’s 116 receptions broke his personal year-old file by a operating again in a single season, and his 2,392 yards from scrimmage had been third-most in league historical past, behind solely Chris Johnson’s 2,509 in 2009 and Faulk’s 2,429 in 1999.
Not like Jackson, McCaffrey chipped in with 22.Eight PPR fantasy factors in Week 17, giving him 15 video games of a minimum of 17.2 factors in 2019. In reality, he had 11 video games price a minimum of 25 factors, tying Faulk (2001) and Tomlinson (2006) for second most by any participant at any place in a single marketing campaign, behind solely Priest Holmes’ 12 in 2003.
Although McCaffrey price a premium decide — he was the No. 2 choice on common within the preseason (2.Eight ADP) — he was price each penny, particularly in that he scored a league-leading 117.1 PPR factors in the course of the “fantasy playoffs” (Weeks 14-17) and for the season as a complete, he outscored the No. 2 operating again, Aaron Jones, by 156.Four factors. That is the most important margin between the Nos. 1 and a couple of operating backs in a single yr all time, breaking the file beforehand held by Emmitt Smith in 1995 (414.Eight factors), who outscored Barry Sanders (304.2) by 110.6 factors. It will lock McCaffrey in because the consensus No. 1 choice total coming into 2020.
Michael Thomas made extra NFL than fantasy historical past, however his marketing campaign was outstanding however: In smashing Marvin Harrison’s 17-year-old file for receptions in a single season, hauling in 149, Thomas landed himself a lofty — even when not the most lofty — place on the all-time vast receiver fantasy leaderboard.
His 374.6 PPR fantasy factors ranked ninth on the place in NFL historical past, and he loved a 98.5 level benefit over the No. 2 scoring vast receiver, Chris Godwin, the most important margin between the highest two vast receivers in PPR fantasy factors since a minimum of 1950. With no trace that Drew Brees is headed for retirement, Thomas ought to once more be a pass-catching machine, and the locked-in prime choice on the place coming into 2020.
Most PPR fantasy factors by a WR, single season
|Jerry Rice, 1995||414.0|
|Antonio Brown, 2015||388.2|
|Antonio Brown, 2014||386.9|
|Randy Moss, 2007||385.3|
|Marvin Harrison, 2002||384.2|
|Isaac Bruce, 1995||376.8|
|Randy Moss, 2003||376.0|
|Julio Jones, 2015||375.1|
|Michael Thomas, 2019||374.6|
|Herman Moore, 1995||371.6|
Jameis Winston goes “30/30” — not that that is solely a superb factor: The 30/30 membership could be a optimistic in baseball, nevertheless it’s solely midway so in soccer, as whereas any quarterback would like to cross for a minimum of 30 touchdowns, he’d favor to keep away from throwing a minimum of 30 interceptions. Winston’s 30th interception was a walk-off pick-six in opposition to the Falcons in extra time in Week 17 that turned his single-season record-setting seventh of 2019, however he a minimum of can declare the eighth-largest passing yardage whole in a single season (5,109), a complete that has been exceeded solely by Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger. Winston additionally completed with the fifth-most fantasy factors amongst quarterbacks (305.4), although his propensity for turnovers may at all times go away him one dangerous recreation away from one other benching.
They completed quietly, however the Patriots’ D/ST carried you for many of 2019: At one level, the Patriots protection/particular groups was on a record-setting tempo, carrying a slew of fantasy groups and placing a superb variety of them into their leagues’ respective playoffs. Whereas 12 different D/STs exceeded the Patriots’ 60 fantasy factors from Week 9 ahead, it nonetheless gave them a league-leading 225 for the season, which was greater than sufficient to get you into place to win. That is the most important single-season whole by a D/ST for the reason that Bears scored 242 and Ravens 231 in 2006, and it is tied for the 16th most by any protection for the reason that NFL moved to a 16-game schedule in 1978.
A fantasy-friendly schedule actually helped: The Patriots confronted the Dolphins and Jets twice apiece and the Bengals, Giants, Redskins and Steelers as soon as every, with all six of these groups rating among the many 10 most favorable, schedule-adjusted matchups for an opposing D/ST.
The most important disappointment of 2019: David Johnson was the No. 6 decide total, and No. 5 operating again, on common in ESPN leagues within the preseason (7.5 ADP), however each his 141.5 PPR and 105.5 non-PPR fantasy factors positioned him 37th at his place for 2019. Again and ankle points price Johnson Weeks Eight and 9 after limiting him to solely three offensive snaps in Week 7, and that, coupled with an extra damage to backup Chase Edmonds, brought about the Cardinals to commerce for Kenyan Drake following Week 8.
Upon Johnson’s return, he totaled 20.Zero PPR and 14.Zero non-PPR fantasy factors in his ultimate six video games (even failing to play a single offensive snap in Week 17) whereas totaling 23 touches. Remarkably, groups that rostered Johnson nonetheless superior to the playoffs in 34.5% of ESPN leagues, although 37 operating backs did have the next such share. Now 28, Johnson’s future with the Cardinals is unsure, and he’d in all probability want to maneuver on to a greater state of affairs if he is to even recapture high-end RB2 enchantment for 2020.
Talking of Kenyan Drake: The Cardinals’ midseason acquisition was one of many extra productive, not solely this season however within the recreation’s historical past. Drake’s 214.2 PPR fantasy factors in 14 video games, six for the Dolphins and eight the Cardinals, had been the second most by any operating again traded midseason, behind solely Herschel Walker’s 233.Eight factors for the Cowboys and Vikings in 1989, and the fourth most by any participant traded midseason, behind solely Wes Chandler (219.1 for the 1981 Saints and Chargers) and Amari Cooper (215.5 for the Raiders and Cowboys).
Drake scored 159.Four PPR and 131.Four non-PPR fantasy factors in his eight video games for the Cardinals alone, with these each fourth finest amongst operating backs from Week 9 ahead. He was a great match for Kliff Kingsbury’s offense, ought to return because the workforce’s No. 1 again coming into 2020 and may have RB2 potential.
Drew Brees, on the age of 40, had a giant, comeback stretch run: Coming into 2019, Brees had missed solely three of 208 video games since becoming a member of the Saints, with two of these Week 17 contests coming when he was resting after the workforce had locked in playoff positioning. Thumb surgical procedure following Week 2, which price him 5 weeks of motion, even opened the door for backup Teddy Bridgewater to showcase himself as a still-viable NFL starter. Brees however returned for Week 8, one week ahead of anticipated, and scored 204.Four fantasy factors in his ultimate 9 video games of 2019, the second most by any quarterback throughout that 10-week span (Jackson, 240.1). Brees’ 113.2 fantasy factors mixed from Weeks 14-17 had been additionally probably the most utilizing non-PPR scoring and second-most utilizing PPR scoring (McCaffrey, 117.1), that means he in all probability helped you declare your league’s title if his early-season absence did not price you your ticket.
Brees will enter 2020 at age 41, needing solely 28.6 fantasy factors (and 20.6 if utilizing PPR scoring) for five,000 in his profession.
Kyler Murray’s rookie yr was a profitable one: He set no information — his 285.Three fantasy factors had been fourth most amongst rookie quarterbacks in historical past, behind Cam Newton’s 370.Three in 2011, Robert Griffin III’s 317.5 in 2012 and Dak Prescott’s 286.9 in 2016 — and failed to attain even 17 factors in any of his ultimate 5 video games, however Murray’s efficiency nonetheless earned him the No. Eight spot amongst quarterbacks for the season. Within the course of, he was intercepted solely 12 instances, additionally speeding for 544 yards, second most amongst quarterbacks. He ought to be primed to take one other step ahead in 2020, with a near-certainty of a top-10 rating coming into the season.
Most fantasy factors by a rookie QB, single season
|Cam Newton, 2011||370.3|
|Robert Griffin III, 2012||317.5|
|Dak Prescott, 2016||286.9|
|Kyler Murray, 2019||285.3|
|Andrew Luck, 2012||276.5|
|Russell Wilson, 2012||275.6|
|Jameis Winston, 2015||275.0|
|Baker Mayfield, 2018||240.1|
|Gardner Minshew II, 2019||229.2|
|Jim Kelly, 1986||217.6|
Saquon Barkley a bust? Assume once more, as whereas the No. 1 total decide within the preseason (1.Three ADP) on common in ESPN leagues completed solely 10th at his place in both PPR (244.1 factors) or non-PPR scoring (192.1) in scoring, he did elevate his efficiency sufficient to contribute to fantasy groups down the stretch. Barkley’s 196.Zero PPR factors from Week 7, his first again from an ankle damage, ahead had been fourth most amongst operating backs, and he had 104.6 factors from Weeks 14-17 to position second on the place. He’ll enter 2020 as my No. 2 total choice.
In a giant season by the Patriots D/ST, do not overlook the Steelers’ contribution: The 181 fantasy factors scored by the Steelers had been second most in 2019, 44 behind the Patriots’ league-leading whole, however additionally they tied for the 10th-largest whole of the last decade. In reality, up to now 5 seasons alone, solely the 2019 Patriots (225), 2017 Jaguars (208), 2018 Bears (188) and 2015 Broncos (185) scored extra.
A change of surroundings helped Ryan Tannehill get away: He took over because the Titans’ quarterback in Week 7 and promptly scored 220.Zero fantasy factors in 10 begins the rest of the yr, a major contribution for a participant scooped up off the waiver wire in virtually each league (0.3% rostered coming into Week 1). That was the third-most factors amongst quarterbacks throughout that 11-week span, trailing solely Jackson’s 263.Four and Fitzpatrick’s 222.2.
Wait, then what about Fitzpatrick? That is true, Ryan Fitzpatrick was additionally one of the crucial productive late-season quarterbacks whom you may’ve scooped up off the waiver wire (2.5% rostered coming into Week 1). From Week 9 ahead, the one three gamers — that is at any place, not simply quarterbacks — to attain greater than the 190.Three fantasy factors that Fitzpatrick did had been McCaffrey (262.4), Jackson (240.1) and Thomas (191.0).
That meant large issues for DeVante Parker too: After years of being labeled a “fantasy breakout” candidate, Parker lastly got here via, particularly in the course of the second half of 2019. His 154.2 PPR fantasy factors from Week 9 ahead had been second finest amongst vast receivers behind solely Thomas’ 191.0.