SCHOPP: My top guys for 2019

In the end, it's 13 leagues, and it'll come down to a few key men

Mike Schopp
September 06, 2019 - 5:28 pm

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This year's total for me is 13 fantasy football leagues. That doesn't (and shouldn't) include best-ball, for which no roster or lineup movement is necessary. For the most part, those rosters reflect my others anyway.

I'm playing in a wider variety of formats this year. One league has individual defensive players (IDPs), another is more of a touchdown league than a traditional one where points are also accrued for yardage. And last year, when of my 16 leagues only one was two quarterbacks, this year I'm in five of those. Last year was my first year playing dynasty, and I played in three such leagues. This year, it's four.

In the end, your guys are your guys.

As for "my guys", well, I'm more than happy to take my lead from certain experts and website rankings. I'm reticent to think I know more about, say, whether I should draft Curtis Samuel or Dede Westbrook, than the professionals, so I almost always take my cue from them. After a few drafts, I like to make sure I've diversified, so it's in my later drafts where I'll venture out more and pick players ranked second or third on the board at that given time.

Also, I've made plenty of trades already. Some of that is because dynasty formats are year-round, so any time of year is fine for a trade. In other cases, it's just moves I wanted to make post-draft. On Thursday, in one league, I traded JuJu Smith-Schuster for Nick Chubb, because I wanted to alter the balance of my roster.

Here are, by position, some of the players I have the most shares of, as well as any Bills I have on my current rosters:

  • Quarterback: Lamar Jackson (10 teams); Kyler Murray (4); Andy Dalton (2); Patrick Mahomes (2); Dak Prescott (2)

I see Jackson as a player with insanely high fantasy upside that also doesn't cost very much. No formula is better than that. If he stays healthy his running alone will outdo most running backs, and if he establishes himself as a passing threat look out. I'm carrying him on 10 out of 13 rosters and the only reason it isn't more is that I wanted some (not much, apparently) diversification. Murray and Prescott are similar in the kind of production they can offer as runners. I have two Mahomes shares in Superflex leagues because why not? I see Dalton as a last-round pick who has put numbers up before, and this year he has the potential added benefits of a new coaching staff and a team that might be behind all the time.

I have Josh Allen once.


  • Running back: Nick Chubb (4); Duke Johnson, Jr. (4); Royce Freeman (4); Sony Michel (3); Marlon Mack (3)

Chubb is dynamite, and if his team takes off as expected so should his numbers. Most of my Johnson shares came post-trade to Houston. Since then they've picked up Carlos Hyde, but I still Johnson has huge upside as a pass-catching back for the Texans, if not even an every-down back down the road. Glad to have him. Freeman starts the season behind Philip Lindsay in Denver, but there's a good chance of a timeshare there and Freeman was better than Lindsay, according to Pro Football Focus, at yards after contact. That's a good sign for him. Michel is all about whether his knee is OK, and for now it is. I liked Mack more before Andrew Luck retired, but there still should be opportunity for him to get big volume.

I have no Bills running back on any roster.


  • Wide receiver: Chris Godwin (5); Marquez Valdes-Scantling (4); Dante Pettis (4); D.K. Metcalf (4); Julio Jones (3); Mike Williams (3); Corey Davis (3)

I tend to not love guys with all the hype, but I do love Godwin this year. Three of my five Godwin leagues are dynasty, and I had him last year. To get Godwin this year you had to pay up, as early as Round 2. Valdes-Scantling was a cheaper option who had a promising opening night. Pettis seems the number-one receiver in San Francisco but there are a lot of ways that can go. I can't believe I have four shares of Metcalf as I really don't think that of highly of his chances this year. More just the randomness of drafts on that one. He is likely to play Week 1 for Seattle, and maybe a lot.

I have no Bills receivers. I like the idea of John Brown, but never got to him. This can happen when you're drafting with Bills fans!


  • Tight end: Mark Andrews (3); Jared Cook (2) Delanie Walker (2)

Andrews had some success with Lamar Jackson last year for a Ravens team that historically has loved its tight ends. I love Cook with the Saints; I think that could be a home run. Walker was coveted last year but was lost early for the year. Nice player with some opportunity.

And, no Bills tight ends. Good luck if you have one!

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