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Early 2019 Fantasy Football Rankings (Top 300): Tiers 5-14

We continue our look at the Never Too Early Player Rankings for our top 300 players and 2019 redraft leagues. These player rankings are brought to you courtesy of RotoBaller NFL writers Pierre Camus, Nick Mariano (11th-most accurate expert on FantasyPros in 2018, 9th-most accurate in 2017), and myself, Dominick Petrillo.

These rankings are a fun way to look ahead to the next season and find out where players are likely to be taken in fantasy drafts with league mates who go worship ADP rather than making their own projections. We are going to take a look at these players broken down by tier (as always) and then discuss a few players in each group. You may notice that kickers and defenses are conspicuously absent because there's just no need for that right now.

This time, we'll examine the middle and lower tiers of our rankings to find those hidden gems and ever-popular sleepers. To check out my analysis on Tiers 1-4, simply click here.

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Top 300 Redraft Rankings (February 2019)

Tier Rank Player Name Pos Nick Pierre Dom
1 1 Todd Gurley RB 1 1 2
1 2 Ezekiel Elliott RB 2 2 3
1 3 Saquon Barkley RB 3 3 1
1 4 Christian McCaffrey RB 4 4 4
1 5 Alvin Kamara RB 6 5 5
1 6 DeAndre Hopkins WR 5 6 10
1 7 Davante Adams WR 8 8 6
1 8 Melvin Gordon RB 7 10 7
2 9 Julio Jones WR 9 7 11
2 10 Michael Thomas WR 10 15 8
2 11 Odell Beckham Jr. WR 12 9 16
2 12 Le'Veon Bell RB 16 11 19
2 13 Tyreek Hill WR 14 13 20
2 14 David Johnson RB 22 18 9
2 15 James Conner RB 15 20 14
2 16 Nick Chubb RB 11 21 18
2 17 Joe Mixon RB 17 14 21
2 18 Antonio Brown WR 13 12 30
2 19 Dalvin Cook RB 24 16 17
3 20 Travis Kelce TE 25 17 15
3 21 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR 27 19 12
3 22 Zach Ertz TE 26 22 13
3 23 Mike Evans WR 18 26 24
3 24 A.J. Green WR 20 23 25
3 25 Amari Cooper WR 19 24 29
3 26 Aaron Jones RB 21 29 23
3 27 George Kittle TE 31 25 22
3 28 T.Y. Hilton WR 23 30 26
3 29 Keenan Allen WR 28 31 32
3 30 Brandin Cooks WR 35 27 34
3 31 Marlon Mack RB 37 28 40
3 32 Damien Williams RB 41 37 27
3 33 Chris Carson RB 33 42 31
4 34 Leonard Fournette RB 32 33 42
4 35 Stefon Diggs WR 39 35 33
4 36 Adam Thielen WR 36 32 39
4 37 Robert Woods WR 40 34 35
4 38 Sony Michel RB 29 41 44
4 39 Kenny Golladay WR 42 36 37
4 40 Patrick Mahomes QB 30 50 45
4 41 Phillip Lindsay RB 34 46 46
4 42 Allen Robinson WR 50 39 38
4 43 Alshon Jeffery WR 52 40 36
4 44 Aaron Rodgers QB 45 57 28
4 45 Devonta Freeman RB 38 45 57
4 46 Derrick Henry RB 43 49 51
4 47 Kerryon Johnson RB 48 44 52
4 48 Corey Davis WR 44 47 55
4 49 Doug Baldwin WR 53 55 41
4 50 Jarvis Landry WR 60 52 43
5 51 Andrew Luck QB 55 56 47
5 52 Tarik Cohen RB 56 43 59
5 53 Calvin Ridley WR 62 48 48
5 54 Cooper Kupp WR 46 53 67
5 55 Julian Edelman WR 57 54 58
5 56 Derrius Guice RB 49 38 83
5 57 Deshaun Watson QB 58 61 54
5 58 Tyler Lockett WR 67 58 50
5 59 Jordan Howard RB 59 60 61
5 60 Lamar Miller RB 54 67 60
5 61 D.J. Moore WR 73 59 49
5 62 Tyler Boyd WR 77 51 64
5 63 Russell Wilson QB 63 62 70
5 64 David Njoku TE 80 65 53
5 65 Marvin Jones WR 70 64 65
5 66 Mark Ingram RB 68 66 66
5 67 Chris Godwin WR 66 63 73
5 68 James White RB 64 75 69
5 69 Sammy Watkins WR 69 79 62
5 70 Drew Brees QB 78 82 56
6 71 Jerick McKinnon RB 47 81 89
6 72 Mike Williams WR 79 78 74
6 73 Robby Anderson WR 85 73 75
6 74 Evan Engram TE 97 74 63
6 75 Matt Ryan QB 83 84 68
6 76 LeSean McCoy RB 72 90 76
6 77 Courtland Sutton WR 87 72 79
6 78 Rob Gronkowski TE 86 77 78
6 79 Hunter Henry TE 76 71 94
6 80 Jameis Winston QB 75 85 87
6 81 Sterling Shepard WR 91 80 82
6 82 Tevin Coleman RB 81 89 85
6 83 Dante Pettis WR 88 86 81
6 84 Golden Tate WR 94 76 86
6 85 Royce Freeman RB 99 87 71
6 86 Cam Newton QB 61 95 103
6 87 Kenyan Drake RB 89 92 80
6 88 O.J. Howard TE 71 70 121
6 89 Eric Ebron TE 65 94 106
6 90 Jared Goff QB 90 91 91
6 91 Kenneth Dixon RB 102 97 84
7 92 Christian Kirk WR 101 83 101
7 93 Will Fuller WR 74 69 146
7 94 Curtis Samuel WR 96 102 96
7 95 Ben Roethlisberger QB 92 101 105
7 96 Rashaad Penny RB 84 99 115
7 97 Jay Ajayi RB 82 116 104
7 98 Anthony Miller WR 106 98 99
7 99 Baker Mayfield QB 98 93 114
7 100 Keke Coutee WR 120 88 97
7 101 Elijah McGuire RB 100 107 100
7 102 Larry Fitzgerald WR 117 68 124
7 103 Matt Breida RB 93 123 93
7 104 Emmanuel Sanders WR 51 110 152
7 105 Robert Foster WR 110 115 88
7 106 Philip Rivers QB 116 104 95
7 107 Carson Wentz QB 121 118 77
7 108 Jared Cook TE 137 108 72
7 109 Michael Gallup WR 112 96 109
7 110 Dede Westbrook WR 105 121 102
7 111 Dak Prescott QB 95 119 116
7 112 Gus Edwards RB 123 103 110
8 113 Jack Doyle TE 104 105 135
8 114 Jamison Crowder WR 113 111 122
8 115 Adam Humphries WR 107 137 107
8 116 Greg Olsen TE 114 100 139
8 117 Mitch Trubisky QB 115 127 117
8 118 Delanie Walker TE 124 130 108
8 119 Trey Burton TE 134 138 92
8 120 Marquise Goodwin WR 103 149 113
8 121 Josh Adams RB 127 122 119
8 122 Dion Lewis RB 129 129 112
8 123 Tom Brady QB 125 114 131
8 124 Geronimo Allison WR 119 126 129
8 125 Kareem Hunt RB 131 147 98
8 126 Lamar Jackson QB 109 148 125
8 127 Rex Burkhead RB 140 124 120
8 128 Kirk Cousins QB 126 117 148
8 129 D'Onta Foreman RB 136 125 130
8 130 John Ross WR 132 133 128
8 131 Doug Martin RB 122 131 142
8 132 Josh Allen QB 144 136 118
9 133 Latavius Murray RB 157 109 134
9 134 Quincy Enunwa WR 149 141 111
9 135 Duke Johnson RB 142 139 123
9 136 James Washington WR 177 143 90
9 137 Austin Hooper TE 165 120 127
9 138 Nyheim Hines RB 146 145 126
9 139 Isaiah Crowell RB 108 170 143
9 140 Chris Herndon IV TE 150 140 133
9 141 John Brown WR 138 153 137
9 142 Jimmy Graham TE 133 146 150
9 143 Zay Jones WR 171 106 155
9 144 Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR 135 158 140
9 145 Jordan Reed TE 143 150 141
9 146 Kenny Stills WR 158 134 145
9 147 Ronald Jones II RB 118 175 144
9 148 Spencer Ware RB 172 112 153
9 149 Jimmy Garoppolo QB 141 152 151
9 150 Jamaal Williams RB 161 128 164
9 151 DeSean Jackson WR 168 151 138
9 152 Antonio Callaway WR 155 156 149
10 153 Peyton Barber RB 139 155 167
10 154 Demaryius Thomas WR 179 132 #N/A
10 155 Sam Darnold QB 154 157 159
10 156 Tre'Quan Smith WR 178 113 181
10 157 Tyler Eifert TE 128 171 178
10 158 Taylor Gabriel WR 148 168 161
10 159 Vance McDonald TE 175 144 158
10 160 Andy Dalton QB 145 165 168
10 161 Kyle Rudolph TE 181 142 156
10 162 Chris Thompson RB 183 167 132
10 163 Matthew Stafford QB 166 163 154
10 164 Ito Smith RB 147 178 160
10 165 Mohamed Sanu WR 111 191 189
10 166 Daesean Hamilton WR 174 159 165
10 167 Austin Ekeler RB 160 177 162
10 168 Jaylen Samuels RB 189 135 176
10 169 Albert Wilson WR 167 160 177
10 170 Marcus Mariota QB 170 172 163
10 171 Devante Parker WR 152 193 166
10 172 C.J. Anderson RB 164 176 171
11 173 Adrian Peterson RB 169 181 169
11 174 Derek Carr QB 176 161 184
11 175 Kalen Ballage RB 184 164 174
11 176 Marqise Lee WR 153 190 185
11 177 Bilal Powell RB 151 180 197
11 178 Ted Ginn WR 130 195 203
11 179 David Moore WR 162 189 183
11 180 Equanimeous St. Brown WR 196 154 187
11 181 Alex Collins RB 223 174 147
11 182 Dallas Goedert TE 202 166 180
11 183 Gerald Everett TE 190 224 136
11 184 Devin Funchess WR 192 188 172
11 185 Eli Manning QB 185 184 186
11 186 T.J. Yeldon RB 156 230 170
11 187 Carlos Hyde RB 182 202 173
11 188 Cameron Brate TE 173 205 179
11 189 Mike Gesicki TE 204 162 192
11 190 Donte Moncrief WR 188 185 188
11 191 Jalen Richard RB 180 215 182
11 192 Nelson Agholor WR 207 179 193
11 193 Josh Reynolds WR 191 196 194
11 194 Paul Richardson WR 187 201 196
11 195 Frank Gore RB 159 206 220
11 196 Giovani Bernard RB 205 209 175
11 197 Michael Crabtree WR 201 198 191
11 198 Randall Cobb WR 200 199 198
11 199 Tyrell Williams WR 208 194 195
11 200 Josh Doctson WR 195 204 199
11 201 Taywan Taylor WR 193 217 190
11 202 Chase Edmonds RB 214 183 208
11 203 D.J. Chark WR 203 203 200
11 204 Nick Foles QB 236 218 157
11 205 Mike Davis RB 231 173 209
11 206 Blake Jarwin TE 194 216 #N/A
11 207 Josh Rosen QB 215 187 218
11 208 Hayden Hurst TE 253 169 205
11 209 Jordy Nelson WR 211 214 204
11 210 Justin Jackson RB 227 186 221
12 211 Case Keenum QB 213 211 211
12 212 Rashard Higgins WR 199 212 225
12 213 Chris Hogan WR 212 221 210
12 214 John Kelly RB 197 223 223
12 215 Jeff Wilson RB 242 182 227
12 216 Keelan Cole WR 226 213 213
12 217 Zach Zenner RB 163 #N/A 272
12 218 Ricky Seals-Jones TE 221 226 207
12 219 Willie Snead WR 216 227 214
12 220 Breshad Perriman WR 210 197 250
12 221 Malcolm Brown RB 233 222 202
12 222 Corey Clement RB 220 232 206
12 223 Wendell Smallwood RB 218 208 234
12 224 Chris Conley WR 222 228 212
12 225 Mark Andrews TE 254 192 216
12 226 Jake Butt TE 198 234 235
12 227 Cole Beasley WR 237 200 231
12 228 Jordan Wilkins RB 234 225 215
12 229 Ryan Tannehill QB 186 256 237
12 230 Ian Thomas TE 256 207 219
12 231 Dez Bryant WR 209 274 201
12 232 Rod Smith RB 206 243 238
12 233 Pierre Garcon WR 243 229 217
12 234 Ryan Grant WR 232 238 228
12 235 Kendrick Bourne WR 255 210 233
12 236 Alex Smith QB 229 242 242
12 237 Nick Vannett TE 228 262 224
12 238 Theo Riddick RB 235 244 236
12 239 J'mon Moore WR 224 261 230
12 240 Devontae Booker RB 230 248 239
12 241 Will Dissly TE #N/A 240 #N/A
12 242 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE 245 259 222
12 243 LeGarrette Blount RB 219 250 257
13 244 Kelvin Benjamin WR 244 257 226
13 245 Ty Montgomery RB 270 220 246
13 246 Javorius Allen RB 252 245 244
13 247 Jonnu Smith TE 280 219 #N/A
13 248 Ameer Abdullah RB 238 #N/A 262
13 249 Jakeem Grant WR 250 #N/A #N/A
13 250 Jacquizz Rodgers RB 246 254 #N/A
13 251 Joe Flacco QB #N/A 236 267
13 252 Jeremy Hill RB #N/A 239 265
13 253 Detrez Newsome RB #N/A 252 #N/A
13 254 Luke Willson TE #N/A 265 240
13 255 Cameron Meredith WR #N/A 263 243
13 256 Chris Ivory RB 249 251 259
13 257 Danny Amendola WR 241 267 252
13 258 Charles Clay TE 262 270 229
13 259 Wayne Gallman RB 267 247 256
13 260 Rishard Matthews WR #N/A 266 251
13 261 Deon Cain RB 271 260 249
13 262 Cordarrelle Patterson WR 247 289 245
13 263 Trent Taylor WR 257 275 253
13 264 Mark Walton RB 298 246 241
13 265 Alfred Blue RB 279 241 266
13 266 Blake Bortles QB #N/A 264 261
13 267 Jermaine Kearse WR 274 269 247
13 268 Trenton Cannon RB 289 233 269
13 269 Darren Sproles RB 275 255 263
13 270 Corey Grant RB 265 #N/A 264
13 271 Phillip Dorsett WR 277 271 248
13 272 Allen Hurns WR 278 #N/A 255
14 273 Laquon Treadwell WR 281 #N/A 254
14 274 Marcus Murphy RB 286 249 273
14 275 Jermaine Gresham TE #N/A 272 #N/A
14 276 Isaiah McKenzie WR 272 #N/A #N/A
14 277 Chester Rogers WR 290 268 260
14 278 Luke Stocker TE #N/A 273 #N/A
14 279 Tyrod Taylor QB #N/A 278 270
14 280 Kyle Juszczyk RB 273 279 #N/A
14 281 Tim Patrick WR 276 #N/A #N/A
14 282 Andre Roberts WR #N/A 276 #N/A
14 283 Torrey Smith WR #N/A 277 #N/A
14 284 Keith Kirkwood WR 283 291 258
14 285 Dontrelle Inman WR 259 300 #N/A
14 286 Marshawn Lynch RB #N/A 280 #N/A
14 287 Aldrick Robinson WR #N/A 281 #N/A
14 288 Teddy Bridgewater QB #N/A 282 #N/A
14 289 C.J. Uzomah TE 282 #N/A #N/A
14 290 Jarius Wright WR #N/A 283 #N/A
14 291 Russell Shepard WR #N/A 286 #N/A
14 292 Alfred Morris RB 291 304 268
14 293 Deandre Washington RB 294 285 #N/A
14 294 Travis Benjamin WR 295 284 #N/A
14 295 Brice Butler WR 288 292 #N/A
14 296 Tavon Austin WR #N/A 290 #N/A
14 297 Ryan Griffin TE 287 296 #N/A
14 298 Trent Sherfield WR 284 301 #N/A
14 299 Jaron Brown WR #N/A 293 #N/A
14 300 Jordan Matthews WR 293 294 #N/A


Tier Five - 2019 Rankings

We saw last season the tale of two ends of the same spectrum. In Deshaun Watson, we saw what can happen in some remarkable cases only a year removed from an ACL injury. In the other cases of Dalvin Cook, Carson Wentz and Allen Robinson we saw the other side of the coin.

This means it could be quite likely Derrius Guice is not going to come back and be the player he was projected to be. He is more of a projection for 2020 in my book. This means he is not a good play at this high of a tier and if I had the choice of him or a player lower in the draft, I would forgo the talent of Guice for the safety of other players in re-draft leagues. When a player has the type of injury Guice had, it is their tendency to overcompensate by trying to keep the pressure off the leg thereby causing injury to the other leg the following season. This happened to not only Robinson but also Cook in 2018, which led to a dreadful first half of the season by Robinson and an RB30 finish by Cook after just 11 games of action.

If you want to take Derrius Guice in dynasty drafts or as a late-round flier, he is certainly worth those prices. But he is not being drafted as a late-round flier which means you will need to spend more to get him. And more is not something you should want to spend on him in 2019.

With Cam Newton going to have to throw more as he ages and his scrambling continues to diminish, it will turn to the pass catchers to pick it up in Carolina. D.J. Moore will be the man to do this coming off a rookie season which started off slow but picked up a lot of steam late. This trend should continue into 2019 as Devin Funchess is a free agent and most likely will not return to the team who drafted him out of Michigan.

After being a double-digit round pick entering his rookie season, Moore's stock has done nothing but increase this offseason, raising to the fifth or sixth round and this is only going to go higher if it is shown Cam Newton is really going to be ready to go for training camp. Look for Moore to thrive as defenses sell out to stop McCaffery and take his place among the leading touchdown receiver threats in the NFL with Antonio Brown and Davante Adams.

The reason Jordan Howard is on my list is that I'm not convinced he is even on the Bears when the season starts. Tarik Cohen is clearly the better back for the Matt Nagy system and he showed it by finishing as the RB11 on the season.

Jordan Howard tried to work on his hands before last season but failed to make much progress. He is still a talented back and he should get a starting job on a team who is in the market for a two-down back. A team who could use him in a committee like the Philadelphia Eagles or the Oakland Raiders would make a good fit for his skills. If he stays in Chicago, this ranking is far too high for where he will likely finish. If he goes to a better fit, this could be his floor.


Tier Six - 2019 Rankings

After a lost rookie season in Los Angeles, Mike Williams showed some of the talent which caused the Chargers to take him as the number seven pick from Clemson in the 2017 draft.

It will have to be seen how much of this increase in production had to do with his ability to stay healthy and how much of it had to do with Hunter Henry missing the entire season. If the former is true and he really is this talented, Williams could be a solid WR3 for a fantasy team with high-upside players at the top two receiver positions. If his numbers turn out to be due to the Henry injury, at least you will have a solid flex player on a weekly basis.

43 receptions in 16 games does not seem like a lot but with the target share given to both Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon these numbers were not expected to be much higher coming back from the back issues that plagued him during his rookie campaign. In 2019 these numbers should continue to rise as he hopefully comes into his third-year breakout and gives Philip Rivers and the Chargers the solid second option needed in the receivers group.

For LeSean McCoy, being the lead rusher on the Bills was supposed to be a given in a season where there were no other offensive options. Sad to say that he wasn’t and not due to injury.

Yes, he had the most rush yards at the running back position, but he still fell 100 yards short of being the lead rusher on the team behind quarterback Josh Allen who finished with 581 yards and also doubled McCoy in rush touchdowns for the season. This leads many to believe the Bills will go after a free agent running back whether to replace McCoy or compliment him in the backfield. With a cap hit this season of $nine million it would be silly for Buffalo to bring him back if he was not in their plans as the starter. If they can sign s a player like Le’Veon Bell or even T.J. Yeldon, who are younger and have the same ability to catch the ball out of the backfield it would make sense for them to make this move.

McCoy finished as the running back 40 this season and this appears to be close to the top of the outcome range for him in 2019 unless a lot of things change on the Bills offense with additions to the line, receivers and tight end positions. All of these cannot be made in one offseason and after next season he may not be there. Here is one player where you would rather be one year early than one year late. Some may think you will already be late even taking him this season. I tend to agree.

Kenneth Dixon is an interesting case. The year of Alex Collins turned into the year of Gus Edwards. The year of Joe Flacco turned into the year of Lamar Jackson.

Well, 2019 should be the year of Kenneth Dixon. He is the most talented player in the Ravens backfield, or at least he must be since they have held him through injury and multiple suspensions. He also does something neither Collins and Edwards are not very good at. He catches the ball. A fact which is all the more important with Jackson at quarterback. A quarterback who can’t really throw the ball well and fumbles more than anyone else in the league makes it imperative the running back can catch dump offs when Jackson is in trouble. A feat likely to happen a lot as the rest of the league catches up to his antics.

The receivers on Baltimore leave something, OK a lot to be desired and the run game has been the main focus of the Ravens for many years under John Harbaugh. Who just signed a four-year contract extension to remain coach through 2022. The same year Lamar Jackson will be finished with his fifth-year option.

Dixon is going to go lower in drafts than either Edwards or Collins and he should be the starter going into the season making him the best value and not just the best player.

If you are looking for a running back with solid upside late in drafts, then Dixon should be under strong consideration. Not as a number or number two option like Collins was drafted last season, but instead more realistically on a mediocre Baltimore offense as a fourth or fifth option and flex play.


Tier Seven - 2019 Rankings

After taking over for Tyrod Taylor in the third game of the season, Baker Mayfield never looked back. Except maybe to flip off Hugh Jackson on the Bengals sideline. He led the Browns to a remarkable 7-8-1 finish on the season and in his starts, he led them to a 6-7 record. I know he Beat the Jets, but it doesn’t count.

His 27 touchdowns to 14 interceptions will need to come down and Nick Chubb in the backfield should allow for this to happen as he will have someone there, he can dump off to or hand off to instead of trying to fit balls into tight spots. The real issue for Mayfield is to find a receiver opposite Jarvis Landry to draw defenses away from the slot and open the middle of the field. If Antonio Callaway continues to improve and Richard Higgins continues his late-season stride, this could be a wildly potent offense under new head coach Freddy Kitchen and new offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who in Tampa Bay last season led a passing attack by Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston. If you were to combine the numbers of these two players, the quarterbacks would have been the sixth-ranked fantasy quarterback on the season. This is good for not only the production but also the improvement narrative for Mayfield who although good as a rookie, does have some refinement needed to continue to progress.

Mayfield could easily find himself finishing the season as a top-eight fantasy quarterback under the direction of the new coaching staff. For a quarterback you can get in the late rounds of your draft what more could you really want.

Bills wideout Robert Foster had 541 yards on 27 catches in his rookie season. This means in 2019, when he takes over the number one role in Buffalo and gets 100 receptions, he will finish with over 2,000 receiving and getting him this late in drafts no less.

Ok this is probably not going to happen, but one this is going to happen. He is going to be the number one receiver on the team based on their current roster and he will also spend the offseason trying to build on the rapport he will need with Josh Allen to move the Bills back into playoff contention after a year away. While surprise is the easiest word to use for Josh Allen and his ability to run, his arm has never been in doubt.

The man he liked to sling the ball to was Foster as he averaged 20 yards per catch on his receptions and with Zey Jones manning the slot and a likely new running back in the back field, this should open up more deep shots for Foster and Allen to connect on.

Drafting him is a risk worth taking in the last rounds of your draft when you are looking for a boom or bust dart throw. He certainly fits into this mold and with Kelvin Benjamin finally eating his way through all the wings in Buffalo before leaving, Foster will be the man next season.


Tiers 8-14 - 2019 Rankings

If Antonio Brown does leave Pittsburgh, it will fall to James Washington to try to minimize the loss to the offense. JuJu Smith-Shuster is ready to step in as the number one, but it is predicated on James Washington being ready to move in as a weapon on the other side so defenses can not just roll coverages to JuJu and remove him from the game.

Washington had a not-so-hot rookie season which was besieged by injury and inconsistency from the 2017 college wide receiver of the year. In 14 games, 16 receptions and 217 yards are not what the Steelers or many analysts were expecting, and he will need to have a breakthrough this season if the Steelers want to make it back to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus. The division is getting tougher with the Ravens and the Browns getting better and Pittsburgh will need to keep up if they don’t want to get left behind.

Much like Robert Foster, Washington is the type of player you want to look at in late rounds of drafts. He has a high ceiling to go along with his low floor but at this point in drafts, the juice is worth the squeeze.

With Cooper Kupp on the sidelines and a full recovery likely still a season away, Josh Reynolds has filled in and the Rams have not missed a beat with him in the lineup. Being surrounded by stars like Todd Gurley, Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks makes it a lot easier to succeed and this is not going to change any in 2019 with all of them coming back to the team. Jared Goff has gotten better in each of the last two years and should continue to improve next season and the defense which started off slow should also be a more cohesive unit next season making a Rams return to the Super Bowl more than a slight possibility.

Reynolds, like a lot of the players taken in this point is a value play. A way to get a piece of a good offense at a lower price than having to spend a high pick on another player. But unlike some of those other players we have discussed, he already has the defined role on the team which we are hoping for out of others.

Reynolds will have the slot role as long as Kupp is out of the lineup and this makes him a very dangerous weapon especially when the team gets down in the red zone. Getting him as the wide receiver four or five on your team can make a solid roster great as he has the ability on this offense to finish as a wide receiver three and bring back remarkable return on investment.

C.J. Anderson, wow. What a difference a team change can make! Many people thought he would be solid in Carolina as the backup to Christian McCaffery with Ron Rivera claiming he wanted to give McCaffery 25 touches a game. No one thought he was being serious but when it happened and Anderson was left out in the cold, it was a nice surprise when he was released.

After lasting a week in Oakland, he was again released when Jon Gruden realized he was too good to be on one of his teams. Landing in Los Angeles to backup another star in Todd Gurley was just what Anderson needed, as he finished the year on a tear and led the Rams to the Super Bowl as the starting running back in the playoff matchups against the Cowboys and the Saints while Gurley nursed through a supposed leg injury.

Coming into the offseason, we do not know where he is going to sign. He is only one season removed from a 1,000-yard season with the Broncos and after his finish to the season, he will not likely re-sign to remain as a backup in Los Angeles. The main free agent backs before his breakout were Le’Veon Bell, T.J. Yeldon and Tevin Coleman but he has now entered this conversation. Dare I say, only behind Le’Veon Bell at this point? Once we find where he will land, it will be easier to attain a value for him on his new team.

Look for him to go to a team like the Philadelphia Eagles or perhaps the Bills although as with some of the other players who may move this offseason, don’t count out the Jets or Colts and their mega bucks. Especially to the one who doesn’t land Bell.

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Carey Price Blanks Penguins In Series Clinching Game 4
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Anthony Beauvillier Scores Twice As Islanders Advance To Round One
TOR2 months ago

Auston Matthews Keeps Toronto Alive With Overtime Winner
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Jonas Valanciunas Extends Double-Double Streak
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Tony Bradley Records A Double-Double Off The Bench
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Jordan Clarkson Leads Jazz With 24 Points
San Antonio Spurs2 months ago

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San Antonio Spurs2 months ago

Jakob Poeltl Ends Double-Double Drought
San Antonio Spurs2 months ago

Derrick White Scores Team-High 24 Points
Atlanta Braves2 months ago

Braves and Phillies Game Postponed Due To Weather
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Joey Logano Will Start On The Pole At Michigan
Texas Rangers2 months ago

Joey Gallo Out Of Lineup On Friday
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Cam Bedrosian Not Throwing Yet
Peter Barrett2 months ago

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Jason Day2 months ago

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Rory McIlroy2 months ago

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Joey Wendle At Shortstop Tuesday
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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Leads Thunder With 24 Points
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Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Flowers Activated Wednesday
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