The 2018 fantasy football season was an odd one certainly. We appear to say it each season, however by no means was it extra the case than on this one.

We noticed a league-record quantity of touchdowns scored: 1,371, breaking the earlier mark of 1,338, set in 2013. The 11,952 whole factors scored, in the meantime, have been second-most in league historical past, falling simply quick of the 11.985 scored in 2013. By no means earlier than was scoring so evident than on the quarterback place, the place a record-breaking eight totally different quarterbacks scored 300-plus fantasy factors for the season.

Working backs appeared to dominate the center weeks of the season, particularly these main up to the fantasy playoffs (Weeks 14-17 in ESPN customary leagues). From Weeks 9-13, it was a pair of operating backs who led the best way in fantasy factors — Christian McCaffrey (248.2) and Ezekiel Elliott (202.7) — and 16 of the 37 gamers who scored 30-plus factors a sport throughout that five-week span have been operating backs.

Within the fantasy playoffs, nevertheless, it was a case of “something goes.” The six skill-position gamers who discovered themselves on playoff rosters in at the least 60 p.c of ESPN 10-team customary leagues appeared in a mixed 12 out of 24 staff video games from Weeks 14-17. The No. 1 scorer by means of 15 weeks, Todd Gurley II, sat out the ultimate two video games with a knee damage. Six of the 18 gamers who had 300-plus factors for the season coming into Week 17 have been scratched for his or her groups’ respective season finales.

The upshot is that in-season administration is turning into more and more vital in fantasy football, together with things like handcuffing operating backs prematurely of the playoff weeks, rostering backups to swap in for late-game scratches, and being fast to the waiver wire with an aggressive strategy to your FAAB/waiver place. The important thing lesson realized from 2018: It is anybody’s sport.

With the season now (practically) within the books, let’s take a stroll again by means of the season’s finest and worst from a fantasy perspective, full with relevant historic information. Verify again once more after the Sunday Night time Football sport for updates to our record of picks.

The Greatest

Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas Metropolis Chiefs: It was an 89-yard landing go to Demarcus Robinson within the third quarter of Sunday’s sport that clinched the single-season report for fantasy factors for Mahomes, as his 17.three factors in Week 17 gave him a complete of 417.1 for the season. That exceeded Peyton Manning’s 410.zero factors of 2013, and made Mahomes the apparent alternative for 2018 Fantasy MVP, particularly contemplating he was the No. 16 quarterback chosen on common through the preseason. For Mahomes, it wasn’t a handful of massive video games that inflated his seasonal level whole however slightly a persistently glorious efficiency that did, as he scored at the least 15 fantasy factors in every of his 16 video games performed, becoming a member of Tom Brady (2011) as the one quarterbacks in historical past who can declare that. To Mahomes’ MVP case, whereas he wasn’t a hotly contested decide within the preseason, his managers caught on in a short time to his elite expertise, reaping the advantages for the overwhelming majority of his video games, as he was began in at the least 65 p.c of every of his remaining 14 video games and at the least 90 p.c in 11 of his 15 video games (together with each one from Week 7 ahead). It is no shock, due to this fact, that his groups superior to the playoffs in 59.zero p.c of ESPN leagues and to the finals in 35.5 p.c, each of these the very best charges amongst quarterbacks. Mahomes is a famous person with a prolonged profession forward of him, and he’ll be the primary decide at his place coming into 2019.

Most FPTS by a rookie

PLAYER YEAR FPTS
Eric Dickerson 1983 392.2
Saquon Barkley 2018 385.eight
Cam Newton 2011 370.three
Edgerrin James 1999 369.9
Billy Sims 1980 339.Four
Ezekiel Elliott 2016 325.Four
Alvin Kamara 2017 320.Four
Robert Griffin III 2012 317.5
Herschel Walker 1986 317.Four
Clinton Portis 2002 316.2

Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants: He got here extraordinarily shut to breaking Eric Dickerson’s 35-year-old report for PPR fantasy factors by any rookie at any place (392.2, 1983), as Barkley concluded his freshman NFL marketing campaign with 385.eight factors, helped by a 24.2 factors whole in Week 17 that was finest among the many early-game operating backs. With that final-week rating, Barkley additionally completed his rookie yr with 12 video games of 20-plus factors, which is 2 greater than every other rookie in historical past (Dickerson is second, with 10). Barkley’s prowess within the receiving sport is what actually stood out, as he caught a whopping 91 passes, breaking Reggie Bush’s 12-year-old report for a rookie operating again (88 in 2006). Few rookies have entered the league surrounded with this a lot hype — Barkley was picked sixth general on common within the preseason after the Giants chosen him second general within the NFL draft — and even fewer have subsequently confirmed themselves unquestionably worthy of mentioned hype. His was a rookie yr for the ages, and he’ll enter his sophomore marketing campaign as one of the highest picks in fantasy, and rightfully so.

Todd Gurley II, RB, Los Angeles Rams: Though his (fantasy/common) season did finish on a down be aware — a knee damage price him the Rams’ remaining two video games — Gurley’s manufacturing was nothing quick of distinctive, even relative to expectations from a No. 1 general decide on common. He scored 372.1 PPR fantasy factors in his 14 video games performed (all of them begins), solely eight.Four shy of his 2017 whole in 15 video games performed (380.5), making him solely the fifth participant in NFL historical past to rating at the least 370 factors in consecutive seasons (Marshall Faulk, 1999-2001; Priest Holmes, 2002-03; LaDainian Tomlinson, 2002-03; and Antonio Brown, 2014-15). Gurley’s season additionally concluded along with his averaging 26.6 factors per sport, which is the 10th-best single-season quantity by any operating again in NFL historical past (see the chart under). He helped propel his fantasy groups into the playoffs in 55.9 p.c of 10-team ESPN customary leagues and into the Weeks 16-17 “finals” matchup in 30.three p.c. So regardless of his absence through the latter, it may be safely mentioned he put his staff in place to win as successfully as any high-profile participant did in 2018.

PLAYER YEAR TEAM G FPTS (PPR) /G
Marshall Faulk 2000 STL 14 459.9 32.9
Priest Holmes 2002 KC 14 440.7 31.5
LaDainian Tomlinson 2006 SD 16 481.1 30.1
Marshall Faulk 2001 STL 14 419.7 30.zero
O.J. Simpson 1975 BUF 14 390.three 27.9
Priest Holmes 2003 KC 16 445.zero 27.eight
LaDainian Tomlinson 2003 SD 16 443.eight 27.7
Chuck Foreman 1975 MIN 14 381.1 27.2
Priest Holmes 2004 KC eight 212.9 26.6
Todd Gurley II 2018 LAR 14 372.1 26.6

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers: He was an efficient, one-man wrecking crew through the season’s second half, with seven video games value 25-plus PPR fantasy factors from Week 9 ahead, leading to 385.5 factors for the season, a mere one-tenth of a degree behind Barkley for the positional lead. From Week 9 ahead, McCaffrey scored a league-leading 253.2 factors, and his 88.9 factors from Weeks 14-17 alone ranked seventh-best within the league throughout that point span, as nicely. He additionally set a brand new NFL report for receptions by a operating again in a single season, his 107 breaking Matt Forte’s earlier mark of 102, set in 2014, and now has 187 receptions by means of his first two NFL seasons, which is 25 greater than every other operating again. McCaffrey supplied one of one of the best returns on an early-round draft decide, having been chosen 11th amongst operating backs and 17th general, and his potential to dominate as each runner and receiver will make him a sure early- to mid-first-rounder in 2019.

Davante Adams, WR, Inexperienced Bay Packers: Although a knee damage price him the Week 17 finale, Adams’ 2018 season was as demonstrative of the constant fantasy participant as anybody’s in current historical past. He scored at the least 15 PPR fantasy factors in every of his 15 video games performed, matching Jerry Rice’s NFL report for essentially the most 15-point video games in NFL historical past (15, 1995), and in just one of these 15 video games completed exterior the highest 25 huge receivers for the week, when he scored a stable 16.1 factors to end 28th in Week Four. Adams entered Week 17 with 329.6 whole PPR fantasy factors, finest amongst huge receivers and obliterating his earlier profession excessive of 246.7 factors set in 2016, although he was handed by three different gamers through the Four:25 p.m. ET video games. That is nonetheless a heck of a dependable return upon what was a second-round funding, as Adams was the No. eight huge receiver and No. 21 participant chosen general on common.

Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos: Who would’ve guessed he would wind up the second-highest-scoring rookie operating again behind Saquon Barkley, in a yr during which seven operating backs (Barkley included) have been chosen within the first two rounds of the NFL draft? Nobody — or at the least barely anyone, contemplating he was drafted in only one.9 p.c of ESPN leagues within the remaining preseason week main into the NFL Kickoff sport. An undrafted rookie out of the College of Colorado — his native ties most likely having fairly a bit to do along with his touchdown with the Broncos — Lindsay made the staff because the Broncos’ No. three operating again thanks to a robust preseason, posted consecutive video games with at the least 100 yards from scrimmage, captured the Broncos’ beginning job by Week eight and scored 222.9 PPR fantasy factors in 15 video games to earn himself a spot within the Professional Bowl. Not all of that was earlier than he registered on the fantasy football radar, both, as Lindsay was the most-added participant in ESPN leagues between Weeks 1 and a pair of (58 p.c), was added in one other 18 p.c between Weeks 2 and three and was being began in additional than 40 p.c of ESPN leagues by Week three. Whereas Lindsay’s season was reduce quick by a wrist damage in Week 16, requiring surgical procedure to restore ligament injury, he ought to be prepared in time for 2019 coaching camp — throughout which the Broncos could be sporting a wholly new offense. Chances are high he’ll enter fantasy-draft season as an RB2.

Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: He was “Mr. Dependable” at his place, 10 instances scoring 20-plus fantasy factors, and was the one quarterback within the league to rating at the least 19 factors in every of the 4 weeks of ESPN’s conventional “fantasy playoffs” (Weeks 14-17). In what was an enormous rebound yr for the veteran signal-caller, Ryan scored 355.zero factors in 16 video games, nearly assuredly inserting him second amongst quarterbacks for the season (Ben Roethlisberger has solely an out of doors likelihood at catching him through the Four:25 p.m. ET video games). That narrowly exceeded Ryan’s earlier profession excessive of 347.5, set in 2016, and answered many questions that surrounded him throughout a depressing, disappointing 2017. He is most likely nearer to the passer we noticed this season and two seasons in the past slightly than final yr, and he was an enormous discount because the No. 11 quarterback off the board through the preseason.

Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans: Whereas his per-game tempo this season (20.7 PPR fantasy factors) fell noticeably quick of that of his rookie 2017 (24.1), that Watson was in a position to preserve the tempo he did was nothing quick of extraordinary. By scoring 331.7 factors in his 16 video games as a sophomore and incomes a mean of 20-plus per sport, he joined Cam Newton as the one gamers in historical past to try this in every of their first two NFL seasons (and that is with a one-game minimal requirement). The truth is, Watson now has a complete of 464.1 fantasy factors by means of his first 22 profession NFL video games, which trails solely Newton’s 473.7 factors by means of that many video games amongst quarterbacks all time. Watson particularly stepped up through the fantasy playoffs — Weeks 14-17, to be particular — scoring a mixed 99.zero factors throughout that four-week span to lead all quarterbacks.

James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: His story was as consultant of 2018 unpredictability as anybody’s, and it ended with him scoring 280.zero PPR fantasy factors in 13 video games performed, sixth-most amongst operating backs for the season. Thrust into the Steelers’ beginning lineup due to Le’Veon Bell’s season-long holdout, Conner discovered himself on solely 12.7 p.c of ESPN rosters on Sunday, Sept. 2, solely to see that quantity climb to 23.eight p.c on Tuesday, Sept. Four (the day many anticipated Bell would lastly report for apply), then 76.eight p.c on Thursday, Sept. 6 (the night time of the NFL Kickoff sport). Conner wound up began, nevertheless, in at the least 94 p.c of ESPN leagues in each one of the Steelers’ video games from Weeks 2-13, an 11-game span throughout which he totaled 233.Four factors, sixth-best amongst operating backs. He discovered himself on the best proportion of playoff groups in ESPN 10-team customary leagues, 75.9 p.c, solely to undergo the sudden twist of sitting out Weeks 14-16 due to an ankle damage. Conner’s efficiency, nonetheless, was instrumental in getting many of his fantasy groups into the playoffs, and he got here on the value of a late draft decide or a waiver pickup.

Chicago Bears protection/particular groups: They have been the one protection/particular groups unit that you possibly can belief, week in and week out, and their “victory margin” (in phrases of whole fantasy factors for the season) supported it, because the Bears D/ST scored a league-leading 188 factors, 55 greater than the second-best Houston Texans. Because the league moved to a 16-game schedule in 1978, the one time that there was a higher differential between the Nos. 1 and a pair of defenses in phrases of fantasy level got here in 1988, when the Minnesota Vikings (245 factors) scored 68 extra factors than the Houston Oilers (177). The Bears managed to rank among the many 5 highest-scoring D/STs 9 instances, which is three greater than every other staff had. That is not unhealthy for a staff that was drafted solely 10th at its place within the preseason.

George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers: What a end to one of 2018’s greatest breakthrough tales, as Kittle’s 29.9 PPR fantasy factors in Week 17 have been second-best at his place and gave him 258.7 factors, the 14th-best single-season whole by any tight finish in historical past. Within the course of, Kittle broke the single-season report for receiving yards by a decent finish, his 1,377 shattering the report damaged minutes earlier by Travis Kelce (1,336). Kittle was far and away one of the best worth on the tight finish place this yr after having been chosen 17th on the place on common and picked in solely 38.6 p.c of ESPN leagues. He had 13 video games value 10-plus factors, second behind solely Kelce’s 15 such contests.

Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas Metropolis Chiefs: His 294.6 PPR fantasy factors this season have been the third-most by a decent finish in NFL historical past and simply shattered his earlier private finest of 233.5 factors (2017). Which means he has now elevated his fantasy-point whole in every of his six NFL seasons to date. For a couple of temporary moments, Kelce captured the single-season receiving yards report for a decent finish, as nicely, exceeding Rob Gronkowski’s 1,327 of 2011 with 1,336 — earlier than Kittle surpassed Kelce’s mark along with his personal 1,377. Kelce was the No. 2 tight finish and No. 25 participant chosen general on common within the preseason, and his manufacturing made him each bit worthy of the early decide.

Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: Although he had a increase/bust fantasy-playoff stretch — a Week 16 value 35.zero PPR fantasy factors however fewer than 9 factors in every of Weeks 14, 15 and 17 — Ertz’s efficiency nonetheless carried many of his groups into mentioned playoffs, and it is value stating that his groups made the finals in 28.7 p.c of ESPN 10-team customary leagues, fourth-highest amongst tight ends. He completed 2018 with 280.three factors, the sixth-best single season whole in historical past on the place, and within the course of set a brand new NFL season report along with his 116 receptions. Ertz was each bit worthy of his preseason draft place: third-highest amongst tight ends and 34th general.

Most PPR fantasy factors by a decent finish in a single season

PLAYER YEAR TEAM G FPTS
Rob Gronkowski 2011 NE 16 330.9
Jimmy Graham 2013 NO 16 303.5
Travis Kelce 2018 KC 16 294.6
Jimmy Graham 2011 NO 16 294
Todd Christensen 1983 LAA 16 288.7
Zach Ertz 2018 PHI 16 280.three
Kellen Winslow 1980 SD 16 272
Dallas Clark 2009 IND 16 271.7
Tony Gonzalez 2004 KC 16 270.three
Tony Gonzalez 2000 KC 16 267.three

Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas Metropolis Chiefs: The huge receiver place had essentially the most compelling race for the lead in PPR fantasy factors, and thanks to Hill’s 28.6 factors in Week 17, coupled with the inactive standing of each Davante Adams and Antonio Brown, he emerged victorious with a position-best 334.zero factors. That gave Hill a mere half-point victory margin over DeAndre Hopkins (333.5). Hill, the No. 14 huge receiver and No. 33 participant chosen general on common within the preseason, had 4 totally different video games value 30-plus factors this season, thriving as Patrick Mahomes’ most popular deep risk. The 2 now have a few years of their careers forward of them and are sure to be among the many most sought-after gamers at their positions in fantasy drafts coming into 2019.

Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, WRs, Pittsburgh Steelers: The season led to heartbreak for the Steelers, each by advantage of their lacking the playoffs and Smith-Schuster’s falling simply shy of the 300-point plateau utilizing PPR fantasy scoring. Brown (323.7 factors this yr) and Smith-Schuster (296.9) nonetheless had distinctive years, and the Steelers got here awfully shut to turning into solely the third staff in historical past to have a number of huge receivers rating 300-plus (1995 Detroit Lions and 2014 Denver Broncos). Whereas Brown was the participant everybody knew — he was the No. 1 huge receiver and No. 5 general participant chosen on common within the preseason — Smith-Schuster was one of the season’s finest huge receiver values, having been chosen 24th amongst huge receivers and 51st general. They’re sure to each be top-10 picks at their place coming into 2019.

Eric Ebron, TE, Indianapolis Colts: After 4 so-so years in Detroit, Ebron moved to Indianapolis and eventually broke by means of this season, scoring a complete of 222.2 PPR fantasy factors whereas taking part in all 16 video games for less than the second time in his profession. That far exceeded his earlier private finest of 144.2 factors, set in 2016, and in reality, he had already surpassed his total 2016 whole by Week 10, in his ninth sport of this season. Ebron, who was the No. 22 tight finish off the board on common this preseason and was chosen in solely 16.eight p.c of ESPN leagues, was one of one of the best values at a place ravaged by accidents.

The Worst

Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: He is my decide for 2018 Fantasy Bust of the 12 months, primarily as a result of though some may need foreseen his holding out for a small portion of the season’s early weeks, virtually nobody may have presumably predicted his holding out for the whole thing of the yr. Bell was the No. 2 decide general in ESPN leagues on common, and that is from information collected from the ultimate week coming into the NFL Kickoff sport (Thursday sport of Week 1), which was mere days after it turned clear he would miss at the least the season opener. Bell remained on ESPN rosters in 94.2 p.c of leagues as of the Nov. 13, Four p.m. ET, deadline for him to report to the Steelers to be eligible to play in 2018, clogging rosters whereas by no means offering his groups a single fantasy level. We’ll see the place he winds up coming into 2019 — you may be positive it will be exterior Pittsburgh — however as a 27-year-old coming off a wholly missed marketing campaign, he’ll have a troublesome time making a case for a top-five decide.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Whereas accidents prevented him from taking part in a full 16-game schedule for the fourth consecutive season, what he supplied in his 13 video games this yr fell considerably quick of his preseason expectations. The No. 1 tight finish and No. 19 participant chosen general on common within the preseason, Gronkowski scored a mere 131.2 PPR fantasy factors, his worst whole in any of his seven seasons during which he appeared in at the least 10 video games. Gronkowski’s 10.1 points-per-game common was his second-worst in any of his 9 NFL seasons, trailing solely his 9.7 in 2010, and he scored fewer than 5 factors in three of his 13 video games. He did not do a lot to assist his fantasy groups of their quests for the playoffs, as he was discovered on solely 28.1 p.c of playoff and 12.5 p.c of finalists’ groups in ESPN 10-team customary leagues.

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: Although he completed his season on a excessive be aware, scoring 26.zero fantasy factors in opposition to the New York Jets on Sunday to safe at the least the AFC’s No. 2 playoff seed for his staff, Brady’s 2018 can’t be characterised as something apart from a bust in fantasy phrases. Bear in mind, he was the No. 2 quarterback and No. 28 participant chosen general on common within the preseason, but he completed with solely 281.three fantasy factors in his 16 video games, which positioned him exterior the highest 10 quarterbacks for the season and fell significantly quick of his 16-game totals from 2017 (295.9) and 2015 (344.7). Solely 5 instances all season did Brady register a top-10 level whole amongst quarterbacks for the week, whereas 9 instances he completed exterior the highest 15 on the place. Worse but, he’ll enter the 2019 marketing campaign at age 42 and would possibly play it with out his dependable tight finish Rob Gronkowski, who may contemplate retirement (as may Brady himself).

Jimmy Graham, TE, Inexperienced Bay Packers: The transfer to Inexperienced Bay did not pay many fantasy dividends for Graham, who concluded his season with 130.6 PPR fantasy factors, a 40.Four-point regression from his 2017 whole (171.zero) and solely 10.1 factors higher than he scored in his first season with the Seattle Seahawks in 2015 (120.5). Graham, who was the No. 5 tight finish and No. 57 participant chosen general on common within the preseason, completed exterior the highest 10 at his place in fantasy factors, and had 4 video games beneath 5 factors.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Payments: His age-30 season could not have gone a lot worse than it did, as he scored 127.2 PPR fantasy factors in 14 video games, by far his worst single-season whole in any of his 10 NFL seasons (his next-worst was 158.5 factors, in his rookie 2009 marketing campaign). Though some of that may be attributed to horrific quarterback play — the Payments began Nathan Peterman, Derek Anderson, Matt Barkley and Josh Allen, with none finishing greater than 60 p.c of his passes — McCoy’s efficiency did not rebound after Allen’s emergence within the season’s remaining weeks, which was a discouraging signal. McCoy was picked 13th amongst operating backs and 22nd general within the preseason.

Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: He completed the yr with just one sport ranked among the many high 10 scoring quarterbacks for the week (Week 2, when he completed ninth with 24.7 fantasy factors). Conversely, 10 instances in his 16 video games he completed exterior the highest 15 for the week. It was a particularly disappointing season for the No. 12 quarterback chosen on common within the preseason, partially as a result of his staff did not depend on him practically as a lot because it had prior to now, his 555 go makes an attempt his fewest in any of his eight seasons during which he was wholesome sufficient to play all 16 video games. Stafford went from residing on 90.5 p.c of ESPN rosters to begin the season, and lively in 58.three p.c in Week 1, to remaining on solely 34.7 p.c of rosters in Week 17.

Philadelphia Eagles protection/particular groups: This squad completed its season on an extremely excessive be aware, shutting out the division-rival Washington Redskins on Sunday in a must-win sport that finally propelled them into the playoffs, and scoring 16 fantasy factors to rank among the many high 10 protection/particular groups for the week for the primary time in 2018. Sadly, it wasn’t a sport during which many reaped the rewards, because the Eagles D/ST was began in 37.three p.c of ESPN leagues in Week 17, eighth-highest on the place, a unbroken signal of how disappointing this protection has been this yr. Chosen second on the place and 90th general and picked in 98.three p.c of leagues, the Eagles D/ST scored solely 66 fantasy factors all season, seventh-worst amongst defenses. It handled a barrage of accidents, significantly at cornerback, and had 9 video games value 5 factors or fewer.

Dalvin Cook dinner, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Though he had seemingly warrant the “damage exception” from this aspect of my record, having struggled within the season’s early weeks as he continued his restoration from knee surgical procedure and missed 5 video games general due to accidents, Cook dinner’s efficiency when he was wholesome was nonetheless an enormous letdown contemplating he was the No. 9 operating again and No. 13 participant chosen general on common within the preseason. He completed exterior the highest 30 at his place with solely 152.zero factors in his 11 video games performed, giving him a complete of 217.Four factors in 15 video games by means of the primary two seasons of his NFL profession. Cook dinner did decide up his tempo considerably within the season’s remaining weeks, which bodes nicely for a breakthrough in 2019, as he scored a mixed 107.6 of his factors within the Vikings’ remaining six video games.

Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: Whereas his 180.zero PPR fantasy factors this season won’t have been utterly disastrous, that Howard fell considerably quick of the operating again lead in factors on his personal staff mentioned lots about his season, as teammate Tarik Cohen scored 233.9 factors of his personal. Howard’s utilization was referred to as into query early within the yr, and after there have been some hints he would possibly grow to be extra concerned within the receiving sport, he caught solely 10 passes mixed in his remaining 13 video games. He was chosen 14th amongst operating backs and 26th general on common within the preseason, a lot greater than this was anticipated from him.

Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots: It is telling how forgettable Hogan’s 2018 season was that his 12.Four PPR fantasy factors scored in Week 17 wound up his third-best single-game whole all yr. Within the preseason, Hogan appeared aligned for a possible breakthrough after encouraging performances in his first two seasons for the Patriots, getting picked 25th amongst huge receivers and 52nd general on common within the preseason. Sadly, the staff traded for Josh Gordon between Weeks 2 and three, and between that and Julian Edelman’s return from suspension in Week 5, Hogan turned principally an afterthought within the Patriots’ offense. Hogan completed the season with 106.2 PPR fantasy factors regardless of taking part in all 16 video games, that quantity trailing each his 2017 (109.6 factors, in 9 video games) and 2016 (128.9, in 15) level totals, and in reality was within the space of his finest season for the Buffalo Payments, when he scored 103.6 in 16 video games in 2014. Even after Gordon’s suspension following Week 15, Hogan could not re-emerge, getting shut out in Week 16 earlier than Sunday’s bounce-back.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: He may need rescued what was seeming like a misplaced season with 4 straight 10-point PPR fantasy performances and in 9 of 10 video games to conclude his yr, however Fitzgerald’s near-silent begin to the yr put so many of his groups in an early gap. Picked 10th amongst huge receivers and 29th general on common within the preseason, he was held beneath 9 PPR fantasy factors in 5 of his first six video games, ending the yr with a mere 185.7 factors; that’s his worst single-year whole since he had 151.Four in 2014 and his fourth-worst whole of any of his 15 NFL seasons. Josh Rosen’s rookie struggles had lots to do with it, however Fitzgerald’s 35 years of age may need additionally contributed.

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: He is one other participant who may very well be forgiven for accidents influencing his efficiency, however after it was introduced late within the preseason that the knee damage that bothered him in August would most likely not absolutely heal all yr, it was shocking to nonetheless see him chosen 17th amongst huge receivers and 39th general on common within the remaining week of the preseason. Baldwin wound up lacking three video games as a result of the ailment, and when he was wholesome, he delivered solely 141.eight PPR fantasy factors in 13 video games, the second-lowest single season whole in his seven NFL seasons behind solely his 83.6 factors scored in 2012. In a season during which so many slot receivers stood out, capitalizing upon a hefty quantity of favorable matchups, Baldwin’s efficiency was extraordinarily disappointing.

Information & Tidbits

Josh Allen’s 40.5 fantasy factors have been essentially the most scored by any quarterback in historical past in both Week 17 of a season or his staff’s 16th scheduled sport of the season, breaking Matt Flynn’s earlier mark of 39.2 factors set in 2011. That gave Allen a complete of 208.1 factors to conclude his rookie season, which is the 11th-best whole by any rookie quarterback in historical past — and remember that all 10 quarterbacks forward of him made greater than his 11 begins, and eight of them made at the least 15 begins. … Although he didn’t play in Week 17, Antonio Brown completed the 2018 season with 323.7 PPR fantasy factors, the sixth consecutive season he has scored at the least 300. He’s the one huge receiver in historical past who can declare a streak of that size, and solely Jerry Rice (7) has extra 300-point seasons in an NFL profession amongst huge receivers. … Derrick Henry scored a mixed 105.eight PPR fantasy factors through the four-week fantasy playoffs (Week 14-17), most by any participant throughout that point span. Within the course of, Henry turned solely the third participant since at the least 1950 to rating 200-plus factors in a season, whereas scoring extra factors from Weeks 14-17 mixed than he did from Weeks 1-13, as he scored 95.5 factors from Weeks 1-13 and 201.three for the season. Patrick Jeffers, in 1999, scored 244.eight factors for the season (112.2 by means of Week 13 and 132.6 from Weeks 14-17), whereas Kevan Barlow, in 2003, scored 202.1 factors for the season (100.eight by means of Week 13 and 101.three from Weeks 14-17).

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