There’s a lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-yous to projecting the 2019 season for fantasy drafts. And, uh, lotta strands to keep in my head. Lotta strands in old Bloomer's head. Let’s lay them out.
This offensive line has been hit harder by injuries than any unit in the league and they needed the time this summer to find a combination of five players and slot that works and gelled more than any other line in the league. Welp. Zay Jones and Robert Foster are clearly behind John Brown and Cole Beasley in the pecking order, but the line woes may just turn Allen back into a rushing yards monster and ill-advised deep ball waiting to happen on broken plays. Devin Singletary has the look of a player who will get to lead this backfield by the end of the year (update: or by Week 1), I’m just not sure what that will be worth unless the line comes together during the season.
This team is going to be 2018 Cardinals bad. You were warned. There’s no reason to dabble in a two or three-headed backfield in an offense this bad. It doesn’t matter who is starting at quarterback. Kenny Stills would be better off for fantasy if he was released. Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant might not be 100% yet. Baltimore, New England, Dallas, and the Chargers to open sounds like four blowout losses.
New England Patriots
Josh Gordon could be one of the hits of 2019 drafts if he stays on the field and ruin the ceiling of everyone else in this passing game in the process. He’s the Patriot pass-catcher (including James White) to target in the mid-rounds. Gordon was a focal point when Rob Gronkowski was out last year and he obviously riffs well with Tom Brady. Sony Michel looks even better than last year and he should be more involved in the passing game. Damien Harris looks good but needs a Michel injury to matter. Rex Burkhead’s fate will affect the final level of Michel, White and Harris’s weekly ceiling - maybe Bill O’Brien will throw them a late-round pick for him. Tom Brady is a big winner from Gordon’s return, as is Michel, as this offense will be on the field more and for longer drives, with a higher percentage of touchdowns at the end of them. This team could rumble to a 7-0 start if they beat the Steelers at home to open because the next six are Miami, Buffalo, Jets, Washington, Giants, Jets. Sony Michel could have 800 rushing yards and 10 scores by Week 8.
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