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Fantasy football rankings: The 192 players who should be drafted in 2019

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The fantasy football offseason is nearly upon us, which means it's time to start looking ahead to 2019.

Yes, the next fantasy season is many months away and the below rankings will be impacted in a significant way by free agency, the draft, retirements and much more. Nonetheless, we need to start somewhere, so below is the first run of "The 192" for 2019.

Why 192? Fantasy leagues come in all shapes in sizes, but many have settled into leagues featuring 12 teams and 16 players. "The 192" is a list of the 192 players who should be drafted (and thus rostered) in a 12-team, 16-round, PPR league with relatively standard scoring and lineup settings. The players are technically listed in the order they should be drafted, though it's important to remember that drafts are fluid and your decisions should be altered based on what's left on the board and your previous selections.

So what if you're in an eight-team league? Or a 16-teamer? "The 192" can still help you win, but you'll certainly need to make tweaks in the mid-to-late rounds. For example, in a smaller league, you may want to wait even longer at quarterback since the position is so deep. In deeper leagues, running backs and tight ends should be more of a priority as those positions lack depth and could leave you with a weak spot if you wait until it's too late.

The 192 should serve as a simple guide to help you maximize the value of your starting lineup while making the best possible decision every round.

For a deeper look, here is an early 2019 PPR cheat sheet

1. Todd Gurley II, LAR, RB1

Some people will get cute and go another direction, but Gurley is a near lock to be the consensus No. 1 overall pick in 2019 fantasy drafts. He deserves it after pacing the position in fantasy points in 2017 and finishing within the weekly top 10 a position-high 11 times in 2018.

2. Saquon Barkley, NYG, RB2
3. Christian McCaffrey, CAR, RB3
4. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL, RB4
5. Alvin Kamara, NO, RB5
6. Melvin Gordon, LAC, RB6

The running back position was rejuvenated with young backs playing workhorse roles, and fantasy managers will be itching to grab one early. Is it worth the risk considering the high injury rate? Yes, when it's a clear, feature back set for a significant passing game role. The players in this group fit that bill.

7. Davante Adams, GB, WR1
8. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU, WR2
9. Antonio Brown, PIT, WR3

The first wide receiver off the board will be the subject of much debate this offseason, but Adams gets my vote for now. He leads the position in fantasy points this season, leads the NFL in touchdowns over the past three seasons and has shown an extremely high floor with Aaron Rodgers under center. Brown turns 31 during the offseason and it's fair to wonder whether JuJu Smith-Schuster could pass him next season. For now, the veteran gets the nod.

10. Le'Veon Bell, PIT, RB7
11. Michael Thomas, NO, WR4
12. Joe Mixon, CIN, RB8
13. James Conner, PIT, RB9
14. Julio Jones, ATL, WR5
15. Travis Kelce, KC, TE1
16. Tyreek Hill, KC, WR6
17. Odell Beckham Jr., NYG, WR7
18. JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT, WR8
19. Keenan Allen, LAC, WR9
20. David Johnson, ARI, RB10
21. Nick Chubb, CLE, RB11
22. Dalvin Cook, MIN, RB12
23. Zach Ertz, PHI, TE2
24. Mike Evans, TB, WR10
25. Adam Thielen, MIN, WR11
26. A.J. Green, CIN, WR12
27. Amari Cooper, DAL, WR13
28. Stefon Diggs, MIN, WR14
29. Leonard Fournette, JAC, RB13
30. T.Y. Hilton, IND, WR15
31. Robert Woods, LAR, WR16

Wow. Just look at this overwhelming amount of talent in the second and third rounds of drafts. If you pick toward the end of Round 1, you'll have a shot at three of these players, which would be a terrific start to your draft.

Bell will move up or down some depending on his landing spot, but he's likely ticketed for 20-plus touches per game. Jones is finally scoring touchdowns, but could he start trending down as he turns 30? I'll bet against it happening next season.

Kelce belongs in the first-round discussion as he wraps up a first-place finish in tight end fantasy points for the third straight season, and with Patrick Mahomes under center. Is Fournette just Trent Richardson 2.0? A quarterback upgrade would help him prove otherwise. Woods is the No. 1 wide receiver on the high-scoring Rams offense.

32. Kenny Golladay, DET, WR17
33. Cooper Kupp, LAR, WR18
34. Kerryon Johnson, DET, RB14
35. Brandin Cooks, LAR, WR19
33. George Kittle, SF, TE3
37. Sony Michel, NE, RB15
38. Aaron Jones, GB, RB16
39. Patrick Mahomes, KC, QB1

Mahomes will be the top quarterback off the board in 2019 drafts, but the question is: When is the right time? I say near the Round 3/4 turn. Presumably he'll be drafted earlier than that, but I can't justify going much earlier on a quarterback. In fact, he may end up a bit lower once some roles are solidified during the offseason. Kupp's ACL recovery will be worth monitoring, but he was delivering top-10 numbers before he went down.

40. Devonta Freeman, ATL, RB17
41. Julian Edelman, NE, WR20
42. Allen Robinson, CHI, WR21
43. Derrick Henry, TEN, RB18
44. Phillip Lindsay, DEN, RB19
45. Jarvis Landry, CLE, WR22
46. Corey Davis, TEN, WR23
47. Alshon Jeffery, PHI, WR24
48. Chris Carson, SEA, RB20
49. Marlon Mack, IND, RB21
50. Derrius Guice, WAS, RB22

I have a feeling Freeman will be underrated this offseason. Assuming he's healthy, he'll be positioned for feature back duties and his usual huge goal-line workload in a good Atlanta offense. The 27-year-old still has RB1 upside.

Henry's lack of receiving work remains a concern, but his rushing dominance puts him in the RB2 mix. Can Lindsay do it again in 2019? He benefited from a lot of huge running lanes as a rookie, but he should at least provide some big plays with his exceptional quickness. Mack looks the part, but the Colts could add a body (Le'Veon Bell perhaps?) at the position. We'll need to monitor Guice's ACL recovery, but the 2018 second-rounder is only 21 years old and the ceiling is very high.

51. James White, NE, RB23
52. DJ Moore, CAR, WR25
53. Tyler Boyd, CIN, WR26
54. Doug Baldwin, SEA, WR27
55. Sammy Watkins, KC, WR28
56. Marvin Jones Jr., DET, WR29
57. Rob Gronkowski, NE, TE4
58. Tarik Cohen, CHI, RB24
59. Kenyan Drake, MIA, RB25
60. Jordan Howard, CHI, RB26
61. Jerick McKinnon, SF, RB27
62. Tevin Coleman, ATL, RB28
63. Lamar Miller, HOU, RB29

Could Gronkowski retire? It sure seems like a possibility. Regardless, his dip in usage, especially near the goal line, knocks him down quite a bit. McKinnon is being paid well enough that he figures to get first shot at lead back duties next season, but Matt Breida will surely be involved. UFA Coleman will be hunting for a lead back gig this offseason, but may struggle to land one after mediocre play in place of Freeman.

64. Deshaun Watson, HOU, QB2
65. Robby Anderson, NYJ, WR30
66. Emmanuel Sanders, DEN, WR31
67. Will Fuller V, HOU, WR32
68. Calvin Ridley, ATL, WR33
69. Mike Williams, LAC, WR34
70. Hunter Henry, LAC, TE5
71. Evan Engram, NYG, TE6
72. Aaron Rodgers, GB, QB3
73. Andrew Luck, IND, QB4
74. Cam Newton, CAR, QB5

Watson, Rodgers, Luck and Newton are solid QB1 plays, but none are worth reaching on. As we'll see later, the position is deeper than ever. The Sam Darnold-Anderson battery developed nicely down the stretch and will be a fun one to throw a dart at in 2019 drafts. Henry had 2019 breakout written all over him prior to tearing his ACL last offseason.

75. Duke Johnson Jr., CLE, RB30
76. Mark Ingram II, NO, RB31
77. Chris Godwin, TB, WR35
78. O.J. Howard, TB, TE7
79. Tyler Lockett, SEA, WR36
80. Courtland Sutton, DEN, WR37
81. Dede Westbrook, JAC, WR38
82. Keke Coutee, HOU, WR39
83. DaeSean Hamilton, DEN, WR40
84. LeSean McCoy, BUF, RB32
85. Matt Breida, SF, RB33
86. Royce Freeman, DEN, RB34
87. Rashaad Penny, SEA, RB35
88. Kareem Hunt, FA, RB36
89. Nyheim Hines, IND, RB37
90. Eric Ebron, IND, TE8

Ingram turns 30 years old next season and is headed for free agency. A return to New Orleans might be best for his fantasy value. Godwin will be a fun sleeper if DeSean Jackson departs, as expected, but the second-year receiver disappointed down the stretch while Jackson was out. Lockett and Ebron are strong bets for touchdown regression to the mean. Freeman and Penny are strong bets for larger workloads in their second NFL seasons. The length of Hunt's inevitable suspension will ultimately determine where he lands on draft boards. Once we know where and when he will be playing, then we can better consider where to rank him based on his obvious talent.

91. Matt Ryan, ATL, QB6
92. Drew Brees, NO, QB7
93. Chris Thompson, WAS, RB38
94. Christian Kirk, ARI, WR41
95. Dante Pettis, SF, WR42
96. DeSean Jackson, TB, WR43
97. Demaryius Thomas, HOU, WR44
98. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI, WR45
99. Michael Gallup, DAL, WR46
100. Golden Tate, PHI, WR47
101. Adam Humphries, TB, WR48
102. Sterling Shepard, NYG, WR49
103. Kenny Stills, MIA, WR50
104. Curtis Samuel, CAR, WR51
105. Jamison Crowder, WAS, WR52
106. Dion Lewis, TEN, RB39
107. Austin Ekeler, LAC, RB40
108. Spencer Ware, KC, RB41
109. Peyton Barber, TB, RB42
110. Elijah McGuire, NYJ, RB43
111. Jalen Richard, OAK, RB44

At this point, the core of your team is in place, so we're primarily looking to find WR3 and flex options. Veterans Jackson, Thomas, Fitzgerald, Humphries and Tate could all hit the open market this offseason. Ware will move up this board significantly if he locks down the top spot in Kansas City, but expect them to draft or sign an impact back.

112. David Njoku, CLE, TE9
113. Delanie Walker, TEN, TE10
114. Austin Hooper, ATL, TE11
115. Greg Olsen, CAR, TE12
116. Jared Cook, OAK, TE13
117. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT, QB8
118. Jared Goff, LAR, QB9
119. Russell Wilson, SEA, QB10
120. Tom Brady, NE, QB11
121. Philip Rivers, LAC, QB12
122. Carson Wentz, PHI, QB13

If you haven't already, this will be a good point in the draft to select a tight end and especially a quarterback. Every player here has top-5 upside at their respective positions.

123. Marqise Lee, JAC, WR53
124. Michael Crabtree, BAL, WR54
125. Robert Foster, BUF, WR55
126. Zay Jones, BUF, WR56
127. Devin Funchess, CAR, WR57
128. Marquise Goodwin, SF, WR58
129. Nelson Agholor, PHI, WR59
130. Albert Wilson, MIA, WR60
131. John Brown, BAL, WR61
132. Willie Snead IV, BAL, WR62
133. Mohamed Sanu, ATL, WR63
134. Randall Cobb, GB, WR64
135. Baker Mayfield, CLE, QB14
136. Mitchell Trubisky, CHI, QB15
137. Lamar Jackson, BAL, QB16
138. Ronald Jones, TB, RB45
139. Gus Edwards, BAL, RB46
140. Isaiah Crowell, NYJ, RB47
141. T.J. Yeldon, JAC, RB48
142. Ito Smith, ATL, RB49
143. D'Onta Foreman, HOU, RB50
144. Jay Ajayi, PHI, RB51
145. Paul Richardson, WAS, WR65
146. Anthony Miller, CHI, WR66
147. James Washington, PIT, WR67
148. DJ Chark, JAC, WR68
149. Chris Herndon IV, NYJ, TE14
150. Jimmy Graham, GB, TE15
151. Jordan Reed, WAS, TE16
152. Kyle Rudolph, MIN, TE17
153. Josh Adams, PHI, RB52
154. Kenneth Dixon, BAL, RB53
155. Carlos Hyde, JAC, RB54
156. Alex Collins, BAL, RB55
157. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB, WR69
158. Kirk Cousins, MIN, QB17
159. Dak Prescott, DAL, QB18
160. Sam Darnold, NYJ, QB19
161. Jimmy Garoppolo, SF, QB20
162. Antonio Callaway, CLE, WR70
163. Jack Doyle, IND, TE18
164. Trey Burton, CHI, TE19
165. Damien Williams, KC, RB56
166. Giovani Bernard, CIN, RB57
167. Theo Riddick, DET, RB58
168. Gerald Everett, LAR, TE20

Late-round flier central. This area of the draft will inevitably be overloaded with rookies and breakout candidates.

169. Bears D/ST, CHI, DST1
170. Jaguars D/ST, JAC, DST2
171. Ravens D/ST, BAL, DST3
172. Vikings D/ST, MIN, DST4
173. Texans D/ST, HOU, DST5
174. Rams D/ST, LAR, DST6
175. Saints D/ST, NO, DST7
176. Bills D/ST, BUF, DST8
177. Broncos D/ST, DEN, DST9
178. Cowboys D/ST, DAL, DST10
179. Patriots D/ST, NE, DST11
180. Chargers D/ST, LAC, DST12
181. Greg Zuerlein, LAR, K1
182. Justin Tucker, BAL, K2
183. Wil Lutz, NO, K3
184. Stephen Gostkowski, NE, K4
185. Ka'imi Fairbairn, HOU, K5
186. Harrison Butker, KC, K6
187. Adam Vinatieri, IND, K7
188. Matt Prater, DET, K8
189. Brett Maher, DAL, K9
190. Mason Crosby, GB, K10
191. Jason Myers, NYJ, K11
192. Robbie Gould, SF, K12

Did you learn nothing from the Jaguars' D/ST this past year? Wait until the final two rounds to select your defense and kicker.