2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: The Next Breakout Rookie RB?

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  • With the first round of the NFL Draft in the books, our experts have updated their 2019 fantasy football rankings.
  • The rankings are a consensus of the top 150 players as projected by Sean Koerner, Chris Raybon and Matthew Freedman.

Only eight skill position players were selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft: Three quarterbacks, one running back, two wide receivers and a pair of Iowa tight ends.

Still, with landing spots for some of the top rookies now accounted for and the heart of free agency in the rearview, our trio of experts — Sean Koerner, Chris Raybon and Matthew Freedman — have updated their fantasy football rankings for the 2019 season.

We’ll meet our experts and get their takeaways on their individual rankings at the bottom, but first let’s dig into their consensus top 150.

2019 Fantasy Football Rankings

Note: Tyreek Hill has been barred indefinitely from team activities while the Chiefs look into the audio recording released on Thursday. 

Meet Our Fantasy Football Rankings Experts

Sean Koerner is The Action Network’s Director of Predictive Analytics and was the No. 1 in-season FantasyPros ranker from 2015 to 2017.

His takeaway: It was no surprise to see the Cardinals draft Kyler Murray first overall. He’s going to be an ideal QB2 to take a flier on this season.

The player who saw the biggest boost to their fantasy stock based on landing spot was N’Keal Harry with the Patriots. He doesn’t have much competition behind Julian Edelman for targets and could fill in the loss of Gronk in the red zone quite well.

Chris Raybon is a Senior Editor at The Action Network and a co-host of “I’ll Take That Bet” on ESPN+. He’s watched every play of every NFL game since 2010.

His takeaway: Remember the time when Todd Gurley was not good for a long stretch? Not during the Super Bowl run, but when he was in Jeff Fisher jail and averaged 3.2 yards per carry in 2016? Gurley’s situation then reminds a lot of David Johnson’s now — the right changes have been made at head coach with Kliff Kingsbury and at quarterback with Kyler Murray, and veterans such as Marcus Gilbert have been brought in to shore up the O-line.

DJ is healthy and is still hungry for the 1,000/1,000 season that’s been eluding him.

Matthew Freedman is the Editor-in-Chief of fantasy content for The Action Network and FantasyLabs.

His takeaway: I’m struck by the number of rookies I’ve removed from my top 150. Right after the Super Bowl, when our initial 2019 rankings were released, I was very bullish on this draft class. But the running backs widely disappointed at the combine, and many of the wide receivers are inconsistent.

There are really only two rookies whose 2019 fantasy prospects I like: Murray and Josh Jacobs. Otherwise, I’m expecting little from the incoming group of first-year players.

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