Koerner, Raybon, Freedman: Way-Too-Early 2019 Fantasy Football Rankings
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- Let our fantasy football experts -- Sean Koerner, Chris Raybon and Matthew Freedman -- help get you ready to dominate your 2019 fantasy football drafts.
- Koerner, Raybon and Freedman rank their first-round picks for the PPR format.
Only one game remains in Week 16, so not all 2018 fantasy football championships have been decided, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead to next year.
Here are the official 2019 Action Network Fantasy Football Rankings for the first round of point-per-reception (PPR) redraft leagues, as determined by our intrepid crew of experts: Sean Koerner, Chris Raybon and Matthew Freedman.
For the complete breakdown on how our experts ranked each players, check out the table at the bottom of the article.
1.01: Todd Gurley (RB), Los Angeles Rams
Sean Koerner: Gurley is coming off another season as the top running back and entering his prime on one of the top offenses in football.
Chris Raybon: Gurley has piled up 1.38 touchdowns per game since head coach Sean McVay took over but enters the final week of 2018 averaging 22.5 touches per game, trailing Elliott by 2.9.
Matthew Freedman: Gurley has averaged 135.3 yards from scrimmage per game under McVay. He’s a consummate three-down back.
1.02: Saquon Barkley (RB), New York Giants
Sean Koerner: After passing even his high expectations, Barkley could improve in his sophomore season if the Giants go with a free-agent veteran like Nick Foles to be their quarterback next season and take some of the defensive attention away.
Chris Raybon: Barkley has overcome substandard quarterback and offensive line play to post top-three numbers as a rookie through 15 games.
Matthew Freedman: Entering the draft, Barkley was the best running back prospect of the past decade. With one game left and 87 receptions, he’s just one reception short of Reggie Bush’s rookie record for running backs.