The best of the 2018 Fantasy Football season
The 2018 fantasy football season is in the books. There were highs, there were lows. There were championship trophies hoisted, and rooms made in the trash bins (like me in most of my leagues).
It’s definitely fun to look ahead and get excited for what’s to come in the 2019 season. It’s equally as fun, however, to look back at 2018 — to reminisce on what transpired during a wild fantasy season, regardless of what placing you ended up in.
Who knows — you might look back and remember something that proves fruitful next year.
Alright, enough babbling. Let’s get into the best moments of the 2018 fantasy football season!
Patrick Mahomes becomes immortal
We didn’t exactly know what Mahomes would bring to fantasy football. Sure, he lit up the scoreboard at Texas Tech with consistency, but we all know college isn’t the same as the NFL. Sure, he would join an Andy Reid-crafted offense with a plethora of weapons, but would he be a drastic change from Alex Smith?
Mahomes played one game in 2017. There wasn’t much for fantasy players to go by in order to invest a mid-round draft pick on him. He had an 11th round ADP in standard Yahoo leagues in 2018.
But if you did draft him, congratulations. You got a gift that kept on giving and giving and giving …
Mahomes was what every fantasy owner hopes to get in their drafts: a destroyer of worlds, a points vacuum, an asset that strikes fear in opponents. The second-year passer scored a whopping total of 417 fantasy points — good for best all-time among fantasy QBs.
Nine games with 3+ touchdowns; 10 games with 300+ passing yards. Oh, and if fantasy isn’t enough, he also threw for 50 touchdowns and over 5000 passing yards. I mean, what else is there to say but #ThankYouPatrick. Speaking of which …
The Kansas City Chiefs vs the Los Angeles Rams (Week 11)
It’s easy to say that fantasy is all about the players. That fantasy managers don’t care about context; all that matters is that final stat line. Yet, one can argue that this game brought fantasy and reality together in a beautiful way.
The Rams won, 54-51 — a score rarely seen in professional football. Don’t let it fool you, however — the spectacle featured some dazzling defensive plays as well.
Mahomes threw SIX touchdown passes. Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce all went over 100 yards receiving (Hill actually went over 200).
Jared Goff threw for a sterling 413 yards and four touchdowns. Brandin Cooks went over 100 yards while Robert Woods, Josh Reynolds and Gerald Everett all caught touchdowns.
In fact, the one fantasy asset who didn’t particularly “wow” was the one everyone expected to do so: Todd Gurley. But hey, he still went over 90 total yards, so it could’ve been worse (and considering what he did in the season as a whole, he’s allowed a couple of “subpar” games).
Gurley’s surprisingly quiet outing aside, this game produced a magical experience that will remain in the minds of fantasy players and football fans — both casual and diehard — for years to come.
The rise (return?) of the running QB
Passing has become the hallmark of NFL offenses in recent years. Quarterbacks have become so prolific at airing it out that many began to question the viability of the workhorse back and the validity of college-style option plays in today’s NFL. It’s all about the passing yards, the passing touchdowns.
Well, don’t tell that to a couple of rookie signal callers.
Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen emerged around midseason; Jackson due to an injury to Joe Flacco, and Allen returning from his own injury. They instantly set the fantasy world on fire with their wheels and big-play ability. In fact, since Jackson took over in Week 10, both rookies were top-15 fantasy QB options for the rest of the season — ahead of the likes of Jared Goff, Kirk Cousins, Cam Newton and Tom Brady.
The emergence of Phillip Lindsay
Let’s face it: Lindsay was the waiver wire pickup of the year for many fantasy leagues. If you were savvy enough to actually draft him, good on you.
By the time many of us reached our draft days, however, it was Royce Freeman, not Lindsay, who many people had on their radar as the back to have in Denver.
Then came Week 1, and the rest was history. The undrafted rookie delivered a magical season, out-performing the talented Freeman over and over. Unfortunately, his season would end prematurely thanks to a wrist injury, but he still finished as a top-15 fantasy back and will undoubtedly earn a high ADP come 2019.
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