We’re now 9 weeks through the 2018 season, so halfway through the fantasy season. By this point, you likely know if your team has a fighting chance or is out of it. For those of you that are out of it, your attention has likely already turned to the 2019 draft class. As such, I wanted to briefly highlight some players that you should keep an eye on if you find yourself in that position.
- Justin Herbert- The 6’6” Oregon Quarterback is pegged by many as a potential number 1 pick. The big QB has a strong arm and has the ability to make all the throws. He needs to work on his consistency and develop his ability to progress through reads. His size is ideal at the position and he possesses all the tools desired for an NFL starter. Through his first 8 games of the season, Herbert has thrown for 2,069 yards, 20 TDs, 6 INTs, with a 59.6% completion percentage.
- Ryan Finley- The 6’3” NC State Quarterback is arguably the most accurate in the draft class. Finley is a clean and error fee QB. However, he occasionally struggles with read progressions and stares down his primary target. Through 7 games, Finley has 2,250 yards, 13 TDs, 6 INTs, with a 66.8% completion percentage.
- Drew Lock– The Missouri product possibly has the biggest cannon in this class. Noone doubts Lock’s arm strength, however, the gunslinger occasionally tends to force throws or overthrow them. Lock will likely take time to develop at the next level, but teams tend to be attracted to the big arms. Through 8 games, Lock has 2,144 TDs, 16 TDs, 6 INTs, and a 60.6% completion percentage.
- N’Keal Harry- There are worries that Harry may not be explosive enough for the NFL. There are concerns that the 6’4” WR will be another Laquon Treadwell, but I love him. Particularly when he can make catches like this:
Just let N’Keal Harry go pro now. Like midgame pic.twitter.com/alhA4Y6vlL
— Barstool Sports (@barstooltweetss) October 27, 2018
He’s also returning punts 100 yards, so I have no worries with his athleticism. The Arizona State Sun Devil currently has 667 yards and 6 TDs in 8 games.
- AJ Brown– AJ Brown is just a complete WR. He has great hands, routes, and physicality. He’s elite at making plays after the catch and breaking tackles. The Ole Miss wideout has 60 receptions for 805 yards and 5 TDs in 8 games so far in 2018.
- Marquise Brown- Hollywood Brown has to be one of the most explosive and fastest athletes in this class. The Sooner is said to run a 4.35 40-yard dash and can score whenever he touches the football (in a Tyreek Hill fashion). He’s been compared to TY Hilton and Will Fuller. Through 7 games, Brown has 738 yards and 7 TDs.
- Albert Okwuegbunam– That’s quite a mouthful. The 6’5 TE has developed quite a rapport with Drew Lock. So much so that he already has 420 yards and 5 TDs in 8 games. Albert is big, strong, fast and has fantastic receiving skills in the red zone. There are rumors that he could also run a 40-yard dash in the 4.5s. He may be an OJ Howard-esque prospect.
- Noah Fant– Fant may have 3 down potential immediately following his entry to the league. The 6’5” Junior TE has 31 receptions for 368 yards and 6 TDs in 8 games this year. Fant can certainly work on his blocking once in the league, but for fantasy purposes, I could see him being an instant TD threat. You can check out his playmaking ability here:
Need A Playmaking TE in next year’s draft? #Iowa TE Noah Fant 6’5 241lbs is a that guy. Iowa lines him up all over the field and Noah is a matchup nightmare for DBs and LBs.
31 recs 367 yards 6 TDs this year so far pic.twitter.com/ahqbztVYlb
— Jared Tokarz (@NFLDraftInsider) October 30, 2018
- Bryce Love– Love was a favorite of many drafters in 2018, hoping he’d enter the draft then. The 2017 Doak Walker winner and Heisman runner-up was a stud for the Cardinals. In 2017 he had 2,117 yards and 19 TDs whilst averaging over 8 YPC. Love hasn’t been quite as good this year with a couple of naggings injuries and teams stacking the box against him. However, he’s still expected to be one of the first RBs off the board.
- Damien Harris- Harris only has 250 yards in 2018, but that’s primarily because of Alabamas dominance. Blowing everyone out means he doesn’t need to be on the field much, but when he is, he’s averaging over 9 YPC. Additionally, he hasn’t seen many looks in the passing game but that doesn’t mean he can’t do it. I expect Harris to rise on draft boards as the year goes on.
- Devin Singletary– This one is just purely a favorite of mine. Singletary caught my eye after rushing for 1,796 yards and 29 TDs in 2017. Absolutely crazy numbers when you find out he’s 5’7”. He already has 12 TDs in 2018 and I feel as though he’s the type of prospect that can go anywhere from 1st round to the 4th round. I’ll be keeping my eye on him and will likely release an article on Singletary soon. For a small guy, he sure can break a tackle:
Devin Singletary impressed me tonight. Quite a few tackles avoided on this one pic.twitter.com/8yfV8pTxJ6
— Louie Benjamin (@PFF_Louie) October 27, 2018