Some teams are just blessed with a roster full of fantasy talent. Below are five teams you should invest in or at least try to get a piece of for fantasy football this season. As always, let me know your thoughts on Twitter at @Snack_TimeFS. Let’s begin the list!
5) New York Giants
Eli Manning isn’t getting any younger, but that’s not a problem for his stars at receiver. Odell Beckham, who’s in a contract year, should be motivated more than ever to regain his top receiver status and earn the big money. Sterling Shepard enjoyed a nice stretch as Manning’s top targets when the Giants were plagued with injuries early last season; he’ll begin the season as the no. 2 option beside Beckham. Evan Engram has a real chance to be a top 5 tight end.
4) Kansas City Chiefs
Although Alex Smith was shipped off to the Redskins after a career year in Kansas City, the offseason Patrick Mahomes hype has gone well through the roof. If the second-year gunslinger is the real deal, Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins should both look forward to tons of targets and looks in the red zone. Kareem Hunt will look to be more consistent in 2018, but he’s still a Top 10 options at running back. Travis Kelce should continue to be a favorite target.
3) Los Angeles Rams
The best team on paper headed into the 2018 season is as advertised in fantasy as well. Jared Goff, who enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign, will have even more options at his disposal. The Rams made an offseason trade for Brandin Cooks, who joins top targets Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp to round out the receiving core. Todd Gurley, my no. 1 overall pick this year for fantasy football, should continue to be his dominant self. Don’t sleep on Los Angeles’ defense…the one-two punch of Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh will rack up sacks and the best secondary in the league (Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters, Lamarcus Joyner, Sam Shields) will do the same with interceptions.
2) New Orleans Saints
The waiver wire gems of 2017, Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, will return to fantasy stardom. You can pencil Drew Brees down to throw for 4,000+ yards again as he fights off Father Time, although his touchdown numbers will dip due to the Saints’ new reliance on the run game. Michael Thomas is a Top 5 option at WR and Ted Ginn/Cameron Meredith aren’t bad options at the no. 2 spot. The young defense that boasts DROY Marshon Lattimore should be a top unit in ’18.
1) Minnesota Vikings
This team is absolutely stacked. Look at any position and you see the potential for fantasy. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs make up an excellent receiving duo (both are ranked in my top 25 for WRs), Dalvin Cook could crack the top 10 overall on the season, and Kirk Cousins arrives via free agency to elevate the entire offense. That’s good news for Kyle Rudolph because Cousins likes to target his tight ends (see Jordan Reed). Oh, and that defense is pretty good too. If you can, get a piece of the Vikings and reap the rewards.
Cole Topham is the lead editor for snacktimefantasy.com and covers the MLB and NFL. He enjoys watching his opponents suffer as he defeats them week after week in his fantasy football/baseball leagues.