Do you ever find yourself drafting the same players, completing countless mock drafts with look-alike bench rosters, or gravitate towards certain studs in the late rounds?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s perfectly normal to prefer certain players more than others. In today’s article, I will highlight “my guys,” the gems that I like a little bit more than the rest of the fantasy football community.
And, as always, feel free to shoot me a tweet on Twitter with your own list.
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers | WR7 | STF Overall Rank: #16
It’s hard to find wide receivers in the league that are more consistent than Evans. Since his selection in 2013, the 26-year old has recorded five straight seasons with 1,000 receiving yards or more while averaging 8 touchdowns per campaign. In 2018, he blazed his way to the Buccaneers’ all-time franchise record for receiving yards in a single season (1,524) and became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 6,000 career receiving yards. It’s absolutely laughable that he wasn’t even considered for the Pro Bowl.
There are no secrets with Evans, no injury concerns, no questionable off-field behavior. The 6’5” behemoth has transformed himself into one of the most trustworthy weapons in the NFL, stuffing the stat sheet despite spotty quarterback play and a lack of overall star power on the roster for the majority of his career. There’s no safer pick in your fantasy football draft.
Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears | RB15 | STF Overall Rank: #32
The Bears wouldn’t have gotten rid of Jordan Howard, a consistent runner with 3,000+ rushing yards and 24 touchdowns through his first three seasons, if they weren’t confident that Cohen could be a much bigger threat. Cohen was a PPR gem last season, hauling in 71 receptions for 725 receiving yards (10.2 YPC) and five touchdowns. He also added another 444 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Chicago has mentioned that they would like to decrease Cohen’s workload, but I actually don’t interpret this as a bad thing. Standing at a mere 5’6” and 179 lbs, Cohen simply isn’t cut out for a bell-cow role. Howard’s replacement, David Montgomery, is more of a downhill runner and won’t take away targets from his pass-catching partner. Cohen is best when he is making plays with his speed, agility, and soft hands. HIs area of excellence has never been running down the middle, anyway. So, as long as Trubisky keeps targeting his no. 1 playmaker, he’ll be a star no matter what.
Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders | RB22 | STF Overall Rank: #48
Earlier in the summer, I highlighted Jacobs as the running back from the 2019 class with the best chance of replicating Saquon Barkley’s impressive rookie season. That may not be entirely realistic, but I fully expect Jacobs to have a significant role in the Raiders’ offense. Jon Gruden doesn’t draft projects, he drafts players that will fit well in his system and be able to contribute right away. Jacobs, a dual-threat option at Alabama, managed to become the top running back prospect in the country despite only recording a single start last season. He runs hard and refuses to go down at first contact. You would only be kidding yourself if you believe Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington are serious contenders for Oakland’s feature role.
Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals | WR28 | STF Overall Rank: #59
Kliff Kingsbury’s decision to grab Kyler Murray with the no. 1 overall pick was good news for Kirk. The two actually played together for a season at Texas Tech when Murray was a freshman. Now, both are in a system that is tailor-made to their best trait: speed. Kirk is a wizard in open space, solid route runner, and he’s been praised by his new head coach for having a good grasp of the offense. Kirk is also one of the few receivers on Arizona’s roster with substantial professional experience. His price has shot up in recent weeks, but it’s worth paying if Murray and the new-look Cardinals are as advertised.
Keke Coutee, Houston Texans | WR40 | STF Overall Rank: #92
I’ve mentioned previously in other articles how excited I am about watching Coutee play a full season. In limited action, the slot man established an undeniable rapport with Deshaun Watson. In his first NFL game, Watson put his new speedster to work, targeting Coutee 15 times. While upper leg injuries prevented him from staying on the field, the two later connected on 11 catches for 110 receiving yards and a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs. Bottom line? When Coutee was on the field, Watson would look his way, which is evident from Coutee’s 41 targets in just six games. If something were to happen to Will Fuller, who has also missed significant time due to injuries over the years, expect Coutee’s production to spike.
Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings | QB18 | STF Overall Rank: #140
Yes, Cousins underwhelmed in his first season in Minnesota. However, nobody talks about how Cousins’ stats from 2018 are almost identical to Philip Rivers, who is currently being selected a full three rounds earlier in drafts. Despite failing to meet expectations, Cousins remains at the helm of one of the most potent offenses in the NFL. There are plenty of mouths to feed on the Vikings and there is mounting pressure on Cousins to deliver on his payday. I’m willing to bet he rises to the occasion.
Cole Topham is an 18-year old sportswriter from Salt Lake City, UT. He is the lead editor and founder of snacktimefantasy.com. Besides journalism, his passions include fantasy rankings, drinking chai lattes, rock climbing, and absurd amounts of hair paste. Follow him on Twitter at @HamAnalysis.