Fantasy Football Midseason Review: Stars, Waiver Wire & More

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It’s time for the fantasy football midseason review for 2018-19. With the baseball World Series concluding and NBA and NHL action still in the early going, all sporting eyes are focused on football. And it sure has flown by as midseason has already arrived in the NFL!

Memories of draft day with friends on a warm summer evening are a distant memory. An exciting start to the year powers onward with many unknowns and history making seasons ahead. As a result, this midseason recap needs to cover a lot of ground. We will breakdown the NFL seasons first half, highlight players having exceptional seasons, and help fantasy owners identify players primed for a star second half.

MidSeason Fantasy Football All-Stars

Philip Rivers, QB Los Angeles Chargers
2,236 passing yards 19 TDs, 3 INT

Rivers is the NFL’s active consecutive starts leader with the fourth all time longest streak ever at 200 games played in a row. He is deserving of all possible accolades. Even more impressive, he is having arguably his best season of that long career. With 19 td passes at the midway point, Rivers is on pace to break his 2008 season career high. He’s also having his second most efficient year ever at 67% completion rate. The Chargers are sitting in prime position to earn a postseason berth. Rivers figures to continue his torrid pace towards the finish line.

Best Year Ever Video

Cam Newton, QB Carolina Panthers
1,893 passing yards 15 TDs, 342 rushing yards 4 TDs

With some critics claiming Cam Newton had peaked since his 2015 MVP year and his best days were behind him – think again. Newton has the Panthers sitting at 6-2 and himself back in the MVP discussion. While averaging 22.5 passing touchdowns per season in his 7 year career, Cam is on pace for 30 while also having the same reliable rushing totals that make him such a dynamic force. In order to win the highly competitive NFC South, count on Cam to continue his high usage totals and remain a top 5 fantasy QB.

James White, RB New England Patriots
61 catches 531 receiving yards, 235 rushing. 10 total TDs

Even as a household name after his game winning touchdown in the 2016 Super Bowl, James White had never generated much high ceiling fantasy appeal. Nevertheless, he may be a sane target as a top 10 fantasy RB. Bill Belickick and the Patriots are notorious for rotating players week-to-week. But through multiple injuries and White taking the next step in his development, the role of star Patriots running back is all his. He is currently on pace for a running back reception record of 108 catches. White has also stepped up his rushing totals as a multi option threat and is on pace for 1,361 total yards and 18 TDs. Even with Sony Michel expected back from injury, look for White to continue to be a top tier RB and star in PPR formats.

Alvin Kamara, RB New Orleans Saints
51 catches, 917 total combined yards. 12 TDs

Fantasy owners held their collective breath when Kamara’s running mate Mark Ingram returned from suspension in week 5 fearing reduced usage. Turns out Ingram owners should have been the ones feeling the heat. Kamara has not slowed down and sits as the #2 ranked fantasy running back. His ability to be a punishing runner while still almost unguardable in coverage out of the backfield is frightening. The Saints have the look of a top playoff seed. Along with the home turf stadium, this keeps all Kamara’s production outlook full steam ahead.

Alvin Kamara – Nightmare Matchup for Defenses Video

George Kittle, TE San Francisco 49ers
41 catches 692 yards, 3 TDs

The little known tight end from the University of Iowa has burst onto the NFL scene in his second season. Currently placed as the #3 tight end in fantasy, his yardage pace over a full season would rank in the top 5 all time for single season amongst names like Gronkowski, Tony Gonzalez, and Kellen Winslow. The even more amazing part is that Kittle has been doing this with backup quarterbacks tossing him the pigskin since Jimmy Garoppolo’s ACL injury in week 3.

Trade Season Recap

Unlike Major League Baseball’s trade deadline, which fans treasure dissecting cases for buying or selling, the NFL rarely sees more than one or two in season trades. For all of our benefit the 2018 season proved to buck the trend in a major way.   For fantasy purpose we will skip the defensive players traded and focus on what the new landing spots for traded players forecasts.

Golden Tate, WR
Detroit Lions to Philadelphia Eagles

With an underlying tone of waving the white flag on the season, the Detroit Lions shipped off highly productive wide out Golden Tate to the defending super bowl champions. While moving from a dome home stadium to cold weather venue in Philly, Tate will also have to try and find his pecking order in a deep skill position group. Touchdown machines Alshon Jeffrey and tight end Zack Ertz are set to cut into Tate’s red zone looks. And while being a routine league leader in targets while in Detroit, receiver Nelson Agholor is also deserving of touches as Philly has almost too many mouths to feed. With how much golden chemistry Tate had built up with Matthew Stafford, the initial fantasy forecast for him must be a downgrade.

Demaryius Thomas, WR
Denver Broncos to the Houston Texans

In his 9 seasons with the Denver Broncos Demaryius Thomas claimed many top spots on the team receiving record books. Texans fans are hoping he can emulate their own treasured wideout Andre Johnson in being a big bodied target quarterbacks can rely on to move the chains. To Demaryius delight though, Deshaun Watson is no ordinary quarterback. Similar to Patrick Mahomes season, Watson set the league ablaze with his start last year only to succumb to an ACL injury. While still clearly rusty in the first quarter of 2018, he has since rounded into form and had a 5 TD game against Miami. Thomas has not had a quarterback of this talent since Peyton Manning and will also face single coverage as teams roll coverage to DeAndre Hopkins. His value received a major boost from the jersey swap to Houston.

Amari Cooper, WR
Oakland Raiders to the Dallas Cowboys

SHOCKING NEWS ALERT – Jerry Jones makes a brash controversial personnel decision. While always remaining extremely talented and still young at age 24, Amari Cooper’s NFL career has been anything but the word consistent. Jerry is taking a major risk on the Alabama wideout and must pay him big free agent money at the end of the season while also losing his 1st round pick. Fantasy owners, like Jerry, hope it is all worth it. Cooper gets out of a toxic situation in Oakland, with quarterback Derrick Carr teetering on the edge of suitable QB1 play, and into a turf stadium with an ownership/coaching staff that wants to do everything in its power to make the trade decision look worthwhile. Arrow pointing up!

Waiver Wire Targets

Mike Davis, RB: Seattle Seahawks

Lead back Chris Carson has a dinged up hip and may miss time giving an opening for the talented back out of South Carolina. The Seahawks offense has also shifted its pass happy focus to a bruising rushing attack. They currently sit at 6th in team rushing and will only rely on the ground more heavily as the nasty Northwest weather arrives.

Mike Williams, WR: Los Angeles Chargers

A true boom or bust player, Williams has 4 weeks with touchdowns and the remaining games as flat performances. San Diego faces one of the easiest remaining schedules for opposing pass defenses. For owners looking for a bye week fill in Williams, the former 7th overall draft pick, offers a high risk high reward option

Mike Williams: Rookie Highlights Video

Dez Bryant, WR: New Orleans Saints

While a lot of nostalgic owners will rush out and spend high free agent dollars or waiver wire priority on Dez Bryant, who was recently signed, you should STAY CLEAR. Creating separation was already a struggle for the wideout last season and he will be entering a crowded skill position group. If the pickup price is minimal he may be worth a flier. But, keep production expectations in check based mainly off red zone scores.

Brees and Brady Chase Peyton for Career TDs

Two legendary quarterback have joined the 500 club as they continue to defy father time. To highlight how incredible of an accomplishment that is, Patrick Mahomes would have to continue this season’s historic MVP pace for another 10 straight seasons to achieve the same feat. As fans know, Brady and Brees are still playing prime football. The battle for the top spot of all time figures to come down to when each decides to retire.

Career Passing TD Chart

PlayerCareer Passing Touchdowns
Peyton Manning539
Brett Farve508
Drew Brees*506
Tom Brady*505
Dan Marino420
Philip Rivers361
Eli Manning347

 

There you have it – your Fantasy Football Midseason Review for the 2018-19 season.

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