There’s a lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-yous to projecting the 2019 season for fantasy drafts. And, uh, lotta strands to keep in my head. Lotta strands in old Bloomer's head. Let’s lay them out.
It’s easy to get excited about this offense with the band back together on the offensive line (Zack Martin’s back willing), Kellen Moore bringing the unit into the 21st century and exciting additions and growth at the skill positions. Amari Cooper has been affected enough by injuries in the past to be wary of taking him at or near ADP with his heel/foot injury potentially lingering or becoming an issue again this season. Michael Gallup has been the subject of universal praise and could be a big winner in fantasy if Cooper is inconsistent. This won’t be a high-volume pass offense, so it might be difficult for Randall Cobb and Jason Witten to find paths to value, but everything intersects at Dak Prescott, who could also get a boost from Tony Pollard in the passing game, even after Ezekiel Elliott eventually reports. An opening schedule of the Giants, Washington, and Miami should equal big points for whoever starts at running back.
New York Giants
The game doesn’t look too big for Daniel Jones, which is good news for this offense across the board. The only question now is when Jones will take over. A loss at Dallas to open is tolerable, but if Eli Manning can’t win two of three out of Buffalo and Washington at home and Tampa on the road, the calls for Jones will be loud and unceasing. There isn’t a clear handcuff to Barkley with the Giants likely keeping at least two backs behind him, but let us pray we won’t need to know anything about the backups this year. Golden Tate should be an adequate PPR WR3 when he returns, but is that worth carrying for four weeks of suspension? During that time, Evan Engram should be a big beneficiary, and Sterling Shepard to a lesser extent, assuming his thumb is better after the team inexplicably had him practicing with the injury. The bottom line here is that it is difficult to see either receiver greatly overachieving with Barkley at the center of the offense and middling to poor quarterback play.
This offense could become the NFC’s version of Kansas City, overflowing with big plays and fantasy goodness. The big difference is that there are four potentially relevant receivers and two relevant tight ends, creating a more unpredictable scoring distribution week to week. It all intersects at Carson Wentz and he should be one of your targets at quarterback. Miles Sanders can blow away his ADP if the coaches feel like they have to feed him over Jordan Howard, but Howard is no slouch. Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz aren’t worth the premium they command in drafts with a more level offense. I refuse to go away from Dallas Goedert as a massive breakout candidate even sharing targets because of the mismatches he’ll create. DeSean Jackson’s broken finger is a bummer, but it could get JJ Arcega-Whiteside on the field and they may not be able to put that genie in the bottle, complicating weekly projections even further. Any of these backs, receivers, and tight ends could be outstanding weekly plays if the tree narrows via injury or trade. The best angle on Eagles might be trading for them or adding them on the waiver wire after fantasy players get tired of the ups and downs, and then hoping for developments to consolidate the offense. An opening schedule of Washington, Atlanta, Detroit, and Green Bay should give us an idea of where to slot this team in NFC power rankings.