Man, did we have a crazy 2018 fantasy football season or what?! This season seemed to be a year full of surprises, disappointments and everything in between. Key players were plagued by nagging injuries, guys sat out for an entire season, and many of the seasons top performers came from new faces. What this all means is there were plenty of players we missed on and plenty of guys we were right on.
Aaron Larson and I give you our best and worst from the 2018 fantasy football season. And don’t forget to share your hit and misses in the comments below or on the Twitter post itself.
Right: Tyler Lockett
It seems like every season there are plenty of late round wide receivers that float to the top. In 2017, guys like Marvin Jones Jr. rewarded their fantasy owners with great seasons. This season, a guy that I was all over had a similar impact. Tyler Lockett came into the 2018 season as the defacto #2 WR for the Seattle Seahawks. Gone were Paul Richardson and Jimmy Graham from 2017, so the available targets and touchdowns were there for Lockett. Lockett scored 10 TD’s this season, to go along with his 57 catches for 965 yards. He rewarded his fantasy teams with a touchdown in six of his teams first seven games. The receptions were not as high as I expected from Lockett, but the yards and touchdowns made up for it.
Wrong: Jay Ajayi
I might be alone on this one, but I thought Jay Ajayi would have a bounce-back year. Call it wishful thinking, but it seemed like the opportunity was there for the taking. Ajayi gave me and many other fantasy owners some hope to start 2018, but that all came crashing down soon after. Ajayi scored two touchdowns on opening night to led the Eagles backfield against the Falcons. But in the three games that followed, he totaled only 30 carries for 122 yards. Then, week 5 against the Vikings, the former Boise State star tore his ACL and ended his 2018 campaign. For a guy that was being drafted in rounds 4-6, it was a huge disappointment.
Right: Nick Chubb
As the fantasy draft season ramped up, I pegged Nick Chubb as one of my favorite late round values. I noted the recent history of rookie running backs unexpectedly taking over backfields. I wasn’t sold on Carlos Hyde as a legit workhorse back, though I couldn’t have predicted he would be shipped off to Jacksonville after week six.
Before the Hyde trade, Chubb never saw more than three carries in a single game. He gave everyone a preview of just how explosive he could be in week four when he turned three carries into 105 yards and two touchdowns against the Raiders. Once he got the starting gig, he averaged 17.6 carries per game and even caught 25 passes after not catching any passes while Hyde was in Cleveland. Chubb finished the season as the RB15 in standard scoring, not bad for a player that was being drafted in the tenth round in August.
Wrong: Tyrod Taylor/Baker Mayfield
Though I was able to make the right call on the Browns running back situation in August, I couldn’t have been more wrong about the quarterback situation. I was slow to join the Baker hype, and thought that Tyrod Taylor would do just enough for Cleveland to keep Mayfield on the bench for at least half of the season, if not longer. I also thought Taylor’s quarterback style would fit well with Jarvis Landry and David Njoku, while his rushing floor would make him a startable fantasy option for the majority of the year.
If it hadn’t been for Taylor’s concussion and Mayfield’s subsequent win over the Jets in week three, Hue Jackson might have stubbornly stuck with his initial plan all season. Fortunately for the Browns, and the fantasy football world, there was no sending Baker back to the bench. Mayfield certainly proved me wrong, and after breaking Andrew Luck’s rookie touchdown records, I’m finally on the Baker bandwagon.