Most fantasy drafts will be held sometime this week or the next ahead of kickoff of the 2019 NFL season, so it’s time to go over the “All” teams for the year. Over the next three days, the fantasy football 2019 All-Upside, All-Safe, and All-Risk teams will be revealed. Let’s get started with the All-Upside lineup.
QB: Patrick Mahomes
Reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes just threw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in 2018, and it shouldn’t shock anyone if he approaches—or exceeds—those numbers again. Kansas City’s offense is stacked with elite speed at wide receiver, a deep group of running backs, and an All-Pro tight end in Travis Kelce. Especially after Andrew Luck’s retirement, Mahomes is clearly the best bet to lead the NFL in passing touchdowns in 2019.
RB: Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley already racked up 351 touches as a rookie last season, but he might exceed that mark for a Giants team looking to prove the doubters (and there are many loud doubters out there) wrong this year. Some are making the argument that Barkley won’t be as good without Odell Beckham Jr. in the lineup for the Giants, but OBJ wasn’t on the field to end last year for New York, either. Stacked boxes aren’t a big concern for someone with the uber talent that Barkley possesses.
RB: Christian McCaffrey
The next choice for All-Upside running back is difficult, as a few of the guys have some concerns. Todd Gurley is at least expected to have his workload scaled back slightly, Le’Veon Bell is coming off a year without football, Alvin Kamara isn’t a lock to see an increased workload, and Ezekiel Elliott has had a lengthy holdout that might not end. There’s talk that Christian McCaffrey could see less work in certain situations, but that shouldn’t happen down by the goal line when the games actually start and the Panthers look to win. 2,000 total yards and 20 total touchdowns is a possibility.
WR: Julio Jones
Falcons All-Pro Julio Jones says he might mess around and go for 3,000 yards this season. While that won’t actually happen, Jones has an 1,871-yard season under his belt (in 2015) and has that type of potential this year. Jones is a must on the All-Upside team because of his ability to take over a game unlike any other receiver in football.
WR: Davante Adams
Davante Adams is coming off an 111/1,386/13 campaign in 2018, and Aaron Rodgers said Adams should get more targets in 2019. Adams already had 169 targets last year, so he offers monster upside if he really does see an increase in passes thrown his way. The former second-round pick is just 26 years old.
TE: Travis Kelce
George Kittle is also in the mix here, but Travis Kelce gets the slight edge because he plays in the electric Chiefs offense. Kelce is coming off his best season yet with 103 receptions for 1,336 yards and ten touchdowns (career-highs across the board), so the upside is getting wide receiver-caliber numbers at your tight end spot.
FLEX: Damien Williams
This FLEX spot in the All-Upside team could’ve gone to a number of different players, but Damien Williams is the choice because of his scorching touchdown pace to end last season. There’s obviously some risk (he’s the riskiest player on this squad and maybe he’ll make the All-Risk team later this week, too), but there’s 20-touchdown upside if the Chiefs remain a top-tier offense and Williams remains the go-to option in the red zone.