Watching football on Sundays is not a requirement to play fantasy football—and many fantasy football players do not watch a second of the sport but still have a ton of fun having certain players on their team. However, for fantasy players that do watch the games (and Sunday Ticket or the RedZone channel to watch every game helps), these are the most fun guys to have on your roster in 2019.
Anyone that had Patrick Mahomes on their fantasy team last year surely knows he’s a fun player to have racking up fantasy points, and a big part of what makes him so fun is his big-play ability. With a rocket arm that allows him to hit targets anywhere on the field, the 2018 league MVP will rack up the points in bunches, and his scrambling ability—including to buy time behind the line of scrimmage before firing strikes or no-look passes to his receivers—is a massive bonus. Aside from the most diehard fans of rival teams to the Chiefs, everyone would love to have Mahomes on their fantasy team.
Who wouldn’t want the consensus top overall fantasy player on their roster this season, especially someone as exciting as Saquon Barkley? The Giants star entered the league and put up massive fantasy points right away, including in Week 1 against a then-vaunted Jaguars defense. Barkley’s opponent doesn’t matter, as he’s too talented not to do damage if he’s given 20-25+ touches in a game, and he has the monstrous upside to win weeks himself. He’s similar to Mahomes in that it’s showtime every time he has the ball in his hands, as there’s a chance he’ll do something truly spectacular. It also helps that Barkley is one of the most likable guys in the league.
Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster arguably has the best social media game in the NFL, and he brings that personality right to the football field, with energetic celebrations—so far after two seasons, it’s been anything from a Dragon Ball Z super move, to a re-enactment of a past event, to the Fortnite dance. JuJu connects with younger generations via his celebrations, and fantasy owners of all ages can’t help but enjoy it, too—especially because Smith-Schuster celebrates in a mature manner that typically isn’t disrespectful to opponents.
In perhaps the funniest exchange on the field last season, 49ers tight end George Kittle made it clear that he has his “fantasy coaches” in mind when he’s trying to score touchdowns and get fantasy points.
George Kittle cares about your fantasy team.
Kittle said he talked to Aaron Donald while his 10-yard TD was being reviewed last week.
Donald: "Man, you didn't get in?"
Kittle: "I had to get in because my fantasy coaches need me to get more points."
— Joe Fann (@Joe_Fann) October 24, 2018
Aside from Kittle being all in as a fantasy football team member for millions of people, he has the personality of a WWE wrestler—but he’d be a face for your fantasy team, not a heel.
There’s something about All-Pro tight ends and big personalities, as Travis Kelce came after Patriots great Rob Gronkowski and before Kittle as a flamboyant wrestling-like persona at the position. If you’re into seeing your fantasy players dance in the end zone after a score, look no further than Kelce. Coming off a season with 103 receptions for 1,336 yards and ten touchdowns, Kansas City’s weapon in middle of the field puts up receiver-like numbers at a shallow fantasy position.
For those that watch the games, it’s easy to get frustrated when someone on your fantasy team isn’t on the field for a few plays or an entire series. That isn’t an issue with Christian McCaffrey. Last year, the Panthers left their dynamic running back on the field for over 94% of the snaps in 13 of the 15 games excluding Week 17, and he literally did not leave the field on offense for eight games. That reliability, paired with McCaffrey’s team-first mindset and been-there-before attitude, could be appealing for many people.
McCaffrey had an NFL-record 107 receptions for a running back last season, so that was another bonus for him in PPR scoring. Saints running back Alvin Kamara is another extremely fun player to roster in PPR formats in particular. He’s remarkably consistent, with 81 receptions in each of his first two NFL season—along with 700+ rushing yards, 700+ receiving yards, and 13+ touchdowns in each of those years. There aren’t many players more fun to watch than Kamara than when he pinballs off defenders using his superior contact-balance and makes his way to the end zone.