Top Fantasy Football Steals For 2019
Philadelphia Eagles, QB, Carson Wentz
Average Draft Position (ADP) standard non-PPR: 7.07
The story in Carson Wentz’s career thus far has been directly related to his ability to remain healthy and stay on the field. Starting in 16 games as a rookie, Wentz has dealt with a torn ACL (2017) and a back injury (2018) that caused him to miss both postseasons, as well as eight regular season games. Wentz – when healthy – is one of the most exciting quarterbacks in the NFL, as his ability to extend plays, create chunk plays out of structure and outside the pocket, and ability to gain yardage using his legs is among the upper echelon in the league today. In three seasons, Wentz has a total of 10,152 passing yards, 70 touchdowns, 542 rushing yards, and two rushing touchdowns. The Eagles have surrounded the signal caller with one of the top offensive lines in football, a stable of running backs who offer many differing skill-sets, and a group of talented pass catchers which include Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, and newly acquired deep-threat DeSean Jackson. The team surrounding Wentz is ready to produce offense in spades, so long as the most important man on the team can remain healthy.
Arizona Cardinals, WR, Christian Kirk
Average Draft Position (ADP) standard non-PPR: 8.01
If there was ever any head coach and quarterback combo that could take the league by storm, it’s the duo of Kliff Kingsbury and rookie first-overall draft pick Kyler Murray. Not much is known about the two in terms of NFL circles as neither has operated within the confines of the NFL – yet, though it’s safe to assume the projection will lead to an innovative and fun offense. Kingsbury is known for his prowess as an offensive coach, and Murray is an electric-yet-diminutive quarterback with a strong and accurate arm. That’s where WR Christian Kirk comes into play. Kirk – who had a solid rookie season – is likely the main beneficiary in Arizona as it pertains to the new duo at HC an QB. Kirk registered a 43/590/3 line as a rookie playing on the worst team in the league, with a quarterback who looked outmatched, and a remaining offensive roster that simply wasn’t up to par. Kirk’s electric route running ability, speed, and open-field shiftiness will accentuate a strong connection between himself and his new quarterback.
Philadelphia Eagles, WR, DeSean Jackson
Average Draft Position (ADP) standard non-PPR: 10.07
A “breakout” may seem like a strange proposition for a nearly 33-year old receiver, but it’s exactly what I expect from WR DeSean Jackson. Jackson – who spent the first six years of his career in Philadelphia – returns to the most successful stop in his career, in an absolutely loaded offense and a coaching staff who’s likely to use his ability correctly. The Eagles have sorely lacked a true downfield threat the past few seasons, which is exactly why they traded for Jackson. The allowed departure of slot receiver Golden Tate and demotion of Nelson Agholor should speak volumes as to what the Eagles expect of Jackson. Carson Wentz’s ability to extend plays outside of the pocket with his legs is another reason to believe the connection can become potent, and that doesn’t include mentioning that the Eagles’ offensive line is one of the top units in the league. When looking at a loaded offense that’ll have the ability to run the ball and pass all over the field, Jackson becomes one of the intriguing weapons included in the high-powered offense because of his ability to hit knockout blows by way of deep receptions and long touchdowns.
Chicago Bears, RB, David Montgomery
Average Draft Position (ADP) standard non-PPR: 3.12
The path to playing time may be a bit crowded for Montgomery as he’ll compete with receiving back Tarik Cohen and free agent signing Mike Davis for playing time, though Montgomery will prove to be the best runner of all three. Montgomery is a rookie who was drafted in the third-round (73rd overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. Montgomery’s skills were on full display in his first preseason action as he touched the ball four times for 20 yards and one touchdown, though the box score stats simply didn’t encapsulate just how good Montgomery was. His ability to change directions and routinely churn his legs to create more yardage is in the upper echelon of runners. Former Bears’ running back Jordan Howard was traded in the offseason, opening a combined 270 touches in the backfield, with Montgomery having the potential to grab a lot of those.