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Fantasy Football 2019: Updated Rankings and Advice for Team Names

Zach Buckley@@ZachBuckleyNBANational NBA Featured ColumnistAugust 20, 2019

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) carries in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Minnesota Vikings in New Orleans, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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Fantasy football rankings are fluid. That's as true in training camp as it will be during the regular season.

Position battles are playing out in front of us. Injuries are thinning the playing field. Contract holdouts are inching away from being talking points and toward becoming legitimate concerns.

So, after laying out our updated top 50 PPR rankings, we'll examine a few stocks that have already shifted this preseason, before pointing you in the right direction for the best possible team names.

                   

2019 Fantasy Football PPR Top-50 Rankings

1. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

2. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers

3. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints

4. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

5. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

6. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

7. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

8. Le'Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets

9. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

10. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers

11. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland Browns

12. Todd Gurley II, RB, Los Angeles Rams

13. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

14. Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

15. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

16. Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

17. Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns

18. Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders

19. James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

20. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

21. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings

22. Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

23. Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions

24. Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

25. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

26. Antonio Brown, WR, Oakland Raiders

27. George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers

28. Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys

29. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

30. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

31. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

32. Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks

33. Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts

34. Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers

35. Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

36. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

37. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings

38. David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears

39. Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

40. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings

41. Brandin Cooks, WR, Los Angeles Rams

42. Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions

43. Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams

44. Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams

45. James White, RB, New England Patriots

46. Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots

47. Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

48. Mark Ingram II, RB, Baltimore Ravens

49. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

50. Josh Gordon, WR, New England Patriots

                  

Fantasy Football Stock Report

Stock Up: Josh Gordon

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 09:  Josh Gordon #10 of the New England Patriots runs with the ball against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Josh Gordon's reinstatement to the NFL should lead to his reappearance as a legitimate fantasy option.

That's probably underselling his potential in the new-look New England offense.

Tom Brady needs a new safety net with Rob Gronkowski retired, and Gordon could feast on the targets the tight end left behind. He played three games without Gronk last season. In those contests, Gordon was targeted 28 times, tallying 13 receptions for 311 yards and a touchdown.

"Gordon was nearly a top-20 receiver from Week 5 through Week 14 last season, and he still boasts massive statistical upside, with rare size and speed for the position," ESPN's Eric Karabell wrote. "He is a perfect fit for a Patriots offense that lacks wide receiver depth and anyone reliable at tight end."

Gordon averaged a whopping 18 yards per reception last season, the second-highest mark among qualified receivers. If he plays an active role in this offense, he could put up huge numbers.

               

Stock Down: Andrew Luck

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - AUGUST 17:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts watches action during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Any time injury and Andrew Luck are used in the same sentence, fantasy owners can only cross their fingers and hope for the best.

Apparently, there haven't been enough fingers crossed yet.

Two years after having a season erased by injury, Luck is again battling an ailment. This time, it's a calf and ankle problem that he's been unable to shake. While he at least got some on-field work in ahead of Saturday's preseason game, the Colts have said they'll wait until after the third preseason contest to name their Week 1 starter.

While fantasy gamblers could see buy-low potential here, most have looked elsewhere for their quarterback needs. In only a few weeks, Luck's average draft position has tumbled from the early fifth round to the end of the seventh, per Fantasy Football Calculator.

                

Stock Up: Chris Carson

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 18: Chris Carson #32 of the Seattle Seahawks carries the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter of the preseason game at U.S. Bank Stadium on August 18, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien
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If Chris Carson did nothing more than replicate his 2018 effort, he would be a bargain.

Last season, he only needed 14 games to give the Seattle Seahawks 1,151 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. He wound up 15th among running backs in fantasy scoring, per Fantasy Pros, which makes his ADP of 20th at the position a head-scratcher, especially considering he's trending up.

But Carson won't be the same player as last season; he should be better.

The Seahawks want to air it out more this time around, and they're specifically looking at their emerging running back. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said the ideal number of Carson's targets being "up around the 50s," which would rocket above the 32 he's received over his first two seasons combined.

A substantial increase in volume could boost Carson's impact, since he's already shown he will maximize his chances. For his career, he has hauled in 27 of 32 targets for 222 yards and a score.

               

Team Name Advice

Want the keys to naming your fantasy football team? Creativity and originality.

Sure, you could scour the web for others' top submissions and find more than a few options you like. Among my personal favorite finds for this season: Hot Chubb Time Machine, Guice Infestation, Turbo-Schuster and—probably because I have a toddlerDJ Chark Doodoodoodoodoodoo.

But giving your leaguemates something they haven't seen elsewhere (really, everywhere) can be legendary.

Have an inside joke that you can mold into something from the NFL lexicon? Or a way to clown your buddies while also showing you've been keeping up on your fantasy research? Those could be golden.

If not, feel free to grab one of the internet's best. Anything beats the given generic names.