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2019 Fantasy Football NFC North NFL Draft Recap

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I am quite upset that Christmas in April is over. The NFL Draft is completed and while it was exciting and filled with twists and turns, I have to admit that I feel quite unhappy that one of the best days of the year is over.

Fantasy owners should always try to gain the advantage and one way to accomplish this is to review and analyze the NFL Draft for upcoming productive fantasy players. The NFC North teams will provide owners with significant options to consider in your drafts.

Will David Montgomery be the bell-cow back in Chicago? Is TJ Hockenson the next Gronk? Will Irv Smith take over for Kyle Rudolph at TE for the Vikings? Please continue to read and find out what I predict as we head into the 2019 Fantasy Football NFC North NFL Draft Recap.


2019 Fantasy Football NFC North NFL Draft Recap

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Chicago Bears

David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State – 3.09

David Montgomery will take over for Jordan Howard who was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Bears moved up 14 spots to take the former Cyclone. There is plenty to like about Montgomery. He is the rare three-down back who has excellent pass-catching skills. He rushed over 1,000 yards in each of his last seasons at Iowa State.

Montgomery averaged 4.7 yards per carry and scored 13 touchdowns last season. He also had 58 catches combined over the previous two seasons. He is an old school, workhorse running back which is a perfect complement to the elusive, speedy Tarik Cohen. Fantasy owners should target Montgomery as an RB3 who could quickly provide RB2 stats.

Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia – 4.24

Riley Ridley joins a crowded broad receiver group in Chicago. Veterans Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel along with newly acquired Cordarrelle Patterson are joined by sophomore Anthony Miller to provide quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with a quite a variety of options.

Ridley was in a Georgia Bulldogs’ offense that was full of weapons which contributed to his lack of eye-popping stats. He is a real possession receiver who has good hands and is an exceptional route runner. Ridley, the younger brother of Atlanta Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley, will not provide little yards after the catch. However, his skill set and potential should make him a better pro than college player.

Ridley will have minimal fantasy impact in 2019, but with upcoming expiring contracts of Taylor Gabriel and Allen Robinson, look for Ridley to make some fantasy noise in 2020.

Detroit Lions

T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa – 1.08

Hockenson won the John Mackey Award for being the nation’s best tight end. He will be the Lions’ starting tight end on Day 1! Hockenson checks the boxes for a tight end, skilled blocker-check, impact receiver-check. The comparisons to Rob Gronkowski are unfortunately inevitable, but there is only one Gronk! Hockenson is a physical blocker who mauls defenders and will be a vital red-zone weapon for quarterback Matthew Stafford.

The Lions did sign Jesse James away from the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he will form a duo with Hockenson as Hockenson did with Noah Fant in Iowa. That seemed to turn out reasonably well. Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia has remarked in the days following the draft that the NFL is “always moving towards the tight end position.” All indicators point to Hockenson being a fantasy stud and a top 10 TE in 2019 and beyond.

Green Bay Packers

Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M – 3.11

Sternberger caught 48 passes for 832 yards (second among FBS tight ends) and ten touchdowns (first). He was rated as the fourth-rated tight end coming into the NFL Draft.  The main negative of Sternberger is his blocking. He is a pass-catching tight end that can’t block.

Of course, fantasy owners only care about fantasy output, but he will probably see limited snaps this season. He is battling Jimmy Graham and Mercedes Lewis for playing time. Neither of which are examples of perfect health. However, he will have to earn playing time by proving that he can block. With his size and receiving ability, he could be a monster in the red zone. However, his fantasy outlook looks more promising in 2020 when both Graham and Lewis are off the team.

Dexter Williams, RB, Notre Dame – 6.21

Dexter Williams is a big-play threat who fell in the draft due to off the field concerns. He has ideal size for the position and displays impressive burst and vision. Unfortunately, he is not much of a pass-catcher or pass protector which could seal his fate in Aaron Rodgers‘ eyes.

Williams will be a situational player in the NFL and will battle Jamal Williams for the back-up position behind the oft-injured Aaron Jones. He will have some explosive plays and owners will rush out to get him, but the inconsistency of those plays will prevent him from being nothing more than a handcuff option.

Minnesota Vikings

Irv Smith, TE, Alabama – 2.18

The Vikings have to be ecstatic that Irv Smith fell to them in the second round. With Kyle Rudolph in the final year of his contract, the Vikings were in search of a viable replacement and found him in former Alabama tight end, Irv Smith. Smith is a big-play threat and an improving blocker. If the Vikings don’t trade Rudolph, Smith can learn the nuances of the offense and take over immediately. At 20-years-old, he is a high upside threat who led the nation in yards per route (2.56).

If Rudolph does get traded, Irv Smith could become a prime red-zone target for quarterback Kirk Cousins, who loves throwing to his tight ends. Markdown Irv Smith as sleeper tight end that fantasy owners should keep in mind late in their drafts.

Alexander Mattison, RB, Boise St. – 3.38

The loss of Latavius Murray to the New Orleans Saints left a gaping hole at running back. The Minnesota Vikings needed an impact player at running back, and they found one with their 3rd round pick Alexander Mattison. Mattison finished in the top 10 nationally in rushing yards (1,415) and rushing touchdowns (17). He will have the opportunity to pair up with Dalvin Cook to create a potent backfield in an explosive offense.


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Cook has missed 17 games in his first two seasons, so his backup is a valuable fantasy commodity. Murray scored 14 touchdowns in the last two seasons with the Vikings, and Mattison should slot in as Cook’s handcuff.


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About Dennis Sosic

Dennis Sosic is from Cleveland, Ohio and a HUGE sports fan including NFL (GO BROWNS!) and college football (GO BUCKEYES!) MLB (GO TRIBE), NBA (GO CAVS!) and MMA. He has been called a Sports Geek by friends and foes alike and that fits him perfectly. He has been competing in fantasy sports, mainly fantasy football and baseball for over 20 years. Please do all of us a favor and follow Dennis @ CALL_ME_SOS.

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