2019 Fantasy Football NFC South NFL Draft Recap

by Bobby Shepherd
2019 Fantasy Football NFC South NFL Draft Recap

Once again the NFL draft has come and gone. There were enough trades, surprises, and stupid picks to keep us all happy until it's time again for fantasy football drafts.

Now that we have had our football fix it's time once again for the fantasy nerds to begin this year's speculation.

As far as the NFC South is concerned, there really weren't any big picks from a fantasy perspective. There were only a handful of picks that were even skill position players. But don't underestimate the impact of these offensive linemen and even the defenders!

2019 Fantasy Football NFC South NFL Draft Recap

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The Bucs had a few big needs to address in this draft most of which were on defense. Which is why unless you play IDP (and you should if you don't) there wasn't much to get excited over.

Scott Miller, WR, Bowling Green - 6.35

The Bucs for all of their faults as a team have always had exceptionally good receiver depth. A strength further bolstered by the addition of Scott Miller. Miller will be competing for the slot position with Chris Godwin.

Unfortunately for Miller, Godwin may already have the job so he may be filling the role of back up for the first few years of his career. As of right now, Miller shouldn't have any impact in redraft leagues whatsoever unless there is an injury to Godwin. But in Dynasty leagues he makes for a pretty solid late round pick.

New Orleans Saints

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Uneventful drafts from a fantasy perspective seem to be the theme of the AFC South. The Saints were certainly no exception.

They did manage to get a pro-ready center to fill the hole in their offensive line that Max Unger left behind.

The true value of their offensive line can't be understated. Last year their offensive line ranked eighth according to Pro Football Focus.

Because of this, they had clean pockets for Drew Brees to tear up defenses and better blocking for Alvin Kamara.

Alize Mack, TE, Notre Dame - 7.17

With only 5 picks in the draft, there was only so much that we could have expected to Saints to do. Mack went in the 7th round and sits at the bottom of a five-man depth chart. Given that the Saints went out and got Jared Cook, there is little to no chance that Mack has any impact this season or any other.

Carolina Panthers

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Carolina went back to back linemen in the first two rounds but actually gave me something to talk about with a few skill position guys drafted.

Will Grier, QB, West Virginia - 3.36

Grier was widely regarded as the third best QB in the draft and was a steal with the 100th overall pick. Cam Newton is clearly the starter in Carolina but it's unclear if Cam will start this season or if he will be sidelined by shoulder surgery.

Grier in redraft formats will likely hold no value if Newton Plays. But if Cam misses time Grier could be an interesting streaming option right out of the gate.

Jordan Scarlett, RB, Florida - 5.16

Clearly, CMC will have zero competition for his starting job. But now Scarlett becomes a name worth knowing in the competition for the backup role. His only real competition as of right now is Cameron Artis-Payne.

I know nobody cares about handcuffs anymore, but with CMC's high volume there is a higher than average chance of injury. In that case, Scarlett might find himself in a sort of TJ Yeldon role.

Terry Godwin, WR, Georgia - 7.23

I really don't trust Carolina receivers. DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel are the only two worth having as long as CMC is soaking up the volume that he currently does. But with Godwin in a 5 man competition for the 4th receiver spot, I'll pass in just about any format.

Atlanta Falcons

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Another team who's draft is severely lacking skill position guys. However, their additions of two o-linemen in the first round certainly increase expectations for the offense as a whole.

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Qadree Ollison, RB, Pittsburgh - 5.14

Ollison was the only skill position player drafted by the Falcons this year. He lacks any standout abilities but also seems to lack any significant weakness as well. Given time he may have standalone value but as of right now he is the 3rd string guy and awaiting an injury or 2 to really see any action.

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