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2018 NFL Pro Bowlers Primed for Down Seasons in 2019

By Ian McCafferty
Super Bowl LIII - New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams
Super Bowl LIII - New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams / Harry How
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Football is a fickle sport. With such a short average career length, players have to make the most of the seasons when they're at their peak. Unfortunately that peak doesn't often last very long. Players decline very quickly in the NFL, whether that's because of age or injury, and Pro Bowlers are no exception.

Just because a player was honored with a Pro Bowl selection last season doesn't mean they're guaranteed to be great the next season. In fact there are quite a few Pro Bowl players form the 2018 season who might not look great this upcoming season. Here are the four Pro Bowl players who are not going to have a great 2019.

1. Todd Gurley II, RB, Los Angeles Rams

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Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images / Mike Ehrmann

You're lying if you're not worried about Todd Gurley after what happened in the playoffs last season. The Rams had the best running back in the league and they gave him the ball four times in the NFC Championship and just 10 times in the Super Bowl. He also didn't exactly do a lot when he did get it, gaining just 35 yards against New England. Running back is the most replaceable position in the NFL right now and Gurley already has 1,042 carries on his body at age 24. A down year might be incoming.

2. C.J. Mosley, MLB, New York Jets

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images / Kevin C. Cox

Mosley was a perennial Pro Bowler with the Baltimore Ravens, but left Baltimore for the Jets defense in the offseason. Mosley undoubtedly has talent, but he's always been a bit weak in coverage. Either that will be exposed or he won't see full playing time with the Jets rostering three starting-caliber middle linebackers in Mosley, Avery Williamson and Darron Lee. The Jets have a wealth at linebacker now, but that won't necessarily be great for Mosley's own play.

3. Antonio Brown, WR, Oakland Raiders

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Chris Graythen/Getty Images / Chris Graythen

Antonio Brown got his way and was traded out of Pittsburgh to the Oakland Raiders. The only issue is Derek Carr is now his quarterback. Brown will see plenty of targets as the only real weapon in that offense, but it's not like Amari Cooper was successful as the only target for Carr last year. Also, Brown will be 31 years old at the start of the season. He's got to start slowing down at some point.

4. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings

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Hannah Foslien/Getty Images / Hannah Foslien

Thielen had an insane start to the 2018 season, setting records through the first 10 games of the season, but he tapered off towards the end of the season. In the final four games, he averaged just 3.8 receptions and 51.8 yards per game while never reaching the end zone. Extend that to the entire second half of the year and he averaged just 58 yards a game. Add on the fact that Kirk Cousins doesn't exactly instill massive confidence in anyone and Thielen is a major candidate for regression in 2019.


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Ian McCafferty is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Ian McCafferty also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username itmccaff. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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