There are few feelings more rewarding for a fantasy football owner than hitting on a mid-round pick. Just ask anyone who cashed in on George Kittle or Nick Chubb last season.
While there are quite a few players capable of posting breakout years, here's one QB, WR and RB with the potential to be a league-winning picks in the 2019 NFL season.
1. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
When healthy, Cam Newton is one of the best assets in fantasy football. In fact, Newton finished as QB1 in 2015, QB2 in 2017 and was on pace for a strong season in 2018 before a shoulder injury began to impact his production. Now that he's reportedly healthy entering the 2019 season, Newton has a chance to return to his old, fantasy-dominant self. However, his current average draft position (ADP) of QB10 doesn't reflect his massive ceiling. From weeks 1-8 of last year, Newton averaged 24.1 points per game, the third-highest mark among QBs. If Newton is healthy, he has a real shot at a top-5 fantasy finish.
2. Josh Gordon, WR, New England Patriots
Josh Gordon is one of the highest-variance options in fantasy. In 2013, Gordon amassed 1,646 receiving yards and nine TDs with the Cleveland Browns. Following that monster campaign, Gordon struggled to stay on the field due to a variety of suspensions related to his substance abuse problem. Even so, Gordon joined the New England Patriots last season, and while he wasn't nearly as productive as he was in 2013, he showed flashes of brilliance, averaging 18.0 yards per reception (No. 2 in the NFL). In fact, in 2018, Tom Brady had a higher yards per attempt average when targeting Gordon (11.3) than he's had when targeting any other player in his 20-year career. That's more than Rob Gronkowski (10.3) and even Randy Moss (9.2). If Gordon manages to stay on the field for 16 games, and continues developing a rapport with Brady, a WR1 finish is certainly possible.
3. Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Chris Carson might not have the immense ceiling that the other two on this list do, but he's a safe bet to outperform his current ADP of RB21. On a per game basis, Carson was RB11 last season, averaging 13.0 points per contest. While some were concerned that Rashaad Penny would get more work, Carson has reportedly outperformed him in camp. Additionally, there's been some buzz about Carson's budding talent as a pass-catcher, so he could even see an increased role in the Seahawks' offense. If Carson can approach the 267 touches he saw in 2018, he's got a real shot at finishing as a top-10 RB in 2019.
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