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The NFL is one of the most unforgiving leagues in the world. A player's production can take a dramatic hit from one season to the next due to a variety of different factors like injuries, situation and age.
While these three players are still among the NFL's best, their fantasy production could suffer next season. With that in mind, here are three Pro Bowlers whose fantasy production could take a hit in 2019.
3. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees is without a doubt one of the best quarterbacks in the history of football, and he's even managed to play well into his late 30s. However, Brees was noticeably less productive over the second half of 2018. In the first eight games of the season, Brees tallied 2,336 yards, 18 touchdowns and just one interception. However, those numbers fell to 1,656 yards, 14 TDs and 4 INTs over his final seven games. As the New Orleans Saints continue to transition to a more run-heavy offense, Brees likely won't need to post the gaudy passing numbers he has in the past. While he'll likely remain a top-tier NFL QB, his fantasy production could suffer in 2019.
2. Antonio Brown, WR, Oakland Raiders
Even though he'll be 31 years old by the time the season starts, Antonio Brown is still one of the best WRs in football. However, his production could take a serious hit because of the transition from Ben Roethlisberger to Derek Carr. In Pittsburgh, Brown had the benefit of playing alongside an established WR2, Roethlisberger and an elite offensive line almost every year of his career. In Oakland, he could be hamstrung by a weaker supporting cast and Carr's cautious play style, as the Raiders' QB doesn't cut the ball loose nearly as much as Roethlisberger does. While Brown will likely remain productive due to sheer volume alone, he might not post the historic season we've grown accustomed to seeing.
1. Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Todd Gurley's placement on this list has nothing to do with his talent or skill-set. Even though Gurley might be the No. 1 player in fantasy if healthy, his knee injury is extremely concerning. Gurley, and the Los Angeles Rams' offense as a whole, was far less productive once the star's knee issues flared up. The team averaged 32.9 points per game (PPG) in the regular season, and 19.7 PPG in the post season with a hobbled Gurley. Given how crucial Gurley is to the Rams' offense, Los Angeles would be wise to carefully monitor his usage this season, which could hurt his fantasy produciton.
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