If you're a fan of the old "defense wins championships" adage, the current state of the NFL may have you reeling.
With the increased emphasis on passing and scoring, the four teams to reach the AFC and NFC championship games in 2018 were the same four teams that led the NFL in points per game — the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints.
NFL.com came out with their rankings for the league's best offenses for the 2019 season, with the Atlanta Falcons taking the top spot on their list.
Here's how we see the league's top offenses stacking up from a fantasy perspective in 2019.
6. Cleveland Browns
This would have seemed crazy a year ago, but things change quickly in the NFL. Baker Mayfield looked like the real deal across 14 games as a rookie, and the Browns are clearly looking to build on that momentum. The addition of a WR1 in Odell Beckham Jr. gives Mayfield one of the most dangerous targets in the NFL, while Beckham's arrival should also free up Jarvis Landry to work more in the slot.
5. Los Angeles Chargers
A potential holdout for Melvin Gordon could hurt the Los Angeles Chargers' offense, but Austin Ekeler looks like a viable replacement, both on the field and in fantasy. Philip Rivers spent much of the 2018 regular season in the MVP conversation, and this passing game is positioned for another big fantasy year. Rivers no longer has Tyrell Williams to throw to, but Mike Williams is a potential breakout in his second full season, and tight end Hunter Henry is set to return to the TE1 conversation after missing all of 2018.
4. Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons finished fourth in the NFL in passing yards in 2018 and were one of only seven teams to throw fewer than 10 interceptions last season, as the Matt Ryan to Julio Jones connection was as deadly as ever. We can expect similar results in 2019 with both Ryan and Jones coming in as clear No. 1 options on fantasy rosters. Devonta Freeman returning after missing most of 2018 due to injury and Calvin Ridley likely to take another step forward after impressing as a rookie, makes the Falcons' offensive personnel one of the top groups in 2019 fantasy. They should also get a boost from new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.
3. Los Angeles Rams
Todd Gurley's health is a huge concern for the Los Angeles Rams' offense, but they should be able to compensate. Even at less than 100 percent, Gurley can be one of the league's best fantasy backs. Jared Goff also gets a dangerous array of receivers to work with, as Cooper Kupp returns from injury to re-join Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods in what may be the deepest receiving corps in the league. All three wideouts are being drafted in the top 50 picks, according to average draft position, giving the Rams one of the top fantasy offenses again in 2019.
2. New Orleans Saints
Already one of the league's top offenses in 2018, the fact that the Saints haven't made many changes is a positive. They lost Mark Ingram but replaced him with the capable Latavius Murray, while Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas should continue to dominate touches. Drew Brees also got a new toy at the tight end position in Jared Cook. All of the players mentioned, except for Murray, should be every-week starters in 12-team leagues.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
No surprise here. After leading the NFL in both points and yards in 2018, the Kansas City Chiefs can be expected to impress again in 2019. They return all of their key skill-position players, except for Kareem Hunt, but the offense didn't miss a beat with Damien Williams replacing Hunt in the playoffs last season. Throwing for 50 touchdowns at only 23 years old, all signs point to Patrick Mahomes dominating the NFL's passing leaderboards for the foreseeable future. Mahomes and his top-two receiving options – TE Travis Kelce and WR Tyreek Hill – could all end up being the top player at their respective position in fantasy football this coming season.
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