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Safe Players to Draft for the 2019 Fantasy Football Season

Max Staley
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While fantasy owners can often be tempted to draft a flashy player to impress their league mates, taking a few too many risks is a quick way to ruin your season before it even begins.

If you find yourself opening your 2019 fantasy football draft with a team built around high-variance options like Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon, you might want to balance things out with a couple safer selections. With that in mind, here are three safe fantasy football players to target in drafts this season.

3. Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers

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Let someone else reach for the Baker Mayfields and Kyler Murrays of the world while you kick back and select Philip Rivers, who currently has an average draft position (ADP) of QB16. Rivers finished as QB11 last year, and he's been in the top 12 at the position in five of the last six seasons. He's also as sure a bet as anyone to stay on the field, having played all 16 games in 13 consecutive seasons. In fact, Rivers even played through a torn ACL in a 2008 postseason game. The guy is a gamer. He's likely going to continue to produce as a low-end QB1 this season, and could even improve upon last year's numbers if he's forced to throw more due to Melvin Gordon's lengthy holdout.

2. Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams

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Robert Woods has been a revelation since signing with the Los Angeles Rams, finishing as a top-20 WR in fantasy points per game in each of his two seasons with the team. On a week-to-week basis, you'll find few WRs as consistent as Woods. Excluding the Rams' meaningless Week 17 game in 2018, Woods recorded at least 70 receiving yards in 12 of a possible 15 games played. He scored a TD in one of those three games he was held under 70 yards, and saw at least seven targets in 13 of 15 games (excluding Week 17). With an ADP of WR17, Woods isn't the flashiest pick, but he's a surefire bet to produce week in and week out.

1. Mark Ingram, RB, Baltimore Ravens

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Mark Ingram was a reliable fantasy asset when he was with the New Orleans Saints, though his upside was capped by the presence of Alvin Kamara. Now that he's with the Baltimore Ravens, however, Ingram is one of the safest RBs in fantasy. Ingram is the clear-cut No. 1 option on a Baltimore Ravens team that led the NFL with 547 rushing attempts in 2018. It looks like Ingram is in line for a ton of carries as the Ravens continue to use a ground-and-pound approach with Lamar Jackson at the helm. When the Ravens do decide to air it out, Ingram will likely be a part of their plans as well, having recorded 125 receptions over the past three seasons. Ingram has also proven he can stay healthy, as he hasn't missed a game due to injury since 2015 (though he was suspended four games in 2018 due to PED usage). Seemingly in line for a massive workload behind a great offensive line, Ingram is a safe bet at his ADP of RB23.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. 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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