We have reached roughly the midway point of fantasy football regular seasons, and the 2019 season has not disappointed when it comes to producing surprise stars at every position.
The fast track to the fantasy playoffs is always discovering that diamond in the rough late in drafts and riding him to glory in your leagues.
Taking into account preseason average draft position, these are the MVPs at each position in fantasy football halfway through the 2019 season.
Quarterback: Russell Wilson, Seahawks
Wilson is the overall QB1 in fantasy football through six weeks, making this an obvious choice. Combine his 25.9 fantasy points per week with an average draft position in the ninth round or later for most of the summer, and Wilson is looking like an all-time fantasy sleeper among late-round quarterback options in 2019. Most suspected Seattle would continue to be run heavy in 2019. In fact, Seattle still is. The Seahawks are only passing the ball 51.6 percent of the team, the fourth-lowest rate in the NFL; however, that is still up from 47.6 percent in 2018. That has put Wilson on pace to attempt 504 passes this season, which would be way up from his 427 a year ago.
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Running Back: Christian McCaffrey, Panthers
Run CMC has been so dominant that there is no room to even consider a mid-to-late round midseason fantasy MVP among RBs. At this position, there’s McCaffrey … then an ocean … then the rest of the running backs. He’s averaging 30.2 fantasy points per game in PPR leagues. That’s 7.4 points per week more than the RB2 (Dalvin Cook). That’s 13.4 points per week more than the RB12 (James Conner). That’s more than double what the RB18 (Devonta Freeman) has scored! He’s the Game Genie of fantasy football in 2019. He’s basically like starting two players in one in your fantasy lineups. He’s on pace for 2461 yards after a down yardage week against Tampa Bay, which would still be the second-most in a single season behind Chris Johnson’s 2,509 total yards in 2009. Did we mention he’s also on pace for 24 touchdowns?!
Wide Receivers: D.J. Chark, Jaguars and Terry McLaurin, Redskins
Some would argue the overall WR1 in Chris Godwin or the overall WR3 in Cooper Kupp, but both of those players were drafted in the first five rounds in the preseason. Chark and McLaurin went completely undrafted in fantasy leagues and sit at the halfway pole as WR5 and WR6 on a per game basis, respectively, in PPR leagues ahead of fantasy superstars like Keenan Allen, T.Y. Hilton, Julio Jones and DeAndre Hopkins. That’s the kind of deep sleeper that can catapult your team to wins week after week, and even more impressively, both are putting up monster numbers on less than stellar offenses. These two are the biggest surprises of the fantasy football season among undrafted players.
Tight End: Austin Hooper, Falcons
Hangin' with Mr. Hooper was the 15th tight end taken in drafts this preseason, on average, and is currently the number one overall tight end in fantasy football. Those that spent second or third round picks on Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz and George Kittle are kicking themselves a little bit right now, as Hooper isn’t the only player vastly outperforming his average draft position. Others include Mark Andrews (TE4) and Darren Waller (TE5), and most notably, the gap between top tight ends and the rest at the position is not as severe as previous years, at least not yet. Ten different tight ends are averaging double-digit fantasy points per week in PPR leagues.
There are no fantasy MVPs among kickers. Get real.
OVERALL FANTASY MVP: New England Patriots Defense
The Patriots D is the only fantasy asset that has an argument for overall MVP right now over Christian McCaffrey. This unit has been otherworldly. Its 122 points in standard defensive scoring through six weeks is 56 points more than the next closest defense that has also played six games. Only the 49ers D is within a couple zip codes the Pats D with 14.8, compared to New England’s 20.3 fantasy points per week. That production outscores Hooper as the overall TE1. It would be enough to be the overall WR3, behind only Chris Godwin and Michael Thomas. Only five running backs have scored more points than the Patriots defense, and if this defense was a quarterback, it would rank as QB8.
New England’s 122 points on defense are the most through six weeks since the 1987 Bears. Only six other defenses since 1950 have scored more fantasy points through six weeks, and most teams that were lucky enough to land the Patriots defense drafted it in the 14th round or later. Unreal.