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The Decider: The biggest fantasy battles of 2019, decided

By Daniel Kelley
Apr 20, 2019

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Dec 31, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) motions in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Draft strategy is an important component in fantasy football. Sorting players into grand tiers and a wide-ranging rankings set is crucial to drafting.

But sometimes, you need to look micro instead of macro.

It’s easy, for example, to draft Patrick Mahomes higher than Joe Flacco in 2019. It’s relatively easy to draft Andrew Luck over Philip Rivers. But at some point in your draft, things get narrower in focus, and you need to decide between two players who are very close in rankings, very close in ADP, and very close in likely value.

For those situations, fantasy editor Daniel Kelley is spending the offseason attempting to sort out some of the closer matchups, the draft situations where it is on you, and you’re looking at two names, and all the draft tiers in the world don’t help with the decision. You can just take the player who is barely ahead in the rankings, but any analyst who does any rankings will tell you that players who are back-to-back in rankings are close to a toss-up, and players being one spot apart in rankings isn’t necessarily a huge endorsement one way or the other.

So check these, and sort the players out with a fine-toothed comb.

March 29

Alvin Kamara v. Todd Gurley

April 5

O.J. Howard v. Hunter Henry

April 12

Tyreek Hill v. Mike Evans

April 19

Matt Ryan v. Cam Newton

May 10

Carson Wentz v. Jared Goff

May 17

Michael Thomas v. Julio Jones

May 24

Aaron Jones v. Derrick Henry

May 31

D.K. Metcalf v. N’Keal Harry

June 7

Todd Gurley v. Melvin Gordon

June 24

Eric Ebron v. Jared Cook

July 19

Michael Thomas v. Odell Beckham Jr.

August 2

Joe Mixon v. Dalvin Cook

More to come!

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