2018 Fantasy Football All-Gold Stars
2018 Fantasy Football All-Gold Stars
Why wait until the official end of the NFL season to hand out our Gold Stars for the Year? Fantasy football is just about in the books, and some stars truly shined this year.
Why wait until the official end of the NFL season to hand out our Gold Stars for the Year? Only savages play into Week 17, and you guys aren't savages. No, you're savvy, not savages. You just knew James Conner was going to step in for LeVeon Bell and barely miss a beat. You just knew Patrick Mahomes would finish with almost 200 more points than Tom Brady. Right? If you were lucky enough to grab some of these studs before they skyrocketed in value, you probably found yourself playing into the playoffs. Here is our list of 2018 Gold Stars season award winners, and [here's a link to our Week 16 Gold Stars winners](https://www.betchicago.com/fantasy-football-gold-stars-week-16-foles-mcguire). ### Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs QB Could it be anyone else? The king of all kings had perhaps the best season for a fantasy quarterback in history, given his minimal track record and light expectations. He stormed out of the gates with 10 touchdowns the first two weeks and finished strong with three 30-point games the last five weeks and two 20-point games. The future is now. ### Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers QB Written off for dead just a couple years back, Big Ben finished as the No. 2 QB behind Mahomes, with two 40-point games, two 30-point games and eight 20-point games. With one of the best receiving corps in the league, who knows how long he has left in the tank. __More:__ [Check out our bad beats of the week](https://www.betchicago.com/nfl-week-16-bad-beats-betting-recap) ### Andrew Luck, Colts QB Luck is one of the true great stories of the year, bouncing back from years of shoulder frustration to become a top-tier option once more, scoring 27 points or more in eight straight weeks. He was uneven down the stretch but came up big in championship week with 25 points. __Honorable mention:__ Matt Ryan, who was a beast in the fantasy playoffs with 26, 29 and 25 points; and Jared Goff, who faded badly in the fantasy playoffs but was terrific in the middle weeks. ### Christian McCaffrey, Panthers RB Yes, McCaffrey was a top-24 pick who by draft day was reasonable as a top-15 option. But McCaffrey had a bigger role in the Panthers’ offense than anyone could have predicted. Thank the heavens for Norv Turner, who fed McCaffrey more than 200 rushes and 123 pass targets, with a sizzling 106 catches. C-Mac topped out in Week 12 with 41.2 points in half-point PPR leagues, then followed with 26-25-24-23 in Week 13 and the fantasy playoffs. The real MVP. ### James Conner, Steelers RB Conner would have been the single greatest fantasy ROI in history had he finished strong. But after four straight games with more than 25 points, Conner underperformed for three straight weeks (10-12) before bouncing back with a big game in Week 13, only to be lost for the fantasy playoffs with an ankle injury. ### Phillip Lindsay, Broncos RB A heartbreaker in the fantasy playoffs after dropping a dud in Week 15 and suffering a wrist injury in Week 16, Lindsay nonetheless seized the RB1 spot for the Broncos and outperformed fellow draft pick Royce Freeman and had already topped 1,000 yards. A top-30 pick next season. __More:__ [Week 17 opening lines](https://www.betchicago.com/nfl-week-17-opening-lines-bears-vikings-playoffs) ### James White, Patriots RB In half-point PPR leagues, White had at least 11.7 points in nine straight weeks to start the season before a lull of four of five weeks below nine points. He rewarded those who kept the faith in Week 16 with a touchdown, 54 yards and two receptions. __Honorable mention:__ Tarik Cohen, who scored in double-figures nine times and was a beast in PPR leagues; and Nick Chubb, who scored in double-figures in eight of nine weeks after taking the reins in Week 7. ### Robert Woods, Rams WR Woods’ worst performance since Week 1 was still 9.5 points in half-point PPR. That kind of consistency out of a guy who started as a WR3 is incredibly valuable. But it was Woods’ terrific highs - nine games with more than a dozen points, two with 20-plus performances including Championship Week - that makes him the best fantasy wideout this season. He finished 10th among receivers in scoring, too. ### Tyler Boyd, Bengals WR Eight games in double-figures, including three 20-point games, lands the third-year slot star on this list. Boyd had his lows, including four games under seven points and a groin injury that kept him out Week 16. But if you snagged him off the waiver wire early, you were happy about his production, especially in a decimated Bengals offense. ### Tyler Lockett, Seahawks WR Lockett has blossomed from a home-run hitter who bats .247 into a reliable threat for Russell Wilson. He scored in nine separate games this year, and delivered in games in which he didn’t score. He finished the season as the 17WR which made him a solid WR2 and a premier WR3. __More:__ [BetChicago Fantasy Football coverage](https://www.betchicago.com/fantasy-football) ### Kenny Golladay, Lions WR Golladay emerged in a big way for the Lions, letting them trade Golden Tate and relegating Marvin Jones to also-ran status. Golladay has an impressive seven games with 14 or more points, when he either scored or topped 100 yards. He’s a rising keeper for next year. ### Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos WR Sanders was among the top scorers at his position when he was lost for the season with a blown Achilles. With Demaryius Thomas fading fast, Sanders assumed the mantle of Broncos top target, delivering five games with 15 or more points and there with 20-plus. Even with a mediocre Case Keenum behind center, Sanders thrived. ### Julian Edelman, Patriots WR Edelman has scored a dozen or more points in nine of 11 games since he debuted in Week 5. In the fantasy playoffs, he averaged over 15 points, with two touchdowns. __Honorable mention:__ Brandin Cooks, who was absolutely brutal in the last month but still had eight games with 10 or more points. ### George Kittle, 49ers TE Thought to be the second-biggest casualty when Jimmy Garoppolo was lost for the season, Kittle instead emerged as a top-four tight end going forward, and one of three along with Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz to vie for Rob Gronkowski’s crown as best in the game. He had 10 10-point games and shined in Week 14 with 210 yards and a score. ### Eric Ebron, Colts TE A touchdown machine, Ebron fended off the solid Jack Doyle to shine in the Colts’ passing attack. Ebron scored a whopping 12 touchdowns and was a threat all year. __Honorable mention:__ Jared Cook, who absolutely disappeared in the fantasy playoffs but was terrific seven times this year for the Raiders.2018-12-25T21:53:16.014Z2018-12-25T16:30-05:00