NFL Barometer: Looking Ahead To 2019
NFL Barometer: Looking Ahead To 2019

This article is part of our NFL Barometer series.

The conclusion of the 2018 regular season presents an ideal opportunity to examine which players finished the campaign on either a sharp rise or decline. This season, an outstanding rookie class that frequently delivered on the hype leaves us with a plethora of appealing options to pore over. Naturally, the fantasy realm is a year-round operation, so it's never too early to begin prospecting for next summer's drafts. With that in mind, let's take a closer look at who raised or hurt their 2019 stock with their performances during the just-concluded season.

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Sam Darnold, Jets: Darnold was thrust into the starting quarterback job from Day 1. The baptism by fire naturally had its share of rocky moments, but it concluded the way one would hope under those types of circumstances – with Darnold showing marked improvement and seemingly headed in the right direction. The 2018 first-round pick remained interception-free over his final three games, and he threw just one pick overall across four contests after returning from a three-game absence due to a foot injury. Conversely, he'd being guilty of 14 interceptions over the first nine outings of the campaign. Additionally, Darnold displayed improved accuracy as the season wound down, posting a completion rate of better than 63.0 percent in three of his final four games, after only accomplishing the feat in three of his first nine NFL contests. Darnold showed particularly encouraging rapport with speedster Robby Anderson in the latter portion of the season,

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Juan Carlos Blanco
Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for close to 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, and the NFL for Rotowire.com, including serving as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' beat writer. He has previously written for KFFL.com and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports.
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