Fantasy leaders: Your guide to choosing the right players

Alex Ebeling, Student Engagement Coordinator

Fantasy football is always popular during the fall and winter, as it creates a competitive side to watching football. Being in a fantasy league can be for money or just for fun. The Red and White staff is here to provide you with the leaders of each skill position, and an underrated player as well.

Arguably the most important position in fantasy is running back. The leader for NFL running backs is Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans. He has recorded 134.5 points throughout the first 5 weeks of NFL action. He has recorded 640 total rushing yards. 

Derrick has also tallied up seven rushing touchdowns so far this season. There is an under the radar running back from the Los Angeles Rams by the name of Darrell Henderson Jr. The Rams offense is a very high powered offense recording 38 points in their most recent game. He got 21 attempts with 74 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Wide receivers are your main source for points. Depending on the type of league you play in, they take up either three or four of your nine starting positions. The leading wide receiver throughout the start of the season is Cooper Kupp. He has tallied up 118 total points along with 5 touchdowns. 

One very underrated wide receiver to try to trade for or sign is Kadarius Toney from the New York Giants. He put up a very impressive 29.6 points last week. He ended up with 10 receptions for 189 yards. This Giants offense took some rough injuries including their quarterback last week. Mike Glennon the backup stepped up and delivered to Toney in multiple scenarios. Toney is only on 55% of rosters so he should be easy to acquire. 

Tight end is a make or break position in fantasy. There is only one tight end spot in the starting lineup and there is no room for error when choosing who to start. The leading tight end has been Kansas City Chiefs Travis Kelce. He has recorded 90.9 fantasy points along with 4 touchdown receptions. One hidden player to try and acquire is Dalton Shultz from the Dallas Cowboys. He appears to be one of Dak Prescott’s favorite targets. He has the most targets on the team with 26 throughout 5 games. 

The most important position in football is the quarterback. Throughout the beginning of the season the fantasy leader has been Patrick Mahomes. He has recorded 153.88 points and is leading the league in all fantasy football.

 One underlying quarterback to try and pick up is Aaron Rodgers. He has had a slow start to the beginning of the season. With the rough start, he is more likely to be traded. The Packers’ offense has high powered wide receivers; he has a very high chance of heating up in the second half of the season. The Packers schedule only gets easier throughout the rest of the season and he has a very high chance of an outburst of points.

Throughout the rest of the season there will be many trade offers being sent to you, if these players are included, be sure to take a second look at the offer. All of these players have a very good chance of boosting your odds to win your league.