With the offseason about to hit full speed, NFL Nation answers the biggest fantasy questions — provided by ESPN fantasy football analyst Mike Clay — across the league.
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Is there hope for a big step forward from the passing game with Josh Allen under center?
The Bills are banking on it. If there isn’t, then there will be significant heat on general manager Brandon Beane, coach Sean McDermott and especially offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. Expect the Bills to devote some combination of salary-cap space and draft picks to skill-position players and their offensive line. The problem isn’t just the passing game; Bills running backs averaged the second-lowest yards per carry in 2018 and will need to take pressure off Allen and the passing game in 2019. — Mike Rodak
Do you anticipate a breakout second season for Mike Gesicki?
That’s up to the work Gesicki does in the offseason to improve, to get stronger and better facing physical NFL defenders. Offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea and tight ends coach George Godsey, both of whom have spent several years coaching with Rob Gronkowski, should benefit Gesicki and make him an important factor in the offseason. I haven’t seen enough yet to predict a breakout Year 2 for Gesicki, but his athleticism, speed and skills are still there waiting to be unleashed. — Cameron Wolfe
Matthew Berry breaks down the season Sony Michel had and explains why he would be a good running back choice for 2019 fantasy managers.
Will Sony Michel continue to be a nonfactor in the passing game?
When Michel was coming out of Georgia, several media analysts compared his style of play to Saints RB Alvin Kamara because he was a dual threat as a rusher and pass-catcher. But the pass-catching part of his game never truly materialized, and I believe that will change in the future. A full offseason, and training camp, should help in that regard. So don’t sleep on Michel rounding out his game in 2019. — Mike Reiss
Was Sam Darnold‘s big final month a sign of things to come for 2019?
The Jets think so. His four-game finish, projected over an entire season, would be 3,700 yards and 24 touchdown passes. But there are two big variables that must be consistent: Darnold has a new playcaller (Adam Gase), and his supporting cast is in a state of flux. If the Jets can add a playmaker, say, Le’Veon Bell, there’s every reason to believe Darnold can build on what he started in the final month. — Rich Cimini