- Saints 11-5
- Falcons 10-6
- Buccaneers 5-11
Last year only one division had more than one team with double-digit wins and that division was the NFC South. In fact, the NFC South and three teams with double-digit wins. The NFC is loaded with talent from top to bottom. Obviously, depending on scoring system, all four quarterbacks finish in the top 20 making them all rosterable. Seven of the top 30 running backs from last year are currently in the NFC South, including three of the top ten. At the wide receiver position they had six of the top 40 and at tight end, they had four in the top 20. So as you can see last year the NFC South provided fantasy owners plenty of scorers and should be no different this year.
So what does 2018 have in store for this division? More of the same. The Saints are returning all of their core players. Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, Michael Thomas, and Ted Ginn are all back and should all produce again this year. Their big additions were free agent signings of Ben Watson and Cameron Meredith both of whom could turn into fantasy starters at their respective positions.
The Panthers were kind of the surprise team of the division. They don’t appear to have too much but just keep finding ways to win. Again another team returning the majority of the team. Their only real loss was Jonathan Stewart — if you can even call that a loss. They did add some much needed wide receiver this past offseason along with some running back depth.
Coming off the Super Bowl loss hangover the Falcons still managed 10 wins and a playoff appearance. The only offensive contributor they are losing is Taylor Gabriel, but with the addition of rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley, they actually improved at the position. Plus they still have their core Matt Ryan, Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman and Julio Jones there is no reason to think the Falcons players won’t produce again this year.
The only team in the division that failed to reach double-digit wins are the Buccaneers. Many people were expecting Jameis Winston to take the next step towards becoming one of the leagues best quarterbacks. While he did seem to be better it was not as big a step as most people were banking on. The disappointing running game may have been a factor and that was addressed in the draft with the addition of Ronald Jones. They are returning all of their receivers which should also help the offense run better this year as well.